Our team is made up of professionals with extensive experience in accounting, banking, consulting, finance and operations. They possess the special skills and experience needed for complex business situations that are not common in most middle market management teams. We have worked successfully with hundreds of companies across North America in a wide variety of industries. Our experience can help.
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Having spent a significant of portion of his career with some of the financial consulting industry's leading national firms, including KPMG and Conway MacKenzie, Inc., Alex recognized that the middle market business community was significantly underserved due to the often prohibitively expensive pricing structures offered by the large, international financial advisory firms which dominated the space. In co-founding Calderone & Light, LLC (C&L), his mission was simple - to build a group of talented and credentialed professionals with decades of hands-on experience that could provide cost-effective turnaround and litigation support services to the middle market, thereby filling a void that had previously been left open by C&L's larger competitors.
Alex specializes in working with both healthy and underperforming companies across multiple industries. He has served clients in the context of out-of-court restructurings, loan workout situations, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies, and various types of transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, and liquidations.
Mr. Calderone also has significant experience related to business valuation, forensic accounting (including Ponzi scheme disentanglement), and quantification of economic damages and is available to provide expert witness testimony regarding each of these disciplines in the context of both commercial and bankruptcy-litigation proceedings.
Mr. Calderone is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Turnaround Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Accredited in Business Valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he is a former Visiting Professor of Accounting at Michigan State University and holds both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, with High Honor, from Michigan State University.
Mr. Calderone is a particularly active member of the turnaround, restructuring and litigation support professional communities and serves on numerous advisory boards, task forces and oversight committees, including the Turnaround Management Association's Education Oversight Committee, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants' Fraud and Construction Industry task forces, and the Journal of Corporate Renewal's Editorial Advisory Board.
Alex is also a frequent speaker and author on topics of corporate revitalization and business insolvency and has been quoted or published in a number of media outlets, including Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Las Vegas Review Journal, TheStreet.com, The Journal of Corporate Renewal, ABL Advisor, Global Gaming Business Magazine, and the Detroit News & Free Press.
Mr. Calderone was a recipient of the 2016 Top of the Class Award, sponsored by the Detroit Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association's nextGen Board of Directors. This award honors emerging leaders who have reached a significant amount of success in the turnaround and restructuring industry before age 40.
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Harve Light is a partner and co-founder of the firm. He has built a solid reputation as a pragmatic and realistic practitioner in turnaround situations with distressed companies. Harve has a demonstrated track record of developing turnaround strategies based on the reality of each specific situation. Having previously served as a senior workout banker, he is known for eliminating the adversarial environment and gaining consensus among stakeholders.
Harve co-founded Calderone & Light, LLC with the intention of assembling and leading a team of talented professionals who use a straightforward, pragmatic business philosophy that helps companies through complex business situations.
Harve works with both healthy and distressed companies. He specializes in providing strategic and in-depth services including financial analysis, big-data analytics, strategic planning, and crisis management. He has worked with hundreds of middle market companies across a wide range of industries throughout North America. He has also worked with several private equity firms during the acquisition phases of their portfolio companies.
Prior to founding Calderone & Light, LLC, Harve spent over twenty years with a major national financial institution in a wide range of roles. Most recently this included managing the middle market workout team. Prior to that, he worked with large corporations and spent time raising subordinated debt and equity. He also spent several years as a lender to middle market companies.
He has also held several technology related roles that involved the implementation of document management solutions as well as high data volume forecasting and analytic processes. Mr. Light has considerable experience in developing and implementing Microsoft SharePoint environments as well.
Harve is a graduate of Boston University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Economics.
Kevin Berry is a trusted advisor who provides valuable but cost-effective expertise to clients in times of crisis, distress and uncertainty. He has significant experience related to litigation support services, forensic accounting & fraud investigations, fiduciary services, turnarounds, workouts and restructurings, and insolvency and bankruptcy matters.
Mr. Berry has been involved in numerous matters involving business valuation, forensic accounting investigations and quantification of economic damages. He is also well versed in bankruptcy litigation matters, including cases involving valuation, fraudulent conveyances, preferences and other financial issues. He is available to provide expert testimony related to each of these issues.
Mr. Berry assists unsecured creditors' committees, secured creditors, debtor companies, and other parties to bankruptcy reorganizations, out-of-court workouts, and liquidations. He specializes in insolvency and bankruptcy matters, reorganization and management of troubled companies, and the restructuring of loan and credit agreements for distressed businesses.
Mr. Berry also provides fiduciary services to parties-in-interest in distressed situations. Mr. Berry has served as Liquidating Agent related to a confirmed Plan of Liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and has also previously functioned as a fiduciary (trustee for benefit of creditors) related to an out-of-court assignment.
Mr. Berry has experience in a broad variety of industries including contracting, gaming and hospitality, hedge funds, lumber and building materials, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, real estate, research and development, and retail among others. Previously, Mr. Berry spent 22 years at Conway MacKenzie, Inc. where he was a shareholder. During his career there, Mr. Berry also spent time serving on the firm's Management Committee and headed up the firm's litigation support services practice for several years.
Mr. Berry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP). He is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and has spoken on various topics for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) and other groups.
Tammy L. Berry serves as an Executive Director with Calderone & Light, LLC (C&L). Prior to joining C&L, she spent 21 years with the national turnaround and restructuring firm of Conway MacKenzie, where she provided financial advisory services on behalf of numerous constituencies, including Chapter 11 debtors, unsecured creditor committees, secured lenders and various fiduciaries and liquidating agents.
Tammy specializes in working with both healthy and underperforming companies across multiple sectors, including the automotive, casino and hospitality business, lumber, manufacturing, food service, steel, c-store, and transportation and logistics industries. She has served clients in the context of both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, in addition to supporting various types of transactions including acquisitions and liquidations.
Ms. Berry also has significant experience in the area of litigation support services including quantification of economic damages resulting from business interruption and breach of contract. In addition, Ms. Berry routinely provides fraud investigation and forensic accounting services to clients spanning across a wide array of industries.
In addition to being Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tammy also holds the credentials of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. Ms. Berry also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, with High Distinction, from Walsh College. Tammy is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accounts, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Anthony F. Catania serves as the firm's steel industry expert and also provides consultation and advice to clients operating across the distribution, heavy industry, manufacturing, and transportation and logistics sectors.
Prior to joining Calderone & Light, Mr. Catania served as a senior financial executive for a regional provider of flat-rolled carbon products to manufacturers and steel warehouses. In this role, Mr. Catania gained experience in the day to day operations of steel service centers, as well as a deep understanding of the broader metals industry.
Before entering the metals industry, Mr. Catania worked as a Vice President for a large commercial lending institution. His ten years of commercial lending experience coincided with one of the largest economic cycles in the banking industry. Having been on both the lending and borrowing sides of business, Mr. Catania is particularly familiar with the intricacies of turnaround situations.
Mr. Catania holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science from Alma College.
Norman L. Bird specializes in providing financial and operational advisory services to both healthy and underperforming companies across a variety of different industries. Mr. Bird supports engagements by developing financial projection models, managing cash flows and liquidity, developing business plans, conducting due diligence, and providing other valuation and litigation support services.
Prior to joining Calderone & Light, Mr. Bird held various internship positions at a large international mechanical contractor, a full service manufacturer of large complex metal fabrications, and a boutique investment bank. Norman is a graduate of Michigan State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance. He is presently pursuing a Master of Science degree in accounting from Walsh College.