Our senior management team has a wealth of experience in numerous industries, dealing with a variety of complex, company-specific issues. We take a pragmatic approach that focuses on results, acknowledging that every situation and every business is different. Combining past experience with in-depth analysis enables us to identify the core challenges, so we may address them in the most resourceful way with maximum beneficial impact.
Meet our senior management team below.
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, Chicago, 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: 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. Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP).
Home Base: Michigan native; now lives in Davidson, N.C. with her family
About: Bill joined Aurora in 2020 with over 30 years of bankruptcy law experience.
Previously: Managing Partner at McCarthy, Reynolds, & Penn LLC
Roles: Represented debtors and creditors, unsecured creditors committees, mediation, and served as a Chapter 11 Trustee in a variety of cases as well as a trustee for Chapter 9 cases involving hospitals.
Industry Experience: Real-estate, textile, auto dealers, trucking companies, furniture manufacturing, milling operations, metal processors, radio stations, grocery stores, hospitals and a range of other industrial and commercial industries.
Education/Affiliations/Awards: Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi. Bar and Court admissions in South Carolina, Mississippi, the Federal District Court of South Carolina, the Federal District Court of Mississippi, U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Claims Court, and U.S. Tax Court.
Home Base: Resides in Columbia, South Carolina and Oxford, Mississippi with his wife.
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: Tim joined Aurora in 2019 as Senior Managing Director leading its Midwest practice with over 30 years-experience in accounting, finance, operations, strategic planning, M & A, and crisis management.
Previously: 20 years as Managing Director with two international advisory firms serving generational family businesses, private equity, publicly traded corporations, fortune 500 companies, secured lenders, creditors, and customers.
Roles: Financial adviser (in and out of Chapter 11), CRO, CFO, COO, lead negotiator, board member / advisor, court appointed trustee, and expert witness.
Industry Experience: International manufacturing, automotive and heavy truck suppliers and OEMs, consumer products, transportation, construction, food and agriculture, mobile telecommunications, aerospace / defense, steel production and fabrication, foundries, warehouse and distribution, franchisors, high tech manufacturing and B2B services.
Specialties: Performance / cash flow / liquidity improvement, crisis management, strategic alternatives, Chapter 11 and cross border insolvency, negotiations, valuations, expert witness, secured lender representation, supply risk management.
Education/Affiliations/Awards: Bachelors of Business (Accounting) Western Illinois University, Certified Turnaround Professional, Registered CPA (Illinois), member of TMA, CFA, ABI, past member of AICPA, ILCPA CFMA.
Home Base: Tim and his family reside in Sugar Grove, IL.
About: Joined Aurora in August 2017
Previously: Manager at a Big 4 accounting firm, 7 years of client service experience, and has served both private and public companies within the real estate, financial services, manufacturing, technology, and not-for-profit industries.
Roles: Professional experience includes financial management and operational advisory services to both public and private companies through their out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy contingency planning and reorganizations, interim management engagements, and federal receivership processes. Positions held include CFO, Director of Financial Reporting/Controller, Consultant/Financial Advisor.
Industry Experience: Industry experience includes automotive, aluminum and copper, life sciences, oil and gas, and restaurant and hospitality whose gross annual revenues ranged from $10 million to $1 billion.
Specialties: Corporate and Stakeholder Advisory, Crisis Management, Cash Flow Management, Due Diligence Advisory, Financial Reporting, Technical Accounting and SEC Services, Pre-and Post-Bankruptcy Planning, Federal Receivership
Education/Affiliations/Awards: Attended the University of Florida where he attained both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting from the Fisher School of Accounting. Dossey is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and an active member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), including TMA NextGen, and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). He is also a Certified Turnaround Analyst (CTA) through the TMA.
Home Base: Lives in Atlanta, GA
About: John joined Aurora in early 2019 with over 20 years of management, strategy, turnaround and restructuring experience, primarily for middle market organizations.
Previously: Prior to joining Aurora, John was a partner in a Charlotte based turnaround firm. Before that, he was President of Norelli & Company, a middle market strategy and management consulting firm. He began his career with predecessors to Wells Fargo and Bank of America, where he held professional and management positions in commercial banking, private banking and portfolio administration.
Roles: Consultant, advisor, expert witness, court appointed receiver, chief financial officer, chief restructuring officer, chief operating officer and chief executive officer for multiple firms in diverse industries. He has led and developed business initiatives for public and privately held organizations.
Industry Experience: Building materials, chemicals, contracting, consumer products, entertainment, textiles, manufacturing, machinery & equipment, electronics, trucking, professional services, financial services, environmental services, non-profits, utilities, meat processing, health care, retail, restaurants, and real estate.
Specialties: Advisory and interim management roles in transition, turnaround, workout and crisis situations. Evaluates, develops, and implements solutions to address problems and opportunities with operations, liquidity & capital constraints, financial strategy, business strategy, and corporate governance/stakeholder issues.
Education/Affiliations: John received his BA in American History from Washington & Lee University and his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He has been awarded the CTP designation from the Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals, is the Past President of the Carolinas Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and a former member of the Board for TMA International. He is also a member the Secured Finance Network, the American Bankruptcy Association, and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Home Base: Lives with his family in Charlotte, NC
About: Phil is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Turnaround Associate who joined Aurora in 2019 after building a consulting practice assisting companies with turnaround activities, financial leadership, strategic planning, process optimization and regulatory compliance.
Previously: Phil’s diverse experience includes roles in public accounting, internal audit and process improvement with privately and publicly held companies, and financial leadership with companies across industries.
Roles: CFO, Director of Finance, Audit Director, Senior Consultant and Advisor working closely with Board of Directors, Audit Committees, C-level Executives and financial management personnel.
Industry Experience: Manufacturing, construction, real estate, consumer products, retail, communications, hospitality and private clubs with annual revenues ranging from $5 million to $10 billion.
Specialties: Strategic planning and management, turnaround strategies development and implementation, enterprise risk management, operational and financial process optimization, crisis management, liquidity strategies, internal control optimization, regulatory compliance.
Education/Affiliations/Awards: University of Dayton – Bachelor of Business Administration; Certified Public Accountant; Ohio Society of CPAs; Certified Turnaround Associate- Turnaround Management Association; Treasurer – The Cleveland Yachting Club; Leadership Committee – Boy Scouts of America Troop 380; Leadership Committee – Boy Scouts of America Pack 3390.
Home Base: Phil and his family live in Bath, Ohio.