SAMUEL K. CROCKER was sworn in as the United States Trustee for Region 8 (Kentucky and Tennessee) on July 17, 2011. He was appointed United States for Region 20 (Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico) in June 2014, and served in both regions until his retirement in 2018. During his tenure as U.S. Trustee, in addition to his regional duties, Mr. Crocker has served on the Programs Independent Trustee Working Group, and as a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) and National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT) Liaison Committees. Prior to his U.S. Trustee appointment, Mr. Crocker practiced law in Nashville, Tennessee for over 25 years. His practice included representation of debtors, Creditors, and Trustees. He also served continuously, beginning in 1984, as a member of the standing panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Mr. Crocker received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his JD from the University of Mississippi. He was a longtime board member and past president of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. He was a contributing editor to NABTalk, the Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, and authored the article on recent bankruptcy case decisions for 12 years. He co-authored, with Robert Waldschmidt, Impact of the 2005 Bankruptcy Amendments on Chapter 7 Trustees, The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Volume 79, Issue 2, 2005, and authored Dueling Statutes: Application of Code § § 547(e)(2) and §547(c)(1) to Avoidance of Lien Perfection, 2009 Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law. Mr. Crocker is a former Director of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, and remains a frequent speaker on bankruptcy law and practice.