Chances are high that you're reading this issue of Mergers & Acquisitions on your way to, or at, ACG InterGrowth 2013, which is being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., from April 22 to 25. For a guide to the annual conference, please read my overview and reporter Allison Collins' sidebar on the ACG chapters in Florida.

We're looking forward to the myriad networking opportunities at InterGrowth. We're also excited to hear from the keynote speakers. Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, the former White House chief of staff for President Bill Clinton who founded boutique investment bank Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., will be taking center stage. So will Adm. Eric Olson, the former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and the highest ranking Navy SEAL ever. We'll be conducting video interviews with some of the speakers. To view them, visit

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