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    2015 Texas Private Equity Conference

    February 20, 2015
    San Jacinto Conference Center
    309 E 21st Street , Austin, TX 78705

2015 Texas Private Equity Conference

The Texas Private Equity Conference is sponsored annually by the Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance. The conference provides an opportunity for finance researchers and practitioners in the private equity markets to discuss private equity. The conference will address issues of interest to both the venture capital and buyout communities.

Online registration is CLOSED.  If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Juana Hardwick at


All events take place at the San Jacinto Conference Center, 309 E 21st Street, Austin, TX 78705

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

8:40 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

Opening Remarks
Thomas Gilligan, Dean, McCombs School of Business

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   

Keynote: Private Equity Update
   Speaker: Jeffrey Mansukhani, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates


9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  




10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Panel 1: Managing Portfolio Companies for Value Creation
This session will bring together private equity fund managers with a strong focus on operations for a
discussion of how they identify potential investments and manage them to create value for their investors.

Robert Strauss, Managing Director, Peak Rock Capital
Bud Applebaum, Partner, Wingate Partners
Eliot Kerlin, Partner, Insight Equity
Kent Wallace, Partner, Sterling Group
Chris Zugaro, Partner and Co-Founder, Trive Capital


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Panel 2:  Allocating Assets
This session will focus on asset allocation decisions by institutional investors. It will address some of the
models and challenges associated with choosing an appropriate asset allocation (i.e., alternative ways of
classifying investable assets, choosing the appropriate allocation, etc.) and achieving those allocation
targets in the current market environment.

Kristen Doyle, Partner, Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting
Ashley Baum, Senior Investment Manager, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Lindel Eakman, Managing Director, UTIMCO
Ralph Money, Managing Director, Commonfund Capital Group

12:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. 

Keynote:  Oil and the U.S. Economy
  Howard Newman, President and CEO, Pine Brook Partners
Scholarship Recipient Recognition:  Jay Hartzell, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,
                                                                  McCombs School of Business

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Panel 3:  The Role of Government in Business Formation and Growth
This session will examine the impact of government policies, programs, and regulations on business
formation and growth.

Jim Nolen, Associate Director, Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance
Terry Hazell, Former Director, Texas Emerging Technology Fund
Jon Hockenyos, President, TXP
Jim McBride, Founding Partner, Blue Sage Capital
Doug Tatum, Chairman of the Board, ACG Global and Newport Board Group

2:40 p.m. - 2:45pm Closing Remarks

Key Note Speakers

MansukhaniJeffrey D. Mansukhani
Managing Director
Cambridge Associates LLC

Jeff is a Managing Director and senior private investment specialist in the Menlo Park office.  He is responsible for constructing and overseeing private investment and total portfolios for a number of university, foundation, family, and other nonprofit clients ranging in size from $200 million to over $100 billion.  He has deep experience in emerging markets having led significant projects in several regions.  During his time with the firm Jeff has been a major contributor to research, served on discretionary investment committees, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Jeff has over fifteen years of investment experience.  Most recently, he was a Partner and member of the investment committee with Bay Hills Capital, a private equity fund-of-funds.  He also spent three years in asset management at Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to this, he spent five years as an attorney for an international law firm focusing on business and commercial law.  His work concentrated on private equity transactions, valuations, workouts, reorganizations, business and asset sale/purchases. 

Jeff earned a bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He was awarded a JD with distinction from Florida State University School of Law.

Newman PhotoHoward Newman
President and CEO
Pine Brook Partners

In 2006, Howard Newman founded Pine Brook, a private equity firm that currently manages more than $5.0 billion of assets.  Pine Brook makes "business building" and other growth equity investments, primarily in the energy and financial services industries.  Pine Brook's active portfolio consists of twenty seven companies (fifteen energy and twelve financial services) across two funds.

Prior to forming Pine Brook, Mr. Newman spent 22 years with Warburg Pincus, LLC.  He served as Warburg's Vice Chairman, developed their energy and financial services businesses and led a number of other investing practices as well.  Mr. Newman also spent 10 years with Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated before joining Warburg Pincus.  Mr. Newman's career includes starting and financing energy companies which have been active in conventional exploration, both domestically and internationally, Canadian oil sands, unconventional gas and oil resource plays, independent power production and midstream activities.

In addition to overseeing Pine Brook's portfolio, Mr. Newman serves on the board of Newfield Exploration Company; he is also a Trustee of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.  Mr. Newman has served as a director (or designated observer) of more than 40 companies, including 18 public companies.  During the term of Governor George Pataki of New York, Mr. Newman served as an advisor to him on energy policy and as a Senior Advisor to the Long Island Power Authority.  He is also a member of Yale University's Climate & Energy Institute External Advisory Board.

Mr. Newman holds a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude with Distinction) and an M.A. in Economics from Yale University.  He was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.




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Phone: 512-404-3600

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Phone: 512-474-4777
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Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704
Phone: 512-477-1234
Omni Hotel Austin
700 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-476-3700

The Stephen F. Austin Inter-continental Hotel
701 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-457-8800



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98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-478-4500


All events take place at the San Jacinto Conference Center, 309 East 21st Street, Austin, TX 78705

On-site registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20 in the San Jacinto Conference Center. The conference begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. The key dates, times, and other pertinent information that you should keep in mind are summarized below.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   Pre-Conference Reception and Dinner 
                                     Lamberts Downtown Barbecue @ 401 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX  78701 
Friday, February 20, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.      Registration and Continental breakfast (Foyer outside Multipurpose Room)
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Morning sessions (Multipurpose Room)
12:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.    Lunch (Multipurpose Room)
1:40 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.      Afternoon sessions (Multipurpose Room) 

Meeting Location:
San Jacinto Conference Center
309 East 21st Street
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas  78705

Conference Attire:  Business Casual

Last minute questions:
You can reach Bob Parrino at 512-471-5788 (office), 512-569-0120 (cell), or by email at or Juana Hardwick at 512-471-6511 (office), 512-497-2738 (cell) or by email at

Transportation Information:
Taxi Companies:
American Yellow Checker Cab Co - 512-452-9999
Austin Cab - 512-478-2222
Cabs Agent - 512-338-0017
Lake Travis Taxi - 512-263-0013
Roy's Taxi - 512-482-0000

Other Transportation Companies:
AAA Limousine Services - 512-833-5466
Curtis Walker Limousines - 512-926-9427
Longhorn Limos - 512-699-5466
Premium Limousine Services - 512-834-8000