This summer, the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) held its annual conference in Cincinnati for the first time. AM&AA, a national organization of sellers and buyers of businesses from $5 to $150 million in transaction value, has met in Chicago every year in the past.
Joseph Rippe, Sr. of Cincinnati accounting and consulting firm Rippe & Kingston is a long-time AM&AA member and was an advocate for Cincinnati as a new conference location. “This gives the organization a lot more exposure,” he says.

About 150 members from across the country, including CPAs, investment bankers, attorneys, private equity groups, personal financial planners, and business advisory firms, attended the conference downtown at The Westin. It was sponsored by KPMG Corporate Finance LLC and Loyola University Chicago and was hosted by Rippe & Kingston.

In addition to learning about the newest trends in their field, members enjoyed a welcome reception cocktail party at Great American Ballpark and a Reds game as part of the conference.

Rippe said Cincinnati’s strong local chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), an global organization of leaders in corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms focused on building value in their organizations, was another draw for Cincinnati as conference location. During the conference, about 60 local ACG members met with AM&AA for a luncheon with speaker Rob Slee, author of Midas Managers.