Schedule of Events

Corporate Growth Conference 2021

November 3, 2021

Attendee Meet & Greet - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

07:30 AM – 07:00 PM

Registration Open
General Session

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Welcome Refreshments
General Session

08:30 AM – 09:15 AM

Opening Keynote: A Conversation With Patrick Dovigi
General Session
As one of the most aggressive companies in waste over the last several years, Patrick Dovigi, founder & CEO of GFL Environmental will share his thoughts on the state of the industry, the company’s recent M&A activity, and what it takes to build a winning infrastructure within a waste organization.
Patrick Dovigi
Speaker Patrick Dovigi Founder & CEO GFL Environmental View Bio
Adam Redling
Moderator Adam Redling Editor Waste Today and Construction & Demolition Recycling magazines View Bio

09:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Surveying the M&A landscape: Where are values, where are they going?
General Session

Waste and environmental services companies values fluctuate based on a number of market conditions and internal factors. Understanding how values are trending is pivotal for those considering buying or selling a business. This session will address business valuation in the scope of the M&A marketplace and look to where values may be heading in the near future.

Effram Kaplan
Moderator Effram Kaplan Managing Director & Principal Brown Gibbons Lang & Company View Bio

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Refreshment Break
General Session

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

An Economic Update
General Session
From disruptions brought about by COVID-19 to new leadership in Washington, the U.S. has seen significant change over the last year. Renowned industry analyst Michael E. Hoffman provides a view of macro-economic factors as well as how they translate to specific impacts on the waste and environmental services industries.
Michael E. Hoffman
Speaker Michael E. Hoffman Managing Director Stifel View Bio

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Managing A Risk Profile in the Waste Industry
General Session
The waste & environmental services industry is becoming increasingly difficult to insure due to fire incidents, vehicular accidents and other on-the-job threats. This session will examine what tools exist to manage these risk factors and how operators have implemented them to manage their businesses. 
Will Denbo
Speaker Will Denbo Managing Partner Commercial Insurance Associates View Bio
Jimmy Whitehair
Speaker Jimmy Whitehair Principal Commercial Insurance Associates View Bio

12:30 PM – 02:00 PM

Networking Lunch
General Session

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

The Benefits of a Private Equity Partnership
General Session

Private equity firms can be invaluable sources of both capital and business intelligence for waste industry business owners. In this session, hear from business owners who have partnered with private equity firms in order to grow their business to get a firsthand account of what the process is really like and what considerations go into finding the right partner for you.

Rob Michalik
Moderator Rob Michalik Founder and Managing Director Kinderhook Industries View Bio
Michael Castellarin
Speaker Michael Castellarin Managing Director Clairvest Group, Inc. View Bio

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Maximizing Value Creation Through Financial Management
General Session
Managing your balance sheet and free cash flow to create value is essential for today’s owners. This session will examine steps owners can take to fix lagging parts of their business to fast-track growth and unlock value.
Joe Ursuy
Moderator Joe Ursuy SVP & Department Manager Comerica Bank View Bio
Speaker Brian D'Amico Managing Partner Summer Street Capital View Bio
Speaker Rich Walton President Noble Environmental View Bio
Speaker William Gay CEO Arrowhead Environmental View Bio

04:00 PM – 04:15 PM

Networking Refreshment Break
General Session

04:15 PM – 05:30 PM

What I've Learned Selling My Waste Business
General Session

Selling a waste business can be a complex and uncertain endeavor for many owners. This session will offer a peer-to-peer perspective on what goes into selling a business, lessons owners should know to avoid potential hurdles, and best practices for ensuring a smooth transition.

Scott Sergeant
Speaker Scott Sergeant Managing Director Houlihan Lokey View Bio
Speaker Anthony Lomangino View Bio

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM

Networking Reception
General Session