IWIRC Women’s Networking Group Honoring Francine Gordon and Annerose Tashiro for Outstanding Achievement at Spring 2008 Luncheon

IWIRC announces award recipients and luncheon keynote speaker Michael Beschloss. IWIRC Women’s Networking Group honoring Francine Gordon and Annerose Tashiro for outstanding achievement at Spring 2008 Luncheon.

Fairfax, VA, April 02, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) will honor two women and its Chicago Network for outstanding achievement at their Spring 2008 Luncheon and Presentation of IWIRC Founders Awards in Washington DC on April 3, 2008. Join in congratulating the recipients and to hear from the keynote speaker, Michael Beschloss, NBC News Presidential Historian. Register to attend at www.iwirc.com.

The Melnik Award for Exceptional IWIRC Member will be awarded to Francine Gordon.

Francine Gordon, a Senior Managing Consultant with Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC in El Segundo, Calif., is a veteran of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy and claims administration industry with nearly 20 years of experience. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded the administration of several Chapter 11 cases including Revco D.S. Inc., PharMor, McCrory Stores and HomePlace Stores, Inc. Currently, she serves as the Recruitment Director for IWIRC and serves on the Steering Committee for the IWIRC NorthEast Ohio Chapter. She is also a member of ABI and TMA. Prior to joining KCC, Francine was one of the chief executives of a national claims administration consulting firm.

The Fetner Award for Outstanding International IWIRC Contribution will be awarded to Dr. Annerose Tashiro.

Dr. Annerose Tashiro is the Head of Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvencies at Schultze & Braun GmbH in Achern, Germany. Annerose specializes in reorganization, distressed investments, transnational insolvency laws and liability issues in cross-border cases advising creditors, creditor bodies and investors, but also debtors and their affiliates. She speaks often at international insolvency and restructuring conferences and company-internal seminars. Currently, Annerose acts as IWIRC’s Communications Vice-Director and is Editor of IWIRC’s Newsletter. She is also a member of ABI, INSOL Europe, and the German-Japanese Association of Jurists.

The Ryan Award for Outstanding IWIRC Network will be awarded to the Chicago (USA) Network.

The Chicago Network applauds all members of the Chicago Network who have dedicated significant time and resources to making the network a success. This year’s board is comprised of Chair: Jill Murch (Foley & Lardner LLP); Vice Chair: Sherri Morissette (Biomet, Inc.); Treasurer: Theresia Wolfe-McKenzie (Arnstein & Lehr LLP); Secretary: Lori Stanovich (Bowne); Membership Chair: Elizabeth Vrato (BMC Group, Inc.); and Ex Oficio Chair: Cheri Anderson.

Founded in 1994, IWIRC works to enhance the professional status and reputation of women in the insolvency practice. Its membership includes attorneys, bankers, corporate-turnaround professionals, financial advisors and other professionals, both women and men.

It fulfills its charter by creating opportunities for networking, professional development, education, leadership and mentoring on local and international levels.

The organization has nearly 1,000 members worldwide, with 27 local networks that include most major markets in the USA as well as Europe, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada.

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Vanessa Lontoc