A Student Internship Competition was created in 2016 and was offered to interns at companies who are annual sponsors. The competition promotes young professionals exploring careers in corporate restructuring and enhances TMA’s visibility in the industry.
In addition to this new initiative, the chapter has an annual budget/strategy meeting to determine its operating plan for the upcoming year. Definitive goals are set and leadership is informed. An onboarding process for outgoing and incoming leadership maximizes the opportunity for a seamless transition. The Membership Committee functions as a team and emphasizes personal outreach. Member recruitment occurs after every event by contacting non-member attendees. New members are welcomed with a letter and featured on the chapter’s website. A quarterly e-newsletter highlights chapter members and events and the charity/pro-bono component of TMA Chicago/Midwest.
TMA Rocky Mountain continues to excel in a wide range of areas. Every August, the past, current, and incoming presidents of the chapter meet to create the strategic plan for the upcoming year determining where the chapter’s focus should reside.
The TMA NextGen presence increased due to more events and involvement from the chapter’s young professionals. Two events were held for the first time and will become annual events because of their success: a golf event seeking to draw in the private equity community and an executive business roundtable specifically for business owners and C-suite professionals.
New leadership onboarding involves current board members being tasked with finding and mentoring their replacement. Member ambassadors are assigned to greet non-member attendees at all events. The membership chair contacts potential and new members to set up an in-person meeting over coffee and there is also a new member orientation.
The TMA South Africa chapter formed a strategic plan with the aim to increase membership, including young professionals. TMA South Africa launched their TMA NextGen program and hosted a launch event in March that drew nearly 60 attendees. Additionally, two branches of the chapter were established in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This resulted in 2017 setting the record for the highest number of members to date. Continuity of board positions as well as smooth transitions for outgoing leadership have been set in place. The chapter is in the process of becoming registered as a professional body so that members will be accredited with the regulator as business rescue practitioners.
TMA Network of Women (NOW) and TMA NextGen hosted the TED Talks Times Two event featuring Liza Donnelly, an award-winning cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker, and Maysoon Zayid, a professional comedian, actress, disability advocate, and writer.
Donnelly’s presentation examined political cartoons throughout history and provided context for today’s political climate. Zayid interlaced humor with personal stories of overcoming her own disability while also being a Palestinian, Muslim, female comedian. Attendees universally praised the diverse programming and range of registrants, with more than one third of attendees being female.
The event supported the chapter’s strategy of building membership by expanding beyond the restructuring community.
TMA New Jersey partnered with Rutgers Law School to launch the inaugural Hon. Rosemary Gambardella Scholarship Competition. The TMA NOW and TMA NextGen committees worked together to create the competition.
Students gained hands-on experience, grappled with real-life bankruptcy issues, and were introduced to seasoned practitioners in their field. They're presented with a case study, have to identify potential bankruptcy issues, draft a motion, and those who made it to round three presented their case in front of a panel of judges at the Rutgers Center for Law and Justice.
At the start of 2017, TMA West Michigan launched a revamped version of the case study series they began in 2016. It consisted of four events based around a fictitious case study on the topic of receivership. Part of the revamped series involved implementing a TMA NextGen component.
Before each event, a TMA NextGen primer event occurred to allow for young professionals to ask any questions about the case study, as receiverships can be very complex. The in-depth discussion surrounding receiverships lead to a spike in consistent attendance, as each event built on the prior one. Creating an event series that allowed attendees to dig deep into a topic also encouraged consistent attendance.
TMA Philadelphia, with help from the Charitable Activities Committee, raised over $42,000 for three worthwhile causes while raising awareness of very critical issues within the community, provided several hundred hours of project work, and brought the chapter closer by providing a vehicle to celebrate the TMA mission of renewal.
In the past three years, the Summer Charity Classic has raised over $30,000 for two charities: the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP) and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Delaware County. $12,000 has been raised via the chapter’s sponsorship of Compass, an organization that provides pro-bono consulting services to non-profits.