APRIL 2018 VOL. 5, NO. 4
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

The ABI Endowment and the Mariano Rivera Foundation Hit a Home Run for Puerto Rico

On April 4, the ABI Endowment teamed up with former New York Yankee legend, Mariano Rivera, and his family foundation to raise much-needed funds to benefit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Thanks go to everyone that joined us at the New York Athletic Club and to all the sponsors that made this event such a success.

Premium Sponsors:
Rust Omni  Proskauer


Gold Sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; AlixPartners, LLC; EisnerAmper LLP; FTI Consulting, Inc.; Gavin/Solmonese; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; McGuireWoods LLP; Richards, Layton & Finger, PA; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; VR Capital Group and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Silver Sponsors: Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Court Solutions LLC; Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC; Michael Foreman; Phoenix Management Services; Polsinelli; and Reorg Research, Inc.

Pomerantz, Rivera & Wedoff
With ABI past Presidents Jeff Pomerantz
and Gene Wedoff
Mariano with Russ Silberglied
With event host Russ Silberglied
(Richards Layton & Finger; Wilmington, Del.)
Mariano with Paul Deutch
With ABI Director and Premium Sponsor Paul Deutch (Omni Management Group; New York)
Mariano with Doug Foley
With ABI Director Doug Foley
(McGuire-Woods LLP; Washington, D.C.)

More pictures from this event can be found here.

Donors Honored at the Annual Spring Meeting

Vice President-Development, Robert P. Reynolds (Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC), presented awards to members who have reached new milestones in giving at the Friday Luncheon of this year's Annual Spring Meeting.

Donald A. Workman & Soneet R. Kapila
Donald A. Workman (BakerHostetler LLP) and Soneet R. Kapila (KapilaMukamal, LLP)
New Century Council Members
Richard P. Carmody
Richard P. Carmody
(Adams & Reese LLP)
New Visionary Member
Steven M. Berman
Steven M. Berman
(Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP)
New Lifetime Member
Paul R. Hage
Paul R. Hage
(Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss)
New Benefactor Member


The ABI Endowment held another successful silent auction at this year’s Annual Spring Meeting. Many thanks go to the generous donors. Congratulations — and thanks! — to our many winning bidders: Dawn M. Cica (Mushkin–Cica–Coppedge), Ford Elsaesser (Elsaesser Anderson Chtd.), Samuel Gerdano (American Bankruptcy Institute), Ted Gavin (Gavin/Solmonese LLC), Hon. Mary Jo Heston (U. S. Bankruptcy Court), Dillon E. Jackson (Foster Pepper PLLC), Jeffrey N. Pomerantz (Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP), Rory D. Whelehan (Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP), Deborah D. Williamson (Dykema Cox Smith), Donald A. Workman (BakerHostetler) and Oliver Zurbel (BMC Group).


ABI Endowment Fund members were treated to an invite-only Dessert Reception Friday Night at this year's Annual Spring Meeting. We thank sponsors Perkins Coie and Rust Omni for making this event possible.

Perkins Coie

Rust Omni

Thanks Past ABI Presidents

Past Presidents on stage at ASM18

New Donor Recognized

The Endowment Fund recognizes and thanks the following for reaching new levels of giving:

New Leadership Club Member
James A. Peko photo
James A. Peko
Grant Thornton LLP

Levels of Support

Millennium Level
Contributions of $50,000 and above

30th Anniversary Circle
Contributions of $30,000 – $49,999

Century Council Members
Contributions of $25,000 – $29,999

Contributions of $20,000 – $24,999

Contributions of $15,000 – $19,999

Lifetime Member
Contributions of $10,000 – $14,999

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Sustaining Member
Contributions of $2,000 – $4,999

Leadership Club
Contributions of $1,000 – $1,999

Contributions of $100 – $999

Endowment Fund Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

Committee Members:
Richard S. Lauter
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Jerry M. Markowitz
Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.

Bradley D. Sharp
Development Specialists, Inc.

Kelly Beaudin Conlan
Alvarez & Marsal

Christopher A. Ward

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Sam J. Alberts – Dentons
Ryan G. Foley – Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Charles Forman – LeClairRyan, PC
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin, LLC
Warren Martin – Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
Richard M. Meth – Fox Rothschild LLP
James E. Van Horn – McGuireWoods LLP

Chair: Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Claire Ann Resop – Steinhilber Swanson
Scott Y. Stuart – Esquify, Inc.
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: Jeffrey T. Varsalone – CBIZ MHM, LLC

New York Metro
Co-Chair: Lisa G. Beckerman – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Co-Chair: Allen D. Wilen – EisnerAmper LLP

Rocky Mountain
Co-Chair: Annette W. Jarvis – Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Lynne Long – All Business Development Solutions, LLC


Chair: Kristina M. Johnson – Jones Walker LLP
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
James R. Irving – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Derek F. Meek – Burr & Forman LLP
James E. Smith – Williams Anderson PLC
Emily Campbell Taube – Burr & Forman LLP
Stephen P. Wheelis – Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC

Chair: Jerry Markowitz – Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.
Terri L. Gardner – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Neil C. Gordon – Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Jennifer McLemore – Christian & Barton, LLP
Jennifer M. Meyerowitz – GCG
Edward J. Peterson, III – Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA
Lynn Lewis Tavenner – Tavenner & Beran, PLC
Glenn Thompson – Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC

Texas & Southwest
Co-Chair: Jason S. Brookner – Gray Reed & McGraw, PC
Co-Chair: Scott Van Meter – Berkeley Research Group, LLC
Thomas H. Grace – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Chair: Bradley D. Sharp – Development Specialists, Inc.
Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Scott Gautier – Robins Kaplan
Mitch Ryan – Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.

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