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Liberty C Session C

A Deep Dive on the Buy Side

Presented By: Alliant Insurance Services & Baker Tilly

Serial entrepreneurs, investors and M&A experts share lessons learned and potential pitfalls to avoid when accelerating growth through acquisitions. They’ll also discuss what’s worked for them, including the importance of due diligence.



Jonathan Gilbert
Senior Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions
Alliant Insurance Services

Jonathan Gilbert is a senior managing director at Alliant and leads its Mergers & Acquisitions practice. He has over 10 years of private equity mergers and acquisitions insurance experience. In addition to due diligence expertise, he has led insurance procurement initiatives for private equity firms nationwide, with a focus on reducing expense and increasing liquidity.


Tim Kardish
President & CEO
Sussex Wire

Timothy E. Kardish js president and CEO of Sussex Wire, a global leader specializing in the design, manufacture and distribution of highly engineered specialty metal parts and components. He is responsible for executing a growth strategy, transitioning company culture to lean continuous improvement best practices and operational and financial performance. Previously, his career included CEO appointments within technology-driven manufacturing companies at a private equity-backed business and a wholly owned subsidiary of a publicly traded company.

Fred Massanova, CPA
Partner and Philadelphia Commercial Team Leader
Baker Tilly

Fred L. Massanova, CPA, is an audit partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, with more than 12 years of comprehensive audit and advisory experience. His areas of expertise include auditing manufacturing, distribution and technology companies, financial institutions and construction and real estate companies. He has extensive experience in providing audit and advisory services to private equity companies and ESOP companies and has a deep understanding of Department of Labor rules and regulations for employee benefit plans governed by ERISA.

Jonathan Meltzer
Investment Officer
Spring Creek Investment Management

Jonathan Meltzer has been responsible for private equity investments at Spring Creek Investment Management, a Philadelphia-based single-family office, since 2016. Previously, he originated and executed direct private equity and credit investments at Ulysses Management and American Capital. He began his career as an investment banker as an analyst at Wasserstein Perella and an associate at Goldman Sachs.

Presented By

Alliant Insurance Services & Baker Tilly
Alliant Insurance Services & Baker Tilly

Conference Location

201 N 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: (215) 448-2000