Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament

  July, 2016

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 $4.5 million dollars to advance the lifesaving mission of the NKFI. We hope you will join us in July 2016 as we once again bring together Chicago’s Middle Market community for championship level golf, unparalleled giveaways, access to celebrity golfers, and more! Check back for more information.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 11th Annual Middle Market Open. More than 200 golfers from Chicago’s Middle Market community participated and raised $500,000 for the NKFI. Congratulations to all of the 2015 Middle Market Open Winners!

North Course
1st Place – Ted Koenig & Shoshana Vernick (Katten Muchin Rosenman foursome)
2nd Place – Adam Strauss & Joe Polaneczky (Merit Capital Partners foursome)
3rd Place – Amit Mehta & Michael Jordan (Paul Hastings foursome)

South Course
1st Place – Michael Vahey & Timothy Ruby (Capital One Bank foursome)
2nd Place – Michael Olson & Lou Pagano (DLA Piper foursome)
3rd Place – Art Fogel & David Williams (Northern Trust foursome)

Beat the Pro
Evan Harwood

Grand Prize (Pebble Beach/Spyglass Hill) – Aaron Diefenthaler
Package 1 (Milwaukee Golf Club/Erin Hills Golf Course) – Ryan Anthony
Package 2 (Medinah #3 & Conway Farms) – Bob Bartell
Package 3 (Skokie Country Club & Olympia Fields Country Club) – Paul Diederich

Photos from the 2015 event.
Photos from the 2014 event.

For more information about the Middle Market Open, please contact Lena Clement at (312) 321-1500 or lclement@nkfi.org.

Event Details

Please join us this July, 2016 for the 12th Annual Middle Market Open. Please check back in the next few month as we announce more details pertaining to next year's tournament.

The Middle Market Open Golf Tournament brings together more than 200 of Chicago’s leading middle market deal makers for networking and championship level golf. This tournament typically attracts players from leading private equity firms, family offices, senior and junior capital providers, attorneys, accountants, consultants, wealth managers, turnaround firms, real estate brokers and business owners and managers from the greater Chicago area and beyond.

This is the only amateur golf tournament designed exclusively by and for the Chicago area middle market deal making community.

For more information about the Middle Market Open, please contact Lena Clement at (312) 321-1500 or lclement@nkfi.org.


    2013 MMO tournament north course winners Adam Rubenstein and Scott 
         Rubenstein enjoy a day on the green in Pebble Beach, California.

2016 Middle Market Open Committee Members

Scott H. Lang, City Capital Advisors

Bradley Schmarak, Reed Smith

Barbara Bereskin, Lincoln Avenue Partners
Tim Cummins, Stout Risius Ross, Inc.
David Gaito, PNC Business Credit
Matt Gilbert, FIDES Capital Partners
Tom Hill, Alvarez & Marsal
Fran Jurkovic, Mesirow Financial
Chris Killackey, Prairie Capital
Amit Mehta, Paul Hastings
Mike Milani, Baker Tilly
Henry Munez, BMO Harris Bank
Chad Peterson, Victory Park Capital Advisors
Saul Rudo, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Andrew Sandquist, CBRE
David Smalstig, FTI Consulting
Brian Soper, BMS
Bill Spizman, RSM
Jeremy Stillings, Proskauer Rose
Randy Thrall, Thrall Enterprises
Sam Valenzisi, Lincoln International LLC
Andrew Weil, DLA Piper LLP
Dan Wikel, Huron Consulting

2015 Middle Market Open Committee Members

Scott H. Lang, City Capital Advisors

Bradley Schmarak, Reed Smith

Allan Allweiss, LBC Credit Partners
Bob Bartell, Duff & Phelps
Barbara Bereskin, Lincoln Avenue Partners
Duncan Bourne, Wynnchurch Capital
Steve Cohen, The PrivateBank
Timothy Cummins, Stout Risius Ross
David Gaito, PNC
Matthew Gilbert, FIDES Capital Partners
Thomas Hill, Alvarez & Marsal
Fran Jurkovic, Mesirow Financial
Chris Killackey, Prairie Capital
Amit Mehta, Paul Hastings
Mike Milani, Baker Tilly
Henry Munez, BMO Harris Bank
Chad Peterson, Victory Park Capital
Paul Possinger, Proskauer Rose
Saul Rudo, Katten Muchin Rosenman
Andrew Sandquist, CBRE
David Smalstig, FTI Consulting
William Spizman, McGladrey
Curt Tatham, Lincoln International
Randy Thrall, Thrall Enterprises
Andrew Weil, DLA Piper
Daniel Wikel, Huron Business Advisory


2015 Middle Market Open sponsors

Co-Event Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors



Dinner Sponsor


Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors

Alvarez & MarsalBaker TillyBKD CPA's & Advisors • Capital One Bank • CBREDentons US LLPDLA PiperEnterprise Fleet Managment
Epiq Systems, Inc.Houlihan Lokey • Jones Day • The Jordan Company • LBC Credit Partners • Lincoln International • Merit Capital Partners 
Moelis & CompanyNorthern Trust • Proskauer Rose • Reed Smith • Resilience Capital Partners • Mark Schwartz • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shook Hardy & Bacon • Stout Risius Ross • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP • Vedder Price P.C. • Victory Park Capital • Wells Fargo Capital Finance  

Flag Sponsor

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Board of Directors

Cart Sponsor

Wilmington Trust

Hole in One Sponsors

 Chapman and Cutler LLP • Garden City Group

Hole Sponsors

Blakes • Broadstone Net LeaseCSS Capital, LLC • RR Donnelley • Thrall Enterprises

Golf Ball Sponsor

The PrivateBank

Hat Sponsor

American Needle

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