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Events

Date Meeting Venue Location
May
12
 
Factoring Essentials Hybrid
Training Class
Arizona
Biltmore
Phoenix, AZ
or Online
May
11 - 15
2021 Hybrid Annual Factoring
Conference
Arizona
Biltmore

 
Phoenix, AZ
or Online
June
14 - 15
The Law & Business of
Factoring Hybrid Training Class
Planet Hollywood
 
Las Vegas, NV
or Online
 
June
17 - 18
 
Account Executive/Loan Officer
Hybrid Training Class
Planet Hollywood
 
Las Vegas, NV
or Online
June
23
 
A Practical Bankruptcy Guide
for Factors (Part Two)
Webinar 11am - 12pm
PDT
June
29
 
Managing Credit Risk in
the Coming Recovery
Webinar 9am - 10am
PDT
July
15 - 16
 
Credit, Underwriting & Collections - 
New Approaches, Ideas & Trends
Hybrid Training Class

 
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, NV
or Online
September
16 - 17
 
Hybrid Annual Transportation
Meeting
Marriott Omaha
Downtown
Omaha, NE
or Online
January
26 - 28, 2022
Annual Presidents &
Senior Executives Meeting
 
Condado Vanderbilt
Hotel
San Juan, PR
 

Event details will be posted below as they become available

 




Factoring Essentials Hybrid Training Class

If you are a new factor company, an individual new to factoring, or just wish to brush up on your knowledge, the Factoring Essentials course will provide you with the background you need to be a successful factor. You have the option of attending this class in-person or online. The online attendee will be in a live classroom setting with speaker interaction.

The Venue: Arizona Biltmore - Phoenix, AZ

The Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021: 8am - 4pm Pacific Time Zone

Learning Objectives:

  • Factoring Defined
  • Contract Basics
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • How to Find Clients
  • Underwriting and Credit
  • Notifications and Verifications
  • The Daily Business Flow
  • Ending the Relationship

Instructors:

  • George Thorson - Executive Vice President, Triumph Business Capital
  • George has more than 36 years of experience in commercial finance including factoring, asset based lending, business evaluations, loan work out and field auditing. Prior to joining Triumph Business Capital, George was a principal in Collateral Risk Management, Inc. and Credit Support International. George continues to serve as an industry expert and peer educator for the International Factoring Association and the National Association of Credit Managers. George received a B.S. in Accounting from St. Cloud State University, and is an IFA Certified Account Executive in Factoring (CAEF).
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  • Gen Merritt-Parikh - President, Haversine Funding
  • Gen Merritt-Parikh is the President of Haversine Funding. She was named a Top Female Executive by Addison Magazine in 2015. Under her leadership, in 2016, her former company was ranked one of the Best Places to Work by The Dallas Business Journal. In 2018, as President of Allied Affiliated Funding, she led the company to a successful sale to a nationally chartered bank where she continued to manage that line of business for the bank. Previously, Gen has worked in the factoring and asset-based lending space in escalating roles since 1995 with companies including Liquid Capital, Comresco Capital and Guaranty Business Credit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas, serves on the Factoring Committee for the Secured Finance Network and holds the Subject Matter Expert designation by the International Factoring Association, having helped develop the first factoring certification program for the industry. She joined Haversine Funding in 2020 and currently resides in the Dallas metroplex with her husband and two sons.

Legal counsel will be provided by:

  • Jim Cretella, Esq. - Attorney, Otterbourg, P.C.
  • Jim Cretella is a Member of the firm’s Banking and Finance Department.  He represents institutional lenders, factoring companies and specialty lenders, as well as borrowers, in a variety of asset based lending, specialty finance and other corporate transactions.  Mr. Cretella has worked on financing transactions covering a wide range of industries, including staffing, transportation, oil and gas, refactoring and government contracting.  He has extensive experience in supply chain and other trade finance transactions, including off-balance sheet receivable purchase facilities.

Accommodations:

  • A special rate at the Arizona Biltmore starting at $259 has been negotiated for this event. 
  • You can reserve a room online by clicking here
  • Room block expires on April 26, 2021.

Fee:

          The fee for this meeting is $495 ($545 for Non-Members).

This is an add-on training class to the IFA Annual Factoring Conference. You do not need to be registered for the IFA Annual Factoring Conference in order to register for this additional training class. For information can be found at:
www.factoringconference.com

The meeting will run from 8am - 4pm. The fee includes tuition, course materials, continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch. With the exception of meals, because of the hybrid interaction, the in-person and virtual attendee will have a similar experience during this training class. Virtual attendees will be in a live online classroom environment where they can pose questions to the speaker throughout the class. Price is per attendee. A unique participant ID will be sent to all virtual attendees.

Register Here >>

 




The Law and Business of Factoring Hybrid Training Class
with Bob Zadek, Esq., Buchalter

Bob Zadek's information-packed 2-day course - complete with a full set of superior forms he developed - is designed to help novices and seasoned factoring professionals, attorneys, and accountants build and strengthen their factoring know-how. His unique program devotes considerable time to revenue enhancing techniques and will increase your awareness of the factoring industry's challenges and opportunities. This powerfully presented program provides the opportunity to learn about the most recent and relevant legal issues in today's factoring industry. This training class will be offered in a live hybrid format, so you can attend in-person or online. 

The Venue: Planet Hollywood Resort - Las Vegas, NV or Online Via Zoom

The Schedule:

  • Monday & Tuesday, June 14 - 15, 2021
  • 7:30am - 3:00pm each day (Pacific Time Zone)

Learning Objectives:

  • Add Revenue Enhancing Provisions To Your Contracts
  • Sell Factoring By Diffusing Resistance To High APRs
  • Get the Edge Over Other Competing Secured Creditors
  • Get All You Can From The Notification Letter, Invoice, Acknowledgement And UCC Filing
  • Deal Effectively With The Internal Revenue Service
  • Eliminate Dilution And Deflect Account Debtor Claims
  • Make Your Guaranties "Litigation Proof"

Topics Covered:

  • The Law and Business of Factoring
  • Factoring Law - Usury And Bankruptcy Issues
  • Latest Case Developments
  • Factoring Without Recourse - What It Is - When To Do It
  • Pricing Options And Issues
  • Priority Issues - Where The Game Is Won And Lost
  • Taking Out Another Lender - The Right Way To Do It
  • Internal Revenue Service Issues
  • Specific Industries To Avoid/Pursue
  • Account Debtor Issues
  • Assessing Account Debtor Quality
  • Enforcing Claims After Default
  • Additional Financial Products You Can Sell To Clients

Instructor:

  • Bob Zadek, Esq. - Buchalter
    Bob is one of the premier attorneys and an expert in the field of factoring. An attorney with the San Diego office of Buchalter, he handles loan documentation, trade finance and letters of credit, loan workouts and bankruptcy. He is a past Chair of the Commercial Financial Services Committee of the Section on Business Law of the American Bar Association, and was a founder and Chair of its Subcommittee on Loan Documentation.

Accommodations:

  • A special rate at the Planet Hollywood of $139 has been negotiated for this event. There is also a $37/night resort fee. This includes use of the fitness center and internet access in your room.
  • You can make reservations by calling Planet Hollywood at 866-317-1829 and ask for the SMIF11 rate.
  • Or you can reserve a room online by clicking here
  • Room block expires on May 14, 2021.

Fee:

          The fee for this meeting is $1495 ($1595 for Non-Members)

Special Discounts:

  • Past attendees from this course will receive 50% off.
  • Bring 3 attendees for the price of 2.
  • Register the same attendee for this course and the AE-LO Training Course and receive a $100 total discount.
  • Please call 805-773-0011 to receive these discounts.
The meeting will run from 7:30am - 3pm  (Pacific Time Zone) both days. A 15 minute morning break, 15 minute afternoon break and a 1 hour lunch will be included. The fee includes tuition and course materials (including all legal forms). The in-person registration includes continental breakfasts, coffee breaks and luncheons both days. With the exception of meals, because of the hybrid interaction, the in-person and virtual attendee will have a similar experience during this training class. Virtual attendees will be in a live online classroom environment where they can pose questions to the speaker throughout the class. Price is per attendee. A unique participant ID will be sent to all virtual attendees.

For those that attend the course in Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood will be following Caesars' extensive health and safety precautions. Click here for more information.


Register Here >>
 




Account Executive/Loan Officer Hybrid Training Class


The Account Executive/Loan Officer Training Course is now being offered as a hybrid training class. You have the option of attending in-person or online via Zoom. This class is a comprehensive two-day course covering a multitude of issues related to factoring. It is designed to help employees within your organization become more knowledgeable about the factoring industry. 

The Venue: Planet Hollywood Resort - Las Vegas, NV or Online Via Zoom

The Schedule:

  • Thursday & Friday, June 17-18, 2021
  • 7:30am - 2:00pm each day (Pacific Time Zone)

Learning Objectives:

  • Deal Evaluation Process
  • Contracts, P.O.'s and Vendor Agreements
  • Invoice Verification Procedures
  • Checking the Paper Trail
  • Reviewing and Approving Debtor Credit Limits
  • Incoming Transactions & Compliance
  • Dealing with Credit Memos
  • Reserve Management
  • Management of the Accounts Receivable Aging
  • Monitoring Tax Payments
  • Collection Procedures
  • Specific Industry Concerns and Pitfalls
  • Client Service Techniques
  • Working with Government Contracts
  • Management Policies and Strategies
  • Documentation and Compliance Procedures
  • Assignment Procedures and Issues

Instructors:

  • Jay Atkins - President, Seacoast Business Funding - a division of Seacoast Bank
    Jay is a 30 year Commercial Finance Executive, holding titles as CEO or President within the Factoring industry for the last 20 years. Jay currently serves as President of Seacoast Business Funding.
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  • Robyn Barrett - Managing Member, FSW Funding
  • Robyn has earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a CPA license. Robyn's first official role in accounting was at Restaurant, Inc. in Phoenix, a food contract management company and subsidiary of the Greyhound Corporation. Three years later, she left the company to take on larger-scale accounting pursuits at The Dial Corporation. After six years at The Dial Corporation, Barrett ventured into the world of corporate finance at FINOVA Capital Corporation, a Phoenix-based publicly traded commercial lender. During her tenure at FINOVA, Barrett held numerous positions including: senior finance manager, senior marketing analyst, senior credit underwriter and vice president of marketing. After leaving FINOVA in 2000, she went on to serve as vice president of marketing and business development at ZoomLot Corporation. In 2001, Barrett founded Scottsdale-based Factors Southwest, LLC. Barrett holds a master’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University and is an active member of numerous industry organizations including: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA); Turnaround Management Association (TMA); Risk Management Association (RMA); International Factoring Association (IFA); Commercial Finance Association, and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Legal counsel will be provided by:

  • Michael Ullman, Esq. - Principal - Ullman & Ullman, P.A.
  • Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1975 and graduated Nova Law School Magna Cum Laude in 1979. He also served as a member of and published for the Nova Law School Law Review. Mike is a member of the Florida Bar, is admitted to practice in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, Southern and Middle and Northern Districts of the Federal Courts in Florida and in the Eleventh and Fifth Circuit Federal Courts of Appeals as well as having been given pro hac vice status to serve his clientele throughout the country in numerous other states, including matters involving complex arbitration proceedings. Mike started his law firm, Ullman & Ullman, P.A., in 1980. Ullman & Ullman, P.A. has specialized in all forms of commercial transactions and litigation. Mike currently serves as co-counsel to and has been a frequent lecturer for the International Factoring Association for over a decade.

Accommodations:

  • A special rate at Planet Hollywood of $139 has been negotiated for this event. There is also a $37/night resort fee. This includes use of the fitness center and internet access in your room.
  • You can reserve a room online by clicking here
  • You can make reservations by calling Planet Hollywood at 866-317-1829 and request the SMIF21 rate.
  • Room block expires on May 17, 2021.

Fee:

          The fee for this meeting is $895 ($945 for Non-Members)

The meeting will run from 7:30am - 2pm (Pacific Time Zone) on Thursday and Friday. A 15 minute morning break, 15 minute afternoon break and a 1 hour lunch will be included. The in-person registration includes continental breakfasts, coffee breaks and luncheons both days. With the exception of meals, because of the hybrid interaction, the in-person and virtual attendee will have a similar experience during this training class. Virtual attendees will be in a live online classroom environment where they can pose questions to the speaker throughout the class. Price is per attendee. A unique participant ID will be sent to all virtual attendees.

For those that attend the course in Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood will be following Caesars' extensive health and safety precautions. Click here for more information.

Register Here >>
 


Webinar: Managing Credit Risk in the Coming Recovery
(Sponsored by Meridian Finance Group)



The Venue: Webinar

The Schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 9am - 10am PDT (Pacific Time Zone)

Topic: Trade credit has evolved in COVID-time and will never return to pre-2020 norms. This webinar will provide attendees with an understanding of:

  • •     Today's longer terms, slower payments, concentrations, etc.
    •     Why and how to re-evaluate customers’ creditworthiness now
    •     Recognizing new credit risks arising from economic recovery
    •     How the credit insurance has performed during the pandemic
    •     Best practices for obtaining and using credit insurance now

Instructors:

  • Gary Mendell - President, Meridian Finance Group
  • Gary Mendell is President of Meridian Finance Group, a company providing credit, insurance, and trade finance tools that companies use to expand their U.S. and international sales. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1976, Gary has over 40 years of experience in domestic and international sales, distribution, credit, and finance. Prior to Meridian Finance Group, he held positions managing U.S. and export business development for companies in the pharmaceutical, aerospace, and plastics industries. Gary has received the President’s “E” Award and currently serves on the federal government’s Trade Finance Advisory Council. He can be reached at 310-260-2130 Ext 124 or gmendell@meridianfinance.com.

Fee:

          This webinar is free for IFA Members ($50 for Non-Members)


Register Here >>
 




Credit, Underwriting & Collections - New Approaches, Ideas & Trends - Hybrid Training Class

Structuring a deal, managing a client relationship, underwriting, credit and collections are all at the forefront of effectively managing a portfolio. This course is designed for factors wanting to expand and build on their knowledge in underwriting and analyzing credit.

The Venue: Planet Hollywood Resort - Las Vegas, NV or Online Via Zoom

The Schedule:

  • Thursday & Friday, July 15 - 16, 2021
  • 7:30am - 3:00pm each day (Pacific Time Zone)

Learning Objectives:

  •    • Analyzing Prospective Client Underwriting and Credit Risks
       • Identifying the Goals of Underwriting
       • Structuring Transactions to Fit Within Your Portfolio
       • Evaluating and Analyzing Collateral
       • Determining Frequency for Debtor Credit Evaluations
       • Evaluating Debtor Payment Patterns and Delinquencies
       • Performing Verification and Collection Calls
       • Verbal Techniques in Collection Calls
       • Measuring Performance of Your Collectors
       • Effective Collection Letters
       • Identifying Red Flags and Early Warning Signs
       • When to Call a Collection Attorney vs. Collection Agency
       • Pros and Cons of Filing Suit
       • Obtaining a Default Judgment and Execution
       • Isolating and Mitigating Risks in a Transaction
       • Dealing With Bankruptcies Pre and Post

Instructors:

  • Patrick Cooper - Director of Underwriting, FSW Funding
  • Patrick Cooper has over 15 years of banking experience, in credit, underwriting, and portfolio management.  Patrick joined FSW Funding, a national ABL/Factoring lender, in 2019 as Director of Underwriting, overseeing the credit worthiness and risk profile of both new and existing clients.  Prior to joining FSW Funding, Patrick held positions at Bankers Trust Company as Credit Officer and Special Assets Officer at Meridian Bank.  Patrick is a graduate of Arizona State University, earning his Bachelors in Business Management and is currently attending the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
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  • Brad Magill, Esq. - Attorney, The Collection Law Group, Inc.
  • Brad is actively engaged in the collection practice as a collection lawyer and managing litigator. He has significant collection and litigation experience in the factoring arena, the finance world, and in working with an assortment of manufacturing, distribution, software and service companies. Mr. Magill has previously served as the Senior Vice President for a national accounts receivable finance company in which he developed sales and marketing strategies that helped the company grow from a start-up to one of the top accounts receivable finance companies in the US. In addition, Brad worked with senior underwriters to analyze access and determine the value of accounts receivable. Mr. Magill brings a unique skill set and perspective to TCLG that includes collection experience, accounts receivable valuation know-how, legal prowess and financial and accounting expertise. Mr. Magill has also practiced law with various prestigious law firms in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.
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  • Gail Reints-Pratl - President, Sky Business Credit, LLC
  • Gail is President Sky Business Credit, LLC which she founded in 2010. Sky Business Credit is a factoring company committed to funding small businesses with funding needs under $1.5 million. With her entrepreneurial outlook and over 20 years experience in the factoring industry Gail’s expertise lies in structuring factoring lines for clients that provides maximum availability for the clients to assist their growth while minimizing risk for her company. Gail believes that factoring should be looked at as a cashflow tool rather than just financing and that all small businesses can use factoring to fuel their growth. Gail has been very intentional with her company to ensure that at all levels there is transparency with the clients. Her philosophy has always been to treat the clients the way she would want to be treated if she were a client. Gail has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from DePaul University. She has also served on the International Factoring Association’s Board and as a Subject Matter Expert for their Account Executive Certification program.

Accommodations:

  • A special rate at the Planet Hollywood of $139 has been negotiated for this event. There is also a $37/night resort fee. This includes use of the fitness center and internet access in your room.
  • You can make reservations by calling Planet Hollywood at 866-317-1829 and ask for the SMIFC1​​ rate.
  • Or you can reserve a room online by clicking here
  • Room block expires on June 14, 2021.

Fee:

          The fee for this meeting is $945 ($995 for Non-Members)

The meeting will run from 7:30am - 3pm (Pacific Time Zone) on Thursday and Friday. A 15 minute morning break, 15 minute afternoon break and a 1 hour lunch will be included. The in-person registration includes continental breakfasts, coffee breaks and luncheons both days. With the exception of meals, because of the hybrid interaction, the in-person and virtual attendee will have a similar experience during this training class. Virtual attendees will be in a live online classroom environment where they can pose questions to the speaker throughout the class. Price is per attendee. A unique participant ID will be sent to all virtual attendees.

For those that attend the course in Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood will be following Caesars' extensive health and safety precautions. Click here for more information.

Register Here >>

 

To register for any of these events,
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For more information, please email info@factoring.org or call 805-773-0011.

Cancellation Policy:
Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19, the IFA will not charge a cancellation fee if you decide to not attend an in-person event based on concerns around your health or travel. For information on policies with online events, please refer to specific program registration pages or contact the IFA with inquiries.
 

The International Factoring Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

The IFA will assist with applications to receive continuing legal education. To receive CLE credits, participants will need to submit all documentation to their accrediting states for approval. For more information, please contact Heather Villa at info@factoring.org or 805-773-0011 ext 301.

The IFA offers CAEF credits for upcoming programs. For information on approved programs and courses, please contact Terri Baker at info@factoring.org or 805-773-0011 ext 303.