Blaze Your Brain
Summer Jelinek's passion is connecting with audiences around the world. As a presenter for Blaze Your Brain, Summer will help you break through burnout and tackle your negative thoughts while turning them into outer success and positive action! She has 20 years leadership experience working with companies such as Walt Disney World, Disney Institute and H-E-B/Central Market. Summer completed her MBA with a Leadership Certification at the HR.com #1-ranked master's program from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She's also a proud graduate of the business management program of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The CEO at Blaze Your Brain, Jessica Rector, started the company to help you become your best self by eradicating burnout and enhancing mental wellness. The team at Blaze Your Brain consults with companies and trains teams to create a culture of well-being, by enhancing mental health and eradicating burnout out. They have worked with clients such as Scotiabank, NBCUniversal, the Dallas Mavericks, and Fortune’s #2 “Best Company to work for.” She is a Certified Virtual Presenter, Professional Member of the National Speaker's Association and lives in Dallas with her husband, brother, daughter and 3 fur babies.
Take This Job and Love It
It’s nice to be able to tout being co-founder of a chain of retail stores and a clothing line, being the author of 25 books (including two best sellers), and winning awards as designer, but that’s not what Lee Silber is most proud of. Since giving his first speech at Career Day at Challenger Middle school in Mira Mesa, California in 1991, Silber has given over 2,400 presentations to more than a million people. Lee has found that helping others reach their goals is even better than reaching his own. Speaking of goals, one of his former teachers told Lee after reading about him in USA Today that never has one of her students done so much…with so little. Not offended at all, Lee explained how he went from a competitive surfer living in Hawaii to achieving success as a writer, speaker, and podcast host—and how he did it with goals. He loves to show his detailed binder of goals from 1986 (and every year since then) to prove the power of goals, combined with and a plan and consistent action, can push a person to greater heights. Lee Silber is beyond thrilled to come to speak for you. Lee lives in San Diego with his wife of 27 years and two sons.
WANDA BORGES, ESQ. is the principal member of Borges & Associates, LLC, a law firm based in Syosset, New York. For more than forty 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. She is a member and Past President of the Commercial Law League of America and has been an Attorney Member of its National Board of Governors, a Chair of the Bankruptcy Section and Creditors’ Rights Section. She is the President of the Commercial Law League Fund for Public Education. She is a member of several bar associations, including the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. Ms. Borges serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Commercial Collectors, of which her firm is an associate member. She is an internationally recognized lecturer and author on various legal topics including Bankruptcy Issues such as 503(b)(9) claims and preferences, the Uniform Commercial Code, ECOA, FCRA, antitrust law, and current legal issues such as Credit Card Surcharge issues, Social Media, Cybersecurity and Ethics for the Trade Credit Grantor and current proposed legislation that may impact trade credit grantors.
Brett M Hanft, CBA
Credit Manager at American International Forest Products, LLC, has 32 years of credit experience. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics from Willamette University in 1988. Brett received his Credit Business Associate (CBA) designation in 1991. He has been a consistent, active and participative member in NACM and CFDD for more than three decades. Brett received recognition in 2001 as the NACM Local and National CBA Designation of Excellence award recipient. In 2021, Brett received the CFDD National Spirit Award and the NACM National Emerging Leader Award. He is currently providing service to his local NACM affiliate as a Director on the NACM Commercial Services Foundation Board. In January 2021, Brett began a three-year term of service on the NACM National Board as a Director, serving as the elected representative from the CFDD National Board. This year marks Brett’s 32nd consecutive year as a member of the CFDD Portland Chapter. Brett has completed 12 years of service on the CFDD National Board and is a CFDD Past National Chairman.
Dan Negroni is the quintessential next generation management and talent development expert solving today’s critical multi-generational workplace issues. Dan leverages his authentic, no-nonsense approach and a successful 20+ year career as a CEO, attorney, senior sales and marketing executive, and master coach to help companies bridge the gap between managers and their millennial workforce and create “next gen” workplace cultures to increase employee relationship-based skills, engagement, productivity and profits. Dan is an Amazon best-selling author of Chasing Relevance: 6 Steps to Understand, Engage and Maximize Next Generation Leaders in the Workplace. He is also the CEO and founder of launchbox and is a master coach of CEOs and millennials. He has trained and mentored over 12,000 millennials and worked with hundreds of companies to unleash the creativity and potential of their millennial workforce. Dan was selected as Inc.’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers of 2018 and is a regular keynote presenter at all types of management and millennial-related events including corporate gatherings, association conferences, industry events and sales meetings.
Christopher brings over 20 years of financial operations experience to the Finance Solutions team at Dun & Bradstreet. He has experience across various industries including manufacturing, services, and security with a focus on organizational development and resourcing; strategic planning and technology management to build a global shared services model for finance operations.
James Tiarks is Managing Director at Meridian Finance Group, a specialist trade credit and political risk insurance broker. Meridian is part of the wider Texel Group with offices in London, Brussels, Singapore and US and works with all private insurers and government agencies. James previously held positions with Texel in London and more recently in Singapore where he focused on financial institution and large multinational corporation credit risk throughout the Asia Pacific region. His career in insurance started at Aon. James earned a First Class B.Sc (Hons) in Business Management from the University of Birmingham, UK. He has a CII Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute and is a former member of the International Project Finance Association FLN committee. Outside of the office, James likes to spend time on the golf course and has recently called time on his rugby playing days, having represented Singapore’s national team.
Gina Calabrese Sylvester
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.
Romelio Hernandez is President at HMH Legal, a Law Firm that focuses on creditor protection in Mexico and Latin America, with services of debt collection, litigation, secured transactions, and due diligence investigations. Based in Tijuana-Baja California, México, he works extensively with foreign firms, exporting companies and collection agencies, assisting them with out-of-court and legal collection efforts throughout the region. His litigation experience of 20+ years and exposure to international commercial law has allowed him to provide guidance to foreign firms in mitigating the various risks of selling or extending loans internationally. Romelio graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Tijuana, and was admitted to practice law in Mexico since 1997. Romelio holds a Masters’ Degree in Comparative Law (LL.M.) from the University of San Diego School of Law (2011).
Christopher Ng is the managing partner of Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt, LLP and primarily represents private and publicly-held companies in a wide range of business, commercial and construction transactions and disputes. Chris is licensed to practice law in California, Texas and the District of Columbia. He is also an educator, active speaker, published author and frequent contributor to industry publications. For more than 15 years, Chris has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at Pepperdine University, California State University (Northridge), and Loyola Law School (Los Angeles).
Mark Tapia - Vice President, Business Development With over 17 years of experience in the payment processing industry, Mark has helped many companies of all sizes by evaluating their current payment acceptance environment to help drive efficiencies, convey ROI opportunities and improve cash flow management.
Jason Torf is a Partner at Tucker Ellis LLP. 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 devises and implements strategies to accomplish the goal of maximizing recovery for creditor-side clients, sometimes through negotiation after creating leverage through a court filing and other times through litigation in the bankruptcy court.
As the Regional Director for NACM Southwest, Diana draws upon her experience in credit management, her deep understanding of collections and deductions management, along with her customer/member centric style to support the NACM membership. In addition to her operational experience, she is a sought-after speaker and presenter, drawing upon her strong background in training and education. Diana has enjoyed leading webinars and on-site sessions on a wide variety of topics for many NACM industry credit groups, conferences and at NACM’s Credit Congress. From a credit management position in plumbing and electrical supply, Diana went on to work for IAB Solutions and HighRadius before joining NACM Southwest. Diana holds a BS in Organizational Management.
Sergeant Sheldon King
Sergeant Sheldon King was born and raised in San Diego, California. Joined the Marine Corps as a Field Radio Operator in an artillery unit after graduating high school. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2003 and later acquired his Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice in 2009. He attended the Police Academy January 2005 - December 2005 as an open enrollee. While at the Academy he was voted Academy Class President and finished #1 overall in his academy class receiving the Honor Graduate Award and #1 overall also winning the firearms award. He was hired by the UC San Diego Police Department in 2006 and received Officer of the Year in 2017 & 2018. His current assignment is Patrol Sergeant. His auxiliary duties include Field Training Officer Supervisor, Firearms Instructor, Wellness Supervisor, Mobile Field Force Supervisor, and Active Shooter Survival and Education Response Training (ASSERT) Instructor.
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.
Mark Teeter, CCE/CICP
I am a native of Portland, Oregon who attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University studying journalism, business, and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in advertising. I began my 23-year credit career in the outdoor apparel industry and 6 years ago redirected into the metals and mining industry with ESCO Corporation in Portland. I am an advocate of NACM’s educational and commercial offerings and hold the CCE and CICP designations. I enjoy cycling, camping, gardening, off-roading, kayaking, and adventure travels with my wife, two adult children, and grandson.