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Speakers

The program features credit and financial experts from across the country presenting relevant information on today's critical credit topics. Click on the links below to learn more about each speaker.


Rich Bellis, CCE

Richard Bellis, CCE has been a Credit Professional and Senior Manager for over forty years working for such companies as Polaroid Corporation, Platinum Technology, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Unilever and most recently, KeHe Food Distributors, Inc. He has taught Operations Management at the graduate level and has previously served on the Board of Directors for NACM Midwest. Richard currently is an instructor for NACM Midwest, teaching Credit Courses and is an active member of the Association of Credit Executives (ACE). His professional expertise is in the area of Credit and Collections, Cash Forecasting and Order-To- Cash processes with emphasis on organizational structure, policy and procedural improvements.

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Andrew Behlmann

Andrew leverages his background in corporate finance and management to approach restructuring problems, both in and out of court, from a practical, results-oriented perspective. With a focus on building consensus among multiple parties that have competing priorities, Andrew is equally at home both in and out of the courtroom, and has a track record of turning financial distress into positive business outcomes. Clients value his counsel in complex Chapter 11 cases, where he represents debtors, creditors’ committees, purchasers, and investors.  Andrew writes and speaks frequently about bankruptcy matters and financial issues. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked in senior financial management at a midsized, privately held company.

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Brad Boe

Brad Boe is the Director of Credit with Performance Food Group, Inc. PFG is the third largest foodservice distribution company in the United States with annual revenues of $16 billion. He has been in the food manufacturing and foodservice distribution business for over 20 years and was formerly the Director of Credit with Vistar Corporation. Brad is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Credit Research Foundation, past Chairman of the National Foodservice Distributors Credit Group, and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank’s Remittance Coalition. Brad’s area of practice includes credit systems implementation, credit card processing, policy and surcharging, debt restructuring, bankruptcy and unsecured creditors’ committees. Brad is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration.

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Gina Calabrese Sylevester, CMP, CGA

Gina is Executive VP of NACM Tampa, Inc. Gina began her NACM Tampa
career in 1991 as a local credit group Administrator and was promoted to
National Group Coordinator in 1993. As NACM Tampa continued to develop
its Credit Management System (CMS) software, Gina’s knowledge and
deep understanding of member needs became key as she accepted the
responsibility of managing the CMS-NACM Affiliate relationship in 1998.
Her understanding of how members use and rely upon the platform
positioned her to carry the vision of what was needed in the platform
to create what it now known as the NACM National Trade Credit Report.
She was instrumental in the redevelopment and redesign of the WebCMS
software, used by 20 NACM Affiliates. In 2013, she was promoted to
Executive VP of Information Systems, and continues to manage and
improve NACM’s NTCR. Gina earned the prestigious Certified Meeting
Professional (CMP) designation in 1998 and the Credit Group Administrator
(CGA) designation in 2013. Gina holds a BS from Florida State University.

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Joe Carr

Joe is a Partner and National Unclaimed Property Practice Leader with
BDO. With over 20 years of experience in state and local taxation, financial statement auditing and operational auditing, Joe has worked with a
broad range of the Firms’ largest clients including manufacturing, retail,
distribution, financial institutions, investment companies, and business
services. He specializes in state and local tax issues with an emphasis
unclaimed property compliance and consulting. Joe leads BDO’s National
State and Local Tax Business Development and Marketing function.
In addition, Joe heads up the firms National Unclaimed Property practice
and has had success in mitigating client escheat exposures in VDA
and audit settlements before many state escheat divisions. Mr. Carr
is a frequent speaker at firm and organizational events on unclaimed
property and other state and local topics. He holds a JD, Taxation from
the Loyola University College School of Law and a BA from the University
of Illinois, Chicago.

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John Crouch

John Crouch is a director on the global trade and supply chain team, a division of global transaction services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Since 2011, he has advised middle-market clients in the central region on traditional trade finance as well as global working capital solutions. Previously, Crouch spent five years at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA. He started his career with ABN AMRO Bank N.V.’s Chicago-based entity, LaSalle Bank NA. Crouch holds a bachelor of arts in international business with a minor in Spanish from Illinois State University.

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Lee Eisendtaedt, MBA

Lee Eisenstaedt brings more than 35 years of diverse finance and operations experience to the clients of the Leading With Courage℠ Academy. Lee focuses on helping new and emerging leaders make a bigger impact, sooner. He is accomplishing this through the Leading With Courage℠ Workshop and the Leading with Courage℠ Academy, both of which are based on his Amazon best-seller Being A Leader With Courage: How To Succeed In Your C-Level Position In 18 Months Or Less (May 2016). Prior to founding the Academy, Lee was a founding partner of L. Harris Partners, LLC, during which time he surveyed/interviewed several thousand clients of professional services firms. He has been a Chief Operating Officer of a Top 5 and a Top 50 CPA firm. Lee spent the majority of his career, 22 years, with the SC Johnson family of companies – including the consumer products company, the SC Johnson family office, and Johnson Outdoors, Inc. – in the U.S. and Western Europe, frequently as the “right hand” to the leader of the division, subsidiary or country to which he was assigned. Lee received his MBA from Northwestern University and his BA from Franklin & Marshall College.

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Mary Erlain

Mary Erlain is a business coach and consultant. She has published four books and is a sought after speaker and trainer. She works with owners to identify the core of the issues that stand in the way of growth in companies. Two of Erlain’s books focus on generational diversity. Empowering the Multi-Generational Workforce is a challenge in most organizations. She brings her knowledge and expertise in this area to any of the services she offers. Erlain has developed customized workshop modules for organizations. The topics revolve around the need for improving communication, team dynamics, emotional intelligence, and culture. She is a sought after speaker and trainer for increasing organizational awareness and improving soft skills. For over 12 years, she has facilitated networking groups. Erlain brings together dynamic professionals in business in a forum that helps develop relationships and promote quality introductions and referrals..

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Thomas Fawkes

Thomas Fawkes is a partner with the law firm of Goldstein & McClintock LLLP in its Chicago office. Tom focuses his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and financial restructuring matters, representing official committees, unsecured and secured creditors, debtors, financial institutions, post-confirmation trustees and asset purchasers in chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, and liquidation proceedings throughout the United States. Tom also assists his clients in structuring commercial transactions with a view towards mitigating risk of future bankruptcy and insolvency losses. Tom has been selected by the editors of Turnarounds & Workouts as an Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer, an honor given to only 12 attorneys across the United States each year.

Matt Fluegge

Matt Fluegge is a Certified Payments Professional and Executive Consultant with Vantiv. Vantiv is the nation’s 2nd largest purchase transaction acquirer. Matt has been with Vantiv for 15 years and specializes in credit card acceptance and payment processing in the Business-to-Business industries. He has a Business Administration degree in Finance and manages Vantiv’s 19-year partnership with the NACM and UTA. Through the NACM Program, Matt works one-on-one with members to provide payment processing services that simplify payments and improve efficiency, security, and income.

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Larry Grogan, CCE

Larry Grogan, CCE is a Credit Analyst with BP Products NA and previously held credit roles with D&B and Nalco Holdings. With over 25 years of credit experience, Grogan played a lead role in implementing credit score carding at BP and is past Chairman of the NACM Midwest Board of Directors. Grogan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Bradley University and an MBA from Benedictine University. He is a also a graduate of NACM’s Graduate School of Credit & Financial Management. Grogan is currently on the faculty of NACM Connect’s Institute of Credit and has taught classes, seminars and delivered on-site training on the topic of Financial Statement Analysis.

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Phil Gross

Philip’s practice focuses on counseling secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, and committees in commercial bankruptcy proceedings, as well as on providing banks, funds, and other clients with structuring and out-of-court advice. He guides clients through all phases of bankruptcy matters to ensure their success. Philip has extensive experience in national contested bankruptcy hearings and trials, Chapter 15 recognition and Chapter 9 municipality proceedings, and bankruptcy appeals at the federal district and circuit court levels. He served as the 2006 Milton Pollack Fellow in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), where he worked with the Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the SDNY, and former Attorney General/SDNY Chief Judge Michael B. Mukasey to draft a report for district court judges on issues and challenges that arise in high-security and terrorism trials, entitled “Guide to High Security & Terrorism Cases” (2006). The guide has been extensively cited in publications issued by the Federal Judicial Center, including Robert Timothy Reagan’s “National Security Case Studies: Special Case-Management Challenges” (Federal Judicial Center, June 25, 2013)..

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John Jaeger, CCE

John Jaeger, CCE has been in Credit Management for over twenty years with four different companies in different industries, servicing both domestic and international customers. He recently retired as the Manager of Credit and Accounts Receivable for Follett Higher Education Group of River Grove, IL. He received his CCE Designation in November 1999. He received his MBA Degree from Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL, and his BA Degree in Management from Loras College, Dubuque, IA. He has served on the board of NACM Connect as well as various committees including the Education and Conference Committees. He also serves as an instructor for the NACM Connect Institute of Credit.

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Brian Jackiw

Brian Jackiw is a Partner with the law firm of Goldstein & McClintock in its Chicago office. Brian is experienced in bankruptcy and commercial litigation, having represented plaintiffs and defendants in avoidance actions, complex bankruptcy claim disputes, breach of fiduciary duty actions and bankruptcy fraud litigation. Beyond litigation in the bankruptcy courts, Brian has experience in general collection and commercial law litigation. Brian has also spent significant time advocating on behalf of general unsecured creditors through his representation of official committees of unsecured creditors. Before becoming an attorney, Brian served as an Officer in the U.S. Army and was a Defense Contractor, playing an integral role in the development of our nation’s defenses to missile attacks.

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Phil Lattanzio, CCE

Phil Lattanzio, CCE, is the President and Chief Operating Officer of NACM/ Chicago-Midwest and its operating affiliates, NACM Midwest, NACM Upstate New York, NACM Gateway Region and NACM Great Lakes Region. He has been with the National Association of Credit Management since 1999 and has been in the position of President since 2003. Under his direction, NACM/Chicago-Midwest has grown to the largest of the NACM affiliates while returning the Association to profitability as he continues to grow revenues and contain costs. Prior to this position, Lattanzio was the Corporate Credit Manager at Knaack Manufacturing Company in Crystal Lake, IL, where for seven years he was accountable for the credit and accounts receivable functions. Prior to Knaack, he worked in the credit departments for Scotsman Industries, Inc. and Union Oil Company of California. Lattanzio is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He currently serves as the Chair of NACM’s Affiliate Council.

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Tom Lesiowski

Thomas V. Lesiowski, MS is Corporate Credit Manager at Fellowes, Inc.He has more than 18 years of experience in corporate credit. He has been an integral leader of his past employers’ PeopleSoft implementations as well as his current employers’ Oracle upgrade to R12. In his roles, he served as subject matter expert and team lead for credit and accounts receivable, mapped accounting system interfaces and developed and delivered all associated training materials. Tom is also an instructor and presenter. He taught international finance as an adjunct faculty member for Harper College for the past 14 years and was continually praised for his excellent teaching skills. He has been a guest presenter at various PeopleSoft conferences, sharing innovative solutions leveraging automation and workflow tools applied to credit, collections and cash application. He earned his BS degree in business from Southern Illinois University and holds a Master of Science in International Finance from Roosevelt University.

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Bruce Nathan

Bruce S. Nathan, Partner in the firm's Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors' Rights Department, has more than 35 years' experience in the bankruptcy and insolvency field, and is a recognized national expert on trade creditor rights and the representation of trade creditors in bankruptcy and other legal matters. Bruce has represented trade and other unsecured creditors, unsecured creditors' committees, secured creditors, and other interested parties in many of the larger Chapter 11 cases that have been filed. Bruce also handles letters of credit, guarantees, credit insurance and security, consignment, accounts receivable put, bailment, tolling, and other agreements and legal credit issues for the credit departments of institutional clients. Bruce regularly speaks at conferences held by the NACM, its international affiliate, An Association of Executives in Finance, Credit and International Business ("FCIB"), Credit Research Foundation ("CRF"), and many credit groups on bankruptcy, insolvency, and creditor's rights issues; is a member of NACM's Government Affairs Committee, a regular contributor to NACM's Business Credit, a contributing editor of NACM's Manual of Credit and Commercial Laws, and co-author of The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005: An Overhaul of U.S. Bankruptcy Law, published by NACM; and has contributed to CRF's Journal, The Credit and Financial Management Review. Bruce is recognized in the Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights section of Super Lawyers (2012-2017) and in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition.

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Jason Pomerantz

Mr. Pomerantz has substantial experience representing debtors, unsecured creditors, secured creditors, trustees, and creditors' committees in chapter 11 reorganization cases, chapter 7 cases, and in related litigation in both state and federal court. Jason also has an active creditors' committee practice, having represented the creditors' committees in Glazed Investments (Krispy Kreme), Commissary Operations, Tom's Foods, Empire Beef and Souper Salad. His practice is generally focused on middle-market companies with annual revenues ranging from $25 - $300 million. He also mediates cases for the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Los Angeles Division and throughout the Central District. In late 2014, the United States Bankruptcy Court (Central District) recognized him for settling "the most number of mediation conferences in the Los Angeles Division and the Central District, and (being) the most chosen mediator in the Los Angeles Division as well as the Central District" during the 2013-2014 term. He frequently speaks and writes for various national credit and restructuring associations. Jason is a graduate of UCLA and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He has been named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" from 2016-2017, an honor bestowed on only 5% of attorneys in the Southern California region.

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Chris Ring

Chris Ring is the National Representative for NACM’s Secure Transaction Services and he specializes in assisting credit professionals secure their receivables using Mechanic’s Lien Laws and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Chris consults with companies on a daily basis leading them to find the best way to use these credit tools to assure that they are in the best possible position to get paid. Since 2002, Chris has completed seminars on both Mechanic’s Liens and UCC Filings for companies, NACM Affiliate Credit Conferences, NACM Industry Credit Groups, CFDD Meetings and NACM’s Secured Transaction Services seminars. During Chris’ presentations, he demonstrates how to overcome objections from customers, sales reps and management to using these credit tools. Chris also actively solicits questions from attendees so all attendees can learn from the successes and struggles others have had while using these tools. In the end, Chris’ goal is to help you be the best credit professional you can be and have a little fun along the way.

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Curt Rothlisberger, CCE, ICCE

Curt Rothlisberger, CCE, CICE is the Corporate Credit Manager for Ardagh Beverage Can Co, a leading packaging global packaging manufacturer located in Chicago. Prior experience includes American National Can, Elkay Mfg and Fellowes Inc in various credit, collections, billing and orderto- cash leadership roles over the past 20+ years. Curt is a past recipient of the National Credit Exec of the Year award from NACM, holds both the CCE and CICE designations and has served on both the NACM Midwest and FCIB Boards. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois-Champaign and a Masters Degree from Roosevelt University.

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Bradford Sandler

Mr. Sandler co-leads the Firm’s Committee Practice, and has substantial experience representing debtors, committees, acquirers, and other significant parties in interest in complex reorganizations and financially distressed situations, both in and out of court. His recent committee representations include The Limited, Aeropostale, Sports Authority, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), Haggens, Ashley Stewa, and Fox & Hound, among others. Bradford was lead counsel in the LifeCare Hospital case that led to a substantial recovery to unsecured creditors after making new “class skipping” law in the Third Circuit. He is ranked among Bankruptcy/Restructuring attorneys by Chambers USA, which states that he “is an expert in creditors’ committee work,” and that he “blend[s] traditional legal skills with commercial negotiating and business sense.” Chambers USA has also described him as “a creative, calm, effective lawyer who is also quick, smart and aggressive.” He regularly speaks on insolvency topics around the United States. He is a graduate of Drexel University (MBA) and Temple University School of Law (J.D.).

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Robin Schauseil, CAE

Robin Schauseil, CAE is President of the National Association of Credit Management. Robin began her NACM career in 1988 as the Convention Director, and was promoted to Vice President of Education in 1994. As Executive Vice President, she worked with many of NACM's national committees along with supporting and advancing the mission and vision of the National Board. She was named President of the Association in March 2002. Before joining NACM, Robin worked for a political consulting firm on Capitol Hill and prior to that, served on the staff of Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, a McGraw-Hill publication. She holds a BS from Georgetown University.

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Jay Snyder, CCE, ICCE

Jay Snyder is Vice President, Credit – The Americas at Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater, Florida. Jay is a veteran of over 25 years in credit, collections and risk management. Having joined Tech Data in 2016, Jay has credit service responsibilities in collections, risk management, and special financing. Jay oversees Tech Data’s credit operations in for the Americas including Canada and Latin America. Prior to Tech Data, Jay served in similar roles as the Director of Credit and Collections for Shure Incorporated and Midas International, Corporate Credit Manager for US Robotics, Credit Manager for Wilson Sporting Goods and General Manager for Stanley Works. Jay frequently speaks at and attends credit and collection events, sharing his passion for all things credit and collection related, and is a contributing author to the “Going International” publication which is part of NACM Credit & Collection Best Practices section on the NACM Knowledge & Learning Center. Jay is also regularly quoted and consulted for articles in Business Credit magazine. Jay currently serves as is the Chairman of the NACM National Board of Directors. Jay holds the Certified Credit Executive (CCE) and International Certified Credit Executive (ICCE) designations. He was voted as Student of the Year at the Graduate School of Credit & Financial Management at Dartmouth College in 2014, received the Robert M. Healy 2015 Credit Executive of the Year and the 2015 O.D. Glaus Credit Executive of Distinction Award. He holds an accounting degree from the Dorsey School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in global business management from the University of Phoenix.

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Ed Stauber

Ed Stauber is currently the Director of Credit for the Tax and Accounting arm of Wolters Kluwer, a global information company. Ed and his team manage an AR portfolio that represents $1.5B in annual sales. Having over 20 years of experience in Credit, Ed has steered negotiations through acquisitions and restructuring, led global teams and established compliance policies for Fortune 500 companies. Ed has spent the last 10 years leveraging the credit function to enhance sales, improve operations, mitigate risk, and increase the bottom line. Ed holds a BA in Clinical Psychology from Governors State University and an MBA in Finance from Lewis University as well as a Six Sigma Green Belt from the Chicago Demming Association.

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