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|ICTF's Global Credit Professionals Symposium - April 19-21, 2020 - Chicago, IL|
ICTF's Global Credit Professionals Symposium
April 19 - 21, 2020
Four Seasons Hotel - Chicago, IL
"Global Credit, A/R and Order-to-Cash Management - Expert Perspectives and Best Practices"
Sunday, April 19th
6:30 - 7:30 pm | Welcome Reception
Welcome to the ICTF Symposium – your first opportunity to catch up and network with friends and industry peers, old and new!
Monday, April 20th
8:00 - 8:30 am | Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 am | Symposium Opening
8:40 - 10:00 am | Keynote: The State of the Global Economy in 2020 and Beyond
Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist - Export Development Canada (EDC)
10:00 - 10:30 am | Networking Coffee Break and EXPO
10:30 - 12:00 pm | Latin America - Security Instruments, Enforcement Tips, and Pre and Post Bankruptcy Proceeding Challenges and Solutions for Trade Creditors
Stay ahead of the game! Be prepared, learn what works and what doesn’t in Latin America. A review of major Latin American countries’ security instruments, legal framework and enforcement challenges facing trade creditors, as well as challenges and risks pre- and post-bankruptcy petitions.
Moderator: David Conaway, Partner - Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLPPanelists:
Omar Guerrero Rodríguez, Partner - Hogan Lovells
Patricia Medeiros, Senior Legal Manager - Syngenta
Marcelo Moreira Ulhoa, Attorney - Rabelo Alvim
12:00 - 1:30 pm | Networking Lunch and EXPO
1:30 - 2:15 pm | Security Instruments, Enforcement and Debt Collections in The Middle East
Selling on open account to the Middle East? That’s what your customers and the market demand. Learn what you can do to enhance your position, secure your open account transactions, deal with customers who are not paying on time or not paying at all, and collect your money in the Middle East – while there are some similarities, each market poses its own challenges.
Speaker: Charles Mayhew, FCICM, Director - Global Credit Recoveries Ltd., UK
2:15 - 3:30 pm | Cash Flow Optimization through Digital Transformation - O2C Process Automation, Robotics and AI
Digital transformation, A/R process automation, using robotics and AI to improve cash flow are at the center of the CFO’s radar screen. Are you prepared to offer valuable solutions? Gain insights from corporate credit management practitioners who have implemented various technology solutions and automated some A/R processes for better outcomes.
Moderator: Richard Clark, Director, Corporate Credit - Parker-Hannifin Corp.
Michael Buonasora, CCE, CICP, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Collections - Moody’s Corp.
Elizabeth Chamorro, CGCE, Senior Manager, Int’l Credit and A/R - Yaskawa America, Inc.
Mike Thelen, CCE, Director, Enterprise Customer Financial Services - Land O’Lakes, Inc.
3:30 - 4:00 pm | Networking Coffee Break and EXPO
4:00 - 5:30 pm | Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication in the Global Business World
This lively and interactive session is based on Gayle Cotton’s Bestselling Book, ‘SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’. Learn how to manage preexisting cultural expectations, understand cultural sensitivities, avoid conflict, and sidestep offending someone due to cultural differences -- albeit unintentional. The strength of any multicultural relationship depends entirely on the ability to effectively communicate, to build trust and rapport, and to know how to disagree and give constructive feedback, in person, on the phone, or by email. This session will increase your self-awareness, help you adapt your style, and enable you to be successful in multi-cultural business relationships.
Speaker: Gayle Cotton, President - Circles of Excellence, Inc., Bestselling Author and International Speaker
7:00 pm | Group Networking Dinner
Tuesday, April 21st
8:00 - 8:30 am | Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 am | A New Trade Era: Signals, Risks and Expectations – the realities of trade and credit risks around the world
Speaker: Christopher Kuehl, PhD, Managing Director - Armada Corporate Intelligence
10:00 - 10:30 am | Networking Coffee Break and EXPO
10:30 - 12:30 pm | The ICTF Global Trade Creditors Country Round Table and Open Forum: Discussion of General Export Credit and Collection Challenges, and Country Specific Issues 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: Buddy Baker, CGCE, Vice President, Investment Banking - Goldman Sachs Bank
Mike Dunn, CICP, RGCP, Corporate Credit Manager - Neenah, Inc.
Salvatore Garry, Vice President - Willis Towers Watson
Hermelinda Gonzalez, CICP, CGCE, International Trade Finance Manager - The Scoular Co.
Miriam McKinney, CICP, Senior Credit Manager - ADM
12:30 - 2:00 pm | 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: email@example.com
What ICTF Members Are Saying
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If your company is a non-member, and you and your company are first-time in attendance, you may use PROMO CODE: NMFTUS20
Early Bird Registration Fees (if paid by March 5, 2020):
Regular Registration Fees (after March 5, 2020):
If your company is a non-member, and you and your company are first-time in attendance at an ICTF event, you may use PROMO CODE: NMFTUS20
Four Seasons Hotel - Chicago, Illinois
120 E. Delaware Place
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To ensure availability, hotel reservations should be made early - discounted room rate is based on availability.
Buddy Baker, CICP, CGCE
Vice President, Investment Banking Division
Goldman, Sachs & Co.Read Bio
Walter (Buddy) Baker, CICP, RGCP, CGCE, is an experienced Global Trade Finance Banker, Letter of Credit Expert, Global Trade Risk Management Consultant & Trainer. With over 40 years of experience in international trade finance, he is a recognized expert and author of numerous magazine articles and the books Users' Handbook for Documentary Credits under UCP 600, Documentary Payments & Short -Term Trade Finance, and The Regulatory Environment of Letters of Credit and Trade Finance. He makes frequent presentations for national associations of exporters, importers, bankers, and lawyers. Mr. Baker is actively involved in establishing national and worldwide standard practices for L/Cs, such as the latest revision of the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (referred to as "UCP600"), the official ICC guide for... Read More
Michael Buonasora, CCE, CICP
SVP, Head of Global Collections
Moody's CorporationRead Bio
Michael Buonasora is the SVP, Global Head of Collections for Moody’s Corporation. Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management... Read More
Elizabeth Chamorro, CGCE
Sr. Manager, Intl Credit & A/R
Yaskawa America Inc.Read Bio
Liz Chamorro, CGCE is the Senior Manager, Int’l Credit and Accounts Receivable for Yaskawa America, Inc., Yaskawa Canada, Inc., and Yaskawa Solectria Renewables a leading manufacturer of industrial automation equipment. Liz has been with Yaskawa for the last 26 years in various credit and collections roles within the organization... Read More
Director, Corporate Credit
Parker Hannifin Corp.Read Bio
Richard Clark is the Director of Corporate Credit for Parker-Hannifin Corporation, based in Cleveland, Ohio. Parker is a $14 billion global revenue company and is a leading world-wide manufacturer of motion and controls technologies and systems. Prior to Parker, Richard served as the Director of Global Credit for the Industrial Technologies Sector of the Ingersoll-Rand Company...Read More
Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLPRead Bio
As Co-Chair of Shumaker Global, David is active in cross-border matters including foreign direct investment and doing business in the U.S., cross-border business transactions, cross-border commercial disputes, and cross-border insolvencies and restructurings. He has developed and maintains long-standing personal and professional relationships with financial and legal professionals around the world to assist adding value for clients’ cross-border interests... Read More
Circles of Excellence, Inc.Read Bio
Gayle Cotton is an Emmy Award Winner and author of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere: 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication. She is a President of Circles Of Excellence Inc., and a distinguished keynote speaker... Read More
Michael Dunn, CICP, RGCP
Corporate Credit Manager
Neenah, Inc.Read Bio
Michael Dunn, CICP, RGCP, currently serves as the Corporate Credit Manager for Neenah Incorporated, a leading global specialty materials company, focused on premium niche markets that value performance and image. In his current role, he is responsible for optimizing cash flow, managing global client accounts and mitigating credit risk. In addition, he provides leadership and guidance while developing best practices that drive operational efficiencies to the Credit Department. Prior to his current role, Mike held positions with Motorola Inc., Compass Group LLC, and Automatic Data Processing...Read More
Willis Towers WatsonRead Bio
Salvatore Garry is a Vice President – Financial Solutions for Willis Towers Watson in New York. Salvatore specializes in providing trade credit and political risk insurance expertise for financial institutions and corporations... Read More
Hermelinda Gonzales, CICP, CGCE
International Trade Finance Manager
The Scoular CompanyBio Coming Soon
Omar Guerrero Rodríguez
Hogan LovellsRead Bio
Based in Mexico City, Omar co-heads the arbitration and litigation practice as well as the antitrust practice of our Mexico offices. Omar knows the importance of being a team player, providing bold solutions for clients, and the merits of being a fierce competitor....Read More
Vice-President and Chief Economist
Export Development Canada (EDC)Read Bio
Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international round tables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues...Read More
Christopher Kuehl, PhD
Armada Corporate IntelligenceRead Bio
Dr. Christopher Kuehl (PhD) is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company in 1999. He has been Armada’s economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations in the last ten years. He is the Economic Analyst for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and writes their bi-weekly publication, Fabrinomics, which details the impact of economic trends on the manufacturer... Read More
Charles Mayhew, FCICM
Global Credit Recoveries Ltd.Read Bio
Charles Mayhew FCICM joined Moreton Smith in 2002 after living and working in the UAE. Moreton Smith was acquired by Marston Holdings in 2015. Prior to his role at Moreton Smith, Charles worked for Stanley Tulchin Associates as Managing Director in London and Globaleye in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2018 Charles re-entered the debt recovery Industry with Global Credit Recoveries Ltd based in London and Dubai...Read More
Senior Legal Manager
SyngentaBio Coming Soon
Miriam McKinney, CICP
Senior Credit Manager
ADMBio Coming Soon
Marcelo Moreira Ulhoa
Rabelo AlvimBio Coming Soon
Mike Thelen, CCE
Director, Enterprise Customer Financial Srvcs
Land O' Lakes, Inc.Read Bio
Mike Thelen, CCE is the Director of Enterprise Customer Financial Services at Land O' Lakes, Inc. Land O’Lakes is a Fortune 500 company manufacturing and marketing food, crop inputs, and animal feed. The CFS team handles credit risk, collections, accounts receivable portfolio, deduction management, pricing and promotion administration, invoice delivery, plus livestock and crop input financing for a combined $3 billion receivable and loan portfolio... Read More