The American Securitization Forum last week selected the co-chairs of its program advisory committees for its ASF 2006 conference to be held this winter in Las Vegas. The six committees are in charge of planning the conference's agenda and content as well as picking speakers from among the industry. ASF Executive Director George Miller said he expects the full conference agenda to be available by mid-October.

Co-chairing the panel in charge of planning the general sessions and keynote speakers are T. Rowe Price Vice President Sue Troll and Allstate Investments portfolio manager Marjorie Anderson. The ABCP content will be plotted out by Credit Suisse First Boston Managing Director Maureen Coen and Lehman Brothers Managing Director Marilyn Hill.

In the CDO department, Chris Ricciardi managing director and head of CDO origination at Merrill Lynch, and Louis Lucido, managing director with the Trust Company of the West, will pick the program. Deutsche Bank Securities Managing Director and global head of securitization research Karen Weaver, with The Hartford Investment Co.'s Tom Reese in charge of the non-mortgage ABS content, while David Wells, director with Fremont Investment and Loan, and Peter Cerwin, managing director with C-Bass, will work on the home-equity ABS and RMBS portions of the conference. Rounding out the committee chair roster will be Ann Rutledge, principal with R&R Consulting, and Anthony Nolan, partner with Goodwin Procter, will head the securitization institute committee.

The advisory chairs were chosen "based on consensus recommendations of the ASF membership, who identified well qualified professionals for the roles," according to the ASF. While no specific topics have yet been laid out, Miller said the conference will be organized into general and breakout sessions along the lines laid out by the committees.

With over four months until the conference actually kicks off, the ASF said it is already seeing increased participation at the lead sponsor level, with 27 lead sponsors already registered, up from nine last year. While lead sponsorship status costs $40,000, sponsorship does not guarantee the sponsor a speaking slot on a conference panel, according to Miller. In total there are 61 sponsors, as well as 301 investors and 113 issuers registered for the conference, as of last week.

The conference will be held at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas from Sunday, Jan. 29, through Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006. Investors registering by Sept. 30, will get a 50% discount on rooms at the conference hotel, which Miller said are going fast. Investors also receive complimentary registration to the conference.

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