Conference Speakers

John-Carl (“J.C.”) Barone

Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Credit Trading

John-Carl (“J.C.”) BaroneJ.C. Barone is an Executive Director of J.P. Morgan’s Credit Trading Desk responsible for managing the Vendor Protection business, which includes writing Trade Receivable Put Options, Factoring and monetizing illiquid assets, such as Trade Claims on defaulted companies. 

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, J.C. spent six years building First Commercial Credit Corp, the Trade Receivable Put Option and Distressed Receivable unit of Resurgence Asset Management LLC. J.C. has over 14 years experience in the financial services industry, with the last 10 years focused on creating these unique credit risk management solutions. 

J.C. is a frequent speaker at national and global trade association meetings and seminars on credit and trade risk management. 

J.C. Barone earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Manhattan College and his M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Dennis Cantalupo

Chief Operating Officer,

Dennis CantalupoDennis Cantalupo, Chief Operating Officer of, has been conducting in depth analyses of high-risk companies and was especially instrumental in the continued development of company’s products & services since his joining the company's analyst team in May of 2000.

Dennis began his career with the Chase Manhattan Bank as an Interest Rate Swap Analyst eventually moving to a senior position where he further analyzed the intricacies of hedging fixed income debt with Exotic Interest Rate Swaps.

After his tenure on the derivative side Dennis moved to the fixed income end as a Syndicate Associate with Chase Securities’ Corporate Bond Underwriting group. In this position, Dennis helped high profile corporations raise needed capital through the issuance of debt securities.

Dennis holds the MBA degree from the Colorado Technical University and received his Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of South Florida.

Boyd Evert

President, Harvest Revenue Group

Boyd EvertBoyd has over fifteen years of experience working with large retail clients such as Target, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot.

He began his career in merchandise auditing in 1995 with Howard Schultz and Associates auditing on behalf of Target Stores where he recovered over ten million dollars due to error in pricing, allowances, discounts, and rebates.

 In the late 1990s Boyd expanded the freight audit to include on-time shipping, similar to Wal-Mart’s Supplier Reliability Program. He also led the initiative to automate other freight audits including routing violations, failure to consolidate, and backorder freight. Boyd has also conducted merchandise audits on behalf of Wal-Mart with two other audit firms, Apex Analytix and Connolly.

In 2010, he left accounts payable auditing and founded Harvest Revenue Group, a firm that conducts merchandise audits on behalf of suppliers.

Boyd is a popular speaker presenting publically to supplier groups. He has also presented to several Fortune 100 companies on best practices when negotiating with buyers and auditors.

Boyd holds Master of Arts degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Dallas; Master of Theology degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern College.

Baxter Lee

Chairman, Brilliant Sky Toys

Baxter LeeBaxter Lee is a successful investor and operator who was drawn to the Toy industry when he opened his store 3 years ago as a hobby. 

Now he is bent on taking the company to the next (several) levels because he believes it fits a niche not being filled by others. 

At its core, Brilliant Sky is providing happiness and memories to families across the country. Not only do we select the best quality and developmentally sound toys in the world, we sell them at fair everyday prices with top notch customer service.   

Baxter is a graduate of Georgetown University (Biochemistry) and SMU (M.B.A.)

Maggie Moosbrugger

Associate, J.P. Morgan

Maggie MoosbruggerMaggie Moosbrugger is an Associate on J.P. Morgan’s Credit Liquidity Solutions team within the Investment Bank. 

Maggie is responsible for developing innovative credit hedging solutions for corporate clients in order to help manage illiquid and/or distressed assets, such as trade receivables, trade claims, leases, derivative counterparty risks, and LCs.

Maggie joined J.P. Morgan in October 2007.  Prior to joining J.P. Morgan’s CLS team, Maggie worked in J.P. Morgan’s Market Risk group within the Investment Bank.  In this capacity, she oversaw the monitoring and reporting of market risk for the foreign exchange and non-dollar swaps desks.

Maggie received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.

Jason M. Torf, Esq.

Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, IL

Jason TorfJason M. Torf is experienced in various aspects of both Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy proceedings. He also has experience working with unsecured creditors' committees and representing individual creditors as committee members. He has particular experience negotiating and litigating adequate assurance issues under the Bankruptcy Code and non-bankruptcy law.

Mr. Torf’s practice also includes the defense of preference and fraudulent transfer actions. Mr. Torf regularly represents clients in commercial litigation matters, both in bankruptcy courts and in various other federal and state courts. He has also represented financially distressed businesses in workouts and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

Mr. Torf is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1998) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S., Finance, 1995)

Awards and Honors

  • Illinois Rising Star — Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights
  • Illinois Super Lawyers

Thomas Zielecki

CFO, Toys & Sporting Goods Business Unit, Sears Holdings Corporation

Thomas ZieleckiThomas Zielecki is CFO of the Toys and Sporting Goods business unit for Sears Holdings Corporation. In this role Tom is responsible for the financial oversight of Toys and Sporting Goods, including the growth of Toys and Sporting Goods businesses.

In his previous position of Assistant Treasurer for Sears Holdings Corporation, Tom was responsible for optimizing the capital structure, working capital and liquidity needs and financing alternatives. 

From December 2001 to August 2002, Thomas held a position of Director of Capital Management at Kmart responsible for managing the Company’s capital budget and processes and from February 2001 to December 2001, in his role of Director of Financial Planning at Kmart, he was responsible for development of integrated financial model.

From 1998 to 2001 Tom Zielecki held a position of Director - Transaction Services (Mergers and Acquisitions) at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, involved in over 100 domestic and international transactions ranging from $10 million to $2 billion in value; and from 1994 to 1998 he was Manager – Audit at Deloitte and Touche.