Capital Roundtable

Marquee Sponsor

Exhibiting Sponsor

Association Partners

Data Partners

Partial List of
Past Attendees

ACA Compliance Group LLC

Amalgamated Capital

American Capital Ltd.

Audax Group

Auriga Capital Management LLC

Auriga Holdings LLC

Bank of Ireland

Black Diamond Capital Management LLC

Bloomberg LP

Blue Sky MLS Inc.

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Private Capital Group

Brean Capital LLC

Capitala Investment Advisors LLC

CapitalSouth Partners Funds LLC

Capitol Acquisition Corp. II

Carlyle GMS Finance Inc.

CarVal Investors LLC

Caspian Private Equity LLC

Citigroup Inc.

Consumer Growth Partners LLC

Cortland Capital Market Services LLC

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

D. Aaron Asset Management LLC

Dechert LLP

EisnerAmper LLP

Equalitas Capital

Equus Total Return Inc.

Ernst & Young LLP

Fidus Investment Corp.

Full Circle Capital Corp.

Gapstow Capital Partners

Gerson Lehrman Group Inc.

Gladstone Companies

Gladstone Investment Corp.

Grant Thornton LLP

Harris & Harris Group Inc.

Harvest Capital Credit Corp.

Haynes & Boone LLP

ICON Investments

Keefe Bruyette & Woods Inc.

King & Spalding LLP

Kiski Alpha Partners LLC


KSL Capital Partners LLC

Lincoln International LLC

Lincoln International LLC


McLarty Capital Partners

Medley Capital LLC

Mercer Capital

Milestone Partners

Monroe Capital LLC

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Murray Devine & Co. Inc.

MVC Capital Inc.

National Fund Advisors LLC

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

New Mountain Capital LLC

NewSpring Capital

Old Hill Partners Inc.

Partners Group AG

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

Rothstein Kass & Co. PC

Saratoga Investment Corp.

Small Business Investor Alliance

State Street Corp.

State Street Global Svcs Alt. Investment Solutions

Stellus Capital Management LLC

Structural Capital

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Technology Media Advisors LLC

THL Credit Inc.

VRC | Valuation Research Corporation

Wafra Capital Partners Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities LLC

Wood Creek Capital Management LLC

Wunderlich Securities Inc.




Harvesting Returns Across

The Farm-to-Fork Supply Chain


Private Equity Investing

In Agribusiness Focused Companies



Gregory S. Oberholtzer
Senior Managing Director
WP Global Partners LLC






Thursday, July 23, 2015

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New York City



James H. Boettcher, Focus Ventures

Lee Borck, Innovative Livestock Services Inc.

David F. Browne, Paine & Partners LLC

Mary L. Burke, Lakeshore Food Advisors LLC

Phillip Christensen, Agriglobe LLC

Disque D. Deane Jr., Water Asset Management LLC

Daniel N. Fabian, Blue Road Capital 

Benjamin D. Fishman, Arlon Group LLC

Keith Freeman, AGR Partners

Josh N. Goldman, Australis Aquaculture LLC

Chris Hammelef, Illumitex Inc.

James M. Hill, Benesch

Wes Jackson, Monogram Food Solutions LLC

Marc Khouzami, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

Matt Liotta, PodPonics Inc.

John W. Madden, Sequel Holdings LP

Steven S. Magami, Agro Vision Corp.

Anthony F. Michaels, Midwestern BioAg

Joshua Norbury, BrightFarms Inc.

Kenneth W. Patterson, Island Grove AG Products

Tim Riley, Giumarra Companies

Mark Thomann, FarmedHere LLC

Beverly Westle, Energy Independence Partners Holdings LLC

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

More and more private equity investors are finding opportunities across the supply chain --from upstream farm production to midstream processors and distribution to downstream food services.


Today there are more than 40 private equity funds that specialize in agribusiness, with close to $8 billion in total assets. Carlyle Group's co-founder recently called agribusiness "one of the greatest areas for private equity."


At this Capital Roundtable conference, you'll hear directly from the CEOs and operators of leading agribusiness companies on a range of topics including field to controlled environment farming, economics of raising cattle and fish aquaculture, and the importance of technology and agriculture infrastructure.


Recognized agribusiness experts will be discussing improved farming practices across super farms and continued consolidation trends of high value crop production. We will also look at valuations and trends in the agribusiness capital markets.


Panelists will discuss technology that is changing the industry in productivity, sustainability, and waste management.  You will also hear from leading indoor hydroponic greenhouses and aquaculture, and other areas moving beyond the startup stage to middle-market investor interest.


You'll learn about the very latest developments in this complex yet rewarding marketplace when you attend The Capital Roundtable’s ENCORE conference -- “Private Equity Investing in Agribusiness Focused Companies,” being held in New York City on Thursday, July 23. 


Here Are Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Find out why institutional investors have been flocking to agribusiness private equity lately, and what activity is forecast for the rest of 2015.
  2. Realize why seafood production is on fire with the Federal Government looking to double U.S. consumption, and a predicted 35 percent rise in aquaculture by 2022.
  3. Identify which areas of agriculture technology are resonating with farmers, and on the other hand which are least likely to be adopted.


Register Now to Learn from Greg Oberholtzer
And More Than 20 CEOs & Industry Experts


Chairing the conference is one of the PE industry’s most knowledgeable professionals, Gregory S. Oberholtzer, senior managing director in the New York City office of WP Global Partners LLC, a private equity investment group investing in third party buyout and venture investments through funds of funds and direct investments in later stage and buyouts through equity and mezzanine lending. 


Greg has over 28 years of broad investment experience with a focus on alternative asset management and financial product structuring for institutional clients.


Prior to joining WP Global, he was a director of WestAM where he was responsible for its small and middle-market buyouts, special situations, and co-investments. He has also held key roles with FLI's global derivatives group and with Jefferies Group.


Greg has acted as the president of two private companies and was active in a successful family business for several years. He earned a BBA from George Washington University.


Register Now for a Close-Up Look at the Industry's Hot Topics


This conference thoroughly covers the agribusiness trends that every investor must know, such as distributed production, sustainability initiatives, food safety, and specialty proteins.


In addition, our panelists will answer important questions such as --


  • Which agribusiness companies are prospering by using big data to improve yields, fight the spread of diseases, and promote animal health?
  • How are global warming and climate change affecting where and how things are grown?
  • How are food and nutrition companies differentiating themselves through social media and through nutritional-focused smart phone apps?
  • What is hype and what is real about the rising focus on cannabis investment?
  • What other crops have supply/demand dynamics that are helping them move beyond commodity status?
  • How are agribusiness regulations changing, and what signs should investors watch for in 2015?
  • What are the best practices for overseeing agribusiness portfolio companies?
  • What are the key criteria that can help you judge a middle-market agribusiness company deal?
  • What are the most important things a firm has to get right when exiting an investment in the agribusiness space?
  • Where do new investors in agribusiness often make mistakes, and what are the truths that newcomers must learn?


Register Now to Form Valuable Contacts
With Colleagues & Professionals


This Capital Roundtable conference is the ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners and clients

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Joanna Russell today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or




 Who Should Attend


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



We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, July 23.


Conference Organizers


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 30 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking, marketing, and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Mara Kane or Som Chivukula at 212-832-7300 or by email at or




Have a Question?


Please contact Joanna Russell or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




Who We Are


This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about agribusiness investing. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from agribusiness company investors
  • Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
  • War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands
  • Intelligence on managing portfolio companies from well-known GPS

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Chaired By

  • Gregory S. Oberholtzer, Senior Managing Director, WP Global Partners LLC

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • James H. Boettcher, General Partner, Focus Ventures
  • Lee Borck, Chairman, Innovative Livestock Services Inc.
  • David F. Browne, Director, Paine & Partners LLC
  • Mary L. Burke, Partner, Lakeshore Food Advisors LLC
  • Phillip Christensen, President, Agriglobe LLC
  • Disque D. Deane Jr., Chief Investment Officer, Water Asset Management LLC
  • Daniel N. Fabian, Partner, Blue Road Capital 
  • Benjamin D. Fishman, Managing Principal, Arlon Group LLC
  • Keith Freeman, Managing Director, AGR Partners
  • Josh N. Goldman, Chief Executive Officer, Australis Aquaculture LLC
  • Chris Hammelef, Chief Executive Officer, Illumitex Inc.
  • James M. Hill, Partner & Vice Chairman, Benesch
  • Wes Jackson, President, Monogram Food Solutions LLC
  • Marc Khouzami, Director, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
  • Matthew Liotta, Chief Executive Officer, PodPonics Inc.
  • John W. Madden, Managing Partner, Sequel Holdings LP
  • Steven S. Magami, Founder & Chairman, Agro Vision Corp.
  • Anthony F. Michaels, Chief Executive Officer, Midwestern BioAg
  • Joshua Norbury, V.P.--Operations, BrightFarms Inc.
  • Kenneth W. Patterson, Managing Partner & Owner, Island Grove AG Products
  • Tim Riley, President, Giumarra Companies
  • Mark Thomann, Chief Executive Officer, FarmedHere LLC
  • Beverly Westle, Principal, Energy Independence Partners Holdings LLC


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Networking & Registration & Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions


Chairman's Keynote -- Field Report -- State of the Industry

  • Greg Oberholtzer, WP Global Partners LLC


Morning Keynote -- Sector Considerations & Trends Across the Agribusiness Supply Chain

  • Mary Burke, Lakeshore Food Advisory


Networking & Breakfast


Morning Conversation -- Food & Agriculture -- The Asset Goes Institutional


Panel 1 -- Trends in Farm Management & Operations -- How Farming Practices & Technology is Impacting Production


Networking & Luncheon


Panel 2 -- Indoor & Controlled Environment Growing -- How Technology is Changing the Manufacturing of Produce & Proteins


Networking & Dessert


Afternoon Conversation -- Agribusiness Infrastructure Water, Waste, & Energy


Panel 3 -- Agribusiness Midstream Participants Discuss Trends & Challenges in Processing, Distribution, & Logistics

04:30 Networking & Adjournment


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Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Joanna Russell today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


  • Best Rate -- Early Bird Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1395 when you register by Friday, May 29. Just $995.


  • Premiere Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, June 19, and the fee for the conference is $1195.


  • Conference Rate -- $1,395 increasing to $1,495 day of conference, space permitting.


  • Group Rate -- Take an additional $100 off when two or more people attend from the same company.


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You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: The Capital Roundtable, 747 Third Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10017.

Have a special question? Please contact Joanna Russell or 212-832-7300 ext 0.


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.

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The University Club

College Hall Room -- First Floor

One West 54 Street (at 5th Avenue)

New York City

(Jacket and tie required)


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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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We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Som Chivukula at 212-832-7300 ext.111, or by email at

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