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Walter Popiel: 2017 Emerging Leader – M&A Advisor

BIRMINGHAM, MI – The M&A Advisor has awarded Conway MacKenzie Managing Director Walter Popiel with an Emerging Leaders Award in the 40 under 40 category as part of their 8th Annual “Emerging Leaders” competition. Mr. Popiel was selected from a pool of prominent nominees for his notable business accomplishments and service to the community.

“It is an honor to be selected among such a well accomplished group of nominees. Professionals within the restructuring field have some of the most challenging jobs in finance of which the livelihood of many troubled companies depend,” said Walter Popiel. “Conway MacKenzie has provided me with invaluable mentorship and training, creating a truly rewarding experience and platform for professional growth.”

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.

In addition to his outstanding contributions to his clients, Walter has dedicated his time and talents to the community, including serving as an advisor to his local Catholic parish’s finance committee, helping to guide the parish through the archdiocese restructuring efforts and financial assessments of the parish and school’s fiscal health.

Walter holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Michigan University and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association and the Institute of Internal Auditors. “The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards was born as the 40 Under 40 Awards in the United States in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, Financing and Turnaround professionals who had reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community. With the expansion of the Emerging Leaders program to the United Kingdom, and Europe in 2016, the 2017 US award winners join a truly global network of outstanding young professionals,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor.

About Conway MacKenzie, Inc.

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