Mitch Ryan of Donlin Recano Receives American Bankruptcy Institute’s Highest Honor

AST is proud to announce that Mitch Ryan, Vice President at Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc., an AST company (“Donlin Recano”), has received the Mark G. Stingley Endowment Award from the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). The ABI’s highest honor, the award recognizes a member of the organization who has demonstrated extraordinary support for its endowment in the preceding year.

Ryan, a long-time supporter of the endowment, serves on the ABI’s regional committee in the West, organizing annual events as an ambassador for the ABI Endowment Fund. He also served two terms on the ABI Board of Directors.

“Mitch is an inspiration both inside and outside of the office, and we are thrilled to see him recognized by an organization about which he is so passionate,” said Brian J. Longe, President and Chief Executive Officer of AST. “Mitch’s peers and clients count on him for great ideas and unmatched service – and the ABI has recognized that spirit of service in him.”

An industry veteran, Ryan joined the Donlin Recano with two decades of experience in the restructuring sector. He most recently held senior positions at Rust Omni as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and at Epiq Systems as Director of Sales and Marketing. Ryan was also a Managing Director at West Coast-based bankruptcy administration company CPT Group, and he was previously a project manager for ARCO Oil Corporation.

In addition to his leadership roles within the ABI, Ryan is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, California Bankruptcy Forum and California Receivers Forum, and he is a frequent moderator at industry conferences. Ryan is also the lead vocalist for the Indubitable Equivalents, the ABI’s classic rock house band. He is a former U.S. Army Ranger and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language from California State University-Fullerton.

“We are tremendously grateful to Mitch for his ongoing involvement in and support of the organization,” said Samuel J. Gerdano, Executive Director of the American Bankruptcy Institute. “He approaches fundraising with the same creativity and dedication that he brings to his leadership roles.”

Founded in 1982, ABI is the nation’s largest association of bankruptcy professionals. The ABI Endowment Fund was created in 1989 to provide resources for research and education, including scholarships, competitions and studies. Each year, the ABI recognizes a member who has shown exemplary support for its endowment. For the first time this year, the award has been renamed in honor of Mark G. Stingley, who passed away in July. Stingley served on the ABI’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He was named Vice President for Membership in April 2017 and had served for years as Chair of ABI’s successful education program in Kansas City.

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