AM&AA Conference © 2019 - 2020

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

2020 AM&AA Global M&A Winter Conference

The Alliance’s objective is to enhance existing relationships, facilitate new relationships, and create an event where deals begin while providing participants with an opportunity to learn from their colleagues about the latest trends and practices in Buying, Building, and Selling Middle Market companies. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Golf Tournament

Champions Golf Course

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AM&AA Board Meeting

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

CM&AA Advisory Board Meeting

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AM&AA Awards Presentation

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Night Reception

Thursday, January 9, 2020

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Chapter Leader Breakfast

By invitation only.

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Networking / Breakfast Break

9:15 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction

9:20 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

State of the M&A Middle Market

Start your AM&AA Winter Conference with actionable advice gained from GF Data’s research. After completing this session, you will have knowledge of current middle market trends in deal pricing and structure from the most reliable data on private M&A transaction in the $10 million to $250 million enterprise value range.

Graeme Frazier

Private Capital Research LLC/GF Data Resources, LLC

Graeme Frazier is the President of Private Capital Research LLC, a buy-side M&A and consulting firm he founded 17 years ago that sources, originates, and invests in buyout and recapitalization transactions for middle-market private equity firms, family offices and corporate clients; and is also a Founder and Co-Manager of GF Data Resources LLC, a subscription-based database company that publishes quarterly reports and hosts a searchable online utility that features proprietary transaction (valuation, leverage, and key deal terms) data on private equity-sponsored M&A transactions with $10 to $250 million in total enterprise value. Prior to PCR, Frazier served as the Director of Research for the Private Capital Group of Berwind Financial Group LP, and began his career Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities Corp.  

10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Growing Your Deal Flow: Demand Generation Strategies

Join a panel of business developers from across the industry during a round table discussion and walk away with an understanding on how intermediaries, investors, and transaction providers approach their counterparts in terms of efficiently growing deals for their firms, with an emphasis on process and technology.

Chris Blees


As President and CEO of BiggsKofford, Chris Blees directly oversees several sectors of BiggsKofford’s business including the firm’s Merger and Acquisition practice. The firm has become a recognized M&A leader throughout the Western United States, with involvement in over 300 merger, acquisition, or sale transactions across California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. A leading acquisition industry authority, Blees is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (AM&AA), has his Series-7 Securities License, is the lead instructor for the CM&AA designation, and is active in many professional organizations including sitting on the board of the Alliance of M&A Advisors.

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Networking / Brunch Break

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

What Deal Makers Need to Know: GAAP Changes & Tax Strategies for 2020

Walk away from this session armed with knowledge on business, tax, and accounting changes, as well as hot button issues, that will surface in 2020. Learn how to mitigate the risk of these changes with proper due diligence and deal structuring, as well as tax-minimization strategies to leverage recent tax law changes for better deal economics.

Cathy Green, CPA

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen, LLC)

Cathy has more than 25 years of experience in tax, specializing in high net worth clients, trusts and estates, and tax-exempt entities (especially private foundations), focusing on both compliance and planning opportunities. Cathy also assists corporations, partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, and S Corporations with tax compliance and tax planning, and has experience dealing with various taxing authorities on client issues. Cathy holds a Bachelors of science in business administration in accounting from University of Georgia, Terry College of Business and received her Masters in Accounting, from University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Cathy is Certified Public Accountant in Arizona.

Ty Miller

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen, LLC)

Tylan (Ty) Miller is a Principal in the Phoenix office of CliftonLarsonAllen. While Ty’s primary focus is working with manufacturing and distribution, he also works with companies in several industries. Ty has been serving privately held companies and their owners for thirteen years. Ty’s experience includes providing assurance services and assisting companies in support of transactions – both on a buy-side and sell-side basis, owner succession, and analyzing and developing internal control structures. He enjoys interacting with clients and their staff and recognizes the importance of building good client relationships. Ty has served clients ranging in size from the pre-revenue stages to $400 million in annual revenues. Ty serves on CliftonLarsonAllen’s revenue recognition task force and the manufacturing and distribution national team. Ty graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.

12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Post-Deal Merger Integration: How to be Better at Marriage than You are at Dating

Capital groups, investment bankers, and consultants all run across deals where the make-or-break is upfront diligence on post-deal integration for mergers and significant add-on acquisitions. After applying the lessons learned from this panel’s successes and challenges, you will give your deals the best shot at a successful close and integration process.

1:10 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Networking / Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Independent Sponsors: Why the Model is Here to Stay

Hear from independent sponsors and capital groups that utilize them in their model. At the end of this session, you will understand the nuances of the independent sponsor community, how their process differs from traditional private equity, and how intermediaries can prudently include them in their processes in the coming years.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Deal Connect

Forge the connections to help you get your next deal done. Promote your deal opportunities in front of private equity professionals, corporate investors, lenders and other M&A experts, investment bankers, intermediaries and peers.

2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Playbook for Business Transitions: How Middle Market Owners and Managers Win

When major transitions come, leaders of middle market companies often find themselves ill-prepared and under-equipped for their new world. After completing this session, you will be able to identify the type of advisors that companies need, how to choose the right advisors, and ensure a successful transition ahead of a transaction.

3:40 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

Networking Break

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Human Side of Diligence

Hear from leaders in the human capital and investment fields to truly understanding the most critical aspect of any business—its people. From management team members to shareholders, in this session you will learn best practices, examples of success, and costly mistakes that anyone in M&A can hear from around the human side of deal making.

Chelsea Wood

Insperity Inc. 

For nearly 15 years, Chelsea has partnered with leadership teams to identify and address their unique business challenges related to operational performance, strategy, business development, and human capital. Prior to joining the team, she managed new growth initiatives, such as mergers, acquisitions and other strategic partnerships, for a multi-state integrated health system. Previous to that, she partnered with executive teams to establish strategic and operational priorities as well as provided leadership coaching focused on improving operational performance and employee engagement. In addition to her broad range of consulting experience, Chelsea is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor through the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) and a Six Sigma green belt. Chelsea has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School. Chelsea is based in St. Louis, MO.

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Friday, January 10, 2020

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Networking / Breakfast Break

9:15 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.

The Price is Right, but is Your Buyer? Selling Beyond the Purchase Offer for Privately Owned Businesses

In this session, you will gain insight into how sellers should utilize a multi-factor criterion for selecting purchase offers which goes beyond the highest offer price. M&A advisors and investors will gain a greater ability to better serve their firms by selecting the right parties for the next phase of the business evolution.

10:05 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Junior Capital’s Evolving Role in the Capital Structure

In this session a panel of mezzanine and private equity fund partners share what they look for in target portfolio companies and the lessons learned from working collaboratively to grow and exit the company. You will gain greater insight into the benefits of how junior capital structure their various forms, and how and when they work best.

10:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Networking / Brunch Break

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

M&A Economic Outlook for 2020

A panel of leading private equity firms and investment bankers with decades of M&A experience will discuss their current thinking on middle-market valuations and trends along with their predictions for 2020. Following this session, you’ll have gained insight into how the next economic downturn will affect the industry.

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