Scouler & Company Hires John Hedge to Open Atlanta Office, Increase Delivery of Restructuring Capabilities in Southeast

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Scouler & Company, the Los Angeles-based financial services and restructuring firm, today announced the hiring of senior financial executive John Hedge to open the company's Atlanta office, establishing an operational foothold in the southeastern corridor. Atlanta will be the third office opened in just three months of operations by Scouler & Company, joining New York and Los Angeles. Founder and Managing Principal Dan Scouler observed, "John Hedge is the complete package, a seasoned financial professional with CFO and COO experience, who has the entrepreneurial flair and innovative approaches to problem-solving that are the hallmarks of Scouler & Company."

    Prior to joining Scouler & Company, Hedge served as chief financial officer and executive vice president-finance of TestAmerica Analytic Testing Corp. where he secured financing for the company's largest-ever acquisition, building the U.S. market leader for environmental laboratory services. Hedge orchestrated and integrated numerous other acquisitions for TestAmerica, implemented cost reduction and efficiency strategies, and helped position the firm for major growth in what is traditionally a commodity business. Additionally, Hedge held full P&L responsibility for the company including cash management, risk management, forecasting, insurance, legal, MIS, operational accounting, contact administration and financial reporting, while maintaining relationships with lending sources and private equity owners.

Hedge was brought in as CFO of Mosler, Inc., the safe manufacturing and security services company, to clean up operations and administer a complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy, where he engineered the sale of the company for four times the value expected by its lenders. Encouraged by the experience, Hedge went on to establish Regents Partners, LLC, a troubled company financial consulting firm where he leveraged relationships with secured lenders and equity owners to create and preserve value for financially-challenged companies.

A 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting, Hedge went on to earn his Certified Public Accountant accreditation and is a member of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The Scouler & Company/Atlanta office is located at 400 Colony Square, Suite 200, 1201 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30361, phone 404.881.2888 and is now operational. For additional information, visit the company web site at http://www.scouler.com or call 310.229.5900.

Scouler & Company is a restructuring, crisis management and transaction services firm serving companies, investors and lenders nationally. The Scouler & Company services portfolio encompasses financial advisory (restructuring, business and operating plans), business stabilization (facility consolidation and closure, asset conversion, working capital and liquidity improvement), technology advisory (enterprise systems, risk assessments, business analytics and system recovery), interim executive management (at the CEO, CFO, COO, CIO and CTO level) and transaction services (refinancing and divestiture strategies, due diligence, securing equity and debt participants).

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