Imperial Capital Hosts Second Annual Consumer Summit

Imperial Capital, LLC will host its second annual Consumer Summit on June 10, 2010 at The SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Over 30 leading private and public branded consumer companies will discuss their growth strategies, consumer trends and brand positioning in the current market environment.

The Summit will feature a panel on the use of social media to build brands with Joe Kessler, Chief Executive from CAA's consumer research arm The Intelligence Group, and consumer industry executives Dan Levine, Chief Merchandising Officer and Executive Vice President of Skullcandy, Inc. and Kristin Rodack, Vice President, Business Development of Fanscape, Inc. There will also be a panel discussing the lending environment for consumer-focused companies featuring senior representatives from major lending institutions, including Union Bank, N.A., Northstar Capital, LLC, Ares Capital Management, Fifth Third Bank, and Prudential Capital Partners.

Imperial Capital's Consumer Products Investment Banking team will also provide a macroeconomic outlook for the consumer sector as well as M&A and financing trends. Lee Giordano and Mary Ross Gilbert of Imperial Capital's Consumer Research team will provide insights on key consumer themes and investment opportunities in the sector.


Company participants include:

Alacer Corp. (Emergen-C) Horizon Food Group, Inc.
Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp. Ignite Restaurant Group
American Recreation Products J.R. Watkins
Botanical Laboratories, Inc. LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.
Bravo Sports LeapFrog Enterprises
Broder Bros., Co. Lifetime Brands
City Sports Inc Lindsay Phillips, Inc.
Corazonas Foods, Inc. Litehouse Foods Inc.
Corepower Yoga Liz Clairborne
DOGSWELL Orly / SpaRitual Physician's Formula
Fage Dairy Products S.A. Polartec, LLC
Gourmet Boutique Speck Products Inc.
Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC Summer Infant, Inc.
Helen of Troy Thymes
Sheppard Mullin, Grant Thornton and Union Bank, N.A. are sponsors of the conference. 

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About Imperial Capital, LLC

Imperial Capital, LLC, founded in 1997, is a full-service investment bank offering sophisticated sales and trading services to institutional investors and a wide range of investment banking advisory, capital markets and restructuring services to middle market corporate clients. The firm provides proprietary research across an issuer's capital structure, including bank debt, debt securities, hybrid securities, preferred and common equity and special situations claims. Imperial Capital's Consumer Products team is focused on providing middle market companies with sound advice and superior execution under any market condition and is active in all sectors of the Consumer segment, including, Apparel, Footwear & Accessories, Consumer Electronics, Food & Beverage, Household Products & Personal Care, Retail, Restaurants, Sporting Goods & Leisure. Imperial Capital, LLC is a member of FINRA ( and SIPC ( Visit Imperial Capital at

About Sheppard Mullin

Sheppard Mullin is a full service AmLaw 100 firm with more than 560 attorneys in 11 offices located throughout California and in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanghai. Founded in 1927 on the principle that the firm would succeed only if its attorneys delivered prompt, high quality and cost-effective legal services, Sheppard Mullin provides legal counsel to U.S. and international clients. Middle market companies turn to Sheppard Mullin to handle a full range of corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. Visit Sheppard Mullin at

About Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Through member firms in 110 countries, including 50 offices in the United States, the partners and employees of Grant Thornton member firms provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients around the globe. Visit Grant Thornton LLP at

About Union Bank, N.A.

UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A. are headquartered in San Francisco. UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $86 billion at December 31, 2009. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank has 340 banking offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas and two international offices. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

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