NYIC Committee

The mission of the NYIC Future Leaders is to help credit & financial industry focused professionals advance
their careers through education, networking, and mentorship. 

Kevin Zuzolo
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
E: kzuzolo@akingump.com

Jonathan S. Bodner

Bodner Law PLLC
E: jbodner@bodnerlawpllc.com

Monique Bair DiSabatino
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
E: monique.disabatino@saul.com

Robert Grbic
E: robert.j.grbic@us.hsbc.com

Morgan Grossman
Platzer, Swergold, Levine, Goldberg, Katz & Jaslow, LLP
E: MGrossman@platzerlaw.com

David Huber
Seaport Global Holdings LLC
E: dhuber@seaportglobal.com

Dipesh Patel
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
E: dipesh.patel@saul.com

Are YOU a “Future Leader?”  NYIC’s “Future Leaders” are not defined by their age.  Rather, future leaders are generally those with approximately 7 years of experience or less in their career or industry, who are active or seeking to become active in the financial community, and who seek to meet others with the same drive.


NYIC presented the first Future Leaders’ Awards in 2012. We look forward to many years of honoring more members of our community in hopes of strengthening our relationships and building the futures for our many participants in this industry—both future leaders and their mentors.

The Honorable Burton R. Lifland Mentor of the Year Award
This award is presented to an Industry Leader who has provided guidance and direction to future leaders and developed a reputation among future leaders as a mentor.

2012 Award Recipient
Stephen Ravin, Saul Ewing LLP

2013 Award Recipient
John (Jack) Wm. Butler, Jr., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

2014 Award Recipient
Honorable Robert E. Gerber, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, SDNY

2015 Award Recipient
Jeffrey A. Wurst, Partner, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.

2016 Award Recipient
Chief Bankruptcy Judge Melanie L. Cyganowski (ret), EDNY, currently Member of Firm & Chair of Bankruptcy Practice, Otterbourg P.C.

2017 Award Recipient
Sherri Lydell, Partner, Platzer, Swergold, Levine, Goldberg, Katz & Jaslow, LLP

2018 Award Recipient
Honorable Shelley C. Chapman, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of New York

Future Leader of the Year
This award is presented to a Future Leader who has demonstrated personal growth in our industry and supported NYIC with efforts to help build the NYIC Future Leaders’ Division.

2012 Award Recipient
Edward Neiger, ASK LLP

2013 Award Recipient
Jonathan Bodner, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.

2014 Award Recipient
Simina Cana Kroculick, Harborcove Financial

2015 Award Recipient
Richard Corbi, Law Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, EDNY

2016 Award Recipient
Spencer Ware, Director, AlixPartners

2017 Award Recipient
Monique DiSabatino, Associate, Saul Ewing LLP

2018 Award Recipient
Jerry D'Amato, Manager - Corporate Recovery Services, CBIZ MHM, LLC