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We are investors working side by side with clients to solve today’s wealth and investment strategy challenges. We are innovators, continuously pushing the boundaries of investing while minimizing costs and taxes. We are advisors, whose global reach and more than 50 years of service give us exceptional insights into the goals, questions, and aspirations of private clients.

We are in the business of money management, but what we do is Make Money Meaningful®.

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Jason Arends  847-267-8301 - jason.arends@bernstein.com



While the Porte Brown staff comes from all walks of life with very different backgrounds, they all share the characteristic of being positive individuals who are always looking for the best ways to assist their clients. Our employees are independent thinkers capable of handling projects and goals independently.

We take pride in our staff being proactive forward thinkers, which stems from the firm’s strong emphasis on learning. Taking time to improve one’s own skills, not only shows leadership, but it helps us grow and become a better resource for the surrounding community.

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Jeff Smiejek  847-956-1040 - jsmiejek@portebrown.com



Star Mountain Capital, founded in 2010 by Brett Hickey, is a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on the large and fragmented U.S. lower middle-market. Backed by some of the world’s most sophisticated institutional and high-net-worth investors, Star Mountain has developed a unique and proprietary platform to provide investors with highly diversified access to the attractive risk-reward opportunities available from established businesses that are not large enough to access the more efficient U.S. capital markets.

Star Mountain has a specialized platform, with the option for investors to access low-cost, fixed-rate U.S. government leverage through the SBIC program.

With over 40+ full-time team members and over 35 strategic operating partners and senior advisors, Star Mountain has one of the deepest benches of specialized investment professionals focused exclusively on the lower middle-market.

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Ryan McGovern  216-246-1634 - ryan.mcgovern@starmountaincapital.com


Wisconsin

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Husch Blackwell leads our clients from where they are to where they want to be. From offices in 18 U.S. cities, we deliver legal insight and business leadership that helps our clients identify smart solutions, advance their goals and move forward. Our law firm's mergers and acquisitions attorneys work as an integrated team across the full spectrum of practice areas involved in strategic M&A transactions, representing buyers, sellers, private equity firms and other financial sponsors, boards of directors, and management buyout groups of all sizes in transactions in the United States and internationally.

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Jack Enea 414-978-5745 - jack.enea@huschblackwell.com


Chortek LLP is a CPA and business advisory services firm focusing on privately-owned businesses. Our deep industry expertise include succession planning, accounting and audit, tax compliance & planning, IT managed services, software solutions-support and installation, mergers and acquisition. Chortek advises the business leader on innovative ways to protect assets and enhance business efficiencies.

Contact

Scott Henkel 262-522-8239 - shenkel@chortek.com




With a long-term invest, build and hold philosophy, PS Capital Partners is a private equity firm seeking investments in manufacturing and processing businesses with revenues between $10-75 million located in the Upper Midwest. The firm’s principals have extensive backgrounds in private equity investing, giving the firm the ability to structure various types of transactions including management co-investment, buyouts/recapitalizations of family or entrepreneur owned business and growth equity financing.

Contact

Mike Mack  414-831-1804 - mmack@pscapitalpartners.com      



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