Chicago Program | Director Insights: Improving Your Company’s Odds of a Successful Acquisition

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
05:00 PM - 07:30 PM CST
Grant Thornton
171 N Clark Street #200
Chicago, IL 60601



Please join the Private Directors Association in Chicago for an evening program featuring a panel discussion on "Director Insights: Improving Your Company’s Odds of a Successful Acquisition."





Joe Feldman
President & Founder
Feldman Associates

Joe Feldman is President of Joseph Feldman Associates ( and consults primarily with middle market companies to support their growth through acquisitions, joint venture, cross-border projects and additional initiatives.


Joe’s previous experience includes a wide range of finance, business development, operations and international management roles for The NutraSweet Company, Searle Pharmaceuticals and Monsanto Company. He served as head of business development for two biotech start-ups and was co-founder and managing director of Sandbox Industries.


Joe’s board experience includes work with the following companies: Chicago Capital Partners, Acadian Kitchens, Morgan Street Document Systems, XTEND, and Chicagoland Optical. Additionally, Joe’s community involvement includes board roles with Chicago Lights, Warming House Youth Center, and the Wilmette Youth Commission.


Joe’s undergraduate training was at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Frank Jaehnert
Former President & CEO
Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC)

Frank Jaehnert was President & CEO of Brady Corporation (NYSE), an international manufacturer of Identification Solutions from 2003 until 2013. Before that he served as its CFO and as a divisional President.

Prior to joining Brady in 1995 he held various financial positions in Germany and the US at Robert Bosch GmbH, a multinational engineering and electronics company. Mr. Jaehnert received the equivalent of an MBA from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

He serves on the Boards of Nordson (NASDAQ: NDSN), Briggs & Stratton (NYSE: BGG), Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI), National Material L.P., NACD Chicago and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. (MSOE)

He was a regional winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program in 2008 and has been a national and regional judge of the program for many years.


Eileen Kamerick
Adjunct Professor of Law
Board Member
Associated Bank, Hochschild Mining, plc, AIG Funds, and Legg Mason Funds

Ms. Kamerick serves as an adjunct professor at University of Chicago Law School, Washington University in St Louis College of Law, and University of Iowa College of Law. She consults and lectures on corporate governance matters and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She had previously served as CFO of such leading companies as BP Amoco America, Leo Burnett, Heidrick & Struggles, and Houlihan Lokey She began her career as a lawyer at the law firm of Skadden Arps and she holds a JD and an MBA, with honors, in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Associated Banc-Corp, AIG Funds, Hochschild Mining, plc, and 27 closed end Legg Mason mutual funds. She served on the Board of Directors for ServiceMaster and IRI before both companies were purchased by private equity firms. She qualifies as an SEC financial expert. In addition to her corporate board roles, she serves on the boards of the Eckerd Connects, a national child welfare charity, the Children’s Radio Network, a charity using radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, and Christ the King Jesuit High School, a Cristo Rey Network school.


Carl Warschausky
Former President & CEO
World Kitchen

Carl Warschausky has extensive executive and director experience and expertise in both large public and middle market private companies in pharmaceuticals, food and branded consumer products. For the last 18 years Warschausky held leadership positions in PE-backed enterprises, including traditional LBOs, carve outs, turnarounds, growth companies and start-ups.

Warschausky recently concluded the successful sale of World Kitchen, the manufacturer and marketer of leading consumer houseware brands including PyrexTM, CorelleTM, CorningWareTM and others. As CEO, Warschausky’s strategies transformed this once-bankrupt company into an attractive platform for consolidation within the fragmented housewares industry. Before serving as CEO, Warschausky held positions of COO, president North America, and CFO.

Prior to World Kitchen, Warschausky served as CFO for two PE portfolio companies (Chef Solutions and Merisant), a venture capital/business incubator (Sandbox Industries) and a large public company division (Monsanto’s Searle Pharma).

Board roles have included Director and Audit Committee Chair of Potbelly (PBPB), Director of World Kitchen and Director and Audit Committee Chair of The Night Ministry, a services organization dedicated to Chicagoans struggling with poverty or homelessness.

Warschausky holds a Bachelors, Biology and MBA, Finance from the University of Michigan.



Dan Lantry
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
American Medical Association

Dan Lantry is a business lawyer who helps organizations create sustainable enterprise value. He has advised clients in connection with numerous M&A transactions as both external deal counsel and in-house.

Dan is Vice President & Associate General Counsel at the American Medical Association. Prior to joining the AMA, Mr. Lantry has served companies in healthcare, life sciences and healthcare services, in positions of increasing responsibility, including Kaiser Permanente, Covidien, Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Sterigenics International, LLC (now Sotera Health, LLC) where he served as SVP & General Counsel.

Mr. Lantry grew up in Southern California, received a B.S. in Economics (with high honors) from the University of California, Riverside and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Lantry began his career in private practice, including the Healthcare practice of McDermott, Will & Emery, first as an associate and then partner. Outside of work, he is active in various philanthropic and cultural organizations.