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Hoby Hanna

Howard W. “Hoby” Hanna IV

Real estate scion has become quite active — and successful — on the M&A front

ShurTech Brands’ John Kahl

Hired or acquired, new employees need to get acclimated to their new home

Scott Wolstein

Developer Scott Wolstein

You need to know when a deal wasn’t meant to be

Raising Capital Aspire 2018

Raising capital

Case studies and a view from the front lines

Jeff Bezos

Lessons from Amazon

Jeff Bezos releases annual letter to shareholders

Umberto P. Fedeli

Umberto P. Fedeli

A man of the people who seeks to win at everything — and usually does

MelCap Partners’ Al Melchiorre

M&A adviser urges sellers to take pride in their work building a business

Jim Geuther

SunTrust’s Jim Geuther

Leveraging strategic M&A opportunities to “acquihire” the skilled talent you need to grow your business

Bassem Mansour

What’s your exit strategy?

Seven questions you should ask yourself when thinking about a sale or merger


A deep dive on the sell side

Find out what you should consider before selling your business

Adam Grant

Givers vs. Takers

Adam Grant: Nice guys really do finish first

David Coury

Partners in growth

UroGPO’s David Coury turns to PE firm to fuel growth without sacrificing his culture

Transtar’s Monte Ahuja

Details are part of this dealmaker’s strategy for success

Todd Amsdell

Compass Self Storage’s Todd Amsdell

Face-to-face meetings are the best way to make a deal

Aspire 2018 Liquidity Panel

Liquidity events

Top executives share tips from the front line

Spring Break

Down time

Why it's important to unplug, reconnect with family

Mark Ross

PwC’s Mark Ross

On storytelling, George Lucas and Cleveland companies on the right side of big deals

LeafFilter’s Matt Kaulig

Dealmaker takes a full-throttle approach to business and life

MaryAnn Bednar

Meritech’s Mary Ann Bednar

Dealmakers need to have market share on their minds

Business Pulse

Business Pulse — April 2018

Searching for value

Aspire 2018 Raising Capital

Buying a business

Four area dealmakers to discuss their approach at ASPIRE 2018

Smart Culture

Smart Culture

Join us April 5 at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland

Tim Eippert

Sign of the times

By embracing the benefits of PE ownership, Tim Eippert has MC Sign Co. poised to triple its sales in next 3 to 5 years.

Minute Men’s Jay Lucarelli

Honesty and integrity are timeless traits of a good dealmaker

Phil Settimi

PartsSource’s Philip Settimi

After PE sale, focus is on organic growth, not deals

Raising Capital

Raising Capital

ASPIRE 2018 panel to discuss the ins and outs of fueling M&A-driven initiatives


Time to act

Cleveland business community needs to come together to reverse trend

Rocco_Di Lillo

Rocco Di Lillo

A value buyer on how to make deals that protect your investment

Real estate broker Rico A. Pietro

The imagination can be a powerful tool when you’re looking for a real estate deal

David Levine

Ring Beams President David Levine

Lessons learned on the right way to sell your business

Michael Feuer

Let them come to you

A lesson learned in junior high school can pave the way for deal talks

Aspire 2018 Liquidity Events

Thinking ahead

Panel will discuss how to best prepare for a liquidity event


Bitcoin is the future

Cryptocurrency’s influence on the market is only going to grow

Lou Schneeberger

R. Louis Schneeberger

A man who has seen it all through decades of dealmaking

CMG’s Bobby George

Owner of TownHall takes a bold, yet humble approach to dealmaking

Lee Zapis

Zapis Capital Group’s Lee Zapis

Investment firm chief sees potential storm clouds for investors

Selling a Business Aspire 2018

New speakers announced for ASPIRE 2018

Morning panel to focus on selling your business

Pittsburgh ASPIRE 2018

ASPIRE 2018 rocks Pittsburgh

Daylong conference scheduled for May 3 in Cleveland

Ray Leach

JumpStart’s Ray Leach

Building Northeast Ohio's economy one startup at a time

EdgePoint’s Tom Zucker

An insider's look at all that goes into selling your business

Kevin Weidinger

Laudan Properties’ Kevin Weidinger

A serial entrepreneur on making a good deal or walking away

Scott Becker

How I find great deals

A focus on building relationships can lead to acquisitions others didn't see coming

Aspire 2018

List of speakers continues to grow

Kichler Lighting, Cyprium Partners executives join panels at ASPIRE 2018


EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

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Joel Clark

RVshare shifts into overdrive

With $50M in capital and a new CEO, the Airbnb of RVs is ready to roll

Exodus Capital’s Jerry Kelsheimer

Find your purpose and you'll find the right deal

Travis Mlakar

Millcraft’s Travis Mlakar

Keep people in the loop to minimize fear and maximize buy-in

Ray Leach, Chris Adams join list of speakers

Two regional executives will sit on afternoon panel

Billy Graham

Rev. Billy Graham

'What good is it to gain the world and lose your soul?'

Zev and Jeffrey Weiss

Get well soon?

American Greetings gets a boost from PE firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Skoda Minotti’s Kenneth M. Haffey

Time is your enemy when you're a dealmaker