2017 Distressed Investing Conference
By Robert Meyers, Republic Business Credit
The 2017 TMA Distressed Investing Conference (DIC) was held at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas from February 1-3. DIC recorded its highest attendance in recent years, displaying a diverse membership from across all restructuring professionals. The TMA NextGen professionals in attendance demonstrated this diversity, representing lenders, private equity, distressed debt funds, lawyers, consultants, investment bankers, and other centers of influence across the country.
The conference engages more private equity funds than traditional TMA conferences through its Turnaround Capital Forum. The forum showcases over 40 capital providing exhibitors with their marketing collateral, deal summaries, and some time for individual conversations.
Fellow TMA NextGen Member, Angela Allen, from Jenner & Block, LLP, highlighted the growing respect and meaningful contributions that NextGen leaders can make with their talents during her interview with Keynote Speaker, John Zogby. Angela discussed John's book "America's First Globals: Understanding, Managing & Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennial Generation." We should all commend Angela on stepping up to the plate and delivering a fantastic program.
NextGen leaders from across the country had three great networking opportunities during the high impact conference. The first opportunity was the Joint Opening Reception with the Commercial Finance Association's (CFA) Asset Based Capital Connections Conference. CFA invited their Top 40 Under 40 award winners, creating a dynamic opportunity for turnaround professionals to engage with lenders across the country.
NextGen hosted an evening Poker tournament to allow young professionals the chance to relax after a long day of meetings, but as always, it turns way too serious toward the end for the last few when competitive restructuring spirits spill onto the poker table! Great time was had by all!
There was also a networking event on the High Roller, the world's largest observation wheel. Around 30 NextGen members got to mingle while taking in the sites of the Las Vegas strip.