The Chicago/Midwest Chapter's success is a direct result of its volunteers. For more information and/or to get involved, contact the Chapter Administrator, Chris Glatz at 815-469-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The TMA Awards Committee selects the annual chapter award winners and presents the awards at a TMA chapter event. Responsibilities include marketing the awards program to the membership and soliciting nominations, identifying criteria for the awards, selecting the award recipients and recommending to the Board any improvements to the awards process. Typically, the incoming and outgoing committee members cooperate on selecting the award recipients. Additionally, it is preferred that committee members serve two years so as to provide continuity in the awards process.
The Breakfast Forum Committee is responsible for identifying the breakfast forum topics and securing quality speakers for each of the events (four to five per year). The programs should be developed 6-8 weeks in advance with marketing flyers prepared and distributed at least four weeks in advance.
This committee begins its service in November to begin planning for the January Breakfast Forum. The outgoing committee members will help facilitate the planning process with the new co-chairs.
The Communications Committee manages the news and communications for the chapter, including the Newsletter of Corporate Renewal, TMA eNews, the website (www.tmachicagomidwest.org), email event announcements and social media communications. The committee serves as the editor of the Newsletter, published five times a year (January, March, May, August, October/November) and the associated eNews with links to similar content on the website. The committee solicits and/or writes articles for each issue, reviewing and editing articles submitted, and proofing the final product. (Note: A professional graphic artist is used for layout and production). The committee also secures advertising for all o fht echapter's media (printed Newsletter, eNews, email announcements and website).
This committee begins its service in November as the first newsletter is mailed to the membership in early January and advertising for the website and email announcements are offered by quarter. The outgoing committee members co-produce the January issue as the majority of the activities occur in November and December.
The Continuing Education Committee is responsible for planning two to three workshops and seminars throughout the year that provide education beyond the breakfast forums. These events, which are typically longer than the breakfast forums, require a true team effort to develop programs of relevance along with quality speakers and information (e.g. case studies). Recent programs organized by this committee include the Troubled Loan Workout and Distressed Debt workshop. The committee is also responsible for educational and other activities (e.g., job fairs and sponsored research papers) with the local/regional business schools and their students (a.k.a., university relations).
This committee begins its service in November as the first workshop of the year is typically scheduled for the first quarter and requires several months of advanced planning. The current committee along with new leadership will work jointly to produce the first workshop of the new programming year.
The purpose of the CTP Relations Committee is to promote professional growth of the members through the Certified Turnaround Professional exam process as well as provide additional opportunities for education and networking for CTPs within the Chicago/Midwest Chapter. In addition to three to five CTP Lunches per year, the committee hosts information sessions after each breakfast forum.
The Entertainment Committee plans a variety of networking events throughout the year and is also responsible for the Chapter's annual charity golf outing. Such events have included the annual martini networking reception, a fall themed networking reception and an annual holiday event.
This committee is, per Chapter by laws, led by the Treasurer and Committee members have dual responsibilities of assisting the Treasurer during the annual intensive budgeting process and assisting, as necessary, the sponsorship committee which is also under the Treasurer.
The NextGen Committee is made up of “young” turnaround industry professionals. Young can be defined by age or simply your experience as a turnaround professional. This group plans three to four programs and/or networking events to grow young professionals as they advance their careers within the corporate renewal industry. Premier events have included a Career Forum, a very popular Texas Hold ‘em tournament and other networking events.
The Membership Committee’s primary task is to assist the chapter in meeting its membership goals for the year. In addition, the Committee serves as greeters at chapter programs – especially large events like the Breakfast Forum, provides support in the way of personal phone calls and emails to non-renewed members, and welcomes new members as they join throughout the year. This committee also hosts information sessions after each breakfast forum. The Membership Committee will also take the lead and have the discretion to pursue inter-chapter/inter-association networking and/or programming events with other nearby chapters and or complimentary professional associations, all in an interest of growing the membership base of our chapter or enhancing the visibility of Turnaround Management Association and its members.
The Milwaukee Committee was formed in 2004 and since then has hosted several very successful programs including outstanding educational sessions as well as organizing networking events such as the Miller Park outing and SummerFest outing. This Committee provides programming to not only meet the needs of our members who live in the Wisconsin area but also expand networking opportunities for Chicago-based members doing business north of the border. The Milwaukee Programming committee is also responsible for the annual Milwaukee Sponsorship solicitation which is done in conjunction with the Chapter’s annual sponsorship drive.
The Pro Bono Committee offers professional assistance to organizations who reach out to the TMA for turnaround guidance and advice. The Committee is responsible for determining pro bono qualifications, identifying appropriate pro bono engagements, and connecting those engagements with members who are willing to contribute skills on a pro bono basis.
The PR Committee develops regular press releases for most major events (with the assistance of a professional PR writer) and helps identify other ways to promote the value of becoming a TMA member. The Committee is also responsible for increasing the visibility of our organization within the broader business community and for expanding awareness of the services and professionalism of our members.
Scholarship Foundation Board
The scholarship Foundation Board is responsible for raising funds and awarding scholarships to deserving students associated with or recommended by TMA members. The Scholarship Foundation was formed in order to honor and/or memorialize TMA members in a meaningful way by providing scholarships to students pursuing higher education. Depending on the year, two to three new directors will need to be appointed and the directors are expected to serve terms of up to three years, subject to the Scholarship Foundation's By-Laws.
Special Programs serves a lead role in the annual MidAmerica Regional Conference and the annual Executive Forum. The committee members will be responsible, along with volunteers from the other participating chapter, for program development, keynote speaker identification and sponsorship procurement for the MidAmerica Regional Conference. The committee embers will be responsible for speaker identification and marketing of tickets/tables for the Executive Forum. The President-Elect typically assists with each of these major events and is the chair of the MidAmerica Regional Conference. This committee may also propose and execute on other timely programming events.
The Sponsorship Committee is charged with securing sponsors for the chapter’s annual sponsorship program (the Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors) in the fall of each year. They are also responsible for assisting with direction in regards to securing sponsors for the chapter’s annual events such as the golf outing. This effort is completed through written letter, email and personal phone calls.The incoming committee assists the current year's committee with the end of year solicitation for annual sponsorships. Sponsorship is also responsible for shaping and communicating the value proposition to sponsors, coodinating with other committees regarding opportunities to get sponsors more involved (e.g., as speakers, Steering Committee members, advertisers, etc.) and maintaining personal contact with sponsors throughout the year. The committee meets at least quarterly throughout the year.
The purpose of the University Relations Committee is to develop and strengthen relationships with local universities in the Chicago area. The committee works closely with institutions like Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth School to identify programs to help develop future professionals in the corporate renewal industry. Committee members also serve as mentors to students who are recipients of the Chapter's annual research internship program.
The Women’s Group provides program and networking opportunities that are targeted to women in the turnaround industry. While typically almost exclusively attended by women members and non-members, many of their programs and events are not exclusive and all members are invited. The Women’s Group has hosted luncheons, wine tastings and other special programming events.