Now in its 23rd 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.
The Deal Maker Awards Program is one the most prominent business events in the city.
Marcus Fields, River Cities Capital Fund
Tony Shipley, Queen City Angels
Brad East, MCM CPAs & Advisors
Quipt Home Medical will be honored with Deal of the Year Award. In the past 15 months, Quipt has closed seven acquisitions and expanded operations into 26 states. Through acquisitions and organic growth, Quipt is forecasting revenue growth of 53% YOY and an 82% growth in EBITDA. Headquartered in Wilder, KY, Quipt was recently named as the top performing company in the 2023 TSX Venture 50 list. Greg Crawford is the CEO and Hardik Mehta is the CFO. Mark Greenberg of Silverstone Capital Advisors is an Independent Director.
Tim Egloff, Fifth Third Bank
Brad East, MCM CPAs & Advisors
Bob Coughlin, founder of Paycor, will be honored with the Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award. From humble origins as a self-financed payroll start-up in 1990, Bob led Paycor through an evolution that culminated in the company going public in July 2021. Through savvy adoption of new technologies, an unrelenting focus on customer service and investment in employee engagement that was decades ahead, Paycor rose to the forefront of the human capital management industry. Coughlin legacy also includes founding the Flying Pig Marathon in 1999.
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ACG Cincinnati is proud to present Jack Wyant, Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Chip Venture, with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the chapter. As most of you are aware, Jack played an outsized role in the formation of Cincinnati's now-thriving venture capital community.
Since the founding of Blue Chip, the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown from one VC firm to about 12 firms, from fund capital of $44 million to about $2 billion, from one resource provider to about 32 entities supporting corporate growth, and about five startups to about 140 startups that are being tracked by Cintrifuse.
Across 32 years Blue Chip raised and invested about $800 million from ten Funds, helped build over 200 companies via 600 financing rounds, most of which Blue Chip organized and led. During this time, Jack served as a director of 50 companies!
Perhaps just as significant has been Jack's tutelage of a generation of entrepreneurs. Blue Chip alumni have founded and built VC firms that represent a substantial part of the region’s estimated $2 billion of fund capital, and are in local ecosystem leadership positions. The collective impact on the community by leaders such as Pete Blackshaw, Todd Gardner, John McIlwraith, Tim Schigel, Tony Shipley and others are enduring sources of pride for Jack.
Prior Lifetime Honorees have included luminaries such as James Anderson, John Barrett, Bob Castellini, Richard Farmer, Candace Kendall, AG Lafley, Glen Mayfield, John Pepper, Ted Robinson, George Schaefer, and Jeff Wyler.