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William Brandt Honored for Excellence in Corporate Restructuring & Business Strategy

Bill Brandt helms one of the world's leading corporate restructuring firms

Aside from his accomplishments at the helm of DSI, Mr. Brandt is noted for completing three terms as the chair of the Illinois Finance Authority in 2015.

    CHICAGO, IL, August 17, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- William Brandt has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Brandt has become renowned for his skills in business strategy, political counsel, and civic activism. He brings his experience and expertise to his role as president and chief executive officer of Development Specialists, Inc. (DSI), a corporate restructuring firm that provides unparalleled management consulting and financial advisory services. Mr. Brandt, who has served in this capacity since 1976, has four decades of experience in workout, turnaround and insolvency consulting. His firm is trusted to handle major cases involving complex restructuring and insolvency for both businesses and government organizations.

Mr. Brandt's educational foundation is highlighted by a number of academic scholarships, grants and honors. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts from St. Louis University. Mr. Brandt went on to receive a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, where he also completed additional postgraduate coursework. Early in his career, he served as assistant to the president of Pyro Mining Company. He then joined the Chicago-based consultancy, Melaniphy & Associates, Inc. prior to his work with DSI. Mr. Brandt has further made his mark as a speaker and lecturer in his field, as well as a writer of numerous articles for professional publications.

Aside from his accomplishments at the helm of DSI, Mr. Brandt is noted for completing three terms as the chair of the Illinois Finance Authority in 2015. From 2010 to 2015, he was also a member of the Illinois Broadband Deployment Council. Other important roles that Mr. Brandt has held over the years include being a member of the president's National Finance Board during the Clinton Administration, a member of the Panel of Trustees for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Illinois, a member of the executive committee and national government affairs committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the Commercial Law League of America, and a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum. He is noted for his ability to provide the U.S. Congress with trusted advice regarding matters of insolvency and bankruptcy policy.

An active member of his professional community, Mr. Brandt maintains affiliations with the American Bankruptcy Institute, the California Receivers Forum, the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, the Commercial Law League of America, the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals, and the International Insolvency Institute, among many other organizations, and was recently admitted as a Participant in the International Exchange of Experience on Insolvency Law. From a civic standpoint, he serves as chair of the University of California at Berkeley's National Advisory Council for the Institute of Governmental Studies, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research, known as Tina's Wish. He is also a life trustee of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill., and a past member of Loyola University Chicago's Board of Trustees.

In light of his accomplishments, Mr. Brandt was chosen to be featured in the 51st through 70th editions of Who's Who in America, the 24th through 37th editions of Who's Who in Finance and Business, the 39th edition of Who's Who in the East, the 24th through 26th editions of Who's Who in the South and Southwest, the 11th through 33rd editions of Who's Who in the World, and the 1st through 4th editions of Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America. He has also appeared in several editions of Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in American Law.

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