As some of you may know, I am a pretty big Jimmy Buffett fan (or parrott head). As some of you may also know, the National Investment Banking Association (or NIBA) will be holding their next investment conference at Jimmy Buffett’s new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL.
So for those of you that are wondering “what are NIBA conferences?“, I will do my best to explain. To start “Since 1982, The National Investment Banking Association (NIBA) has been a not-for-profit association for national, regional and independent broker dealers, investment banking firms, investment advisors, and related capital market service providers”. Or, for a more simple quote from their website, NIBA members “Are responsible for 90% of all IPO’s under $20MM.” Basically, the conferences are a collection of i-bankers, (mostly public) companies raising capital, investors, and service providers. Like most events in the space, NIBA conferences usually take place in major coastal cities and include company presentations, expert panels, and 1-on-1 meetings.
This is really the ultimate work and play one-two-punch for any parrott head working with small public companies. I’m trying to overcome some scheduling conflicts in order to attend but in the words of Alan Jackson; “What would Jimmy Buffett do?”
Ben Kotch is a managing director and investment committee member at Acquis Capital, LLC, a private investment firm that specializes in acquisition funding. He has extensive experience with both private and public companies. Ben graduated with an economics degree from Bentley University where he concentrated in entrepreneurship and law.