Wednesday
May 14, 2014
5:30–9:00 p.m.

Networking Dinner Event


"Sights & The Crab Pot"

The Crab Pot

On our way to dinner you will enjoy a quick tour of downtown Seattle, home of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Sights include the Nordstrom Flagship store (remember that location for later shopping expeditions!) Seattle Center Monorail, Pike Place Market, past the cruise ship docks, and Seattle Aquarium, to Miner's Landing and the Seattle Great Wheel on the famous Pier 57. Prior to dinner you can stroll around the Pirate's Plunder shop for a bounty of booty and pirate treasures or brave your fear of heights with the 200 foot Great Wheel. More info on the area at http://www.minerslanding.com.

You will enjoy a unique dining experience at the original Crab Pot Restaurant, an iconic family restaurant, home of the "Seafeast." Adam Richman of the Travel Channel's show Man Vs. Food taped an episode at the Crab Pot where he took on the biggest of the "Seafeasts." The pile of food is so daunting, it won't fit on a plate. So instead, they dump it on brown butcher paper laid on your table. They give you a mallet and a bib, and you are officially in seafood heaven! Get ready for a messy and fun networking event. For those non-seafood feasters, we will have other menu options available.

Thursday
May 15, 2014
8:30 a.m.–12:00

Is the Winter of Discontent Really Over?

Chris Kuehl, Armada Corporate Intelligence

The top stories of the year have been the brutal winter and the not-so-inspiring economy - one tended to have an impact on the other. Now that we have all that behind us, what is the state of the economy at near mid-year? The big questions have revolved around unemployment, the actions of the Federal Reserve and the threat of inflation, but there are always the surprises and unexpected developments to talk about as well.

Dr. Kuehl promises to address "these and other cheery subjects." A favorite Riemer Week speaker, his programs combine valuable information and deep insights with unexpected humor.


Thursday
May 15, 2014
1:00–2:15 p.m.
Slides are available after login
Slides are available after login

Ordinary Course Preference Defense - New Best Practices

Bill Creim, Creim, Macias, Koenig, & Frey, LLP

Recent bankruptcy court decisions have rendered the standard Ordinary Course Defense almost useless as a preference defense. Creditor's rights attorney Bill Creim presents new "Best Practices" for credit managers to assert a strong Ordinary Course Defense against preference claims.

Topics covered include:

  • Common Collection Practices that Cause Bankruptcy Courts to Rule Against the Ordinary Course Defense.
  • How a Company Can Change its Credit Documents to Support its use of the Ordinary Course Defense.
  • How a Section of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code can Support the Ordinary Course Defense.

Thursday
May 15, 2014
1:00–2:15 p.m.

The Illusion of a Good Deal - What You're Really Paying for Credit Card Processing

Robert L. Day, Merchant Relief Council

  • Top 2 mistakes merchants make
  • The new Financial Reform
  • What every merchant needs to know about the new Visa & MasterCard lawsuit
  • Top 10 billing illusions that make merchants think they are getting a good deal
  • Top 5 questions your processor hopes you never ask

Thursday
May 15, 2014
2:30–3:45 p.m.
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International Commercial Credit and Collections

Randy Frazee, President and CEO of Andersen, Randall & Richards

Knowing what to do and when

  • Laying the Credit Foundation
    - Risk Management
    - KYC
    - Navigating the Legal Landscape
    - Tools and Resources

  • Staying Current on Global Issues

  • Recovery Options
    - Collections
    - Arbitration
    - Litigation

  • Q & A
Thursday
May 15, 2014
2:30–3:45 p.m.

The Main Thing Is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing

Linda Arink, Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Rane Corporation

This session will cover how to establish and keep focus on the important thing - The Main Thing. The Main Thing isn't always well articulated so this discussion will include how to glean from your organization and your manager what is really important so you can focus on that and achieve those Things that benefit your company and your career.

There will be lots of tips on how to find time you didn't think you had and how to organize and prioritize your work so you can get it done and still leave the office at a reasonable hour. We'll also talk about how to do that in the face of constant interruptions, limited resources, busybody coworkers, pesky customers, and Facebook -- all while still keeping focused.

Attendees will leave with concrete ideas and a practical checklist to keep The Main Thing in focus. We will not be discussing synergistic alignment, optimization of resources, or deliverables as all that stuff gets in the way of keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing,



Thursday
May 15, 2014
4:00–5:00 p.m.
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Electronic Processing: The Future

Rudet Fountain, United TranzActions, LLC (UTA)

Begin preparing today for what lies ahead tomorrow. Planning now and taking measures for potential changes can eliminate a sluggish response, ease transition and minimize future stress. This presentation will discuss the current state of B2B payment processing and give direction as to where B2B payment processing is going.



Thursday
May 15, 2014
4:00–5:00 p.m.

A Capital Market's Approach to Risk Management

Margaret Moosbrugger & Janet Wiener, JP Morgan

A discussion on how vendors can leverage the capital markets in order to monitor credit risk.

The presentation will include a discussion on:
- The current macro environment and its impact on consumers and companies
- Capital markets-based tools that are available to help monitor/hedge credit risk
- Retail industry applications of the capital markets-based tools (Sears/Kmart, JCP, and   RadioShack)
- Catalysts that could influence price movement of the capital markets-based tools

Thursday
May 15, 2014
6:00–9:00 p.m.

Networking Dinner Event

"Singing in the Rain"

Vision Room View

Join us for our Seattle-themed event "Singing in the Rain" at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. We will start the evening with a reception to showcase local wines and beers from the Seattle and Pacific Northwest region. Enjoy the tunes of a local Seattle band and mingle with other credit professionals.

Just prior to sunset we will move to the 28th floor to enjoy a sumptuous dinner and breathtaking sunset at the Visions ballroom while enjoying the relaxing jazz selections from our Seattle band, The Flat Five.

The Flat Five is a Seattle based jazz quintet that plays traditional jazz standards. Band members include: Craig Critchfield - guitar, Jim Graham - bass, Brad Johnson - saxophone, Steve Macatee - drums and Dan Rowe - piano and organ. The core members have been playing in various bands together since the 1970s. For a decade, they worked full time playing rock, top 40, funk, jazz - anything that would pay the bills. The band members then got "real" jobs (music teachers and audio engineers) and music became their hobby.

The Flat Five has played for Argosy cruises in the summer, local club nights, charity gigs and theater pit bands.