PGT CFO Offers Advice at "NASDAQ IPO Boot Camp"

Sharing his experience from PGT Inc.'s 2006 IPO, company chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer Jeff Jackson spoke at NASDAQ's IPO Boot Camp held on April 11 in New York City.

Jackson spoke to the topic "Expect the Unexpected: Lessons Learned in the IPO Process." The conference addressed the fundamental issues facing executives as their company makes the transition from the private to public sector.

NASDAQ has tapped into a growing need of privately-held companies: accessibility. "As executives of privately-held companies explore capital growth opportunities their efforts are often hindered by the inherent challenges of an initial public offering (IPO), said Jackson.

"While IPOs are effective at raising capital, the changes a company encounters during the IPO process are numerous and challenging; nevertheless, the rewards are immeasurable, including increased shareholder base, employee stock ownership, and tapping into new capital markets," he added.

PGT Industries recently completed its IPO in June of 2006 after 25 years as a privately-held company.

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