BALTIMORE, USA and LONDON, UK, The launch of The Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals (ICTF) marks a new advance in international credit management, providing the international business community with a membership-led organization set to become the leading association in its field.
The mission of ICTF is to advance the profession of international credit management by providing unmatched expertise, leadership, powerful connections, and leading edge education and services. These goals are a passion shared by every member of the distinguished ICTF Board, notes ICTF's Chairman, David Weidinger, Senior Director, Credit & Accounts Receivable at The McGraw-Hill Companies.
At the same time, ICTF announces its inaugural events in the USA and Europe: Strategic International Credit Management, Recovery and Growth in Uncertain Time is the theme of the ICTF Inaugural European and US Symposiums which will be held October 25-26, 2010 at the Brussels Marriott Hotel in Brussels, Belgium and November 7-9, 2010 at The Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Florida.
ICTF has received significant support from professionals across the globe, and funding by major sponsors and founding memberships of leading corporations and top industry professionals. Initial corporate support includes 3ACredit Europe, ACE Global Markets, Aon Trade Credit, Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, Inc., Coface North America, Creditreform e.V., Euler Hermes ACI, European Plus Ltd., Export Insurance Agency, Inc. (EIA Global), Fifth Third Bank, Graydon International, ICBA, International Risk Consultants, Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., Milliken & Co., One Source Risk Management and Funding, Inc., PNC Bank, Paper Products Marketing (USA) Inc., Ravago Americas, S.J. Rundt & Associates, Inc., Smyyth Credit Services, Inc., The Royal Bank of Scotland N.V., United States Pipe & Foundry Co., Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., and Willis.
The ICTF Board of Directors is pleased to have reached a strategic agreement with Smyyth (www.smyyth.com), an industry leader in credit-to-cash services and technology, to provide ICTF members the advanced Smyyth Networks system for global industry data interchange. To be called the ICTF Global Credit Network, this data interchange is a tremendous member benefit, offering timely and in-depth trade credit information, trade references, payment scores, and industry and country benchmarking, states the ICTF Vice Chairman, Nick King, FACP, MICM, Financial Services Business Manager at NACCO Materials Handling Ltd., UK.
The newly appointed President and COO of ICTF, Aneta Spilman, CAE, who was President of FCIB-NACM until July shares: "I am thrilled to have been selected to be ICTF's President. The commitment and contributions of ICTF Board Members, Founding Members and Sponsoring Partners along with the unmatched expertise that ICTF brings to the marketplace will be the pillars of our success. The caliber of professionals and corporate involvement with ICTF is most impressive and testifies to their commitment to the advancement of international credit management. Being afforded the opportunity to contribute to the success of ICTF is both exciting and professionally rewarding."