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Episode 16!           

New Year's Greeting

January 07, 2019 2:34 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

Contributing Author: Ray Horn is a Member with Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC and President of MBBI

Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC a law firm with offices in Schaumburg and Chicago. Ray concentrates his practice of law in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation, drafting and review, owner strategic planning through buy-sell agreements, business fractures, and secured lending. Ray is President and a member of the Board of Directors of MBBI. Ray can be reached by phone at (847) 330-2430, and by email at

MBBI Members: First, and foremost, a very Happy New Year to each of you

Looking back on 2018, MBBI experienced a very successful year on many levels.  MBBI hosted numerous engaging and diverse events throughout 2018, with highlights including a well-attended annual conference in January, our most successful golf outing ever, with over 160 golfing and over 180 for dinner as well as $16,000 donated to Child’s Voice,  a very engaging presentation by Lieutenant General Kenneth Hunzeker, resulting in donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, Wisconsin’s 8th Annual Private Equity Connection with over 300 attendees, and an exhilarating (at least for many of the attendees) Bear’s/Packers game in December.  Throughout 2018, the engagement of Board Members and members in general provided extraordinary support and assistance and propelled MBBI to an exciting year.  

In looking ahead for 2019, I am very confident MBBI is poised to build upon our 2018 successes.     I am very appreciative of our dedicated and talented Board of Directors and Committees for 2019 who are already working diligently for an eventful 2019.  Right out of the gates, look for our Annual Conference – M&A Trends in the Beverage Industry, on January 24th.  If you have not already registered, please do so as soon as you can so you do not miss this exciting event.  In March, we are planning an event at The Hatchery, intended as a starting point for MBBI to work more closely with other associations.  In 2019, we are also planning to engage more actively with our key sponsors and, of course, you should expect another fantastic golf outing and Private Equity Connection.

As is true with every organization, value to members is a direct product of member engagement in the organization.  Building upon my November message, I want to strongly encourage all MBBI members to become more involved in whatever way possible.  MBBI is continuing to build strong and empowered Committees and we need your ideas and input.  Without question, there is a place, and a need, for you and your talents, with the added benefit of an excellent opportunity to network with some truly outstanding individuals.  With that involvement, I am very confident that you will experience a return many times the value of your membership and sponsorship dollars.

Looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.  All the best for a very happy and successful 2019.

Raymond J. Horn III MBBI President – 2019



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