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Walter E. Popiel

Managing Director

Detroit

Walter Popiel specializes in providing turnaround and crisis management services to performing and under-performing companies in a variety of industries, including automotive, heavy truck, aerospace, specialty manufacturing, steel fabrication, retail fuel and convenience store operations, healthcare, energy, injection molding, wind turbine, electronic component manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas.

For the past ten years Mr. Popiel has developed extensive experience in treasury and vendor management, viability assessment, liquidity enhancement, preparation of integrated financial projections, quality of earnings assessments, financial due diligence and customer and creditor negotiations.  Walter has served as financial advisor in several OEM support service roles, providing strategic supplier risk assessments in the automotive, heavy truck and agricultural industries.  In addition to other activities critical in crisis situations, Mr. Popiel has been actively involved in numerous buy and sell-side transactions, out-of-court restructurings and orderly wind-downs.  Most recently, Mr. Popiel and his colleagues were honored for their efforts in the Gas City transaction, which won the  “2011 Outstanding Consumer and Retail Deal of the Year (over $50mm),” and the “Outstanding Real Estate Deal of the Year (under $500mm)” from the M&A Advisor. Mr. Popiel also serves on the Institutional Investor Practice for Conway MacKenzie.

Walter is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, Mr. Popiel completed a Management Development Program and served as a Project Manager for Flagstar Bank. More recently, Walter served as a Consultant for the Audit Enterprise Risk Services practice at Deloitte and Touche, serving a client base in the automotive, energy, retail and hospitality industries.