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NAIC Perspectives: The Case for Diversity in the Boardroom

For there to be greater business and career opportunities for those diverse groups that have historically been excluded, there must be increased representation within boardrooms. In this installment of Perspectives, NAIC's online video series, Hershel Harper, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust’s Chief Investment Officer, discusses the significance of a diverse boardroom and how the Trust and its members have benefitted from it.


Register Now! NAIC Virtual Fireside Chat with Henry Jones, CalPERS Board of Administration President, Set for July 21st

We’ve gone virtual! Please join us as we kick off our NAIC Insights Series of webinars at 2:00 pm EDT on July 21st with Trustee Insights, a virtual fireside chat featuring Henry Jones, President of CalPERS Board of Administration.

Hosted by our very own President & CEO, Robert L. Greene, Trustee Insights will cover such critical issues as the impact of COVID 19 on CalPERS, their renewed commitment to engaging with diverse asset managers, the outlook for emerging managers, the potential impact of California voters deciding in November whether the state and its public colleges can consider race in their hiring, contracting and admissions decisions (Proposition 209), and more.

Jones, who is serving his fourth term on the CalPERS Board of Administration and his second one-year term as President, has a deep understanding of today’s financial markets and what is on the top of limited partners’ minds during these tumultuous times. He will share his perspectives in a frank and intimate conversation that will be a must-see!


NAIC is Happy to Welcome New Members Argand Partners and NnenaVC!

Argand Partners ( is a New York-based middle-market buyout firm that specializes in manufacturing business services companies with significant global operations or expansion opportunities and a strong U.S. nexus. Argand targets complex, often contrarian, situations to buy-well, build strategically valuable platforms and create value across the investment lifecycle.

NnenaVC is a venture capital firm based in Nigeria that supports entrepreneurs building high-growth, technology-enabled businesses in Africa. NnenaVC invests between $1M-$15M in Series A/B rounds of businesses that leverage technology, creating globally relevant products and business models across sectors.

We are thrilled to add these firms to our growing network!


SEC's July 16 Special Meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee to Focus on Diversity

Diversity and inclusion will be the focus of the July 16th virtual special meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Asset Management Advisory Committee (AMAC).

Kicking off at 9:30 a.m., the topics of conversation will include how to improve diversity and inclusion in the asset management industry and other issues relating to diverse asset managers. AMAC was formed to provide the SEC with a range of perspectives on asset management and related advice and recommendations.

Leading the discussion will be Robert L. Greene, National Association of Investment Companies; Robert Raben, The Raben Group; Juan Martinez, Knight Foundation; Solange Brooks, New America Alliance; Ron Parker, National Association of Securities Professionals; Brenda Chia, Association of Asian American Investment Managers.

The meeting will be broadcast live on the SEC's website,, and is open to the public.


ROCA Partners: Accelerating the Growth of Tech-Enabled Services and Healthcare Services Companies

In this Member Focus, we profile ROCA Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity investment firm focused on providing leading technology-enabled services and healthcare services companies with flexible capital and operational resources to accelerate growth. Ravi Sarin, ROCA’s Founder & Partner, shares his experiences starting the firm, the impact of COVID-19 on its portfolio, and how he sees technology continuing to reshape businesses in virtually every industry.


Clearlake, Grain Management, Vista Among Private Equity Firms Creating 50 New Board Roles for Diverse Candidates

Ten private equity firms, including NAIC members Clearlake Capital, Grain Management and Vista Equity Partners, have come together to create 50 new board roles for diverse candidates to increase diversity on company boards of directors.

As part of the initiative, Diligent Corp., a provider of company governance software and a portfolio company of Clearlake and Insight Partners, will build a searchable database of diverse, board-ready executives who could be tapped to fill board vacancies. A partnership with the Spencer Stuart executive search firm will boost the visibility of board openings for diverse candidates, while agreements with Ascend, the Executive Leadership Council, the Latino Corporate Directors Association and the National Association of Corporate Directors will promote and create opportunities for their members.

Other firms committing to this effort include Aurora Capital Partners, Genstar Capital, Hellman & Friedman, Hg, Insight Partners, K1 Investment Management and TA Associates.


Winston & Strawn Webinar: Yes, Women Want to Form Their Own Private Equity Firms

Join Winston & Strawn Partners Eva Davis and Meg Frey for “Correcting the Record: Yes, Women Want to Form Their Own Private Equity Firms,” the first in an informative new webinar series in which women GPs will provide insights and lessons learned in launching their own private equity firms. During the panels, LPs will also provide their criteria for investing in a first-time fund.

Panelists include Jeri Harman, Founder & Chairman, Avante Capital Partners; Sheryl Meija, Co-Founder & Partner, Steward Asset Management; Michelle Noon, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Clearhaven Partners; and Scottie Wardell, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Integrity Growth Partners.


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Grain Management Portfolio Company to Acquire Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation

Great Plains Communications (GPC), a Midwestern telecommunications provider with a privately-owned 11,500-plus mile fiber network touching 11 states, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), a Southeastern Indiana-based provider. ETC has five storefronts and provides voice, video, high-speed internet, and other communications services to more than 14,000 residential and business customers. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020, following customary regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Carrick Capital Partners Acquires Flatiron School

Carrick Capital Partners has acquired 100% of the equity in Flatiron School from WeWork. Flatiron, a "boot camp" style technical training provider that offers programs in software engineering, data science, UX/UI design and cybersecurity. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based in New York City, Flatiron School has graduated thousands of students since its founding in 2012.

Clearlake Capital Portfolio Company Acquires Weaver Lumber

American Construction Source, a leading national building materials distribution platform for custom home builders and repair and remodel contractors, announced the acquisition of Weaver Lumber. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Serving customers since 1963, Weaver Lumber offers lumber, hardware, cabinets, redwood, cedar fencing, decking, windows, doors, insulation, siding, and more. American Construction is backed by Angeles Equity Partners and Clearlake Capital Group.

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