PRACTICAL INSIGHT & REAL-TIME BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AWAITS EXPORTERS
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Posted by: Aneta Spilman
Contact: Aneta Spilman, CAE, ICTF President
PRACTICAL INSIGHT AND REAL-TIME BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AWAITS EXPORTERS
ICTF’S GLOBAL CREDIT PROFESSIONALS
SYMPOSIUM IN NEW ORLEANS, APRIL 15 – 17
Baltimore, MD - February
22, 2012 – The Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals
(ICTF) is bringing "Global Credit
Management Excellence, Expert Perspectives and Best Practices” to The
Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, LA for its highly-anticipated Annual Global Credit
Professionals Symposium on April 15 – 17, 2012.
Attendees can expect to gain practical insight and receive
real-time business intelligence on the most pressing global credit risk
management issues. With a reputation for unmatched intellectual capacity and
for delivering the highest-quality educational content, ICTF’s Symposiums
attract professionals who seek trusted expertise with the bonus of making
powerful connections at a world-class educational and networking event.
Kicking off this year’s ICTF Symposium in New Orleans is the
highly acclaimed keynote speaker Dan Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center
for Trade Policy Studies at The Cato Institute where he focuses on WTO
disputes, regional trade agreements, U.S.-China trade issues and anti-dumping
reform. Ikenson will present a thought-provoking view of The New Commercial Reality – How 21st Century Global Trade
Relations are Hampered by 20th Century Politics, discussing the
impact of cross-border investments, transnational production and global supply chains
on trade and trade policies.
Following is an in-depth session entitled China: In a League of its Own – Proven
Export and In-Country Policies, Practices and Procedures – Common Mistakes and
Critical Success Factors, which examines export and in-country legal, cultural,
operational, financial, credit and collections aspects. International credit
and trade finance practitioners will gain valuable tips on exporting to China
as well as setting up in-country operations and selling locally.
Another engaging and highly motivational session is the Energize Your Team, Customers and Profits,
with best-selling author, award-winning leadership expert and professional
speaker David Cottrell of the Cornerstone Leadership Institute. Based on his
book Monday Morning Motivation,
Cottrell will provide the tools and resources to become a better leader, take
business to new heights and accelerate employees’ performance by using
In addition, the signature ICTF Best Practices & Ideas Exchange Forum: Best-in-Class Global
Credit, Collections and A/R Practices for Maximizing Performance and Growth
will provide insights on proven strategies that effectively mitigate risks,
unlock working capital and support revenue growth. Led by top international
credit management pros from a variety of industries, each topic invites
proactive discussion on key issues and new emerging trends, such as: The Alcatel-Lucent Case: Implementing Global
Credit and Collection Policies, Processes, Systems and Performance Measurements
– Change Management in the Critical Areas of Credit and Collections; and The Elizabeth Arden and Nidec Motor Case:
Centralizing Order-to-Cash Activities and Managing Resources in Regional and
Global Shared Service Centers in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Further topics for discussion during the forum include: Assessing Foreign Customers’
Creditworthiness with and without Financials – score cards and methodologies
for evaluating companies and establishing credit limits; and Foreign Accounts Receivable Purchasing
Programs and Trade Financing of Individual Receivables.
On the final day of the Symposium, Dr. Hans Belcsák,
ICTF’s Country Intelligence Expert and President of S.J. Rundt &
Associates, and Augustine Faucher, V.P. & Senior Macroeconomist for The PNC Financial
Services Group, will launch an in-depth discussion on economic, political and
country risk trends shaping the global markets. The ICTF Worldwide Credit Tour: Global Economic Outlook – Making the
Transition from Crisis to Recovery and Expansion also promotes quality
interaction between industry peers by exchanging global experiences and helpful country
specific hints and tricks of the trade.
ICTF’s 2012 Global Credit Professionals Symposium in New
Orleans is supported by ICTF’s annual sponsoring partners: Smyyth, Euler Hermes
ACI, Aon, Atradius, Citibank, Creditreform, Fifth Third Bank, and PNC; and
symposium sponsors: ABC Amega Inc., Coface, FCIA, IAB Solutions LLC., and RBS,
representing the leading product and service providers in the industry.
Full program details and registration information is
available at www.ictfworld.org.
Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals (ICTF) is
an independent, not-for-profit, member-led organization, whose mission is to
advance the profession of international credit management by providing
unmatched expertise, leadership, powerful connections, leading-edge educational
programs and resources, and an unparalleled forum for the exchange of
information and best practices.