Daniel Yeomans MBA, CCIM | President
In 1993, Dan began his career when a bankruptcy trustee employed him for his finance skills and hospitality experience to operate hotels in court-appointed receiverships. Since then, Dan has acted as a court-appointed receiver, broker, and advisor in voluntary workouts for over 700 entities. During the great recession, the assets included scores of condominium developments, mobile home communities, multifamily properties, hotels, marinas, and industrial facilities.
The art and science of effectively negotiating through a workout or receivership has many nuances and hidden potholes where experience is essential to navigate the course. As receivership and bankruptcy worlds increasingly intersect, effective communication and decisive action is required to maintain compliance with the courts and support effective administration of the estate.
Dan continuously makes presentations to law firms and banks and has participated in panel discussions with the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Risk Management Association (RMA), and Michigan Bankers Association (MBA). Dan was a co-author of “Receiverships in Michigan” published by ICLE in 2013. He also participated in an ICLE four-part webinar series titled, “Commercial Real Estate in Receivership” that was released in 2019 at www.ICLE.org.
In February 2020, the USDJ Office of the United States Trustee approved Dan as a Subchapter 5 bankruptcy trustee. Dan holds an MBA from Western Michigan University and a BBA in finance from Loyola University in New Orleans. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a licensed real estate broker.
Starrla McDonald | Project Coordinator
Starrla McDonald has more than 20 years of experience in real estate transactions and court documentation. Starrla joined Amicus in 2007 as a project coordinator and employed her attention to detail to know the exact status of Amicus projects and communicate that information clearly to all stakeholders including courts, attorneys, creditors, plaintiffs, and defendants.
Starrla’s involvement goes far beyond that of a reporting function. She takes a hands-on approach to preserving and improving value during disposition by working with on-site managers to make sure they have support and adequate resources to effectively manage the assets. Furthermore, she makes sure that there is a smooth transition of ownership of assets, such as Class C and SDD/SDM liquor licenses, from an Amicus receivership to a buyer.
At one point in her career, Starrla managed a portfolio of more than 2,000 real estate owned (REO) properties spanning seven states. Her involvement in thousands of commercial/residential real estate closings has given her significant expertise in REO property management. That experience has served her well as project coordinator for Amicus.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University.
Bryan Fitzgibbon | Project Director
Bryan Fitzgibbon anchors the Amicus Management Detroit office as a Project Director and is focused on maintaining and increasing the value of ongoing businesses or real estate assets until they can be sold or liquidated at their best possible valuations. Bryan has managed businesses through contentious shareholder disputes, insolvency, and sale transactions.
Prior to joining Amicus, Bryan worked for more than 13 years with teams of legal professionals to select and implement the best solutions for cost-effective data collection, data culling techniques, and analytics.
His experience in e-discovery solutions has brought Bryan in contact with experts and professionals from just about every walk of business in Metro Detroit.
Bryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ferris State University in Big Rapids.
Jody Sprite | Project Accountant
Jody Sprite joined Amicus as project accountant in 2012. With more than 20 years of experience in private and public accounting, Jody is well-versed in maintaining current and accurate financial data and financial statements.
Jody has extensive experience in the hospitality industry where she was employed as controller, human resource manager, and general manager at a full-service hotel with 120 rooms, bar and restaurant, and large event center. In addition to her hospitality experience, Jody has managed the accounting for numerous retail, property management, multi-family, and distribution businesses.
Jody holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in human resources from Wayne State University.
Bernard Klukowski | Project Director/Project Accountant
A seasoned accounting and finance professional, Bernard has over 25 years of experience across industries including real estate development, financial services, retail, and nonprofit sectors. He excels in project management, problem solving, and communication.
Bernard’s background as a controller includes managing larger teams and working with financial institutions and equity partners on finance-related issues. His specialties as part of the Amicus team include shareholder disputes, business valuations, complex accounting system analysis, and financial auditing.
Bernard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Davenport University in Michigan.
Lou Betten | Project Director
Lou Betten has developed a unique skill set over the past 40 years derived from manufacturing management and sales, licensed debt collection, law enforcement, and private investigation. Lou is effective at uncovering the most pertinent facts in business litigation and acts quickly to maintain the underlying value of the asset.
Lou will interview and gain the cooperation of key employees to determine the true status of the business and the location of business assets. Lou coordinates with auction companies, equipment brokers, and purchasers to supervise the orderly sale or liquidation of assets. Lou’s experience and investigative work has translated into increased recoveries. In one case, he tracked down and secured $250,000 of heavy equipment and intercepted a $90,000 rent check to the benefit of the receivership estate.
Lou is a licensed private investigator with training and real-world experience in defusing and settling the most contentious situations.
Hagen Voelkers CHA, CFBE | Director of Hospitality Management
As director of hospitality management, Hagen Voelkers has acted as consultant and general manager on properties in receiverships, workouts, and bankruptcies. With his intimate knowledge and training acquired over the past 35 years, Hagen is able to provide exceptional advice in the operation and management of hospitality properties, including full and limited-service.
Hagen provided wide-ranging leadership during a workout of a Michigan resort hotel and marina that involved Chapter 11 reporting requirements, including cash flow projections, budgets, and asset disclosure. Hagen reviewed all internal systems, organized sales teams, and coached staff to reduce the property’s operating expenses and preserve the asset value during its sale.
Prior to his relationship with Amicus, Hagen served as general manager, regional director of operations, and director of marketing and sales for hospitality industry companies operating Sheraton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, and Choice Hotel brands.
Hagen has been a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) and a Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE) since 1980. He received his undergraduate degree in hotel and restaurant management in Hannover, Germany, and pursued graduate studies in economics and finance at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.