When I wrote my first article for The Receiver (January 2017), I indicated that I had new appreciation for the work of my predecessors. Now that I have held this office for six months, that appreciation for the accomplishments of past presidents Robert Wing, Steve Donell and Ira Bodenstein has grown exponentially.
Working from the extraordinary foundation they built, my fellow NAFER Board Members and volunteer committee leaders are working at an accelerated pace to keep up with the phenomenal growth and development momentum that is occurring within our association. Here are just a few of the highlights: The Regional Program Committee is planning three Regional Programs in 2017: the first will be in Miami on May 11th at the Four Seasons (Brickell Ave). Two additional programs are being planned for this year watch for additional announcements for locations and dates. The Judiciary Outreach Committee is developing a program aimed at opening discussion with federal district court and magistrate judges around the country. Their goal is to educate these judges about the role of federal equity receivers. The Website Committee is steeped in the process of upgrading our site’s organizational structure. We are also preparing to launch a new and exciting logo and brand image in the next 60 days. The Website Committee has also worked to implement a new, targeted, strategic Social Media Marketing Plan that will enhance the value of all top-level Regional and Annual Conference Sponsorships.
The International Committee has the British Virgin Islands as the next location for our second annual international conference (stay tuned for more, but save January 28 – 30, 2018 for this very educational - and enjoyable! - event). Working in conjunction with the Membership Committee, the International Committee’s proposal to create a new category of membership allowing for international insolvency experts to join NAFER was just adopted by the board. The “International Associate Member” category in now officially available for our insolvency peers around the globe.
Last, but certainly not least, the Annual Conference in Miami is now just under six months away. The Receiver Training Camp returns this year and will include an international component; six great educational panels are planned (including the ever-popular Judges Panel), and our keynote presentation is one you won’t want to miss. This year’s keynote presentation will be a unique look at the case history of an actual Ponzi scheme featuring the fraudster, SEC enforcement counsel, the receiver, and receiver’s counsel. In an open, “fireside chat” format, the SEC’s Marshall Gandy joins NAFER President Greg Hays and Troutman Sanders Managing Partner David Dantzler as they discuss the development – and eventual unraveling – of convicted Ponzi scheme perpetrator Travis Correll's $100M Ponzi scheme.
You’ll find more information on the conference and the Receiver Training Camp in this issue and additional information is on our website at www.NAFER.org/annual-conference. That’s all for now, but watch for additional updates and news in our next issue of The Receiver, scheduled to be published this summer.