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The agenda for 2015 will be available soon!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM


Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Payment Trends: Fraud, Risk Management, EMV

Matt Davies, Director of Payments Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

This presentation will cover several payment-related areas which are continually being monitored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, including recent trends in payments fraud and risk management, as well as the adoption of the Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) standard, a.k.a. "chip and PIN" for processing credit card transactions in the U.S. 

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 

Debt Management of Your Bonded Indebtedness

Ryan O'Hara, Bank of Texas/OK and Phyllis Martin, Auditor, Montgomery County

With bonds usually being the largest liability of a municipality, we will explore the following few keys to consider to effectively manage debt position and to lower the cost thereof:  Adopt a Debt Management Policy to establish objectives, responsibilities and guidelines to manage the debt issuance process and provide strategies to minimize the interest cost of bond programs. Have and Investment Policies to manage idle funds – A Debt Management Policy would do the same for debt;

- Prepare a 5/10-year Capital Improvement Plan to identify and prioritize the projected capital needs and develop a corresponding financing plan to ensure affordable debt capacity is available to fund such projects;

- Incorporate flexibility to allow to annually control its bond payments and I&S tax rate as taxable values, interest rates and debt needs change in the future. You would not set an operations budget 20-30 years in the future and with bonds being a 20-plus year obligation, you should not “lock-in” its future bond payments as circumstances will change;

- Bond sales should be designed to incorporate flexibility to lower the interest costs as market conditions change by including the ability to “call” or “redeem” the bonds prior to scheduled maturity;

- Incorporate financing strategies to balance the “interest rate risk” inherent in the current and future bond portfolio; and

- Identify the debt needs over the next 2-3 years and issue bonds when interest rates are historically low versus when funds are actually needed. On a $20 million bond sale, a 0.50% change in the interest rate results in an interest cost difference of approximately $2.0 million

The Future Is Now - Innovative Trends in Treasury: It's All About "Being In The Know" When It Comes to Next Generaation Solutions

Michael Cerda, Senior Vice President - Treasury Management, Amegy Bank and Karen Sasser, Senior Vice President - Product Management Manager, Zions Bancorporation

Technology Trends in Treasury Management is one of the hottest topics in banking and business, as companies seek automation in their treasury operations. Everywhere one turns there are new announcements around new solutions, new players, and new entrants in the treasury and cash management space. What are the latest trends, and what does it mean for banks and business alike? This session will provide answers to those questions and more, including: Latest trends in receivable and payment processing. Market trends in mobile banking. Issues related to security and fraud prevention. What's next?

Payables - Procure to Pay Best Practices

David Temme, Senior Vice President, PNC Treasury Consulting Group, PNC Bank

Covering various topics in management the procurement to payment cycle including but not limited to risk mitigation, account structure, electronification AP financing, card programs, payment terms, procurement policies, etc.

Managing Chaos: 2 Treasury/ERP Implementation Stories

Kevin Tipton, Senior Vice President - Treasury Management, Wells Fargo; Melessa Fox, Assistant Treasurer Director - Finance, Rockwater Energy Solutions and Evelyn Nordin, Treasurer, Atwood Oceanics

How Wells Fargo’s Energy Group with Rockwater Energy Solutions, a new energy service company, and Atwood Oceanics, an international offshore drilling company, all managed the complex tandem implementation of new banking structures with integrated payment files, AND new ERPs with GO LIVE dates of October 1, 2012.

CTP Course: Chapters 6 & 9, International Banking, Finance & FX

Mariella Vazquez, Trade Finance Specialst, Bank of Texas/OK and Bodil Boest, Foreign Exchange Specialist, Bank of Texas/OK

Review of CTP International Chapter for Members studying for the CTP Certification Test.

2:00 - 2:30 PM Networking Break, Sponsored by Amegy Bank

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions 

Treasury Risk Management Tools and Best Practices for Cash Visibility

Mohan Murali, President, Axletree Solutions, Inc. and Deborah Donovan, Director of Treasury Operations, Baker Hughes

Companies continue to be plagued by semi-automated processes that keep them from obtaining vital information required to make sound decisions. In this case study you will learn about a leading oilfield services company that integrated SWIFT connectivity with treasury operations and dashboards to streamline daily processes, reduce costs and obtain a clear view into their global cash positions.

Holistic Risk Management - Commodities, Foreign Exchange and Interest Rates

Eric Thompson, Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Heather Boyer, Director, Sweis

Designing a comprehensive risk management philosophy and policy around different asset classes.

Trends in  Liquidity - A Domestic and Global View

James Campion, Director, Senioricm Advisor, RBS Bank and Kimberly Gwin, RBS Bank

How trends in liquidity are influencing corporate strategy and the effects on the evolving role of treasury; where we have come from and what the future looks like.

Trends in Payment Automation - Deriving Value From Your Accounts Payable Stream

John Jennings, Payables Solutions Advisor, JP Morgan Chase and Darren Allen, Payables Specialist, JP Morgan Chase

During this session we will discuss trends towards electronic payment processing. We will highlight the latest market research, identify the benefits and barriers to payment automation and discuss best practices in reducing payment costs and increasing efficiencies.

CTP Course: Chapter 9, Financial Risk Management - Don't Get Dodd-Franked

Ken Hogan, Head of Foreign Exchange, Cadence Bank and Perry Ewing, Treasurer, AFGlobal Corporation

Overview of the topics required to know in Chapter 9 of the CTP exam. Includes practical hedging strategies and impacts of Dodd-Frank.

3:30 - 4:00 PM Networking Break, Sponsored by Amegy Bank

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 

Conversations For A Changing World: Evolving in Today's Cash Markets

Christopher Stavrakos, Head of Cash Investment Strategy and Risk Management, BlackRock

For cash investors, the past few years have seemed like a fight for survival. In this session we'll review short term markets and look to provide actionable ideas to help the fittest cash investors be more nimble in their approach and more adaptive in their thinking as they search for opportunities in this changing world of cash management investing.

Captive Insurance - Uniquie Insurance and Tax Benefits for Business Owners

Bob Katz, CPA, Regioinal Managing Director, Iberia Wealth Advisors and Kevin Lennox, CFA, Iberia Wealth Advisors

Captive insurance allows a business to customize its insurance coverage in order to match its specific requirements and objectives. This can help improve risk management and reduce insurance costs. Cash flow may slo increase by retaining underwriting profits and the tax advantaged financing of losses.

Navigating Asia - A Guide to Cash Management in the Region

James Campion, Senioricm Advisor, RBS Bank and Marco Reategui, Senior Vice President, RBS Bank

Provide an overview of cash management in a complex and rapidly evolving region. How companies manage cash and liquidity in Asia and what's new.

Optimize Payment Cycles on Trade Payables and Receivables

Madeline Sprague,  Vice President Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC Bank

This session will review the wide variety of trade payment options and the impact of each type on cash inflows and outflows. We will cover both traditional trade and new trends, focusing on how they can be used effectively to optimize payment cycles.

CTP Course: Chapters 4 & 5, Financial Accounting, Reporting & Analysis

Mike Sultanik, Senior Vice President, Bank of Texas/OK

Chapter 4 covers the basic financial statements used in GAAP. Chapter 5 covers the uses and analysis of the financial statements.

5:00 - 6:00 PM Cocktail Reception, Sponsored by Community Trust Bank
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