We value the participation of many prominent leaders and industry professionals over the years, including:

LEADERSHIP Participants
  • Honorable Kevin J. Carey, Judge, District of Delaware. (2014.)
  • Douglas D. Evanoff, Chairman, Bank Structure Conference, Vice President, Financial Markets and Regulation, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. (2010.)
  • Tony Fratto, Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies, former Assistant Secretary, The U.S. Treasury Department, former, Principal Deputy Press Secretary, White House. (2011.)
  • Michael E. Heisley, Owner, NBA, Memphis Grizzlies team, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The Heico Companies. (2009, 2011, 2012.)
  • Tony Hunter, President, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Tribune Company. (2010, 2011, 2012.)
  • Andrea Metcalf, Entrepreneur, Author, and Fitness Contributor to NBC Chicago, Oprah.com. (2011, 2012, 2013.)
  • Steve McMillian, Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies, and former Deputy Director, US Office of Management and Budget. (2011.)
  • Rodney O’Neal, Chief Executive Officer and President, Delphi Corporation. (2010.)
  • Pin Ni, President, Wanxiang America Corporation. (2013.)
  • Gene Saffold, Chief Financial Officer, City of Chicago. (2010.)
  • Scott W. Steffey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Career Education. (2014.)
  • Lynn Tilton, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Principal, Patriarch Partners. (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.)
  • Brandon Bethea, Principal, Aterian Investment Partners. (2013.)
  • Bruce Blum, Partner, Chartres Lodging Group. (2010, 2011.)
  • Paul R. Block, President and Chief Executive Officer, Merisant Company. (2011, 2012.)
  • Duncan S. Bourne, Managing Director, Wynnchurch Capital. (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.)
  • Greg Burns, Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune Company. (2010.)
  • Brendan Carroll, Partner and Co-founder, Victory Park Capital. (2012.)
  • Matthew M. Clark, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Masonite International. (2011.)
  • Dino Cusumano, CFA, Partner, American Industrial Partners. (2011.)
  • Eric DeMarco, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kratos Defense.(2009.)
  • Robert Flannery, Chief Operating Officer, JRG Capital Partners. (2009.)
  • Ross Gatlin, Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, Prophet Equity. (2010, 2011.)
  • Pantelis A. Georgiadis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Synetro Group. (2012.)
  • Curtis A. Glovier, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group. (2010.)
  • Adam Gottlieb, Managing Director, Industrial Opportunity Partners. (2012.)
  • Peter Hartheimer, Managing Director, NHB Capital Partners. (2012.)
  • Joel Holsinger, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group. (2009.)
  • James J. Hyland, Vice President, TLC Vision. (2011.)
  • Michael H. Kalb, Senior Managing Director, Sun Capital Partners. (2010.)
  • Garrett P. Kanehann, Partner, BlackEagle Partners. (2010, 2011.)
  • Jordan W. Katz, Managing Director, The Gores Group. (2012.)
  • Christopher J. Kipley, CFA, Managing Director, Z Capital Partners. (2013.)
  • Damien W. Kovary, Managing Director, Heico Acquisitions. (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.)
  • Leon V. Komkov, General Counsel, Longroad Asset Management. (2010.)
  • Barry Kohn, Chief Financial Officer, Vertis Communications. (2011.)
  • Michael J. Lotz, President and Chief Financial Officer, Mesa Air Group.(2012.)
  • Bassem Mansour, Managing Partner, Resilience Capital Partners.(2011, 2013.)
  • Bruce Merrick, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Dant Clayton.(2012, 2013.)
  • Brian Newman, Principal, Ceres Real Estate Partners. (2010.)
  • William J. Oberholtzer, Principal, High Street Capital. (2013.)
  • Trey Parker, Portfolio Manager, Highland Capital Management. (2012.)
  • Kent Potter, Chief Financial Officer, LyondellBasell. (2011.)
  • James C. Rhee, Managing Director, GB Merchant Partners. (2012.)
  • Rahul Sawhney, Senior Managing Director, Z Capital Partners. (2012.)
  • Conner Searcy, Partner, Insight Equity. (2010.)
  • Stuart M. Steinberg, General Counsel, Sbarro.(2013.)
  • John P. Tatum, Principal, Prophet Equity. (2012.)
  • Shri Thanedar Ph.D., Chairman, Founder, Chemir Analytical Services. (2011.)
  • Marc Utay, Managing Partner, Clarion Capital Partners. (2011.)
  • David J. Webster, President and Chief Executive Officer, Electrical Components International. (2012.)
  • Anne Whitman, Managing Director, Co-founder, Longroad Asset Management. (2013.)
  • Suzanne Yoon, Principal, Versa Capital Management. (2011, 2012, 2013.)
  • John S. Zieser, Chief Development Officer, General Counsel, Meredith Corp (2011.)

  • Sean Allen, Co-Founder and CEO, BMC Group. (2012.)
  • Thomas J. Allison, Senior Managing Partner, Mesirow Financial Consulting. (2011, 2012.)
  • Tom Becker, Co-Director, Sitrick and Company. (2013.)
  • Lorie Beers, Managing Director, KPMG Corporate Finance. (2009, 2010.)
  • William A. Brandt, Jr., President, Chief Executive Officer, Development Specialist. (2011.)
  • Ryan Burke, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young. (2012.)
  • Kevin Carmody, Practice Leader, Transformations Services, McKinsey & Co. (2012, 2013.)
  • Robert Caruso, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal. (2010, 2011.)
  • John M. Collard, Chairman, Strategic Management Partners. (2009, 2010, 2011.)
  • Victoria L. Creason, Executive Director, VLC Associates. (2013.)
  • Kevin Crumbo, Member, Head of Turnaround & Restructuring, KraftCPAs. (2011.)
  • David Distel, Partner, O’Keefe and Associates. (2012, 2013, 2014.)
  • Daniel F. Dooley, Chief Executive Officer, MorrisAnderson. (2013.)
  • John Filan, Vice President, DSI, former Chief Operating Officer, State of Illinois. (2010.)
  • Joe Goldberg, President, AKPD Global. (2010.)
  • Thomas E. Hill, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal. (2011.)
  • Kenneth A. Hiltz, Managing Director, AlixPartners. (2012.)
  • Steven Huffines, Director, Valuation & Financial Risks, Navigant Capital. (2013.)
  • Timothy J. Hughes, Senior Director, Zolfo Cooper. (2012.)
  • Jeffrey S. Hyland, Executive Director, Capstone Advisory Group. (2012, 2013.)
  • Robert Jordan, Founder and President, interimCEO, interimCFO. (2011.)
  • Robert D. Katz, Managing Director, Executive Sounding Board Association. (2012, 2013.)
  • Thomas M. Kim, Managing Director, R2 Advisors. (2014.)
  • Suzanne Koenig, President, SAK Management Services. (2013.)
  • Kevin Krakora, Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial Consulting. (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014.)
  • Kevin P. Lombardo, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Summit Group Partners. (2011.)
  • Ron Lubin, Managing Director, Hilco Real Estate Debt Management. (2010.)
  • Adam Lynch, Vice President, Principle Valuation. (2013.)
  • John Madden, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps Company. (2011.)
  • James Mesterharm, Managing Director, AlixPartners. (2011.)
  • Deirdre A. McGuinness, Managing Director, Kurtzman Carson Consultants. (2013.)
  • Michael J. McCauley, Managing Director, Phoenix Management Services. (2011.)
  • Joff Mitchell, Senior Managing Director, Zolfo Cooper. (2013.)
  • Jack Modzelewski, President, Client Relations & Senior Partner, Fleishman-Hillard. (2010.)
  • Lisa B. Neimark, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps Company. (2014.)
  • Ken Naglewski, Managing Director, Focus Management. (2009, 2010.); and as CEO & Chairman, 180 Degree Consulting Group. (2011, 2012, 2013.)
  • Thomas E. Pabst, Chief Operating Officer, Great American Group. (2010.)
  • Meaghan Repko, Managing Director, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher. (2010.)
  • Robert Shaughnessy, Managing Partner, Seabiscuit Partners. (2009, 2010, 2011.)
  • Prof. James B. Shein, Management & Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. (2010, 2011, 2011, 2012.)
  • Daniel P. Sullivan, Managing Director, Montrose Advisors. (2013.)
  • John Troughton, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield. (2012, 2013.)
  • Spencer Ware, Director, AlixPartners. (2014.)
  • Brian Whittman, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal. (2011, 2012, 2013.)

  • Neil A. Augustine, Executive Vice Chairman of North America GFA and Co-Chair of North America Debt Advisory and Restructuring Group, Rothschild. (2012, 2013.)
  • John S. Balzer, Director, Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group. (2011.)
  • Marc Bilbao, Managing Director, Co-Head, Restructuring Group, Imperial Capital. (2012.)
  • Ronen A. Bojmel, Managing Director, Miller Buckfire & Co. (2010.)
  • C.J. Brown, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Advisory Partners. (2009.)
  • Daniel A. Celentano, Senior Managing Director, Evercore. (2010.)
  • Timothy Coleman, Senior Managing Director, Head of Restructuring & Reorganization Group, Blackstone Advisory Partners. (2010.)
  • Norma Corio, Co-President and Managing Director, Miller Buckfire. (2013).
  • Colin P. Cross, Senior Managing Partner, Crystal Capital. (2009, 2012.)
  • William Q. Derrough, Managing Director, Co-Head of Recapitalization & Restructuring Group, Moelis & Company. (2010, 2011.)
  • Heather La Freniere, Executive Vice President, Gibraltar Business Capital. (2013.)
  • Gary Gage, Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Bank Special Credits, J.P. Morgan Chase. (2010.)
  • David Gozdecki, Managing Director, GE Capital. (2012, 2013.)
  • Flip Huffard, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Advisory Partners. (2012.)
  • Jeffrey A. Jones, Managing Director, Barrier Advisors. (2010.)
  • Ira Kreft, Senior Vice President, RBS Business Credit. (2012.)
  • Ted Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer, Monroe Capital. (2011, 2012.)
  • Teresa C. Kohl, Managing Director, SSG Capital Advisors. (2013, 2014.)
  • David S. Kurtz, Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Restructuring, Lazard. (2010.)
  • Peter Laurinaitis, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone Advisory Partners. (2010, 2012.)
  • Geoffrey A. Richards, Group Head, Special Situations & Restructuring, William Blair & Co. (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.) and as Managing Director, Canaccord Genuity. (2014.)
  • Durc Savini, Managing Director, Miller Buckfire & Co. (2009.)
  • Robert C. Smith, Founding Partner, Managing Director, SSG Capital Advisors. (2012.)
  • Todd Snyder, Executive Vice Chairman of North American GFA, Co-Chair North American Debt Advisory and Restructuring Group, Rothschild. (2010.)
  • Scott Victor, Co-founder, Managing Partner, SSG Capital Advisors. (2009, 2011.)
  • Robert Warshauer, Managing Director, Co-Head of Restructuring Advisory Practice, Imperial Capital. (2010, 2011.)

  • Derek Abbot, Partner, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. (2009, 2010.)
  • Josef S. Athanas, Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP. (2011, 2012.)
  • Corrine Ball, Partner, Co-chair, Restructuring, Jones Day, LLP. (2013.)
  • Mark A. Berkoff, Partner, Chair, Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP. (2011.)
  • John R. Box, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP. (2011, 2013.)
  • John Wm. (“Jack”) Butler, Jr., Partner, Co-Practice Leader, Corporate Restructuring, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher, Flom, LLP. (2010, 2011).
  • Chris L. Dickerson, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. (2009.)
  • Daniel Fiorillo, Partner, Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, P.C. (2010.)
  • Joon P. Hong, Partner, Richards Kibbe & Orbe, LLP. (2010.)
  • John Longmire, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. (2013.)
  • Carmen Lonstein, Partner, Chair Financial Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Practice Group, Baker McKenzie, LLP. (2013.)
  • Jay M. Goffman, Partner, Co-Practice Leader, Corporate Restructuring, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher, Flom, LLP. (2009).
  • Marcia Goldstein, Partner, Chair, Business Finance & Restructuring Department, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. (2013.)
  • Patrick J. Nash, Jr., Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. (2009.)
  • Jill Nicholson, Partner, Chair, Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice, Foley & Lardner LLP. (2013, 2014.)
  • Larry J. Nyhan, Partner and Co-Chairman Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy Group, Sidley Austin LLP. (2012.)
  • George E. Panagakis, Partner, Corporate Restructuring, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher, Flom, LLP. (2011.)
  • Nancy Peterman, Chair, Chicago Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP. (2012, 2013, 2014.)
  • John J. Rapisardi, Partner, Co-Chair of Restructuring Practice, Cadwalder, Wickersham & Taft, LLP. (2010.)
  • Caroline A. Reckler, Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP. (2013.)
  • Keith J. Shapiro, Chairman, Chicago Office and Co-Chair, Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP. (2012, 2013.)
  • Paul N. Silverstein, Partner, Co-Chair, Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice, and member of the firm’s Executive and Policy Committee, Andrews Kurth, LLP. (2012.)
  • James E. Spiotto, Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP. (2012.)
  • James H.M. Sprayregen, P.C., Partner, Restructuring, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. (2012.)
  • Pia Norman Thompson, Partner, Gould & Ratner, LLP. (2012, 2013.)

  • AlixPartners.
  • Alvarez & Marsal.
  • Aterian Investment Partners.
  • Barrier Advisors.
  • BMC Group.
  • Carl Marks Advisory.
  • Chicago Tribune Company.
  • CRG Partners.
  • Deloitte.
  • Duff & Phelps.
  • Foley & Lardner LLP.
  • Gordian Group.
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
  • Heico Companies.
  • Imperial Capital.
  • Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher.
  • KPMG Corporate Finance.
  • Mesirow Financial Consulting.
  • O’Keefe and Associates.
  • Patriarch Partners.
  • Phoenix Management Services.
  • Rothschild.
  • Sitrick and Company.
  • SSG Capital Advisors.
  • Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher, Flom, LLP.
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP.
  • William Blair & Company.
  • Wynnchurch Capital.