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April 27, 2017 Newsletter

Thursday, April 27, 2017  |  TMA New Jersey  |

Hello Spring! As we welcome the new season, things at NJTMA are springing into action with many networking and educational events already scheduled, in addition to those being planned for later in the year. With 191 members, we are firmly entrenched in the TMA Global model as a mid-size chapter. We are proud to have a board and members attending and representing our chapter at The Annual, NOW, NextGen, DIC (Distressed Investing Conference) and International Global Conferences. Attendees return home from the conferences with tools and models which help make our chapter better. One of these models is TMA Global's core values or "What TMA Stands For," which reflect what is truly important to TMA. These core values include being chapter-centric, driving business, focusing on members, being industry experts, being knowledgeable, professional and inclusive.
NJTMA mirrors TMA Global with the importance of those core values, but what our members are seeking most is networking to build relationships and drive business. NJTMA strives to help our members do this by providing many networking and educational opportunities throughout the year. Hal Lancaster, author of Promoting Yourself: 52 Lessons for Getting to the Top . . . and Staying There and Wall Street Journal columnist, says this about networking: "the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business, networking remains the No. 1 cause of job attainment."  You, our membership, know this to be true.
Thank you for your commitment to NJTMA. As a small token of our appreciation, NJTMA is hosting our first Spring Social event at Ninety Acres at Natirar on Monday, May 1 st. This special signature event is free for all New Jersey members in good standing. I look forward to seeing you there.


Respectfully submitted,
Janey Mitnick
President NJTMA

The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Symposium is Right Around the Corner!
What: 2017 TMA Mid-Atlantic Symposium
When: June 7-8, 2017
Where: Resorts Casino Hotel, A Mohegan Sun property, Atlantic City, NJ
Members who have attended past symposiums often say how valuable they were for them in making new connections and learning from expert panels. This year promises to be even more exciting as we'll be in a new venue right on the boardwalk with a state-of-the-art conference center. Co-hosted by TMA chapters from New Jersey, Philadelphia and Chesapeake with close to 300 attendees and over 60 sponsors, this is a must-attend event for all regional restructuring professionals. It's 48 intense hours of networking and professional development with intriguing keynotes and lively panel discussions.
Our keynote speaker this year is Geoff Colvin, Senior Editor-at-Large for Fortune. He is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today's most significant business trends.  As a longtime editor and columnist for Fortune, Colvin has become one of America's sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, and the info-tech revolution.
Fantastic social events are planned too, from the opening cocktail party to a golf outing, ocean-side yoga and skeet shooting, right through the closing party. See the full agenda here, and to ensure you don't miss out, you should register here right away. As a special bonus, any NJTMA member who registers to attend the Symposium will be given a $100 gift card. 
If you have any questions or would like to know more about being a sponsor, p lease contact me or any of the planning committee members below.
  • NJTMA President, Jane W. Mitnick, SM Financial Services Corporation
  • Director, Steven F. Agran, CTP, MBA, Carl Marks Advisors
  • Director, Sydney J. Darling, Esq., Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP
  • Director, Sharon L. Levine, Esq., Saul Ewing LLP
Oren Klein
Managing Partner, Auction Advisors

TMA NOW Events You Shouldn't Miss
NJTMA's Network of Women (NJTMA NOW) is keeping the calendar full with career-advancing events. Mark your calendars for the events below and don't miss out.
TMA NOW Summit, Tuesday, May 16, Conrad Chicago Hotel, Illinois - TMA NOW members should have received an invitation from TMA Global to this one-day event that provides substantive educational programming and networking opportunities. Explore hot topics that affect women in the turnaround community and hear from two highly regarded co-keynote speakers on unconscious bias. Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association, leads the $800 billion restaurant and food service industry's largest trade association and recently participated in a panel discussion on empowering women hosted by the White House. She will speak about unconscious bias and provide an update of what is happening in the restaurant industry. Co-keynote speaker Sangita Kasturi, CEO of Action Inclusion is a facilitator, consultant, and speaker on topics of inclusion, change leadership, women leaders, and communication. Ms. Kasturi is passionate about advancing gender equality through courageous conversation around issues of unconscious bias, high impact communication, confidence, and power. See more details here , and we'll see you there!
At the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium - TMA NOW will host a new event called TMA NOW Mind, Body, & Soul, to be held on June 8.  It's a relaxation and networking event on a whole new level with an ocean-side yoga class followed by lunch, networking, mini massages, and more. We can't wait!
Upcoming -
Be on the lookout for more information on the following upcoming events:  

  • Women at the Bar event. This joint NJTMA and IWIRC networking event will be held on July 13 at the Greenbrook Country Club in North Caldwell, NJ.
  • Summer Splash Members-Only Get-Together event. This FREE event will be held in the Summer of 2017.
  • Fall Charity event.   This joint NJTMA and IWIRC event will be held in the Fall of 2017.
Meet the NJTMA NOW Committee
  • NJTMA President, Jane W. Mitnick, SM Financial Services Corporation
  • Co-Chair/Director, Sharon L. Levine, Esq., Saul Ewing LLP
  • Co-Chair/Director, Sydney J. Darling, Esq., Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP
  • The Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey
  • Director, Karen A. Giannelli, Esq. Gibbons P.C.
  • Director, Anne M. Roslin, Sterling National Bank Payroll Finance Division
  • Director, Lisa Stern, The DAK Group
  • Nicole Fulfree, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Rachel F. Gillen, Esq., Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti LLP
  • Mary Hankins, City National Bank
  • Shari Hartstein, Bederson LLP
  • Nancy Isaacson, Esq., Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
  • Jeanine Krattiger, Carl Marks Advisors
  • Nicole Leonard, Esq., McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
  • Kim R. Lynch, Esq., LeClairRyan


Sydney J. Darling, Esq.

Counsel, Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP


Sharon L. Levine, Esq.

Partner, Saul Ewing LLP


Seton Hall Success
On February 28th, NJTMA hosted a networking event at the Seton Hall University vs. Georgetown University basketball game at the Prudential Center in Newark. We sold out our private suite with over 60 attendees.  
During a game timeout, we presented the 2017 NJTMA & George Mehm Scholarship to Shaaliyah Lyons, a senior at Seton Hall University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management, a minor in Africana Studies, and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies. The presentation was shown live on the scoreboard.
Shaaliyah's impressive accomplishments and awards include serving as the manager of the Seton Hall University Women's basketball team, founding the non-profit organization called Together We Conquer Life Skills Basketball Camp, and being named the 2016 Seton Hall University Woman of the Year. Congratulations to Shaaliyah, a hardworking young woman!
Requirements for the scholarship included an essay on "How have the challenges you have faced in life spurred your interest to become a business professional?" George J, Mehm, NJTMA member and Seton Hall alum, co-sponsored the scholarship along with NJTMA.
Our efforts really do make a difference in young lives. Seton Hall was very appreciative of our scholarship donation and sent a letter which read in part:
"Thank you for playing an important role in strengthening the foundation of our student scholar's academic, social and spiritual grounding, shaping the future by requiring us to think differently, indeed boldly."
In addition to the scholarship presentation, attendees enjoyed great food and conversations and an exciting game. It was a nail-biting Seton Hall win, 62-59, in a come from behind victory in the final minute of the game.  
My thanks to all who helped make this a success, including NJTMA President Jane Mitnick, member George J. Mehm, the NJTMA Board of Directors, NJTMA Chapter Administrator Betty Mantz and Susan Scherreik, Professor at Seton Hall University.
William V. Giovanniello, CPA, CFF, CIRA, CTP
Managing Director, BDO Transaction Advisory Services
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Upcoming Events

May 1, 2017
NJTMA Members Only
Free Spring Social

Ninety Acres at
Natirar Resort
Peapack-Gladstone, NJ

Registration Open

May 10, 2017
Networking Breakfast
Essex County
Country Club
West Orange, NJ

Registration Open

May 16, 2017
2017 NOW Summit
Chicago, IL

Registration Open

May 30, 2017
Golf & Tennis Outing

Essex County
Country Club
West Orange, NJ
Registration Open

June 7-8, 2017
15th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium
Resorts Casino Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ

Registration Open

July 13, 2017
Joint Women's
Networking Event
Green Brook Country Club
North Caldwell, NJ


August 30-31, 2017
2017 Northeast Conference
The Gideon Putnam
Saratoga Springs, NY

October 23-25, 2017
The Annual
Omni Forth Worth Hotel
Fort Worth, TX


Please check our website event updates.