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9th Annual TMA Northeast Regional Conference

August 28-29, 2013

Gideon Putnam Spa Resort

Saratoga Springs, New York

Hosted by the Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, New York City,

Northeast, and Upstate New York TMA Chapters

Event Sponsors

Golf and Tennis Luncheon

Keltic Financial Services LLC

Opening Reception

Blackbird Asset Services, LLC


Hilco Appraisal Services

Dessert Reception

Ferrari Search Group


Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

Tranzon Auction Properties

Coffee Break

Blackbird Asset Services, LLC

Golf Sponsors

Raffle Prizes

Summit Financial Resources LP

Best Ball Competition

North Mill Capital LLC

Beverage Cart

Freed Maxick & Battaglia CPA PC

Biggest Turnaround

Phoenix Management Services

Closest to the Pin: Women

FirstMerit Business Credit

Longest Drive: Men

Health Capital Investors, Inc.

Golf Carts

Just Inventory Solutions

Golf Holes

AloStar Business Credit

Berkshire Bank

Next Point LLC

O'Connell & Aronowitz PC

People’s United Business Capital

Rockland Trust Company

Salus Capital Partners, LLC

Summit Financial Resources LP



Wednesday, August 28

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration Gideon Putnam Hotel

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Golf & Tennis Check-In Saratoga Spa Golf Course

11:00 a.m. - Noon Luncheon: Welcome! Saratoga Spa Golf Course

12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Golf Outing (shotgun start) Saratoga Spa Golf Course

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tennis Tournament Saratoga Golf & Polo Club

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception Gideon Putnam Hotel

Sponsored by Blackbird Asset Services, LLC

7:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Dinner/Awards Gideon Putnam Hotel

Sponsored by Hilco Appraisal Services

Thursday, August 29

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast Gideon Putnam Hotel

Sponsored by Tranzon Auction Properties

& Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Panel Gideon Putnam Hotel

"Odds-on Favorite: Why Chapter 11 Still Works"

Moderator: Teresa C. Kohl, SSG Capital Advisors

Brian L. Davies, Jr., CIRA, Capstone Capital, LLC

Vincent J. Harper, M&T Bank

Leonard C. Walczyk, Esq., Wasserman, Jurista & Stolz, P.C.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge - TBD

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break Gideon Putnam Hotel

Sponsored by Blackbird Asset Services LLC

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Jim “The Rookie”Morris

Subject of the Hit Movie, The Rookie Gideon Putnam Hotel

11:45 a.m. Adjourn to Saratoga Race Track

1:00 p.m. Post Time at Saratoga Race Track The Rail Pavilion Tent

[Buffet lunch will be served trackside]

**Please note track tickets will be limited to the first 60 registrants.

A wait list will be compiled.


Jim “ The Rookie” Morris

Subject of the Hit Movie, The Rookie

Jim "The Rookie" Morris' inspirational and motivational

message about following through on your dreams and

promises to others connects with all audiences, young

and old, male and female. His life story is also the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster

film, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. This family film won the ESPY for best sports film of the year

and was recently recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 best sports films of all-time.

Morris is much more than just a sports personality. Imagine having Tom Hanks or Jimmy Stewart

over for a cup of coffee and that's what it's like to bring Morris to your corporate meeting, church,

school, or fundraiser. A school teacher by trade, Morris is a polished speaker but never slick.

Audiences connect with him because he's one of them. In a world lacking in real-life heroes, Morris's

message about following your dreams and keeping your promises resonates with audiences.

Morris's childhood dream of becoming a major league baseball player was derailed by injuries and,

admittedly, a lack of maturity. Eleven years after his retirement from baseball, Morris's dream was reignited

by his then rag-tag high school team, when he was trying to inspire them to follow their

dreams. They made each other the following bet: If they won a District Championship, Morris would

have to try out for a major league team. In case you didn't see the movie, Morris's team won the

District Championship and Morris followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw

12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph! Three months later in front of family

and his high school team, Morris achieved his dream of pitching in the big

leagues by striking out all-star Royce Clayton with a 98 mph fastball!


Panel Discussion

"Odds-on Favorite: Why Chapter 11 Still Works"

Teresa C. Kohl is a Director of SSG Capital Advisors. Teresa is a knowledgeable restructuring

professional with over 15 years of experience specializing in crisis management and turnaround

advisory. She has completed over 75 restructuring matters including refinancing and sale

transactions for middle market companies in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

Prior to her transition to investment banking, she led financial and operational restructuring

engagements at Bridge Associates, LLC and NHB Advisors, Inc.

Past clients include publicly traded, privately held, private equity sponsored and family owned

companies in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, building products and financial services. Teresa has

conducted numerous presentations on financial and operational restructuring issues and serves as a

speaker on restructuring topics for industry and trade groups.

Teresa is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Association for Corporate Growth, the

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and the International Women’s Insolvency and

Restructuring Confederation. She is very active in the Turnaround Management Association having

served on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia chapter and as a Director and Vice President of

Programming for the New York City chapter, where she is the first woman to lead TMA’s largest

global chapter as President.

Education: • Villanova University, B.S., Alpha Sigma Lambda

Vince J. Harper is an Administrative Vice President and Regional Manager with M&T Bank’s Special

Assets Group based in Buffalo & Rochester N.Y who has 25 + years of experience in commercial loan

restructuring and workouts, inclusive of dealing with publicly held companies, syndication facilities

as Agent and in a variety of industries and lending structures. Vince holds an MBA degree from St.

John Fisher College and a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport. He is a current board

member of the Upstate NY Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (“TMA”), along with

having been a founding member and past President of the chapter. He has served as the Chairman

of the Editorial board for the TMA Corporate Journal publication supporting the organization’s

8,000+ members and has served as a board member for the TMA’s Certified Turnaround

Professional (“CTP”) accreditation program. Vince, his wife Cindy and their three children reside in

Pittsford N.Y.

Leonard C. Walczyk, Esq. is a member of the law firm of WASSERMAN, JURISTA & STOLZ, P.C., of

Millburn, New Jersey and has nearly twenty five years of experience in bankruptcy and insolvency

law, representing debtors, creditors, committees, trustees, buyers, landlords, franchisors, and other

parties in bankruptcy, workout and state court insolvency proceedings. He has represented debtors,

secured lenders and unsecured creditors in all aspects of debtor-creditor relationships. In 2012 he

was selected by his peers and colleagues to be included The Best Lawyers in America, a publication

universally regarded, both by the legal profession and by the media as the definitive guide to legal

excellence in the United States. Mr. Walczyk has also been recognized by Corporate Counsel

magazine, New York’s Best Lawyers, and New Jersey’s Best Lawyers, in the field of bankruptcy and

debtor/creditor rights law. He has served on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the Turnaround

Management Association and the New York City Alumni Association of Syracuse University’s


Whitman School of Management. Mr. Walczyk has served as a member of the American Bankruptcy

Institute’s Subcommittee on Individual Chapter 11 Cases, and as a Master of the Bankruptcy Inns of

Court. Mr. Walczyk is a frequent lecturer for NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education and other

professional organizations. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1982 and

his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 1989, and is admitted to practice before the United

States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the state and federal courts of New


Brian L. Davies, Jr., CIRA is Managing Director, Practice Head – Corporate Restructuring & Specialty

M & A Transactions at CRS Capstone Capital LLC. Mr. Davies has approximately 16 years of

professional experience working extensively in the fields of corporate recovery, business

reorganization and interim management services. He has provided financial advisory services to

lenders, debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees and equity holders in out-of-court restructurings,

bankruptcy matters and distressed transactions. Mr. Davies has provided assistance to underperforming

businesses, potential acquirers of distressed assets / entities, and advised clients on

general business issues. He has advised and worked with financially distressed companies to

develop cost containment and asset rationalization plans, improve liquidity, re-engineer financial and

other back-office functions, and enhance cash flow. His industry experience includes retail, real

estate, manufacturing, restaurant, distribution, automotive, environmental testing laboratories,

aviation, food/beverage, mining and healthcare.

Mr. Davies has served as an Operating Partner in a leading global private equity firm focused on

management buyouts and recapitalizations of middle market companies as well as growth equity

investments. His primary objective was managing all distressed/challenged operations of any

portfolio company experiencing performance issues, liquidity concerns, covenant breaches,

availability diminution, management voids and synergy attainment. He has served as an interim “C”

level manager, sat on the boards of portfolio companies, and partnered with deal teams on both buy

and sell side diligence and negotiations ensuring the portfolio companies are running efficiently and

accreting maximum value through strategic planning, cost cutting and operational assessments.

Mr. Davies was also a Managing Director and Co-Head of Mesirow Financial Consulting’s New

England Practice. He spearheaded national large-scale projects that ranged in size from $10 million

to over $30 billion in total revenue focusing on the overall turnaround of at-risk operations within

diverse and industry leading clientele platforms. Davies also coordinated full project lifecycle,

including planning, budgeting, reporting, field operations, negotiations, contract administration, and

risk management.



Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Jeff Sands at

or (802) 688-3419 or Ralph Aurelia at or (203) 377-1527.


Registration Fees include educational sessions, meals, and social functions. Room charges are

additional (see below). All registered attendees will receive a TMA name badge at the Conference

that must be worn for admittance to all sessions, meals, and social functions. The member

registration is for current, active TMA members. If you are not a TMA member, you may join online at

*Conference registration will close Friday, August 23 at midnight.

Conference On or before 8/13/13 After 8/13/13

Member $285 $335

Non-member $365 $415

Spouse $100 $110

Golf $180 $205

Tennis $ 95 $100

Track** $ 80 $105

Track Only** $ 85 $ 100

** Track is limited to the first 60 people. A wait list will be compiled.

Registration will be available online (credit card only) at

For those wishing to register by mail (check only), please complete the attached registration form.

Registrations cannot be confirmed until the check is received. Please contact Sharon Graber at or 716-440-6615 with registration questions.

Cancellation Policy

The deadline to cancel for a refund will be 5:00PM on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (the

“Cancellation Date”). After the Cancellation Date, no refunds will be granted but substitutions are

welcomed. Please consider sending a colleague in your absence, should you need to cancel after the

Cancellation Date. There will be no exceptions.

Room Reservations

Please call the Gideon Putnam Spa Resort at 518-584-3000, quoting the TMA Regional Conference

room rate of $170 plus tax and group code 9N451J. Reservations must be guaranteed with a major

credit card and made by August 6, 2013 to take advantage of the discounted room rate. A deposit

equal to the first night’s stay is required. Rooms are limited and subject to a first-come, first-serve

basis. All changes or cancellations to room reservations must be made with the resort more than 72

hours prior to arrival to receive the deposit refund, equal to the first night’s stay. All changes, noshows,

or cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to arrival will be charged the full amount of

the reservation.

Driving Directions

Visit for detailed driving directions. The closest major airport is Albany, NY.


Golf (Men and Women): Collared shirts, sweaters, cotton pants. No cut-offs, tank tops, sandals.

Educational Sessions and Networking Events: Business Casual.


9th Annual TMA Northeast Regional Conference

August 28-29, 2013

Gideon Putnam Spa Resort

Saratoga Springs, New York

Hosted by the Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, New York City,

Northeast, and Upstate New York TMA Chapters

Registration Form

(If registering by mail and paying by check)


Name for Badge:



City / State / Zip:



TMA Chapter:


___________________Title: _____________________________







TMA Member # (required) ___________

Golf: Yes ______ No ______

Golf Handicap (required): _________

Conference Registration Fee:

Spouse Fee:

Golf Fee:






Please mail this registration form along with your check payable to

TMA Upstate NY Chapter–Northeast Regional Conference to:

Sharon Graber, 57 Middlebury Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

We look forward to another exciting conference, and hope to see you there.


9th Annual TMA Northeast Regional Conference

August 28-29, 2013

Gideon Putnam Spa Resort

Saratoga Springs, New York

Hosted by the Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, New York City,

Northeast, and Upstate New York TMA Chapters

Spouse – Registration Form

(If registering by mail and paying by check)

Guest Name:

Name for Badge:



Registered Attendee: _____________________________________________________






Saratoga Race Course Map


Extra Activities

Saratoga Race Course: Popular Activities

Early Morning Breakfast | Saratoga Race Course

Start your day with a scrumptious buffet breakfast on the Clubhouse Lower Porch on

Wednesday through Monday throughout the racing season at 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. The cost

is $14.95 per adult and $7.95 for children 3-12. Large groups should call in advance for

reservations. Call 518-587-5070.

Backstretch Tours | Saratoga Race Course

Get a behind-the-scenes look at thoroughbred racing with a tram tour of the oldest race

course in North America and watch the Paddock Show and Starting Gate Demonstration.

The first tour departs at 7:30 a.m., with additional tours every 15 minutes, and the last tour

departs at 9:00 a.m. daily except Tuesdays. Call 518-587-6200.

Guided Walking Tour | Saratoga Springs

History, legends, lore, and more! Taste the mineral water and learn facts and anecdotes

about Saratoga’s historic past on Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. - Noon. Meet at

the Visitor Center, corner of Broadway and Congress Street. The cost is $5.00 per person.

Call 518-587-3241.

Oklahoma Training Track Tours | The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

This is an exclusive behind the scenes walking tour of the Oklahoma Training Track to see

the Spa’s racehorses as they are exercised and groomed. The walking tour covers 1.5 miles;

sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is

limited. No strollers, umbrellas, backpacks, or children under the age of 10. Tour meets in

the parking lot behind the museum off Ludlow Street. Tours are from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

at a cost of $10.00. Call 518-584-0400 x120.

City of Saratoga Springs

The Saratoga Farmers Market | High Rock Park

Located at High Rock Park on High Rock Avenue, the Saratoga Farmers Market takes place

Wednesday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Chapter Presidents

2013 TMA Northeast Regional Conference

Hosted by the Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, New York, Northeast, and Upstate New

York TMA Chapters


Philip Kane

US Bank

225 Asylum Street

Hartford, CT 06103


Long Island

Russell M. Koster

Koster Industries Inc.

40 Daniel Street, Suite 2

Farmingdale, NY 11735-1308

631-454-1766 x20

New Jersey

Paul Rome

University Management Associates

43 Newburgh Road, Suite 402B

Hackettstown, New Jersey


New York City

Teresa C. Kohl

SSG Capital Advisors LLC

45 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 2166

New York, New York 10111-2172



Daphne J. Firth

Woodside Capital Partners

25 Mall Road

Burlington, MA 01803-4156

781-272-1501 x116

Upstate New York

Joseph Heim, CFE, CPA

Dopkins & Company, LLP

200 International Drive

Buffalo, New York 14221


The conference committee would like to acknowledge and extend a special thank you to the

chapter administrators for their assistance in organizing the 2013 TMA Northeast Regional

Conference in Saratoga Springs.

July Conroy - Northeast Chapter

Andrea Fasting - Long Island Chapter

Sharon Graber - Upstate New York Chapter

Betty Mantz - New Jersey Chapter

Dorri Weinstein - Connecticut and New York City Chapters


2013 TMA Northeast Regional

Conference Committee

Event Co-Chairs





Event Administrator

Mark Patchell, GE Capital Corporate Finance

Matthew Jackson, O’Connell & Aronowitz PC

Jeff Sands, Dorset Partners

Ralph Aurelia, Summit Financial Resources LP

Matthew Jackson, O’Connell & Aronowitz PC

Harvey Gross, New York Institute of Credit

Michael Amato, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC

Ralph Aurelia, Summit Financial Resources LP

Dennis Bobker, Phoenix Management Services

Joseph Heim, CFE, CPA, Dopkins & Company, LLP

Teresa Kohl, SSG Capital Advisors LLC

George Psomas, AloStar Bank of Commerce

Jeff Sands, Dorset Partners

Leonard Walczyk, Wasserman, Jurista & Stolz

Sharon Graber


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