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Partial List of
Past Attendees

ACON Investments Advance Publications Advisory Board Co.
Alchemy Global
Aliat Universidades All Star Directories
Almich & Associates Ancora Education
Arcady Bay Partners
Ashworth College
Azure Creek Capital
Becker Media
Bederman Capital
Bennett Day School
Bentley Associates
BMO Capital Markets

BSG Team Ventures
Certica Solutions
Charter Oak Equity
Clear Landing Capital
Cobbs Allen
Contemporary Forums
Cressey & Co.
Crestline Investors .
Curriculum Associates
Cushman & Wakefield
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Duane Morris
Eden Capital
EdNexus Advisors
Ellucian Co.
Enova Decisions
Evolution Capital
Foxhill Capital Partners
GEMS Education
Gold Star Foods
Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
GRO Capital
Harber Advisors
Heavy Equipment USA
Heidrick & Struggles
Kendall Hunt
Lazard Middle Market
LePort Montessori
Magnolia Capital
McClintock & Assoc.
McGraw-Hill Education
McKinsey & Company
Meteor Learning
MHT Partners
MVP Capital Partners
National Heritage
Neutron Interactive
New Harbor Capital
New Meridian
Oliver Wyman
Palm Ventures
Pamlico Capital
Parchman Vaughan
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Proskauer Rose
Quad Partners
Reilly Associates
Renovus Capital
Rising Tide Asia
Riverside Company
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Royal Media Group
Smart Tuition
Social Assurity
Sperry Mitchell & Co.
Sterling Partners
Stifel Invest. Banking
Strada Ed Network
Symposium Ventures
TZP Group



Tapping Middle-Market Deals 

In the Smoking-Hot Education Industry


Private Equity Investing
In Education-Focused Companies



Atif U. Gilani

Founding Partner

Renovus Capital Partners


Thursday, January 25, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City




Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP




Goldberg Kohn Ltd.



Frank F. Britt, Penn Foster Education

Elizabeth A. Burgess, Bridges Fund Management Ltd.

Christina Erland-Culver, EdNexus Advisors LLC

Alison R. Griffin, Whiteboard Advisors LLC

Ryan Hinkle, Insight Venture Partners

Jeffery J. Keith, Sterling Partners

Rob Klapper, Ashworth College

Grant M. Kornman, NCK Capital

William R. Loesch, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Robert Lytle, EY-Parthenon

Scott C. Marden, CIP Capital

David Mohr, Azure Creek Capital Partners

Todd L. Parchman, Parchman Vaughan & Co. LLC

Daniel S. Pianko, University Ventures Fund

John R. Przypyszny, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Robert T. Puopolo, Epic Partners

Chris Ross, EY-Parthenon

Jack B. Slye, LLR Partners

Jonathan D. Tarnow, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Bradley L. Whitman, Renovus Capital Partners

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

Private equity interest in education-focused companies is smoking hot -- in the first half of 2017 alone, $7.7 billion of deals got closed.


It’s easy to see why -- the education market is immense, and it’s going through unprecedented change.


Come hear from experienced investors about which segments they find most intriguing -- like vocational technology, corporate training, pre-K, K-12, and post-secondary.


And which they think are over-priced and over-crowded and they wouldn’t touch with a proverbial ten-foot-pole -- like ed-tech or K-12 services.



Register now to attend The Capital Roundtable’s conference on

"Tapping Middle-Market Deals in the Smoking-Hot Education Industry,” on Thursday, January 25, for an in-depth discussion of what metrics to use when judging potential deal targets, what sectors to be less (or more) cautious about, and which off-the-beaten-path areas to monitor for deals.


Click here to receive your best rate-- a savings of $400 on our regular conference rates!


Here Are Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Hear investors execute successful consolidation plays and roll-ups in the education space.

  2. Hear which education deals experienced investors think are fads, and how they hunt for and find value in niches that have fallen into disfavor.
  3. Learn how to apply the concept of “return on education investment” to evaluating potential deals.


Register Now to Hear How 20 Leading Education Investors

Source Deals, Find Talent, & Drive Revenues


This conference brings you the who's who of PE dealmakers in one compact day-long event with three exclusive panel discussions and three tightly conceived “conversations” and keynotes.



You'll hear how they’re --

  • evaluating the relative merits of investing directly in schools versus providers of services to schools
  • evaluating winners and losers as state and federal regulations and budgets shift


  • thinking about the post-secondary sector these days



Here are some of the topics that our 20 expert speakers promise to spotlight -- 

  • How large amounts of student debt pose a risk to some investments
  • How experienced investors make sense of the multiple underlying drivers in this very fragmented industry
  • What types of companies to invest in at this point in the economic cycle
  • How Betsy DeVos’s administration is impacting education dealmaking
  • How public/private partnerships can help mitigate regulatory risk
  • Whether and what kind of for-profit schools are attractive again
  • What does and doesn’t work when investing in tech training
  • What kinds of online corporate investments are working these days
  • How changing U.S. demographics are altering the regional calculus of education investments
  • Which types of service provider investments are most tempting
  • How states are innovating as they gain more control over education and the risk and opportunity for private equity
  • Where states need help in implementing new systems and technologies
  • How automation is changing American jobs and job training needs
  • How private equity is helping with the task of educating people to do more complex jobs

Register Now to Join Atif Gilani

And More Than 20 Other Industry Experts


We welcome Atif Gilani as chairman of our conference. He‘s a founding partner of Renovus Capital Partners, founded in 2010 near Philadelphia.


Atif is involved in managing his firm’s investment activities in career colleges, training companies, professional development, educational technology, and outsourced service providers.


He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s program in Management & Technology, where he earned a degree in business from the Wharton School and a degree in engineering from its School of Engineering & Applied Science.



Three More Reasons Why You Should Join Us

  1. Debate why roll-ups are more difficult in the education industry, and in what subsectors they can succeed.
  2. Discuss how public market exit opportunities are shifting as companies go private to fix their business models and companies in the emerging education technology sector test the waters.
  3. Understand opportunities related to retraining blue-collar workers to succeed in today's more technology-driven economy.


Recent Education & Training Sector Transactions


  • Leading public companies Strayer Education and Capella Education’s “merger of equals” to pursue cost savings and programmatic synergies.


  • The merger of Nautic Partners’ portfolio company Source4Teachers, a provider of services such as substitute teachers for K-12, with Education Solution Services.


  • Going private transaction of Education Management Corp. and IPO of Laureate Education, both operators of for-profit schools.


  • Renovus Capital’s acquisition of corporate training platforms -- Pragmatic Marketing, a leading provider of product management training, and Red Nucleus, a training solutions company for the healthcare industry.


  •  L Squared’s acquisition of Learner’s Edge, a fast growing direct-to-teacher provider of online professional development, continuing education, and master’s degree programs for K-12 teachers.


  •  Education Growth Partners’ acquisition Apex Learning, a Seattle-based curriculum provider. 



Click here to receive our best rate -- a savings of $400 on our regular conference rates!


This Capital Roundtable conference is the ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners and clients

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Julie Berger today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


 Who Should Attend


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




We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, January 25, 2018.


Conference Organizers


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 25 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking, marketing, and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Kellie Green or Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email at or




Have a Question?


Please contact Julie Berger at or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




Who We Are


This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all-designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about education companies. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from education company investors
  • Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
  • War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands

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Chaired By

  • Atif Gilani, Founding Partner, Renovus Capital Partners


Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Frank F. Britt, Chief Executive Officer, Penn Foster Education
  • Elizabeth A. Burgess, Partner & Head--U. S. Sustainable Growth Fund, Bridges Fund Management Ltd.

  • Christina Erland-Culver, President, EdNexus Advisors LLC
  • Alison R. Griffin, Senior Advisor, Whiteboard Advisors LLC

  • Ryan Hinkle, Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners
  • Jeffery J. Keith, Operating Partner, Sterling Partners
  • Rob Klapper, Chief Executive Officer, Ashworth College
  • Grant M. Kornman, Managing Partner, NCK Capital
  • William R. Loesch, Principal, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
  • Robert Lytle, Managing Director & Global Head--Education, EY-Parthenon
  • Scott C. Marden, Managing Partner, CIP Capital
  • David Mohr, Managing Director, Azure Creek Capital Partners
  • Todd L. Parchman, Partner, Parchman Vaughan & Co. LLC
  • Daniel S. Pianko, Managing Director, University Ventures Fund
  • John R. Przypyszny, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Robert T. Puopolo, Partner, Epic Partners
  • Chris Ross, Managing Director, EY-Parthenon
  • Jack B. Slye, Partner, LLR Partners
  • Jonathan D. Tarnow, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Bradley L. Whitman, Founding Partner, Renovus Capital Partners

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Networking & Registration & Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions


Conference Chairman’s Introduction --

  • Atif Gilani, Renovus Capital Partners


Morning Keynote --

  • Rob Lytle, EY- Parthenon


Networking & Coffee


First Panel --

Consolidations, Rollups, Platform Buildups --

Lessons Investors & Their Bankers Learned the Hard Way


Networking & Luncheon  


Afternoon Conversation -- 

What to Expect from Washington in 2019 -- 

How the Regulatory Environment May Impact Education


Afternoon Interview -- 

How do Impact Investors View Education Opportunities   


 Networking & Dessert


Second Panel --

Where Investors Can Find Opportunities in Blue Collar Education --

Digging into Workforce Development & Vocational Training


Third Panel --

Education Investment Themes of the Future --

Four Trends That Have Strong Legs, & Four That Are Just Passing Fads


Networking & Adjournment



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Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Julie Berger today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


Please note that The Capital Roundtable limits the number of registrants from a single firm to three.


  • Best Rate -- Early Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1495 when you register by Friday, December 1. Just $1095.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, December 22, and the fee for the conference is $1295.


  • Conference Rate -- $1,495 increasing to $1,595 day of conference, space permitting.


  • Group Rate -- $995 each, when you register two or more people to attend from the same company.


Register Now


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., 747 Third Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10017.

Have a special question? Please contact Julie Berger at or 212-832-7300 ext 0.


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.

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  •  Midtown, NYC

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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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We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.117, or by email at


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