AIRA News

Released: July 26, 2021

Members on the Move: Eric Jenkins, CIRA, Joins Huron

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Huron is proud to welcome Eric Jenkins, CIRA, to our commercial disputes advisory team.

Eric has a proven track record as a trusted advisor and in providing expert services to his clients, using his over two decades of experience to advise and testify on complex disputes and investigations involving forensic accounting, breaches of contract, debt and equity capital markets, post-M&A disputes, and insolvency, restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Prior to joining Huron, Eric served as a managing director at Duff & Phelps, where he provided expert services in valuations, corporate finance, disputes and investigations, compliance and regulatory sectors. Eric previously served as a senior executive at Bank of America Securities and Deloitte.



Released: July 26, 2021

Members on the Move: AIRA Board Member Jennifer Meyerowitz Joins Stretto

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Stretto is pleased to announce that Jennifer Meyerowitz has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Business Development. With more than 20 years of experience in the bankruptcy and fiduciary industries, Jennifer brings a unique skill set and expertise to her role at Stretto, where she leads the organization’s business-development efforts for its Trustee Suite and Best Case by Stretto business units.

Leveraging keen bankruptcy-industry acumen and exceptional leadership skills, Jennifer is focused on the strategic expansion of Stretto’s market share in the consumer-bankruptcy space. Through her experience as a corporate-restructuring attorney and her tenure in various leadership roles around the bankruptcy industry over the last two decades, Jennifer understands the importance of serving as a trusted partner to clients, and she appreciates the necessity of delivering tailored solutions to meet fiduciaries’ case-management and operational needs.

Jennifer actively participates in the bankruptcy community and currently serves as a board member for the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors.



Released: July 15, 2021

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Inducts 2021 Distinguished Fellows

Medford, OR – At its annual conference on June 16th, AIRA announced the induction of its 2021 class of Distinguished Fellows.

Conceived to recognize the significant contributions that AIRA’s senior members have made to the art and science of corporate restructuring and to the association, the Distinguished Fellows designation is an academic and professional honor for those AIRA members who exemplify the highest level of excellence in professional practice and whose contributions are a significant positive legacy to our profession and the association.

These individuals have contributed in many ways to the profession and to AIRA. They have served as a distinguished judge and educator, provided important leadership to AIRA and other associations such as Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), provided years of service on the AIRA board, contributed to AIRA’s CIRA and CDBV certification programs, organized and presented to AIRA and other professional conferences, and published articles and books.

2021’s Distinguished Fellows are:

David Berliner, CIRA, BDO USA, New York, NY
Hon. Kevin J. Carey (Ret.), Hogan Lovells US LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Stephen B. Darr, CIRA, CDBV, Huron Consulting Group, Boston, MA
Kenneth J. Malek, CIRA, CDBV, MalekRamian LLC, Libertyville, IL
Jose M. Monge-Robertin, CIRA, Monge Robertin Advisors, LLC, San Juan, PR
Thomas Morrow, CIRA, Evanto Group LLC, Beverly Hills, MI
Dr. Grant W. Newton, CIRA, AIRA Executive Director Emeritus, Medford, OR
Valda Newton, Managing Editor, AIRA Journal, Medford, OR
Grant T. Stein, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA
Teri L. Stratton, CIRA, Piper Sandler & Co, El Segundo, CA



Released: July 12, 2021

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Announces Transitions and Awards

Medford, OR – At its virtual annual conference, concluded in June, AIRA announced the following leadership transitions and awards:

Michael R. Lastowski, Duane Morris LLP, Wilmington, DE named president, succeeding David Bart, CIRA, CDBV, RSM US LLP, Chicago. Mr. Bart assumes the role of chairman from Brian Ryniker, CIRA, RK Consultants LLC, Sea Cliff, NY, who remains an AIRA board member./p>

Emanuel M. Katten Award

Emanuel M. Katten was a founding member of AIRA’s predecessor organization. He was instrumental in the development of the CIRA program and other association and professional initiatives.

In recognition of Manny’s legacy, annually, AIRA conveys its Emanuel M. Katten Award to an AIRA member with a history of outstanding service to the association and a substantial contribution to the profession. This year’s honoree is David S. Mork, CIRA, Arizsota Business Consulting Company, Sun Lakes, AZ. Mr. Mork, like Mr. Katten, is a founding member of the association.

In addition, the association recognized Robert Swartz, CIRA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boston, MA, for his contributions to the CIRA program and named Mr. Swartz and Mychal Harrison, Huron Consulting, New York, NY, to its board earlier this year.

Also recognized with a Certificate of Distinguished Performance for the 2020 year are David Barmish, SB360 Capital Partners, Needham, MA and Patrik Kast, Alvarez & Marsal, New York, NY.



Released: July 12, 2021

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Announces CIRA Certification Award Winners

Medford, OR - Rendering financial advisory services in the business turnaround, restructuring and bankruptcy practice areas requires both special knowledge and extensive relevant experience. In 1992, the AIRA established the Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) program to recognize by public awareness and certification those individuals who possess a high degree of knowledge and proficiency across a spectrum of functions related to serving clients in situations involving distressed and/or insolvent entities. Each year AIRA recognizes the highest scoring professionals who complete the CIRA program through awards sponsored by AlixPartners, LLP. At its virtual annual conference in June, AIRA recognized the following AlixPartners CIRA Award winners for 2020:

Having completed the requirements for certification, AIRA has awarded the following members CDBV certification:

1st Place – Nate Simon, AlixPartners, LLP, New York, NY
2nd Place - Bryan Fleming, Alvarez & Marsal, Atlanta, GA
3rd Place - Hrvoje Cizmic, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Los Angeles, CA

Also recognized with a Certificate of Distinguished Performance for the 2020 year are David Barmish, SB360 Capital Partners, Needham, MA and Patrik Kast, Alvarez & Marsal, New York, NY.



Released: January 19, 2021

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Announces 2 CDBV Certification Awards

Medford, OR - Rendering financial advisory services in the business turnaround, restructuring, and bankruptcy practice areas requires both special knowledge and extensive relevant experience. In 2004, AIRA launched the Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV) program to train and accredit professionals in the highly specialized area of distressed asset valuation including the valuation of distressed and insolvent companies. The CDBV program requires the successful completion of an intensive three-part course of study and uniform written examination and demonstration of practical knowledge by case experience and references.

Having completed the requirements for certification, AIRA has awarded the following members CDBV certification:

Robert Crockett, Ernst &Young, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman
Kevin Tavakoli, SOLIC Capital Advisors, LLC, Evanston, IL



Released: January 18, 2021

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Announces 8 CIRA Certification Awards

Medford, OR - Rendering financial advisory services in the business turnaround, restructuring and bankruptcy practice areas requires both special knowledge and extensive relevant experience. In 1992, the AIRA established the Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) program to recognize by public awareness and certification those individuals who possess a high degree of knowledge and proficiency across a spectrum of functions related to serving clients in situations involving distressed and/or insolvent entities. Such expertise includes accounting, operations, strategic, taxation, and finance issues related to business bankruptcy and insolvency.

Having completed the requirements for certification, the following AIRA members are awarded the CIRA certification:

Evan Bookstaff / FTI Consulting, Dallas, TX
William Andrew Costello / Alvarez & Marsal, Dallas, TX
Andrew George / High Ridge Partners, Chicago, IL
Robert Molina / FTI Consulting, Dallas, TX
Joseph Pattaphongse / Center Street LLC, Newport Beach, CA
Guillermo Saldana / Mackinac Partners, Dallas, TX
David Samikkannu / AlixPartners, New York, NY
Ryan Sublett / AlixPartners, New York, NY

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AIRA Working for Reform

AIRA and its members have made significant contributions to legislative issues and the development of professional standards impacting the bankruptcy practice field.

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National Registry of CPE Sponsors

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