Michigan Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association to Hold Annual Spring Conference


The Michigan Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), the premier professional organization dedicated to turnaround management and corporate renewal, will be holding its annual Spring Conference on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Attendees will hear experts discuss key and timely topics, including Detroit’s progress, challenges and opportunities.

This year’s keynote speaker is Matt Cullen of Rock Ventures, LLC.  Through the shared vision and leadership of Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen, Rock Ventures has invested over $50 million in 1.7 million square feet of the city’s downtown real estate.  Mr. Cullen will share his perspective on the opportunities, obstacles and possibilities he sees in Detroit’s recovery.

First session:
Thriving in the New Normal – CEO’s of two private companies that serve Detroit’s traditional economic base, the auto industry, share how they responded to the challenge of the global downturn and are thriving contributors to the sector’s recovery. The session features:

  • Matt Hubbard, President of EWI Worldwide
  • Jim Scott, CEO of GroundEffects, Ltd
  • Moderator:  Jonathan Martin, Managing Director of Amherst Partners, LLC.

Concurrent sessions:
Money Talks – Private Equity Considers Detroit – Participants in the region’s private equity market discuss the opportunities and obstacles they see in investing in the local market’s future growth. The session features:

  • Kevin Prokop, Partner of Rockbridge Growth Equity
  • Richard Bolton, Member of Dickinson Wright
  • Andrew Wiegand, Vice President of Superior Capital Partners
  • Bryan Tolles, Vice President of BlackEagle Partners
  • Moderator:  Scot Lund, President and CEO of Genesis Turnaround

It Takes a Village to Restore a City – Detroit’s regional economic recovery is fueled by many efforts that fly below the radar. A panel of such community leaders describes how not-for-profits, state agencies and neighborhood-level initiatives are responding to Detroit’s opportunities and challenges. The session features:

  • Tonya Allen, COO and Vice President of The Skillman Foundation
  • Rishi Jaitly, Program Director-Detroit of The Knight Foundation
  • Anthony Minghine, Associate Executive Director and COO of the Michigan Municipal League
  • Pamela Hurtt, Senior Consultant of The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan
  • Lou Glazer, President of Michigan Future, Inc.
  • Moderator:  Tracy Beyersdorf, Vice President-Structured Finance of Fifth Third Bank

The conference will be held at the Detroit Athletic Club from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The agenda is as follows:
12 p.m.            Registration
12:45 p.m.      Conference begins
1 p.m.              Keynote speaker:  Matt Cullen, Rock Ventures, LLC
                         Downtown Detroit:  Reinventing an Urban Core in Which to Live, Work, Play
2 p.m.              Session:  Thriving in the New Normal
3 p.m.              Break
3:30 p.m.        Concurrent sessions
                         Money Talks – Private Equity Considers Detroit
                         It Takes a Village to Restore a City
4:30 p.m.        Networking reception (Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.)

The cost is $50 for TMA members, $35 for Next Gen members, and $75 for nonmembers.  For more information or to register, please contact Jenni Brewer at (248) 593-4810 or email at jbrewer@okeefeandassociates.com.

Michigan Network of International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) will host a luncheon prior to the event.  The cost is $25 for members of IWIRC and TMA and $35 for nonmembers.  The optional luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club.  For more information, please contact Amanda at arymiszewski@okeefeandassociates.com.