William Blair & Company Hosts 40th Annual Growth Stock Conference

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

William Blair & Company, the premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management, today commenced its 40th Annual Growth Stock Conference, a three-day virtual event featuring more than 250 public and private companies.

To ensure the safety of William Blair's clients, management teams, and employees from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this is the first time the conference has been held virtually.

"The expertise of the presenters and the opportunity to interact with hundreds of investors remain the same," said John Moore, head of Global Equity Sales, Trading, and Research. "In many ways, going virtual for our 40th anniversary is a reminder of how the conference has evolved. In 1981, our first conference, 17 companies presented and 97 clients attended. This year, 254 companies will participate and we will host more than 1,300 clients from around the globe."

The 40th Annual Growth Stock Conference will feature companies spanning the market-cap spectrum in six sectors—consumer; global industrial infrastructure; global services; financial services and technology; healthcare; and technology, media, and communications.

"The Growth Stock Conference has been an integral part of William Blair's Equity Sales, Trading, and Research department for many years," William Blair President and CEO John Ettelson said. "We are so proud to be able to host the industry's leading forum for growth investors. And I'm particularly proud of our ability to deliver this event to you this year virtually. In just a few months, we were able to quickly pivot, and with the dedication and flexibility of our employees, launch a new vehicle for this premier conference."

Nearly 70% of our presenters come from the highest ranks of management (chairman, chief executive officer, president, or chief operating officer), a hallmark of our conference.

"Our Annual Growth Stock Conference gives us the opportunity to highlight our long tradition of researching and investing in quality growth stock companies that can stand the test of time," said John O'Toole, director of the Equity Research Group. "We focus on durable franchises with superior business models and management teams that can generate strong, consistent growth over the long term."

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