Associated Bank recently sponsored and participated in The M&A Boom: Can it last?, an event hosted by Smart Business Dealmakers and presented by Husch Blackwell, in Milwaukee.


Associated Bank’s Gus Hernandez, SVP, commercial banking segment leader, Corporate Banking, moderated a panel on financing business growth/raising capital, The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly – Lessons Learned in Financing M&A Deals.


The expert panel included David Ring, CFO, Sentry Equipment; Dan Einhorn, President & General Partner, Capital Midwest, and Keith Jochims, CFO, QPS Staffing.


“This talented group has an incredible level of experience and their observations and willingness to share insights with current and potential customers are of great value,” Hernandez.


The Smart Business Dealmakers Conference connects hundreds of local dealmakers - from middle-market CEOs to top investors and lenders to leading M&A advisers. This year, sessions ranged from How to Build Effective Capital Stacks for Acquisitions to How to Be an Effective Buyer in This Hyper-Competitive and Ever-Changing Environment.


“Associated Bank is proud to participate for a second year in this conference that provides an opportunity to feature Gus and his expertise and further provide value to our customers,” said John Utz, executive vice president, head of corporate banking, Milwaukee market president, Associated Bank.   


Smart Business Dealmakers is a content-driven conference held in major U.S. metropolitan cities for the past 20 years. This is the second year the event was held in Milwaukee.


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