Information Management Network employees in charge of the annual ABS West conference met last week to decide how, or if, the conference will change next year in an effort to attract more attendees.

The securitization conference, held in Phoenix earlier this month, ended up playing second fiddle to the American Securitization Forum's competing conference held a week earlier in Las Vegas.

While some attendees enjoyed the more intimate setting that the smaller Phoenix conference provided, the IMN is likely to choose a different venue in the future. It will have a tough time competing with the ASF, which has already slated next year's conference for Las Vegas.

"We are examining ... aspects of our conferences - from logistics to how we develop programming. We will soon be making some exciting announcements about upcoming changes," said Jade Fiedensohn, producer of the conference at the IMN.

The IMN had yet to produce exact attendance numbers by press time, citing a reliance on a contracted company in charge of registration. However, informal estimates range from 1,000 to 2,000. The ASF conference drew about 3,500.

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