COVID-19 and the Middle Market—How companies are shifting focus during the pandemic

April 27, 2020

1:00 PM (Eastern)

The National Center for the Middle Market invites you to join our webinar, COVID-19 and the Middle MarketHow companies are shifting focus during the pandemic. Join three middle market executives as they discuss how their companies have shifted focus during the pandemic and their plans to move forward. 

Register here.


Webinar Speakers

Kevin Lackey, CEO at Freedom Powersports

Kevin is the founder and CEO of Freedom Powersports, a powersports dealership group across multi states with annual revenues over $150mm. Freedom Powersports has over 350 people on its team and Kevin has had the privilege to sit on multiple advisory councils and boards, and a publicly traded company's board.
Kevin is a member of YPO (young presidents organization), and has a business coach through Gino Wickman’s EOS platform (entrepreneurial operating system) and is involved in many other organizations.

Cameron Mitchell, Founder and CEO, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Cameron Mitchell is the Founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, and Mitchell has enjoyed success as a lifelong entrepreneur, accomplished businessman, culinary expert and nationally recognized restaurateur.

Today, CMR remains independent and privately held, with 37 units and 15 different concepts in 12 states, as well as a separate and highly successful catering division, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events. Furthermore, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants also and manages the growth and development of its sister company, the rapidly expanding, Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern with 23 locations in six states.


Michael Araten, President and CEO of Sterling Drive Ventures, LP

Sterling Drive Ventures, LP is a family office that owns, among other things, The Rodon Group founded in 1956.Rodon is a highly automated plastics injection molder, with a focus on small parts, used in over 100 industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical diagnostic packaging, windows, consumer packaged goods, construction and toys Drive Ventures’ latest venture is SillDry -, a company that sets the standard for window and door flashing in residential and commercial environments. 

Prior to Sterling Drive Ventures, Michael was the President and CEO of K’NEX Brands, whose K’NEX™ construction toy is distributed in 40 countries- over 95% of the K’NEX component parts are made at Rodon in Hatfield, PA.