Letter from AIRA's President

An Invitation to AIRA's 29th Annual Conference in Chicago

I have been eagerly anticipating this year's Annual Conference taking place June 5-8, 2013, at The Westin Chicago River North. We can look forward to an outstanding educational program and opportunity to mingle with fellow members and distinguished guests, reinvigorating old friendships and initiating new ones.

On Wednesday, June 5, the preconference program offers a choice between two full-day sessions, Bankruptcy Taxation and Financial Advisors' Toolbox, both with impressive panels including financial and legal experts, U.S. trustees and bankruptcy judges. Wednesday's luncheon program features Camisha L. Simmons, an associate with Fulbright & Jaworski, who will address "Emerging Healthcare Privacy Concerns in Bankruptcy."

The main conference program opens Thursday, June 6, with a presentation by Bob Wiedemer, economist and author of America's Bubble Economy (the landmark book that predicted the downturn in the economy in 2006), Aftershock and The Aftershock Investor. Our special guest speaker for Friday's luncheon program will be Grant Achatz, world-renowned chef and restaurateur, and winner of numerous accolades including James Beard Foundation awards for Outstanding Chef and Rising Star Chef. The keynote speaker at Thursday evening's Annual Awards Banquet will be Lynn Osmond, president of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

It is a real pleasure to have another occasion to visit the "Windy City" and all the rich history and culture that it has to offer. Attractions in or near Chicago are numerous (to say the least) and the conference program will provide a sample of some of the best on Thursday afternoon, including a golf outing at Harborside International, Chicago Architecture River Cruise, Segway Tour, and a hands-on cooking class. Friday evening will beckon us to U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park) to see the Chicago White Sox v. Oakland Athletics—fans will be treated to a fireworks show after the game.

With regard to the schedule of conference presentations and concurrent sessions, I am impressed by the breadth and depth of the important topics covered as well as the quality of the speakers and panelists. I want to express my sincere thanks to the conference chairs, planning committee, and the AIRA team for their significant efforts. AIRA's 29th Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference will be a fantastic opportunity to enhance your continuing professional education and enjoy many remarkable experiences.

I look forward to seeing you in the Windy City,

Anthony Sasso, CIRA, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP