On and off duty, Shutts & Bowen’s Stefan Rubin lives and breathes middle-market companies as an attorney, dealmaker and advocate.
He’s president of the Orlando chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the premier networking organization in Central Florida for high-level middle-market professionals to connect, learn, engage and generate business from trusted relationships.
Off the dais, Rubin is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Shutts & Bowen’s Orlando office. He helps middle-market businesses with their transactional business needs. A Florida native, Rubin prepared for his vocation as a triple Gator, earning his bachelors’ and masters in accounting and law degree all at the University of Florida. He is also chair of the Florida Bar’s Corporations, Securities and Financial Services Committee (CSFS). This is his fourth time chairing this prestigious group.
Rubin began his legal career in South Florida. He attended his first ACG event there, before relocating his family and practice in 2005 to Orlando, where he lives today. His wife, Glennys, is also a practicing attorney. Early on, Rubin became involved in the ACG local chapter, then in its early stages. He quickly joined the ACG board and has volunteered ever since.
He is an enthusiastic advocate of ACG and their annual SMART Awards Luncheon recognizing corporate growth among middle-market businesses in the Central Florida region.
“This year marks our 10th anniversary,” Rubin says. “This fantastic awards program recognizes some of the best growing middle-market businesses in the region across various industries. ACG is a key driver of deal-making and middle-market growth.” The numbers support this – a recent ACG survey showed that 75 percent of ACG members reported having done business with other ACG members. Rubin is no exception, and traced many of his most valuable professional contacts directly to the ACG. “Central Florida has a relatively small business community, if you know the right people,” he says.
Indeed, ACG Orlando’s monthly content-driven events are attracting growing crowds. ACG’s February meeting provided an outlook on private equity markets by four PE executives to more than 80 C-suite execs, funders, dealmakers and advisers. “These are not just business card exchanges,” Rubin says, “these are contentdriven opportunities for key players in midmarket growth to get to know each other in a relaxed and enjoyable way, and continue those relationships on a frequent basis.”