Opportunity Abounds: Staying Busy in a Bankruptcy-Lite Economy

Opportunity abounds for TMA practitioners despite a bankruptcy-lite economy. Industries challenged by disruption or new competition are creating turnaround opportunity. After companies’ balance sheets are financially restructured, operations still need fixing. Experienced turnaround, business performance improvement, corporate strategy, and human capital management experts will examine challenges affecting business performance for healthy and underperforming organizations and discuss best practice for managing human resources, accentuating competitive advantages, enhancing financial performance,  and enacting processes to grow stakeholder value.

Session Directors: William Henrich, Duncan Bourne, Peter Pfeiffer, Anne O'Donnell

Eliza Ronalds-Hannon, Bloomberg (moderator)

Alex Jakobson, Korn Ferry

Markus Lahrkamp, Alvarez & Marsal

Alex JakobsonAlex Jakobson leads Korn Ferry’s Corporate Transactions & Transformation Global Solution across 116 offices worldwide.

He has assisted both private equity clients and corporate buyers with strategic acquisitions, alliances, restructurings, leveraged buyouts, capital market transactions, dispositions and recapitalizations spanning a broad range of transaction structures and industries. He has extensive experience in domestic, international and cross-border transactions. Alex has held board and executive positions. He has founded and sold global consulting firms, which operate today as part of a publicly quoted company. He has made over a thousand keynote presentations for organizations all over the world on topics ranging from purpose driven leadership to customer centricity transformation. He is unique in that he can engage, host, and motivate audiences of thousands of people.

His clients are in the Fortune 500 and in industries such as financial service, professional services, life sciences and retail.

Eliza Ronalds-HannonEliza Ronalds-Hannon covers distressed debt and credit markets at Bloomberg News for print, web, TV, and radio. She previously covered government debt and currencies for Bloomberg, but began her financial journalism career at Debtwire reporting on Latin America during the sovereign debt crises in Argentina and Venezuela. She holds an MA in Journalism from CUNY’s Newmark School and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.



Markus LarhkampMarkus Lahrkamp is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement in New York. He also leads engagements as part of the A&M Rapid Results Program™.

With more than 15 years of consulting experience, he brings a wealth of expertise in top-line growth and performance improvement for manufacturing, distribution and services companies in a variety of industries, including construction and construction materials, furniture, consumer products, high-tech and automotive.

Before joining A&M, Mr. Lahrkamp was the President and CEO of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Droege & Comp. He built and led both of the companies’ private equity practices in New York, and focused on due diligence and value enhancements for a significant number of private equity-sponsored portfolio companies. He has executed on numerous notable projects with PE-sponsored portfolio companies. For a plastics extrusion machinery company in Massachusetts, he conducted comprehensive performance improvement, and completed a structural, process and management overhaul resulting in EBITDA improvements of more than $15 million.


Stay tuned for the 2019 agenda. 2018 is below.


Tuesday, September 25  
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Joint Executive Board/Board of Trustees Meeting*
Wednesday, September 26  
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Golf Registration & Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. TMA Golf Scramble**
Sponsored by Ritchie Bros.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
Sponsored by Hahn & Hessen
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Attendee Lounge Open
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
TMA NextGen
Community Service Activity
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Certification Oversight
Committee Meeting*
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Chapter Presidents Council Meeting*
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Making Connections:
First Time Attendee Reception

Sponsored by Context Business Lending, LLC
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Keynote: Frits van Paasschen
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Transportation to Opening Reception at Cheyenne Lodge
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception at Cheyenne Lodge
Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney LLP, r2 advisors llc, Summit Investment Management LLC
Thursday, September 27  
5:30 - 6:00 a.m. TMA Annual 5K Run/Walk Registration
6:00 - 7:00 a.m. TMA Annual 5K Run/Walk**
7:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
Sponsored by Hahn & Hessen
7:30 - 6:00 p.m. Attendee Lounge Open
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast and Bloody Mary Bar
Sponsored by LSQ

8:30 - 8:50 a.m. Opening Remarks & Awards Recognition
8:50 - 9:30 a.m. Soundbites from Industry Experts
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by Gordon Brothers
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Turnaround Tools
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by Gordon Brothers
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Opportunity Abounds: Staying Busy in a Bankruptcy-Lite Economy
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hall of Fame Induction & Networking Lunch
Sponsored by AlixPartners
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. TMA Hall of Fame Panel Discussion
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by Gordon Brothers
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Moscow Mule Bar
Sponsored by Rise Line Business Credit
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Cannabis: New Industry, New Challenges
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. TMA Fest at Lakeside Terrace
Sponsored by Andrew M. Toft, Attorney at Law, Second Avenue Capital Partners, LLC, SSG Capital Advisors, LLC, and TMA Rocky Mountain Chapter
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. LGBT Reception at Bar del Lago
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. TMA Chair's Reception*
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Transportation to Closing Reception at U.S. Olympic Training Center
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  VIP Awards Reception*
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Closing Reception at U.S. Olympic Training Center
9:00 - 10:30 p.m. TMA After Dark
Sponsored by Alvarez & Marsal
Friday, September 28  
8:00 - 10:30 a.m. Grab 'n Go Networking Breakfast &
One-on-One Meetings

*Invite only.  **Additional fee to participate. 
Agenda subject to change.  

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Hilton Cleveland Downtown

The Hilton Cleveland Downtown

100 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

More Information on hotel reservations will be available in 2019.