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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.


Jerry Bailey

Jerry Bailey is currently the Executive Sales and Education Services Manager for NCS and has been with the company since 1995. Prior to coming to NCS, Jerry was a Corporate Credit Manager in the manufacturing industry for 10 years, during which time he gained a very thorough hands-on experience with both UCC filings and Mechanic's Lien filings. Jerry consults with companies daily and has spoken to groups nationwide about Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, Revised Article 9, the nuances of Construction Credit, and the benefits of selling through secured transactions. His presentations cover not only the legal protections brought about by the mechanic's lien and UCC filing processes, but also practical solutions of how and when to use these tools.

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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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Mike Bowman

Mike received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and his MBA from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.  He has more than 30 years in credit management working with OEM’S, wholesalers and contractors and working in partnership with Sales & Marketing departments. 

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Staci Cima, CCE

Staci Cima is the Credit Manager for Crescent Parts & Equipment in St. Louis, Missouri. Staci has more than twenty years’ experience in various accounting management and credit roles including public accounting, manufacturing and construction industries. Staci is a graduate of The University of Missouri Central with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Staci has been involved with the NACM for the last 6 years.

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Nick Deccio

Nick Deccio is the Controller at Crescent Parts and Equipment. He began his career in tax accounting in Spokane, WA at a large multi-national corporation, eventually working his way to a senior treasury position. In 2014 Deccio moved to St. Louis and has held several senior and manager positions in financial analysis. 18 months ago he started with Crescent Parts and Equipment as Controller. At Crescent Deccio has worked through numerous projects including but not limited to AP Automation, Dashboard and Reporting Improvements and Cost to Serve Analysis and Implementation. He holds a Masters Degree in Accounting and three professional certifications, CPA, CTP and Certified FP&A.

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Mich Hancock

Mich Hancock is the dynamic CEO of 100th Monkey Media, a company focused on creating quality human connections and interactions for B2B and B2C clients through social media. Mich is also the co-founder of TEDxGatewayArch, an innovative and thought provoking organization that brings TED Talk experiences to St. Louis. She interviews TEDx speakers and St. Louis movers and shakers on her popular MichMash Podcast and is a sought after speaker, delivering workshops and seminars for organizations around St. Louis, including the Olin School of Business at Washington University.

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Debbie Harper, CCE

Debbie graduated with honors from Webster University with a BS in Accounting. She holds the Certified Credit Executive designation. Debbie has worked in Commercial Credit for 30 years in quite a few industries. She worked for Apex Oil Co, Allied Healthcare Products, Ralston Purina, and Huttig Building Products. For the past 16 years she has been the Corporate Credit Manager for Truck Centers, Inc., a family owned group of Freightliner Dealerships. Truck Centers has 10 big truck dealerships throughout Missouri, Illinois and Indiana with more than 300 mechanics and 100 service bays. Debbie’s A/R team extends credit for parts and repairs to most of the big trucking companies you see on the road. Her customer base also includes local businesses that have delivery trucks, parts retailers, small auto & truck repair shops, farmers, and truck owner/operators. She loves helping to grow small businesses into long-term loyal customers by extending credit.

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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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Chuck Levy

Chuck Levy is a native of St. Louis where he graduated from McClure High School (for all of those from St. Louis) and graduated from University of Missouri at St. Louis with a Business Degree in Accounting. He has been working in the credit industry for over 30 years and includes consumer, commercial and international credit. Commercial credit experience includes wholesale, distribution and manufacturing. Since June 2013, Chuck has been working as Credit Manager for Fabick Cat who is a Caterpillar distributor. Prior to working for Fabick Cat, he worked for Crane Merchandising Systems who manufactures snack and soda vending machines and D&K Healthcare Resources, who was a drug wholesaler. In all three positions the customer profiles of the companies include customers from small mom and pop operations to large publicly traded companies. Chuck earned his CCE accreditation in 2014. He is in his fifth year term as a member of the Gateway Advisory board and is currently Councilor.

Curtis Litchfield, CCE

For the majority of my 27 year career with Purina Mills and Land O’Lakes, I have held various roles in the Customer Financial Services department. Within Customer Financial Services, my roles have involved managing a centralized and decentralized credit department where my team handled all functions of the credit department from approving new customers, collecting past due balances and working closely with our business partners, sales and marketing. Prior to joining the Customer Financial Services, I sent my first 10 years of my career in sales and business development where I prepared, analysis and presented financial analysis and assisted our customers in developing business strategies and growth plans. I attended the NACM’s Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management where I obtained my CCE designation. For the last 4 years, I have been an instructor for NACM Connect in St. Louis.

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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 co-chair 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.

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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. Mr. Pomerantz 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. Mr. Pomerantz's practice is generally focused on middle-market companies with annual revenues ranging from $25 - $300 million. Mr. Pomerantz 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 Mr. Pomerantz 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. Mr. Pomerantz frequently speaks and writes for various national credit and restructuring associations, including Credit Research Foundation, the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors (AIRA), National Food Service Distributors, and the National RV & Manufactured Housing Group. Mr. Pomerantz 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. Mr. Pomerantz is admitted to practice in California, and is a resident in our Los Angeles office.

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Jeff Pomerantz

Mr. Pomerantz is a member of the firm's management committee and a co-chair of the firm's creditors' committee practice. Mr. Pomerantz is immediate past president of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the largest restructuring organization in the United States. His practice includes representing companies, creditors' committees, and private equity funds in complex financial restructurings and merger-and-acquisition transactions both in and out of court. Mr. Pomerantz has particular expertise in restructurings in the energy, manufacturing, restaurant and retail sectors. He also frequently represents private equity funds in asset- acquisition transactions.

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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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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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Carol Ferring Shepley

Carol Ferring Shepley is a lifelong St. Louisan who graduated from Wellesley College where she majored in art history and English. She has written for Money, Time and Harper’s Bazaar and is a former art critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is the author of several books, including Lori’s Lessons: What Parkinson’s Teaches about Life and Love and Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales from Bellefontaine Cemetery that won the Independent Publishers’ Gold Medal Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction.

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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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Lisa Tanner, CICP

Tanner is currently the Global Director of Credit and Collections for Nidec Motor Company. She served as president and vice president of the CFDD Wichita Chapter and served a term as a Director of the Board for NACM Kansas City. She is a Certified International Credit Professional and received the Credit Executive of the Year award from the NACM Credit Professionals Alliance in 2012. Prior to joining Nidec Lisa was the Credit Manager for the Coleman Company and worked for Koch Industries in various credit and finance roles. Lisa began her career in commercial credit as a collector for NACM Wichita in 1988.

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