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TMA Announces Winners of the 2018 Turnaround and Transaction Awards

The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Awards. TMA will honor 76 professionals during a special awards ceremony at The 2018 TMA Annual on September 26-28 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Turnaround and Transaction Awards are chosen based on a rigorous peer-review process. The awards recognize the most successful turnarounds and impactful transactions in the past year.

"This year's winners have made a significant economic impact by helping struggling businesses to recover and preserve their value," said Scott Y. Stuart, Esq, TMA Global chief executive officer. "Each winner exhibits the immense value TMA members provide not just the general business community, but the global economy."

The 2018 TMA Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Award Winners are:

Turnaround of the Year: Mega Company - Caesars Entertainment Operating Company Inc.
Paul Aronzon, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Bruce Bennett, Jones Day
Kenneth H. Eckstein, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Randall S. Eisenberg, CTP, AlixPartners LLP
Joe Graham, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Nicole L. Greenblatt, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kristopher Hansen, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Vincent Indelicato, Proskauer Rose LLP
Thomas Kreller, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
David Seligman, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
James H.M. Sprayregen, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Turnaround of the Year: Large Company - BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC
Holly Etlin, CTP, AlixPartners
Jeffrey Finger, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.
Christopher J. Marcus, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Rich Morgner, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.
Deborah Rieger-Paganis, AlixPartners
Martin Staff, BCBGMAXAZRIA
Joshua Sussberg, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Turnaround of the Year: Mid-Size Company - Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Ltd.
Brandon Ellement, Ellement Pensions, Benefits and Investments
Leonard Levie, American Industrial Acquisition Corporation
Ron Prehogan, Brazeau Seller Law
Jeff Sands, CTP, Dorset Partners LLC
Jari Vainio, American Industrial Acquisition Corporation
Tony Zandos, American Industrial Acquisition Corporation

Turnaround of the Year: Small Company - Phoenix Manufacturing Partners, LLC
Hilary L. Barnes, Allen Barnes & Jones, PLC
Fay W. Bidlack, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon PLC
Carolyn J. Johnsen, Dickinson Wright, PLLC
Christopher R. Kaup, Tiffany & Bosco PA
Bradley J. Stevens, Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC
Joseph W. Yockey, Leading Edge Manufacturing, LLC dba Joined Alloys

Turnaround of the Year: Non-Profit Company - Christ's Household of Faith, Inc.
Mark Alleman, Christs Household of Faith
Kevin Doyle, Venture Bank
Ryan Murphy, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Sarah Olson, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Rod Peterson, Platinum Group

Transaction of the Year: Mega Company - Avaya Inc.
John C. Bosacco, Centerview Partners 
Jesse DelConte, Zolfo Cooper 
Samuel M. Greene, Centerview Partners LLC
Jonathan S. Henes, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Eric S. Koza, Zolfo Cooper 
Patrick J. Nash, Jr., Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Transaction of the Year: Large Company - Performance Sports Group Ltd.
Brian Corio, Alvarez & Marsal
Kelley A. Cornish, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Alice Belisle Eaton, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Brian J. Fox, Alvarez & Marsal
Sean T. Greecher, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Ryan Kielty, Centerview Partners LLC
Steve Levine, Brown Rudnick
Jonah Mann, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Pauline K. Morgan, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Marc Puntus, Centerview Partners LLC
Robert J. Stark, Brown Rudnick LLP
Robert Thornton, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP
Edward J. Waitzer, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Transaction of the Year: Mid-Size Company - Eastern Outfitters, LLC
Nicholas Campbell, MERU
Jennifer Feldsher, Bracewell, LLP
Robert Jordan, KCC
Joseph Malfitano, Malfitano Partners
Spence Mehl, RCS Real Estate Advisors
Norman Pernick, Cole Schotz P.C.
Alexander Stevenson, Lincoln International
Spencer Ware, CTP, AlixPartners, LLP

Transaction of the Year: Small Company - Lighthouse Management Group, Inc.
Patrick Finn, CTP, Lighthouse Management Group, Inc.
Ryan Murphy, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
T. Chris Stewart, Anastasi Jellum, P.A.

Transaction of the Year: International - CHC Group Ltd.
Jasmine Ball, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Michael Cox, Seabury Consulting (now part of Accenture)
Victoria Creason, VLC Associates Ltd.
Robert Del Genio, CTP, CDG Group LLC (now part of FTI Consulting)
Kelly DiBlasi, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Transaction of the Year: Pro Bono - The Big Apple Circus, Ltd.
Alison Bauer, Torys LLP
Robin Chiu, Goldin Associates, LLC
Robert J. Feinstein, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
M. Natasha Labovitz, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Robert Schmidt, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Christopher Updike, formerly Debevoise & Plimpton LLP