Jessica Butler
Jessica Butler


Jessica Butler is the founder of Attain Consulting Group, a deduction and chargeback management advisory firm. Creating Attain in 2004 after discovering her passion and talent for helping companies reduce chargebacks & deductions, Attain Consulting Group provides practical, experience-based solutions in all areas of the deduction management process.

Known throughout the industry as an expert and thought leader in the area of deduction management as well as negotiation, Jessica works with companies to help them "Take Control of Deductions", is frequently published and is a highly sought after speaker at conferences and seminars. As a former partner with Grant Thornton LLP, Jessica has over 29 years of consulting experience and has dedicated most of the past 15 years focusing exclusively in the area of deduction and chargeback management. Jessica is a CPA and received her MBA from New York University.

Ms. Butler presents - Retailer Webportals.


Dennis Cantalupo
Dennis Cantalupo


Before joining Creditntell, Dennis began his career with Chase Manhattan Bank's Corporate Bond Underwriting group. In this position, Dennis helped high-profile corporations raise needed capital through the issuance of debt instruments. Since joining the Creditntell analyst team in May 2000, Dennis has conducted in-depth analyses of high-risk companies and has been especially instrumental in the continued development of Creditntell's products & services. In his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Dennis manages the day-to-day operations of Creditntell, including the analyst department, product development, marketing, and web development.

Dennis is frequently invited to speak at numerous retail industry group meetings including: International Council of Shopping Centers, Toy Industry Association, National Consumer Products Credit Group, Athletic Credit Exchange, Golf Manufacturers Credit Group, Outdoor Products Manufacturers Group, and others. Dennis received a BS in Finance from the University of South Florida and his MBA in Accounting from Colorado Technical University.

Mr. Cantalupo presents - Extracting & Analyzing Financial Information.


Bill Creim
Bill Creim


Bill Creim is a partner in the law firm of Creim, Macias, Koenig & Frey LLP. Mr. Creim and his firm work with credit managers throughout the country on the great variety of legal issues involving credit including collections, business, litigation, bankruptcy, and antitrust.

A frequent speaker to several credit industry groups, he has presented over 500 seminars emphasizing practical legal and business issues to trade groups and individual companies, and has had several articles published on UCC law, collections, preferences, and bankruptcy.

Mr. Creim received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude with highest departmental honors from U.C.L.A. where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa membership, and his legal degree from the University of Southern California where he served on the editorial board of the Law Review and received Order of the Coif honors. He was named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Credit” by Credit Today.

Mr. Creim presents - Using Security Documents To Increase Collections.


David First, CBF


David First

David First is Senior Credit Analyst at Shimano American Corporation. There he combines his passion for finance economics and business credit, with relationship skills to better understand the customer's business. During David's 25 years career he has served as Credit Manager for manufactures representing hi-profile fashion and action sports names such as Ocean Pacific, Head/Tyrolia, Body Glove, Airwalk and more. He completed associate studies in systems analysis and holds the CBA and CBF, designation's with the NACM.

Mr. First Co-Presents with Tom Martin - Riemer Reporting / Credit Score.



Dr. Chris Kuehl
Chris Kuehl


Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations; Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association. He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies - Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Kansas.

Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies.

Chris is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs, both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager's Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA.

Mr. Kuehl presents - The Good, Bad and the Ugly - US, Asia and Europe.



Tom Martin
Tom Martin


Tom Martin is the Director of IT at Riemer Reporting Service. He has worked for the company in the IT department since 1985 and has been an integral part of the development of the credit reporting services.

Focusing on a no-nonsense, practical approach to empowering credit professionals with easy to use tools, Tom continues to pursue the best possible solutions to our ever-changing Credit Associations needs.

Mr. Martin presents - Riemer Reporting Service New Website / Credit Score.



Karen Purves
Karen Purves


Karen Purves is a sought-after International Speaker known for her energetic, inspiring and passionate programs. Karen has been among the highest rated speakers at events on numerous occasions. Karen's goal is three-fold: 1) present useful material, 2) in an engaging way, and 3) to offer tools guaranteed to implement immediately. It's Karen's intention that you'll see and feel she genuinely cares about your success. Attendees receive useful material, in an engaging way, and practical tools to implement immediately for success!

Karen's speaking engagements have taken her to Thailand, Iceland, Italy, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. She combines a Bachelor's Degree in Business, Master's Degree in Environmental Public Policy and nearly 20 years working experience along with extensive training at "The Second City" to empower audiences to make a difference in the session and in their lives.

Ms. Purves presents - Communicate with Strength - Key Words That Undermine Your Effectiveness & This is How You Do It - Email Etiquette Explained.