KEVIN J. CONWAY (‘84)
Vice Chairman, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Kevin J. Conway is the Vice Chairman of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a global private equity firm known for blending investment skills with operating capabilities to build great businesses.
Kevin joined CD&R in 1994 and is currently a member of the Management Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee. He served as Managing Partner of CD&R from 2004 to 2016. Kevin has chaired the Investment Committee since 2001, over which time CD&R has invested $20 billion to acquire more than 50 companies.
Prior to joining CD&R, Kevin spent ten years with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was elected a partner. He was a senior member of the M&A Department, advising corporate leaders and boards of directors on numerous transactions. Kevin also served as Chief of Staff of the Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division (1992-1994) and as Global Head of Investment Banking Recruiting (1988-1991).
Kevin serves on several charitable and civic Boards, including the Carnegie Corporation (Investment Committee), Catholic Health Services, The New York Catholic Foundation, and Student Sponsor Partners (former Board Chair and now Vice Chairman).
Kevin is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was a joint political science and economics major and was awarded the Densmore Berry Collins prize at graduation. Kevin holds a joint degree from Columbia University, with an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
FIRESIDE CHAT MODERATOR: SCOTT ESTILL (‘09)
Scott Estill is a Partner at Lancor and has over 20 years of deal generation, M&A, financial services and executive recruiting experience. He leads Lancor's New York City office.
Through Lancor's Advisory practice, Scott and his team assist private equity funds with originating and appraising potential transactions, sourcing industry experts for pre-acquisition due diligence, and finding backable senior management teams.
Scott received an MBA from both London Business School and Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in both economics and finance and business management from Gettysburg College. He also graduated from the INSTEP economics program at Cambridge University.
Scott is on the NY Board of the Association of Corporate Growth, a global organization focused on M&A deal makers (Bankers, PE professionals. Lawyers, Accountants etc.) and business leaders with 56 chapters and over 14,000 members located around the world. He is on the Board of Unison Advisors, an independent investment manager and registered investment advisor that specializes in valuation based multi-asset strategies and the Board of BluWave, a PE focused consulting advisory firm. Scott also lectures for M&A and Finance classes at both Columbia and Fordham Business School.
Chair, Abry Partners LLC
Peggy Koenig is Chair of Abry Partners, LLC, which is a top ranked North American private equity investment firm focused solely on investing in the media, communications, information and business services industries. She is also currently a 2018 Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Program.
Abry has completed over $80 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity investments. The firm manages buy-out, growth equity and senior debt funds. Ms. Koenig joined ABRY in 1993 as a Partner when the firm organized its first $250 million buyout fund. Ms. Koenig during her tenure as co-CEO was responsible for the oversight of the firm’s 80 employees. She initiated a myriad of professional development activities to enhance the firm’s employee base. She co-chaired the firm’s investment committee, and she was responsible for raising nearly $7.5 billion of capital.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, where she is Vice Chair of the Research and Innovation committee. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Cornell’s NY Tech Campus and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. She is a founding member of the World Frontiers’ Forum and she is a member of Citi Private Bank North American Advisory Board.
FIRESIDE CHAT MODERATOR: ARMAND DELLA MONICA
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Armand is a partner in the M&A/Private Equity Practice Group. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and growth equity investments. Armand serves as lead counsel to large and middle market buyout funds and to public and privately owned companies in a variety of complex transactions, including leveraged acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and workouts. Armand has broad experience counseling clients in a variety of industries, including health care, business services, software, technology, telecom, cable, broadcast, media, insurance, and consumer products. Armand also serves on various firm-wide committees, including the Finance Committee, Partner Review Committee, Associate and Partner Compensation Committee and Administrative Committee. Armand serves as co-chair of the Boston office Operations Committee. He received his J.D. from The George Washington Law School and B.A. from the University of Vermont.
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Group
Peter Wallace is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Mr. Wallace currently focuses primarily on the Business Services, Leisure and Consumer/Retail sectors. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Wallace has led or been involved in Blackstone’s investments in Alight Solutions, AlliedBarton Security Services, Allied Waste, American Axle & Manufacturing, Centennial Communications, Centerplate (formerly Volume Services America), CommNet Cellular, GCA Services, LocusPoint Networks, Michaels Stores, New Skies Satellites, Outerstuff, Ltd., Pinnacle Foods/Birds Eye Foods, PSSI, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (formerly Busch Entertainment Corporation), Service King, Sirius Satellite Radio, Tradesmen International, Universal Orlando, Vivint, Vivint Solar and The Weather Channel Companies.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alight Solutions, Michaels Stores, Outerstuff, Ltd., Service King, Tradesmen International, Vivint and Vivint Solar. Mr. Wallace received a BA from Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude.
FIRESIDE CHAT MODERATOR: PETER MARTELLI
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Peter Martelli is one of the leading members of Kirkland's corporate practice and a member of the Firm’s Global Management Executive Committee. Focusing on mergers and acquisitions, Peter regularly represents private equity firms and public companies in their most complex transactions. Peter’s experience spans the entire range of M&A activity, including many significant leveraged buyouts, minority investments, strategic mergers, joint ventures and cross-border transactions.
Peter has been recognized as a leading M&A attorney by major legal publications. Law360 named Peter “MVP in Private Equity” in 2017. Peter was recently recognized for his work in private equity buyouts by The Legal 500 U.S and by Chambers in the field of private equity. He was also named by the M&A Advisor as a winner of its annual “40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Awards” in 2012. Peter is the co-author of the often cited article, “The Four Ring Circus – A Further Updated View of the Mating Dance among Announced Merger Partners and an Unsolicited Second or Third Bidder.” Peter received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.S. from Cornell University.
Managing Partner & Chairman, Victoria Capital Partners
Carlos Garcia is the Managing Partner and Chairman of Victoria Capital Partners, a regionally dedicated private equity firm, and the successor to DLJ South American Partners.
Prior to forming DLJ South American Partners in 2006, Mr. Garcia joined Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJMB”) in New York in 1995 to focus on Private Equity Investing in South America. Prior to joining DLJMB, he spent six years at Bankers Trust Company in New York, where he ran the Latin American Merger & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group, and nine years at Bank Boston Argentina, where he was head of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking.
Mr. Garcia serves on the board of directors of Grupo Santillana de Ediciones S.L., Corona Industrial, Satus Ager, Energy (Fitness Holdings SpA) and Grupo Los Grobo. Mr. García was a director of the Argentine American Chamber of Commerce, Arcos Dorados, Jugos del Valle S.A., Atlántida Comunicaciones, Grupo Peñaflor, Localiza Rent-a-Car, Cameo Marinetti S.A., Vitopel S.A., L’Equipe Monteur, Zucamor S.A., Papel Misionero and several other private companies. In addition, Mr. Garcia serves as Chairman of the Board of the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and was the Founder and Vice-President of the Argentine Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
Mr. Garcia graduated as a Certified Public Accountant from the Catholic University in Argentina in 1981.
FIRESIDE CHAT MODERATOR: MARCO VIOLA
Managing Director & Founder, Nexus Partners. Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School
Marco Viola is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and the Managing Partner and founder of Nexus Partners. Nexus Partners is a US investor, general partner and manager of a portfolio of companies with over 5000 employees and company value in excess of $500MM. Current portfolio companies include investments in retailing, health care services, telecommunications, water treatment, food service, media and industrial laundry. Prior to Nexus, Marco was Managing Director of Bank of America since 1995, heading the principal investment unit for Latin America (Bank of America Equity Partners – Latin America). Since 1995, Marco managed and exited over 30 transactions and managed equity investments of nearly $1B in Latin America.
Mr. Viola received an MS degree from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and a BS from the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1987).
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Poland’s Ministry of Enterprise and Technology