Debt Freedom is Timeless – Spergel at Age 30

Posted on 20 June 2019

Debt freedom has been our number one priority for over 30 years.

30 years ago, Spergel’s doors were first opened to the public in Toronto. Now, decades later, as we celebrate our milestone 30th anniversary, the Spergel vision to provide smart, simple debt freedom solutions with dignity and compassion has helped more than 60,000 people get out of debt. We credit our success with understanding and respecting the amount of courage it takes for someone to reach out while struggling with debt. We pride ourselves most on two very important yet simple things.

First, when you visit one of our offices, you’ll meet the person who will take care of you from day one until the day you become debt free. The same person will be your only point of contact and you won’t be passed around from department to department. Second, we operate as a family and we want you to feel like family. We want you to feel welcome, safe, and fully supported by our team.

Spergel – Like Family

The thing that really sets us apart as a team at Spergel is how we treat everyone like family. Just like growing up with a family around you to care and support you – we care and support you during your journey to debt freedom. Our FREE, no-obligation consultations include a quick review of your debts, income, assets and recent financial history. We take a look and crunch the numbers to give you a better idea of what your debt relief plan will cost. We’ll provide you with options that will lead to the debt free lifestyle you desire. Whether you live on the west coast, the prairies or in Ontario where our roots were first planted, you’re all part of the Spergel family and will benefit from our core values.

Our Founder, Alan Spergel

Alan Spergel is a true leader of industry. In addition to founding Spergel 30 years ago, Alan also founded the Independent Canadian Insolvency Network (ICIN), a network of independent LITs across Canada. Linking Licensed Insolvency Trustees (LITs) across the country and overseas, the ICIN has revolutionized the process for helping businesses in debt (especially those who have cross-border/foreign interests). Over the past 30 years, Alan has cultivated a unique environment at Spergel where compassion meets innovation.

Aligned with Alan’s values and vision, the Spergel team has evolved to become a welcoming family, dedicated to making people feel comfortable while working towards debt freedom.  Alan has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) and he has recently become chair of the Humber River Hospital Foundation. An authority on everything related to bankruptcy, from 2009 to 2011, Alan was a member of the advisory board to our governing body, the Superintendent of Bankruptcy.

Q&A with Alan Spergel

To celebrate our 30th anniversary year, we’ve decided to ask Alan a few important questions about our roots. In our financial counseling sessions, we stress the importance of knowing both cause and effect – to understand how Spergel has become the compassionate organization it is today, it’s important to know a little bit about where we came from.

Question: Why do we hold compassion at the top of our values?

Alan: “I’ve been working with people for a very long time and one important thing I’ve learned is that you’ve got to treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect. Every person is unique and deserving of fair treatment, regardless of how they’ve found their way into trouble. To be met with compassion during what is almost always a very difficult time, that is the very least we can offer to someone who is worried about their financial future. Compassion is an important part of the service that we offer.”

Question: What do you think is the most important quality in a Licensed Insolvency Trustee?

Alan: “While our doors have been open for 30 years, those doors have not been revolving. What I mean is, most of our LITs have been with us for a long time. The qualities I seek when inviting a new LIT to join us are for someone who embodies our caring and empathetic approach. I think the ability to empathize and relate to our clients is part of what sets the Trustees at Spergel apart. We also take all the time you need to make you feel comfortable with your decision to file a bankruptcy or consumer proposal.”

 Question: Where do you see Spergel in the future?

Alan: “We are expanding. We’ve recently opened up a new office in British Columbia. I see continued growth for Spergel. We have an incredible team. We hope to continue fulfilling our vision of providing people in need with a compassionate and dignified path towards debt freedom.”

Meet the Spergel LIT Family

It’s our 30th anniversary year and we’re proud of the Spergel LIT family. Our team takes helping others to heart and each member truly cares about making a difference in as many lives as possible. Debt freedom is important to you, so it’s important to us. But who are we? We’ve shared our values with you, now let us show you who we are!

LIT Jeff Adiken

Jeff Adiken has been a LIT in Toronto for almost 20 years. Jeff’s favourite pastime is spending time with his family at home. At the office, his family-centric approach to interacting with people always brings a lighter mood to any room. Whether acting in his role overseeing all of our personal insolvency offices, or meeting with someone to provide debt relief options; Jeff’s kindness (and his bright smile), always remind us that there is always a reason to be happy in life. To schedule a meeting with Jeff please click here.

LIT Colin Boulton

Colin Boulton manages Spergel’s eastern offices in Oshawa, Peterborough, Lindsay, Ajax and Scarborough. Colin loves helping people discover debt freedom. With more than 20 years of experience, he can help with both personal and business debt. He believes in pacing yourself – he’s a triathlete. Colin will take the time needed to get your finances into shape and help you train for debt freedom. To book with Colin please click here.

LIT Trevor Pringle

Trevor Pringle has been practicing in Hamilton and Southwestern Ontario for more than 20 years. Trevor has a lot of experience helping with both corporate and personal insolvency matters. He loves to run the trails in the Dundas Valley to keep active and relieve stress. Click here to book or learn more about Trevor.

LIT Gillian Goldblatt

Family isn’t just symbolic for Gillian Goldblatt. Gillian is Alan Spergel’s daughter and naturally, an understanding and compassionate LIT just like her father. Also keeping with family tradition, Gillian is an accomplished professional who sits on the Ontario Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Practitioners board and promotes financial literacy as a volunteer with CPA Canada’s Community Connect Network. To learn more about Gillian please click here.

LIT Ashvin Sharma

When Spergel decided to branch out and open up in the Greater Vancouver Area, Ashvin Sharma was happy to relocate and pioneer a new location for the firm. Ashvin also meets with clients in Saskatchewan. He enjoys sports and spending time with his family and friends. He also finds time for valuable volunteer work in his community when he isn’t at the office. Book with Ashvin here.

LIT Adam Rauf

Adam Rauf was going to be a math teacher. Thankfully for Spergel, Adam shifted direction in 2014 and became a Trustee. He’s great with numbers and a master at educating others about debt freedom. Adam helps people in downtown Toronto, click here to book a meeting with him.

LIT Chris Galea

Chris Galea has been a LIT for over 20 years and a long-standing member of the Spergel family. His own daughter, Samantha, has made the choice to join our team and spend her career helping others achieve debt freedom just like her dad. Chris enjoys playing pick-up hockey with his friends and spends a lot of his spare time at home with his family. To book your FREE consultation please click here.

LIT Rob Kilner

Rob Kilner always takes extra steps to ensure his clients are happy. Rob helps people in our Barrie, Newmarket and London offices. He loves to travel and he’s an avid sports fan who once had aspirations to play baseball professionally. Rob and his wife have recently welcomed their first child and are excited to become parents for the first time.  Click here to schedule a meeting with Rob.

LIT Frank Kisluk

Frank Kisluk has been helping people discover debt freedom for longer than Spergel has been in business! For more than 40 years he’s fostered self-improvement in others via sensible debt solutions. To meet with Frank in Vaughan please click here.

Spergel – Past, Present, Future

For 30 years our family has offered bankruptcy and consumer proposal services suitable for every circumstance. Spergel has a lengthy “past spent bettering futures”. You can trust us to help you understand the debt solutions available to you. If you’re ready to discover how great debt freedom feels, we’re ready to show you how. You owe it to yourself to have the debt-free, stress-free, lifestyle you deserve. Welcome to the family and happy anniversary to us!

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