Preliminary Agenda – 2024 August Forum & EXPO

Monday, August 5, 2024
9:00am – 10:00am

Demystify the Computations Used to Gauge Economic Activity on a Quarterly and Annual Basis

Presented by Steven c. Isberg, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Credit Research Foundation

This training will focus on identification of key indicators, how they are computed and how to interpret the results and put them into context to better understand the current and future impacts to you and your organization. Dr. Isberg will explore several of the key measures that identify trends and provide a peak into future economic growth. This session will help you:

  • Gain a deep understanding of economic health: Learn how Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the cornerstone of economic indicators, is calculated and its implications for businesses and investors
  • Unravel the mystery behind employment figures: Explore the various computations behind unemployment rates and decipher what they truly signify about the state of the job market
  • Navigate market fluctuations with confidence: Demystify the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation and discover how it impacts purchasing power, investment decisions, and overall economic stability

Monday, August 5, 2024
10:30am – 11:30am

SAP Best Practices Discussion Session

Presented by CRF

This is an interactive peer-to-peer informal discussion session that encourages participants to ask questions, share lessons learned, discuss internal and external resources and address process wins and issues remaining. Find out what your colleagues are experiencing.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Implementation & Migration to S4/Hana
  • Bolt-on solutions that are working or NOT working
  • What SAP modules participants are currently using
  • IT resource concerns
  • External consultants
  • And more!

Monday, August , 2023
11:30am – 1:30pm

EXPO & Lunch

The exhibit hall will officially open at noon. Join us to network with some of the top service providers in the industry, as well as your peers, and fuel up with lunch before the Forum sessions begin!

Monday, August 5, 2024
1:30pm – 1:45pm

Welcome/Opening Comments

Monday, August 5, 2024
1:45pm – 2:30pm

Generative AI: Walking Before You Run

Presented by Billtrust

Session description will be available soon.

Monday, August 5, 2024
2:30pm – 3:15pm

Rising Food Inflation Threatens Economic Stability: Escalating Default Risk Looms

Presented by Kelley Drye

Session description will be available soon.

Monday, August 5, 2024
3:30pm – 5:30pm

EXPO & Reception

Join us for a reception in the exhibit hall – grab a drink and some appetizers as you take another spin around the EXPO and discuss your needs with the industry’s top service providers!

Monday, August 5, 2024
7:00pm – 10:00pm

75th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for the first night of our 75th Anniversary celebration!

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
7:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast

Fuel up with coffee and breakfast before heading into the morning sessions! This is also a great opportunity to chat and network with other attendees.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
8:30am – 8:45am

Opening Comments

Opening comments and reminders from the Board and CRF team.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
8:45am – 9:30am

Generational Leadership Dilemma: Motivating Boomers to Zoomers in an Era of Transformation


Presented by Janine Friedman, Choice Training & Coaching Solutions

Session description will be available soon.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
9:30am – 10:15am

Unlocking Strategic Insights: Maximizing Dashboard Efficiency, Forecast Accuracy, and AI Integration Through Process Digitization


Presented by BlackLine

Session description will be available soon.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
10:15am – 11:00am

Navigating IT Alignment: Strategies for Advancing O2C Initiatives

Presented by Sidetrade

Session description will be available soon.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
11:00am – 11:10am

 Break

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
11:10am – 12:00pm

Playbook Roundtable: Insight on How to Mitigate Risk

Presented by RetailStat

Session description will be available soon.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch

Join us for a delicious lunch! A well-deserved break and an opportunity to network with attendees while you fuel up for the afternoon sessions!

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Pre-Election Insights: Dueling Perspectives from Political Titans


Presented by ArentFox Schiff

Session description will be available soon.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
2:30pm – 2:45pm

Break

Grab some coffee, tea, water or soda and a TREAT…chat with attendees…then return refreshed for the final sessions!

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
2:45pm – 3:30pm

Frontline Defense: Tools to Defend Against Fraud in Business Transactions


Presented by Experian

Session description will be available soon.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
3:30pm – 4:15pm

Best Practices and Ways to Securitize Receivables

                  

Presented by NCS Credit, Bectran and SRS Distribution

Session description will be available soon.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
6:00pm – 9:00pm

75th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for the second night of our 75th Anniversary celebration!

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast

Join us for coffee/tea and breakfast to fuel up for the final day of the Forum!

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
9:00am – 9:45am

Economic Update

Presented by Steve Isberg, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Credit Research Foundation

Steve Isberg, PhD. will share his insights and observations on economic indicators.

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
9:45am – 12:00pm

Open Forum

The Open Forum is often one of the most highly rated sessions at our live events. This is an open discussion session giving all attendees a chance to participate – ask questions and/or provide answers to others. As always, this Open Forum session allows for immediate feedback from your peers on the questions/topics that are important to YOU!

Please be sure to submit any questions or topics you would like to discuss on the registration form or email them to Angela.

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
12:15pm – 5:00pm

National Building Materials Wholesale Best Practices Group Meeting

This is an independent, members-only group for senior level Credit & A/R professionals to engage in best practice processes and benchmarking conversations in an anti-trust compliant environment. The meeting includes an Economic overview presentation focused on the Construction and Building industries delivered by Macro-Economist, Richard Hastings.

For information about this group, to become a member or join this meeting as a first-time guest, please contact Matt Skudera.