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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 

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7:30am

Breakfast & Registration

8:00am - 8:15am

Introduction 

 

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)

12:00pm-12:15pm

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

12:15pm

Lunch & Networking

 

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