automotive company from beginning
to end. You’d see the whole picture
of the restructuring. You get to
work closely with people at all levels
in the corporation, spend time in
Bankruptcy Court, and finally end
up with a confirmed plan. I really
enjoyed those opportunities.
Q Living in Detroit, the automotive industry is really the lifeblood.
It definitely is the lifeblood
of the city, so getting to be involved in
automotive cases and seeing them
turned around was very rewarding. Back
in the day, a lot of automotive companies
filed here. So Intermet and Venture filed
in Detroit. Things changed, and most of
the companies file now in the Southern
District of New York or Delaware. I don’t
think there has been an automotive filing
in Detroit in a while.
Q A lot of people working on a case find it interesting for various
reasons. It seems to take on more critical
importance for somebody living in
Detroit to have a hand in saving the
industry that is so essential to that city.
It’s rewarding in the sense
that if you can turn the company around,
you’re saving jobs, local jobs, that are
important to people. You’re helping the
local economy and generally making a
positive difference in your local
community, so that is also very
Q What role has TMA played in your career?
TMA is just a great
organization. I have participated in TMA
events and been a member throughout
my career. They have a Spring
Conference in Detroit that’s always very
well-attended and is always very
well-done. That has been a great thing to
go to. They have a power networking
event in the winter, which is a unique
concept, where they go from table to
table doing networking. You meet a lot of
different people. It’s a great group of
people, and it’s one of the most active
turnaround organizations in Detroit.
[Detroit Chapter President] Meaghan
Hardcastle is leading the charge on
NOW, which is the women’s group
associated with TMA, and is working
to get that established in Detroit. That,
I think, is going to be very interesting.
Right now I’m on the chapter’s
Programming Committee and help
to put together some of the events.
They have an event just about every
month here in Detroit, so from a
networking standpoint it’s a great
group to be involved with and a great
way to meet people in the industry.
When I was at AlixPartners, I wasn’t
as involved locally. Just following it
from the national standpoint was very
cool, just to see the awards. A lot of the
people who worked at AlixPartners were
quite involved in the organization.
Q Other than the events, how does your TMA membership help you
in your day job?
A lot of the events are
educational. TMA has always done a
great job of not just having networking
cocktail parties. There’s also information
to help you in your career. Most recently
they had an event on a loan workout,
which was a pretty informative panel.
They talked about asset based lending
and how that would play out in a
restructuring. So, it has helped from an
educational standpoint and also from a
networking standpoint, meeting
bankers and other potential clients in
the area. It’s been helpful in my career
on a number of levels for networking
and education. And it’s just fun.
Q What advice do you have for someone who is new to the
industry or is just thinking about
getting into it?
One piece of advice would
be to diversify, particularly because it’s
not clear exactly where the industry is
going. Try to get as much experience on
a number of different levels as you can
in different areas related to that industry.
Because of the turnaround and
restructuring industry’s up-and-down
nature, if you can get involved in either
corporate work or litigation, it will keep
you going when restructuring work
Also, network with whomever you can.
Find people that you really admire in the
industry and try to network with them.
Q What are you passionate about outside the office?
I am pretty busy, so I don’t
have that much time outside the office.
My son keeps me pretty busy. I also like
to read. I haven’t had a lot of opportunity
to garden lately, but I do love to do that.
I like theater. I did have the opportunity
to go to New York City last year with a
couple of friends. I’d never been there
for fun. I’d always been there for
I’ve also gotten involved in Vista
Maria, a nonprofit organization that
is very involved with programs for
girls and women who have been
abused. One of their projects now is
getting legislation passed on human
trafficking in Michigan. That has been
very interesting, and I’m excited to be
involved with that and hopefully to
be able to make a difference there.
I love spending time with my son and
my family and friends, so I’d say that’s
probably my biggest passion outside
the office. If I have time for these other
things, that’s great, but I definitely like
to spend time with my son, my mom,
my sisters and brother, and friends.
Q What might people who only know you professionally be most
surprised to learn about you?
I do like to cook. I love
Indian food, and I can make pretty good
chicken curry. I don’t know if that’s
something people generally know about
me. I have taken up an interest in
spirituality, so I read a lot about that.
Q Do you have a bucket list?
I do. I look forward to all of
the milestones in my son’s life, such as
graduating from college. I would love to
travel more. There’s a lot of places I still
haven’t been. I’ve been to England, but
I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and
France and Ireland. There are places just
in the great outdoors that I haven’t been,
like a coral reef. I’d love to learn scuba
diving. I haven’t been to Hawaii yet, so
I’d love to go there. I did this road trip on
the East Coast when I was in my 20s,
and that would be fun to do again.
I took up knitting, so I’d love to get
better at that. I haven’t had a lot of
time to do volunteer work, so I’d like
to do a little bit more of that. I’d also
like to go clamming. A couple of
friends just did that, and they had a big
clam bake. That’s always something
you read about, but I’ve never done.
Maybe I’d go back to school and
take another class. It would have
to be fun—something like art. J