The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers held its 2022 annual conference on May 13 in Charlotte, NC, at the Sheraton Charlotte. Attendance at the event nearly reached pre-COVID-19-pandemic levels, proving that the industry is ready to get back to in-person events and networking.
The three-day event hosted 331 attendees who enjoyed a full program of events, including a day at the Skybrook Golf Club for the association’s annual golf tournament and the Women in Finance Luncheon, which took place at Church and Union restaurant. The first day of the reception was held at the Cloud Bar lounge atop the Le Meridien Hotel.
Conference goers had the opportunity to attend 15 educational sessions, including a high-energy presentation by keynote speaker Kevin Elko. The educational lineup had something for everyone, whether they be new to the industry or a seasoned veteran.
The exhibit hall was in full swing throughout the event, as more than 60 exhibitors were able to make those all-important face-to-face connections. Attendees were also treated to multiple luxuries courtesy of generous sponsors.
“We were extremely pleased with the turnout. It is always great to see so many longtime members who return year after year, but there were also 150 fresh faces at this year’s conference, which is extraordinary,” Carrie Radloff, president of the AACFB, said.
The conference culminated in the AACFB’s annual business meeting and auction, during which Radloff thanked Cindy Downs, the association’s immediate past president, for her service on the AACFB board. The presidency then transitioned from Radloff to Laura Estrada from Preferred Capital Funding. In addition, Roderick Knoll, the AACFB’s secretary and treasurer, presented an upbeat update, enthusiastically reporting that the AACFB is in a positive financial position and has no debt again this year. Radloff also presented the 2022 AACFB President’s Award to Gary Greene, CLFP, BPB, of Lease $mart and Monica Harper, executive director of the AACFB, for their dedication and support of the AACFB.
Bobby Cowan of Y.E.S. Leasing then took the mic to emcee the prize auction. Attendees were able to collect “AACFB Bucks” during the conference for visiting with exhibitors or attending sessions. This currency could also be purchased, with the proceeds benefiting the AACFB Scholarship Fund. Those in attendance had the opportunity to use their “bucks” to bid on prize packages donated by AACFB sponsors and exhibitors that were worth up to $500.
Attendees also had an opportunity to sign up for the AACFB’s Commercial Financing Expo, which will take place from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8 in Las Vegas.
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