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2017 SAMA Conference Agenda

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 14th, 2017

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Conference Registration

Location: Rotunda Terrace


6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner Reception

Location: Ocean Terrace


6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Conference Welcome Dinner

Location: Rotunda


8:30 PM – 10:30 PM: Dessert Reception - Sponsored by Loeb & Loeb, LLP

Location: Ocean Terrace



THURSDAY – JUNE 15th, 2017

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Conference Registration

Location: Ballroom Foyer


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast

Location: Ballroom Terrace


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Regulatory Panel

Location: Ballroom A


Robert D. McGibbon, Field Supervisor, FDIC

Darlene Najarian, Examiner, Credit Risk Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


9:50 AM – 10:50 AM: Hot Topics in Special Assets

Location: Ballroom A


Cynthia Nelson, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting


David Kopolow, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank

Seth Moldoff, Senior Vice President, East West Bank

Bruce Nelson, Senior Vice President, Manager, Special Assets Group, Banner Bank


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Breakout Sessions


Breakout #1: Focus on the Retail Sector: Liquidation, Workout, and Bankruptcy

Location: Salon 1

Andrew De Camara, Senior Managing Director, Sherwood Partners, Inc.

Jeffrey Krieger, Partner-Bankruptcy Department, Greenberg Glusker, LLP

Chris Zumberge, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank


Breakout #2: All Things Ag.

Location: Salon 2

Maryam Ghazi, VP Credit Resolution Group, Manager, American AgCredit

Frank Oliver, Vice President, Special Assets Manager Team Leader, Rabobank

Richard Rogan, Co-Chair, Bankruptcy Department, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, LLP


Breakout #3: Consultant Financial Advisor Discussion

Location: Salon 3

Martin A. Cauz, Managing Director, Brandlin & Associates

Winston Mar, Managing Director, SierraConstellation Partners

Leslie Reuter, Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Administrator, Community Bank

Christopher Rupp, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank


12:20 PM – 1:30 PM: SAMA Lunch

Location: Ballroom Terrace


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Development of Lending Secured by Retail Centers

Location: Maurice Braun Ballroom


Joel Steiner, Senior Vice President, Union Bank

Tingting Zhang, President, TerraCotta Group


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Refreshments

Location: Ballroom Foyer


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Breakout Sessions


Breakout #1: Anatomy of a Workout

Location: Ballroom A

Jeffrey Brandlin, President, Brandlin & Associates

Robert Riiska, Senior Managing Director, Focus Management Group

David Scheiber, Senior Vice President, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company

Barry Smith, Shareholder, Buchalter, APC


Breakout Session #2: Leverage and Pressure: Litigating and Winning in 2017

Location: Salon 2

Isabelle Ord, Partner, DLA Piper, LLP

Thomas Turner, EVP, Special Assets Group Manager, Grandpoint Bank


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: SAMA Mixer

Location: Ballroom Terrace



FRIDAY – JUNE 16th, 2017

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Conference Registration

Location: Ballroom Foyer


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast

Location: Ballroom Terrace


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Panel of In-House Counsel

Location: Ballroom A


Kenneth J. Ottaviano, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP


Lawrence A. Abelson, VP & Senior Counsel, Commercial Workouts, Bank of the West

Christopher T. Lenhart, SVP & Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Bank


9:50 AM – 10:50 AM: Panel of Senior Credit Officers

Location: Ballroom A


Mark Phillips, Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer, Grandpoint Capital, Inc.


Phillip J. Bond, Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer, Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach

John Cate, Deputy Chief Credit Officer, East West Bank