William J. Hass, CTP, a former TMA chair and enthusiastic advocate for the organization and its Certified Turnaround Professional program, died on January 7 while on a ski trip in Breckenridge, Colorado. He was 71.
Hass was found unconscious on a black diamond run at Breckenridge Ski Resort and taken to Breckenridge Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. “Dad died doing what he loved, peacefully and painlessly, though all too soon,” Hass’ son Charlie said in a Facebook post.
Hass served as TMA chair in 1994 and was one of 24 test-takers to sit for first-ever CTP exam that year. In 1992, when TMA headquarters moved from Washington, D.C., to Chicago, he arranged to house the young, financially strapped organization rent-free in his offices at Ernst & Young for two years to help the association get on sound financial footing. During Hass’ tenure as chair, TMA added nine new chapters.
Later he served on the board of the Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals, which has since been merged with TMA, and as the 2006 president of the TMA Chicago Chapter. He co-authored two books, The Private Equity Edge: How Private Equity Players and World’s Top Companies Build Value and Wealth with Shepherd G. Pryor and Arthur B. Laffer and Board Perspectives: Building Value through Strategy, Risk Assessment and Renewal with Pryor.
“He was always a gentleman and always helpful to everyone,” said Thomas M. Kim, CTP, managing director of r2 advisors llc in Denver and 2014 TMA Global chair. “He was just always quietly encouraging people to get involved.”
“Bill was TMA personified,” said Melanie Cohen, 2001 TMA Global chair. “I remember when he kept the TMA solvent in the very early years out of his own funds.”
Hass is survived by his wife of 41 years Debby; two sons, Charlie (Kristen) and Andrew (Lindsie); a daughter, Veronica (Greg) Goodrich; and five granddaughters.