Information Management Network's 11th annual ABS East conference kicks off this week, nearly one month earlier than usual, and is expected to be even bigger than last year with over 2,800 delegates and 128 sponsors were registered to participate as of last week. ABS players from around the country will be treated to four days worth of panel discussions and entertainment at the world-class Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

Event producer Jade Friedensohn, of IMN, said the decision to hold the conference in mid-September, as opposed to mid- or late-October, as in years past, was made so that the conference would not interfere with the Jewish High Holidays, which fall in October this year. The early date has caused some mild waves in the market, as issuers and managers rushed to get deals done in the dog days of August, however, it did nothing to dampen interest in the show, as Friedensohn said this year's registered attendance represents a 300 delegate and 10 sponsor increase over last year. Friedensohn added that next year the conference is planned for Sept. 26 through Sept. 29, 2006.

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