ICTF's Annual Global Trade Symposium - November 11-13, 2018 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
ICTF's Annual Global Trade Symposium
November 11 - 13, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
"Global Credit Management Excellence, Expert Perspectives and Best Practices"

Symposium Program
6:30 - 7:30pm | Welcome Reception
Monday, November 12th
8:00 - 8:30am | Networking Breakfast
8:30am | Symposium Opening
8:45 - 10:00am | Keynote:
Top Global and Country Risks to Watch – managing country risk in a subjective world
Speaker: Dr. John Raines, Head of Political Risk - IHS Markit, UK
John Raines, an award-winning economic and political analyst will provide a comprehensive and thoughtful look at the global economy and the forces that will impact it in the coming year, including top risks to watch, changes in risk environment, and specific regional and country overviews. The keynote address will focus on some of the key risks IHS Markit currently has in its sights and how companies should prepare for their eventuality.
10:00 - 10:45am | America First: The U.S. Administration’s Trade Policy – Navigating Global Opportunities
Keen insights from David Salmonsen on the administration’s policy and its short and long-term effect on U.S. exporters and access to Global Markets – a brilliant strategy or a disaster?
Speaker: David Salmonsen, Senior Director, Congressional Relations - American Farm Bureau Federation
10:45 - 11:15am | Coffee Break - sponsored by Esker

11:15 - 12:45pm | Export Regulatory Risks – Due Diligence Musts and Compliance
Discussion of the wide range of issues related to compliance with and enforcement of U.S. export controls, economic sanctions, FCPA, and anti-money laundering. Learn how to develop compliance programs and systems to identify, avoid and mitigate the international regulatory risks. Knowing your customer, knowing your customer’s customer, knowing the transaction…how much due diligence is enough and what are the responsibilities of the credit department in achieving compliance?
Speaker: Michael Burton, Partner - Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC
12:45 - 2:00pm | Networking Lunch / EXPO
2:00 - 3:30pm | Latin America: Credit Risk Management Case Study – “The Rise and Fall”
Examine the rise and fall of a well-established company in Latin America over a period of five years. Work on the presented real-life case study in small groups to analyze the situation and address key decision points – establishing a credit line for a new customer, managing the risk and exposure as time goes by and business grows, remaining competitive, spotting signs of deterioration and risk profile changes, and taking appropriate actions. This is a great way to share tricks of the trade, learn from your peers and practice the art of credit management!
Case Study Presenters:
Angela Hodges, RGCP, Americas Credit Manager - Eastman Chemical Co.
Raul Davila, Senior Credit Manager - Ravago Companies
Carlos Machado, Director of Global Credit - Brightstar Corp.

3:30 - 4:00pm | Networking Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:30pm | Export Trade Finance Solutions, Risk Mitigation and Global Collections – How to Preserve Working Capital and Keep the Supply Chain Efficient
A panel of experts will discuss how to reduce the collection cycles, speed up transactions and mitigate risks, increase access to liquidity and protect and manage your company’s accounts receivable and cash flow. Overcome challenges, turn opportunities into success and get the deal done!
Moderator: Matthew Lissner, Commercial Director for the Americas - Atradius
Gabe DiGiorgio, VP, Global Trade Services - U.S. Bank
Fernando Mesia, Senior Vice President - Mercantil Bank 
Andre Python, Vice President - FCIA Trade Credit Insurance
Jeff Tharnish, RGCP, International Account Manager - ABC-Amega Inc.
6:45pm | Group Networking Dinner - Burlock Coast Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton 
8:00 - 8:30am | Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30am | Emerging Cyber Incident Trends, Payment Fraud and Cyber Security: Is Your Credit Department Prepared?
We will discuss the ever changing world of cyber security and privacy, including the emerging incident trends related to the over 3,000 incident claims Beazley has worked on over the last 12 months. Phishing, extortion, and payment fraud have been around for decades but the fraudsters are getting more sophisticated by the day. No credit department is immune. Learn what to look for and how to reduce vulnerabilities, prevent attacks and protect yourself and your company as best you can.
Speaker: Brett Anderson, CISSP,  Breach Response Service Manager - Beazley Group
9:30 - 10:00am | Networking Coffee Break
10:00 - 12:00pm | The ICTF Global Trade Creditors Country Round Table - Discussion of Export Credit and Collection Challenges in Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia
Your Questions Answered! This is where the best actionable ideas come from - the most practical country specific quality interaction, helping you address unique and common credit and collection challenges. Submit your questions in advance and benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of your peers!
Moderator: Tim Lane, RGCP - ICTF Europe
Miguel Beneito, Global Credit Leader - Corteva Agriscience/DowDuPont
Mark Miazga, CGCE, Corporate Credit Manager - Parker Hannifin Corp.
Tina Sorrels, RGCP, Director, Global Credit - AJC Group LLC

12:30 - 2:00pm | Held in conjunction with the Symposium: 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: info@ictfworld.org

Click here to register online or email ICTF at: info@ictfworld.org

If your company is a non-member, and you and your company are first-time in attendance, you may use PROMO CODE: NMFTUS18

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Early Bird Registration Fees: * through September 27, 2018
  • ICTF Member Rate: $795
  • Non-Member First Time Attendance: $795
  • Non-Member Corporate Credit Professional Rate: $1,095
  • Non-Member Vendor* Rate: $1,295
Regular Registration: September 28, 2018 and after
  • ICTF Member Rate: $945
  • Non-Member First Time Attendance: $945
  • Non-Member Corporate Credit Professional Rate: $1,245
  • Non-Member Vendor* Rate: $1,445

*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 cancellations received within 21 days of the event start date. ICTF reserves the right to assess an administrative fee of $50 for cancellations.

In order to qualify for the discounted member registration rate, the participant must hold an active ICTF membership when registering and at the time of the event.

*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. Please note that vendors who are not sponsors of ICTF are limited to two registrants per company. 


Discounts for multiple attendees from the same company (not valid for vendors): If you are registering more than three people from your company, please contact us to receive an additional discount of $200 per person for attendee #4 and thereafter. Please contact us in advance; send us an email to: info@ictfworld.org

VENDORS: Given the size of the ICTF Symposiums as well as ICTF’s focus on education and credit management practitioners, the maximum number of attendees from sponsoring vendor companies will be limited to three (3) per company. Vendor members who are not sponsors may register no more than two (2) attendees. Founding Annual Sponsoring partners are exempt from this attendance limitation.

The Ritz-Carlton - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone: +1 (954) 465-2300

Hotel Room Rate: $199/night plus tax
*resort fee is waived for ICTF guests

Please note that you will not be charged a resort fee, even if the amount appears on your reservation and confirmation. It will be removed prior to arrival.

Hotel Reservations:

To ensure availability, hotel reservations should be made early - discounted room rate is based on availability. The hotel reservations cut-off date is: Monday, October 15, 2018

ICTF Ft. Lauderdale Hotel Reservations - CLICK HERE>>

or copy and paste the following link into a web browser:

By Phone: Call 1-800-241-3333 and reference the ICTF Symposium Group Code: DBUDBUA

ICTF's Golf Outing - Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Jacaranda Golf Course

7:15 am - shuttle leaves from the hotel
Shotgun - 8:30 am

  • $135 per player (green fee and cart)
  • 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.



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