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June 2017

Mary Jo Heston

Heston Is New Bankruptcy Judge in Western District of Washington

Mary Jo Heston, a member of the TMA Northwest Chapter for more than 20 years, was recently sworn in as a judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington. Chief Judge Ricardo S. Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington presided over the ceremony at the federal Courthouse in Tacoma, Washington. Around 150 people attended, including TMA Global CEO Greg Fine and several TMA members.

“Judge Heston has been an active volunteer and supporter of TMA and most recently served on the TMA Certification Oversight Committee, and we wish her all the best as she takes on this new role.” Fine said. 

Two Western District of Washington judges for whom Heston clerked from 1980 to 1982 were in attendance: U.S. District Judge Walter T. McGovern and former Bankruptcy Judge Robert W. Skidmore. Additionally, two U.S. District judges from her former law firm, Lane Powell PC, Thomas S. Zilly and James L. Robart, also attended the ceremony.   

Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said, “Ms. Heston has a wealth of experience, and we expect her to be a great asset to the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington and to the 9th Circuit.”

Richard Bendix has joined Ravinia Capital LLC, a boutique investment banking firm, as a managing director. In his new position, Bendix is involved with the sale of distressed companies, out-of-court restructurings, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy issues. He most recently worked at Dykema, where he had been a member of its Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group. Bendix holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors and high distinction and a law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan and is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Scott Chabina has joined Marathon Capital’s New York-based team as a director. With more than 12 years of experience as an M&A, capital raising, and restructuring professional, along with a strong background in biofuels and the broader renewable sectors, Chabina’s move furthers the firm’s focus on the global energy and infrastructure sectors. Chabina was previously a director with Carl Marks Advisors.

Carlos Elizondo has joined PNC Bank’s senior secured financing team in Houston as a senior vice president, and 13-year PNC veteran Timothy Swiss has transitioned to senior vice president and business development officer with the senior secured financing team in Cleveland. Both are responsible for business development with private equity firms and middle-market companies, originating asset-based and cash flow loans, Elizondo in the Southwest and Swiss in Northern Ohio. Elizondo has more than 20 years of commercial finance, advisory, and operations experience, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California. Swiss, who most recently served as a group manager with the commercial banking team at PNC, holds a bachelor’s degree from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Carl S. Evander has joined Renovo Capital as a vice president, and the firm also announced an operating partnership with long-time colleague Kevin Smith. Evander has more than 12 years of private equity experience and was previously with Bain & Company. He is a graduate of Cambridge University in the U.K. Smith, who is currently chairman and operating partner at Global HR Research, has more than 25 years of experience as operating partner, interim executive, and strategic advisor.

Jeremy M. Goodman, managing member of Goodman Law PLLC, has been appointed to the national arbitration panel of the National Futures Association—the self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry, including on-exchange traded futures, retail off-exchange foreign currency, and over-the-counter derivatives. Goodman focuses his practice on matters involving financial institutions and other creditors, as well as acting as a neutral mediator and arbitrator of complex disputes.  

Alison R. Harrall has been elected a partner at Burns & Levinson LLP in Boston. A member of the firm’s Corporate group, her practice focuses on representing public and private companies in a variety of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and venture capital financings, and commercial financing arrangements. She received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

PM Environmental has opened a new regional office in Bay City, Michigan, to increase its coverage in the state. The environmental and engineering services firm is based in Lansing, Michigan. The new office is staffed by five industry veterans from the region.

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