Celebrating excellence in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

ACG Cincinnati honors the deals and deal makers as well as the accountants, bankers, lawyers, private equity firms and other stakeholders who initiate, structure and negotiate deals for growing organizations.

About the Deal Maker Program

Now in its 21st year, the Deal Maker program recognizes outstanding organizations and individuals with proven track records of leadership, innovation and success through the art of the deal. Each of the winners has, in some way, challenged conventional thinking in order to drive growth in their organization and the business community. The program focuses primarily on transactions and growth within the last 18 to 24 months. Prior nominees and honorees include the most prominent and successful companies in the region. Honorees are announced at a grand event, with over 500 senior business leaders attending. The Deal Maker Awards Program is one the most prominent business events in the city.

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Why Participate in Deal Maker?

Your Investors

Heightened profile within the local, regional and national private equity industry

Your Leaders

Personal recognition for leadership excellence for C-Suite executives

Join an Exclusive Group of Honorees

Acknowledgement within the business community for achievement in driving growth


Learn from best-in-class honorees as you network with business leaders

Top Talent

Showcase your company as an employer of choice in the competition for talent

Your Team

Team-building and employee retention by celebrating the achievements of the group


Increased profile with business media and coverage in Business Courier Supplement Enhanced recruiting appeal in a tight market for top finance talent


Marketing exposure to highlight corporate strategic vision and value proposition for customer retention and new sales opportunities

Our Sponsors

Presenting Partner
Gold Partners
Finalist Video Partners
Awards Partners
Silver Partners
Cocktail Partners
Media Partners
Community Partners
Corporate Partners

2021 Judges

An independent panel of judges, selected from former Deal Maker Honorees, hear presentations from the companies and nominators before facing the challenging task of identifying this year’s honorees. The strictest standards of confidentiality are upheld and nominations are shared only with the panel of judges. Judges are limited to a three-year term.

Stacey Browning

Managing Director, CincyTech

Stacey Browning is Managing Director of CincyTech, an Ohio-based venture capital firm making seed-stage investments in digital and life sciences companies with ties to the Cincinnati region.  Previously, Stacey was President of Paycor, where following her start in sales Employee #11, she served as a critical motivator and change agent in senior marketing, product development, IT, HR, and customer service roles. Significantly, she was Paycor's first Chief Product Officer and is known for her focus on the customer and emphasis on user experience.

Stacey is active in the community serving as a Board Member of the Health Collaborative, is a co-founder of Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon, Committee of 200 member, a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement and received The Circuit’s 2019 Technology Visionary Award. She regularly finds time to help other businesses and is presently a Board Advisor for InfoTrust, a digital marketing analytics. She speaks regularly on the topics of scaling businesses, personal branding, and furthering the careers of women in technical leadership. As a Forbes HR Council member, has been regularly featured at Forbes.com.

Ben Fotsch

Vice President, Digital Strategy & Execution, Western & Southern Financial Group

Ben Fotsch is VP, Digital Strategy & Execution at Western & Southern Financial Group, where he leads distribution growth efforts focused on digital platform partnerships.  Prior to this role, Ben was a part of W&S’s corporate development team where he led all strategic VC investments and supported other M&A activity, including W&S’s acquisition of Gerber Life Insurance Company which won a Deal Maker award in 2019.  Prior to W&S, Ben worked for GE Energy in multiple roles in Greenville, SC and Atlanta GA.  Ben has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kenny McNutt

Co-Founder MadTree Brewing Company

Originally from Texas, Kenny received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He went on to get his Masters in Engineering at Cornell and then an MBA from Xavier. Outside of education, he pursued his career at Northrop Grumman as a software engineer (which led him to Cincinnati) before transferring his skills and experience to becoming a co-founder of MadTree Brewing Company in 2013. Within four years, his ambition and passion grew a small 15-barrel brewhouse into a brand new 126-barrel brewhouse located in Oakley, where he resides. This was one of many things that led him to become a winner of the Cincinnati Business Courier's 2016 Forty under 40 awards with six years to spare and be named a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2017.

Kenny is all-in when it comes to community involvement. He is on the board of trustees for the Oakley Community Council and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and serves on Xavier University's Williams College of Business' Board of Executive Advisors. He can also be found enjoying a pint of beer with his co-workers and friends or walking to local shops in the Oakley Business District with his wife and 100-pound Saint Berdoodle named Colonel.

Andrew Simon


Andrew Simon is President, Corporate Services & SVP, Locum Tenens at Health Carousel

Health Carousel is a leading workforce solutions company that provides medical facilities across the U.S. with travel nursing, contract physician, and international temp-to-perm services. Founded in 2004, the company has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing healthcare staffing companies in the United States, growing at 64% CAGR since 2014 and ending 2019 with $303M in revenue. In 2020, Health Carousel was recognized as the 9th largest healthcare staffing company in the country, as well as one of the fastest growing healthcare staffing firms, listed on the Inc. 5000 list, and named as one of the fastest growing companies in Cincinnati. The company has also grown via acquisition with the purchase of Next Medical Staffing in October 2015, Medical Staffing Options in January 2017, Locum Medical Group in September 2018, Onyx M.D. in February 2019, and Lucidity in April 2019.

At Health Carousel, Andrew splits his time between leading Corporate Services & growth, strategy, and operations for the nation's 13th largest Locum Tenens (physician staffing) company

Before joining Health Carousel, Andrew was a Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy practice working across numerous industries. Previously, he founded and operated a marketing and political advisory company. Andrew also has experience working in venture capital and spent his early career on the campaign trail.

Andrew earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Bates College.

Adrienne Vannarsdall

CFO, River Cities Capital Fund

Adrienne joined River Cities in February of 2008. She oversees the accounting, finance, treasury and human resource functions for the River Cities family of venture capital funds, as well as for the management company, River Cities Management, Inc. In addition, she participates in the investment committee.

Prior to joining River Cities, Adrienne was a Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young. During her time at Ernst & Young, she audited clients of various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, airline services, coal supply, property management and transportation.

Adrienne was named as part of Cincinnati Business Courier's 40 Under 40 in 2017 and the Cincinnati Chamber's WE Lead Class 11. She serves on the Boards of Directors of I Have Wings and Children's Home of Northern Kentucky. Adrienne is also a member of NVCA's CFO Task Force and the NKY Chamber of Commerce Women's Initiative Group.

Adrienne holds a Bachelors of Science with concentration in Accountancy and a Masters of Accountancy, from Northern Kentucky University.

2021 Steering Committee

Kendra Bach

Wells Fargo


Michael Hurley



Doug Bolton

Cincinnati Cares/Inspiring Service

Charles Bradley East

MCM CPAs & Advisors

Don Feldmann


Ely Friedman

Von Lehman & Co.

Mark Greenberg

Silverstone Capital Advisors

Jeremy Hayden

Taft Law Firm

Patrick Lillie

Wells Fargo

Emma Off

Thompson Hine

Chris Snyder

Huntington Business Credit

Kelly Snyder

Cincinnati Business Courier

Kristen Sumpter

Robert Half

Marcie Taylor

ACG Cincinnati

Kelly Wolski

Fifth Third Bank

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