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November 8 – 10, 2017
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago, IL



Blues Legend and Grammy-Award winner, Buddy Guy

Before the program even begins, we will be treated to some AMAZING Opening Reception entertainment, sponsored by RedRidge Finance Group and Exworks Capital, at the House of Blues.

We are THRILLED to welcome blues legend and Grammy-Award winner, Buddy Guy! If this is the first time you’ve met the blues, you should know that he has played with countless icons, including Muddy Waters, Hendrix, Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck - and now he will play for you! This will definitely be one for the ages. You would be “Stone Crazy” to miss this.

The reception will kick-off at 6:00 and Buddy will take the stage around 7:30 for a show that is sure to bring the house down!




The CFA 73rd Annual Speakers Announced
Be Part of Something EPIC

Year after year the CFA Annual brings top thought leaders, regulators and 
business innovators to bring focus to the opportunities and challenges ahead, this year is no different.

Ellen Alemany, Chairwoman and CEO of CIT Group

Presented By The Women in Commercial Finance Committee

In 2013 Ellen Alemany retired as head of the Royal Bank of Scotland Americas and Citizens Financial Group, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Banker the same year. Her retirement would be short-lived: Three years later CIT Group asked her to revamp the commercial lender, which serves middle market clients and small businesses nationwide. Alemany quickly launched a three-year transformation plan that included simplifying and strengthening the company and growing its core businesses.

Her four decades in financial services, largely focused in commercial banking, make her well-suited for the task to revamp one of America’s 100+ year-old companies by focusing on delivering for clients, customers and shareholders. Investors seem to approve, driving shares up 50% since June 2016.


Tom Ricketts, Chairman and Owner of the Chicago Cubs

Sponsored by Monroe Capital

After snapping their 108-year championship drought with a World Series win last fall, the Cubs earned another title this past spring when chairman and owner Tom Ricketts was named Sports Executive of the Year at the Sports Business Awards, and, really, who else was it going to be? Since his family bought the Cubs in 2009, Ricketts presided over a makeover of the organization that culminated in a World Series championship in November. Hard to top exorcising 108 years of futility.

In addition to his Cubs duties, Tom is also chief executive officer of Incapital LLC, a Chicago investment bank that packages corporate bonds for retail investors. He is also a director of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation as well as the son of Ameritrade founder J. Joseph Ricketts.



Friday Speaker: Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights 

Derreck Kayongo was born January 25, 1970, in Kampala, Uganda, just before General Idi Amin Dada seized power in a military coup. The new regime became known for its brutality, and today Idi Amin is one of history's most notorious dictators. As violence spread through the country and civil war erupted, Kayongo and his family became refugees in Kenya. He later immigrated to America to attend university. Today, he is a successful entrepreneur and human rights innovator.

Though most well known as a 2011 CNN Hero and founder of the Global Soap Project, Kayongo is an expert in environmental sustainability and global health, as well as the current CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016 the Georgia State Senate passed a resolution recognizing Kayongo's incredible journey from refugee to CEO.













Secure Your Sponsorship Now

Last year in Miami, more than 100 sponsors took advantage of sponsor privileges including premier placement in the Expo Hall, priority signage locations and logo featured on the website and in marketing materials.

Now, #CFAAnnual73 sponsors can secure their opportunities for the 73rd Annual in Chicago!




The WICF Annual Convention Thursday Lunch

The Women in Commercial Finance Committee has quickly asserted itself as a key and vital supporter of the CFA’s Annual Convention. Following up on the success of their sponsorship of Sallie Krawcheck, Sheila Bair and last year Venus Willams, this year's event will prove to be a growing event for sponsors. Show your support of this important committee at our industry’s most important event by becoming a sponsor of this lunch.



Sallie Krawcheck

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The CFA Annual Brings in World-Class Keynote Speakers

Year after year the CFA Annual brings top thought leaders, regulators and
business innovators to bring focus to the opportunities and challenges ahead. 




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November 8 – 10, 2017
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago, IL