Five Experts on Bandruptcy You Need in Your Rolodex

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SAMUEL J. GERDANO

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE, ALEXANDRIA

RESUME: Assistant chief counsel for advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, 1983-85; chief counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, and speech writer to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, Washington, 1985-91; above position since 1991.

MEMBER: Vice president, St. James School Parent-Teacher Organization.

GREATEST BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Growing the ABI into the nation's largest professional association involved in research and education on insolvency.

ON THE RECORD: "Today's record level of bankruptcy filings, during a healthy economy, is leading policy makers to rethink the traditional purpose of bankruptcy, to provide a fresh economic start to the honest but unfortunate debtor."

YOU CAN REACH ME AT: 703/739-0800; abisgerdano@pipeline.com

JOANNE KERSTETTER

PRESIDENT, CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE OF GREATER WASHINGTON INC., ROCKVILLE

RESUME: President, International Credit Association, 1995; at current position since 1978.

MEMBER: Employee Assistance Professionals Association; International Credit Association; Consumer Education and Information Association of Virginia; Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education; past commissioner for the savings and loan industry under the Department of Licensing and Regulations; past treasurer for the National Foundation for Consumer Credit.

GREATEST BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Becoming one of the top 10 accredited financial agencies in the nation that offers comprehensive financial and housing counseling by certified credit counselors free of charge to consumers experiencing financial difficulties.

ON THE RECORD: "There's no doubt we've become a debt-driven society - just look at the latest bankruptcy figures. That's why it's more important than ever to provide people with an alternative to personal bankruptcy. For many people, making that first appointment with CCCS is a turning point in their lives."

YOU CAN REACH ME AT: 800/747-4222; jkerstetter@cccsdc.org; www.ccsdc.org

ROBERT D. KOONTZ

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MORTGAGE AMERICAN BANKERS, SILVER SPRING

RESUME: At above position since 1996.

MEMBER: African-American Business Association Inc. …