Past IVCA Awards Dinners - Illinois Venture Capital Association
Past IVCA Awardees

 

 

Past IVCA Awardees

 

Richard J. Daley Award
The Daley Medal honors a single individual who has given direct and extraordinary support to the State of Illinois by participating in or being an advocate for the venture capital and private equity industry.
    •    Has directed significant effort toward improving our city, our state and the country.
    •    A person who demonstrates the highest ethical standards on both a personal and professional level.
    •    Has participated in the venture/private equity industry as an investor, service provider or academic.

Previous Awardees are:
  • 2018:  Christopher B. Galvin
  • 2017:  Howard A. Tullman, 1871
  • 2016:  Ellen Rudnick, Chicago Booth
  • 2015:  Warren E. Holtsburg MVC Capital
  • 2014:  Steven N. Miller, Origin Ventures
  • 2013: James J. O'Connor, Jr., MVC Capital
  • 2012: James A. Johnson, Apex Venture Partners
  • 2011: Scott F. Meadow, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • 2010: Robert L. Fealy, Duchossois Technology Partners
  • 2009: J.B. Pritzker, The Pritzker Group/New World Ventures
  • 2008: Richard L. Thomas, First Chicago NBD Corporation
  • 2007: Steven N. Kaplan, University of Chicago GSB
  • 2006: Donald W. Phillips, WP Global Partners
  • 2005: Norman R. Bobins, LaSalle Bank, N.A.
  • 2004: James C. Tyree, Mesirow Financial
  • 2003: Bruce V. Rauner, GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC
  • 2002: Martin J. Koldyke, Frontenac Company


Stanley C. Golder Award
The Golder Award, honors individuals who have made profound and lasting contributions to the private equity industry in Illinois and is awarded based on the following:
    •    Is a recognized leader in venture/private equity investing.
    •    Has a strong track record of investment results.
    •    A person who demonstrates the highest ethical standards on both a personal and professional level.
    •    A history of achievements that reflect high standards for him/herself and others.

Previous Awardees are:

  • 2017: John A. Hatherly, Wynnchurch Capital
  • 2016: Paul Carbone, Pritzker Group Private Capital
  • 2015: Peter Barris, NEA
  • 2013: Theodore L. Koenig, Monroe Capital
  • 2012: T. Bondurant French, Adams Street Partners
  • 2011: Brian P. Simmons, CHS Capital
  • 2010: Lester B. Knight, RoundTable Healthcare Partners
  • 2009: Bryan Cressey, Cressey & Co.
  • 2009: John L. Hines, President (Ret.) Continental Illinois Venture Corporation, Continental Illinois Equity Corporation
  • 2008: Kevin R. Evanich, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • 2007: Samuel B. Guren, Guren Capital Management, LLC
  • 2006: Paul J. Finnegan, Madison Dearborn Partners
  • 2006: Samuel M. Mencoff, Madison Dearborn Partners
  • 2005: Gary P. Brinson, GP Brinson Investments
  • 2004: Ned Heizer, Jr.
  • 2003: Bret R. Maxwell, MK Capital
  • 2002: Carl D. Thoma, Thoma Cressey Equity Partners


The Fellows Medal recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the private equity profession and to the Illinois Venture Capital Association.
Criteria for the award are:
    •    Has recognizable accomplishments working with IVCA in its mission of advocating, educating and promoting for VC/PE in Illinois.
    •    A person who demonstrates the highest ethical standards on both a personal and professional level.
    •    Has participated in the venture/private equity industry as an investor, service provider or academic.

Previous Awardees are:

  • 2018: Walter C. Florence, Frontenac
  • 2015: Lee Mitchell, Thoma Bravo
  • 2014: Darren M. Snyder, Prairie Capital
  • 2013: James F. Dugan, OCA Ventures
  • 2010: Mark Glennon, Ninth Street Advisors
  • 2009: Danny Rosenberg, Sterling Partners
  • 2008: Keith Crandell, ARCH Venture Partners
  • 2007: John R. Willis, Willis Stein & Partners
  • 2006: Keith Bank, KB Partners
  • 2005: Robert Finkel, Prism Capital
  • 2004: Steve Beitler, Dunrath Capital
  • 2004: Bob Geras, LaSalle Investments
  • 2003: Ellen Carnahan, William Blair Capital Partners
  • 2003: Steven Lazarus, ARCH Venture Partners
  • 2002: John A. Canning, Jr., Madison Street Partners Inc.
  • 2002: Jack S. Levin, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • 2002: T. Bondurant French, Adams Street Partners


Begun in 2010, The Portfolio Company of the Year Award recognizes a venture capital-backed and a private equity-backed company based on the following criteria:

  • Company is located in Illinois
  • Is/Was VC or PE backed, had a realized liquidity event in 2011 or 2012 and the exit was successful for investors (and must share investor returns information - not for publication)
  • Recognizable metrics of success
    • High multiple at exit
    • Dramatic increase in employment
    • Dramatic increases in top/bottom line
    • Unique and lasting innovation
    • Speed to achieve key milestones

Previous Awardees are:

  • 2018: Aptinys (Venture-backed)
  • 2018: The Stepping Stones Group (Private equity-backed)
  • 2017: Naurex (Venture-backed)
  • 2017: Kronos Foods Corp. (Private equity-backed)
  • 2016: Cleversafe (Venture-backed)
  • 2016: Sage Products (Private equity-backed)
  • 2015: Paylocity (Venture-backed)
  • 2015: (Sterigenics International (Private equity-backed)
  • 2014: GrubHub (Venture-backed)
  • 2014: Fieldglass (Private equity-backed)
  • 2013: Gogo (Venture-backed)
  • 2013: Actient Pharmaceuticals (Private equity-backed)
  • 2012:  SurePayroll (Venture-backed)
  • 2012:  Flexera Software (Private equity-backed)
  • 2011:  Accretive Health (Venture-backed)
  • 2011:  Great Kitchens (Private equity-backed)
  • 2010:  Initiate Systems, Inc. (Venture-backed)
  • 2010:  Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Private equity-backed)