41th Annual ACG InterGrowth® Conference Featured High-level Executive-focused Content and Networking

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Growth-oriented professionals from across the globe converged in Dallas for the premier middle-market mergers and acquisitions conference

InterGrowth, the conference for middle-market growth professionals, attracted nearly 2,000 attendees to the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas. The event is run by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global organization focused on driving middle-market growth.

"World-class speakers and events focused on doing business contributed to a record-setting InterGrowth," said Doug Tatum, chairman of Newport Board Group, advisory committee chairman, Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies (IEGC) and chairman of ACG InterGrowth 2012. "InterGrowth provides an efficient, convenient way for senior-level middle market professionals to connect and do business. With more than $60 billion of available capital available at InterGrowth, the middle market is looking for ways to put capital to work.”

Attendees heard keynote addresses from the Honorable Dr. Condoleezza Rice, John W. “Jay” Jordan II of The Jordan Company, Hall of Fame pitcher and president of the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan and a spirited debate between political strategists Karl Rove and James Carville.

The networking highlight of the event was the InterGrowth Champions Reception held on the field of Cowboys Stadium, sponsored by Duane Morris LLP, Grant Thornton LLP and Merrill DataSite®.

ACG Capital Connection® provided direct business networking between deal sources and senior partners of exhibiting private equity funds. More than 850 private equity professionals, 300 investment banking professionals and numerous corporate executives participated. ACG DealSource® featured nearly 1,000 face-to-face scheduled meetings between intermediaries and private equity and corporate leaders.

ACC, in collaboration with the Edward Lowe Foundation’s Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies and PitchBook, launched GrowthEconomy.org, a web site that reveals details on 16,500 private-capital backed companies. The site demonstrated that private-capital backed companies grew sales and jobs at much faster rates than other business establishments between 1995 and 2009. In addition, ACG co-sponsored a PitchBook report that showed that 85% of all private-equity investments have been in the middle market, with more than $2 trillion invested in the sector by private equity since 2000.

"ACG InterGrowth 2012 demonstrated the power and vitality of middle-market dealmaking,” said Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, president and CEO of ACG. “Private capital invested in the middle-market has proven to grow companies and create value for investors, executives, employees and communities. Through InterGrowth and more than 1,200 chapter events around the world, ACG drives middle-market investing and growth.”

ACG InterGrowth 2013 will be held April 22-24, at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

About Association for Corporate Growth
ACG’s 14,000 members include investors, lenders, executives and advisors for more than 20,000 of the world’s best middle-market companies. Founded in 1954, ACG has grown into a global organization with 57 chapters. Learn more at http://www.acg.org. ACG drives middle market growth, learn how at http://www.middlemarketgrowth.org.

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