Patrick J. Gros, CPA, is president of the eponymously named accounting firm that he and his wife Kimberly founded in 2001 in Covington, Louisiana. The firm provides outsourced accounting services, bankruptcy reporting, tax consulting and preparation, and compilation/review services, and specializes in the restaurant, hospitality, construction, professional services, and healthcare industries.

Before founding the firm, Gros was with Arthur Andersen, where he performed financial audits and technology consulting services. He is a graduate of the University of New...

Howard Bailey, CTP, is a managing director at Arch + Beam LLC. He has more than 30 years of experience in banking and consulting, with more than 25 years in restructuring, loan workouts, and turnaround management. He has been an advisor and interim manager in multiple industries and has represented both debtor and creditor groups in and out of bankruptcy. Bailey moved to San Francisco in 1997 to establish the Western Region offices for BankBoston and later was with GE Commercial Finance’s Restructuring Finance Group,where he held roles in originations and was team...

Jerry Pence recently founded Adlocis Partners, a private equity firm focused on special situations, after leaving the Pivotal Group, where he had been a managing director responsible for all key aspects of the investment transaction process. Before joining Pivotal Group in 2009, Pence was a partner at Najafi Companies in Phoenix, which he joined after stints with Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and The Boston Consulting Group.

Pence was born in Mexico City and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA from...

Jeremy L. Retherford is a partner with Balch & Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Alabama, and chair of the firm's Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group. He represents creditors in out-of-court workouts, in enforcing rights and remedies outside of court (e.g., non-judicial foreclosure), and in state and federal litigation.

Retherford also has significant experience in receivership actions, both in representing creditors seeking appointment of a receiver and in representing receivers. He routinely represents financial institutions in the management...

Baker A. Smith, CTP, is a managing director in the Atlanta office of BDO Consulting LLC. He has more than 25 years of experience in crisis management, turnaround planning, corporate renewal, and strategic advisory services, and has advised company owners, management, lenders, creditors, and investors on significant corporate restructuring matters in a broad range of industries. Smith has led more than 300 crisis management and turnaround teams for distressed companies, ranging from $25 million to several billion dollars in revenues, including serving as interim CEO and...

Marti P. Murray is the founder and president of Murray Analytics in New York City. She also founded Murray Capital Management, a distressed debt-focused hedge fund, in 1995 and served as the firm’s president and portfolio manager. The firm’s distressed debt business was acquired by Babson Capital in April 2008. Before founding Murray Analytics, Murray was senior managing director at Goldin Associates, where she served as team leader on a variety of complex financial advisory, litigation support, and valuation matters.

Murray has also served on the...

Jane H. Downey is a partner with Moore Taylor in West Columbia, South Carolina. She is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in bankruptcy and debtor/creditor law and also as a mediator and arbitrator. In addition, the American Board of Certification has certified her as a specialist in business bankruptcy. 

Downey represents creditors, debtors, and unsecured creditor committees in Chapter 7, 9, 11, 12, and 13 business and consumer cases, including bankruptcy litigation. She is on the list of mediators with...

Jeffrey R. Manning, CTP, is a managing director of CohnReznick Capital based in the Baltimore office. He has more than 30 years of experience across the corporate recovery marketplace with activities in investment banking, loan workout, operating restructuring, value investing, bankruptcy advising, and loan trading. The 2013 annual Turnaround Atlas Awards global program recognized him as one of the top 100 restructuring and turnaround professionals.

Prior to joining CohnReznick Capital, Manning was a managing director at BDO...

Karl R. Norton is a vice president with more than 15 years of banking experience with Comerica Bank in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has served Comerica’s Special Assets Group in West Michigan for nearly 14 years, handling workout deals from the Middle Market, Small Business, and Private Banking departments originated in the bank’s Outstate region.  

Norton is president of the West Michigan TMA Chapter and is active in his community, serving on the finance committee for First United Methodist Church and as a volunteer with Circles...

Daphne Firth is a co-founder and CEO of Solutiona Investimentos e Consultoria Ltda in São Paulo, Brazil. Solutiona is a master servicer of nonperforming loans (NPLs) in Brazil, specializing in the management of corporate middle-market secured loans. Firth oversees all aspects of the firm’s operations, including new business development, compliance, operating budgets, portfolio objectives, innovative acquisition structures, and portfolio acquisition pricing.

Before her move to Brazil, Firth was managing partner with Woodside...