F&D Reports was launched in 1992 at the suggestion of credit professionals, who were in search of an industry-specific credit consulting service. F&D Reports monitors publicly & privately held retailers in all facets of the industry, including: Restaurants, Convenience Stores, Deep Discounters, Drug/Pharmaceutical, Foodservice, Grocery, and Mass Merchandisers. Our goal is to deliver the critical information today's busy credit executive needs to make a highly informed credit decision without sifting through pages of non-essential data. A privately held corporation, F&D Reports is headquartered at 310 East Shore Road in Great Neck, NY and is affiliated with Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (ICI) through common principals and officers. The three key executives of F&D Reports collectively have close to 100 years of credit and insolvency management experience and, as such, the Company is uniquely positioned to provide a perspective superior to other financial reporting services.
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For more than 50 years, Lawrence Sarf has provided his clients hands-on expertise and knowledge with respect to financially troubled companies operating across numerous retail and wholesale segments. His unparalleled background has afforded those clients with the time-sensitive intelligence needed to avoid costly bankruptcies and working capital draining slow receivables. Over several decades, Larry has been sought out to evaluate countless acquisitions and divestitures. Additionally, he has served in a consultant and/or advisory capacity to scores of creditors' committees in both bankruptcy and out-of-court settings. In 1990, Larry was formally recognized with the distinction of Bankruptcy Expert by the Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of New York. He's not only been appointed as operating receiver and Bankruptcy Advisor in a number of bankruptcies, but he has personally overseen well over 1,000 insolvency proceedings. With Larry's extensive background and unique insights, he's been coined the "best in the business." !
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Robert joined F&D Reports as a financial analyst in June 2004. Immediately prior to joining F&D Reports, Robert worked as a business analyst at a Fortune 500 company where he provided business support in various areas, including the preparation and submission of monthly and year-end P&L reports. As Division President, Robert oversees the daily operations of the credit department, including managing the website, developing products as well as client relations. Robert is also the head analyst of the foodservice segment. Robert graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Economics and Business.
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Kevin Slack's areas of expertise are in the retail and wholesale food and drug industries, where he spent 25 years in senior credit management positions with Sterling Drug Co. and Ward Foods. While in these positions, he gained extensive experience in all facets of the order cycle, including Credit Risk, DSO, Deductions/Dilution and Bad Debt Best Practice receivable process improvements, as well as A/R Systems implementation and integration. Kevin was an industry peer group leader in food, health and beauty care and pharmaceuticals. Kevin served as chairman of the National Health & Beauty Care Credit Group, as a member on the Trade Relations Committee of the NHBCG and the National Food Manufacturers Credit Group, and was a co-founder of the National Candy and Tobacco Manufacturers Credit Corp.
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Albert joined F&D Reports/Creditntell.com as a Senior Financial Analyst in 1998. As Chief Operating Officer, today Albert oversees the daily operations of F&D Reports and the analyst department. He has been the lead analyst in the Food Sector and grocery space since 2001 and is responsible for analyzing high-risk accounts, overall retail coverage and products as well as a client liaison. Albert was previously with The Chase Manhattan Bank, where he headed up the multi-billion dollar cash management operations of its Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund relationship. Albert received a BS in Accounting from Binghamton University and an MBA in Corporate Finance from Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business.
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Prior to joining Creditntell.com, Michael had over 10 years of corporate treasury and risk management experience in the manufacturing, service and retail industries. Michael is responsible for monitoring the food, drug and sporting goods retail sectors, as well as conducting educational and training programs for customers, covering various financial topics. Michael received his MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany.
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Steve joined Information Clearinghouse in 1998 after a 25-year career with Borden, Inc. (a multi-national conglomerate) where he gained extensive knowledge of virtually all facets of treasury, from finance and credit/receivable management to distribution and marketing. In addition, Steve participated in bank facility negotiations, M&A activity, and rating agency presentations. He was active on the boards of directors at several national trade credit groups, including the National Food Manufacturers Credit Group where he served as vice chairman of the Trade Relations Committee and vice chairman of the Claims Committee. He has extensive understanding and expertise in the defense of Avoidance Actions with emphasis on Preferential Transfers. In that capacity he has successfully defended dozens of Trustee demands with a very high success rate delivering settlements averaging less than 10% of the initial demand. He has been recognized and appeared as an Expert Witness in Federal Bankruptcy Court as relates to credit management Industry Practice. In his current position, he oversees all matters with respect to the F&D Reports division of ICI.
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After completing her degree in business administration at Hofstra University, Tali joined F&D Reports in 1998, advancing through positions of increasing responsibility to her current role as SVP of sales. During her tenure, she has focused her efforts, and those of her team, on initiating a significant number of relationships with subscribers as well as maintaining ongoing support to ensure that any concerns are immediately addressed. She has been instrumental in introducing new and innovative tools to the credit management community, and her expertise in F&D's products as well as her deep understanding of subscribers' needs make her integral to ICI's sales efforts.
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Tony spent 25 years with the Bell System in various positions in sales, marketing, product management and personnel. As director of sales and marketing, he was responsible for managing several Fortune 500 companies' telecommunications needs and overseeing a revenue stream of over $25 million. He began at F&D Reports in 1996 in customer service, for which he visited customers nationwide and gathered critical intelligence. Tony has since spearheaded many of the Company?s new product introductions, such as its Credit Executive Study Program, Customer & Market Insights and Hot Market reports. He is responsible for servicing a portion of F&D's national account portfolio.
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When Chuck joined Creditntell.com, he brought with him over 25 years of sales and marketing experience. As a previous owner of a sportswear manufacturing company, Chuck has maintained relationships with the leading department stores, mass merchants and specialty retailers throughout the country. He has firsthand knowledge in all areas of ""compliance,"" including chargebacks, deductions, freight, packaging, assortments and markdowns. Chuck has served on a creditors' committees and fully understands the demands and challenges of a credit department. His comprehensive understanding of all products and services at Creditntell.com have contributed greatly to Creditntell.com's growth.
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Soon after attaining his BA in Entrepreneurship from Hofstra University, Josh joined Creditntell in September of 2011. Over the course of the next two years he utilized his skills to introduce new marketing initiatives and create new product offerings, with a concentration in the retail real estate segment, earning a promotion to Chief Production Officer. Through his diligent efforts with key players in this growing customer base he has been able to innovate a new array of services and networking events tailored to meet this diverse industry's specific needs and applications. Equipped with extensive real estate expertise and an expansive network, Josh was appointed President of Real Estate Services and now leads the company's efforts with this major sector.