Former CIA Director Michael Hayden was among the featured speakers at the 11th Annual Texas ACG Capital Connection on March 5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
The Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Central Texas chapters of ACG welcomed more than 1,200 attendees. Along with Hayden, principal at the security-focused consulting firm the Chertoff Group, were James R. “Jim” Crane, chairman and CEO of Crane Capital Group Inc. and owner of the Houston Astros; Janet Gurwitch, former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics; Charles Lowery, president and CEO of the Lowery Institute for Excellence; Mario Mendias, CEO of My Fit Foods; and Chuck Yates, partner with Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors.
Building on earlier successes, Texas ACG hosted 54 sponsoring companies and more than 100 private equity and mezzanine capital firms from Texas and throughout the U.S., representing about $100 billion of available capital. “This conference continues to rank as one of the premier middle-market private equity and M&A conferences in the country,” says Jeff Henningsen, event chairman, partner and executive vice president, M&A, with Lockton Cos.
Next year’s conference will be held on Feb. 26 at the Dallas Convention Center.