Westlake Village, Calif. (June 16, 2014) – With the economy strengthening, companies are again thinking about expansion. Where can those companies – especially smaller businesses – find the capital they need to expand, and offer jobs to local residents?
The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) 101 chapter will gather Wednesday, July 9 from 7-9 a.m., at the Westlake Village Inn, 31943 Agoura Road in Westlake Village. Registration is available at www.ACG101.org, at $50 for the general public and $35 for members of ACG. For more information please call Maureen Whalen, Chapter Director at (805) 285-0756. Media is invited to attend and cover, and advance interview are available with our panel of experts.
Our panelists include:
J. Christopher Lewis, Managing Director, Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners
Charles Best, Chief Financial Officer, Blackline Systems, Inc.
W. Hunter Stropp, Co-President of THL Credit, Inc.
Robert Louk. Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
The moderator will be David Bonrouhi, Managing Director, Calabasas Capital.
J. Christopher Lewis co-founded Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners in 1982. Mr. Lewis serves on the Board of four current or past portfolio companies – Tetra Tech (NASDAQ: TTEK), RGM Group, Secure Mission Solutions, and Silverado Senior Living. Prior to founding RLH, Mr. Lewis worked at Bank of America. Mr. Lewis received both a B.S., cum laude, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. At USC he was a three-time All-American in Tennis, won two NCAA Championship titles and was awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship.
W. Hunter Stropp is the Co-President of THL Credit, Inc. and THL Credit Advisors LLC and serves on the Investment Committee and manages transaction allocation. He currently serves on the board of directors of JDC Healthcare, Inc. and maintains a board observer role for C & K Market, Inc., CRS
Reprocessing, LLC, Dr. Fresh Inc. and OEM Group, Inc. Prior to joining THL Credit in 2007, Hunter was a Vice President and Investment Manager in the Private Equity Group of GE Asset Management Inc. Previously, he served in private equity and business development positions at Koch Industries, Inc. He holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University.
Robert Louk manages the Business Development efforts of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Southern California, covering middle market companies with annual revenues between $50 million and $2.0 Billion. He works with companies in the Los Angeles Metro, Coastal California, Orange County and San Diego markets. Bob is a graduate of UCLA, with an MBA from Cornell University.
Charles Best is Chief Financial Officer of Blackline Systems, Inc. As CFO, Best plays a key role in BlackLine’s growth strategy, leading initiatives to enhance internal controls, improve processes, establish international operations, and
executing efforts focused on improving operating efficiencies. A Certified Public Accountant, Chuck has more than 20 years of experience as a finance and operational executive. Prior to joining BlackLine, he served as CFO for Interlink Electronics and BioSource International. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
David Bonrouhi is Managing Director of Calabasas Capital, a boutique investment banking firm providing financial advisory services primarily to lower-middle-market privately-held companies, business owners and entrepreneurs. David has over 20 years of investment banking and private equity experience, including M&A transactions, IPOs, private placements, high yield debt offerings and leveraged loan transactions.
About ACG 101 Corridor Chapter ACG 101 (www.ACG101.org) serves the San Fernando Valley, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. It is one of 53 chapters around the world that form the international ACG organization, which focuses on corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. With more than 100 members, ACG 101 holds monthly networking and educational breakfasts, as well as social and industry-specific events.