A six-person panel of processor executives and financial experts will offer tips for negotiating and executing mergers and acquisitions at the Plastics News Executive Forum 2004, Feb. 1-4.
The session, ``How to Leverage M&A to Extract Maximum Value in a Soft Market,'' will feature:
* Bradley Buechler, chairman, chief executive officer and president of compounder and sheet producer Spartech Corp.
* Doug Chapple, president and CEO of automotive molder Sarnamotive Blue Water Inc.
* Marcel Fournier, managing director of New York merchant bank Castle Harlan Inc.
* Stewart A. Kohl, Cleveland-based managing general partner of Riverside Co.
Phil Gilbert, managing director of P&M Corporate Finance LLC, and James Hill, managing partner of Cleveland law firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, will moderate the 90-minute session.
At Spartech, which has grown to more than $950 million in annual sales, Buechler has been involved in his shares of deals. Chapple, a former senior official at Key Plastics LLC, joined Switzerland-based Sarna Group in June 2001 following Sarna's purchase the year earlier of family-owned Blue Water Plastics Inc.
Castle Harlan, meanwhile, orchestrated the rollup of mold makers into the Rexdale, Ontario, holding company now known as StackTeck Systems Inc. In December 2000, Castle Harlan also became majority owner of food-packaging thermoformer Associated Packaging Enterprises Inc. of Jupiter, Fla.
Riverside has completed 83 deals in its 15 years. It owned injection molder Trend Technologies Inc. for three years, until March 2000, and currently counts some packaging- and converting-related firms, such as Hudson-Sharp Machine Co. and Vitex Packaging Group, among its holdings.
The forum, PN's fifth such conference, will feature 30 speakers at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort in Summerlin, near Las Vegas. Topics include global competitiveness, growth strategies, resin supply and pricing prospects, management best practices and key product-design issues.
Benesch Friedlander, along with P&M and its sister firm Plante & Moran PLLC, is organizing a supplemental half-day workshop Feb. 4 to offer advice on corporate strategic positioning, both globally and domestically, and on securing growth capital.
The forum costs $1,295 and the strategic planning workshop costs $95. Full program and registration details are offered at the event Web site, at www.plastics news.com/forum2004.