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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.


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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Diana Crowe

Since joining IAB in 1995, Diana has worked in a number of companies in a variety of industries with their deduction and accounts receivable challenges. In addition to her operational experience, Diana has a strong background in training and education. She has provided on-site training and webinars in a wide variety of subjects for IAB’s clients and various industry trade groups and organizations, including NACM, CRF and ICTF. Along with her degree in Management, she has extensive experience working in all aspects of accounts receivable, including credit management, collections, and deduction experience. Her article, “Targeting Success with Deductions” was published in the 2012 CRF Deduction Survey. In 2014, she provided training for the CRF’s Online Training Program for their Deduction Basic and Advanced Courses.

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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.

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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, from pre-bankruptcy negotiations and first-day hearings through plan confirmation and beyond. He 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. Prior to joining Lowenstein Sandler, Philip was an associate at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City. 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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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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Kenny Kovacevich

Kenny Kovacevich is a Manager in the Unclaimed Property Practice in True Partners Consulting Los Angeles office. He has been a part of True Partners since 2010 during which time Kenny has specialized in unclaimed property consulting with a focus on the analysis, quantification and mitigation of potential unclaimed property exposure, as well as assisting with the strategic defense for unclaimed property audits and voluntary disclosure agreements. Kenny has supported Fortune 500 and middle market companies in numerous industries with the performance of comprehensive diagnostic reviews, audit defense, identification of process improvement techniques and the development of unclaimed property policies and procedures. He is a member of the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization and earned his BS in Economics from Loyola Marymount University.

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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 affiliate 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 National Trade Credit Report Committee.

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Paul Lushin

Paul Lushin is President of Lushin, Inc., which owns and operates several businesses including his prized company, Lushin and Associates, a notable sales, sales management and leadership training company located in Indianapolis. Paul is a graduate of Concordia University, The Houston and Indianapolis Police Academies. His professional resume includes a 7-year law enforcement career starting with the Houston Police Department and concluding in Indianapolis. Paul is a graduate of Leadership United, is a recipient of a Presidential Appointment to the Selective Service Board and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He is a husband, father and grandfather, and makes his home in Carmel, Indiana along with his wife Sarah

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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 was cochair of the Avoiding Powers Committee that worked on the Final Report and Recommendation of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 and also participated in ABI's Great Debates at their 2010 Annual Spring Meeting, arguing against repeal of the special BAPCPA protections for goods providers and commercial lessors, and was a panelist for a session sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI") and co-sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center. Bruce also regularly speaks at conferences held by the National Association of Credit Management, 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. In March 2011, Bruce received the Top Hat Award, a prestigious annual award honoring extraordinary executives and professionals in the credit industry. Bruce is also a co-author of "Trade Creditor Remedies Manual: Trade Creditors’ Rights under the UCC and the U.S Bankruptcy Code" published by the American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI") at the end of 2011, has contributed to the ABI Journal, and is a former member of ABI's Board of Directors and former Co- Chair of ABI's Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee.

Chris Ring

Chris Ring is the National Representative for NACM’s Secure Transaction Services and he special izes in assisting credit professionals secure their receivables using Mechanic’s Lien Laws and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Chris consults with companies Speakers 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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Susan St. Angelo

Susan St. Angelo spent almost 20 years in the banking industry. She began her career in Fort Wayne, Indiana with Lincoln Bank, a locally-owned bank, and recently ended her career at The National Bank of Indianapolis, another locallyowned bank. Her experience includes Banking Center management and Private Banking. She started a banking center from inception and developed portfolios from zero to several hundred clients achieving both professional and personal goals all while mentoring fellow employees and actively volunteering in the Indianapolis community. Taking her professionalism, integrity and respect for the client’s needs, she started My Trusted Partner, a daily money manager and senior concierge business. Her target market is seniors, busy professionals and people in transition. She has a proven track record of solving problems, providing knowledgeable, timely financial assistance and connecting to her clientele. Services include bill payment and statement reconcilement, making deposits, sorting and opening mail, filing and organizing, errand-running, organize schedules and appointments, and small project management.

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Robin Schauseil

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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Kevin Stinner, CCE

Kevin has been in the field of credit and collections since 2007. He earned his BA in Business Management and leadership in 2001 from Blackburn College, and a MBA with emphasis in management in 2004 from AIU. He is currently an Area Credit Manager at Crop Production Services where he has worked since 2007, and is also an adjunct teacher for Frontier College’s Business Department. He earned his CBA designation in March 2010, CBF in May 2011, CCRA in August 2013, and CCE in November 2011. He is currently Chair of the NACM Gateway Advisory Board, and a member of the NACM Gateway Education Committee. He is also a member of the NACM/Chicago-Midwest governing board. Kevin has been published in Business Credit magazine and serves on their editorial board, has hosted webinars for NACM National, and has been a presenter at Credit Congress.

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Jonathan Sundheimer

Jonathan D. Sundheimer is an associate in the Indianapolis, Indiana office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is a member of the firm’s Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Department. He has experience modifying and enforcing commercial real estate loans. His practice includes bankruptcy, commercial litigation, loan restructuring and real estate matters. In bankruptcy, he has represented creditors in all aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings, including cash collateral disputes, 363 sales and plan confirmations. In commercial litigation, he regularly represents special servicers and financial institutions throughout Indiana in negotiating loan modifications and loan enforcement. In both bankruptcy and commercial litigation, his work has led to successful opinions in Indiana state and federal courts, the Indiana Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Out of court, he has helped restructure loans secured by real property, rents, and equipment. Mr. Sundheimer is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and Indianapolis Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. He has been a speaker for the Building Owners and Managers Association and the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. He has been an author in publications by the Bankruptcy Strategist and the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. Mr. Sundheimer received his J.D. cum laude from the University of North Carolina School of Law–Chapel Hill in 2010, where he served as a Comments Editor on the North Carolina Law Review. He received a B.A. cum laude in English and a B.S. cum laude in Secondary Education from Butler University in 2003.

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Susan Thomas, CCE

Susan Thomas, CCE is responsible for North American pharmaceutical credit assessment for Eli Lilly and Company, a portfolio encompassing over $1B. She is a finance professional with over 30 years’ experience in credit, treasury, accounts payable management, and internal audit. In 2016, the NACM recognized Susan with its CBA Designation of Excellence Award.

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Judy Wagner, CCE, MBA

Judy Wagner, CCE, MBA is the Director of Corporate Credit for Roche Diagnostics Corporation in Indianapolis. She manages all areas of accounts receivable from planning, risk management, accounting, collections, bad-debt processing, and cash application. With over 25 years of experience, Wagner maintains her CCE designation through the National Association of Credit Management. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the NACM Great Lakes Region Advisory Board, and is a member of the NACM/Chicago-Midwest governing Board for all NACM Connect affiliates. Wagner is also a member of Credit Research Foundation, speaks at various local, regional and national conferences and is member of the NACM Connect faculty, teaching CAP and ACAP classes as well as a variety of other topics.

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