As we enjoy the afterglow of one of most successful and meaningful Distressed Investing Conferences TMA has experienced in recent years, we look at our year of Innovation through Disruption, and we revel in the opportunities that lie ahead. In a year where our membership retention is at historic highs and the growth of our international chapters is testament to the power of the TMA brand, we innovate with purpose, and we disrupt because we must.
The Distressed Investing Conference encapsulated so much about what makes TMA stand out. It boasted more than 200 first-time attendees. It featured unique and engaging education and networking opportunities, and it brought together leaders from throughout North America and from international chapters, including Brazil, France, Nigeria, Romania, Serbia, and the UK.
TMA is testament to the possible. We disrupt to remain actionable, and through all we create, we make the possible our reality. This edition of the JCR is no exception to the theme we live at TMA this year. The debate and discussion that go on day in and day out in the energy sector represent unique challenges for the restructuring community.
Though the challenges the U.S. oil and gas sector faced a year ago are behind us—for now—that does not negate the larger challenges facing the energy industry at large. The difficulties faced by gas and electricity providers in the UK and Germany continue to bring important issues to the forefront. This edition of the JCR explores these ever-evolving, disruptive issues and offers solutions to problems we know about today and insights about those on the horizon. They are thoughtful, innovative, disruptive, and real.
TMA leads in so many defining ways. We are a cooperative of great professionals who are thought leaders, and we define the conversation that makes policy, solves problems, and surfaces issues that define our disruptive future. This edition of the JCR is no exception to that and reminds us that engagement in TMA takes on so many forms.
Today, TMA continues to define the corporate restructuring, recovery, and corporate health space because we are unafraid to challenge the conventional, question what is real and relevant in the moment, and create the opportunities that will define our profession tomorrow.
The authors of the articles you will read today are but one example of thought leaders who create and innovate. I challenge all of our members to do the same. It is not only what defines us and distinguishes us but is also what makes us TMA proud!
Scott Y. Stuart, Esq.
TMA Global CEO