When I first joined TMA early in my career, my objectives were quite simple. Like all of my peers, I wanted to meet and interact with other professionals in the restructuring community, build a professional network, benefit from high-quality, relevant professional education, and maybe even have a little bit of fun along the way.
After many years of active and beneficial membership in the Philadelphia/Wilmington Chapter, I found myself moving into leadership positions in the chapter, including, ultimately, chapter president. I also found myself actively involved with others in the development and leadership of the TMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium.
Ultimately, with the encouragement and support of several mentors in TMA leadership, I was lucky enough to serve in a number of leadership positions within TMA Global, most recently as corporate secretary. The common denominators of my ever-growing TMA involvement over the years were the professional and social relationships that I developed with numerous TMA members, both domestically and globally; a meaningful business referral network; the ability to interact with restructuring legends; gaining valued friendships; and benefiting from meaningful educational programming.
Suffice it to say, I am a big believer and supporter of all that TMA offers to its membership. I owe a great deal of my professional success, development, growth, and friendships to my experience in TMA, and I am honored and proud to serve as the 2019 TMA Global president. It is my goal to ensure that all of our members benefit from TMA as much I have and that we, together, enhance TMA’s presence and relevance in the restructuring community.
As TMA Global president, my focus is ensuring that TMA provides the networking and professional education opportunities that help you enhance your practice skills, reputation, and knowledge, and build relationships that will lead to meaningful networking and business opportunities. To achieve this goal, TMA Global will, of course, provide meaningful support for our chapters, both in the U.S. and abroad, to ensure that our members receive all of the benefits of membership, including first-rate programming and networking opportunities, that our membership is entitled to receive.
For 2019, I plan to focus TMA Global leadership and staff on the following priorities: (i) creating a more “forward-facing” TMA by increasing the organization’s external profile, visibility, and relevance in the global restructuring community at large; (ii) developing enhanced, meaningful educational opportunities for our membership, including a refocus and strengthening of our TMA Global conference experience; and (iii) improving and highlighting the strengths derived by all of our members from being a part of a unique international professional organization focused on the restructuring community and industry.
The past year was one of transition and excitement for TMA Global as we engaged in the search for a new TMA Global CEO and inducted a new class into the Turnaround, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame class and induction program were top-notch and further demonstrated TMA’s commitment to recognizing the achievements of and advancing the interests of the members of our restructuring community.
Our new TMA Global CEO, Scott Stuart, hit the ground running and has demonstrated a high level of enthusiasm, creativity, and professionalism in furtherance of TMA’s mission of connecting and educating our worldwide community of restructuring professionals. We all look forward to Scott’s ideas and efforts to enhance our TMA experience. I also want to recognize and thank the TMA Global staff for all that it does in support of our chapters, membership, and achievement of our collective goals. We are lucky to have such a dedicated and skilled professional staff.
I look forward to working with each of you in 2019 and encourage you to take advantage of all that membership in TMA Global can provide for you. I welcome your feedback and questions and encourage you to reach out should you care to become more involved.