Capital Roundtable

Marquee Sponsors

Contributing Sponsor

Association Partners

Data Partners

Media Partners

Partial List of
Past Attendees

Camden Partners Holdings LLC


ACT Inc.

Advent-Morro Equity Partners Inc.

Aequitas Capital Management Inc.

Almich & Associates

Altas Partners LP

Argosy Capital

Associated Bank NA

Aston Pearl Inc.

Baldwin Bell Green LLC

Baltimore City Public Schools

Bederman Capital Corp.

Bennett Day School

Blackstone Group LP

Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

BMO Harris Bank NA


Branford Castle Inc.

Brockway Moran & Partners Inc.

BSG Team Ventures LLC

C2 Education

Calvert Education Services LLC

Cambridge Information Group Inc.

Carl Marks Advisory Group LLC

Catapult Learning LLC

Charter Oak Equity LP

Chrysalis Ventures LLC

Colbeck Capital Management

College of Health Care Professions

Conversion Partners LLC

Cooley LLP

Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

DeSilva + Phillips LLC

Drawbridge LLC

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

East Wind Advisors LLC

Education Advisory Board

Education Corp. of America

Educational Computer Systems Inc.

Fine Capital Partners LP

ForeFront Edu. / Illinois School of Health Careers

French American Academy

Fullbridge Inc.

Grant Thornton LLP

Gray Associates Inc.

GRO Capital LLC

Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co. Inc.

Hawaii Medical College

HCP & Co.

InfiLaw System

IntelliTec Colleges

International Leadership Development LLC

J. P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Khronos LLC

Lazard Middle Market LLC

Leeds Equity Partners LLC

LIM College

McGraw-Hill School Education Group

Medtech LLC

Milestone Partners

Mount Holyoke College

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers Inc.

Nobel Learning Communities Inc.

OC&C Strategy Consultants


Parthenon Group LLC

Penn Foster Education

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Peter J. Solomon Co. LP

PlusUltre LLC

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Quad Partners LLC

Rasmussen College Inc.

Ritzert & Leyton PC

Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

Rubicon Associates LLC

Russell Reynolds Associates Inc.

Salmon Sims Thomas & Associates PLLC

Shattan Mendel Enterprises LLC

Signal Hill Capital Group LLC

Sorenson Capital Partners

Specialized Education Services Inc.

Specialized Education Services Inc.

Sterling Partners

Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc.

STORE Capital


T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

THL Credit Advisors LLC

Triumph Higher Education Group

United Capital Business Lending Inc.

University at Albany

USA Funds

Vistria Group LP

VLP Law Group LLP

Wells Fargo Securities LLC

Weston Education Group

Whiteboard Advisors LLC

Widening Advancements for Youth

Winston Preparatory School




Regaining Prosperity in the
For-Profit Education Industry


Private Equity Investing in
For-Profit Education Companies



                                           CHAIRED BY                                       

Jeffery J. Keith, Operating Partner
Sterling Partners


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

The Parthenon Group



Goldberg Kohn Ltd.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City


Featuring 20 Expert Speakers

Philip A. Alphonse, Vistria Group LP
Jay N. Bartlett, Parthenon-EY

James A. Bland, HCP & Co.

Richard Inatome, InfiLaw System & Inspiras

John M. Larson, Triumph Higher Education Group

J. Michael Locke, Formerly with Rasmussen College

William R. Loesch, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

Robert Lytle, Parthenon-EY

Barry F.  Malkin, Formerly -- Apollo Global Inc.

Leah K. Matthews, Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Bradley C. Palmer, Palm Ventures LLC

Daniel S. Pianko, University Ventures Fund

Seth A. Prostic, BMO Capital Markets Corp.

John R. Przypyszny, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Jason Rosenberg, Sterling Partners

Todd H. Steele, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

Jonathan D. Tarnow, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Malcolm P. Youngren, Quad College Group
Additional speakers to be announced



Register Now

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

In today’s for-profit education marketplace, investors who truly understand the space, and what drives value, are finding that disruption can bring dividends.


Investors are encouraging education providers to restructure debt, sell and lease back real estate, implement efficiency improvements … even improve relationships with regulators who worry about the cost-benefit gap of the schools’ curriculums.


In addition, investors are increasingly focusing on the service provider companies that are targeting for-profit education -- from marketing and enrollment services to course instruction and fundraising. 


In short, after a rough patch, the future of the for-profit marketplace is brightening, and this Capital Roundtable conference will highlight the ways many middle-market investors are doing well.


Twenty for-profit education experts will provide sound insights and revealing forecasts.


Here Are Three Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Find out best practices for creating maximum flexibility and outcomes for students.
  2. Discover how all types of education providers are successfully controlling costs and lowering prices.
  3. Understand the impact of recent key changes in the federal government’s interpretation of gainful employment.


Click here to receive your best rate -- a savings of $400 off our regular conference rates.


Register Now to Hear Valuable Teachings
From Jeff Keith & 20 Other Industry Specialists

Jeff is an operating partner at Chicago-based Sterling Partners, a $5 billion private equity firm focusing on the education marketplace. He has more than twenty years of experience leading finance and operations teams, with a wide range of senior executive roles under his belt.


Currently, Jeff serves as chairman of Sterling portfolio companies -- Spartan College of Aeronautics, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, and Educate Online. He is also a Director at Ashworth College. Previously, Jeff served as CFO and EVP of TCS Education System. He holds MBA and BS degrees in economics and management from Purdue University, and an MS in finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Jeff and our panelists will answer important questions such as these --

  • How many for-profit education companies are undergoing some sort of restructuring? What are the lessons learned from those in progress?
  • What industry developments have the potential to sparkplug middle-market for-profit education companies in 2015?
  • Which outsourced service providers are making the most inroads with educational institutions?
  • Is consolidation going to be an important factor with for-profit educational institutions? What size footprints are most desirable?
  • Which sectors within for-profit education are poised to recover earliest? K-12? Professional training? Education content? Technology?
  • What are the best practices for overseeing for-profit education portfolio companies?
  • What metrics and valuation guidelines can help you judge a middle-market for-profit education company deal?

Go Behind the Tombstones of Notable Middle-Market Industry Deals


Our chair and panelists will share their knowledge of transactions such as --

  • Providence Equity Partners’ portfolio company Blackboard Inc. acquiring Perceptis, a provider of student help desk and support services.
  • EQT Partners’ portfolio company AcadeMedia acquiring Espira, an operator of 75 pre‑schools.
  • Summit Partners-backed company RuffaloCODY, a provider of fundraising and enrollment management services for higher education, acquiring consulting services provider Noel-Levitz.
  • Serent Capital’s investment in Diamond Mind, a provider of payment services for schools.
  • Spectrum Equity’s growth funding of ExamSoft, a provider of educational assessment solutions.
  • Linden Capital Partners’ acquisition of Spear Education, a provider of post-graduate dental education.

Three More Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Learn the reasons why for-profit companies such as Rasmussen College have become Public Benefit Corporations (B-Corps).
  2. Hear how institutions are reducing their real estate holdings and putting empty classrooms and labs to paying use.
  3. Recognize why for-profit education companies are mentoring and funding education startups.


Register Now To Build Valuable Contacts


This Capital Roundtable conference is an 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 connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners & clients

Register Now To Receive Our Early Bird Rate


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


Register Now to Join Colleagues & Receive Your Best Rate


Benefit from a generous savings of $400 off our regular price by making your reservations for this conference before November 21, 2014.


Click Below to Learn More





 Who Should Attend


Designed to meet the needs of GPs, LPs, & managers of buyout, growth equity, mezzanine, and lending funds, as well as independent sponsors, operating partners, portfolio company managers, and the bankers, lawyers, accountants, and other advisors who support them.




We look forward to having you join us on Wednesday, January 14.


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 & Marketing & 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 Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email at




Have a Question?


Please contact Joanna Russell at or via phone at 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 for-profit education company investing. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from for-profit education 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

  • Jeffery J. Keith, Operating Partner, Sterling Partners

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Philip A. Alphonse, Partner, Vistria Group LP
  • Jay N. Bartlett, Managing Director & Co-Head--Private Equity Practice, Parthenon-EY
  • James A. Bland, Partner, HCP & Co.
  • Richard Inatome, Presdient -- InfiLaw System, Chairman -- Inspiras
  • John M. Larson, Executive Chairman, Triumph Higher Education Group
  • J. Michael Locke, Former Chief Executive Officer, Rasmussen College
  • William R. Loesch, Principal, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
  • Robert Lytle, Managing Director & Co-Head--Education Practice, Parthenon-EY
  • Barry F. Malkin, Former Head--Strategy & Corporate Development, Apollo Global Inc.
  • Leah K. Matthews, Executive Director & CEO, Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • Bradley C. Palmer, Managing Partner, Palm Ventures LLC
  • Daniel S. Pianko, Managing Director, University Ventures Fund
  • Seth A. Prostic, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets Corp.
  • John R. Przypyszny, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Jason Rosenberg, Principal, Sterling Partners
  • Todd H. Steele, President & CEO, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
  • Jonathan D. Tarnow, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Malcolm P. Youngren, Dir. -- Online Education, Quad College Group
  • Additional speakers to be announced

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07:30-08:15 Networking & Registration & Breakfast
08:15-09:00 Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions

Chairman's Keynote --

  • Jeff, Keith, Sterling Partners

Morning Keynote --

  • Robert Lytle, Parthenon-EY
10:15-10:45 Networking & Coffee
10:45-11:45 Panel 1 -- Needles in the Haystack -- Where PE Investors Are Finding Deals Despite the Disruption in the Industry

Morning Interview --

12:30-01:30 Networking & Luncheon
01:30-02:30 Panel 2 -- Nursing the Industry Back to Health -- How PE Investors Are Profitably Restructuring Companies
02:30-02:45 Networking & Dessert
02:45-03:30 Afternoon Conversation -- Strategies for Effective Relationships with Regulators
03:30-4:30 Panel 3 -- Education Value Proposition -- Four Senior Executives Discuss Creating Value & Improving the Outcomes for Students
04:30 Networking & Adjournment


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Space at this conference in strictly limited. Last year all seats were accounted for in less than two weeks. 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


  • Best Rate -- Early Bird Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1395 when you register by Friday, November 21. Just $995.


  • Premiere Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, December 12, 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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Have a special question? Please contact Joanna Russell at or via phone at 212-832-7300 ext 0.

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180 Central Park South

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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Conference Partnerships

We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.101, or by email at

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