Finding the Canary in the Coal Mine
Thursday, February 7 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Tom Goldblatt, Ravinia Capital
See below for additional information on the panelists
Managing Director, CIT Northbridge Credit
Penny Fine is a Managing Director/Head of Business Development at CIT Northbridge Credit.
Prior to joining the CIT Northbridge team, Penny was a business development officer at Huntington Business Credit and previously, Penny was Midwest region head for Chase Business Credit, a division of JPMorgan Chase. Before JPMorgan Chase, she was an executive director of Restructuring Services at Capstone Advisory Group consulting on solutions for lenders and investors in distressed situations. From 2005 to 2008, Penny served as executive vice president and head of the National Restructuring Group at CIT. Prior to joining CIT in 2005, Penny held various positions in lending at GE Capital and Heller Financial and started her career at Arthur Andersen in public accounting.
Penny earned her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Penny is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for The Catherine Cook School and is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Commercial Finance Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Director, Monomoy Capital
Mr. Matusow is a Director at Monomoy Capital Partners. As a senior member of the business development team, he is responsible for sourcing stressed and distressed investment opportunities across the credit and equity spectrum. Prior to Monomoy, Mr. Matusow was an Executive Director in Corporate Credit Sales for Nomura Securities. Previously, Mr. Matusow was an Executive Director in Institutional Credit Sales at UBS Securities. He began his career as a corporate lawyer at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Mr. Matusow holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History.
Managing Director, Group Head, Restructuring and Special Situations, Piper Jaffray
Richard Shinder is a Managing Director and Head of the Restructuring and Special Situations Group at Piper Jaffray & Co., based in New York. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and joined Piper Jaffray in 2016 from TPG Specialty Lending, where he helped lead the firm’s rescue financing and special situations investing efforts. He was previously a Partner in Perella Weinberg’s restructuring advisory group and has also held Managing Director, group head or other senior restructuring advisory and special situations investing roles at Goldman Sachs, Avenue Capital, Merrill Lynch, the Blackstone Group, and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Shinder graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University and earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Advisor, Gordon Brothers
Sheila is a member of Gordon Brothers’ Board of Advisors. She has over 25 years of experience in financial advisory and restructuring services. Sheila retired in 2015 from Deloitte after serving in numerous leadership positions including Restructuring Service Line Leader for the Americas Region, Service Line Leader of the U.S. and the New England FAS practice. She has participated in hundreds of bankruptcy, restructuring, financial consulting, and §363 sell-side advisory engagements. She is considered a leading authority in the restructuring marketplace and has been recognized by numerous professional organizations including the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), New York Institute of Credit (NYIC), and Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Smith began her professional career as a special education teacher moving to Boston to get her MBA in Public Management. Thereafter she was a senior finance officer of a building materials company that failed, resulting in her introduction to insolvency.
Tom Goldblatt (Moderator)
Founder and Managing Partner, Ravinia Capital
Tom founded Ravinia Capital in 1998 and serves as a Managing Partner. He has more than 20 years of operating experience in roles ranging from salesperson to CEO. Tom’s background in accounting, law, and general management allowed him to evaluate, invest in, acquire, and lead a number of private companies. Today, Tom leverages his experience to help company owners understand how to best tap capital markets or sell their companies for the best possible outcomes. Tom’s background gives him the unique ability to understand the needs and of both the company owner and buyer and can help all parties navigate the inevitable complexities involved in all transactions.
Tom earned the annual ‘Distressed Dealmaker of the Year’ award from the M&A Advisor Turnaround Association for delivering an exceptional outcome for a company in distress. Tom is a frequent speaker on alternative capital raises in challenging situations and distressed investing, and he is involved in a number of non-profit organizations, including the Chicago Anti-Defamation League and the Old-Town School of Folk Music.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a JD law degree from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.