There's a saying within the ACG that "you're just one handshake away from your next deal, and that's why people have been coming to InterGrowth for 45 years," says Gary LaBranche (pictured), president and CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) about the annual conference, which draws about 2,000 middle-market dealmakers.

"It's the one time of year when people from all over the country, who are serious players in the business, come together for the intended purpose of doing business. It's a remarkable thing to see free- market capitalism in a microcosm, in the general sessions, at lunch, by the pool, on the tennis court and on the golf course."

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