Winners Revealed for 4th Annual ACG New York Champion's Awards

Top deals, firms and professionals honored before sell-out crowd

Carlyle and Riverside Executives, NY Congressman receive special recognition

Jun 24, 2014, 15:32 ET from The M&A Advisor

NEW YORK, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ACG® New York, the leading association in New York for middle-market deal-making professionals, and The M&A Advisor, the premier global network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals, announced last Thursday night the names of 38 winners of the fourth annual ACG New York Champion's Awards, recognizing companies, individual dealmakers and transactions in the middle-market mergers and acquisitions industry in the greater New York area.

The winners, selected in five major categories - including M&A Dealmaker of the Year, Firm of the Year, Deal of the Year, Deal Type and Sector - were celebrated by a sell-out audience of more than 200 at the ACG New York Champion's Awards Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York.

Among the winners, George Thacker III, managing director, CSG Partners, was named Dealmaker of the Year.  Gordian Group was recognized as Investment Banking Firm of the Year; CBIZ MHM, LLC, as CPA Firm of the Year; and AGI Partners LLC, as Private Equity Firm of the Year.  Fifth Street Management LLC topped three other firms as Senior Lender Firm of the Year.  Duane Morris LLP was honored as Law Firm of the Year.

The evening also paid tribute to Kenneth J. Kencel, vice chairman, Carlyle GMS Finance, as recipient of its 2014 Peter Hilton Founder's Award; Robert Landis, a partner at The Riverside Company, as the recipient of this year's ACG New York Chapter Leadership Award; and U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York as recipient of the ACG Growth Award.

For the full list of winners, CLICK HERE.

"Tonight we celebrate outstanding individuals, firms, and transactions that have helped drive America's middle market," said Martin Okner, president of ACG New York. "In so doing, we also recognize middle-market private capital's important contribution to our national well-being.  The middle market accounts for over 43 million U.S. jobs and 33% of U.S. GDP." 

"The ACG New York Champion's Awards winners represent the best of M&A in the New York area in 2014 and earned these honors by distinguishing themselves among a group of very impressive finalists," said Roger Aguinaldo, founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor. "Each winner should take pride in their award and the message it sends about the accomplishments of our industry."


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ACG® New York, Inc. (, the founding chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth, is the leading membership organization in New York that facilitates relationship building and focused education for middle market deal-making professionals.  Each year over 8,000 professionals participate in ACG New York's 70+ networking and educational events in New York City and Westchester and on Long Island, including healthcare, manufacturing & logistics, and retail conferences.  These and other programs have spurred ACG New York's rapid growth in recent years, with membership now exceeding 1,000.  This year ACG New York celebrates its 60th anniversary.

SOURCE The M&A Advisor