Geoffrey L. Berman Named ABI President

Geoffrey L. Berman Named ABI President

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April 15, 2011 Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Geoffrey L. Berman of Development Specialists, Inc. (Los Angeles) has been selected by the ABI Board of Directors to be President for 2011-12. He succeeds Melissa Kibler Knoll of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC (Chicago) and will serve a one-year term, which began at ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting, held March 31-April 3, 2011, in Washington, D.C. An ABI member since 1991, Berman has served as ABI’s Vice President–Publications and chaired a Task Force on General Assignments. He also authored the ABI handbook General Assignments for the Benefits of Creditors: The ABCs of ABCs, Second Edition, and he has been a contributing editor and co-Executive Editor of the ABI Journal and a frequent speaker at ABI conferences.
Berman is a Vice President at Development Specialists, Inc. His practice focuses on general assignments for the benefit of creditors (in various businesses and industries including wholesale seafood, retail auto parts, various manufacturing concerns, wholesale nursery operations and high-tech companies) and liquidating and creditor trusts under chapter 11 reorganization plans.
Berman is also a member of the Los Angeles, Orange County and Bay Area Bankruptcy Forums and the Association of Insolvency Accountants, and is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and insolvency subjects. He received his B.A. in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance from the University of the Pacific and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.
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