Business & Credit Law
Angela Harwood Brent
Angela Brent has served as the President and Chief Operating Office of NACM East Tennessee in Knoxville since 2003. She earned a BBA in Accounting from Austin Peay State University, where she was a member of three business and accounting societies. Angela is an approved instructor for NACM's CAP courses. She has also served on the national CAP Instructors Committee as well as the national Honors and Awards Committee.
Meredith Mostochuk, CBA
Meredith Mostochuk is the Credit Manager, Strategic Accounts at Airgas, Inc. Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hard goods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Meredith has over 10 years of credit experience including auditing, financial analysis and collections.
Meredith holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance from Temple University. She also holds a Credit Business Associate designation through the National Association of Credit Management (NACM).
Meredith, through Airgas, is a member of the Credit Research Foundation (CRF).She is a certified instructor for the NACM, facilitating their Online Accounting course. Meredith is a contributor to the Credit Learning Center and is a 2010 NACM Teleconference Series presenter.
Business & Credit Law:
Mark Berman, Esq.
Mark N. Berman is a member of Nixon Peabody LLP’s Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice Group, resident in its Boston and New York offices. He hasmore than 30 years of experience with virtually every kind of interest that might be involved with a financially troubled business or individual. His efforts involve both public and privately held companies in the context of formal reorganization or liquidation proceedings as well as out-of-court workouts and restructurings. He has served as counsel to debtors, trustees, creditors and equity committees, boards of directors, individual creditors and equity holders, and he has served as both a Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 trustee. He represents acquirers of business and business assets and provides advice to consultants, liquidators and others involved in the insolvency arena. Mark also works with project finance, public finance, leveraged finance and securitization attorneys at the firm, where he assists in the process of structuring the transaction to create predictability in the context of the potential insolvency of one or more of the participant entities, as well as with the preparation of various documents including “true sale” and “non-consolidation” opinions, intercreditor agreements and subordination agreements used in second lien and mezzanine financings. His public finance efforts have included work on the financing of sports stadiums (Yankees, Mets, Patriots, Jets/Giants, Twins) as well as military housing and real estate developments.
Mark is a 1976 graduate of Boston College Law School and a 1973 graduate of Northwestern University. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1989 as well as in America’s Leading Lawyers (Chambers USA) since 2004 for his proficiency in bankruptcy law. He is an active member of the Boston Bar Association where he served as Chairman of the Business Law Section from 1995 to 1997; Chairman of the Bankruptcy Law Committee from 1990 to 1992; a member of the Legislation Committee from 1999 to 2000; and where he is currently a member of the Bankruptcy Law Section’s Steering Committee. Mr. Berman is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Turnaround Management Association and the Loan Syndication & Trading Association. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute where he is on the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review Advisory Board, was a member of the ABI World Editorial Board and served as co-chair of the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Northeast Bankruptcy Conferences. His articles have appeared regularly in The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Bloomberg Law Reports, the Journal of Bankruptcy Law and other publications.
Mr. Berman was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve a five-year term as a member of the Client Security Board from 1997 to 2002, where he also served as Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. He has taught courses on Business Law and Credit Law for the New England Chapter of the National Credit Institute (an affiliate of the National Association of Credit Management) and currently facilitates an online course in those subjects for the National Association of Credit Management. He also serves as a Group Leader and member of the Gerson Lehrman Group Council, established by the Gerson Lehrman Group, a leading provider of customized consulting and collaboration solutions to corporations, nonprofit organizations and the investment community.
Mary Ann Blackmore, CCE
Mary Ann Blackmore is the Senior Manager of Advanced Debt Recovery at Tech Data Corporation. Tech Data Corporation is a leading distributor of IT products, ranked 107th on the FORTUNE 500®. Mary Ann has over 21 years of credit experience including financial analysis, collections and loss prevention. Her area of expertise is advanced collections working with executive management, external agencies and attorneys to oversee the handling of bad debt, bankruptcies and preference proceedings.
Mary Ann holds a Legal Assistant degree, as well as a Bachelor in Business Management from Eckerd College. She is also a Certified Credit Executive, the highest designation available from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) and recently completed the NACM Graduate School of Credit & Financial Management at Dartmouth College. She has also been a guest speaker for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Credit and Financial Development Division (CFDD).
Mary Ann is a member of the Credit Research Foundation and is a certified instructor for NACM, teaching Business Credit Principles and Business Credit Law. As a former credit training manager, Mary Ann and her team developed and taught a curriculum of credit, collection, bankruptcy and fraud education.