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The Under Appreciated Nexus Between Growth Capital and Storytelling… An Investor’s Perspective

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Whether your company is public or private, family-owned or non-profit, growth capital is likely in your future. Finance executives have been trained to believe that equity or debt financing comes down to financial metrics — full stop. Regarding that long-held belief, former institutional investor, best-selling author, and acclaimed speaker Adam J. Epstein has the following question: “If equity and debt financings were just about dollars and cents, then how does that explain the fact that similarly performing companies are valued completely differently by investors and lenders every day?”  Join us for a very frank, entertaining, interactive discussion.
We will cover the following:
  • What are the other factors influencing the perception of a company,
  • How do these perceptions ultimately impact the valuation of a company,
  • Are there things you can do as an executive to influence these perceptions



Adam J. Epstein

Adam J. Epstein is a former institutional investor, and, now, an advisor to CEOs and boards of pre-IPO and small-cap companies through his firm, Third Creek Advisors, LLC.  He speaks monthly at corporate governance and investor conferences, and has given more than 80 keynote speeches since 2012.  Mr. Epstein is a key contributor to Nasdaq’s new Amplify small-cap content initiative, and a distinguished National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and faculty member.  He is the small-cap contributing editor for Directorship magazine, author of The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (McGraw Hill, 2012), and contributing author to The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private and Not for Profit Board Members (Wiley, 2016).  In April 2015, The Perfect Corporate Board was the #2 ranked corporate governance book on, and, in June 2016, The Handbook of Board Governance was the #1 “New Release” in corporate governance on  Prior to founding Third Creek, Mr. Epstein co-founded and was a principal of Enable Capital Management, LLC.  During his tenure, Enable’s special situation hedge funds invested in more than 500 small-cap financings. Mr. Epstein has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek and on CNN Presents.  He earned a Juris Doctor from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Vassar College.






Event Information

5:30 Hosted cocktail hour
6:30 Dinner and Speaker

Meal Type

Plated Dinner


Registration Policy

  • Qualified Potential Members may attend once as a guest and one additional time with guest fee (which may be applied to membership fee within 60 days).
  • Scholarship Alumni winners can attend once a year for free.
  • Non-members who do not qualify for membership may attend once a year, must be referred by an active member and pay the guest fee.
  • Partners may invite guests in accordance with the Partner Arrangement.


CPE Credits

One and a half (1.5) CPE credits available. Field of Study: TBD

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