ACG Global has canceled InterGrowth 2020, the middle market’s largest event of the year, due to event guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here is the letter from CEO Tom Bohn in its entirety.
A Letter from the CEO of ACG Global
Thank you for your steadfast support of the Association for Corporate Growth. In times of uncertainty, it’s reassuring to know that ACG has a rich history with its members and together we are a vital part of the middle market M&A dealmaking community.
Ten days ago, we communicated that if the COVID-19 situation changed, and could adversely impact the health and safety of InterGrowth attendees, then we would cancel.
Today, we are there. It pains me to inform you that InterGrowth is canceled this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its event guidance yesterday and directed organizations to cancel events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.
As promised, we monitored the situation and InterGrowth attendee reaction. Through last week, the number of attendees who canceled because their company instituted travel restrictions was equal to the number of new registrants and attendees who communicated their support that InterGrowth be held. The CDC’s directive yesterday was the definitive guidance to cancel the event.
We weighed options over the last couple of weeks, including a schedule change. Unfortunately, a change to June of this year was not viable. Therefore, we will see you at next year’s InterGrowth, scheduled for April 26-28, 2021, at the Fontainebleau Miami.
Over the next 30 days we expect to process registration refunds in an orderly manner. Be assured, your registration will be fully refunded. However, given the complexity of the situation, I ask you for your continued patience while we work through the details.
If you booked your hotel through the InterGrowth event site, then we will manage your hotel cancellation. If you booked some other way than through the official registration portal, then please contact that property directly.
I want to personally thank each of you for supporting InterGrowth, as well as our sponsors and our speakers. InterGrowth’s size, energy and efficiency rightfully place it as the pinnacle event of the middle market M&A Community’s calendar year. We will miss seeing you there.
ACG has weathered storms in the past, and we will get through this one stronger and wiser. This crisis is an opportunity for us to develop virtual solutions that connect us year-round. We’re committed to leveraging technology to provide meaningful, effective and robust dealmaking channels. And, I assure you we’ll be working with our speakers to bring you contemporary and relevant web-based programming.
On behalf of the ACG Global Board of Directors, the dedicated members of the InterGrowth Committee and our staff, we wish each of you, your peers and your families continued health during this difficult time. Our events team can be reached at [email protected].
Tom Bohn, CAE, MBA
President & CEO