Capital Roundtable



Partial List of
Past Attendees

2tor Inc.

AboutEdu Inc.

Alpine Investors LP

Alvarez & Marsal

American Academy Inc.

Americas Choice Inc.

Andersen Associates

Antenna International

Apax Partners LP

ARC Advisors (HK) Ltd.

Argo Inc.

Argosy Capital

Arlington Capital Partners

Audax Group

Austin Ventures LP

BC Partners Inc.

Berkery Noyes & Co.

Bertelsmann AG

BIA Digital Partners LP

BMO Capital Markets

Boston Ventures

Brant Point Partners LLC

BridgeSpan Financial

Brightside Academies

BrightWork Capital LLC

BSG Team Ventures

C/H Global Strategies

Calvert Education

Camden Partners

Campus Direct Inc.

Castanea Partners

CBIZ Mahoney Cohen

Champion College Services Inc.

Charter Oak Capital

Chicago Growth Partners

CMS Companies

Cobblestone --
Harris Williams

Communispond Inc.

Compass Knowledge

Conversion Partners

D. E. Shaw & Co. LP

David Shefrin & Associates LLC

DeSilva & Phillips LLC

Diamond Castle Holdings

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Dow Lohnes PLLC

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Duane Morris LLP

Dunning Capital LLC

East Wind Advisors

Education Management

EducationDynamics LLC

Edwards Angell

Eisner LLP

Epic Partners LLC

Finn Dixon & Herling LLP

Florida Institute of Tech.

ForProfit EDU

Fox Hill Capital LLC

GE Capital

Gemini Investors

Generation Partners

Global Alliance Ltd.

Global Education Co.

Goodwin Procter LLP

Greenhill Capital

GRO Capital LLC

Ground Swell Equity Partners LP

Gryphon Investors

Halyard Capital

Hamilton Lane

Hamilton White Group

Heathcourt Madison LLC

Huron Capital Partners

Idea Foundry Inc.

Innovative Entrepreneurship Inc.

Inside Jobs Inc.

Insight Schools Inc.

Invus Group LLC

Jordan Edmiston Group

K. R. Management LLC

K12 Inc.

Kohlberg Kravis

LaSalle Capital Group

Liberty Partners LP

LLR Partners Inc.

Lucas Group

Management Consultant

Maverick Capital Ltd.

McCarter & English

McClintock & Associates


McGraw-Hill Companies

MHT Partners LP

Morgan Joseph & Co.

Mosaica Education Inc.

Murray Devine & Co.

New England Board of Higher Education

New Mountain Capital

New View Advisors LLC

New York Life Capital Partners LLC

New York Times Co. Inc.

Noah Fund LLC

Nova Venture Fund Ltd.

Palm Ventures LLC

Parthenon Group LLC


Powers Pyles

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Primus Capital Funds

Providence Equity

Quad Partners LLC

RBG Capital Partners

Revolution Learning

Ritzert & Leyton PC

Riverside Co.

Roberts & Co. LP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Russell Reynolds

Salmon Sims Thomas & Associates PLLC

Sankaty Advisors LLC

Scholastic Inc.

Serent Capital LLC

Sessions College for Professional Design Inc.

Soros Fund Management

Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP

Sterling Partners

Stifel Nicolaus & Co.

Summer Street Capital

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc.

Sutter & Verville PC

TA Associates Inc.

Teachers' Private Capital

Tooling University LLC

Trident Capital LP

Trophy Point Capital LLC

Vector Careers

Weiser LLP

Wicks Group

YTI Career Institute 


Association Partner

Research Partners

Media Partners

The Deal


VC Experts

Capital IQ




Clear the date January 13 on your calendar!

CLICK HERE now to register before it's too late!


An Encore MasterClass™

On PE & Mezz Investing

In Education Companies


Private Equity Investing

In Education Companies --
Seizing Success in an Industry
Undergoing Transformation


  Attendance Is Limited!

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 Bruce A. Eatroff, Partner

Halyard Capital


Featuring 20 Expert Speakers Including --

  • Diane Auer-Jones, Career Education Corp.
  • Jonathan P. Barnes, Halyard Capital
  • Jay N. Bartlett, Parthenon Group LLC
  • Erik L. Brooks, ABRY Partners LLC
  • William C. Clohan, Assoc. of Private Sector Colleges & Universities
  • John F. Cozzi, AEA Investors LP

  • Christopher L. Curran, Education Growth Partners
  • Lincoln E. Frank, Quad Partners LLC
  • Marcelo Gigliani, Apax Partners LP
  • Michael B. Goldstein, Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • James J. Goll, BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • Jonathan N. Grayer, Weld North LLC
  • Carter W. Harned, Leeds Equity Partners LLC
  • Robert Lytle, Parthenon Group LLC
  • Jonathon Newcomb, Coady Diemar Partners LLC
  • Jason Palmer, Kaplan Ventures
  • Chip Paucek, 2tor Inc.
  • Nina S. Rees, Knowledge Universe Education LP
  • Jason Rosenberg, Sterling Partners
  • Kenneth D. Salomon, Dow Lohnes Government Strategies LLC
  • Joshua N. Schwartz, East Wind Advisors LLC
  • Jeffrey M. Silber, BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • Jason Stoffer, Maveron LLC
  • Peter O. Wilde, Providence Equity Partners LLC


Featuring Lunch Time Table Hosts Including --

  • Ari Blum, Chief Financial Officer, InsideTrack Inc.
  • George Cigale, Chairman & CEO, Inc.
  • Saki Dodelson, Chief Executive Officer, Achieve3000
  • Paul Freedman, President & CEO, Altius Education Inc.
  • Randy Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Regent Education Inc.
  • John Murray, Chairman & CEO, AdvancePath Academics Inc.
  • Craig Powell, Chief Executive Officer, ConnectEdu Inc.
  • Matthew Schnittman, President & CEO, TopSchools Inc.


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New York City

Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, & Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, & Other Advisors Who Support Them

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

The mid-term election results were potentially kind to the for-profit education industry, and investors are continuing to pursue what is one of the standout sectors in today’s slow economy.


What’s more, this nearly $118 billion industry is setting the pace for how education is going to be delivered in the years ahead. In fact, it’s leading not-for-profit education providers in its application of technology -- to the point where most not-for-profit institutions are being forced to play catch up.


What truly distinguishes for-profit education is its ability to deliver the type of training that today’s students and corporate employees want. By being able to base its offerings on market demand -- paying swift attention to the careers and subject matter in high favor, and setting pricing according to economic conditions -- these providers are pioneering new ways to provide effective, interactive learning throughout all stages of the educational process.


While tighter government regulation has been the elephant in the room for the past year, the new reality of evolving changes and specificity is welcome news.


And education is not part of the push for limiting government spending -- both major political parties are in agreement that education is one of the most important items in the federal budget.


Investors are active in all three segments of the for-profit market -- K-12, post-secondary, and training/continuing education.


Currently, K-12 is the most active, with opportunities including enrichment programs, early childhood education, courseware, after-school tutoring, and private schools both in the U.S. and abroad. The U.S. Government’s Race to the Top program is pushing innovation and new business models in K-12. As example, software provider American Education Corp. was recently acquired by market leader K12 Inc.


In the post-secondary space, while traditional bellwether Apollo Group recently announced a decline in enrollments, this has been offset by strong performance among providers focusing on post-graduate master’s and doctoral programs such as Capella University, and providers offering the most attractive price points such as Bridgepoint Education.


Although “gainful employment” continues to be a potential obstacle in the post-secondary segment -- pairing the availability of government loan money with students’ ability to get a job to repay the loan -- it’s not insurmountable. And most recently, public pushback caused the U.S. Department of Education to remove its most onerous pending rule on approval for new programs.


And training/continuing education is on a roll as corporations are beginning to restore spending in such areas as professional certification and executive development. Vocational schools are also seeing increasing enrollment as an alternative to devalued public-institution associate degrees.


Quad Partners and Gemini Investors-backed Marinello Schools of Beauty were recently chosen by the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies as the 2010 Middle-Market Portfolio Company of the Year.


The buying opportunities are plentiful, as each subsector has positive momentum thanks to the impact of education on society and the administration’s own call for every American to have at least one year of higher education or career training by 2020. And over the longer term, both government and business are pressing for the U.S. to reclaim world leadership in college completion.


But it’s crucial that you understand current trends to know where to look, and how to position your current portfolio companies. Since our last Education MasterClass in July 2010, new technologies have emerged, new legislation has made its mark, and new self-regulatory efforts have taken center stage.


That’s why you’ll want to be at the head of the class by attending The Capital Roundtable’s full-day encore conference on private equity investing in education companies --


Private Equity Investing

In Education Companies --

Seizing Success in an Industry

Undergoing Transformation


This conference on Thursday, January 13, in New York, will bring you all-new content on the forecast and direction of for-profit education companies in 2011 and beyond. You’ll discover the strategies that many experts are employing, and the steps to success you can immediately put into place.


And just as promptness counts in turning in assignments, so does it reward our own attendees who register early. Sign up now, and you’ll receive our special Early Bird Discount -- a generous savings of $400!


Listen, Learn, and Prosper From 20 Education Industry Specialists.


Tailored for the year to come, this conference is completely new, and completely up to date on regulatory issues and future trends.


We’ll give you a comprehensive look at the companies that are succeeding throughout the industry -- not only education providers, but also the companies that serve them with such tools as course materials, technology applications, online supplements, and classroom innovations such as smart boards.


Traditional educational institutions as a whole have been slow to adapt to digital delivery, and many middle-market companies are prospering by helping fill the void.


The training subsector is also benefiting as employers recognize how effective the online modality has become, compared to the traditional conference room seminar. The companies that best deploy technology to meet the needs of their learners -- along with the suppliers that handle their back-end functions such as enrollment and CRM -- are among today’s best buying opportunities.


To sort everything out for you, we’re pleased to bring back one of today’s best-known private equity education industry experts as our chair -- Bruce Eatroff, partner at Halyard Capital in New York City. An often-quoted observer of the for-profit education investment scene, and a veteran of Wall Street dealmaking for more than twenty years, Bruce is exceptionally well‑qualified to lead this conference with his comprehensive knowledge, street smarts, and good humor.


Along with Bruce, our panel discussions will feature 20 recognized private equity experts in the education space, including GPs, portfolio company operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more. These knowledgeable professionals offer a wide breadth of real-world perspectives, including how they are presently sourcing and exiting deals and adding value to their present education holdings.

Register now for all the answers to the questions and concerns on investors’ minds --

  • What is the current state of affairs regarding Department of Education proposed regulations?
  • How are public comments and legislative concerns shaping the final determination on gainful employment policy?
  • Which are the most promising areas in the K-12 space?
  • Why are some post-secondary providers marketplace standouts, and where are they focusing their efforts?
  • How do you spot tomorrow’s winners in the training and continuing education space, and where is technology taking this area?
  • Is the current demand for allied health education here for the long haul, or just yesterday’s culinary arts fad?
  • What is the business world perception of associate degrees, and will they remain a worthwhile education offering?
  • What is the latest research on the efficacy of online learning, and how are attitudes changing in corporate corridors?
  • How are lenders approaching education deals, and what factors influence their decisions?
  • How can state regulators impact companies’ prospects, despite what the federal government has to say?
  • How important will career placement be in choosing any post-secondary institution?
  • And much, much more.

Networking Opportunities As Robust As Our Content.


One of the hallmarks of The Capital Roundtable conferences is how we make your networking as productive as your learning. That’s why we build in plenty of time over the day when you can connect with fellow attendees and featured speakers, including session breaks and an open lunch.


This informal yet informative atmosphere is why our previous education conferences have quickly filled up, so be sure to register now while space is still available.


You should attend this conference if you are a --

  • GP or LP looking to invest in education companies.
  • New private equity firm considering investing in education.
  • Hedge fund manager or venture capitalist interested in this specialized space.
  • Partner or operating executive of an education portfolio company.
  • Lender seeking participation in education transactions.
  • Investment banker pursuing deals with education companies.
  • Attorney or advisor representing education companies.
  • Executive search professional recruiting for the private equity industry.

Remember, register with our Early Bird Discount by December 3, 2010 and you’ll save $400 off our standard fee! Please make your reservation now so you’re not disappointed. We’ll be looking forward to greeting you.


For more information, please feel free to contact Dana DeMattia at 212-832-7333 ext. 102 or


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community. For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 20 annual MasterClasses and other events and programs, please visit

The Capital Roundtable thanks Dow Lohnes PLLC and Parthenon Group LLC for sponsoring this outstanding event. It’s due in great part to their collaboration and support that we have the resources to make this event so worthwhile for you.

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Chaired By

  • Bruce A. Eatroff, Partner, Halyard Capital

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Managing Partner, Alimansky & Bethell Group, and Chairman, The Capital Roundtable


  • Diane Auer-Jones, Vice President, Career Education Corp.
  • Jonathan P. Barnes, Principal, Halyard Capital
  • Jay N. Bartlett, Partner, Parthenon Group LLC
  • Erik L. Brooks, Partner, ABRY Partners LLC
  • William C. Clohan, Senior Advisor, Assoc. of Private Sector Colleges & Universities
  • John F. Cozzi, Managing Director, AEA Investors LP
  • Christopher L. Curran, Managing Director, Education Growth Partners
  • Lincoln E. Frank, Managing Partner, Quad Partners LLC
  • Marcelo Gigliani, Director, Apax Partners LP
  • Michael B. Goldstein, Member, Dow Lohnes PLLC
  • James J. Goll, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • Jonathan N. Grayer, Chairman & CEO, Weld North LLC
  • Carter W. Harned, Managing Director, Leeds Equity Partners LLC
  • Robert Lytle, Partner, Parthenon Group LLC
  • Jonathon Newcomb, Senior Advisor, Coady Diemar Partners LLC
  • Jason Palmer, Senior Vice President, Kaplan Ventures
  • Chip Paucek, Chief Operating Officer, 2tor Inc.
  • Nina S. Rees, S.V.P.--Strategic Initiatives, Knowledge Universe Education LP
  • Jason Rosenberg, Principal, Sterling Partners
  • Kenneth D. Salomon, Chairman, Dow Lohnes Government Strategies LLC
  • Joshua N. Schwartz, Managing Director, East Wind Advisors LLC
  • Jeffrey M. Silber, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • Jason Stoffer, Principal, Maveron LLC
  • Peter O. Wilde, Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners LLC


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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions

Introductory Keynote by Rob Lytle, Parthenon Group LLC -- “Understanding the Demand for Education -- What Types of For-Profit & Not-for-Profit Providers Are Going to Thrive?”

Chairman’s Keynote by Bruce Eatroff, Halyard Capital -- “Sifting Through the Noise -- Can Private Equity Firms Find Exceptional Education Investments in the Midst of Increased Government Scrutiny?” 

Coffee & Networking Break

First Panel -- “The View from the Investment Committee -- Winning Strategies, & Areas to Avoid”

First Industry Keynote -- TBD

Networking Luncheon -- Senior operating executives from eight private education companies host tables at an informal lunch. Learn how their businesses intersect with the K-12, post-secondary, & corporate training growth markets.

Second Panel -- “Technology Is Transforming the Education Industry -- How Efficiencies & Measurable Outcomes Are Coming to the Classroom”

Third Panel -- “An Update from Washington -- How the Mid-Term Elections Are Going to Impact Education Deal-Making”

Coffee & Networking Break

Fourth Panel -- “Exiting & Financing Education Deals -- Where to Find Liquidity Now That the Public Markets Are Going Sour”
Networking & Adjournment

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  • Early Bird Registration Fee -- and save $400 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, December 3, and the fee for the MasterClass is $995.
  • Premiere Registration Fee -- save $200 off the standard fee! Register by Wednesday, December 22, and the fee for the MasterClass is $1195.
  • After that, the standard fee is $1395 for the MasterClass.
  • At the door, if space is available, the fee is $1495 for the MasterClass.
  • Special group rates -- The Capital Roundtable offers a special discount for 2 or more people.  For more info, please contact Shaina Mardinly or 212-832-7333 ext 103.

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You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: New York Business Roundtable Inc., 12 East 44 Street, Penthouse, New York, NY 10017.

If the program is oversubscribed, we will notify you immediately and not charge your credit card.  (If you need to cancel, please do so by Tuesday, January 6 at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future MasterClass.)

From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

Have a special question?  Please contact Shaina Mardinly at 212-832-7333 ext.103 or by email at

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The University Club

College Hall -- First Floor

One West 54 Street (at 5th Avenue)

New York City

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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The Capital Roundtable offers excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle-market private-equity community . For more details, please contact Dana DeMattia at 212-832-7333 or by email at

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