Amid a slow and challenging year for dealmaking, the winners of our 7th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards outpaced the competition to grow, innovate and lead the middle market.

GTCR LLC is a shining example. The Chicago private equity firm harvested the fruits of a seed strategy it has been nurturing for 30 years. Known as the Leaders Strategy, the firm's approach involves partnering with seasoned executives to form platform companies in the financial services and technology, health care, and information services and technology sectors and building the portfolio companies through multiple acquisitions into industry leaders.

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