Matt specializes in corporate turnarounds and restructuring with an emphasis on financial, operational and management issues. Since joining the firm in 2002, he has worked for over 70 clients in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, agriculture, financial services, furniture, textiles, and golf and resort operations.

Matt has provided both advisory services and taken interim-management positions with his clients which have resulted in maximizing value for all stakeholders. On multiple occasions he has successfully negotiated financing arrangements with secured and unsecured lenders. Additionally, Matt has lead divestiture and sale efforts of non-core assets as well as entire businesses.

Matt was named the Chief Restructuring Officer for Sea Trail Corporation, a 54 hole golf course resort in Sunset Beach, NC. Matt lead the restructuring through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy that ultimately resulted in the sale of all of the assets through a 363 auction sale process. In addition, Matt was responsible for cash management to ensure the resort had sufficient liquidity for the highly seasonal business.

Matt served as part of the senior management team for The Thaxton Group, Inc., a diversified consumer financial services and insurance company which listed debt in excess of $240 million when it filed for Chapter 11 protection. Under Matt’s guidance, the Debtor delivered a Plan of Reorganization where the unsecured creditors received distributions in excess of 107% of their claims.

Additionally, Matt advised PeopLounger’s, Inc., a motion furniture company which filed for Chapter 11 protection in Mississippi. Matt aided the sale of the operational assets and served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of the new organization.

Matt is one of the few Turnaround Professionals to hold both the Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) designations. Matt has completed the required training to become a certified mediator in North Carolina.

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Telephone:704-375-7542
Cell:            704-578-9900
Email:matt@finleygroup.com

EDUCATION
B.A., Wake Forest University

MBA, Kenan–Flagler Business School, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Turnaround Professional

Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Board Member, Turnaround Management Association (Carolina’s Chapter)

American Bankruptcy Institute

Association for Corporate Growth

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors