"The educational content and intellectual capacity contained within ICTF is astounding and surpasses any of the groups I've attended in the past."
"If your company is involved with international business, ICTF is a must join organization. ICTF is the superior international group which stands shoulders above any other organization that may attempt to fill the International business needs."
  "ICTF has emerged as the premier organization serving the sophisticated international credit executives.”

ICTF's Annual Global Trade Symposium
November 16-18, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton, Ft. Lauderdale Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

"Global Credit Management Excellence, Expert Perspectives and Best Practices"






Thank You to ICTF's 2014 Sponsoring Partners







"The ICTF Global Trade Symposium was exceptional. The mix of credit and trade professionals was one of the best I have experienced...knowledgeable and friendly. The topics covered were informative and very relevant to current economic conditions and credit issues we are experiencing."

"Thanks to ICTF for a great conference packed with valuable updates, best practices and the ever important networking opportunities."
 "I really came away with a strong sense that this is a very strong association and I will recommend to my CFO that we join the membership."


Sunday, November 16th

7:30 amICTF's Annual Golf Outing at the Jacaranda Golf Club

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception -
Welcome to Florida and the ICTF Annual Global Trade Symposium

Monday, November 17th

8:00 - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast - sponsored by FCIA

8:30 am

Symposium Opening

8:45 - 9:30 am

Keynote Address - sponsored by Wells Fargo

The (Mis)leading Indicators that Rule Today's Emerging Markets and World Economies - Progress vs. Market Volatility!

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Zachary Karabell - Economic Analyst, International Relations Commentator, and Award-Winning Author 

9:30 - 10:00 am

The ICTF Speed Networking Session
Meet fellow members and make new contacts in this high energy session. Networking has never been so enjoyable!

10:00 - 10:30 am

Networking Coffee Break - sponsored by Creditsafe USA

10:30 - 11:30 am

This is China and It’s Growing - Credit Management Challenges, Lessons, Risks and Rewards

Find out how to avoid the wrong strategies and reap the rewards of doing business with China. Discuss critical success factors, common mistakes and proven practices, from a legal, cultural, credit management and operational aspect, and equip yourself with the knowledge to trade successfully with China.​​

Discussion Leader:
Richard Clark, Director, Corporate Credit - Parker Hannifin Corp.


Dan Joseph, Founder - The China Learning Curve

11:30 - 12:30 pm

The ICTF Best Practices Forum:
Defining World-Class Global Credit Management, Collections and A/R Process Improvements

Addressing the corporate ‘dash for cash’ and need for continuous improvement, the ICTF unique Best Practices Forum features top international credit management pros, who will present actionable best-in-class global credit management strategies and initiatives. Discuss best practices and equip yourself with actionable ideas and practical solutions.

  • The McGraw Hill Financial Best Practices Case:
    Outsourcing Global Credit and A/R Functions Know-How and Best Practices

    Find out how to determine if outsourcing is the right solution for you, how to drive change management and handle resistance from your businesses and internal stakeholders, how to select the best outsourcing vendor for your needs, how to effectively plan for the transition and manage the knowledge transfer period, how to manage the third party team from across the globe, and how you can transform and improve your processes through the help of an outsource vendor!  

Michelle Baker-Crail, Director of Credit and Accounts Receivable - McGraw Hill Financial 
Ian Thompson, Manager, Credit and Accounts Receivable - McGraw Hill Financial

12:30 - 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 - 3:15 pm

The ICTF Best Practices Forum (continued):
Latin America:
International Credit Risk Management - Practical Solutions for the Trade Creditor
An insightful discussion of challenges, credit management practices and effective payment solutions for trade creditors doing business in Latin America. Find out what’s unique in the various markets, including information availability, due diligence, risk assessment and mitigation, guarantees and security instruments, trade finance arrangements,…and much more!

Raul Davila, Senior Manager, International Credit - Ravago Americas

3:15 - 3:45 pm

Networking Coffee Break 

3:45 - 5:00 pm

Steering Clear of International Fraud, Money Laundering and Corruption – Knowing Who and What You’re Dealing With
Practical advice on identifying corruption risks, bad actors and fraud schemes in the global marketplace. Understand the red flags of corruption, money laundering and financial statement fraud. The discussion will include the anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulatory landscape as well as navigating customer financial statement line items, ratios, and payment transactions. Learn how to identify vulnerabilities, evaluate anti-fraud and anti-money laundering programs, and take the necessary steps to avoid getting burned.

Gene Cahill, Director - Forensic, Investigative and Dispute Services
 - Grant Thornton LLP

6:30 pm

Cocktail Hour and Group Networking Dinner - sponsored by IRC/ICBA 

Tuesday, November 18th

8:00 - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast - sponsored by RBS

8:30 - 10:00 am

Global Economic and Country Risk Review - Insights, Trends and World Market Forecasts
Join Dr. Belcsák in a discussion of the current business climate, economic and political outlook, regional and country trends, and major risks shaping global markets in today’s extraordinarily challenging times.
Real-time market intelligence and forecasts with ample time for questions.


Dr. Hans Belcsák, President - S.J. Rundt & Associates

10:00 - 10:30 am

Networking Coffee Break - sponsored by Receivable Management Corporation

10:30 - 12:00 pm

The ICTF Global Credit Management Round Table – Discussion of Export Credit and Collection Challenges in Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia

Your Questions Answered! This is where good ideas come from - the most practical country and credit specific issues exchange, helping you overcome challenges and get paid on time. Submit your questions and benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of your industry peers. Including:

- Assessing Risks in Emerging Markets
- Venezuela - FX regulations and payment delays
...and much more!

Paul Beretz, Managing Director - Pacific Business Solutions

de Castro, Senior Vice President - Wells Fargo International Trade Services
Nicole Harvey, Director of Credit & Collections - Parfums de Coeur
Python, Vice President Underwriting - FCIA Management Co.
Marie Zuback, Supervisor , Accounting - Magnetrol

12:00 pm

Symposium Adjourns

12:30 - 2:00 pm

ICTF's Food Industry Export Credit Group Meeting
This meeting is open to ICTF members from the food industry (manufacturers and/or distributors).
To register, please email ICTF:



  The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

1 North Fort Lauderdale Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Phone: +1 (954) 465-2300

Room Rate: $199 plus tax

Hotel Reservations Online: https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/FortLauderdale/Reservations/Default.htm?ci=&co=&gc=BVMBVMA&ng=1&nr=1&up=false%23top%23top%23top%23top%23top#top

Hotel Reservations must be made by Friday, October 24, 2014 - make your hotel reservation early!

Reservations by Phone: Call 1-800-241-3333 and reference the group name ICTF Global Trade Symposium and event dates November 16 - 18, 2014.
Group Code: BVMBVMA


Early Bird Registration Fees
(by September 23, 2014):

ICTF Member Rate: $745
Non-Member First Time Attendance: $745 
Non-Member Rate: $925

Regular Registration Fees
(after September 23, 2014):

ICTF Member Rate: $895
Non-Member First Time Attendance: $895 
Non Member Rate: $1,075


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

If your company is a non-member, first-time attendee,
you may use

*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 two weeks of the event start date. ICTF reserves the right to assess an administrative fee of $50 for cancellations.

Monday Group Dinner - included in the registration fee - RSVP
Additional Dinner Guests (significant others) - $100


Speaker bios


ICTF's Golf Outing - Sunday, November 16, 2014
Jacaranda Golf Course

7:00 am - shuttle leaves from the hotel -


Shotgun - 8:30 am

Cost: $110 per player (greens fee and cart fee)
Club Rental (optional): $59 + tax

Fun is only a 9-iron away! ~ Join fellow golfers for a morning of golf and fun ~
Jacaranda Golf Club is a 36-hole facility offering all the amenities of a private country club. Widely considered one of the finest golf and practice facilities in South Florida, the East and West Courses feature gently rolling terrain framed by the lush tropical foliage and waterways of South Florida.

Jacaranda Golf Club has been the host site to many PGA and USGA tournaments and qualifying events and voted "Club of the Year" by the South Florida PGA of America.




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

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