For a new kid on the ABS conference block, the American Securitization Forum (ASF) did well for itself as a solid showing flocked to attend ASF 2004 held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. Unofficial estimates pegged the attendance at over a thousand, a number that ASF Chairman Vernon Wright aspires to double for next year's event. In fact, organizers have tentatively set a Jan. 23-26, 2005 date for next year's gathering.

In his welcome remarks, Wright said that the ASF will continue playing a proactive part in shaping the future by educating and informing regulators about "our collective industry." Aside from this, he said that one of the main goals of the ASF remains boosting membership, particularly among investors. He added that the organization will not rest on its laurels. "Are we satisfied? Absolutely not!" he stated, proclaiming that throughout 2004, ASF will focus on the investor.

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