Winners of 7th Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards Revealed

16 Jun 2017

Top M&A Deals, Firms and Professionals Recently Honored at Award Ceremony at the Metropolitan Club in NYC

NEW YORK, NYJune 16, 2017ACG New York, the largest association for middle-market deal making professionals in New York, and The M&A Advisor announced today the winners of the 7th Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards, held last night at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The annual tribute recognizes and honors the leading middle-market transactions, firms and dealmakers within the local ACG community responsible for supporting middle-market growth in New York. The winners were selected in the following categories: Business & Financial Services Deal of the Year; Consumer/Retail Deal of the Year; Healthcare/Pharma Deal of the Year; Manufacturing/Industrials Deal of the Year; Technology, Media, and Telecom Deal of the Year; and Cross- Border Deal of the Year.

“ACG New York was honored to recognize the successes of an outstanding group of middle market dealmakers and leaders at the 6th Annual Champions Awards,” said David Hellier, President of ACG New York and partner at Bertram Capital. “We are in an increasingly competitive and efficient M&A environment. We salute tonight’s award winners for their creativity and leadership, which is driving the positive and important impact the middle market has on the US and metropolitan New York economies.”

Among the esteemed honorees were Alan Gelband, President/CEO, Gelband & Company, who was presented with the Peter Hilton Founder’s Award and Heidi Deiner, the recipient of the Chapter Leadership Award, who in addition to being the chair of ACG New York, is Director of Client Relations at Murray Devine. Marcia Nelson, Managing Director, Alberleen Family Office Solutions and VP of the Programming Committee for ACG New York, received the Women of Leadership Award, and Lou Halstead, President of GMW Management, received the inaugural Lou Halstead Woman of Leadership award in recognition of her 15 years of service to ACG New York as Chapter Executive. Halstead is retiring this year.

“This year’s winners represent the very best of the M&A industry in 2016 and were able to stand out among a group of impressive finalists. We are excited to toast this year’s Champion’s Awards winners and discuss the trends that made this a banner year for deal making,” said Ian Bone, chair of ACG New York’s Champion’s Awards committee and Senior Manager of Product Planning & Innovation at CT Corporation.

In addition to recognizing the significant accomplishments of its members, ACG New York also strives to give back to the community. Along these lines, the group donated $50 for every Champion’s Award attendee to ACG Cares, a nonprofit that helps to nurture the next generation of New York business leaders by assisting college and graduate students from a range of social backgrounds in finding their first business-sector job.

Judges and their affiliations included: Amrit Agrawal, Managing Director | Co-Head of Debt Capital Markets, Piper Jaffray & Co.; Joana Bekerman, Executive Director – Investment Banking, SMBC Nikko; Corey Bleil, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal; Claudine Cohen, Principal, CohnReznick LLP; Scott Estill; Brian Garfield, Vice President, Lincoln International; Ken Kencel, President and CEO, Churchill Asset Management LLC; Kathleen Lauster, Managing Director, Silver Leaf Partners, LLC; Burke Loeffler, Principal, Medley Management, Inc.; Peter Nesvold, Managing Director, Silver Lane Advisors LLC; Steve Piccone, Vice President, Sales, Merrill Corporation; Don Ritucci, Managing Director, Imperial Capital; Marc Schwartz, Chief Operating Officer, Bob Mackie Design Group, Ltd.; Paul Smolevitz, Managing Director, TM Capital Corp.; Janet Walsh, CEO, Birchtree Global, LLC.
Criteria used by the judges included the importance of the transaction, product, service or dealmaker to the industry, as well as the creativity, resourcefulness and perseverance it took to complete the deal.

The full list of the winners can be found here.

About ACG New York
ACG® New York, Inc., the founding chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, is the largest association of middle- market deal making and corporate professionals in New York, with more than 1,000 members across all industry sectors. ACG New York facilitates long-term relationship building, driving middle-market growth. ACG’s members are focused on investing private capital, which benefits the pension funds held by municipal workers, fire fighters, police officers, health workers and others who have dedicated years of service to the public good.

Each year, more than 8,000 professionals participate in ACG New York’s 70+ networking and educational events in New York City and Westchester, including healthcare, manufacturing, and retail/consumer conferences. ACG Deal-Source® and ACG Capital Connection® events connect buyers together with funding sources in scheduled private meetings and bring M&A specialists together for open networking.

The organization’s annual Champion’s Awards recognize the year’s outstanding middle-market firms and deals, while its Education Cup competition honors the best graduate business school team from the New York City area for M&A counseling prowess. These and other programs have spurred ACG New York’s rapid growth in recent years.

ACG Cares is a 501 (c) 3 charity assisting college and graduate students from a range of social backgrounds who are interested in a career in business find their first job. Visit

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