February and Early March Conferences, Ahoy!

The next few months promise to be extremely busy around here in terms of procurement sector conferences. I'll be featuring events from time to time, especially ones I'll be attending or participating in. The first event on our radar is coming up in two weeks: Procurecon. William Busch, a frequent commentator on Spend Matters, will be headed down to Atlanta to provide coverage for Spend Matters readers. He went to the last event this past fall and was quite impressed with the caliber of the folks attending and the conversations he had -- not to mention the content of some of the materials. If you're planning on going to Procurecon, which is taking place February 1-3, drop us a line. From both Bill's experience and discussions with others who have attended the last two shows, it's clear that this is one organization that has really improved the quality of events it delivers.

Another IQPC event taken place in February is SSON's Procure to Pay Summit in Miami, from February 16-18. While I've not been to this event, and we can't make it this year, the show promises to focus exclusively on the P2P process and enabling technologies. Hoping to bridge the finance, procurement and A/P conversational divide, the show is taking a narrow -- and much needed focus -- on an area that requires greater collaboration between groups in the business. If you go, drop a line and let us know your impression of it.

The next conference on the horizon is MetalMiner and Spend Matters' inaugural event: International Trade Policy Breaking Point. It's taking place in Chicago on March 1, and the 75 live attendee spots are by invitation only. However, the event will feature a video simulcast live (for free) to anyone who signs up. Our goal is to bridge the gap between global sourcing, trade policy, risk management, and total cost management in a discussion that provides both context and actionable insight and tools for practitioners (including a free total landed cost model for all attendees and simulcast participants). We promise to tackle issues including US and China trade head on, exploring the actual global sourcing and total cost implications of changes in currency, export and import tariffs, VAT changes, WTO rulings, etc.

Confirmed speakers include:

Timothy Brightbill -- Partner, International Trade Practice, Wiley & Rein
Sean Devine -- VP, Strategy, Echo Global Logistics
Jennifer Diggins -- Corporate Public Affairs, Nucor
Dom Gambardella -- Partner & National Practice Leader Customs and International Trade Practice, PWC
Jim Lawton -- SVP and GM Supply Management Solutions Business Unit, Dun & Bradstreet
Daniel McGroarty -- Principal – Carmot Strategic Group and Senior Adviser to the US Chamber of Commerce, International Division
Lisa Reisman -- Founder, MetalMiner
William Strauss -- Senior Economist and Economic Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

If you're interested in learning more about International Trade Policy Breaking Point or the benefits of sponsoring the conference, please reach out to Lisa Reisman: lreisman (at) aptiumglobal (dot) com.

We look forward to sharing another event round-up in the next few weeks, covering SIG (at the Spend Management Ritz ... more on that later), Procurement Leaders (Chicago), SSON, ISM (which is taking place at the same time and in the same city, Orlando, as Sapphire) and other spring shows. Of these, I'm personally planning on being at SIG (speaking on a panel), Procurement Leaders (speaking at a roundtable) and ISM (joint presentation with Sherry Gordon in the risk management track).

- Jason Busch

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