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Melissa Kibler Knoll

Melissa, of Mesirow Financial Consulting, provides financial advisory services to companies, unsecured creditors, secured lenders and other parties in restructurings and turnarounds.  Melissa has extensive experience in addressing a variety of financial, accounting, liquidity and leverage issues for companies in industries including aviation, automotive, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, media and entertainment, natural resources, real estate/construction, retail, steel, and telecommunicationsPast engagements include Kmart, Bethlehem Steel, Warnaco, Singer, Iridium, Engineered Plastic Products, Havens Steel and various others.
Melissa has previously served as a partner in the U.S. corporate recovery practice of KPMG LLP and started career at Price Waterhouse LLP.  Melissa is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Illinois, Oregon, Texas and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).  Additionally, Melissa is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), a Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and holds a Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV).

Melissa has earned several accomplishments including Women to Watch Award (Experienced Leaders), ICPAS and AICPA Women’s Executive Committees, 2011, IWIRC’s “Woman of the Year in Restructuring,” 2010, Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, 2010, Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40”, 2004, and CIRA Gold Medal Winner, 2003.  She is also a frequent speaker at American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association and other industry events, and contributor to major trade publications such as the ABI Journal

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