Thomas Blaige

Session Title: Global Consolidation in Packaging: Growth and Exit Strategies to Maximize Success

Established by Mr. Blaige in 2003, Blaige and Company is an international investment banking firm dedicated exclusively to plastics, chemicals, and packaging. Mr. Blaige has over 30 years of transaction experience, his team has completed over 200 transactions, and has visited over 600 plastics, packaging, and chemical operations in all parts of the world. Blaige Plastics M & A Deal research sets the industry standard. On average, Blaige and Company proprietary research department compiles and analyses over 500 worldwide plastics, packaging, and chemical industry transactions annually. U.K. based magazine Acquisition International named Mr. Blaige Sector Focused C.E.O. of the Year in 2015, and Blaige and Company was Sector Focused Investment Bank of the Year in 2013, 2015, and 2017.  Blaige and Company sponsored the coveted 2017 Plastics News Processor of the Year Award, and its involvement dates back to 2007. Blaige is also a sponsor and Expert Business Partner - Mergers and Acquisitions for the 2018 Global Plastics Summit (Plastics Industry Association/IHS).

Mr. Blaige’s transactions experience includes strategic combinations with large global consolidators; the sale, acquisition and recapitalization of family owned companies and corporate divisions; corporate divestiture and spin-off transactions; and private equity portfolio divestitures and acquisitions. Prior to founding Blaige & Company in 2003, over two decades he was a leading senior transaction professional with Lazard Middle Market, Lincoln International and a middle market M&A unit of a Wall Street investment bank. He was also a private equity investor with Prudential Capital Group where he specialized in management buyouts and buildups of privately held businesses and corporate divisions and worked with several early pioneers in private equity.

Tom is a member of the Western Plastics Association, Plastics Industry Association, and the Society of Plastics Engineers. He is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Turnaround Management Association. Tom earned a Master of Management degree, with Distinction, from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He has been certified as FINRA Series 24 Securities Principal and a Series 7 and 63 Registered Representative.