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"The Key to Successful Investing in West Michigan"

This educational conference will offer West Michigan high net worth and institutional investors the opportunity to learn about a wide range of private capital investments that can provide diversification, attractive returns and contribute to the success of West Michigan's next generation of business success stories.

Invest Locally, Invest Profitably 



Breakfast & Registration

8:00am - 8:15am



J. Kevin McCurren- Grand Valley State University

8:15am - 8:45am 

Keynote Opening Address


Tom Groos- City Light Capital    

8:45am - 9:45am

Panel Discussion:


Investment Styles and Strategies: Key Investment Opportunities in 2012


This panel will identify and give a brief overview of the characteristics, differences and similarities in the different investment opportunities in West Michigan.


Moderated by

Sri Sundaram - Grand Valley State University

Real Estate Syndication
Jay Barnes -Synergy Properties LLC

Angel Investing
Skip Simms - Ann Arbor SPARK

Early Stage Venture
John Kerschen - Mchigan Accelerator Fund I

Later Stage Private Equity
Martin Stein - Blackford Capital


9:45am -10:15am    

The Business of Venture Investing


Mahendra Ramsinghani- First Step Fund


This session describes the various aspects of raising the venture fund, sourcing and structuring investments and insights to generate returns in a consistent manner.

10:15am - 10:30am

Coffee Break & Networking

10:30am - 11:15am 

Breakout Sessions


Real Estate Syndication
Colin Kraay - Colliers International
Mike Mraz - Rockford Construction
Jay Barnes - Synery Properties LLC


Angel Investing
Jody Vanderwel - Grand Angels
Skip Simms - Ann Arbor SPARK
J. Kevin McCurren - GVSU Center for Enterpreneurship  


Early Stage Venture
Tim Streit - Huron River Ventures
John Kerschen - Michigan Accelerator Fund I
Kevin McLeod- Michigan Medical Device Accelerator


Later Stage Private Equity
John Pollock - LV2 Equity Partners
Ron Reed - Seneca Partners
Martin Stein - Blackford Capital 

Kevin Cusack - Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

11:15am - 12:00pm

(Repeat Breakout Sessions)


MEDC Perspectives on Michigan Investment Climate
Paul Brown- Michigan Economic Development Corp.


Lunch & Networking





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