"The educational content and intellectual capacity contained within ICTF is astounding and surpasses any of the groups I've attended in the past."

"ICTF is the superior international group which stands shoulders above any other organization that may attempt to fill the International business needs."
"I always leave the conference with a renewed confidence to do my job. The knowledge and contacts are invaluable. The topics provide new ideas on how to handle issues and implement practices in our credit department."

ICTF's Global Credit Professionals Symposium
April 23-25, 2017
Four Seasons Hotel - Chicago, IL
"Global Credit Management Excellence, Expert Perspectives and Best Practices"






Thank You to ICTF's 2017 Sponsoring Partners and Symposium Sponsors




"Thanks to ICTF for a great conference packed with valuable updates, best practices and the ever important networking opportunities."


"ICTF has emerged as the premier organization serving the sophisticated international credit executives.”


"ICTF is a tremendous organization comprised of credit professionals from around the globe and from various industries. Invaluable knowledge sharing and networking opportunities at the conferences."



Sunday, April 23rd

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception -
Welcome to Chicago and The ICTF Global Credit Professionals Symposium

Monday, April 24th

8:00 - 8:30 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast - sponsored by Coface

8:30 am

Symposium Opening

8:45 - 9:45 am


Global Economic Outlook: the Current Picture, the Real Issues and the Prospects for Future Growth

Keynote Speaker: Robert Fry, PhD – Robert Fry Economics LLC                    
Robert Fry is Chief Economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, where he analyzes, forecasts, and explains the global economy, guiding decision-makers at major multinational companies. Until retiring in 2015, Robert was Senior Economist at DuPont, where he and his colleague Bob Shrouds were named among the top economic forecasters by Bloomberg, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

9:45 - 10:30 am

Getting to Know ICTF, Your Fellow Members and Industry Peers -
Speed Networking and Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:30 am

The World in 2017...through the eyes of Dr. Hans Belcsak
The immeasurable variables on a global and national scale are so plentiful, so fleeting and so easily misleading that the odds weigh heavily against anyone trying to play the oracle. Yet, no business can function without its stewards taking a view of what, at least on current indications, they believe the future may hold. A straight-to-the-point talk on the most crucial issues that will affect and shape the future of U.S. multinationals. Mapping the impact of the new U.S. administration trade policies, BREXIT, and much more!

Speaker: Dr. Hans Belcsak, Country Risk Expert and Publisher – Global Perspectives                    

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Political Risks – Challenges and Risk Mitigation Strategies for Selling in an Increasingly Uncertain Global Environment
Discuss political risk uncertainties and exposures, global hot spots, exchange controls, availability of USD, and the way forward for global trade creditors. Review key concepts and trends as well as political risk mitigation strategies employed by global businesses.

Moderator: Gayle Jacobs, Partner – International Risk Consultants


Paul Kunzer, Divisional President – AIG                    
Jared Kotler, Head of Americas, Political Risk and Credit - Talbot Underwriting Services (US) Ltd
Fredrik Murer, CEO – Coface North America                    


12:30 - 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 pm

The ICTF Global Trade and A/R Best Practices and Ideas Exchange Forum – Sharing Knowledge! Igniting Ideas!


• Order-to-Cash (O2C) Transformation - Best Practices for Effective DSO Management and Reductions in Past Due Receivables
Establishing an approach to effectively manage DSO and reduce past due receivables. How managing the cash cycle using the DSO Prioritization/Performance Model and the principles of Perfect Execution drives sustainable improvements in DSO and past due reductions - leading to greater optimization of working capital; alignment of people, processes and technology, and a positive impact on the bottom line.


Presenter: Paul Clausen, VP Credit & Collections, Final Controls - Emerson Automation Solutions

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Networking Coffee Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Credit and Sales – Working Together to Maximize Profits for Your Company
How strong is your relationship with sales? Have you equipped them with the right tools to make the best decisions and maximize profits for your company? A strong collaborative relationship between Sales and A/R is a dream come true - learn how to get there! Takeaways and templates that can be easily implemented and used. Sharing of actionable strategies and techniques for increasing sales, collection efficiencies and profits. Not to be missed!

Richard Clark, Director, Corporate Credit – Parker Hannifin Corporation

Davy Tyburski, America's Chief Profit Officer and Business Advisor                    

6:45 pm            

Networking Dinner - Mike Ditka's Chicago 

Tuesday, April 25th    


8:00 - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 9:45 am

The ICTF Global Trade and A/R Best Practices and Ideas Exchange Forum – Sharing Knowledge and Experience! Igniting Ideas!

   • Deduction Safety Nets, Tools and Techniques to Improve Deduction Recovery, Increase Cash Flow and Profitability
Presenter: Diana Crowe, Manager – IAB Solutions LLC

  • Latin America Export Trade Finance – New Developments and Practical Solutions for the U.S. Exporter
Presenter: Daniel Pinho, Senior Vice President and Assistant Group Manager – PNC Bank

9:45 - 10:15 am

Networking Coffee Break

10:15 - 12:00 pm

The ICTF Global Trade Creditors Country Round Table – Discussion of A/R, Credit and Collection Issues and Challenges Selling to countries in Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia
Your Questions Answered! This is where the best ideas and actionable plans come from - the most practical A/R, credit, collections, and country specific quality interaction, helping you address current challenges. Submit your questions in advance and benefit from the collective knowledge of your industry peers.

Moderator: Buddy Baker, Vice President – Goldman Sachs                                        

Elaine Dykhouse, CBF, RGCP, Corporate Credit Manager – Blue Diamond Growers
Angela Hodges, RGCP, Latin America Credit Supervisor – Eastman Chemical Company
Santiago Tommasi, CBA, CGCE, Senior Credit Manager – The Mosaic Company

12:00 pm

Symposium Adjourns


The Four Seasons Hotel - Chicago
120 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60611

Room Rate: $199 plus tax


To ensure availability, hotel reservations should be made early - discounted room rate is based on availability. 

The hotel reservations cut-off date is: Monday, March 27, 2017

 TO BOOK ONLINE: http://www.fourseasons.com/chicago/
Step 1: Clink link to "Make a Reservation"
Step 2: Enter dates traveling, # of people. Please note that the dates must be between April 22 and April 26.

Step 3: Click on "Corporate/Promo Code" and type in the code
IC0422 and then "Find Rooms"
(please do not copy and paste the block code and please make sure the letters are in capitals)

Step 4: The following information should appear stating "ICTF Symposium 2017" with the rate of $199 showing for a City-View Room.  
Click on "Select Room" and follow prompts to confirm your reservation.

  TO CALL IN: Please call the hotel directly at 312-280-8400 and ask for the Reservations department. When speaking to the Agent, please reference the code IC0422 or "ICTF Symposium 2017" to make a reservation.



Early Bird Registration
through March 6, 2017

ICTF Member Rate: $725
Non-Member First Time ICTF Event Attendee: $725
Non-Member Corporate Credit Professionals Rate: $925

Non-Member Vendor* Rate: $1,425

  Regular Registration
March 7, 2017 and after

ICTF Member Rate: $875
Non-Member First Time ICTF Event Attendee: $875
Non-Member Corporate Credit Professionals Rate: $1,075

Non-Member Vendor* Rate: $1,575

                   REGISTER ONLINE or email ICTF at: info@ictfworld.org

If your company is a non-member, first-time attendee, you may use 'promo code' NMFTUS17 when registering.

*Registration, Substitution and Cancellation Policy: Please note that in order to receive the 'Early Bird' discounts, both registration and payment must be received by the Early Bird deadline. Substitutions of attendees may be made at any time by providing a reasonable advance notice to ICTF. Unfortunately, we cannot issue a refund or credit for any cancellations received within 21 days of the event start date. ICTF reserves the right to assess an administrative fee of $50 for cancellations.

                    *If your company is a vendor who is neither an ICTF member nor first-time attendee, you must add the Non-Member Vendor ticket to your registration.


Speaker Bios (PDF)

Email: info@ictfworld.org Phone: 410-522-5015

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