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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Palmer House Hilton

Join us for the biggest dealmaking event of the year. ASPIRE features an all-star lineup of entrepreneurs, dealmakers and investors for a day of dynamic discussions and one-on-one networking.

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Chicago 2019

Experience Aspire

Every year ASPIRE connects more than 400 of Chicago dealmakers, including middle-market CEOs, top PE and VC firms, major lenders and leading service providers. With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to liquidity events, ASPIRE covers the breadth of the M&A landscape. To experience ASPIRE, take a look at our event video.

Host Committee

Harry Cendrowski

Harry Cendrowski

Founding Member & Managing Director

Cendrowski Corporate Advisors

Harry is a founding member of Cendrowski Corporate Advisors and a licensed CPA in Michigan, Illinois and Florida. He is a veteran of the private equity and venture capital industries as an investor, founder and advisor to several funds. He has served as an expert witness in numerous disputes, as court-appointed receiver for multimillion dollar estates and as the accountant to the trustee in high-profile bankruptcy cases.

Renee Metcalf

Renee Metcalf

Market Executive of Illinois Middle Market Global Commercial Banking

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Renée is market executive of Illinois Middle Market Global Commercial Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for banking services for middle-market companies with revenue between $50 million and $2 billion. She manages 16 Relationship Management teams covering general, security alarm, construction and technology industries.  Metcalf, a senior vice president, has been in her current position since 2010. 

Betsy Ziegler

Betsy Ziegler



Betsy is the first female CEO of 1871, now the No. 1 ranked university-affiliated tech incubator in the world.  

Previously, she was chief innovation officer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation and integration of technology into the Kellogg educational experience. From 2011 to 2015, she served as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students.

Ziegler holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Some of our Sponsors

Bank of America
Duane Morris
Cendrowski Corporate Advisors

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