GA Team


Meet some of the staff members who make GA so strong.

Corporate

Andrew Gumaer
Chief Executive Officer
(818) 884-3737
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Andy manages all aspects of Great American Group's operations, investment criteria and strategic growth. With more than 30 years of experience in the...
liquidation industry, Andy has structured and negotiated some of Great American Group's largest and most successful transactions such as Circuit City, Sears, Kmart, CompUSA and Woolworth Canada. Before Great American Group, Andy served as Senior Vice President with the investment banking firm Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is a member of the Commercial Finance Association, Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Alan Forman
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
(212) 457-9947
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Alan N. Forman is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of B. Riley Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Mr. Forman joined the Company in...
May 2015 and is responsible for all legal affairs of the Company. From May 2010 to May 2015, Mr. Forman was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of STR Holdings, Inc., a global manufacturer in the solar industry listed on the NYSE. Previously, he was a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, an international law firm. Mr. Forman brings extensive executive experience in corporate and securities law, including financing transactions, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Forman graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics and received a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Phillip Ahn
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
(818) 884-3737
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Phillip is responsible for overseeing Great American Group's financial operations while also driving growth and directing strategy for the Company and its...
various divisions. Phillip has spent nearly 20 years in the financial services sector, beginning his tenure with the Company in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Great American Group, Phillip served as Vice President at middle market private equity firms Altpoint Capital Partners and Stone Tower Equity Partners where he helped manage several of the firms' majority-owned portfolio companies. Prior to that, Phillip held positions at the NY State Common Retirement Fund, Salomon Smith Barney, CIBC World Markets and Standard & Poor's J.J. Kenny division. Phillip received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia University. Phillip is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the NY Society of Security Analysts.

Howard Weitzman
Chief Accounting Officer
(818) 884-3737
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Howard serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and is responsible for accounting and financial reporting, internal controls, tax compliance...
and other accounting and financial reporting matters. Before he joined Great American Group, Howard served in senior financial positions with People's Choice Financial Corporation as Chief Financial Officer and Banner Holdings, Inc. Howard also spent over twelve years in public accounting at "two" big four accounting firms, most recently as Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP where he worked with public and private companies in the financial services practice. Howard received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from California State University at Northridge.



Division Heads

Adam Alexander
President, GA Global Partners
(818) 884-3737
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Adam serves as president of the auction division, GA Global Partners, and has more than 25 years experience in all aspects of the industry, performing...
thousands of auctions and liquidations all over the world. Adam graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelors degree in Business Management before obtaining his Masters of Business Administration from London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University and HEC Paris.

Scott K. Carpenter
President, GA Retail Solutions
(818) 884-3737
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Scott manages all retail projects for Great American Group and has overseen the liquidation of thousands of retail stores and more than $10 billion in...
inventory. Scott's impressive experience in the retail field spans over 25 years; prior to joining Great American Group in 1997, Scott was responsible for operations in hundreds of Office Depot stores across 17 states in the US. He also spent 13 years with Hechinger stores in both domestic and international operations, culminating as the chain's Director of Store Operations. Scott attended George Mason University where he received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Economics.

Lester M. Friedman
Partner, Chief Executive Officer, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(818) 884-3737
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Lester manages and directs the overall growth of the appraisal practice and ensures the delivery of high quality, consistent service to clients. Lester's...
extensive industry experience spans more than three decades; he has conducted, directed, and managed thousands of appraisals for high profile financial institutions such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and CIT; as well as M&A Equity Groups including Apollo, Cerberus and Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Great American Group, Lester served as Director of Inventory Appraisal and Valuations for a major service provider. Lester graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Michael A. Petruski
Executive Vice President, General Manager, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(704) 227-7161
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Michael became a part of the Great American team in 2009 with more than 20 years of prior experience in the financial services industry. Michael has a thorough...
understanding of complex, syndicated ABL credit facilities and the type and scope of valuations necessary to expedite such transactions from a lender's perspective. Michael spent many years with American Can Company in manufacturing, procurement and international machinery sales and has held positions at several well-known financial institutions including Wachovia Capital Finance and Citigroup. Michael attended West Virginia University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology before graduating from Western Connecticut State University with a Master of Science in Administration.

Phillip Ahn
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
(818) 884-3737
Email

Phillip is responsible for overseeing Great American Group's financial operations while also driving growth and directing strategy for the Company and its...
various divisions. Phillip has spent nearly 20 years in the financial services sector, beginning his tenure with the Company in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Great American Group, Phillip served as Vice President at middle market private equity firms Altpoint Capital Partners and Stone Tower Equity Partners where he helped manage several of the firms' majority-owned portfolio companies. Prior to that, Phillip held positions at the NY State Common Retirement Fund, Salomon Smith Barney, CIBC World Markets and Standard & Poor's J.J. Kenny division. Phillip received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia University. Phillip is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the NY Society of Security Analysts.

Adam Alexander
President, GA Global Partners
(818) 884-3737
Email

Adam serves as president of the auction division, GA Global Partners, and has more than 25 years experience in all aspects of the industry, performing...
thousands of auctions and liquidations all over the world. Adam graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelors degree in Business Management before obtaining his Masters of Business Administration from London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University and HEC Paris.

John Bankert
President, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(781) 429-4054
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John manages the daily operations of the Advisory and Valuation Services group to ensure the high-quality of all client deliverables. John has more than 25...
years of management experience, the bulk of which has been spent in retail and also inventory appraisal. Prior to joining Great American Group, John managed real estate, finance and new business development operations for the retail division of Reebok International. John graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with honors before attending the University of Virginia to obtain a Master of Science in Business Administration.

Ken Bloore
Partner, Chief Operating Officer, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(818) 884-3737
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Ken is responsible for executing the business strategy and mission statement for the appraisal division through the development and oversight of all processes...
that impact daily operations. Ken oversees the Wholesale and Industrial Inventory group and ensures premium levels of customer service and timely completion of high-quality inventory appraisals. Ken started with Great American Group in 2000 and has managed the industrial appraisal practice since its inception in 2002. Under Ken's leadership, the industrial practice now represents the company's largest appraisal segment. Ken has nearly two decades of industry experience, including four years in the wholesale and automotive industries. Ken graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Paul Brown
Vice President, GA Global Partners
(203) 313-8935
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Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the industrial auction and asset monetization field, servicing various industries around the world. Paul has...
extensive equipment knowledge in the printing, solar, high-tech and metal fabrication sectors with notable engagements including Abound Solar, ADC Telecom, BP Solar, Eaton, Flextronics, GE and Lockheed Martin. Prior to joining the auction group in 2010, Paul worked in Private Equity for Greystone & Company in New York City and sold several companies as going concerns. Paul obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from The American University and is an active member of the Machinery Dealer's National Association and the Turnaround Management Association.

Robert Callaway
Vice President, Oil & Gas, GA Advisory & Valuation Services, Machinery & Equipment Division
(972) 996-5638
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Robert has more than 20 years of industry experience and uses his expertise for the development and oversight of the oil and gas practice. Before he joined...
Great American Group in 2013, Robert served as Vice President of Waughtal Management, LLC, where he managed nine separate legal entities totaling $50 million in annual revenue. Prior to that, he was Vice President with Callaway Energy, LLC, where he cultivated existing and new business relationships to participate in drilling projects ranging in size from $1 to $30 million. Callaway earned his Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.

Scott K. Carpenter
President, GA Retail Solutions
(818) 884-3737
Email

Scott manages all retail projects for Great American Group and has overseen the liquidation of thousands of retail stores and more than $10 billion in...
inventory. Scott's impressive experience in the retail field spans over 25 years; prior to joining Great American Group in 1997, Scott was responsible for operations in hundreds of Office Depot stores across 17 states in the US. He also spent 13 years with Hechinger stores in both domestic and international operations, culminating as the chain's Director of Store Operations. Scott attended George Mason University where he received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Economics.

Kristi Faherty
Managing Director, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(781) 429-4060
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Kristi directs all aspects of the industrial practice in the Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston offices. Along with managing day-to-day operations, she is...
responsible for quality assurance and training. Since joining Great American Group in 2001, Kristi has overseen thousands of appraisals including high profile deals such as Pro Build, LyondellBasell, WESCO, Park-Ohio, Namasco and Dole. In addition, Kristi has been instrumental in developing industry verticals including Metals, Building Products, Chemicals, Food and Automotive. Kristi attended the University of Massachusetts where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics.

Alan Forman
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
(212) 457-9947
Email

Alan N. Forman is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of B. Riley Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Mr. Forman joined the Company in...
May 2015 and is responsible for all legal affairs of the Company. From May 2010 to May 2015, Mr. Forman was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of STR Holdings, Inc., a global manufacturer in the solar industry listed on the NYSE. Previously, he was a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, an international law firm. Mr. Forman brings extensive executive experience in corporate and securities law, including financing transactions, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Forman graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics and received a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Lester M. Friedman
Partner, Chief Executive Officer, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(818) 884-3737
Email

Lester manages and directs the overall growth of the appraisal practice and ensures the delivery of high quality, consistent service to clients. Lester's...
extensive industry experience spans more than three decades; he has conducted, directed, and managed thousands of appraisals for high profile financial institutions such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and CIT; as well as M&A Equity Groups including Apollo, Cerberus and Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Great American Group, Lester served as Director of Inventory Appraisal and Valuations for a major service provider. Lester graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Andrew Gumaer
Chief Executive Officer
(818) 884-3737
Email

Andy manages all aspects of Great American Group's operations, investment criteria and strategic growth. With more than 30 years of experience in the...
liquidation industry, Andy has structured and negotiated some of Great American Group's largest and most successful transactions such as Circuit City, Sears, Kmart, CompUSA and Woolworth Canada. Before Great American Group, Andy served as Senior Vice President with the investment banking firm Drexel Burnham Lambert. He is a member of the Commercial Finance Association, Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Drew Jakubek
Managing Director, Sponsor Coverage, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(972) 996-5632
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Drew serves as Managing Director of sponsor coverage and has 25 years of industry experience. Drew has held roles as a banker, chief financial officer,...
investment banker and turnaround consultant. Prior to joining Great American Group in 2010, Drew served as Vice President and Business Development Officer with National City Business Credit where he focused on asset based loans in the $10 million to $200 million range. Drew founded and is Managing Partner of the Private Equity Forum, an organization dedicated to promoting quality deal flow throughout the private equity community. Drew graduated from Susquehanna University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics and from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he received his Master of Business Administration.

Jennie Kim
Vice President, Western Region, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(818) 884-3737
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Jennie specializes in developing and enhancing client relationships within the Western Region and has spent her entire career in the financial services...
industry at major corporations including GE Commercial Equipment Finance and GE Corporate Lending. Jennie began her tenure with Great American Group in 2008 with more than a dozen years of previous experience, specifically in underwriting and the management of senior debt lending opportunities for middle market companies. Jennie earned her Bachelor's degree in Music from California State University at Northridge.

Sharon Kopman
Managing Director & General Counsel
818-746-9380
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Sharon serves as Managing Director and General Counsel of Great American Global Partners, LLC. She is responsible for advising on all legal matters...

and originating distressed industrial and wholesale disposition opportunities. Sharon has over 23 years of bankruptcy and employment related legal experience and has spent the past 5 years focusing on acquisitions and liquidations both nationally and internationally of various types of assets. Sharon is a highly regarded speaker and panel member, appearing regularly at a wide range of events,includingassociation panels, conferences, and news broadcasts and is a prolific author. Her professional affiliations include, among others, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Los AngelesBankruptcyForum, and the Turnaround ManagementAssociation and she was recently appointed to be both a Board Trustee and member of the Nominating Committee at TMA Global. Sharon attended the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola Law School.


James W. Lew
Senior Vice President, Capital Planning and Valuations, GA Retail Solutions
(972) 996-5630
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James spearheads the due diligence and valuation efforts in the retail division and is actively engaged in inventory appraisal projects, business development...
projects and maintaining the firm's strategic partnership with Credit Suisse. James has in-depth experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and turnaround activities with more than a dozen years in investment banking, credit analysis, corporate finance, management consulting and asset disposition. James attended The Anderson School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles where he obtained his Master of Business Administration in 2003.

Michael Marchlik
Partner, National Sales and Marketing Director, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(818) 884-3737
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Michael serves as the National Sales and Marketing Director for the appraisal practice. He develops and manages the appraisal practice calling and client...
service efforts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers. Prior to joining Great American Group in 1996, Michael was a senior associate with an advisory services firm, based in Boston. Michael has nearly two decades of experience in all segments of the asset disposition and valuation industries. Michael attended Northeastern University in Boston where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Roman Marenin
Project Manager, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(818) 884-3737
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Roman is responsible for oversight of the Machinery and Equipment division's project management team, he reviews appraisal reports, maintains the proprietary...
EVAL system, and manages a portion of the general practice, heavy mobile equipment (HME) and oil and gas appraisals. Prior to becoming a member of our team in 2009, Roman had many years of project management experience serving a variety of industries. Roman graduated from Claremont McKenna College as a dual major in Government and Psychology.

Ryan Mulcunry
Executive Vice President, Northeast, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(617) 692-8310
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Ryan specializes in developing and enhancing client relationships for the New York, New England, Eastern Canada and European regions. Ryan joined Great...
American Group in 2000 with seven years of prior appraisal and liquidation experience and has since added experience with operations and business development. Ryan has conducted hundreds of appraisals in the industrial, retail and wholesale sectors while managing the industrial appraisal division. Ryan attended Bentley College where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance and is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Marc C. Musitano
Chief Operating Officer, GA Advisory & Valuation Services, Machinery & Equipment Division
(818) 884-3737
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Marc is responsible for GA Advisory and Valuation Services' Machinery and Equipment division, accountable for all business processes that ensure delivery of...
industry accurate and insightful appraisals on time. This includes directing the division's short and long term strategic planning, appraisal and general business systems development, talent recruiting and geographic expansion. Marc has nearly two decades of combined commercial operations and executive management experience in a variety of industries worldwide. Prior to coming on board with Great American Group, Marc held the position of Director, Global Process Owner for the Avery Dennison Corporation (AVY), where he led the process improvement and change management effort for the commercial operations group. Marc attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Billy Nichols
Senior Vice President, Director of Merchandising, GA Retail Solutions
(818) 884-3737
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Billy is responsible for valuing inventory and supervising liquidation sales for the retail division. Some of his notable transactions include Hancock Fabrics,...
Eddie Bauer, Mervyns, Circuit City, Borders, Tower Records, Linens & Things, FAO Schwartz, Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video, Payless Shoe Source and many more. Billy is also highly involved with our Store Opening program for retailers. Before he joined the Company in 1994, Billy spent 10 years as the Head of Operations and Merchandising for Beards Catalog Showroom and has more than three decades of experience in all phases of retail. Billy's areas of expertise include store planning, operations and merchandise buying.

Michael A. Petruski
Executive Vice President, General Manager, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(704) 227-7161
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Michael became a part of the Great American team in 2009 with more than 20 years of prior experience in the financial services industry. Michael has a thorough...
understanding of complex, syndicated ABL credit facilities and the type and scope of valuations necessary to expedite such transactions from a lender's perspective. Michael spent many years with American Can Company in manufacturing, procurement and international machinery sales and has held positions at several well-known financial institutions including Wachovia Capital Finance and Citigroup. Michael attended West Virginia University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology before graduating from Western Connecticut State University with a Master of Science in Administration.

Michael Presto
Vice President, GA Global Partners
(818) 884-3737
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Michael is responsible for managing and directing auction and liquidation sales for GA Global Partners. Some of his most notable engagements have included...
Pioneer Electronics, Johnson & Johnson, Brunswick Corporation, Corning Inc., Sun Microsystems, Intel, Office Depot, Borders Group, Oneida Limited, Imation, Vitesse Semiconductor and U.S. Safety. Michael joined Great American Group in 2009 with seven years of prior industry experience working for another major auction and liquidation company and has also held positions with Morgan Stanley and First Union Securities. Michael attended the University of Arizona with focus in Business and Finance.

David Seiden
Executive Vice President, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(404) 808-8153
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David focuses on developing and enhancing client relationships in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic markets, and provides asset valuation, liquidation strategies...
and restructuring solutions for lenders and borrowers. David started with Great American Group in 2003, bringing 10 years of extensive asset-based experience to his role. David has spent the majority of his career working for major corporations including Comerica, Foothill Capital, Bank of America and Goldstein, Golub, Kessler, LLP. David graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Administration and Accounting.

Steven Smith
Senior Vice President, Financial Operations, GA Retail Solutions
(818) 884-3737
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Steven is responsible for the financial operations of Great American Group's Retail division and plays an important role in the company's due diligence...
analysis, inventory reconciliation and valuation, expense and budgeting projections. Steven's retail management experience exceeds two decades, with the majority focused on retail liquidation operations and financial analysis. Steven has personally been involved with the liquidation of thousands of retail locations that collectively contained billions of dollars in assets.

Bill Soncini
Senior Vice President, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(312) 777-7945
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Bill specializes in developing and enhancing client relationships in the Midwest market, and has more than a dozen years of experience in business valuations,...
operations, financial reporting, strategic development and systems management in a wide array of industries. Bill first joined Great American Group in 2001, and prior to rejoining GA in 2008, worked as the Director of Operations for a real estate investment firm where he was charged with consolidating 13 separate entities and implementing various reporting metrics to foster growth. Bill graduated from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

David Triompo
Managing Director, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(781) 429-4067
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David manages the Consumer Products Group, a part of the appraisal division, focusing on strategic direction, appraisal operations, management of the...
analytical teams and client services. David began his tenure with Great American Group in 2006, and has more than two dozen years of management experience, including 16 years in retail merchandising and many years in inventory appraisal and valuation. David graduated from Syracuse University with Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Mark J. Weitz
GA Global Partners
(818) 884-3737
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Mark is tasked with performing high profile auction sales, as he has for many Fortune 500 companies including: The Boeing Company, Stardust Hotel & Casino,...
Collins and Aikman, Arthur Andersen, Lockheed-Martin, Kaiser Aerospace, British Petroleum, IBM and AT&T. He has more than three decades of experience servicing the wholesale and industrial liquidation industry throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Mark attended the University of Washington, the University of California at Los Angeles and the Missouri Auction School.

Howard Weitzman
Chief Accounting Officer
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Howard serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and is responsible for accounting and financial reporting, internal controls, tax compliance...
and other accounting and financial reporting matters. Before he joined Great American Group, Howard served in senior financial positions with People's Choice Financial Corporation as Chief Financial Officer and Banner Holdings, Inc. Howard also spent over twelve years in public accounting at "two" big four accounting firms, most recently as Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP where he worked with public and private companies in the financial services practice. Howard received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from California State University at Northridge.

Daniel J. Williams
Managing Director, GA Advisory & Valuation Services
(917) 464-1521
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Dan focuses on client relationships in the New York City area bringing to bear over 20 years of experience in the asset based lending community. Dan joined...
Great American Group in 2014 as Managing Director following stints at RBS Citizens, GE Capital and Bank of America, where he worked on implementing ABL initiatives across a number of industry verticals. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Massachusetts and is an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth, the Turnaround Management Association and the Commercial Finance Association.

Peter Wyke
Senior Vice President, Consultant, GA Global Partners
(818) 884-3737
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Peter directs operational logistics for the auction practice, GA Global Partners, with responsibility for the development and implementation of standard...
operating procedures, operating budgets and the oversight of field and operational personnel, as well as project executives. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the auction industry specializing in machinery and equipment, store fixtures, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities. Peter is a certified appraiser with the Appraisers Guild of America and has conducted more than 2,000 auctions, appraisals and liquidations worldwide. Some of his more memorable projects include: Arthur Andersen, K-Mart, the Stardust Hotel & Casino, OfficeMax, Winn-Dixie, Nevada Landing, the Frontier Hotel and Casino, Olympia Tool and WDC Drilling.