Kellogg Insight Live: Financing for Growth


Please join Professor Mitchell Petersen from the Kellogg School of Management for a discussion on one of the greatest challenges in business today: Financing for Growth.  Dive into the world of financing companies and discover how private equity and venture capital enable growth across a range of critical company life stages; taking concepts to business, rejuvenating enterprises and accelerating growth at established firms.  Join the conversation with Professor Petersen and a dynamic panel at this alumni-exclusive event.


Thursday, February 25

The Langham, Chicago

330 North Wabash Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

6:00 p.m. – Registration

7:00 p.m. – Main program

8:30 p.m. – Networking reception

Cost: Complimentary for alumni and guests

See Who's Coming: HERE


Featured Speakers

Craig S. Dean '80 is a Principal at AEG Partners and a Board Director at AEG Capital. Craig joined AEG in 2000, shortly after the firm’s inception. In addition to serving as Principal of AEG Partners, Craig serves on the Board of Directors for AEG Capital, the firm’s capital markets affiliate. He has extensive operational and financial expertise from working with public and private companies across a broad range of industries. He also has served on a number of corporate boards as well as in a variety of fiduciary trustee positions.

Jim Dugan '97
has over 20 years of corporate finance, capital markets, and venture capital investment experience. He is the CEO, co-founder and Managing Partner of OCA Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on equity investments in companies with dramatic growth potential. Prior to forming OCA Ventures, Jim traded derivatives at the Chicago Board of Trade and worked in corporate finance with Continental Bank. Jim participated in the structured financing of companies ranging in capital size from $10M to several billion dollars.

Walter Florence '98 is the Managing Partner at Frontenac Company, where he concentrates on technology services, publishing and media investments. He also focuses on service companies across a range of markets with a concentration on business and industrial services, food, consumer, media and information services. He joined Frontenac in 1994, after working with Bear, Sterns & Co. He currently serves as Director of Mercer Foods, Van de Vries Spice Corporation and Wenner Bread Products, among others.

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Mitchell Petersen
is the Glen Vasel Professor of Finance and Director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital at Kellogg. Professor Petersen's research is in the area of empirical corporate finance; his recent writing focuses on technology and changes in the financial (banking market) as they impact the funding of small firms. Professor Petersen's work has been awarded the Smith-Breeden Prize (Outstanding Paper), the Michael Brennan Award (Best Paper), as well as 15 teaching awards spanning twenty years.