APRIL 2020 VOL. 7, NO. 4
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

A Message from Christopher Ward, ABI's New Vice President – Development

I am honored to be named Vice President-Development and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of ABI. I have big shoes to fill in replacing Robert Reynolds, who was truly dedicated to the Endowment and is now our President-Elect! I want to thank Robert, as well as incoming ABI President Judge Barbara Houser and outgoing President Alane Becket, for their service and dedication to ABI.

Christopher A. Ward

Christopher A. Ward—Polsinelli

Given the precarious situation we are all living through, the Endowment needs your support more than ever. No aspect of our lives has gone unchanged. The same holds true for the institutions that we cherish and support. My wife, Christine, and I have been long-time supporters of the Endowment. When confronted with difficult times, we strive to lead by example, so we will be making a $2,500 donation to the Endowment.

As most of you likely know, some of the biggest fundraising activities for the Endowment are silent auctions, which are held at national and regional events. Right now, we cannot meet in-person to take advantage of these opportunities. But why should that stop us! Stay tuned for the details of an online silent auction to benefit the Endowment. We will not let this pandemic get in the way of our future. I look forward to this opportunity to serve you as Vice President-Development and shepherd the Endowment through what will undoubtedly be difficult times, but they will pass, and ABI and its members will be an incredible resource to the recovery of our global economy when it does. Godspeed.


Cinco de Mayo is Also #GivingTuesdayNow

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 — in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020, #GivingTuesday — as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consider making a special donation to the ABI Endowment on (or before) May 5. ABI and insolvency professionals will be on the new frontline as global economies respond to the COVID19 pandemic. Your donation to the ABI Endowment during these times will ensure that ABI can better support the efforts of the insolvency community.



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ABI Endowment Fund Receives $100,000 Donation from Liquidation Trust

The ABI Endowment Fund is pleased to be the recent recipient of a $100,000 residual gift from DNIB Liquidating Trustee Geoffrey L. Berman of Development Specialists, Inc., and Trust Counsel Peter M. Gilhuly and Kimberly A. Posin of Latham and Watkins LLP. The gift was made upon the successful conclusion of the administration of the DNIB Liquidation Trust, which was created pursuant to the order confirming the liquidation plan for DNIB Unwind Inc., f/k/a Bind Therapeutics Inc. The trust agreement provided for the disbursement of unclaimed-trust distributions to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. These distributions were made upon entry of the court’s order terminating the trust and paving the way for this much-appreciated gift.

Berman, Gilhuly & Posin

Pictured left to right: Geoffrey L. berman, Peter M. Gilhuly and Kimberly A. Posin.

You can donate online at abi.org/endowment. Donations are tax-deductible and can be paid over five years. Call (703) 739-0800 for more information.

Levels of Support

Millennium Level
Contributions of $50,000 and above

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

Century Council Member 
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

Pledges at the Leadership Club
level and up are payable over
up to five years.

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Endowment Fund Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Christopher A. Ward

Committee Members:
Steven M. Berman
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Eric J. Fromme
Theodora Oringher, PC

Richard S. Lauter
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

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

Bradley D. Sharp
Development Specialists, Inc.

Donald A. Workman

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Donald A. Workman – BakerHostetler
Sam J. Alberts – Dentons
Ryan G. Foley – Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Charles Forman – Forman Holt
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Fox Rothschild LLP
Warren Martin – Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
Richard M. Meth
James E. Van Horn – Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Chair: Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Claire Ann Richman – Steinhilber Swanson
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: Jeffrey T. Varsalone – G2 Capital Advisors, 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 – Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
Derek F. Meek – Burr & Forman LLP
James E. Smith – Williams Anderson PLC
Emily Campbell Taube – Burr & Forman LLP


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 – Williams Mullen
Jennifer M. Meyerowitz – Summit Investment Management LLC
Edward J. Peterson, III – Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, 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 – GlassRatner LLC
Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Stinson 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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