Sponsorship Packet

Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament

Shoreacres, Conway Farms Golf Club, Onwentsia Club, & Northmoor Country Club
Lake Bluff & Lake Forest, IL

Save the Date for the 14th Annual Event!

July 30, 2018

Join 400 of Chicago’s leading middle market dealmakers for a day of golf, networking and philanthropic support, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI). The 14th annual event will take place at four elite North Shore golf clubs – Shoreacres, Conway Farms Golf Club, Onwentsia Club and Northmoor Country Club. Following the tournament, participants are invited to enjoy an awards ceremony with dinner and cocktails at Onwentsia Club.

Over the past thirteen years, this tournament has generated more than $5 million to advance the lifesaving mission of the NKFI. Over 30 million people in the United States are living with kidney disease today, so their efforts are vital to improve the livelihoods of people affected by the disease to curtail this number for the future.
2018 MMO Sponsorships are now available. Please review the sponsorship packet here for more details, and contact Olivia Nicoletti at onicoletti@nkfi.org or 312-321-1500 

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners

The 13th Annual Middle Market Open expanded to four elite courses, sold out in record time, and was the most successful event yet. 445 golfers from the private equity and deal making community came together on one day to raise more than $750,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
From all of us at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and the people we serve throughout the state, thank you for your incredible support and generosity!

A very special thanks also goes out to our board and committee members and our special guest, University of Illinois men's golf coach, Mike Small.


2017 Tournament Winners

Congratulations to this year's tournament winners!


1st Place: Joe Polancich & Mike Messersmith (Huron Business Advisory foursome)
2nd Place: Michael Keenan & Jim Trankina (PNC foursome)
3rd Place: Brian Soper & Danny Levene (BMS foursome)
Beat the Pro Winner: Tom Aronson

Onwentsia Club

1st Place: John Dvorak & David Britt (Wintrust Commercial Banking foursome)
2nd Place: Jeff Stern & Brian Klucznik (Houlihan Lokey foursome)
3rd Place: Patrick Jensen & Michael Jurasek (Prairie Capital foursome)
Beat the Pro Winner: Andy Shackelford

Knollwood Club

1st Place: Jamie Wildman & John Hatherly (William Blair foursome)
2nd Place: David Morris & John Didrickson (Mesirow Financial foursome)
3rd Place: Roy Gallagher & Matt Clemente (Ankura Consulting foursome)
Beat the Pro Winner: Mike Shean

Raffle Winners

Grand Prize (The Olympic Club and TPC Harding Park): Richard Bergman
Package 2 (Milwaukee Golf Club & Conway Farms Golf Club): Matt Schloop
Package 3 (Onwentsia Club & Skokie CC): Rob Ross
Package 4 (Medinah #3 & Olympia Fields Country Club): Dennis Regan

Highland Park Country Club (NextGen)

1st Place: Adam Ortega, Steve Greanias, Anthony Doughty & Jonathan Pearl (Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP foursome)
2nd Place: Clay Wortham, Steve Kolmin, Darin Wagner (Dentons US LLP foursome)
3rd Place: Tom Hill, Matt Maier & Brian Cercek 



Shoreacres  |  Conway Farms Golf Club  |  Onwentsia Club  |  MMO NextGen - Northmoor Country Club


Directions to Shoreacres

Click here for a printable map and directions

Take Skokie Highway (4I ), Waukegan Road (43) or the Tri-State Tollway (94) to Highway 176 (Rockland Road). Go East on 176 to Sheridan Road. Go under the viaduct and loop to the right. When you come to Sheridan Road, you will be facing West. Turn right (North) on Sheridan Road and proceed one and one-quarter mile to Shoreacres Road. Turn right on Shoreacres Road and follow it to the Clubhouse.

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 Conway Farms Golf Club

Coming soon!


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 Northmoor Country Club

Coming soon.

MMO Event Details

Date: Monday, July 30, 2018

1601 Shoreacres Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
9:00 am – check-in begins
11:00 am – shotgun start

Conway Farms Golf Club
425 Conway Farms Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045
9:00 am – check-in begins
11:00 am – shotgun start

Onwentsia Club
300 Green Bay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
9:30 am – check-in begins
11:30 am – shotgun start

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™.


MMO NextGen Event Details

Date: Monday, July 30, 2018
Location: Northmoor Country Club

820 Edgewood Road
Highland Park, IL 60035


For more information about MMO NextGen™, please contact Olivia Nicoletti at (312) 321-1500 or onicoletti@nkfi.org. A reception and dinner will be held for all golfers at Onwentsia Club following golf.


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 Olivia Nicoletti at (312) 321-1500 or onicoletti@nkfi.org.


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

Raffle Tickets



2018 MMO Raffle Prizes


Grand Prize


Second Prize


Third Prize


Fourth Prize



Winners will be determined in a random drawing to be held July 30, 2018 at the 14th 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. 

2018 MMO Sponsors



MMO Platinum Sponsor

MMO Gold Sponsors







MMO Silver Sponsors


Enterprise Fleet Management

Lincoln International

Northern Trust Company

Rose Paving


Flag Sponsor

Stout Advisory


Raffle Ticket Sponsor

NKFI Board of Directors 


MMO NextGen Lunch Sponsor

Riveron Consulting, LLC


MMO NextGen Pre-Event Cocktail Sponsor

Winston & Strawn LLP


MMO NextGen Foursomes

Bank Leumi

BMO Harris Bank

Byline Bank

Chapman and Cutler LLP


Duane Morris LLP

Horwood Marcus & Berk

Ice Miller LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP

Republic Business Credit

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers


Winston & Strawn LLP


MMO NextGen Hole Sponsors

Bank Leumi

Byline Bank


Riveron Consulting, LLC

Siena Lending Group



For information on available sponsorship opportunities, please click the "Sponsorship Packet" button at the top of this page

or contact Olivia Nicoletti at onicoletti@nkfi.org or call (312) 321-1500.

2018 Middle Market Open Board Members

Bradley S. Schmarak, Reed Smith LLP Chair

Duncan Bourne, Wynnchurch Capital, LLC Vice Chair

Chris Killacky, Prairie Capital Executive Committee

Bob Bartell, Duff & Phelps  Amit Mehta, Paul Hastings, LLP
Barbara Grant Bereskin, Lincoln Point Partners Mike Milani, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Nathan Brown, Wind Point Partners  Paul Possinger, Proskauer
John R. Castellano, AlixPartners Jim Rolfe, CIBC
Jeffrey Clark, Northern Trust Company Scott Rubenstein, BMO Harris Bank
Maggie Coleman, JLL Saul Rudo, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Tmothy Cummins, Stout Andrew Sandquist, CBRE
Frederick Fisher, Mayer Brown 

Andrew Skoglund, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Matthew Frank, Alvarez & Marsal, LLC David Smalstig, FTI Consulting, Inc.
David Gaito, PNC Business Credit Brian Soper, BMS
Lindsay Gray, Bank of America Merrill Lynch William Spizman, RSM US LLP
Thomas Hill, Alvarez & Marsal, LLC Jeremy Stillings, Attorney
Neil Hughes, HUB International  Randy Thrall, Thrall Enterprises
Fran Jurkovic, Alliant/Mesirow  Sam Valenzisi, Lincoln International LLC
Michael Keenan, PNC Business Credit  Andrew Weil, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Scott H. Lang, City Capital Advisors, Founder & Chair Emeritus Dan Wikel, Huron Business Advisory
Christopher McClure, Crowe Horwath   


Lifetime Members

Steven Cohen, CIBC

Henry Munez, BMO Harris Bank


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