someone you can depend on—not just
me, but everyone he does business with.
He treats others with respect, not just his
important customers and members of
the country club, but everyone.
Another person that I admire greatly is
a guy I work with here at Bridgepoint,
Bob Smith. We’ve built this firm together,
from about a dozen folks to more than
140 today. Bob is a great practitioner
who keeps a sense of humor about
himself and a balanced view on things.
Beyond that there are a number of
bright, talented people we work with
in our industry, from back in my Price
Waterhouse days to the attorneys and
bankers I work with now to create
solutions and solve problems.
I was just in Dallas at a conference
yesterday. As I was walking out with
a friend who works in the corporate
renewal industry, an appraiser, he said,
“You know, I have the best job in the
world. They pay me to hang out with my
friends. That’s the best thing about what
I do.” I kind of feel the same way about it.
Q What advice do you have for someone who is new to the
industry or is thinking about getting
My advice is, if you love
the thrill of the deal and love the
challenge of solving problems and
figuring out innovative solutions, then
this is a great industry for you. My advice
is to immerse yourself in it and enjoy
every minute of it. There are challenges
along the way that will pull you in
different directions and challenge the
balances of what you have to deal with
every day, but it’s fulfilling and
rewarding. I would encourage anyone
who has an interest in solving problems
and conflict resolutions to go for it.
Q What role has your TMA membership played in your career?
I’m with the Central Texas
Chapter, which is Austin and San
Antonio. I’ve been on the board for a
number of years, and I’m a past president,
so I have also been on the national TMA
board. The friends I’ve made around the
U.S. continue to be great referral sources
and friends. For example, every year Tom
Kim, TMA’s immediate past chairman,
visits Austin and attends the Formula
One race at the Circuit of the Americas
track in Austin. He’s become a great
friend and business partner.
I can honestly say that almost everybody
I do business with that has anything
to do with the distressed business and
restructuring has had some kind of
connection to TMA. I regularly attend
the regional conference down here,
where I get reconnected with people
I don’t see on a regular basis. It has
greatly enhanced my knowledge of
the industry, as well as my network of
professionals who work in the industry.
Q Let’s talk a little bit about your passions outside the office.
One of the reasons I
When I first moved to Austin in the late
‘90s, I got involved with the Colorado
River Foundation (CRF). I was a board
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