New Hampshire business network focused on driving your success.

The Association for Corporate Development (ACD) is a member-based nonprofit organization. ACD is governed by a Board of Directors with diverse experience in C-Level business challenges, including business financing, legal matters, transition strategies, human resources, and marketing.

WHO WE ARE

  • Business owners/leaders
  • Attorneys
  • Accountants
  • Business consultants
  • Intermediaries
  • Wealth managers

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

For questions about ACD including event attendance, membership, or sponsorship, please contact John Ela at john@elamanagementgroup.com or call (978) 494-6299.

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ACD hosts and runs five regular events per year. The events feature carefully chosen speakers that can present topics or case studies that reflect the challenges and opportunities business owners and leaders face running growing businesses and planning for the future.

PROGRAMMING

Five events per year, networking, education and guest speakers

The ACD is pleased to present a free virtual session for members and guests:

TICKETS

NEXT EVENT

Covid Changed Everything: From Survival to Creating Disruption

With Keynote Speaker 
Tim Messina, CEO of Events United/Studio Labs

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
5:30 - 7:45 PM

Covid-19 changed the world for most of us starting in 2020. In person meetings ground to a halt. But what if producing in person events was your business and 90% of your backlog evaporated overnight? What options are even available to survive that kind of crisis? That was the question facing CEO, Tim Messina, and his team at sister companies Event United and Studio Labs. Sometimes, the required options need to be invented for survival, and then to go on and disrupt an entire industry.

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WHY BECOME A MEMBER?

Annual membership is $300 and includes:

  • Cost to attend all five events is included at reduced member rate
  • Network with your peers and business leaders
  • Learn from experts who are building business value
  • Member rate for your guests to each of the dinners
  • Access to complete member list
  • Receive notifications of regular meetings and special events

OUR MISSION

To help business leaders and their professional advisors expand their networks and develop greater capabilities to drive business growth, build value, and to eventually capture value while managing smooth succession plans.

WHO CAN JOIN?

About our organization

Bud Abbott, Fiduciary Trust

Matt Cookson, Cookson Communications

Tony Delyani, McLane Middleton

Jim Grace, Silver Pine Capital 

John Ela, Ela Management Group, LLC, chair

Julie Morse, Orr & Reno, secretary

Matt Nadeau, Nathan Wechsler & Co., treasurer

Ken Schaefer, Business Transition Strategies

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  • Commercial lenders
  • Business services
  • Business coaches
  • Tax professionals
  • Others involved in generating, protecting, and capturing business value

2019

December: Howard Brodsky, CCA Global Partners

November: Panelists: Angela Martin of Devine Millimet, Rob Freese a former shareholder, Harper Marshall of Peloton Advisory

October: Lisa Tanzer, President, Life Is Good

June: Steve Lishansky

April: Tom Raffio, CEO, Delta Dental

February:  Jim Feinson, CEO, Gardener's Supply

2018

October: Eric Goodwin, serial entrepreneur and owner of The Friendly Toast, Nobl Coffee

November: Special Event Joint Meeting with FMANH.org, Guest Speaker: Stuart I. Mathews, president, Metapoint Partners

December: Robert Craven, CEO of MegaFood

PAST EVENTS

Sponsors

About membership

2021

October:  Jonathan Brill, Author of Rogue Waves

June: Brendan Keegan, CEO of Merchants Fleet

April: Gary S. Furst, Founder and Managing Partner of Generation Equity Capital

February: Mike Cote, Senior Editor of News & Business of the New Hampshire Union Leader


2020

November: Business Succession Planning, Opportunities and Challenges - Panel Discussion with NHEPC

October: Jen Shirkani, Penumbra Group and author of Ego vs. EQ

January: Ryan Barton, MainStay Technologies

March: Panelists: Peter Worrell of Bigelow, LLC, Debbie Bing of CFAR, Steve Burke of McLane Middleton, Laura Rauscher of CAP, N.H. Charitable Foundation, Phil Taub of Nixon Peabody, LLC