graduate college in pharmacy and
started a small chain of pharmacies
and ultimately started a real estate
brokerage with my mother, who had
been selling real estate.
To me, the ability to do that and show
that just hard work on your own can
develop into something. That’s what’s
inspired me. It led me to be somewhat
entrepreneurial. I had over 20 years
in banking. I loved it, I had a great
time, and I still have a passion for that.
However, I knew my passion was to be
entrepreneurial, and I knew I wanted to
go into turnarounds and restructuring.
Q How old was your father when he immigrated?
It was not long after World
War II when he came here, and he was
born in 1934. He was probably 12. My
grandfather had a brother here and
there were a few other relatives. He
came here for the opportunity.
Q Was there anybody else you look up or you found especially helpful?
I’ve had some really great
managers over the years. I have learned
from some really good people in
business. I’ve always tried to take the
best from everyone I’ve worked for.
Q You touched on this earlier, but what advice would you have for
someone who was new to the industry
or was thinking about getting into
For people getting into the
industry, I’d get involved in the CTP
(Certified Turnaround Professional)
program. Since turnarounds involve so
many disciplines—finance, accounting,
law, and management—the CTP is really
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Getting back to when I relocated to the West Coast,
TMA gave me an instant foundation to start. Where do
you go? You go to TMA because of multiple disciplines
with bankers, turnaround advisors, and attorneys.
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