Looking for a glimpse of what’s to come in the private equity industry? Meet the 10 dealmakers named by Mergers & Acquisitions as the 2019 Rising Stars of Private Equity:

Austin Collier, Branford Castle Partners
Kevin Cunningham, LNC Partners
Shawn Domanic, Sterling Partners
Stephen Jeschke, GTCR
Danielle Lalli, Huron Capital
Jason Mironov, TA Associates
James Oh, Transom Capital Group
Sophia Popova, Summit Partners (pictured)
Pavan Tripathi, Bregal Sagemount
Christine Wang, Francisco Partners

The Rising Stars share a common set of core values. They are passionate about building companies. They are naturally curious and interested in changing things for the better. They enjoy working with portfolio company managers, investment bankers and other deal team members. They appreciate the responsibility and autonomy their firms have given them. They are grateful for the leaders who have helped shape their careers, and they are generous with their own time when it comes to nurturing the next generation. As the PE industry goes through a generational shift and many firm founders retire, it’s well worth getting to know these emerging leaders. They represent the future of private equity.

For profiles and video interviews, see Meet Mergers & Acquisitions’ 2019 Rising Stars of Private Equity
For Q&As, see 10 Rising Stars of Private Equity tell their tales

Middle-market PE firm Gryphon Investors has raised its fifth fund at $2.1 billion. The fund focuses on the business services, consumer, healthcare and software sectors. Gryphon has already backed six companies from the new fund: Learn Behavioral, Milani Cosmetics, RegEd, RoC Skincare, Shermco Industries and Transportation Insight.

Performance Food Group Co. (NYSE: PFGC) is buying food distributor Reinhart Foodservice from Reyes Holdings for about $2 billion. Advisors to the buyer include: Credit Suisse and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Advisors to the target include: Winston & Strawn LLP, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, and Arnold & Porter.

TPG Growth, the middle-market investment arm of TPG Growth, has bought gym chain Crunch Fitness from Angelo Gordon. Advisors to Crunch include: Citigroup Global Markets and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP. Advisors to TPG include: Piper Jaffray & Co. (NYSE: PJC) and Kirkland & Ellis.

Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. has invested in Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) franchisee CDM Fitness Holdings. The McLean Group advised the target.

Trilantic North America-backed Sunbelt Transformer is merging with Solomon Corp., a provider of repair services for electrical transformers. The target was previously owned by the GFI Energy Group of Oaktree Capital Management. Advisors to Solomon include: Harris Williams and Kirkland & Ellis. Advisors to Trilantic include Lincoln International and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Wind Point Partners-backed A&R Logistics has acquired Blue Water Plastic Transport, a provider of dry bulk transportation services.

Snow Phipps Group-backed Ideal Tridon Holdings has purchased Zsi-Foster from Pfingstein Partners. The target produces fasteners, clamps and fittings.

Aurora Capital-backed VLS Recovery, a provider of cleaning and waste processing services, has acquired the cleaning and repair division of Tubal-Cain.

For more deal announcements see, Weekly wrap: AbbVie, Eldorado, L Catterton.

For more on PE fundraising, see PE fundraising scorecard: Advent, KKR, NewSpring, Vista.

Carolyn Greenwalt was hired by private equity firm Genstar Capital as chief compliance officer. She previously served as attorney adviser at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jon Leyman has joined law firm Pillsbury as a partner. Leyman was most recently with Willkie Farr, and focuses on M&A.

Drew Loucks has been promoted to partner at private equity firm Great Hill Partners. He joined the firm in 2011.

Alex Rodriguez is best known as the New York Yankees star who hit 696 home runs over the course of his 22-year baseball career, but today he’s making a name for himself as an investor as the founder and CEO of A-Rod Corp. One recent example: While serving as a guest judge on CNBC’s Shark Tank, Rodriguez backed Ice Shaker, an insulated bottle maker founded by former National Football League fullback Chris Gronkowski. Rodriguez talked about his life off the field as a savvy investor since his 20’s as the keynote speaker at EisnerAmper’s 4th annual Alternative Investment Summit at the The Museum of Modern Art on June 19. Among the topics discussed in a conversation led by Charles Weinstein, CEO of EisnerAmper: Rodriguez’ childhood as the son of a single mom; his investment thesis, which shares much with other middle-market investors; how he’s helping singer/dancer/actress Jennifer Lopez (to whom he became engaged in March) transition her business initiatives from licensing her brands to owning them; and how one day he just might buy a baseball team. Read the full story: A-Rod talks Ice Shaker, NRG eSports, J. Lo & maybe buying a baseball team.

Activity and urgency characterize the current dealmaking environment, say investment bankers and other M&A advisors interviewed by Mergers & Acquisitions. After a record-breaking 2018, forecasts for 2019 remain bullish. Advisors point to a lot of cash that must be deployed by strategic buyers and private equity firms alike; a healthy U.S. economy; and low interest rates. Competition for high-quality targets has never been more intense, especially for technology providers, they report, which means sellers are commanding high prices. It all adds up to a seller’s market. A mood of urgency prevails, as dealmakers seek to close deals quickly, while conditions remain favorable. The advisors interviewed for this story say they don’t see signs of a recession this year; however they are closely monitoring bellwethers, including corporate earnings, wage pressure, global supply chains and slowdowns abroad. They are recommending that clients be prepared for an economic slowdown in the next two years. Specialization is the name of the game, and investment bankers advise clients to seek targets with business-model stability, limited cyclical exposure and a recurring revenue business model. Technology, business services, healthcare, consumer and manufacturing are among the most promising sectors. Read the story: 8 M&A advisors urge closing deals now, while economy stays strong.

Excelled. Innovated. Inspired. That’s what the eight winners of Mergers & Acquisitions’ 12th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards did in 2018. Our awards honor the leading dealmakers and deals that set the standard for transactions in the middle market. In addition to Nike, award winners include: Fortive, TA Associates, the Riverside Co., Harris Williams, Monroe Capital, Goodwin and Luminate Capital Partners’ Hollie Haynes. Read our full coverage: Meet the winners of the M&A Mid-Market Awards: Nike, Fortive, TA, Harris Williams.

Mergers & Acquisitions has named 36 leaders the 2019 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A, including Kainos Capital’s Sarah Bradley, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors’ Nishita Cummings and Pelham S2K Managers’ Venita Fields. All 36 are outstanding dealmakers both inside and outside of their firms. This year, we asked the featured dealmakers to tell their own stories through Q&As, including their advice for women. Related: Meet the 2019 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.

Exponent Women hosts the Annual Exchange, which brings a trusted network of women dealmakers together for a focused day of robust content and networking, at Second in New York, on July 11. The Exchange provides attendees with opportunities to establish new connections, reinforce existing ones and absorb timely and relevant knowledge from industry leaders.

The Women’s Connection Golf Clinic & Networking event takes place on July 17 at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Massachussets. The event is being hosted by ACG Boston.

ACG Seattle hosts the Northwest Middle Market Growth Conference at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle on July 25.

ACG New York’s summer dealmaking conference takes place at Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina in Montauk, NY, July 31-Aug.1.

The Great Lakes ACG Capital Connection is being held at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel in Detroit from Sept. 4-6.

M&A East takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from Oct. 21-23.