Daily News: September 7, 2018

TMA Announces Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Winners


The Turnaround Management Association 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 Sept. 26-28 in Colorado Springs, CO.

“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

  • Paul Aronzon, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
  • Bruce Bennett, Jones Day
  • Kenneth H. Eckstein, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
  • Randall S. Eisenberg, CTP, AlixPartners
  • Joe Graham, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Nicole L. Greenblatt, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Kristopher Hansen, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
  • Vincent Indelicato, Proskauer Rose
  • Thomas Kreller, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
  • David Seligman, Kirkland & Ellis
  • James H.M. Sprayregen, Kirkland & Ellis

Turnaround of the Year: Large Company – BCBG Max Azria Group

  • Holly Etlin, CTP, AlixPartners
  • Jeffrey Finger, Jefferies Financial Group
  • Christopher J. Marcus, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Rich Morgner, Jefferies Financial Group
  • Deborah Rieger-Paganis, AlixPartners
  • Martin Staff, BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • Joshua Sussberg, Kirkland & Ellis

Turnaround of the Year: Mid-Size Company – Canadian Kraft Paper Industries

  • Brandon Ellement, Ellement Pensions, Benefits and Investments
  • Leonard Levie, American Industrial Acquisition Corporation
  • Ron Prehogan, Brazeau Seller Law
  • Jeff Sands, CTP, Dorset Partners
  • Jari Vainio, American Industrial Acquisition Corporation
  • Tony Zandos, American Industrial Acquisition Corporation

Turnaround of the Year: Small Company – Phoenix Manufacturing Partners

  • Hilary L. Barnes, Allen Barnes & Jones
  • Fay W. Bidlack, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
  • Carolyn J. Johnsen, Dickinson Wright
  • Christopher R. Kaup, Tiffany & Bosco
  • Bradley J. Stevens, Jennings Strouss & Salmon
  • Joseph W. Yockey, Leading Edge Manufacturing, dba Joined Alloys

Turnaround of the Year: Non-Profit Company – Christ’s Household of Faith

  • Mark Alleman, Christs Household of Faith
  • Kevin Doyle, Venture Bank
  • Ryan Murphy, Fredrikson & Byron
  • Sarah Olson, Fredrikson & Byron
  • Rod Peterson, Platinum Group

Transaction of the Year: Mega Company – Avaya

  • John C. Bosacco, Centerview Partners
  • Jesse DelConte, Zolfo Cooper
  • Samuel M. Greene, Centerview Partners
  • Jonathan S. Henes, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Eric S. Koza, Zolfo Cooper
  • Patrick J. Nash, Jr., Kirkland & Ellis

Transaction of the Year: Large Company – Performance Sports Group

  • Brian Corio, Alvarez & Marsal
  • Kelley A. Cornish, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Alice Belisle Eaton, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Brian J. Fox, Alvarez & Marsal
  • Sean T. Greecher, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor
  • Ryan Kielty, Centerview Partners
  • Steve Levine, Brown Rudnick
  • Jonah Mann, Stikeman Elliott
  • Pauline K. Morgan, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor,
  • Marc Puntus, Centerview Partners
  • Robert J. Stark, Brown Rudnick
  • Robert Thornton, Thornton Grout Finnigan
  • Edward J. Waitzer, Stikeman Elliott

Transaction of the Year: Mid-Size Company – Eastern Outfitters

  • Nicholas Campbell, MERU
  • Jennifer Feldsher, Bracewell
  • Robert Jordan, Kurtzman Carson Consultants
  • Joseph Malfitano, Malfitano Partners
  • Spence Mehl, RCS Real Estate Advisors
  • Norman Pernick, Cole Schotz
  • Alexander Stevenson, Lincoln International
  • Spencer Ware, CTP, AlixPartners

Transaction of the Year: Small Company – Lighthouse Management Group,

  • Patrick Finn, CTP, Lighthouse Management Group
  • Ryan Murphy, Fredrikson & Byron
  • T. Chris Stewart, Anastasi Jellum

Transaction of the Year: International – CHC Group

  • Jasmine Ball, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Michael Cox, Seabury Consulting (now part of Accenture)
  • Victoria Creason, VLC Associates
  • Robert Del Genio, CTP, CDG Group (now part of FTI Consulting)
  • Kelly DiBlasi, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Transaction of the Year: Pro Bono – The Big Apple Circus

  • Alison Bauer, Torys
  • Robin Chiu, Goldin Associates,
  • Robert J. Feinstein, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones
  • M. Natasha Labovitz, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Robert Schmidt, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
  • Christopher Updike, formerly Debevoise & Plimpton