MMO and NextGen Sponsorship Packets

Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament

Shoreacres, Onwentsia Club, & Knollwood Club
Lake Bluff & Lake Forest, IL

Monday, July 17, 2017

For more than a decade Chicago’s leading middle market dealmakers have gathered for a day of networking, golf, and philanthropic support of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. The tournament has generated more than $5 million dollars to advance the lifesaving mission of the NKFI. We hope you will join us in July as we once again bring together Chicago’s middle market community for championship level golf, unparalleled giveaways, access to celebrity golfers, and more!

This year, the MMO will expand to four exclusive North Shore clubs for tournament level golf, shorter rounds, and unparalleled networking with 400 golfers. The tournament will take place at Shoreacres in Lake Bluff, IL and Onwentsia Club and Knollwood Club in Lake Forest, IL. The MMO NextGen Tournament, an event that attracts the next generation of dealmakers, will be held the same day at the Highland Park Country Club. All attendees are invited to Onwentsia Club following golf for cocktails, dinner, networking, and awards ceremony.

Click here for a list of past MMO participants, and click here for the 2017 sponsorship packet. 


Photos from the 2016 MMO Tournament

Photos from the 2016 NextGen Tournament

Photos from the 2015 MMO and NextGen Tournaments

For more information about the Middle Market Open, please contact Meghan Kelleher at (312) 321-1500 or

Register Online

Registration is now available online! Click the links below for the tournament you wish to sponsor or attend.  


Middle Market Open


MMO NextGen




Shoreacres  |  Onwentsia Club  |  Knollwood Club  |  MMO NextGen - Highland Park Club



Directions to Shoreacres

The street address and phone number to Shoreacres are as follows:

1601 Shoreacres Road,
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

(847) 234-1470 Clubhouse
(847) 234-1472 Pro Shop


Directions to Onwentsia Club

Take the Kennedy Expressway west (90/94) to the Edens Expressway (94) and bear right (north). Stay on that until you get to Rte. 41 north to Waukegan. Take Rte. 41 north to Westleigh Road and make a right turn on to Westleigh. Take Westleigh to the 1st stop sign (Green Bay Road). Turn left and go north 1-½ miles.  The Club will be on your left.  There is a black and white wooden sign with “Onwentsia Club” on it

The street address and phone number to Onwentsia Club are as follows:

300 Green Bay Rd,
Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 234-0120 Clubhouse
(847) 234-6430 Golf Shop


Directions to Knollwood

The street address and phone number to Knollwood Club are as follows:

1890 Knollwood Road,
Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 234-1600 Clubhouse
(847) 234-1210 Pro Shop


Directions to Highland Park

The street address and phone number to Highland Park Country Club are as follows:

1201 Park Avenue West
Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 433-9015 Clubhouse

MMO Event Details

Date: Monday, July 17, 2017

1601 Shoreacres Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Onwentsia Club
300 Green Bay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Knollwood Club
1890 Knollwood Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Locker rooms will be available for all participants. A grill lunch will be provided at all courses, and a reception and dinner will be held for all golfers at Onwentsia Club following golf.

Rules: The format of the Middle Market Open™ is a two-man, better ball. Each player on the team plays his or her own golf ball throughout the round, and on each hole the low net score or "better ball" of the group serves as the two-man team score. Pair 1 will be scored together and Pair 2 will be scored together. Players must have a verifiable index to be eligible to win prizes at MMO. Only players with amateur status may compete for prizes. There will be no rain date and no refunds for the Middle Market Open™.

Click here to register for the event. 


MMO NextGen Event Details

Date: Monday, July 17, 2017

1201 Park Ave W. 
Highland Park, IL 60035

For more information about MMO NextGen™ or to purchase additional slots, please contact Meghan Kelleher at (312) 321-1500 or A reception and dinner will be held for all golfers at Onwentsia Club following golf.

Click here to register for the event. 


Event Highlights

  • Fantastic prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.
  • Silent auction and raffle with prizes that include access to some of the most exclusive golf courses in the country.
  • Evening program includes cocktails, dinner, and networking.
  • More than 5 million dollars raised for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

For more information about the Middle Market Open, please contact Meghan Kelleher at (312) 321-1500 or


    2015 MMO Raffle Winner Aaron Diefenthaler and NKFI Board President Matt Gilbert
                            enjoy a day on the green in Pebble Beach, California.

Raffle Tickets

Purchase tickets online!


2017 MMO Raffle Prizes


Grand Prize

Unescorted foursomes at The Olympic Club & TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, CA
($2,000 for travel expenses included)

Second Prize

Escorted threesomes at Milwaukee Golf Club & Conway Farms Golf Club

Third Prize

Escorted threesomes at Onwentsia Club & Skokie Country Club

Fourth Prize

Escorted threesomes at Medinah #3 & Olympia Fields Country Club


Winners will be determined in a random drawing to be held July 17, 2017 at the 13th Annual Middle Market Open. Winners need not be present to win and will be notified. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. 

2017 MMO Sponsors


MMO Event Sponsor





MMO Platinum Sponsor






MMO Dinner Sponsor



MMO Gold Sponsors











MMO Silver Sponsors

Akerman LLPAlixPartners, LLPAlliantAlvarez & Marsal LLC •  Ankura ConsultingBaker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP • Belmont Bank & Trust • CBRE • Dentons US LLP • DLA Piper LLP •  Enterprise Fleet Management, Inc. • First Midwest Bank Houlihan Lokey • HUB International • Jones DayLenox Advisors Lincoln International LLC • LivingstoneMarsh USA, Inc. • Mayer Brown • Merrill Lynch • Mesirow Financial • Moelis & Company • Neuberger Berman • Northern Trust CorporationPerkins Coie LLP • Plante Moran • Proskauer Rose LLPResilience Capital Partners • Seyfarth Shaw LLP • Stout Risius Ross • Thompson Flanagan • Vedder Price P.C.• Wells Fargo Capital Finance • Willis Towers Watson M&A GroupWilmington Trust • Wind Point Partners


MMO Raffle Sponsor

Chris Segal


MMO Raffle Sponsor
NKFI Board of Directors


MMO NextGen Lunch Sponsor


MMO NextGen Flag Sponsor

Mackinac Partners, LLP • Mesirow Financial


MMO NextGen Foursome


MMO NextGen Cart Sponsor

Hilco Global


MMO NextGen Hole Sponsor

Nixon Peabody LLP • Hilco Global • Polsinelli


For information on available sponsorship opportunities, please click the ‘MMO AND NEXTGEN SPONSORSHIP PACKETS’ button at the top of this page or call (312) 321-1500.

2017 Middle Market Open Board Members

Bradley S. Schmarak, Reed Smith LLP
Scott H. Lang, City Capital Advisors
Chair Emeritus

Allan Allweiss, LBC Credit Partners
Bob Bartell, Duff & Phelps
Barbara Grant Bereskin, Lincoln Avenue Partners
Duncan Bourne, Wynnchurch Capital
Tim Cummins, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.
Frederick Fisher, Mayer Brown LLP
David Gaito, PNC Business Credit
Matthew Gilbert, Green Door Capital
Lindsay Gray, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Tom Hill, Alvarez & Marsal
Fran Jurkovic, Alliant/Mesirow
Michael Keenan, Ares Capital

Chris Killackey, Prairie Capital

Amit Mehta, Paul Hastings
Mike Milani, Baker Tilly
Scott Rubenstein, BMO Harris Bank NA
Saul Rudo, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Andrew Sandquist, CBRE
David Smalstig, FTI Consulting
Brian Soper, BMS
William Spizman, RSM US LLP
Randy Thrall, Thrall Enterprises
Sam Valenzisi, Lincoln International LLC
Andrew Weil, DLA Piper LLP
Dan Wikel, Huron Consulting



2017 MMO NextGen Committee Members

Lindsay Gray, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kyle Griffith, PrivateBank
Joe Arnold, BMO Harris Bank
Dan Arnold, Hilco
JC Asensio, CBRE
Sid Bale, Reed Smith
Mark Briden, MorrisAnderson
JC Brown, Ice Miller
Jamie Cote, Madison Hawk
Ryan Deegan, Monroe Credit Advisors
Briggs Goldberg, CBRE
Michelle Gross, Riveron Consulting
Chelsea Hollenkamp, MidCap Financial
Judd Kohn, PrivateBank
Steve Lagnese, FTI
Mark Lorch, Duff & Phelps
Connor Mitchell, FocalPoint Partners
Adam Ortega, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Nick Payne, Siena Lending Group
Joe Polancich, Huron Consulting Group
Bryan Rozum, CapX Partners
Aaron Sims, Associated Bank
Brian Soper, BMS
Jonathan Weinberg, Monroe Capital LLC


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