STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) — There will be hundreds of millions of dollars in the room when Michigan’s aerospace and defense industries meet with potential funding sources in an exclusive meeting Oct. 29.

The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association is hosting a funding symposium, “Successful Strategies for a Changing Marketplace,” Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy (DC3S), 7205 Sterling Ponds Court in Sterling Heights.

At this symposium, presenters will be experts in the area of non-traditional financing. Sessions cover an overview of options when working with private equity partners. This symposium will help aerospace and defense manufacturers determine if private equity is appropriate for them. And it will provide a network of resources and contacts company officials can call upon as needed.

Private equity firms with investment capability of $285,000 to $400 million will be present. Attendee names will be kept confidential.

The event begins with registration at 7:30 a.m., speakers from 8 a.m. to noon, and a networking luncheon at noon. Register at Advance registration is required.

Speakers will include Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Oakland County deputy executive Matthew Gibb, MAMA executive director Gavin Brown, AMI Holdings president and CEO Al Haase, Lawrence Technological University professor Tom Marx, representatives of Plante & Moran, PLLC; Jeffrey Richardson and Joseph D. Gustavus of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC; John Janitz of Evergreen Capital Partners, a representative of The Peninsula Group; and Anthony W. Zambelli of Seneca Partners.


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