Information Management Network is changing the venue for its ABS East conference this year to Orlando, Fla. It has been held for three years in Boca Raton.
The event will take place at the JW Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. The conference has also been slated for early November this year, which is later than prior ABS East conferences. This was done to avoid conflict "with heightened issuance activity at the end of September, and to avoid the peak of the hurricane season," according to a company release.
"Based on the feedback we've received from our attendees, and the difficulties in staging a southeast coastal event in September, it was clear that new timing and a fresh venue would be appreciated," said Jade Friedensohn, the conference producer for the event. "Orlando is reachable by direct flights from almost anywhere in the country, and is blessed with [a] wonderful climate in November."
IMN said the size of the resort allowed it to book the largest space yet for a securitization conference.
IMN will also start ABS East 2006 on a Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5, with the main conference agenda starting on Monday, Nov. 6, and ending Wednesday, Nov. 8.
"The change will allow attendees to consider early arrival on Friday or Saturday to enjoy the recreation and be able [to] return to their offices by midweek," Friedensohn said.
By contrast, previous conferences began on a Monday.
Operating in conjunction with ABS East, the one-day "Asset Backed Commercial Paper Forum" will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the conference center in the adjacent Ritz Carlton Hotel. The fifth annual forum designed specifically "for issuers and investors in the short-term commercial debt market, will offer [a] separate exhibition and meeting space from ABS East."
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