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Las Vegas: ABS Vegas – Capital Markets Conference

The ABS Vegas Capital Markets Conference has two enablers behind it.  SFIG and IMN both said they were “excited” to once again co-host “the largest capital markets conference in the world”, ABS Vegas 2015. The three-and-a-half day program was developed by leaders within the structured finance industry, representing the full spectrum of industry participants including investors, issuers, financial intermediaries, regulators, law firms, accounting offices,  technology firms, rating agencies, servicers and trustees.  Session topics included The Investor and Issuer Fireside Chat: The Impact of Regulation on Issuance Volume and Investor Appetite;  Revitalizing the PLS RMBS Market: 3.0 Overview; Single Family Rental Securitization;  Relative Value in the CLO Market: Investor Perspectives;  Regulation AB II Implementation: Lessons for the CMBS Industry;  and Trend Watch: Innovations in Marketplace Lending.  There were dynamic panel discussions on the most relevant topics and challenges relating to the securitization industry.  Main conclusion?  “It’s only money…”

Chicago: BAI Retail Delivery

BAI Retail Delivery was, we heard, all about “giving delegates actionable insights and inspiration that would help them reimagine the world of retail banking”. Okay, in order to reimagine the world of retail banking, you had to be able to imagine it in the first place.  No problem, this conference promised to “rewire your thinking, showcasing innovation in a myriad of ways, putting you at the forefront of what’s next”, so you could “learn what the most innovative banking organizations are doing to compete and win today”.   BAI Retail Delivery was designed to “offer fresh perspectives by immersing you in cutting-edge insights and solutions that are as practical as they are game-changing”.  Keynoters tackled topics like “Creating a Performance-Based Culture” and “The role of the Contact Center in an Omni-Channel environment to drive Revenue and Efficiency”.  Okay, have you re-imagined anything yet?  You have?  Imagine…!  #retaildelivery

Boston: Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents – BE

BE stands for the Big Event.  So far so cryptic.  Whose big event?  Well, Massagent’s big event.  Say what?  Well, okay, the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents’ big event, that’s whose. Attendees were from all levels of experience in the insurance industry, serious learners who came to solve their toughest challenges by discovering solutions they could use immediately, we heard.   BE is “the premier exhibition and educational conference for insurance professionals, the insurance professional’s top choice for serious education, new product launches, and tracking trends that provide a competitive edge”.  1,800 attendees from all over the state of Massachusetts, sporting badges with more than 20 different job titles, were there to reap the benefits.  Topics of interest included thoughts on being a Personal Insurance Professional (or PIP), A Curmudgeon’s Take on Social Media, and The Mysterious World of Surety Bonding. Confused?  Don’t think, just BE….  #BigEvent14

Las Vegas: Money Show 2014

MoneyShow2014

MoneyShow2014

Orlando: Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multi-Family Housing – CREF

So who was this John Ellis Bush everyone was talking about?  Oh, you mean JEB!  That’s right, the former Florida governor and scion of the Presidential House of Bush was there to address CREF’s general opening session.  CREF is the Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multi-Family Housing Convention & Expo (phew!), and it claims to be “the event for all commercial and multifamily real estate finance professionals with a working knowledge of the industry”.  That would include commercial mortgage bankers, the real estate investment officers of life insurance companies, commercial banks, savings banks, credit corporations and other lenders, pension fund advisors and investment banks, structured finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac…

Resembles Congress

Resembles Congress

Who else? Well, since you ask, multifamily sellers and servicers, FHA-approved multifamily mortgagees and Ginnie Mae issuers, commercial and multifamily real estate loan originators, administrators, secondary market executives and professionals, and others with an interest in commercial and multifamily real estate finance.  (Is that everyone? Double phew!)  #Mortgage #Servicing #MBAServ14 #MBACREF14

NFL Hall of Fame member Thurman Thomas meet & greet

NFL Hall of Fame member Thurman Thomas meet & greet

 

Outlining newest trends for 2014-2015

Outlining newest trends for 2014-2015

Los Angeles: Americas Lodging Investment Summit – ALIS

ALIS is the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, the meet that claims to be the leading and largest hotel investment conference in the world. Nearly 2,600 top industry leaders attended ALIS in January 2014. Who was there?  Well, Investors, Owners, Lenders, Developers, Hotel Chain/Management Company Executives, Investment Bankers, Vacation Ownership Executives, Financial Advisors, Real Estate & Financial Intermediaries, Builders, Consultants, Lawyers, Architects &  Designers, Government Tourism Officials, and Media.  Oh, and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, who headed the list of keynoters.  Sessions included Hotel Investments 101 – From Acronyms to Zoning;  the Outlook for the Economy:   and a panel session entitled WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE, WHY DO THEY MATTER TO INVESTORS AND WHAT’S NEXT?  Mystified?  Go ask ALIS, when she’s ten feet small….  #alisconference

New Orleans: Vehicle Finance Conference & Exposition – AFSA

VF14: Meeting Signage

VF14: Meeting Signage

AFSA is the Vehicle Finance Conference & Exposition.  This conference is the first event of the year for the vehicle finance industry, and is held in conjunction with NADA’s Convention & Expo in New Orleans.  Under the leadership of the AFSA Vehicle Finance Division, this is a biggie for the vehicle finance industry.  This conference is for auto finance CEOs and senior executives; attorneys and compliance officers; credit and collections; marketing; operations; data security, e-commerce; public policy, remarketing, risk management, and state and federal government affairs executives, as well as auto dealers, industry suppliers and business partners.  The AFSA conference attracts more than 500 top and senior executives specializing in prime, near prime, and subprime vehicle finance and leasing.  Subprime?  Does that mean that some of these vehicles can go underwater…?

VF14: CFPB Seminar How to Survive

VF14: CFPB Seminar How to Survive