Leeds Equity Partners Acquires Evanta Ventures and Sports Leadership Institute
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Leeds Equity Partners Acquires Evanta Ventures and Sports Leadership Institute

Leeds Equity Partners has signed an agreement to acquire Evanta Ventures and Sports Leadership Institute from DMG Events, a subsidiary of Daily Mail and General Trust. “Leeds Equity Partners is excited to partner with Bob Dethlefs and the management team at Evanta and Sports Leadership Institute,” said Jeffrey Leeds, President and Co-Founder of Leeds Equity Partners. “Through exceptional vision and hard work, Bob and his team have built a differentiated platform with which to engage and support senior executives in business and sports.”

Evanta is a producer of 80 leadership forums and provides educational services for executives in the functional areas of technology, security, human resources, finance, and healthcare. Evanta provides leadership development programs in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management, University of Texas McCombs School of Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Portland, OR (www.evanta.com).

The Sports Leadership Institute is a producer of forums for professional and collegiate sports team executives. The Global Sports Summit, Global Sports Management Invitational and Collegiate Sports Summit bring together owners, managers, athletic directors and other stakeholders within the professional and collegiate sports sectors. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Portland, OR (www.globalsportssummit.com) (www.gsminvitational.com).

“Our entire team looks forward to working closely with Leeds Equity to continue to serve our existing communities as well as developing new platforms and offerings,” said Evanta’s Founder and CEO, Bob Dethlefs. “Leeds Equity not only has the resources, but also the insights and industry relationships to enable Evanta to pursue initiatives that will accelerate our growth going forward. We are proud to join a renowned industry leader in the education and information services industries. This is a bold new future that will enable us to go beyond the realm of possibility.”

 Leeds Equity Partners manages the largest private equity fund in the United States focused on investments in the education, training and business services industries. Founded in 1993, the firm has raised and managed over $1 billion of committed capital and invested in more than 20 companies. The firm is located in New York, NY (www.leedsequity.com).

© 2012 PEPD • Private Equity’s Leading News Magazine • 9-20-12

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