December 7th Amazing IVCA Awards Dinner Recognized Excellence in Private Company Investing

December 23, 2015

IVCA members and their guests were treated to an amazing set of speeches that included insights on success in private company investing, observations about how the industry has changed and how we are perceived by some in the media.  IVCA Chair Bob Fealy kicked off the evening with some thoughts about IVCA’s impact and importance in advocating for private company investors.  Click here to see Bob's opening.
The 500 guests at IVCA’s Fourteenth Annual Awards Dinner paid rapt attention to the presenters and recipients of the Portfolio Company of the Year Awards as they shared personal observations about the business of investing private dollars into private companies from Paylocity’s growth from zero to IPO to Sterigenics transformation into a fully integrated medical device sterilization company.  The common thread: teamwork and shared vision between management team and investor.
View Paylocity’s Award Presentation HERE
View Sterigenics Award Presentation HERE
Bob Fealy, IVCA Chair delivered opening and closing remarks that were humorous and thoughtful including a strong suggestion to all of us to decide to participate in the political processes because political winds are clearly impacting the way we do business.   The emcee for award presentations was IVCA Vice-Chair Walter Florence.
The awardees included:

Warren E. Holtsberg of MVC Capital, Co-Head of Portfolio Management of the Fund and a member of the MVC Capital Board of Directors received the Richard J. Daley Medal for his outstanding civic contributions.   The award was presented to Warren by his friend and current IVCA Chairman, Bob Fealy.

Click HERE to view Bob & Warren’s remarks.
Lee M. Mitchell, the Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo, received the IVCA Fellows Medal for his dedicated support of and contributions to IVCA.  Lee received this award from past IVCA Chairman & prior Fellows award recipient Jim TenBroek.

The presentation and acceptance can be viewed HERE.
Peter J. Barris, Managing General Partner at New Enterprises Associates (NEA), was honored with the Stanley C. Golder Award recognizing his outstanding success in private company investing and his continued civic and philanthropic contributions to Illinois.  The Award was presented by Bon French, prior Golder Award recipient and Executive Chairman of Adams Street Partners.

View the award presentation and acceptance HERE.
As with the prior 11 years, the IVCA Award Dinner was presented by IVCA member Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Greenberg Traurig, LLP sponsored the Dessert Reception that many guests continued to enjoy until 10 PM.
Platinum Sponsors included Greenberg Traurig, LLP and also Kutchins Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.  We are grateful to all of our event sponsors who made this special evening possible:
Adams Street Partners
Baker Tilly
Duchossois Capital Management
Frontenac Company
Limerick Investments
Madison Dearborn Partners
McDermott Will & Emery
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg
OCA Ventures
Origin Ventures
Plante Moran
Pritzker Group
RCP Advisors
Ropes & Gray
Shore Capital Partners
Square 1 Bank
Sterling Partners
Thoma Bravo
Winston & Strawn
Wintrust Commercial Banking/Wintrust Ventures