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ACG ATLANTA:
Georgia Fast 40

The chapter's Reverse Capital Connection conferences have proven to be popular among investment bankers

ACG Atlanta expects more than a thousand people to attend ACG Atlanta Capital Connection 2013 on Feb. 12, an event where in the morning, private equity firms will set up booths and talk to attendees about how their firms could help grow businesses, says chapter president Gregory Cinnamon (pictured).

"Atlanta continues to grow in relevance and importance to the private equity industry," says Cinnamon. The city is host to several private equity firms, including Roark Capital Group, Linx Partners, Argon Capital and others.

In the afternoon, the tables will be reversed for Atlanta ACG Capital Connection 2013: Reverse Capital Connection, with investment bankers as the exhibitors and dealmakers individually visiting them.

The Reverse Capital Connection was added to the conference in the past few years, and has been well received, according to Cinnamon. The number of investment bankers at the conference has grown since the reverse connection was launched.

Speakers at the event will include: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will, who writes a syndicated column that appears in about 400 newspapers in the U.S. and Europe, and is a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine; and Bob Nardelli, who spent more than 30 years at General Electronic Co. (NYSE: GE) and doubled the size of the Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) as its chief executive and helped save Chrysler when the auto industry started to collapse in 2008.

In addition to the conference, ACG Atlanta hosts eight dinner meetings and four breakfast meetings. Speakers at the chapter's events have included Home Depot founder Arthur Blank, and former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine (D - N.J.) before the bankruptcy of his brokerage firm, MF Global.

Middle-market companies in the state can apply to be an honoree of the Georgia Fast 40 program, which recognizes growth, Cinnamon says. The program had about 120 applicants in 2012.

Atlanta has a diversified economy, Cinnamon says. Businesses headquartered there include Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) and others. The city, also the headquarters of UPS Inc. (NYSE: UPS), has a transportation history, and its airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is the world's busiest airport, Cinnamon says.

Though the city isn't as big as Baltimore, ACG Atlanta has the largest chapter in the South Atlantic region with about 500 members. The chapter is still smaller than those of Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.


Fact File:

ACG.org/Atlanta

Year Founded: 1974

Number of Members: 530

Annual Dues: $350

Approval Required for Membership: No

President: Gregory Cinnamon, partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

More than 1,000 people will attend ACG Atlanta Capital Connection 2013 on Feb. 12, a conference where in the morning, private equity firms will set up tables and have individual meetings, and in the afternoon, investment banks will meet with attendees. Speakers for the 2013 conference include Bob Nardelli and George Will.