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Inside the Investor’s Mind 2: Dick Hollington of CapitalWorks

January 20, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 8:50 am

Event Recap:

On January 20, 2017 The Center for Free Enterprise held another sold out event to get inside the investors mind.

The event’s guest speaker, Dick Hollington from Capital Works, recently won the award for Deal Maker of the Year.

The event started off with Mr. Hollington talking about how he decided to get into private equity and then how he achieved so much success in his work.

Mr. Hollington touched upon how he feels confident in our economy for 2017, and how that will help private equity for the months to come.

Mr. Hollington shared some issues he has come across and some guidance he could give to the audience. For example, Mr. Hollington talked about how employee regulations have changed and how there is a lot more liability, higher healthcare costs, and problems with getting new employees to show up to work.

Hollington told the audience he tries to get the leaders running his businesses to think like he does, by providing equity incentives.

Overall, it was an excellent program that gave the audience an opportunity to network and walk away with practical knowledge that will hopefully help them in their careers.

Here are some key takeaways from Dick Hollington:

  • Relationships between buyer or seller are very important
  • One wants to be management’s favorite buyer
  • Bring in investment bankers who are familiar with the industry, early on
  • Using search firms is a great way to find businesses
  • One needs everything one has learned every day, to be successful in private equity investing


Original Event Post:


Have you ever wondered what a very successful investor is thinking now? Dick Hollington, Managing Director and CEO of CapitalWorks, will share his unique approach towards today’s markets. You will also have the opportunity to meet other investors, business owners, senior managers and professionals who have similar interests to your own.

This event is sponsored by Key Private Bank (Greg Keegan and Ken Greaney), The Calkins Law Firm and Red Hawk Associates

A special word about Key Private Bank: KPB is a leading provider of wealth management solutions and advice to more than 24,000 high-net worth and ultra-high-net worth clients, including wealth advisory, investment management, trust administration, customized credit, family office and private banking services. 

Join these experts below and get insights to these topics and more along with Q & A at the Cleveland Racquet Club. Check in and breakfast starts at 730a, Panel starts at 750a. This event is complimentary and by invitation only.

The Program includes:

Richard “Dick” Hollington: Dick Hollington’s responsibilities include day-to-day management of the firm, developing and maintaining relationships with investors and financial intermediaries, sourcing and executing acquisition opportunities and stewarding portfolio company investments.

Prior to joining CapitalWorks, Mr. Hollington founded RRH Management LLC to acquire and grow high quality manufacturing or distribution businesses in NE Ohio. Before forming RRH Management, he spent 11 years in banking as a member of the executive management team of Sky Financial Group and its predecessors, where he led wealth management, insurance and banking business units and was responsible for the integration of specific bank acquisitions.

Mr. Hollington worked for McKinsey & Company, in their Cleveland, San Francisco and London offices, providing strategy development and performance improvement initiatives with energy, heavy industry, steel, food, and research and development companies. Earlier still, Mr. Hollington was in corporate finance with Cleveland-based McDonald Investments, working on public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions.

He is a member of the advisory board of Tailwind Technologies. He is a member of the University School Board of Trustees, MetroHealth System Foundation Board, and is a member of the Cleveland Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Mr. Hollington graduated from Williams College with a BA in Political Science. He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Management at the University of Virginia.

Moderator: David Brown founded Red Hawk Associates, an M&A advisory firm, in 1998. He is co-founder of the Center. 

Program Host: Ben Calkins leads The Calkins Law Firm. He is co-founder of the Center. 

730a Continental Breakfast

750a Program

850a Adjourn


 Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

Pre registered guests only, please, due to space limitations.

 Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


 Do I need to print and bring my paper event ticket?


 Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact David Brown at [email protected] or 216/245-7879.

 How do I contact the professionals at Key Private Bank? 

For more information about Key Private Bank’s services, please contact Greg Keegan (440/995-2112) or Ken Greaney (440/995-2107). 


January 20, 2017
7:30 am - 8:50 am
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