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Partial List of
Past Attendees

AEA Investors LP

Alexander Watson Associates BV

Angelo Gordon & Co. LP

Arkay Packaging

Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Blaige & Co.

BMO Capital Markets

Castle Harlan Inc.

Chemical Market Associates Inc.

Crowe Horwath LLP

Cyprium Investment Partners LLC

Dechert LLP

First Atlantic Capital

GE Antares Capital

Grace Matthews Inc.

Graham Partners Inc.

Grant Thornton LLP

Houlihan Lokey

Irving Place Capital

Jefferies & Co. Inc.

JM & Co.

KPS Capital Partners

L. E. K. Consulting LLC

Mason Wells Inc.

Mesirow Financial Inc.

Mid Oaks Investments LLC

Open Approach

Plante & Moran PLLC

RSM Richter Corporate Finance

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Silver Oven Studios

TransOcean Capital

Valuation Research

Vestar Capital Partners Inc.

Watson Standard

XMS Capital Partners

Zumbiel Packaging




Clear the date May 17 on your calendar!

CLICK HERE now to register before it's too late!

ENCORE Conference

For Middle-Market Private Equity

& Mezzanine Investors & Lenders


Private Equity Investing

In Packaging Companies

Finding the Right Niche

& Catching the Best Opportunities


  Attendance Is Limited!

  CLICK HERE to Register Now



Gregory J. Myers, Senior Managing Director
Mason Wells Inc.


Featuring 20 Expert Speakers Including --

  • John Q. Baumann, Ampac Packaging LLC
  • Ken M. Brooks, Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc.
  • Timothy P. Burns, Cranial Capital Inc.
  • Graham V. Bayly, Willis North America Inc.
  • Willem Enthoven, UBS Securities LLC
  • Will Frame, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
  • Glenn Harsh, NEX Performance Films Inc.
  • John Hart, P & M Corporate Finance LLC
  • James M. Hill, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
  • Jerry Hughes, Blue Ridge Partners LLC
  • Ted Jackson, AlixPartners LLP
  • Leland J. Lewis, Cyprium Investment Partners LLC
  • Domenic Mancini, Novacap Investments Inc.
  • Lawrence A. McVicker, North America Packaging Corp.
  • Louis Mitchell, Mesirow Financial Inc.
  • Frank A. Morse, Carter Morse & Mathias
  • Adam B. Piatkowski, Graham Partners Inc.
  • Brett A. Snyder, Nicolet Capital Partners LLC
  • Garland Strong, Resin Technology Inc.
  • David K. Swanson, GE Antares Capital Corp.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New York City 

Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, & Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,

& Other Advisors Who Support Them

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

In 2011, the packaging marketplace was a standout for private equity investors.  


And here’s good news -- 2012 is shaping up to be another winner!


The response to our very first packaging conference last June beat our expectations, and for a roomful of PE investors, it was a big boost for their success in this sector. 


          If you missed out that first time, or want to dig further into where 2012’s

          opportunities will be, you’ll want to attend The Capital Roundtable’s encore

          full‑day conference, with all-NEW content, on private equity investing in

          packaging companies Thursday, May 17, in New York.


           What’s more, we’re delivering special savings of $400 into your hands when you

           sign up now for this conference.  Our generous Early Bird Rate applies on all

           seats when you make your reservation by April 6, 2012!

          This conference is being sponsored by Mesirow Financial Inc. and Resin     
          Technology Inc.


Here’s six things you need to know: 


  1. The packaging marketplace is highly stable with a healthy mix of both new platforms  and also add-on acquisition opportunities for existing portfolio companies.  

  2. Packaging is experiencing steady deal flow in the middle-market space, reflecting the resurgence in the broader industrials sector.  In particular, packaging deals in the consumer-driven end markets are exceptionally resistant to economic pressures in tough times.

  3. It’s also a market that demonstrates consistent growth.  Worldwide packaging industry revenues are expected to reach $530 billion in 2014, reflecting a growth rate that exceeds that of the overall global economy.  

  4. Middle-market transaction valuations were trending up during the year, with competitive pressures pushing deals higher than 8x EBITDA.

  5. And it’s a market that provides plenty of potential to consolidate businesses and exit to other firms who are eager to trade on what you have accomplished. 

  6. There’s a lot of mass, a lot of players, and a lot of opportunity to expand globally in packaging-hungry markets like China.


Most important, we are helming this conference with a distinguished voice of experience.  We are delighted to have as our chair Greg Myers, Senior Managing Director at Mason Wells Inc., a Milwaukee-based private equity firm focused on packaging and packed goods investments that manages over $800 million in capital through the Mason Wells Buyout Funds.

Mason Well led last year’s notable middle-market transaction activity with its acquisition of Mullinix Packages, Inc., a leading food packaging thermoformer.  Other prominent middle-market transactions include: Aurora Capital Group’s acquisition of Industrial Container Services, a leading provider of reusable container solutions; OpenGate Capital’s acquisition of two former subsidiaries of Cascades Inc. to capitalize on growth opportunities in recycled packaging under the new name of Fusion Paperboard; and Windjammer Capital Investors’ acquisition of Protective Industries, a leading manufacturer of plastic closures.


Another appealing feature is that middle-market companies can carve out their own points of differentiation.  The 800-lb. gorillas of packaging often become high-volume, low‑profitability players, leaving much of the innovation and specialization to the smaller providers.  When you  add value to a small company through speedier production on short runs, innovative packaging, and advanced technology for niche applications, it becomes a very attractive acquisition target.


20 Experts Provide A King-Sized Package Of Information.


We’ll discuss the issues that are top of mind with packaging investors, and bring you facts that can make a difference in your future.  You’ll hear how companies are managing their material costs and risks.  Commodity prices for materials such as resin have been volatile in recent years, just one issue in the Gulf can drive changes that immediately effect margins.  Knowing how to orchestrate your supply chain and your customer relationships is a key to maximizing performance.


We’ll also focus on how to develop and improve your management teams, which is another area investors can immediately add value.  Many packaging companies are family-owned businesses where bringing in star performers in the right places can rapidly take you where you want to go.


And we’ll cover the impact of sustainability on the packaging marketplace.  While there is no global initiative or national legislation that requires action, there are still state and local regulations -- including outright bans -- that must be dealt with.  The reality is that although consumers like sustainable solutions, they don’t like paying for them, so we’ll explain how many packaging companies balance mandates from governments and image‑conscious retailers with realistic priorities for material substitutions.


Greg Myers is a member of Mason Wells’ investment committee and responsible for initiating investment opportunities, negotiating transactions, supervising due diligence, and working with portfolio company management teams.  


He serves on the board of directors for Oliver Products Co., NEX Performance Films, and Eddy Packing, Co.  He has over 20 years of private equity investing experience in middle-market companies, and was part of the team that formed Mason Wells. Greg holds a BS from the University of Iowa, and an MBA from Marquette University.


Along with Greg, our four panel discussions will feature 20 knowledgeable private equity experts in packaging, including GPs, portfolio company operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants and more.  They will share their real-world perspectives, lessons learned and industry outlooks, including insights on recent deal activity and managing current portfolio companies.


Register now to gear up for success in this sector, and discover --

  • What are the best areas of opportunity in 2012-13 for packaging industry investors?
  • What have been some of the most representative middle-market deals in the sector?
  • What benefits make the packaging sector so attractive to investors?
  • How are packaging companies reducing future risk of rising raw materials prices?
  • What niche applications can smaller packaging companies offer that are difficult for the bigger guys to match?
  • What are the best practices packaging companies follow to meet sustainability goals?
  • How is consolidation affecting the packaging space?
  • How do lenders view packaging industry deals?
  • What are the key ways that portfolio companies can enhance operations and drive revenues?
  • How do you prepare packaging companies for exits? 
  • And much, much more.

Build Your Network While You Build Your Success.


Throughout the day, you’ll be able to exchange ideas and swap business cards with both our attendees and speakers.  This conference includes both session breaks and an open lunch where it’s easy to make valuable connections.


You should attend this conference if you are a --

  • GP or LP looking to invest in packaging companies.
  • New private equity firm considering investing in packaging companies.
  • Hedge fund manager or venture capitalist interested in this specialized space.
  • Partner or operating executive of a packaging portfolio company.
  • Lender seeking participation in packaging transactions.
  • Investment banker pursuing deals with packaging companies.
  • Attorney or advisor representing packaging companies.
  • Executive search professional recruiting for the private equity industry.


Remember to register before our Early Bird Rate expires on April 6, 2012, and you’ll save $400!  Seats are available right now, but not for long, so please make your reservation now so you’re not disappointed.  We’ll be looking forward to greeting you.


For more information, please feel free to contact Mara Kane at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community.  For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 30 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit

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Chaired By

  • Gregory J. Myers, Senior Managing Director, Mason Wells Inc.

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Managing Partner, Alimansky & Bethell Group, and Chairman, The Capital Roundtable


  • John Q. Baumann, President & CEO, Ampac Packaging LLC
  • Ken M. Brooks, Senior Vice President, Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc.
  • Timothy P. Burns, President, Cranial Capital Inc.
  • Graham V. Bayly, Senior Vice President, Willis North America Inc.
  • Willem Enthoven, Director, UBS Securities LLC
  • Will Frame, Managing Director, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
  • Glenn Harsh, V.P.--Sales, NEX Performance Films Inc.
  • John Hart, Director, P & M Corporate Finance LLC
  • James M. Hill, Executive Chairman, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
  • Jerry Hughes, Managing Director, Blue Ridge Partners LLC
  • Ted Jackson, Director, AlixPartners LLP
  • Leland J. Lewis, Managing Partner, Cyprium Investment Partners LLC
  • Domenic Mancini, General Partner, Novacap Investments Inc.
  • Lawrence A. McVicker, former Chairman & CEO, North America Packaging Corp.
  • Louis Mitchell, Managing Director, Mesirow Financial Inc.
  • Frank A. Morse, Managing Director, Carter Morse & Mathias
  • Adam B. Piatkowski, Principal, Graham Partners Inc.
  • Brett A. Snyder, President, Nicolet Capital Partners LLC
  • Garland Strong, President, Resin Technology Inc.
  • David K. Swanson, Managing Director, GE Antares Capital Corp.

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07:30 - 08:30
08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:45
09:45 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:45

12:45 - 01:45

01:45 - 02:45

02:45 - 03:30
03:30 - 04:30



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks & Audience Introductions

Chairman’s Keynote -- "Value-Added Investing in the Packaging Industry"

First Panel -- “Views from Four Private Equity Investors & a CEO -- Why They’re Enthusiastic About Packaging Companies”
Coffee & Networking Break

Second Panel -- “Views from Four Investment Bankers & Lenders -- What They Say About Sourcing, Exits, & Consolidation in the Packaging Industry"
Luncheon & Networking
Third Panel -- “Working with Packaging Companies in Your Portfolio -- How to Drive Revenue & Build Strategic Assets”
Featured Keynote

Fourth Panel -- “Navigating the Unique Risks of Packaging Companies -- How Address Issues Like Resin Commodity Costs & Sustainability”
Networking & Adjournment

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  • Early Bird Registration Fee -- and save $400 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, April 6, and the fee for the conference is $995.
  • Premiere Registration Fee -- save $200 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, April 27, and the fee for the conference is $1195.
  • After that, the standard fee is $1395 for the conference.
  • At the door, if space is available, the fee is $1495 for the conference.
  • Special group rates -- The Capital Roundtable offers a special discount for 2 or more people.  For more info, please contact Mara Kane or 212-832-7300 ext 0.

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You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: New York Business Roundtable Inc., 12 East 44 Street, Penthouse, New York, NY 10017.

If the program is oversubscribed, we will notify you immediately and not charge your credit card.  (If you need to cancel, please do so by Thursday, May 10 at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future MasterClass.)

From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

Have a special question?  Please contact Mara Kane at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or by email at

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The University Club
Council Room -- Seventh Floor
One West 54 Street (at 5th Avenue)
New York City

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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The Capital Roundtable offers excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle-market private-equity community . For more details, please contact Dana DeMattia at 212-832-7300 or by email at

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