SPEAKERS

Alex Hill's practice focuses on business and insurance law throughout Oregon and Washington. As a former police officer and claims professional for a large insurance company, Alex brings a unique perspective to Bullivant's Business Law group. His professional experience in criminal and insurance investigations provides him with advanced training and experience in interviewing, investigations and negotiations. Alex enjoys leveraging this non-traditional background to provide his clients with a distinct, think-outside-the-box approach to evaluations, analysis and resolution options.

Alexander H. Hill Attorney
Bullivant Houser
Bailey PC

Amy Torf, owner of Noggin Builders, is excited to bring her experience as an engineer, camp director, teacher and mom of three to the diverse line-up of hands-on activities at Noggin Builders. For the past 15+ years, Amy has successfully created play- and learning-based curricula and worked directly with children, teens and adults of all ages in various group settings.

Enhancing creative problem solving and critical thinking skills through unique hands-on programming is the goal of Noggin Builders and TeamUp Events.

Amy Torf 
Owner
Noggin Builders

Andrew counsels domestic and foreign clients on a broad array of trade issues, including import and export controls, economic sanctions on foreign countries (including Iran, Cuba, North Korea, and Russia/Crimea), secondary sanctions on third-country entities, anti-boycott compliance, anti-bribery and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) reviews and filings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seizures and disclosures, USCIS Form I-129 Part 6 certifications, and sanctions issues pertaining to EB-5 and E-2 immigration matters.

Andrew Bisbas
Associate
Lowenstein Sandler
Bruce S. Nathan
Partner
Lowenstein Sandler

With more than 35 years of experience in the bankruptcy and insolvency field, Bruce is a recognized leader nationwide in trade creditor rights and the representation of trade creditors in bankruptcy and other legal matters. He has represented trade and other unsecured creditors, unsecured creditors' committees, secured creditors, and other interested parties in many of the larger Chapter 11 cases that have been filed. Bruce also handles letters of credit, guarantees, security, consignment, bailment, tolling, and other agreements and legal credit issues for the credit departments of institutional clients.

Bryan Hicks
VP – Trade Services Consultant
Wells Fargo Bank

Bryan Hicks has been involved with the international trade community in the Pacific Northwest for over 28 years. Over the past 5 years, Bryan has been with Wells Fargo Bank’s International Trade Services group covering the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada Region. Bryan consults local importers and exporters to enhance trade opportunities through trade finance, mitigate risk, and improve cash flow. Previous to working at Wells Fargo, Bryan worked at US Bank in various international banking rolls for nearly 23 years. He lives in Seattle.

Chris Ring
Nation Sales Representative for NACM’s STS

Chris Ring is the Nation Sales Representative for NACM’s Secured Transaction Services and he specializes in assisting credit professionals secure their receivables using Mechanic’s Lien Laws and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Chris consults with companies on a daily basis leading them to find the best way to use these credit tools to assure that they are in the best possible position to get paid. Since 2002, Chris has completed seminars on both Mechanic’s Liens and UCC Filings for companies, NACM Affiliate Credit Conferences, NACM Industry Credit Groups, CFDD Meetings, and NACM’s Secured Transaction Services seminars.

Nancy Watson-Pistole, CCE ICCE joined HighRadius in 2018 as a Customer Value Manager after 30+ years consulting and managing credit, collections and accounts receivable teams.  In her current role Nancy manages a portfolio of clients, perfecting the customer experience, maximizing adoption, and tracking measurable outcomes to demonstrate customers are receiving the highest possible return on their investment in HighRadius software solutions. Nancy earned her CCE designation in 1996 and the ICCE in 2006.

Nancy Watson-Pistole, CCE ICCE
Customer Value Manager
HighRadius.
Gary Mendell
President
Meridian Finance Group

Gary Mendell is President of Meridian Finance Group, a company providing credit, insurance, and trade finance tools that companies use to expand their U.S. and international sales.

 

Gary has over 40 years of experience in domestic and international sales, distribution, and finance.

Gary has received the President’s “E” Award and recognition from Ex-Im Bank and the U.S. Department of Commerce for Meridian’s contributions to international trade.

Gina Calabrese Sylvester, CMP, CGA 

Executive Vice  President 

NACM Tampa Inc 

Gina Calabrese Sylvester, CMP, CGA is Executive Vice President of NACM Tampa, Inc. Gina began her NACM Tampa career in 1991 as a local Credit Group Administrator and was promoted to National Group Coordinator in 1993. As NACM Tampa continued to develop its Credit Management System (CMS) software, Gina’s knowledge and deep understanding of member needs became key as she accepted the responsibility of managing the CMS‐NACM Affiliate relationship on behalf of NACM Tampa in 1998.

Jason helps companies with their legal needs and disputes. His primary areas of practice include outside corporate counsel advice, construction, real estate, and creditor/debtor rights (including judgment enforcement). In addition, Jason has significant experience in all facets of dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trials. Jason's litigation practice involves representing clients in mediation, arbitration, and court.  He has been elected an Oregon Super Lawyer in the category of Business Litigation every year since 2010, with a top 50 list in 2012. 

Jason W. Alexander
Partner
Sussman Shank LLP

Jason M. Torf is a partner in Ice Miller’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group. Jason focuses his practice on helping companies dealing with financially troubled customers and other counterparties to maximize their recovery and minimize their risk.

In Jason’s creditor-focused bankruptcy practice, he is a creative thinker who
considers possible avenues for higher priority claims and better recoveries that might otherwise not be apparent. Jason is a regular speaker to CFDD, NACM and other credit groups.

Jason M. Torf
Partner
Ice Miller
Jerry Bailey Executive Sales/
Education Services Manager for NCS

Jerry Bailey has been with NCS since 1995. He consults with companies daily and has spoken to groups nationwide about Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Revised Article 9 Model Act, the nuances of Construction Credit, and the benefits of selling through secured transactions. His presentations cover not only the legal protections brought about by the mechanic's lien and UCC filing processes, but also practical solutions of how and when to use these tools.

Mabel Luen
Western Regional Director ​
Meridian Finance Group

Mabel Luen is Western Regional Director for International Insurance Services at Meridian Finance Group, a company providing credit, insurance, and trade finance tools that exporters use to expand their international sales. Prior to Meridian Finance Group, she was with Morgan Stanley and before that she worked in the retail and automotive industries. Mabel and her colleagues at Meridian have received the President’s “E” Award, and honors from the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and the U.S. Department of Commerce, in recognition of Meridian’s contributions to international trade.

Comedian Magician Mark Robinson has standup comedy that has gained rave reviews, an invitation to open for Jeff Foxworthy, and an appearance with late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. His unique abilities have been featured in national TV commercials and he has filmed television shows for Warner Brothers, NBC, and ABC. But it's his ability to weave a motivational message into the fun that has made Mark Robinson one of the busiest and best motivational speakers in the country.

Mark Robinson
Comedian Magician

Mary Moore, CBA has been with SouthernCarlson, Inc. for 24 years, starting as a Credit Manager, in 2015 promoted to Director of Credit, having a staff of 12. She has been in the construction industry for 29 years, having locations in over 38 states. Mexico & Canada. Mary received her CBA designation in 2006 and served on the CFDD National board 

from 2001-2010, serving as CFDD National Chair 2008-2009. She also served on the NACM National Board
as the CFDD Representative from
2011-2014.

Mary Moore, CBA 
Director of Credit
SouthernCarlson
Matt Fluegge
Certified Payments Professional/ 
Executive Consultant with Worldpay

Matt Fluegge is a Certified Payments Professional and Executive Consultant with Worldpay, formerly known as Vantiv. Vantiv acquired Worldpay in 2018 and has changed its name to Worldpay due to its global recognition. Matt has been with the company for 17 years and specializes in credit card acceptance and payment processing in the Business-to-Business industries. He has a Business Administration degree in Finance and manages Worldpay’s 21-year partnership with the NACM and UTA. 

Neal, is a lifelong educator and learner with more than 29 years of instruction experience, with a focus on technology since 1996.

 

Neal is known for his broad knowledge of an extensive array of software and his ability to connect with students of all abilities and styles.

 

Certifications: Microsoft Partner, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Project

Neal E. Otto
Founder
Jumpstart Computer Training Inc.

Robin Schauseil is President of the National Association of Credit Management. Robin began her NACM career in 1988 as the Convention Director, was promoted to Vice President of Education in 1994 and was named Executive Vice President in 1996. She has served as NACM’s President since March 2002. Over the course of her career with NACM, she has supported and advanced the mission and vision of NACM, striving to make NACM the leading education and information source and advocate for NACM members. 

Robin Schauseil

President 

National 

Association of  

Credit Management 

Scott Blakeley is a founder of Blakeley LLP, where he advises companies around the United States and Canada regarding creditors’ rights,commercial law, e-commerce and bankruptcy law. He was selected as one of the 50 most influential people in commercial credit by Credit Today. He is contributing editor for NACM’s Credit Manual of Commercial Law, contributing editor for American Bankruptcy Institute’s Manual of Reclamation Laws, and author of A History of Bankruptcy Preference Law, published by ABI, and so much more.

Scott Blakeley,
Founder and Attorney
Blakeley LLP
Sharon Lacey
Motivational Humorist

In addition to being a sought-after keynote speaker, Sharon is also an internationally touring headlining comedian. She performs in comedy clubs all across the USA and Canada and has been to Iraq twice to entertain U.S. troops. She’s also been on four comedy tours of Africa, where she performs for Ugandan audiences in two of their tribal languages. Sharon is the author of  A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO DEMENTIA: A Stand Up Comedian’s Race Against Time.

Erin Bair is the founder of Phoenix Consulting, where she offers professional and leadership coaching to individuals in the Portland metro area. Prior to launching her own business, she served as a VP and a Director at two successful consulting firms, where she worked with leaders in all stages of their careers regarding individual, interpersonal, organizational and board development. She also serves as President-Elect of the Board of the Association of Talent Development, Cascadia Chapter. Prior to her work in organization development, Erin worked as an attorney in the nonprofit sector.

Erin received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. 

Erin Bair
Founder
Phoenix Consulting
Steve Scranton, CFA

Senior VP, CIO, & Economist
Washington

Trust Bank

Steve Scranton is the Chief Investment Officer and Economist for Washington Trust Bank and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation with over 30 years of investment and economic experience.
 

Throughout the Northwest, Steve is a well-known speaker on economic conditions and the financial markets. He also actively participates on committees within the Bank to help design strategies and policies related to bank owned investments.

Victor J. Roehm III is a Partner, Banking and Finance Group Chair at Sussman Shank LLP. Victor focuses his practice on corporate and real estate transactional matters, including commercial and public finance transactions.

Victor has extensive experience representing financial institutions and borrowers in connection with secured and unsecured loan transactions. 

He regularly speaks and writes on legalized cannabis issues on the state and federal level.

Victor J. Roehm III
Partner
Sussman Shank LLP

Wanda Borges, Esq. is the principal member of Borges & Associates, LLC, a law firm based in Syosset, New York. For more than thirty-five years, Ms. Borges has concentrated her practice on commercial litigation and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy matters, representing corporate clients and creditors’ committees throughout the United States in Chapter
11 proceedings, out-of-court settlements, commercial transactions, and preference litigation.

Wanda Borges
Principal Member
Borges & Associates, LLC

Wes Friesen (MBA, EMCM, CMDSM, MCOM, MDC, CCE, CBF, CBA ICP, CMA, CFM, CM, APP, PHR, CTP, OSPC)  is a proven leader and developer of individuals and high performing and award-winning teams. Wes managed

at a large utility for 37 years and sits

on multiple non-profit boards. He is

also an award-winning University Instructor and Conference Speaker—and is the President of Solomon

Training and Development, which provides leadership, management and team building training. 

Wes Friesen

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