NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Seattle l Keys to Success for High-Growth Private Companies

May 17, 2017
Seattle, WA



Keys to Success for High-Growth Private Companies (and it starts in the boardroom)

Please join us for a lively discussion focusing on a few keys to success for high-growth private companies.  Former institutional investor, Adam J. Epstein from Bay Area- based Third Creek Advisors and Steve Hooper, partner with Ignition Partners here in Seattle will discuss lessons learned from a few high profile flame-outs such as Theranos and Zenefits as well as from success stories such as Darden Restaurants and Splunk.  Each of these had one thing in common…….their boards played a major role in their failure or success.  Adam and Steve will talk about why having a properly composed board is imperative, and how changes to the venture capital ecosystem could promote more efficacious board composition practices  This program will be most beneficial to CEOs of private companies who are looking to the future and how best to position their company for the next stage, directors of high-growth private companies or directors who may want to join a high-growth start up board, and professionals within venture capital firms who are guiding their companies through the various stages of growth. 

Location and Time


The Ruins
570 Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98109

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Registration & Networking

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Fireside Chat

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Networking Reception

Speaker Spotlight


Adam J. Epstein

Adam J. Epstein is a former institutional investor, and, now, an advisor to CEOs and boards of pre-IPO and small-cap companies through his firm, Third Creek Advisors, LLC. He speaks monthly at corporate governance and investor conferences, and has given more than 80 keynote speeches since 2012. Mr. Epstein is a key contributor to Nasdaq’s new Amplify small-cap content initiative, and a distinguished National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and faculty member. He is the small-cap contributing editor for Directorship magazine, author of The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (McGraw Hill, 2012), and contributing author to The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private and Not for Profit Board Members (Wiley, 2016). In February 2017, The Perfect Corporate Board was the #2 ranked corporate governance book on, and, in June 2016, The Handbook of Board Governance was the #1 “New Release” in corporate governance on Prior to founding Third Creek, Mr. Epstein co-founded and was a principal of Enable Capital Management, LLC. During his tenure, Enable’s special situation hedge funds invested in more than 500 small-cap financings. Mr. Epstein has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek and on CNN Presents. He earned a Juris Doctor from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Vassar College.

Steve Hooper

Steve Hooper is a Founding Partner of Ignition. He invests in telecommunications and wireless companies. Steve is currently a director of Blucora, Puget Sound Energy and REI. Steve also represents Ignition as a director on the boards of Modiv, TTMI, SeaMobile, Sparkplug, Public Mobile, Airbiquity and AVST. He previously served on the board of Avogadro (acquired by OpenWave) and UIEvolution (acquired by SquareEnix).Prior to Ignition, Steve worked closely with Craig McCaw for 18 years and was CEO of every major McCaw Company except Nextel. Most recently, Steve was the Chairman and CEO of Nextlink Communications (now XO Communications), where he was responsible for repositioning the company to a true Integrated Communications Provider offering a full complement of voice and data services. Prior to Nextlink, Steve served as the co-CEO of Teledesic with Craig McCaw. In that capacity, he oversaw the operation of the company and the negotiation of the multi-billion dollar satellite contract with Motorola.



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