Founders Slated To Host Its Third “Founders Forum” For CEOs and Owners

Founders Investment Banking, LLC is pleased to announce that it will again collaborate with David Klock, Dean of UAB’s School of Business, to host the third “Founders Forum.” The Forum is designed to equip owners and executives with ideas and insights on ways to build and – at the right time – realize value in their private, middle market companies. Specifically, the Forum addresses:

I. How the current economic and capital markets environments influence the value of a business

II. How to build strategies that maximize shareholder value from a market perspective

III. How various types of transactions can help business owners accomplish their goals and objectives for growth and/or liquidity

IV. How to assess and prepare for optimal timing for a transaction, both buy and sell-side, relative to the evolving markets

Prior to serving as Dean of UAB’s School of Business, Forum leader Dr. David Klock served as Chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based CompBenefits Corporation from 1993 to 2004. During his involvement with CompBenefits, Dr. Klock was instrumental in growing the company from $1 million to over $340 million in revenue, while achieving industry-leading profit margins. In addition, he led the company through a number of significant capital markets transactions, including the ultimate sale of the company to Fortune 100 member Humana, Inc. (NYSE: HUM) in late 2007. In addition, Dr. Klock served as Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee for hospital operator Province Healthcare (NYSE: PRV), which was acquired by LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPNT) in early 2005, and he currently serves as Board Member of The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE). Given this background, Dr. Klock is uniquely well positioned to lead the Forum and has been very well received by attendees of the first two forums.

”Dr. Klock’s firsthand knowledge about how to achieve growth and build shareholder value is extremely useful. The Founders Forum was a valuable investment of my time, and I would encourage all CEOs and business owners to take advantage of this unique resource.”
-Larry Lilley, CEO
CTS, Inc.


The Forum will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Ross Bridge Renaissance Resort in Birmingham, Alabama. To maximize the benefit for attendees and maintain a confidential setting, the Forum is limited to executives and owners from 20 qualified companies. To request more information or a slot in the Forum, please visit or call 205-949-2043. The cost is $250 per participant and reservations will close by April 23, 2010.