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Nick Alexos, '88D. Scott BrownHirofumi Hirano, '89Timothy Walsh, '89


The Private Equity Group and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth were delighted to host the 16th Annual Private Equity Conference.

The Private Equity Conference (PEC) brings together financiers, students, and entrepreneurs to network and share insights into the dynamics of investing in a constantly changing economy. The PEC aims to provide high value to private equity practitioners by combining knowledge from both the industry and academia that would be hard to find in any other setting. Through a series of engaging keynote addresses and panel sessions, leading industry individuals offer expertise and thought leadership on issues important to both the financier and entrepreneur.

This year's conference was themed "How to Compete in a Low Growth Environment: Achieving Absolute Return" and featured a distinguished lineup of speakers, including: Nick Alexos, '88, Managing Director, Madison Dearborn; D. Scott Brown, President and CEO Emeritus, Sage Products; Hirofumi Hirano, '89, Member and CEO, KKR Japan; and Timothy Walsh, '89, President and CEO of CCMP. Remarks will be given by Kenneth O’Keefe, ’93, Chief Executive Officer, Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company; and Joanna Rupp, '94, Assistant Vice President, Managing Director of Private Equity, University of Chicago.

Past Conferences

The 2016 PEC was themed "Navigating Industry Cycles: Investing in an Evolving Market" and featured a distinguished lineup of speakers, including: Evan Bayh, Senior Advisor of Apollo Global Management; James P. Hickey, MBA '82, Principal at Vista Equity Partners; and Byron Trott, AB '81, MBA '82, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of BDT & Company. Opening remarks were given by Greg Moerschel, Managing Director of Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company.

To learn more, visit the 2016 PEC website or download a copy of the 2016 PEC program. A full list of past conferences can be found on the Private Equity Group web site.


Date & Location

Friday, March 3, 2017
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601


Registration is OPEN

Conference Program

2017 Conference Program

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2017 PEC Program