2022 Conference

2022 Conference

April 25-27 at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Monday, April 25th

11:15am: Registration

12:00 – 1:30pm: Opening Lunch with Michael Farr, CEO and Founder, Farr, Miller & Washington, LLC 

1:45 – 3:00pm: General Session A: Pt. 1 Case Study – Infrastructure Firm Simulated Acquisition

3:15 – 4:30pm: Breakout Session 1: Hosted by Plante Moran Preparing to Acquire a Business

3:15 – 4:30pm: Breakout Session 2: How the “Best of the Best” Pass the Leadership Baton

6:00 – 9:00pm: Offsite Event Sponsored by Morningstar Law Group – The Chopping Block’s exclusive Iron Chef Competition, designed to inspire creativity and a little friendly competition. This is a timed culinary challenge to see who can stand the heat of the kitchen! You will be divided into teams, and each team will work together to create a meal using a mystery recipe!

Tuesday, April 26th

7:30 – 8:45am: Keynote Breakfast with Scott Cattran, President & CEO, Woolpert

9:00 – 10:15am: General Session B – Case Study 2 – Valuing Target Companies in Today’s Environment

10:15 – 10:30am: Break

10:30 – 11:45pm: Breakout Session 3: Hosted by Fox Rothschild – Keys to a Successful Transaction: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

10:30 – 11:45am: Breakout Session 4: Positioning Your Firm with a Financial Partner

12:00 – 1:30pm: Keynote Lunch with Paul VanDuyne, President & CEO, IMEG Corp.

1:45 – 3:00pm: General Session C – Dodgeball: What do you want to know – throw it at the expert

3:00 – 3:15pm: Break

3:15 – 4:30pm: Breakout Session 5: Anatomy of a Deal: Architectural Engineers, Inc. and IMEG Corp., Inc.

3:15 – 4:30pm: Breakout Session 6: issues and Opportunities for Existing and Future ESOP Companies

6:00 – 7:00pm – Cocktail Party

7:00 – 9:00pm: Keynote Dinner with Adrian Gostick – Renowned Culture and Retention Expert, New York Times Bestselling Author

Wednesday, April 27th

7:45 – 9:00am: Keynote Breakfast with Christy Cavataio, President & COO, Cuningham Group Architecture

9:00 – 10:15am: Breakout Session 7: Hosted by Ames & Gough – Trends in Cybersecurity

9:00 – 10:15am: Breakout Session 8: Talent, Talent, Talent: Keeping Who You Have and Attracting New

10:30am – 12:00pm : General Session D: Case Study Auction & Review: And the winner is ……

12:00- 12:30:  Closing Lunch with Katharine Mottley, Vice President of Tax and Regulatory Affairs, ACEC