A great organization distinguishes itself by how it supports its members and creates value for them, always with an eye toward doing it better. And a few weeks ago in San Francisco, at the TMA Annual 35th Anniversary Gala Conference, that is exactly what we did.
This special opportunity broke new ground, celebrated luminaries of our industry, and gave our members so many ways to engage and shine. It really stood out for how TMA lights the way.
Without a doubt, one of the most special moments of this Annual was the induction of industry luminaries into the Turnaround, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame.
At a celebratory champagne breakfast, honoring industry pioneers Kelley Cornish, Jay Goffman, Laura Davis Jones, William K. Snyder, CTP, and Albert Togut, we laughed and we cried as each of these outstanding individuals, in sharing their personal journeys, brought to life how they have defined our industry and have paved the way for the next generation of professionals who will light the way forward for us all.
It was nearly impossible not to have been moved by the authenticity of these standout professionals—not just for what they have done to advance the corporate restructuring profession, but in sharing personal challenges and struggles, successes and regrets, and friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
We are TMA proud to have been able to have these luminaries invite all in attendance at the induction ceremony into both personal and professional aspects of their lives, bringing a warm, special touch to having them all together in what will long be remembered as one of TMA’s most defining and memorable days.
From start to finish, this year’s Annual showed the best of who we are and how we create actionable optionality in accessible education and networking designed to engage, connect, and reinforce long-standing relationships while forming new bonds and opportunities.
Our speakers took the practical and the real to bring topics of interest and importance to the forefront in engaging ways.
The TMA Network of Women—always empowering, defining, and inspirational—created a pure networking experience that was food for the soul, as these leaders, members, and allies bonded over support of Mom Bomb, Dress for Success, and the Homeless Parental Program, three San Francisco charities that aid and advance missions in support of women’s needs.
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program brought to life a masterful discussion tackling tough issues of our times following recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. This is how TMA lights the way, with diversity of thought not just on professional issues of the day but societal issues that impact us all.
We celebrated and brought together our international members, first-time attendees and NextGen members to bring to the forefront the depth of opportunity for connectivity around the world. We also welcomed members and leaders from Europe, Mexico, South America, India, and Australia.
Shola Richards, this year’s keynote speaker, bridged the gap of multi-generational thought leadership in the workplace, spoke to workplace civility, and shared his own mental health struggles as he helped us light the way for a changing world in which we work, helping us understand how we can better interact and support each other.
Winners of the coveted TMA Turnaround and Transaction Awards were celebrated along with the chapters and individuals in our own organization who light the way forward for a greater TMA.
When it was all said and done, following a closing reception at the San Francisco Press Club, each and every one of our members who participated in this year’s Annual basked in the afterglow of one of our most eclectic experiences that shows how TMA lights the way in the ever-evolving story of TMA Tomorrow.
Scott Y. Stuart, Esq.
TMA Global CEO