‘The Annual’ Signals a New
trends and developments. We felt the
simplified name better represented this.
The new moniker is not the only
change in store for this year’s event,
taking place November 1-3 in Boston.
The Annual Planning Committee, led
by co-chairs Sheila Smith of Deloitte
Financial Advisory Services LLP and
Kenneth Frieze of Gordon Brothers
Group LLC, has worked hard during
the past few months to provide a
unique conference experience. From
encountering completely new features
to significantly enhanced programming,
prepare to expect the unexpected.
takes a turn for the serious on Saturday
morning, when Howard Dean and
Michael Steele, former chairmen of the
Democratic and Republican National
Committees, respectively, square off
over potential seismic shifts in the
national political landscape just three
days before the presidential election.
Whether you’re reading this in print or on your iPad with the new JCR app, you’ve probably
noticed that TMA’s Annual Convention
is now simply called The Annual.
Industry titan Havey Miller, a partner
with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, is
among the luminaries slated to appear
as part of the education portion of
the program. Miller is one of a host
of industry experts who will ensure
that you’re well-informed on what’s
ahead for turnaround professionals. I
encourage you to visit The Annual’s
all new website, thetmaannual.org,
for the very latest list panelists and
additional details on the program.
This subtle name change was made
for several reasons. Over the years, the
event has evolved, and “convention”
no longer reflects what the meeting
has become. Also, many of you already
have come to refer to the event as
The Annual and, well, we liked it.
The most noticeable change is the
addition of an Attendee Lounge.
Feedback from members continues
to emphasize the importance of
networking, and we continue to
explore ways to better facilitate making
connections. The new lounge aims
to provide the ultimate forum for
nonstop interaction among attendees
throughout the entire event. Entertaining
and convenient amenities, such as
pool tables, networking bars, charging
stations, and a photographer to
update your professional headshot,
will be added for good measure.
These changes and improvements
were made in direct response to your
feedback. You’ve spoken and we’ve
listened. And we’re not done listening.
Many of you provided important insight
through the membership and education
surveys that were distributed earlier
this year. This input is invaluable as
TMA’s leadership continues to develop
and enhance conferences and other
resources to better meet your needs.
The “Live from Boston, It’s Friday Night”
event features “Saturday Night Live
Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers.
Following the comic relief provided
by SNL’s lead writer, the conference
But the main reason for the title change
is because, after 24 years, TMA’s
signature conference has become the
meeting for the best of the turnaround
and restructuring community to network
and stay on top of the latest industry
Experience these changes for
yourself and make plans to join your
colleagues in Boston this fall. This is
one event you simply must not miss.
Gregory J. Fine, CAE