WESTON, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. Rep. James A. (Jim) Himes (D-CT), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and of the House Committee on Financial Services, will keynote the fourth annual Economic Forum, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (CTTMA), the Connecticut Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG CT) and the Crossroads Venture Group (CVG), at Fairfield University on Nov. 25.
Representing Connecticut's 4th Congressional District and one of Connecticut’s five House members, Mr. Himes, first elected to Congress in 2009 and recently re-elected, sits on the Financial Services committee's two subcommittees on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises and on Housing and Insurance. A Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Himes is a former Goldman Sachs vice president and former vice president of Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing.
Preceding Mr. Himes will be two panel discussions, the first on the economy and the second on doing business in Connecticut. The first panel, "Is the Sky Really Falling or Is the Ground Just Rising Up?," will be moderated by Donald E. Gibson, Ph.D., dean and professor, Charles F. Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University. Panelists include Dr. Philip Lane, associate professor of economics, Dolan School of Business; John Traynor, senior vice president and chief information officer, People's United Bank; and Scott E. Gluck, counsel, Venable LLC.
The second panel, "From Cradle to Grave & Everything In Between: A Practical Guide to Running & Funding a Business in Connecticut," will be moderated by James C. Schulwolf, a partner in Shipman & Goodwin LLP. Panelists include Michael Fedele, the 107th lieutenant governor of the State of Connecticut and founder and chairman of The Pinnacle Group; and Christian E. Lund, a partner in Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners. A third panelist is to be announced.
"We will be hearing post-election views from Washington, academia and business about the state of America's economy--especially in Connecticut--and what's required to renew it," said Philip G. Kane Jr., CTTMA president and a vice president of U.S. Bank, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States in terms of assets. "We will also be providing informed insight into what it takes for business--especially Connecticut business--to succeed in today's low-growth environment."
ACG CT Chairman Ramsey Goodrich, a managing director at Carter Morse & Mathias, said, “This is an important information session for both operating companies and the deal-making community in the area. The business climate in Connecticut is deeply impacted by decisions made in Washington, and Congressman Himes’ vantage point from key finance-oriented House subcommittees, as well as his background on Wall Street, makes him a great guide for navigating this environment.”
Last year's event drew 175 financial and corporate executives, including private equity investors, investment bankers, commercial lenders, attorneys, accountants and other transactional advisors.
The event is being held at Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. It will begin at 3 pm and end with a cocktail reception and dinner with the congressman from 6:30 to 8 pm. For additional information and to register online, click here: http://bit.ly/1pZG3nL.
CTTMA, based in Weston, CT, is the Connecticut chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), the leading organization dedicated to corporate renewal, including turnarounds, restructuring and distressed investing. Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,300 members in 49 chapters, including 31 in North America. Members include interim corporate managers; financial, operating and legal advisors; investment bankers, commercial bankers, private equity executives and venture capitalists; and related professionals, including receivers, appraisers, trustees, auctioneers/liquidators, factors, recruiters and government officials.
About ACG CT
The Connecticut Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Connecticut) is one of the fastest growing, most vibrant ACG chapters in the country. ACG Connecticut is comprises close to 300 local professionals focused on middle-market corporate growth (i.e.: mergers and acquisitions, financing opportunities, business development, joint ventures, licensing arrangements, etc.), including a diverse group of private equity funds, intermediaries, lenders, and service providers.
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