2011 Southwest CEO Summit – Thursday, October 13, 2011


1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Reception

Royal Palms Resort and Spa



Private Equity – What’s its Role, Does it Matter?

Patrick F. Healy, Principal of C3 Capital, LLC

Based in Kansas City, Pat Healy has been an active private equity investor since 1985 and was a founder of C3 Holdings in 1994and C3 Capital in 2002. Mr. Healy and his partners manage two mezzanine funds that total $260 million. Their focus is to invest directly with entrepreneurs who need capital for acquisitions, growth or recapitalizations. Prior to this time, he sponsored and structured equity investments in real estate with a value of over $400 million. He gained extensive workout and restructuring experience as chair of the creditors committee of a $1 billion bankruptcy and from being called upon to rescue a publicly traded company from a major fraud. Mr. Healy was a senior tax partner at Mayer, Hoffman, McCann, a regional CPA firm, for 10 years. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Kansas.

Jeremy Holland, Regional Director of The Riverside Company

Jeremy Holland is the Regional Director of Origination for The Riverside Company, the largest private equity firm focused on the small end of the market. Riverside manages more than $3.5 billion and currently owns more than 75 portfolio companies globally. Riverside targets acquisitions with a total enterprise value of less than $200 million. Mr. Holland’s entire career has been lower middle market private equity on the West Coast. He has invested up and down the capital structure and across a broad range of industries. He began his career with Buttonwood Capital Group and then in 2001 helped create a first-time fund, Wedbush Capital Partners. He received a Bachelor of Science in finance from California State University, Northridge.

Tim Layton, Founder and Managing Director of Sorenson Capital 

Tim Layton is a co-founder of Sorenson Capital and Managing Director. Mr. Layton was most recently a Managing Director of Alpine Consolidated, a firm specializing in effecting industry consolidations. He is a co-founder of InStar Services, an insurance restoration firm and MC2, a tradeshow exhibit manufacturing and services company. Prior to joining Alpine, from 1987 to 1998, Mr. Layton was CEO of Medeco Security Locks, the world leader in ultra-secure physical security products. From 1982 to 1987, he served as Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning at Hillenbrand Industries in Indiana, where he led the strategic planning and implementation process for the corporation and the diligence process for three successful acquisitions. Mr. Layton also served as an advisor and consultant to five technology companies in Utah and Arizona. Mr. Layton graduated first in his MBA program class at Brigham Young University and also graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in statistics and minored in economics from Brigham Young University.

Moderator:  Laura Lindsey, Associate Professor of Finance at ASU W.P. Carey School of Business

Laura Lindsey is an Associate Professor of Finance at the W.P. Carey School of Business. Dr. Lindsey’s research focus is empirical corporate finance, with a concentration on private equity, financial institutions and governance structures. Her work has been published in premier finance journals, including Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies. She completed her doctoral work in economics at Stanford University in 2004 and also holds a master’s degree in economics and undergraduate degrees from Stanford. Professor Lindsey has taught entrepreneurial finance at the MBA and undergraduate levels at the W.P. Carey School as well as corporate finance for undergraduates. Her consulting background includes portfolio management, financial institutions failures, securities litigation and private equity valuation.


It’s Still Darn Difficult, What’s Next?

Mary Ann Bartels, Managing Director and Head of Technical & Market Analysis at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research 

Mary Ann Bartels is Head of Technical & Market Analysis at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She brings more than 20 years of investment experience to this role and is well known by clients and business partners for developing various proprietary models for equity pairs trading and for her sector, industry and stock selection. Ms. Bartels is also known for her extensive work on hedge funds. She is the lead analyst on research publications such as Market Analysis Comment, Hedge Fund Monitor and Monthly Chart Portfolio of Global Markets. Ms. Bartels rejoined Merrill Lynch in 1999, working with the European Quantitative Strategy Team and became head of Global Equity Trading Research Strategy in 2001. Prior to rejoining Merrill Lynch, Ms. Bartels held portfolio manager positions at Battery march in Boston and Avatar/Zweig Associates in New York. For five consecutive years, Ms. Bartels has been voted to the Institutional Investor All-American Research team. She appears on CNBC and Bloomberg and is often quoted in various publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Barron’s. Ms. Bartels earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in economics from Fordham University.


Luke Air Force Base and Phoenix, a Partnership

Brigadier General Jerry D. Harris, Jr., Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

Brigadier General Jerry D. Harris, Jr. is the Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The 56th Fighter Wing’s mission is to train F-16 pilots and maintainers while deploying mission-ready warfighters. As part of Air Education and Training Command and home to more than 135 F-16 aircraft and 24 squadrons, the 56th is the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force and graduates more than 400 F-16 pilots and 470 crew chiefs annually. General Harris entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, graduating from Washington State University in 1985. He is an F-16 pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in a variety of aircraft. He was the Top Flyer in his Weapons Instructor Course and has combat time in Operation Desert Storm. His assignments include Chief of Strategy for 16th Air Force Commander and COMAIRSOUTH’s Crisis Action Group, Naples, Italy. He has also served as the Combined Air and Space Operations Center Battle Director for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The general has commanded at squadron, group and wing levels. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University General Harris continued his education with Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautical science technology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and a Master of Science degree in airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies at Maxwell AFB. Awards and decorations include Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait).

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