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Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) creates a forum for the contemporary arts and critical debates. Together with artists, academics, everyday experts, and partners across the globe, it explores ideas in the making and shares them with the digital public.
 
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) creates a forum for the contemporary arts and critical debates. In the midst of profound global and planetary transformation processes, HKW re-explores artistic positions, scientific concepts, and spheres of political activity, asking: How do we grasp the present and its accelerated technological upheavals? What will tomorrow’s diversified societies look like? And what responsibilities will the arts and sciences assume in this process? HKW develops and stages ...
 
Middle Market Growth Conversations feature in-depth #interviews about trends impacting midsize companies and M&A. Guests include CEOs, #economists, private equity #investors and other influencers who discuss what they’re seeing in the market. Interviews address topics such as industries experiencing disruption, public policy, operational strategies, #macroeconomic #trends, financing and more. The podcast is part of Middle Market Growth, the Association for Corporate Growth’s official publica ...
 
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How can nightlife be designed in harmony with the earth’s finite resources? What would really be necessary to create a club experience that takes the climate and fragility of all of us into account? And how does this relate to physical pleasure? Social entrepreneur Sarj Lynch hosts the second episode of the Politics of the Dance Floor podcast and d…
 
Two co-founders of Vertical Bridge, Alex Gellman and Bernard Borghei, join the podcast to discuss the pandemic’s impact on telecommunications infrastructure and on their company, which owns and manages 288,000 sites nationwide, including wireless and broadcast towers, rooftops, land parcels and billboards.A privately held company based in Boca Rato…
 
Kevin Depew, RSM's deputy chief economist and leader of the firm's national industry eminence program, returns to the podcast to discuss the state of the U.S. economic recovery, one that has revealed an underlying K-shaped economy. Depew also explains the impact of recent policy changes from the Federal Reserve, along with the top concerns weighing…
 
In July, law firm Katten published a report about private equity activity in the animal care sector, based on survey responses from private equity investors and animal care operators. Kimberly Smith, a partner and co-chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice at Katten, joins the podcast to walk through those survey findings an…
 
The economic crisis caused by COVID-19 has led many businesses to focus on challenges related to working capital, supply chain, or the accelerated shift from brick-and-mortar to e-commerce. Yet alongside these urgent priorities, talent planning continues to be important, particularly as companies position themselves for the post-pandemic future.Bob…
 
This episode is brought to you by QBE North America, part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. ***Tom Fitzgerald, president of QBE North America’s Specialty & Commercial business, joins the podcast to discuss a recent survey that explores the risks and concerns facing midsize companies in 2020.Commis…
 
Closing a deal in 2020 can be challenging, particularly when the parties involved operate in different countries. Yet HKW announced in July that its portfolio company Fresh Direct Produce, a fresh produce importer in Western Canada, had acquired Mike & Mike's Organics, a distributor of fresh certified organic fruits and vegetables headquartered in …
 
The COVID-19 outbreak has wreaked havoc on the consumer products industry, prompting apparel and beauty brands to find ways to remain relevant. Meanwhile, many food brands and grocery retailers have seen unprecedented demand from customers who are now eating more meals at home.In this episode of the podcast, Robert von Furth, a managing director in…
 
Raving is community, solidarity, contact. A club can be a safer space, especially for People of Color, Black people and LGBTQ+ people. How do the communities bridge the pandemic void? What mechanisms of social exclusion exist even in the music scene and club culture? And what role does gentrification play? In the first episode of the Politics of th…
 
Fewer than one-third of companies that come to market end up selling successfully. Deal-makers have long sought to improve the odds by adding to their contact lists, but Denise Logan argues that establishing deeper relationships is a better solution.Logan is the author of "The Seller's Journey," a book she wrote based on her work advising business …
 
Melissa Mounce, a managing director focused on leadership talent at private equity firm GTCR, discusses human capital management and recruitment strategies, and why this is an area where more and more private equity firms are focusing. During the conversation, Mounce describes GTCR's approach to talent within its portfolio, and she points to the at…
 
This episode is brought to you by RSM US LLP, a leading accounting, tax and advisory firm dedicated to the middle market. Last week, the Labor Department published a jobs report that showed stronger employment numbers than expected. Yet soon after the report's release, it became clear that the unemployment rate was likely much higher than official …
 
This episode is brought to you by RSM US LLP, a leading accounting, tax and advisory firm dedicated to the middle market.It features an extended interview with Anthony DeCandido, a partner in RSM's financial services practice, and Michael Fanelli, a transaction advisory services partner with RSM.Originally broadcast as a video interview on ACG's Gr…
 
Mitch Cahn, president of Unionwear, a maker of custom branded accessories, spoke with ACG Global CEO Tom Bohn about the new sales strategy that prompted ACG New Jersey to honor Unionwear with a Corporate Growth Award. Unionwear's business, like many others, has changed over the past few months, including a shift to producing personal protective equ…
 
Tyler Brennan, founder and CEO of RaceDayQuads, spoke with Middle Market Growth about how he started his e-commerce business, which sells components for drones, with a focus on the first-person-view drone racing market.Brennan founded the company five years ago while he was a 21-year-old college student, and he's managed its warehouse in Florida re…
 
This week's podcast episode features Jane Miller, CEO of Lily's, a maker of sugar-free chocolate. Originally broadcast on ACG's GrowthTV, Miller speaks with ACG CEO Tom Bohn about leading Lily's through the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the support the business has received from its private equity backer, VMG Partners.Although the company is in…
 
Terry Graunke, chairman and CEO of Erie Street, an independent advisory firm based in Chicago, spoke with Middle Market Growth last week about how he's leading his firm through the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.Graunke launched his first business in college. He has gone on to found 11 startups and has been involved with 43 …
 
Today's episode is brought to you by RSM US LLP, a provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. It features Kevin Depew, RSM's deputy chief economist and leader of the firm's national industry eminence program.Depew provides an overview of the monetary and fiscal policy response to the coronavirus outbreak, and how i…
 
After the ACG Chicago Middle Market Manufacturing Conference, Middle Market Growth sat down with Craig Smith, an enterprise executive with Plex Systems, to talk about cloud-based systems, leveraging data and the skills gap facing midsize manufacturers today.In this episode, Smith describes how Plex’s solutions can help manufacturers cope with suppl…
 
During the ACG Chicago Middle Market Manufacturing Conference, Middle Market Growth sat down with Jon Walker, business development manager at EOS North America, a provider of 3D printing solutions that include systems, software, materials and services.Walker explains how 3D printing and additive manufacturing differ from traditional manufacturing t…
 
Jennifer Fondrevay, founder and chief humanity officer of Day1 Ready, describes her research into why so many mergers and acquisitions fail, and how acquirers and investors can address workforce considerations earlier in the M&A process.Fondrevay has interviewed a number of C-level leaders, HR professionals and PE investors, and she's written on th…
 
This week's episode features Chris Voss, the FBI's former lead international hostage negotiator and CEO of The Black Swan Group, which advises Fortune 500 companies on performing complex negotiations.Voss addressed the key elements that all negotiations share, from a middle-market M&A transaction to a high-stakes hostage crisis. He also suggested s…
 
During the Toronto ACG Capital Connection, Middle Market Growth sat down with Elmer Kim, who has spent more than 25 years working with family offices. He currently serves as chief investment officer for the Hyatt Bangia Family Office. In this episode, Kim describes how he works with families to craft their investment strategy. He also spoke about h…
 
Kevin Depew, deputy chief economist and industry eminence program leader for RSM US LLP, spoke with Middle Market Growth about recent trade developments and the underlying issues impacting U.S. economic growth.The U.S. recently agreed to a "phase one" trade deal with China and signed the USMCA with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Fr…
 
Jim Owen, a managing director and head of engineering and construction in Stout’s Investment Banking group, recently sat down with Middle Market Growth to discuss industry trends. Owen outlined three primary areas driving interest from buyers in the construction and engineering space: aging infrastructure, demand for resilient construction that can…
 
During the Association for Corporate Growth's Strategic Acquirer Summit, Middle Market Growth sat down with two corporate development leads to talk about their roles and how they approach M&A.The first interview explores corporate development in the tech space and features Kate Anissimov, who recently joined Google, having previously worked in corp…
 
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is trying to repair his reputation after two suspensions that cost him valuable sponsorship endorsements and hurt his chances of qualifying for what would be his fifth Olympic games in 2020.To try to fix the damage, the 35-year-old swimmer signed on to CNBC's "Back in the Game," in which former baseball player Alex Rodri…
 
During the Toronto ACG Capital Connection conference, Middle Market Growth sat down with leaders from two technology-focused growth equity firms. The first interview in this episode features Scottie Wardell, managing partner and co-founder of Integrity Growth Partners, a firm based outside of Los Angeles that invests in software and tech-enabled se…
 
Kal Beidas, former president and CEO and current board member of Aetna Bearing Company, spoke with Middle Market Growth on the sidelines of the Great Lakes ACG Capital Connection in Detroit to discuss the impact of tariffs on midsize manufacturers and how trade developments are reshaping due diligence.Aetna, a bearing manufacturer based in Livonia,…
 
Dug Song is vice president and general manager of Duo Security, which he founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2010 and sold to Cisco last year for $2.3 billion. He sat down with Middle Market Growth on the sidelines of the Great Lakes ACG Capital Connection in Detroit to talk about the origins of Duo, why he decided to sell it to Cisco, and how the c…
 
Kevin Depew, RSM's deputy chief economist and industry eminence program leader, spoke with Middle Market Growth about RSM's Q3 U.S. Middle Market Business Index. The index, which slipped to 129.4 from 132.3 in the third quarter, reflected a decline in confidence among middle-market executives from the previous period.Depew notes that although any r…
 
Andrew McCabe, former acting director of the FBI, spoke with Middle Market Growth about the mounting threats posed to the public and private sectors by state-supported hackers. McCabe chronicles much of his time with the FBI in his new book, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump." He spent 22 years with the bureau…
 
Jessica Robinson, co-founder of the Detroit Mobility Lab and president and executive director of the Michigan Mobility Institute, sat down with MMG on the sidelines of last week's Great Lakes ACG Capital Connection in Detroit to talk about training the engineering workforce of the future.In Robinson's definition, mobility encompasses the transporta…
 
Tom Turmell, founder and managing director of TMT Capital Partners, spoke with Middle Market Growth about how health care entrepreneurs are looking to grow their businesses, and the common questions he hears about private equity, which continues to show strong interest in acquiring physician practices. In addition to his role at TMT, Turmell delive…
 
On the sidelines of ACG Denver's Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth conference, Middle Market Growth sat down with two corporate leaders from Colorado: Karla Nugent, founder and chief business development officer for Weifield Group, an electrical contractor; and Stuart Smith, CEO of Buehler Companies, a moving, logistics and storage company.In this ep…
 
Christopher Gavigan is co-founder and chief purpose officer for The Honest Company, the baby, home and beauty products company he started in 2012 with actress Jessica Alba. On the podcast, Gavigan discussed his experience running a wellness brand, including building trust with customers, recovering from product recalls and reputation challenges, an…
 
Martin Okner, president and chief operating officer of dpHUE, sat down with MMG during the Association for Corporate Growth's InterGrowth conference to talk about the evolution of the beauty industry and how dpHUE's robust digital strategy is helping the company compete in today's market. Okner, who will step into the role of ACG Global board chair…
 
The Association for Corporate Growth's membership includes roughly as many corporate members as private equity, and a number of them are involved in the function of corporate development. As part of its efforts to help corporate development officers build their networks and share best practices, ACG will host its inaugural Strategic Acquirer Summit…
 
Kevin Depew, RSM's deputy chief economist and industry eminence program leader, spoke with MMG about the economic outlook for middle-market businesses and how they're responding to tariffs, technological change and a tight labor market.During an interview on June 19, Depew discussed recent developments in the United States' trade dispute with China…
 
Whit Matthews, senior investment director at Aberdeen Standard Investments, sat down with MMG on the sidelines of the Association for Corporate Growth's InterGrowth conference to talk about what his firm looks for when selecting GPs to work with and some of the common missteps he sees private equity firms make during succession planning. During the…
 
PitchBook's director of research and analysis, Nizar Tarhuni, spoke with MMG on the sidelines of the Association for Corporate Growth's InterGrowth conference about emerging areas for private equity investment. Although opportunity zones have garnered attention for their tax benefits and economic development goals, Tarhuni doesn't expect to see wid…
 
Today, SoulCycle is a well-known fitness brand with indoor cycling studios across the country. But back in 2006, the first SoulCycle opened in a former dance studio off of a rear lobby in New York City, a location that the company's co-founders, Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, found on Craigslist. On this episode of Middle Market Growth Conversati…
 
Adam Boscoe, director of corporate development for Trimble, spoke with MMG about his company's M&A strategy, including what makes a target attractive, how Trimble's corporate development team is structured, and the types of deals he likes to see from investment bankers.Trimble is a 40-year-old public company that provides advanced positioning solut…
 
Pauline Brown, the former chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, reflects on her experience overseeing LVMH's portfolio of luxury brands in the company's largest market, and she offers insight into how high-end brands are faring in the changing retail landscape. After leaving LVMH in 2015, Brown joined the faculty of Harvar…
 
Working for a private equity-backed business isn't for everybody. According to Bob Ryan, a partner at Shields Meneley Partners, only 1 in 5 professionals he works with in his firm's executive transition program is a fit for a leadership role at a PE portfolio company.In this episode of the podcast, Ryan and Keith Goudy, managing partner at Vantage …
 
At a recent ACG event in Detroit focused on cross-border trade, Middle Market Growth sat down with leaders from ACG's Detroit, Western Michigan and Toronto chapters. They weighed in on how issues like tariffs and NAFTA renegotiation are impacting middle-market companies, and whether legalization of cannabis presents an investment opportunity for AC…
 
Joseph Comartin, Canada’s consul general in Detroit and a former member of Parliament, spoke with MMG on the sidelines of the recent Cross-Border Connections conference hosted by ACG’s Detroit, Toronto and Western Michigan chapters. He discussed the trade relationship between the U.S. and Canada, the impact of the steel and aluminum tariffs, and a …
 
Lower middle-market companies are increasingly attracting interest from private equity buyers. To hear what it takes to successfully partner with these businesses, MMG sat down with Matt Petrucci, a partner with Plante Moran’s transaction advisory services team, and Brett Holcomb, a principal with private equity firm Prospect Partners.Check out Par…
 
In Part 2 of our interview with Matt Petrucci, a partner with Plante Moran’s transaction advisory services team, and Brett Holcomb, a principal with private equity firm Prospect Partners, the two discuss the role PE firms play in helping a company preserve its culture. They also describe the most innovative business models they’ve come across and t…
 
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