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Middle Market Growth Conversations feature in-depth #interviews about trends impacting midsize companies and M&A. Guests include CEOs, #economists, private equity #investors and other influencers who discuss what they’re seeing in the market. Interviews address topics such as industries experiencing disruption, public policy, operational strategies, #macroeconomic #trends, financing and more. The podcast is part of Middle Market Growth, the Association for Corporate Growth’s official publication, available at http://www.middlemarketgrowth.org. #PE #MandA #middlemarket #midmarketconvos

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Middle Market Growth Conversations feature in-depth #interviews about trends impacting midsize companies and M&A. Guests include CEOs, #economists, private equity #investors and other influencers who discuss what they’re seeing in the market. Interviews address topics such as industries experiencing disruption, public policy, operational strategies, #macroeconomic #trends, financing and more. The podcast is part of Middle Market Growth, the Association for Corporate Growth’s official publication, available at http://www.middlemarketgrowth.org. #PE #MandA #middlemarket #midmarketconvos

    Inside the Opaque World of Family Office Investing

    Inside the Opaque World of Family Office Investing

    During the Toronto ACG Capital Connection, Middle Market Growth sat down with Elmer Kim, who has spent more than 25 years working with family offices. He currently serves as chief investment officer for the Hyatt Bangia Family Office.

    In this episode, Kim describes how he works with families to craft their investment strategy. He also spoke about how the family office model in Canada has evolved and the growing trend of direct investing.

    For advisers looking to work with family offices, Kim offers his perspective on how to break into the space, and he outlines some of the challenges faced by young investment professionals who work in a family office environment.

    Visit acg.org to learn more about the family office programs offered by ACG chapters, and check out intergrowth.org for details about the Family Office Summit on the final day of InterGrowth, ACG's annual conference.

    • 12 min
    "The Tariffs Are Just a Sideshow": A Year-End Look at the U.S. Economy

    "The Tariffs Are Just a Sideshow": A Year-End Look at the U.S. Economy

    Kevin Depew, deputy chief economist and industry eminence program leader for RSM US LLP, spoke with Middle Market Growth about recent trade developments and the underlying issues impacting U.S. economic growth.

    The U.S. recently agreed to a "phase one" trade deal with China and signed the USMCA with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Depew explained what those deals mean for the U.S. economy and midsize businesses in the year ahead.

    He also addressed challenges beyond trade, including the tight labor market and the reluctance of U.S. businesses to make much-needed productivity-enhancing investments. Uncertainty caused by the trade war and the 2020 U.S. presidential election have made business leaders cautious, a sentiment reflected in RSM's latest Middle Market Business Index, published on Dec. 19. Depew discussed the MMBI's findings and what they reveal about how middle-market leaders are planning for the future.

    The full index is available at rsmus.com/economics/rsm-middle…ness-index-mmbi.html

    To read more about trends in the middle market, visit MMG's website, middlemarketgrowth.org.

    • 30 min
    Trends Shaping Construction and Engineering M&A

    Trends Shaping Construction and Engineering M&A

    Jim Owen, a managing director and head of engineering and construction in Stout’s Investment Banking group, recently sat down with Middle Market Growth to discuss industry trends.

    Owen outlined three primary areas driving interest from buyers in the construction and engineering space: aging infrastructure, demand for resilient construction that can withstand severe weather events, and green initiatives. He described which types of businesses are best positioned to capitalize on these trends, as well as the valuations he's seeing for construction and engineering firms.

    As we head into 2020, Owen offered his outlook for M&A activity in the industry in the coming year and shared suggestions for how firms can prepare for an economic slowdown.

    A Q&A with Owen will be featured in the January/February print edition of Middle Market Growth magazine, which ACG members will receive at the end of December. An online version will be available in early January on middlemarketgrowth.org.

    Read more about Jim on Stout's website: https://www.stout.com/en/professionals/jim-owen/

    The Middle Market Growth Conversations podcast is brought to you by the Association for Corporate Growth. To learn more about the organization and how to become a member, visit www.acg.org.

    • 25 min
    How Deals Get Done: Two Corp Dev Leads Weigh In

    How Deals Get Done: Two Corp Dev Leads Weigh In

    During the Association for Corporate Growth's Strategic Acquirer Summit, Middle Market Growth sat down with two corporate development leads to talk about their roles and how they approach M&A.

    The first interview explores corporate development in the tech space and features Kate Anissimov, who recently joined Google, having previously worked in corporate development and strategy at Twitter. Anissimov described how she identifies and evaluates technology businesses, and what unique challenges are associated with tech M&A.

    The second half of the podcast features Peter Troup, vice president of corporate development at Veritiv, a publicly traded B2B distributor of packaging, paper and janitorial and sanitation products, based in Atlanta. Troup described what Veritiv's M&A activity looks like, how the company's deal team is structured, and what competition and disruption look like in its space.

    Anissimov and Troup both spoke about how they measure success in their deals.

    To read more about trends in the middle market, visit our website, middlemarketgrowth.org.

    • 24 min
    Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte's Turnaround Play

    Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte's Turnaround Play

    Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is trying to repair his reputation after two suspensions that cost him valuable sponsorship endorsements and hurt his chances of qualifying for what would be his fifth Olympic games in 2020.

    To try to fix the damage, the 35-year-old swimmer signed on to CNBC's "Back in the Game," in which former baseball player Alex Rodriguez helps athletes repair their finances and reputations, as he had to do a decade ago following revelations that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

    Lochte accompanied Rodriguez to ACG's 2019 InterGrowth conference, where Rodriguez was speaking, and sat down with Middle Market Growth for an interview about the show, his swimming career, and how he plans to regain the public's trust.

    Lochte was suspended from swimming in 2016 during the Rio Olympics, when he claimed he was robbed at gunpoint, which led to accusations that he filed a false police report. He was suspended again in 2018 after he posted a photo of himself taking an IV injection, which the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency prohibits under most circumstances. As a result of the suspensions, Lochte lost his sponsorship endorsements and much of his income.

    Parts of this interview were included in the episode of "Back in the Game" featuring Lochte, which originally aired on Nov. 13. (https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/07/full-opening-the-first-7-minutes-of-the-ryan-lochte-episode.html)

    • 14 min
    The New Frontier of Private Equity Tech Investing

    The New Frontier of Private Equity Tech Investing

    During the Toronto ACG Capital Connection conference, Middle Market Growth sat down with leaders from two technology-focused growth equity firms.

    The first interview in this episode features Scottie Wardell, managing partner and co-founder of Integrity Growth Partners, a firm based outside of Los Angeles that invests in software and tech-enabled services businesses. Wardell discussed the role of data analytics in value creation and how her firm leverages data during sourcing and due diligence.

    The second interview is with Lisa Melchior, founder and managing partner of VERTU Capital, a Toronto-based firm that invests in Canadian technology businesses. Melchior spoke about the tech investing landscape in Canada, why venture-stage companies have had an easier time attracting capital than their late-stage counterparts, and how VERTU works with entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level.

    To read more about trends in the middle market, visit our website, middlemarketgrowth.org.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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Interesting interviews relating to middle market activity.

Listen to this regularly for the interviews relating to the industry.

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Interesting topics, informative guests, engaging hosts... worth the listen!

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This podcast is professional, engaging and easy to enjoy. It’s a great way to stay abreast of current middle market business trend and industry experts!

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