Franklind Lea, CIRA
President and Managing Member

President, Managing Member

Franklind Lea is the President of Tactical Financial Consulting.  Mr. Lea has over 25 years of professional experience and education in complex financial matters encompassing evaluation, valuation and appraisal; investment management; financial analysis; debt structuring; and financial restructuring, bankruptcy and workouts.  During his career, he has developed broad experience in commercial finance and leasing, lending, real estate, valuation, restructuring, bankruptcy and workouts.  He has been designated as one of only approximately 1,000 Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor's in the United States by the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.

Experience

Mr. Lea has been an independent financial consultant since late 2005 when he formed Tactical Financial.  Since the creation of Tactical Financial, Mr. Lea has served as a financial advisor to investors, debtor companies, secured creditors, unsecured creditors’ committees, a law firms, and as an expert witness. 

Prior to forming Tactical Financial, he was a senior lender at Textron Financial Corporation for 11 years where he focused on specialty real estate lending and large account workouts for real estate, equipment leasing and commercial lending.  During his tenure at Textron Financial, Mr. Lea held several senior roles within its specialty lending divisions and risk management department.  He completed approximately 50 specialty loan transactions and conducted several multi-year, complex workouts and financial restructurings.  Within this role he participated in approximately 150 bankruptcy court hearings and provided testimony through depositions and direct examination within the courtroom.

His other professional experiences include roles as a commercial real estate appraiser with national and regional appraisal firms and various positions at First Florida Bank, including Vice President of Commercial Lending and Regional Commercial Credit Manager.  His experiences include direct lending of approximately $500 million to businesses and commercial real estate ventures and credit review and approval of approximately $1.5 billion.  He has also led numerous workouts and financial restructurings recouping over $250 million of potential losses while working with companies with market capitalization ranged from $2 million to in excess of $1 billion.

Education

Mr. Lea graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Florida State University in 1986, a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University in 1987 and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate and Urban Analysis from the University of Florida in 1994.

Specialized Education

Mr. Lea completed formal credit training through the First Florida Bank Commercial Credit Training Program (a 120 hour training course focusing on commercial credit for commercial loans) achieving the bank’s highest score of record on the program’s exit exam.  He also completed the First Florida Bank Commercial Loan Associate Program, a one-year training course focusing on all aspects of commercial credit and lending. 

In 1994 he was granted credit for completion of all course work required by the The Appraisal Institute: for the MAI designation through a joint education program with the University of Florida and separately completed the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and Report Writing and Valuation Analysis.  He has also completed the Florida Real Estate Associate License Course, the ASTM Phase I Environmental Assessment Course, and attended the Florida Environmental Permitting Summer School. 

In addition, he has completed in excess of 500 hours of continuing education since 2002 and presented at several professional seminars on topics related to finance, real estate and insolvency. 

Past & Present Professional Activities, Certifications, Memberships and Qualifications

Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice Advisory Board Member, 2010-2013

American Bankruptcy Institute Member, 1999 to present

American Bankruptcy Institute,

Financial Advisors and Investment Banking Committee, Committee Co-Chair 2012, 2013

Financial Advisors and Investment Banking Committee, Education Director 2010, 2011

Appraisal Institute, Affiliate Member

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, 2004 to present

Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, Awarded 2005

CFA Institute, Affiliate Member

National Funding Association/Commercial Finance Association

Turnaround Management Association, 2005 to present

Expert Testimony Experience (Last Five Years), Trial and Deposition Testimony

In re: Marsh Hawk Golf Club, LLC (a/k/a Ford’s Colony Country Club); U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Newport News), Chapter 11 Case No. 10-50632, Judge Stephen C. St. John; February 2011 

In re: Smithville Crossing, LLC; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina (Raleigh); Chapter 11 Case No. 11-02573, Judge J. Rich Leonard; August 2011

In re: CABI SMA Tower I, LLLP; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida (Miami), Chapter 11 Case No. 10-49009, Judge A. Jay Cristol, May 2012

In re: Waterford Hotel, Inc.; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit), Chapter 11 Case No. 11-54788; Judge Thomas J. Tucker, July 2012

In re: Tarpon Lakeside Development, Inc.; (a/k/a Tarpon Lake Resort Hotel) U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida (Tampa), Chapter 11 Case No. 11-17475, Judge Rodney May, September 2012

In re: Treasure Coast Hospitality, LLC. (a/k/a Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Port St. Lucie); U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville), Chapter 11 Case No. 11-00253, Judge Paul Glenn, November 2012

In re: Burcam Capital II, LLC (a/k/a 510 Glenwood); U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina (Raleigh), Chapter 11 Case 12-04729;Judge J. Rich Leonard; January 2013 

Presentations and Related Publications (Last Ten Years)

Speaker, August 2013, Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual Seminar, “Facts, Fantasies and Findings of Fact”

Moderator and Speaker, July 2013, American Bankruptcy Institute Webinar Presentation, “The §1111(b) Election, Plan Feasibility and Cramdown Issues”

Moderator and Speaker, April 2013, American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting, “The §1111(b) Election, Plan Feasibility and Cramdown Issues”

Speaker, March 2013, Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, “Feasibility: Facts, Fantasies and Finding – Part I”

Speaker, March 2013, Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, “Feasibility: Facts, Fantasies and Finding – Part II”

Speaker, March 2013, Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, “We Can Go ‘Round and ‘Round about That…”

Publication, De-Complicating the §1111(b)(2) Election: There Is No Such Thing as an Undersecured Claim In a Cramdown; Financial Advisors and Investment Banking Committee, ABI Committee Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 1 / February 2013

Speaker, October 2012, Alston & Bird LLP, 2012 CMBS Servicing Symposium, “Chapter 11: Cramdown”

Moderator, March 2012, Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, “DIP Financing: Is it Back, and if So, Who is Playing and On What Terms?”

Speaker, December 2011, American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference, “Why Is There Never a Single Answer for the Cost of Capital or Value in Bankruptcy Proceedings?

Speaker, December 2011, American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference, “Fundamentals of Finance that All Insolvency Professionals Should Understand”

Speaker, November 2011, Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, “Expert Witness Advanced Training Program: Phase I”

Speaker, March 2011, Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice, “Bankruptcy Litigation Tips for Trying a Real Estate Valuation, and Fraudulent-Transfer Actions”

Moderator, December 2010 American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference, "Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fryer: Today's Restaurant Industry and the Challenges Ahead in Surviving the Decay of Everything a Sector Needs to Stay Viable"

Speaker, June 2010, Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Annual Conference, “AIRA Court on the Beach”

Speaker, April 2010, American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting, “Small Business Bankruptcies: Getting Them through the Process”

Speaker, March 2010 Turnaround Management Association (Carolinas Area Chapter), “Riding the Rapids of Commercial Real Estate”

Speaker, September 2009, American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, “Around Chapter 11 in 80 Days for Rapid Reorganizations or Liquidation”

Speaker, June 2009 Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Annual Bankruptcy and Restructuring Conference, "Recessions and their Effects on the Small and Middle Market”

Speaker, June 2007, Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Annual Bankruptcy and Restructuring Conference, “Small Lender Session”

Continuing Education

2013 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
2013 Alston & Bird LLP, 2013 CMBS Servicing Symposium
2013 France Media, Commercial Real Estate Investment & Finance Conference
2013 Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference
2013 Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual Seminar
2013 American Bankruptcy Institute Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop
2013 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting 
2013 Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, 2013 Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Rules
2013 Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice
2012, American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Meeting 
2012 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
2012 Alston & Bird LLP, 2012 CMBS Servicing Symposium
2012 IWIRC-AIRA, Radlax: What Will the Supreme Court Decide and How Will We Cram Down From Here?
2012 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting 
2012 Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, 2012 Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Rules
2012 Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice
2011 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
2011 France Media, Commercial Real Estate Investment & Finance for 2012
2011 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting 
2011 Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute’s Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice
2010 American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference 
2010 AIRA Annual Conference (Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
2010 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting
2010 TMA Charlotte March Meeting
2010 Stetson University and American Bankruptcy Institute Judge Alexander L. Paskay Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice
2010 American Bankruptcy Institute Caribbean Bankruptcy Conference
2009 American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference
2009 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
2009 American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Bankruptcy Conference
2009 American Bankruptcy Institute Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop
2009 AIRA Annual Bankruptcy and Restructuring Conference (Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors)
2009 Southern Bankruptcy Law Institute Seminar
2009 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting 
2009 TMA Distressed Investing Conference
2008 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
2008 American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Bankruptcy Conference
2008 American Bankruptcy Institute Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop
2008 IMN Distressed Real Estate Conference
2008 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring 
2007 American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Bankruptcy Conference 
2007 AIRA Annual Bankruptcy and Restructuring Conference (Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors)
2007 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting 
2006 American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference 
2006 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
2006 American Bankruptcy Institute Complex Financial Restructuring Program 
2006 American Bankruptcy Institute Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop 
2006 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting 
2005 American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference 
2005 Bankruptcy Accounting, Reporting and Taxes ((Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors)
2005 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
2005 American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Bankruptcy Conference 
2005 Bankruptcy Plan Development (Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors)
2005 Bankruptcy Nuts and Bolts Course 
2005 American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting 
2005 Managing Turnaround and Bankruptcy Cases (Association for Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors)
2004 Chapter 11 Finance (American Conference Institute)
2004 American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Bankruptcy Conference 
2003 American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Bankruptcy Conference 
2002 ALI-ABA Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law (American Law Institute/American Bar Association)
2001 Commercial Loan Workouts (Executive Enterprise Institute)
2001 Commercial Bankruptcy Workshop (Executive Enterprise Institute)
2001 The Workouts and Restructuring Course (Fulcrum Information Services)
2001 Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Annual Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Rules
1998 Effective Negotiating (Karrass)
1996 Environmental Permitting Summer School (Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Environmental Assessors Association)
1995 Environmental Site Assessments for Commercial Real Estate Course - Phase I Site Assessment and Transaction Screening/ASTM E 1527 & E 1528 (American Society of Testing and Materials)
1994 Georgia Survey Issues: Recognition and Remediation (National Business Institute, Inc.)
1994 Resolving Property Line Problems (National Business Institute Seminar)
1994 USPAP - Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice - Standards 410 & 420 (The Appraisal Institute)
1990 Florida Real Estate Sales License Course (certified Florida Real Estate Commission course)
1989 Loan Documentation (Business Training and Consulting Company)
1989 Commercial Loans to Businesses (Robert Morris & Associates)
1988 Commercial Analysis for Lenders (Financial Proformas, Inc.)
1988 Understanding Business Cash Flow (Robert Morris & Associates)
1988 Financial Accounting (Robert Morris & Associates)