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TMA New Jersey Chapter
Friday October 9, 2015 |  Turnaround Management Association  |

Message from Allen Wilen
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You've heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well, when it's a NJTMA networking breakfast, it's even more important! It's a great way to start the day and connect with colleagues who could bring you your next deal. Looking forward to seeing you at the next one on November 3rd in Hackensack!

I have several good news items to share with you this month. NJTMA recently received some great acknowledgement. We were

selected as the recipient of the Operational Excellence (Mid-Size Chapter) award by the Global Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Each year, TMA recognizes chapters that distinguish themselves in several areas. We were recognized for our focus on an educational mission, engaging the next generation of corporate renewal professionals, and giving back to the local community. Jane Mitnick and I were honored to accept the award at the 2015 TMA Annual in Scottsdale. It's a testament to your tireless work and strong support, and I thank you.

Additionally, National was looking for a professional with a unique background, and I recommended Michelle Aurich, one of our NextGen co-chairs. They ended up profiling her in the most recent Journal of Corporate Renewal. Learn more about how she got into the restructuring business, her background, and her most gratifying case. You can see the entire article here on page 48. Another great example of how being involved opens up great opportunities.
Upcoming Events:
October 14 is the date for our NextGen Panel, A Road Map for a Young Professional's Personal Wealth and Estate Management/Planning, From Entry Level Through Retirement. It will be held at The Legal Center in The Edison Room, One Riverfront Plaza, Newark. The networking begins at 5:30, the panel
at 6. Michael M. Albanese will moderate the panel. He is Manager of Operations, Cost Reduction Solutions.
Panelists include Ed Gaelick, CLU, ChFC, Managing Member, PSI Consultants, LLC; Benjamin Lehrhoff, Vice President, Bernstein; and Patrick Morris, ChFC, CLU - AXA Advisors.
October 22 - don't miss the Joint NJTMA/NYIC/IWIRC Non-Profit Panel at the Maplewood Country Club. The topic: It's Complicated:  Addressing Issues Concerning Distressed Non-Profits. The panel will discuss options, board member considerations, asset sales, bequests, and much more. I'll be moderating, and our panelists include: the Honorable Christine M. Gravelle, Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey; Andrew H. Sherman, Member, Sills, Cummis & Gross, P.C.; and Nicole Stefanelli, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP. CPE Credits are available for this program, and CLE is pending. The program begins at 6:15 and the dessert and coffee at 7:30. I'm really looking forward to leading this discussion - see you there!
Our sponsorship drive is underway and we need your help. You can make it possible for us to continue to provide educational and networking opportunities for our members and the Turnaround/Bankruptcy industry in New Jersey. Sponsors are the lifeline of our organization and we couldn't provide our members and the community these opportunities without our sponsors. Just think of all the exposure! Contact Harvey Topitz at or 973-588-4167 to get started. 


Allen Wilen, NJTMA Chapter President
Partner, EisnerAmper LLP Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group



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Upcoming Events

October 14, 2015
Next Gen Panel
The Legal Center
Newark, NJ
Registration Open
October 22, 2015
Non-Profit Panel

Maplewood Country Club
Maplewood, NJ 

Registration Open

November 3, 2015
Networking Breakfast
Cole Schotz
Hackensack, NJ

Registration Open

November 10, 2015
Bankruptcy Dinner

Hilton, East Brunswick
East Brunswick, NJ

January 13, 2016
Annual Meeting/
Holiday Party

Nanina's In The Park
Belleville, NJ 

January 27, 2016
Joint Super
Networking Party

The Metropolitan Room
at The Newark Club

Newark, NJ 

Registration Open

February 17-19, 2016
2016 TMA Distressed
Investing Conference

Four Seasons Hotel

Las Vegas, NV

March 31, 2016
Casino Night

Venue TBD

November 2-4, 2016
The Annual: TMA's
28th Annual Conference

Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Lake Buena Vista, FL


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The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) is the premier organization dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,000 members in 49 chapters around the world.
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