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About Us

Our Executives

Advanced Education

Professional certifications Senior turnaround experience

Experienced Leadership

100+ years of relevant experience in C-Suite positions

Seasoned Negotiators

Able to reduce major challenges into manageable projects

Achieve acceptable resolutions whether with lenders, creditors, investors or other stakeholders

Professional Commitment

Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals

Turnaround Management Association

American Bankruptcy Association


Proven Track Record

200+ successful engagements

Varied industries

Private and public companies

Our Team – Anchors

David Baker

Laura C. Kendall

Wayne A. Tanner

Alex Boerema

About – Our Team – David Baker

David Baker

Managing Partner, CTP

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About: Since co-founding Aurora Management Partners in Atlanta in 2000, he has managed both turnaround and bankruptcy consulting engagements involving domestic and international operations.

As managing partner of Aurora he has helped the firm expand to Charlotte, Boston, and Cleveland.

Previously: Worked with national accounting firms 1977-1985. Left public accounting in 1985 to manage a multi-state textile manufacturer headquartered in North Carolina. Began his turnaround career in 1997, then co-founded Aurora in 2000.

Roles: CEO, CRO, COO, chairman, federal receiver, state receiver, financial adviser and adviser to official creditors’ committees

Industry Experience: Steel fabrication and stamping, tier one and tier two automotive suppliers, tool and die manufacturers, textiles, safety equipment distribution, appliance manufacturing, agriculture, construction, food service, among other industries

Specialties: Working capital management and assessments, debt reorganization, viability assessments, asset sales and acquisitions. Bankruptcy cases in more than twenty states including California, New Hampshire, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio

Education/Affiliations/Awards: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – bachelor’s in accounting; also a CPA. Received two prestigious national Turnaround of the Year Awards and several regional awards.

Home Base: Lives with his family in Charlotte, N.C.

About – Our Team – Laura Kendall

Laura C. Kendall

Senior Managing Director, CPA

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About: Laura joined Aurora Management Partners in 2013 with more than 30 years of executive management experience in finance, strategy development, operations and sales.

Previously: Assignments ranging from entrepreneurial family-owned businesses to vertically-integrated corporations with international operations.

Roles: COO, CFO, president, board of directors in both public and privately-held companies

Industry Experience: Retail, wholesale distribution, consumer product manufacturing, technology, banking

Specialties: Financing, strategy development, sales force management, international operations, operational management, real estate leasing, information technology, Strengthening financial position with positive cash flow, operationally or through divestiture of assets for maximum value.

Education/Affiliations/Awards: Graduate of Western Michigan University, distinguished alumna of the Haworth College of Business and a CPA. National Association of Corporate Directors, AICPA, ABI and TMA

Home Base: Michigan native; now lives in Davidson, N.C. with her family

About – Our Team – Wayne Tanner

Wayne A. Tanner

Senior Managing Director, CPA

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About: Wayne joined Aurora in 2015 with more than 35 years of consulting experience in a wide spectrum of executive management engagements. He has consulted with companies ranging from family-owned operations to multi-national publicly owned entities.

Previously: Worldwide equity audit and business advisory partner with Arthur Andersen for 22 years. During his last five years there, managed the southeastern special services practice including corporate turnaround, bankruptcy and litigation support services.

Roles: CEO, president and board member

Industry Experience: Banking, manufacturing and distribution, real estate, technology, construction and healthcare

Specialties: Debt, mezzanine and equity placements from origination and restructuring. Work with private equity groups, investment bankers and commercial lending groups.

Education/Affiliations/Awards: University of Georgia – bachelor’s in business administration (accounting/business law); MBA/post-graduate work at Harvard Business School. Certified Fraud Examiner and associate member of the ABA.

Home Base: Atlanta, Georgia

About – Our Team – Alex Boerema

Alex Boerema

Director, CIRA

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About: Alex joined Aurora in early 2018 with over 10 years of turnaround and restructuring experience for mid-market to large market organizations.

Previously: He has held a variety of management positions for several turnaround and restructuring firms, focusing on debtor side out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy reorganizations for financially distressed and under performing companies.

Roles: CFO, Controller, Consultant, and Financial Advisor to multiple firms in diverse industries. He has led and developed business initiatives for public and privately held organizations, in both domestic and international financial sectors.

Industry Experience: Automotive, custom fabrication, energy, food and beverage, golf course facilities, healthcare, hospitality, life sciences, manufacturing, and retail whose annual revenues range from $10 million to $6 billion.

Specialties: Crisis management, operational and financial advisory, stakeholder advisory, liquidity management, strategic growth initiatives, and federal and state receivership processes.

Education/Affiliations/Awards: Morris Graduate School of Management-Master of Business Administration; Robert Morris University – Bachelor of Business Administration and holds a CIRA certification. He is also a part of the Association of Financial Professionals, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and the TMA, having been awarded the TMA Chicago/Midwest Chapter 2016 Emerging Leader and 2017 Outstanding Service Awards.

Home Base: Lives with his family in Chicago, IL

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Cleveland, OH 44114


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