“An Insider’s View of Private Equity” will be the topic as Matt Urbanek, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at ViraCor IBT Laboratories, offers a free public address as part of William Jewell College’s Everett P. Truex Economic and Financial Forum at 7:30 p.m. October 18 in Yates-Gill College Union on the William Jewell campus in Liberty, Mo. The lecture is free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required.
Matt Urbanek serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at ViraCor IBT Laboratories, with responsibility for the company's finance and logistics functions. Prior to joining ViraCor in 2007, Urbanek was a Vice President at George K. Baum Advisors, LLC, an investment-banking firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions, raising private capital and financial advisory services for middle-market companies. In this role he initiated and executed mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financings, as well as business valuations, fairness opinions and board advisory services for clients in the business services sector. Urbanek earned a B.A. in business administration and finance and a B.S. in economics from Kansas State University.
“It is my perception that there are a lot of misconceptions about and a very sparse understanding of private equity in general,” Urbanek said. “In my presentation, I hope to provide a baseline of background information and review of private equity, share some of my experiences, review some current trends and discuss how this very capitalistic industry actually serves to drive a good deal of creativity.”
The endowed lecture series focuses on finance and economics. The Everett P. Truex Economic and Financial Forum brings nationally recognized economists to William Jewell College each year. Funding for the endowed forum is provided by the Everett Truex Trust. The late Dr. Truex was a Liberty High School graduate and a 1942 William Jewell alumnus who later returned to the College as an economics and statistics professor.
“Everett was a faithful supporter of the College and was part of a close-knit family with many strong ties to Jewell,” said Chad Jolly, vice president for advancement. “The endowed lecture series he has provided will provide new insights for future generations of William Jewell College students.”
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than 2 million.