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Past Attendees 


AEA Investors


Amada Senior Care

Annex Brands

Atlantic Street


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings


British Swim School

Burgerim Group USA

CapitalSpring Finance

Cassels Brock & Blackwell

CFO Advisors

ClearLight Partners

Closet & Storage Concepts

Dale & Lessmann

Davis Wright Tremaine

DLA Piper

Envista Group


Faegre Baker Daniels

Franchise Growth Solutions 

Franchise Performance Group

Franchise Research Institute

ghSMART & Co.

Grant Thornton

Griswold Home Care

Harlem Coffee Co.


International Franchise Association

Liberty Mutual

Lipton Financial Services

LV2 Equity Partners

McKeeCo Services

My Salon Suite

New Harbor Capital

NewStar Financial

NexPhase Capital

NRD Capital

Outdoor Living Brands

P & M Corporate Finance

Palladium Equity

Peak Franchise Capital

Planet Beach Franchising Corp.

Plante Moran

Prohaska Consulting

Ratner Companies

Regions Restaurant Banking

Roark Capital Group

Saltz Family Office

Seyfarth Shaw

Starboard Capital

Stonington Capital

Texas Capital Bank NA

Winmark Corp.

Wray Executive Search

From Fast Food to Home Care --

Where Wise Investors Are Finding

High-Growth Franchise Companies


 Private Equity Investing

In Franchise Companies



Scott M. Porter 

Managing Director

Brightwood Capital Advisors LLC



Thursday, February 7, 2019

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City





Plante Moran




Phillip Druce, Atlantic Street Capital Management LLC

Anish Gandhi, Brookwood Associates LLC

David Grossman,Renue Systems Inc.

Russell Herakovich, Brightwood Capital Advisors LLC
David Humphrey, Exaltare Capital Partners LLC
Kimberly Hunter, United Healthcare

Bruce Irwin, American Family Care
Margaret Montague, McLean Group LLC
Lisa Oak, Oak Advisory Services LLC
Maggie M. Prager, TZP Group LLC
John Rigos, Aurify Brands

John Teza, NRD Capital Management LLC

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

As everyone knows, Americans are eating out more than ever. For example, according to one recent study, more than a third of all adults eat fast food every day.


As a result, there are more and more success stories. For example, take the sale by General Atlantic and Rosser Capital of Barteca Restaurant Group to Del Frisco’s for a 10x+ EBITDA multiple.


Still and all, cautionary tales are also emerging, e.g., PE-backed Taylor Gourmet, which recently filed for bankruptcy and said it would take the unusual step of completely shuttering its brand.


What’s more, as the U.S. economy appears to be slowing down and tech disruption is ramping up,  investors are taking hard looks at franchising opportunities --


  • In healthcare, PE firms are making consolidation plays in areas like dental practices and home healthcare services. So KKR bought Heartland Dental in April, Riverside Company acquired CarePatrol via ComForCare in February, and NexPhase bought Synergy Homecare in April.

  • In the fitness and beauty sector, PE firms are snapping up companies such as CycleBar, Club Pilates, and Sunshine Fitness, counting on the boutique fitness craze to continue. There are already instances of failure, like Drill Fitness and Lithe Method.


Register now to gain valuable insights as our panelists assess the outlook for franchising when you attend The Capital Roundtable’s all-day conference on Private Equity Investing in Franchise Companies on February 7, 2019, in New York City.



Here Are Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Dive deep into franchise sub-sectors like boutique gyms, fast casual restaurants, and home healthcare to understand the impact of tech disruption, demographics, and fast-changing consumer tastes.

  2. Discuss how to attract top managers and retain talented workers in a tight labor market.

  3. Hear about successful cost management techniques private equity firms are implementing at their franchise portfolio companies.


The key to dealing successfully with slowing down in franchising lies in understanding the macro trends that impact franchising in unique ways. For instance –


  • America’s wealth gap is increasing spending at some types of restaurants and hurting it at others

  • Millennials’ spending power is driving everything from specialty gym services to expanding food delivery options

  • America’s growing senior population is leading to innovative new models for providing better healthcare while containing costs

  • The push and pull of labor costs and automation are driving franchisors to think quickly about how to retain good workers while keeping a lid on costs by automating or outsourcing processes like delivery.


Click here to Hear Our 20+ Speakers Address Key Points Such as --


  • Which franchise company sectors and subsectors will thrive in both good times and bad

  • Franchisors versus franchisees --  where does it make sense to invest?

  • Why demographic changes are lifting some restaurant subsectors and sinking others

  • Whether restaurant investing is in a bubble

  • The need-to-know outsourcing trends to consider before you invest in a healthcare franchise

  • Whether investing in a fitness or beauty franchise in the economic cycle makes sense

  • Which processes franchises are successfully automating

  • The rise of convenience eating and the future of delivery

  • How to find the best entrepreneurs

  • How to retain the best staff while containing labor costs

  • The pros and cons of investing in national versus regional or local franchises

  • How firms are winning deals amid stiff competition with strategic buyers and high valuations

  • The latest regulatory issues for franchises

  • Best practices for handling disagreements with franchisees or concern among franchisees over ownership changes

  • How to factor real estate into your deal-making


Register Now to Join Scott Porter

And More Than 20 Industry Experts


Scott Porter is a managing director at Brightwood Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Brightwood, he was a partner at Uni-World Capital, a lower-middle market buyout fund, and before that he worked with Brightwood co-founder Sengal Selassie as a partner at Cowen Capital Partners, where he spent nine years in a capacity similar to his role at Uni-World.


While at Cowen, Scott was instrumental in assisting the company in a number of business development activities that included the company’s spin-out from Société Générale and subsequent IPO, the creation of a $500 million healthcare-focused private equity fund, and the acquisition of an Asian boutique investment bank.


He started his career as a member of Chase Securities High Yield Corporate Finance Group, where he executed over $3.5 billion in lead-managed and $7.0 billion in co-managed transactions in the media, telecommunication, healthcare, chemical, consumer products, manufacturing, and service industries. He earned a BA from SUNY Binghamton University.


Register Now to Bolster Your Awareness of Opportunities

At a Key Moment for the Franchise Space



 Recent Middle-Market Franchising Deals


  • Three private equity firms -- MPK Equity Partners, AHR Growth Partners, and PNC Riverarch Capital -- acquired a majority stake in Sola Salon Studios, a hair salon franchisor.

  • Apax Partners acquired Authority Brands, the parent company of The Cleaning Authority and Homewatch CareGivers franchisors, from PNC Riverarch Capital. The company subsequently did an add-on, buying America's Swimming Pool Company, a swimming pool service franchisor.

  • Xponential Fitness, a portfolio company of Snapdragon Capital, acquired barre franchisor Pure Barre.

  • Roark Capital’s Inspire Brands added Sonic to its portfolio of franchised eateries, which also includes Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings.

  • Trilantic North America took a majority stake in Taymax, one of the largest Planet Fitness franchisees with more than 50 locations in Canada and the U.S.

  • Hyde Park Ventures acquired 16 Five Guys franchises across New England, giving it 32 franchises in the region with several more in development.

  • General Atlantic invested in beauty lifestyle franchisor European Wax Center.

  • TSG Consumer Partners purchased a minority stake in Dutch Bros. Coffee, a drive-through coffee franchisor.


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 Kristi Paris 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, February 7, 2019.


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 30 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 Kristi Paris 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. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

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

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Chaired By

  • Scott M. Porter, Managing Director, Brightwood Capital Advisors LLC



Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Phillip Druce, Partner, Atlantic Street Capital Management LLC
  • Anish Gandhi, Managing Director, Brookwood Associates LLC
  • David Grossman, President & CEO, Renue Systems Inc.
  • Russell Herakovich, Managing Director, Brightwood Capital Advisors LLC
  • David Humphrey, Chief Executive Officer Exaltare Capital Partners LLC
  • Kimberly Hunter, Dir.--Sales & Account Management, United Healthcare
  • Bruce Irwin, Chief Executive Officer, American Family Care
  • Margaret Montague, Managing Director, McLean Group LLC
  • Lisa Oak, Chief Executive Officer, Oak Advisory Services LLC
  • Maggie M. Prager, Principal, TZP Group LLC
  • John Rigos, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Aurify Brands
  • John Teza, Director, NRD Capital Management LLC

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    Networking & Registration & Breakfast


    Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions


    Conference Chairman’s Introduction --

    • Scott Porter, Brightwood Capital Advisors LLC


    First Panel --

    Healthcare Franchises --

    Taking Advantage of Outsourcing Trends


    Networking & Coffee



    Second Panel --

    Beauty & Fitness Franchises --

    Where to Find the Best Prospects in a Slowing Economy

    12:15-12:45 Morning Keynote --


    Networking & Luncheon



    First Afternoon Conversation
    Retaining the Best Employees –

    How Franchises Cope with a Tight Labor Market


    Networking & Dessert



    Second Afternoon Conversation --

    Managing Franchise Costs –

    How Issues Vary Across Sub-Sectors


    Third Panel --

    Investing in Restaurant Franchises --

    How Millennials' Tastes Impact Dealmaking


    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 Kristi Paris 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 14. Just $1095.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, January 4, 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 Kristi Paris 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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