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A great day at ASPIRE 2018

Thank you to everyone who made this year's event the best yet


May 4, 2018

By: Fred Koury

ASPIRE 2018 is in the books and it was an incredible experience. Many of you reading this were there and can attest to the relentless passion and energy of our local investors, entrepreneurs and dealmakers.

I am always amazed at how much sound advice is shared by our speakers and panelists. RPM International’s Frank C. Sullivan shared one great insight after another in telling the story of the strategy and dealmaking that built RPM from $11 million to $5 billion. And Google’s Ted Souder helped us gain better insights into how digital platforms continue to transform business at an astounding pace.

In addition, we had a powerhouse group of panel discussions about buying and selling businesses, raising capital and handling a liquidity event. Keep an eye out in future issues of Smart Business Dealmakers for coverage of these sessions.

We could not accomplish this incredible gathering of local dealmakers without the help of a lot of people. First and foremost are our honorary chairs, Stewart Kohl and Umberto P. Fedeli. Our incredible host committee members were generous with their time and ideas, which helped make this the best ASPIRE event yet.

Thanks to all of you and to those who came to learn and share your own experiences.