Credit & Accounts Receivable Open Forum
Date: October 21 (1/2 day) 22 & 23 (1/2 day) 2013
The October Forum will be the last one for Terry Callahan as President of the Credit Research Foundation. To recognize him and welcome the new president, we are having a special celebration dinner Monday evening, October 21. (Details under development). All registered
Credit Professionals will be entitled to attend. To assure that this is a memorable evening, the Foundation is soliciting contributions from our Vendor Partners of $1,000 to help defray expenses. In fairness to those contributing $1000, we are compelled to limit vendor attendance. Accordingly, only vendors contributing to this event will be allowed to attend.
As a Contributing Vendor, your company will receive: one (1) free admission to the dinner, a Certificate of Appreciation
, and a display of your corporate logo. – No Unpaid Guests –All Vendors attending the dinner must be registered for the Forum. If you wish to donate, please Click Here
or cut and paste this link into your browser: (https://www.crfonline.org/ssl/forms/OctoberDinnerParty/regForm.asp).
All donations must be received by June 28th, 2013. After this date, Vendors may register for the Forum ONLY.
Our sincere thanks to all those who have contributed. For questions, call Barbara at 443-821-3005 or or email
Click here to register for Forum on-line
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The beautiful Harbor Beach Marriott,
Ft Lauderdale, FL
3030 Holiday Dr Ft Lauderdale, FL
Visit the Hotel and make reservation online
See our pictures from October 2012's Harbor Beach Forum
Call: Hotel Group Reservations: 1-506-474-2009 or 888-789-3090 to speak to a group reservation agent
Tell them you are registering for the Credit Research Foundation meeting to get the Group Rate of $199.00 single or double (+ Tax).
This will be a SOLD OUT event! Room availability is limited - so book NOW!
The Harbor Beach Marriott: The private beach is accessible by wood stairways leading over a low dune. Because it's private, the beach offers exceptional space for the beach bar, lounge chairs, and volleyball games. Bordered by rock-waterfall gardens, the lagoon-style pool provides an alternative to the beach. Above the sand on a sprawling deck are 50 private beachfront cabanas (surcharge) shaded by palms and equipped with showers, TVs, ceiling fans, and lounge chairs.
The hotel offers five lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, and a dive shop. A water-sports center rents out snorkeling and scuba diving gear, catamarans, personal watercraft, speedboats, kayaks, boogie boards, surf boards, metal detectors, and shelling nets and arranges parasailing flights and outrigger-canoe tours. Bicycles are also available for rent.
CRF Hotel Discounts:
- Discounted self-parking rate $11.00
- In-room Internet $6.95 per day
- 15% off Spa Services
- Complimentary use of hotel fitness center
- Fort Lauderdale - FLL
Hotel is 5 miles from Ft Lauderdale airport
Driving DirectionsFrom the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
- Take the exit to US-1 North. Go north on US-1 Federal Highway. Make a right on S.E. 17 Street Causeway and head east. Go over the intracoastal drawbridge to the 4th traffic light - it's Holiday Drive. Make a right at the Holiday Drive. Go one block to the stop sign and make a right to our resort.
- This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
- Alternate transportation: Towncar, limousine, van; reservation required
- Estimated taxi fare from and to Ft Lauderdale airport: $20.00 USD (one way)
Don't miss this great opportunity to spend a few days with your friends oceanside and Experience CRF!
CRF Forum Registration Policy - see bottom of page
SAP and Oracle users
Monday morning 8am to noon prior to the Forum join the most dynamic User Groups for either SAP or Oracle that focus on credit and AR processes. These meetings are free to all Forum attendees but you MUST register
for them. See below for registration and details. These sessions are for credit professionals and their IT staff only. No vendors please.
Various Credit Information Provider Users' Groups
Wednesday afternoon. Free to all Forum attendees who are subscribers to the services; but you MUST register
for them. See below for registration and details.
The October CRF Forum Program
- Payment Fraud / Claudia Swendseid, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Payments fraud is a serious threat to the efficiency and the integrity of the payment system as well as to your own company’s bottom line. Fraud schemes continue to target traditional corporate payment categories like ACH, cards, checks and wires, where well understood risk mitigation methods are used by most companies. But fraudsters are also developing new ways to attack your banking accounts and payment activities through online and mobile technologies and account takeover schemes. Some executives now release or verify online banking transactions on a tablet or mobile phone not realizing the additional risk they might create by doing so.
Do you know what fraud schemes are most prevalent that affect corporations? Are you familiar with and using "best practice" fraud mitigation techniques? Have you heard that cards are migrating to “chip” security? This session will address these issues and more, and help you become better prepared to protect your organization’s payments activities effectively from payments fraud.
- Unclaimed Property Policies and Procedures: Risk Mitigation in Accounts Receivable / Karen Anderson, Unclaimed Property Recovery & Reporting, / Jen Fox, Uline, & Raphael Zahralddin, Elliott Greenleaf
Did you know that businesses are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties and interest for failure to comply with unclaimed property laws? This is due to states becoming more aggressive in their enforcement efforts, particularly in the number and complexity of unclaimed property audits. Failure to report accounts receivable items is a significant portion of the underlying exposure and risk. To avoid this situation, practitioners should arm their businesses with policies and procedures targeted at preventing the creation of unclaimed property and for insuring compliance with state unclaimed property requirements.
This presentation provides the practitioner information for analyzing its business, considering risk-averting policies and procedures, and implementing measures to achieve and maintain compliance. Is it time for your A/R department to have an escheatment check-up?
The presentation includes:
- An Explanation of the Basic Unclaimed Property Concepts and State Requirements/Obligations
- A Listing of Types of Transactions that Commonly Create Unclaimed Property in A/R
- An A/R Department Case Study in Achieving Compliance
- Ideas and Methods for Minimizing the Creation of Unclaimed Property
- Information about State Voluntary Disclosure Programs as a Means for Achieving Compliance
- Current Unclaimed Property Audit Triggers and Trends
- A Discussion of the Latest Developments in Unclaimed Property Cases, Laws, Regulation and Guidelines
- Order-to-Cash and the Shared Services Organization—Leading through the Change / Mark Tuniewicz , Former NACM national Chairman & Director, Finance Operations, Philips
The notion of creating shared business services—more than just simple centralization—has emerged to the point of being common in Fortune 1000 firms, across a broad range of functions and industries. Where ten years ago titles such as “Director of PtP” or “OtC Process Owner” seemed unusual, now management by process and the drive for continuing cost reduction has swept across the world’s largest companies. It is certainly coming to your company soon in some form, if it hasn’t already. Join us for this interactive session, which will cover:
- Preparing for change in your organization
Challenges and concerns associated with moving to OtC shared services
- The “O” word—outsourcing. Should you include this component? Pros and Cons
- Best practice metrics and key SLA provisions
- Looking ahead: positioning yourself as part of a shared services organization
- Economic Update / William Strauss, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Bill is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He produces the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index and organizes the Bank's Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts several economic workshops and industrial roundtables throughout the year. He is a frequent speaker at CRF Forums.
- Using Your Skills & Experience in Receivable Management to Take On Other Responsibilities Within the Organization / Tracey Brochu, Franchise Integration Manager, Johnson & Johnson Sales & Logistics Co
- Best Practices in Managing A/R with Acquired Companies & Brands / Bob Payne, Director, US Credit Operations
SC Johnson & Son Inc & Harris Semegram,Director of Credit Prestige Brands Holdings Inc
A panel discussion on managing acquisitions from an A/R perspective. The panel will discuss the types of acquisitions, acquisition phases with key actions, staffing considerations and watch outs.
- The End To End Model for Credit Risk – How to Take Your Team from Obstacle and Cost Center to Sought After Partner / Robert Gauch, VP, Head of Credit Risk, Constellation Energy
Sometimes Credit Risk Management is viewed as a cost center and the deal prevention unit - how can today’s credit professionals and leaders become a sought after partner to their commercial organization(s).
- The end to end credit risk model
- Selling the “value add” in a challenging and changing economic environment
- Managing the default and collection process – a big part of the equation
- Metrics and measurement – structured to tell the story
- The credit toolbox and the bottom line – it can work
- Hot topics in Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Cases - What Trade Creditors Need to Know to be Protected / Robert Hirsh, Partner, Arent Fox & Others
This panel will give credit professionals an overview of the Chapter 9 bankruptcy process and specific insights on how to protect your company and your receivables. The panel will explore the nuances between Chapter 9 and Chapter 11 cases along with useful practical tips on how to navigate the process.
- The CRF Open Forum
In this session, you set the agenda and ask everyone for assistance with any operational, logistical or best practice questions or concerns you have. Take advantage of this opportunity to get help from a cross section of America's leading credit professionals representing a variety of industries. We'll all help to find a solution.
Monday Morning User Groups
SAP and Oracle users
Monday morning 8am to noon prior to the Forum join our dynamic ERP User Groups that focus on the management of credit and AR processes. These meetings are free to all Forum attendees but you MUST register
for them. See below for registration and details. These sessions are for credit professionals and their IT staff only.
No vendors please.
Oracle Users Group
- As always, in conjunction with our Forum, CRF will host an Oracle User Group session facilitated by Robin Walker, principal of Caliber Application Services, LLC Monday morning from 8:00am to 12pm immediately prior to the start of the CRF Forum. The agenda and meeting location will be forthcoming.
To find out more or to sign-up for this session, email session host Robin Walker at: email@example.com
SAP Users Group
- SAP Users are invited to attend the CRF SAP Users Group meeting ...SAP Users, don't miss this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this valuable resource. The SAP meeting will take place on Monday morning from 8am to 12pm immediately prior to the start of the CRF Forum.
Registration information available soon.
Wednesday Afternoon User Groups
The following Wednesday afternoon sessions are provided for the CRF Forum attendees by their individual sponsor and are not affiliated with the Credit Research Foundation.
CreditRiskMonitor User Group
- CreditRiskMonitor Users - Don't miss this session
Wednesday October 23, 2013: 1:00 PM -3:00 PM.
THERE IS NO FEE FOR THIS USER GROUP MEETING but registration is limited and admission is for password/contract holders only.
To find out more go to CreditRiskMonitor:
Or email session host Al Carmenini by September 15th to reserve your seat firstname.lastname@example.org
CRF Forum Registration Attendance Policy
Please help us control our meeting costs. Food and beverage commitments are confirmed and guaranteed well in advance of
the Forum. Therefore, if you register we are guaranteeing your attendance and food commitment to the hotel.
Anyone who registers and does not give us advanced cancellation notice, will be charged a fee of $200 for the charges we
Any registration fees paid to CRF for the Forum will not be refunded if you cannot attend; however you can use the registration fee for a future CRF Forum.
If you need to cancel try to send someone else from your organization.
CRF members entitled to free registrations must still register so that we can make an accurate guarantee.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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Discounts will be available for more than one person from your company.