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Speakers

Summer Jelinek

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.

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Speakers

Lee Silber

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.

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Wanda Borges

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.

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Chris Ring

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.

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Chris Rios

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.

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Romelio Hernandez

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).

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Chris Ng

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).

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Jason Torf

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 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.

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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.

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Mark Tapia

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.

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James Tiarks

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.