The Association for Corporate Growth on Wednesday named Patrick J. Morris, a longtime association executive with a deep background in financial services, as president and CEO.
Morris, who brings extensive public policy experience to the position, joins ACG at a pivotal moment for the middle-market M&A industry; a potential federal tax overhaul is looming and legislative and regulatory changes with significant implications for corporate growth are in the works.
Morris most recently led ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, as CEO for six and a half years. The group represents financial services professionals working in collection agencies, law firms, asset-buying companies, creditors, vendors and affiliates. During his tenure, he created new programs, strengthened chapter and international relations, and built an unrivaled advocacy operation for the credit and collection industry. He plans to lead similar initiatives at ACG.
“I am looking forward to serving the needs of ACG’s diverse and growing membership and promoting its collective voice in advocating common-sense legislative and regulatory changes for capital formation in the middle market,” Morris said in the press release announcing his hiring.
“I am looking forward to serving the needs of ACG’s diverse and growing membership and promoting its collective voice in advocating common-sense legislative and regulatory changes for capital formation in the middle market.”
PATRICK J. MORRIS
In addition to expanding ACG’s public policy efforts, Morris—a former U.S. Marine officer—will lead ACG’s strategic growth, including supporting its 59 chapters, by growing membership and advancing the organization’s mission of promoting growth in the middle-market economy.
Morris previously served as executive vice president of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions and executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based International Committee for Information Technology Standards, among other posts.
Morris will officially join the association in December. He succeeds Gary LaBranche, who left ACG Global in March.
Kathryn Mulligan is the associate editor of Middle Market Growth.