73rd Convention-Recap


Industry Executives Gather in Chicago for CFA’s 73rd Annual Convention
By Michele Ocejo

The Commercial Finance Association celebrated its 73rd Convention in Chicago, IL, November 8-10, 2017. This is the premier event for the asset-based lending, factoring and trade finance industries, with high-quality education and networking opportunities at the event underscoring the positive energy of the industry executives in attendance.

Richard D. Gumbrecht, CEO of the Commercial Finance Association, said, “The feedback on this year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago is that we ‘exceeded expectations’ on our promise of bringing together the resources that make capital work.  Excellent panels and speakers who sparked great ideas.  Lots of relationship building, market intelligence sharing and deals made.  Kudos to everyone involved. Overall a tremendous success.” 

The top-quality panels included topics such as, views from the top from both the large ABL players and the entrepreneurial viewpoint, opportunities in cross-border ABL, cybersecurity and managing multiple generations. No matter which market you serve, this year’s CFA Annual Convention truly offered something for everyone.

Joe Accardi of Santander said, “I’ve been attending the CFA convention for many years, and I thought that this last one in Chicago was one of the very best. The intra-industry networking that goes on is always valuable, but this year the panel discussions were especially thought-provoking and stimulating. They confronted issues that are on the minds of many in the industry.”  

Jeff Wurst of Ruskin Fascou Faltischek P.C. has been attending the CFA Convention for 30 years. “After the financial crisis of 2007 I noticed a dip in the effect of the annual.  The past several years have certainly demonstrated the strength of the organization and its major event.  This year was superb.  From the opening event heighted by the performance by Buddy Guy to the keynote by Ellen Alemany, chairwoman of CIT (how nice to have a keynote from our own ranks) to the educational sessions and, of course, the networking in the Exhibition Hall and throughout the event – it was a great event.  Great business connections and reconnections.  I am already looking forward to next year in San Diego.”

“Another successful Commercial Finance Association Annual Conference in Chicago to wrap up 2017!  With something to offer all types of financial professionals, the conference included engaging networking events coupled with a variety of specialized educational sessions presented to keep members abreast of the ever-changing industry landscape.  I look forward to seeing what the Association has in store for us in 2018,” said Gina Mackenzie, CapFlow Funding Group.

Be sure to save the date for CFA’s 2018 Annual Convention in San Diego, November 7-9. Joe Lehrer of Citi Commercial bank, who will be serving as the 2018 Convention Program Committee chair, said, “I’m excited about serving as Convention Program Committee chair for 2018. We will be building on the enthusiasm of the Chicago Convention to deliver top-notch networking and dynamic panels. Plus, the 2018 Convention will be in San Diego, which means warm weather, sun and golf!”

Michele Ocejo is editor-in-chief of The Secured Lender and director of communications for the Commercial Finance Association.