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On behalf of the Private Equity Club and the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, we are pleased to announce the second annual Tuck Private Equity and Growth Ventures Conference.

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Hanover, New Hampshire

Friday, February, 2, 2007
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Networking breakfast, panel discussions, lunch, and networking reception

Saturday, February 3, 2007
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Optional ski Day at Killington for conference participants and panelists, their family members, and current Tuck students

Program Information

Conference Schedule
Conference Committee
Directions, Campus Parking, and Campus Map


The conference is designed to enhance the Tuck network in the private equity industry, to educate and enlighten Tuck students and alumni on trends in the private equity industry, and to facilitate networking. The conference will provide participants with an opportunity to address the relevant issues and trends in both the venture capital and buyout industries. We will host panels on:

  • Venture Capital - Financing Innovation
  • LBO Industry - Present & Future
  • Hedge Fund Investing
  • Limited Partners - Supporting PE Industry Growth
  • Hard Assets - Real Estate and Energy
  • Entrepreneurship - Growing a Company

Additionally, we will hold two small venture capital and buyout roundtable sessions where students will be able to speak with professionals about best practices for entering the private equity industry from Tuck.


  • Ed Glassmeyer T'68, Oak Investment Partners
  • Renny Smith T'83, TH Lee Putnam Ventures

Selected Panelists

  • Ajay Agarwal, BainCapital Ventures
  • John Barrett T'94, Cook Associates
  • Red Barrett T'89, Permal Capital
  • James Beach T'95, Joule Asset Advisors
  • Tom Beaudoin, WilmerHale
  • John Bello T'74, JoNa Ventures
  • Tom Blaisdell T'89, DCM - Doll Capital Management
  • David Clem D'71, Lyme Properties,
  • David Cohen T'95, Midwood Capital Management
  • Bob End D'77, T'82, Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity
  • Allan Ferguson, 3i
  • Tony Florence D'91, T'97, Morgan Stanley
  • Steve Graham T'86, Graham Partners
  • Matt Iorio T'98, MTI Capital Management
  • Mike Koester T'99, Goldman Sachs
  • Kevin Kuryla T'98, UBS
  • Alex LeJeune T'01, Cerberus Capital Managment
  • Matt Marolda T'02, StratBridge, Inc.
  • Andy Palmer T'94, Vertica Systems
  • Peter Sisson T'94, Toktumi
  • Russ Steenberg T'83, BlackRock
  • Dave Tabors D'93, Battery Ventures
  • Jim Tenner T'82, Broadleaf Services
  • Andrew Ward D'89, Riverstone Holdings

Conference Schedule

  • On-site registration and coffee
  • Networking breakfast and morning keynote
  • Morning panels
  • Networking luncheon and afternoon keynote
  • Afternoon panels
  • Networking mixer with prize raffle
  • Ski day at Killington the following day

View the full conference schedule »


There are several registration options to choose from. All options include breakfast, lunch, breaks, and a networking reception on Friday, February 2nd. Sorry, no refunds.

Tuck Alumni, Friends, and Family Registration

  • $129 - Conference only
  • $179 - Conference and one lift ticket for Killington on Saturday, February 3rd
  • $279 - Conference and overnight accommodations for Friday, February 2nd at the Hanover Inn. This ticket option is SOLD OUT. Please register for conference only or conference + skiing. See alternative overnight accommodations below or email conference registration.
  • $379 - Conference and overnight accommodations for Thursday, February 1st and Friday, February 2nd at the Hanover Inn. This ticket option is SOLD OUT. Please register for conference only or conference + skiing. See alternative overnight accommodations below or email conference registration.

Alumni, friends, and family register online by January 26th at www.acteva.com.

Tuck Student Registration

  • free - Conference only (registration is required)
  • $49 - Conference and one lift ticket for Killington on Saturday, February 3rd

Tuck students register online by January 26th at www.acteva.com.

Alternative Overnight Accommodations

  • $129 - Marriott Courtyard, Centerra Park, 10 Morgan Street, Lebanon, NH 03766 (opened November 2006). Call 603.643.5600 for reservations.
  • $134 - Norwich Inn, 325 Main Street, Norwich, VT 05055. Call 802.649.1143 for reservations.

Conference Committee

The organizing committee is being led by the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship and includes an outstanding group of students and practitioners. The Program Committee includes:

  • John Barrett T'94, Cook Associates
  • Colin Blaydon, Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship
  • Dave Browne T'07, MBA Candidate
  • Peter Chiu T'07, MBA Candidate
  • Peter Denious T'97, FLAG Capital Management
  • Bob End D'77 T'82, Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity
  • Jordan Karp T'07, MBA Candidate
  • Adam Marcus T'07, MBA Candidate
  • Jonathan Masland, Tuck Career Development Office
  • Nathaniel Robinson T'07, MBA Candidate
  • Michael Sinclair T'07, MBA Candidate
  • John Taylor T'79, National Venture Capital Association
  • Fred Wainwright, Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship

Directions and Campus Parking

Directions to Tuck
The Tuck School is located in northern New England, near the intersection of Interstates 89 and 91, just 2 1/2 hours by car from Boston, 5 hours from New York, and 3 1/2 hours from Montréal. If you are traveling by air, there are several regional airports to choose from.

Campus Parking
Parking is limited - participants staying at the Hanover Inn are strongly encouraged to leave their cars at the Inn and walk to Tuck School (10 minute walk). If you drive to Tuck School, please park in the Cummings Lot or the Channing-Cox Lot (behind the Thayer School). Overflow parking is available in the Dewey Lot near the Dartmouth Medical School (15 minute walk). Shuttles to and from Dewey run every 10 minutes. NOTE: cars parked on Tuck Mall or Tuck Circle will be ticketed and towed by Dartmouth Parking Operations.

View directions to Tuck and campus map »


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