"Acquiring distressed debt since 1993"

Debt Acquisition Company of America


Mr. Tom Scheidt, CPA, CIRA is a principal of DACA, and has been employed by the company since 1998.  Mr. Scheidt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.  After graduation he worked for the national accounting firms of Laventhol & Horwath and Deloitte & Touche.  In 1989, Mr. Scheidt became a Certified Public Accountant.  For eight years, Mr. Scheidt worked as the CFO of a California licensed and regulated Vision Care Health Maintenance Organization.  In May of 2001, Mr. Scheidt received designation as a CIRA (Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor) from the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.

Mr. Andrew Whatnall, CPA is a principal of DACA and has been employed by the company since inception.  Mr. Whatnall is a Certified Public Accountant with over eighteen years of experience in bankruptcy and insolvency.  Prior to joining the DACA companies Mr. Whatnall was an accountant with the firm of Bocuzzo and Justus a firm that specialized in bankruptcy and insolvency consulting.  Mr. Whatnall was also employed by Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors, one of the nation's leading institutional investment management firms.  Mr. Whatnall is a member of the California Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Accountants' Insolvency Association, the New Zealand Society of Accountants and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Mr. Howard Justus, CPAis a founding principal of the DACA companies and serves as its Managing Director.  Mr. Justus is a Certified Public Accountant with twenty years experience working with troubled companies including acting as a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee and a Bankruptcy Court appointed Examiner and has provided expert testimony for debtors and creditors regarding the feasibility of plans of reorganization.  Mr. Justus spent the first seven years of his career working for the international accounting firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Laventhol & Horwath.  Mr. Justus is a past board member of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum and a member of the Accountants Insolvency Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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