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2009 All South Conference Offers Treasure Chest of Knowledge

Magazine article Business Credit

2009 All South Conference Offers Treasure Chest of Knowledge

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Treasure hunting loses much of its risk, and thus much of its allure, when the hunter knows exactly where to look. But for creditors in today's already perilous economic situation, added risk isn't exactly something they're looking to take on, and the potential benefits from a metaphorical treasure hunt can easily be obscured and outweighed by the ever-present risks. The trick is to easily find the "X" on the map and get there as inexpensively as possible.

Credit professionals and their companies needed to look no further than this year's All South Conference. Hosted in Tampa at the city's Marriott Waterside Hotel, the conference offered attendees who--through themselves or through their companies--invested in being there a chance to leave with a boatload of knowledge, skills, confidence and support.

The 2009 All South program offered credit professionals a diverse selection of educational choices, several of which were industry-specific, adding another layer to an already in-depth series of presentations. "I thought it was fantastic," said Cheryl Cornelius, credit manager at Wesco Turf, Inc. Cornelius added that this year's conference offered attendees new opportunities to engage speakers and mentors, allowing them to increase the impact of their presentations and personalize the information to their own experiences. "I thought this year's conference provided a terrific opportunity to have discussions and present problem situations to the speakers," she said. "There was far greater hands-on time than I've ever seen at any other convention, and an awful lot of opportunity to talk to these people and ask them questions and pick their brains and be able to apply some of their knowledge."

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Sessions ranged from a political rundown of the situation in Washington from Fred Barnes, cofounder and editor of The Weekly Standard and a contributor to the Fox News Channel, to a lively discussion of the economy's current state with NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, Ph.D. "Chris Kuehl, who spoke at lunch on Friday about the economy, was not only funny, but provided some very interesting insight to what is going on with the economy worldwide," said attendee Wade Mullins of Quality Precast Co.

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Other breakout sessions focused on legal topics, including "Escheatment--Unclaimed Property--What Every Credit Manager Needs to Know" presented by Valerie Jundt of Thomson Reuters, and "Essentials of Collection Law" by Jeff Galen, Esq. …

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