On behalf of the Commercial Finance Conference of California (“CFCC”) Board of Directors, I’d like to thank our sponsors, our members and all of you for supporting our association this year. I have been blessed to be president of the CFCC since January 1, 2014 and look forward to continuing our work on your behalf for the remainder of my term which concludes at the end of this year and beyond as a continuing board member.
2015 marks the 45th year since the association has been active. My participation on the board began in 2010 as treasurer working along 20 committed asset based executives dedicated to providing you with quality educational and networking events. I couldn’t be more proud to work alongside these professionals who take precious time out of their busy working and personal schedules on a volunteer basis for you and to give back to the industry that has been so good to all of us.
By all indications, 2015 has been as successful as ever. Our annual education event, held in January and co-sponsored by TMA and ACG at the Jonathan Club, “Trends in the Debt and Equity Markets” was well attended and provided valuable insights from finance professionals in the private equity, asset based and investment banking industries. We held two separate events in February. The first was held in Orange County and featured an annual “Predictions Panel” where participants and the audience attempted to predict short term economic trends, which are then reviewed the following year. The second February event was our “Women of CFCC” event held at the Huntington Gardens. In April we provided a panel from legal, accounting, turn-around and valuation industry professionals to discuss “Lessons from the Trenches; Views from Industry Experts.”
Our most recent speaker event in May featured J.R. Martinez, a war veteran who turned his tragic situation into a healing and mentoring process for many, as well as being a New York Times best-selling author, actor and season thirteen Dancing with the Stars champion. He inspired many of us with his life story. The evening was very rewarding for the entire audience. The board also presented our sponsors with a special reception prior to the speaker event which provided an opportunity to mingle and take pictures with Mr. Martinez.
I’d also like to give a well-deserved “shout-out” to our YoPro board members for the fantastic job they are doing providing fun and interesting networking events for our rising stars in the industry including the most recent March Madness event at Tom’s Urban in March.
I would strongly encourage you to visit our website at www.com-fin.com for a listing of coming events. The next two events that you should have on your calendars are the Summer BBQ and Annual Golf Classic. We have a special Summer BBQ scheduled on August 13 at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. Last year’s Summer BBQ held at the Sheraton Universal was a Hawaiian based Luau theme and was a lot of fun, so I know you won’t want to miss this one! Also, our Annual Golf Classic is scheduled for October 8 and will mark the 20th anniversary of this tournament. We are planning some special give-aways and a great day of golf. We’re looking for event sponsors to make this a very special event so hit the practice range and pass the word along!
We are always looking for new and better ideas to strengthen our events and to serve you better. If you have any ideas you’d like to share please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact any of our board members.
Thanks again for all of your support. See you at our next event!
Commercial Finance Conference of California