SFNet 76th Annual Keynote Speakers
Retired United States Marine Corps General, and former U.S. Secretary of Defense
A dedicated patriot, intellectual, and strategist, James N. Mattis exemplifies principled leadership in times of turbulence. Gen Mattis served as the 26th Secretary of Defense of the United States for nearly two years before resigning with distinction. With his reputation as a sharp analyst and venerable wartime leader, Gen Mattis received nearly unanimous, bipartisan support for his nomination. He made history by securing special permission from Congress to lead the Pentagon, sooner than he was eligible. Humorous, compassionate, and strategic, Gen. Mattis offers insightful lessons in leadership, with a deep focus on the art of empowering individuals.
CEO & Chief Strategist, Quill Intelligence LLC
A global thought leader on monetary policy, economics and finance, Danielle DiMartino Booth founded Quill Intelligence LLC and is their CEO & Chief Strategist. This is a research and analytics firm which publishes The Daily Feather and the Weekly Quill.
To build Quill Intelligence, she brought together a core team of investing veterans to analyze trends and provide critical analysis on what is driving the markets – both in the United States and globally.
DiMartino Booth set out to launch a #ResearchRevolution, redefining how markets intelligence is conceived and delivered with the goal of not only guiding portfolio managers, but promoting financial literacy.
White House Reporter, NPR
Ayesha Rascoe is a White House reporter for NPR. In her current role, she covers breaking news and policy developments from the White House. Rascoe also travels and reports on many of President Trump's foreign trips, including his 2019 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, and his 2018 summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. As a part of the White House team, she's also a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast. Prior to joining NPR, Rascoe covered the White House for Reuters, chronicling President Barack Obama's final year in office and the beginning days of the Trump administration.
Chairman of the Board, Domino’s Pizza, Inc.
With over 35 years of experience in creatively leading teams and organizations, Brandon has a proven track record of building strong, highly motivated and goal-oriented teams and achieving outstanding financial results.
He is the former chief executive officer of Toys "R" Us. From 1999 to 2009, he served as the president and chief executive officer of Domino's, and from 2010 to 2014, he was the athletic director at the University of Michigan. Brandon took over Domino's in March 1999 when founder Tom Monaghan sold it to the investment group Bain Capital. Prior to Domino's, he was the CEO of Valassis Communications. He is also a former regent of the University of Michigan and former football player.
With over 30 panels, we are providing more content than ever before at our annual convention. Our agenda features a robust line up of sessions that delve into the most pressing issues facing our industry today. Top industry leaders will be exploring topics including international lending, healthcare financing, diversity and inclusion, business development, bank and non-bank ABL, risk management, new “norms” in the workplace, capital markets, advocacy and regulatory changes, supply chain disruption, asset valuations, fintech, and so much more. By pivoting to a virtual conference, we have an opportunity to deliver a broader array of content focused on a multitude of career levels and specialties. We hope you are as excited as we are about the diversity in this year’s program.
Appraisals & Liquidations Across Assets Classes – What Has Changed?
How are asset values holding up with different type of inventory and machinery and equipment. How are historic databases being used in valuations? How do borrowers mitigate risks in the future? What other assets should borrowers pay attention to?
View From the Top – Lessons Learned & Looking Ahead – Large Banks
Bank CEOs tackle questions on human resources, operations, portfolio management, credit mindset, growth opportunities and mitigating risks.
Structuring & Underwriting Deals in the New Normal
Examining the impacts of financial forecasting and applying sensitivity analyses. Using the 13 week cash flow vs. traditional projections. Examining all assets for value.
View From the Top – Lessons Learned & Looking Ahead – Factoring
Taking a deeper dive into Accounts Receivable financing with respect to customers, collections, aging, charge-offs, and ineligibles. What is the role of credit insurance? How are customers adapting? Is PO financing helping factors?
Workouts & Bankruptcies – What Is the New Normal?
How has the pandemic changed how we all deal with workouts? How to prepare for a workout? Productive/effective methods and the difference in workouts between small, mid-sized and large companies. Considering other alternatives when a consensual workout
Diversity – A Strategic Imperative
Whether in hiring practices, the determination of strategy, the allocation of resources, or the goal of serving the community with authenticity – leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity matters.
Advocacy & Regulation Changes – What Does the Future Look Like?
PPP & MSLP – How did it work? Regulatory changes: discuss changes they have made or are making because of the impact of COVID on businesses and how these changes affect the secured lending market.
Market Pulse Report Update
What the latest economic and industry data tell us about the economy and the state of our industry, with Dr. Robert Wescott.
The Workplace of Today & Beyond
How is the workplace changing due to the “new normal?" What has worked and what hasn't? Is it temporary or permanent? How is business travel changing?
Capital Markets – How Are They Functioning and Changing?
Raising money for a fund – trends in new credit groups and structures. Capital raising and what's happening from the capital market perspective. Leverage Lending - where is the marketing heading? The M&A market - what companies are being sold
and at what valuations?
View From the Top – Lessons Learned & Looking Ahead - Independent ABL
Independent CEOs tackle questions on fundraising, leverage market, deal structure, growth opportunities and mitigating risk while showing returns.
The Evolving World of Retail Lending
What does retail and the vendor community look like post-Covid? What are the new risks in lending to this industry? Do valuations on inventory hold up in today's environment?
Virtual Development – The New Face of Business Development
As potential clients move through the new business funnel, different virtual techniques become more or less relevant. A discussion of best ideas around business development in the virtual world.
Liens – A Dynamic Environment
How certain kinds of liens are created by federal or state law and can automatically come before a secured lender’s blanket liens. Eg., PACA, landlords, contractors, etc. How has the MSLP affected liens? What hidden liens exist?
Private Debt/Credit – What Is the State of the Market?
A look at where the market is today in private credit and where it's heading.
Bank Regulations & Compliance Issues
Discuss changes they have made or are making because of the impact of COVID on businesses and how those changed affect the secured lending market. Discussion on Cyber security, FCPA, BSA compliance.
Portfolio Management & Fraud Detection/Prevention
How is operating in today's environment different then in the past with respect to portfolio review, reliance on third party providers (i.e. appraisals, field exams, background checks, etc.), and technology. How can you mitigate risk?
Virtual Due Diligence – How to Use Appraisals & Field Exams Effectively
The due diligence process is complex and highly structured. If diligence isn’t conducted properly, it can cause an enormous amount of risk and stress for everyone involved. Discussion of best practices around conducting due diligence virtually.
How Is Technology Changing Our Industry
Tech changes are happening FAST. What will technology look like in 5-10 years? How will it change the financial services industry (i.e. staffing, ops, credit, sales)? AI, big data, automation – develop internally or outsource?
What Can We Learn From the FinTech Revolution?
Automation – Groups like Fincura and Ocrolus have helped in digitizing/streamlining some of the data collection process. Many ABLs are starting to create digital platforms for their customers. Internally develop software vs. outsource?
How to rate rate in the future of lending timing expectations?
Leadership Through Risky Periods – Lessons Learned From NASA
A conversation with Norman Knight, Deputy Director, Flight Operations at NASA, about the risks of going back to the moon.
The New Balancing Act – Managing Family & Career
Conflict between work and family life is one of the most common sources of stress for working adults. How the stay-at-home environment has added another layer of stress.
A Conversation with the Titans – Career Development
A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. 40 Under 40 Awards winners ask career questions to a panelist of industry titans.
Healthcare Lending – Opportunities & Risks
How do successful healthcare lenders manage their business, from underwriting through portfolio management to recovery.
Lending in Mexico – What You Need to Know
The nuances and risks associated with lending into Mexico.
Report of General Counsel
An overview of legal issues in commercial lending and restructurings. Loan documents - amendments, waivers, and covenants.
Confronting Industry Legal Issues: A Business Person's Perspective in a Bad Economy
Best practices in mitigating risk through legal documentation.
What Does Private Equity Investing Look For Today?
Private equity panel discusses the state of the industry and future opportunities/risks.
Disruption in Supply Chains & Mitigating Risk
What is the current status of supply chains today? How are customers responding? What are the contingency plans? How have customers and vendors pivoted to new supply chains? What are the risks?