Mark Meyerdirk and Joe Kessinger are promoting the Alternative Investment Forum (www.aif-llc.com)  again this summer.  The event is scheduled for Thursday morning June 2nd and hosted at the Bloch School of Management at UMKC . 
We are currently in the process of selecting our 3 early stage companies and 1 real estate project for presentations at the Forum event.
This year we have assembled an investment panel for a discussion of funding Alternaitve Investments in the Kansas City community.  The panel currently includes Ron LeMay from OpenAir Capital Partners, Darcy Howe with the KCRise Fund, Carter Williams from iSelect Fund, Mike Peck from Flyover Capital, Keith Copaken from Copaken-Brooks and Dr. Nick Franano, an thought leader in the venture community has agreed to be the panel moderator. 
We will have a continental breakfast in conjunction with the panel presentation.

iSelect Fund is a venture capital fund led by Carter Williams interested in funding Kansas City early stage companies; one of its active advisors is Westport Advisory Group.
KC Rise Fund is a new venture co-investment fund led by Darcy Howe for individual investors as well as large KC area company investors seeking innovation in their own backyard.
OpenAir Equity Partners, a Kansas City based venture capital firm led by Ron LeMay focused on high growth, early stage companies in technology, mobile, and communications.
Flyover Capital is a venture capital fund Mike Peck is a General Partner for the firm focused on creating the next generation of successful technology companies in the region. It seeks to participate in the rapid growth of early stage technology companies in sectors such as mobile, health-tech, digital media, enterprise software, e-commerce and agricultural technology.
Copaken-Brooks  For nearly 100 years, the legacy of Copaken Brooks has shaped the Greater Kansas City landscape. The firm has developed the most significant “signature properties” in Kansas City and many other noteworthy properties across Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. Keith Copaken is a Principal of the firm. Today, the firm has nationwide reach, providing expert representation for tenants, developers, landlords, buyers and sellers, as well as corporate real estate services throughout the United States.
Nick Franano Nick Franano, M.D. is considered one of the leading thought leaders in the early stage and venture community in Kansas City. Dr Franano is a physician, scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and advisor. He is currently serving as CEO of two cardiovascular medical device companies, Flow Forward Medical, Inc. and Metactive Medical, Inc.
Dr. Franano has received numerous research awards, grants, and fellowships, and has published many abstracts and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Franano has made several important inventions including elastase vasodilation, type I elastase compositions of matter and methods of manufacturing and formulation; and methods, systems, and devices for peripheral vein and artery dilation (AFE System), treatment of cerebral aneurysms (Ballstent Microcatheter) and peripheral artery occlusion (Blockstent Microcatheter). He holds 11 patents and more than 30 pending patent applications.
In 2009, Dr. Franano was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Need
The Alternative Investment Forum (“AIF”) was formed to address the need that “mid-market”, alternative investment opportunities are orphaned in the capital marketplace.  They are too big for the typical angel capital investor, yet they are too small for the investment banking or private equity fund communities. Further since they do not have enough EBITDA, a strong balance sheet or the market longevity, other forms of financing can be difficult to secure.
Likewise, high net-worth investors and organizations, wealth advisors, family offices and smaller private equity firms find it difficult to identify attractive, non-startup, direct participation investment opportunities in alternative investment areas. There is no network other than “word of mouth” or “one-on-one” meetings to identify these opportunities.
Recognizing this challenge, AIF is presenting an investment forum for qualified investors to learn about direct investment opportunities in high quality companies and projects.

The Alternative Investment Forum June 2, 2016 Event
The AIF June 2016 Event, will be produced by AIF along with its corporate sponsors and will be held at the prestigious Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. This will be a premier forum in the Midwest for introducing high net-worth investors, institutional investors, wealth advisors, family offices and private equity firms to attractive, direct, alternative investment opportunities. This invitation-only event will be held on June 2, 2016 at the Bloch Executive Hall on the UMKC Campus in Kansas City.

June 2, 2016
At the Bloch Executive Hall – UMKC Campus
Henry W. Bloch School of Management and Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


About Alternative Investment Forum, LLC
Mark Meyerdirk and Joe Kessinger have been involved in the investment arena separately for 40 and 35 years respectively. They are self-acknowledged “deal-junkies” and have enjoyed the good fortune of helping scores of companies move from concept to maturity.

Mark and Joe have created Alternative Investment Forum, LLC which operates as an Exempt Registered Adviser under applicable securities laws and will present alternative investment opportunities at the Alternative Investment Forum. The June 2016 AIF Forum will be the fourth in a growing series of forum event which have been attend by over 300 high net worth investors, family offices, private equity fund and investment bankers.



Please contact Mark Meyerdirk: mmeyerdirk@aif-llc.com or Joe Kessinger: jkessinger@aif-llc.com to learn more about the program and how to apply to present your company and investment opportunity at the June 2, 2016 AIF Forum Event.



Registration will commence May 1, 2016

Date: June 2, 2016
Time: Registration at 8:00 am  •  Program commences at 8:30 am
Breakfast: Coffee, Danishes, juices and fruit
Closing Remarks: 11:30 am.