TMA Webinar Series
“The 2010 Credit Market: Will the Squeeze Continue?”
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Dave Gozdecki is a managing director of GE Capital in the restructuring financing group, specializing in providing
financing in turnaround and restructuring situations to mid-size and large companies in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
He has approximately 25 years of business experience, with 20 years of financial experience lending to companies in
financial distress. Gozdecki’s experience encompasses various manufacturing industries, automotive, steel and forging
operations, consumer products and retail, among other industries. Prior to joining GE, Gozdecki was employed by ABN
AMRO/LaSalle Business Credit, Fleet Capital Corporation, The Northern Trust Company, Brunswick Corporation and USG
Arnold H. Dratt is CEO of Hilco Appraisal Services. His background includes 18 years of experience in the business
advisory, turnaround and reorganization field. He co-founded The Dratt-Campbell Company in 1991 to provide on-site
turnaround assistance and debt restructuring services. His group managed the sale of many distressed businesses in
various processes, including Chapter 11, assignments for the benefit of creditors, statutory state receiverships and out-
of-court going concern investment banking-type transactions. Dratt joined Hilco in 2003 as executive vice president of
parent company Hilco Trading, LLC. In this capacity, he works closely with Hilco's industrial liquidation units in the U.S.,
Canada and Mexico, and the UK. In 2006, Dratt was also appointed CEO of Hilco Appraisal Services.
Gary T. Holtzer is a partner in the business finance and restructuring department of the New York office of Weil, Gotshal
& Manges LLP, where he is also a member of the firm's management committee. He practices in all areas of domestic
and international restructurings, crisis management, corporate governance, financings and acquisitions involving
distressed situations. Holtzer’s lead role in company side restructurings includes, among others, General Growth,
Nortek, Pilgrim's Pride and Vertis Holdings, Inc. He also regularly represents lenders and other parties in financings and
acquisitions involving troubled companies, including in, among others, Sea Containers, Calpine, Montgomery Ward,
Kmart and Comdisco.
Jason L. Perri is a senior principal of Apollo Management’s Strategic Value Fund (SVF). As the flagship hedge fund
strategy under Apollo’s $12 billion capital markets division, SVF and its affiliates manage approximately $1.7 billion, and
Perri focuses on stressed and distressed credit investments throughout the capital structure. He is also involved in
sourcing and structuring new issue and secondary opportunities for Apollo’s Credit Opportunity Funds. Previously, Perri
was a principal at H.I.G. Capital, focusing on distressed debt investments. He began his career at The Blackstone Group
working on complex restructurings, reorganizations and bankruptcies.
Robert Podorefsky is senior vice president in the interest rate management group of GE Capital. In his role, Podorefsky
provides corporate borrowers with a perspective on how risks in the global financial markets may impact their business.
He is the creator and author of GERates.com, a website focused on U.S. interest rates that is geared to helping the
corporate borrower manage interest rate risk. Previously, Podorefsky was the chief interest rate strategist for the global
rates group at Bank of America and was a senior member of the global markets team at UBS, helping institutional
investors enhance their investment yields using various types of financial instruments. Podorefsky began his career 25
years ago at Chemical Bank, advising large U.S. corporations on managing foreign exchange risks.
David L. Resnick is managing director and co-head of investment banking of Rothschild Inc., where he also leads the
firm’s global restructuring practice. Resnick has represented a diverse group of companies, secured and unsecured
creditors and official committees on both in-court and out-of-court restructurings. He has extensive experience advising
companies on complex financial advisory assignments, such as recapitalizations, spin-offs and acquisitions of companies
in bankruptcy. Previously, Resnick worked for Peter J. Solomon Company, where he founded and headed the
restructuring group from 1996-2000.