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2016 CTRM Conference – Metals Risk Expert Added

The agenda for the 2016 CTRM Conference is now complete, we are just waiting on materials from the various speakers to update the agenda on the site. The latest addition is Mr David Waite of CRM associates who will speak on “How metal processing companies use CTRM system to maximize effectiveness and reduce costs”. David has spent over 50 years in the commodity business. He was educated in England at Magdalen College Oxford and began his career at Noranda Sales Corporation in London and Toronto in various metals and concentrates marketing roles from 1964-72. He then moved to Noranda’s associate Rudolf Wolff, a founding member of the London Metal Exchange, to head up its physical trading division, became a director at age 30 and moved to New York to start up Wolff’s US brokerage subsidiary in 1977.

image007.jpgFrom 1978 to 1990 he was with the investment banking house Drexel Burnham in New York, ultimately as the Senior VP responsible for its US metals and energy futures brokerage and finance group, and from 1990 to 1993 he was a Managing Director at Wall Street house PaineWebber, heading up its commodity and foreign exchange division in London and New York. In 1993 he went back to Rudolf Wolff as Director of Business Development, operating out of both the New York and London offices.

In 2000 he set up Commodity Risk Management Associates (CRMA) as his personal vehicle for providing advice on commodities to industrial clients, and he has been running CRMA since then, providing risk management services to a roster of leading global metal companies. In 2014 he joined forces with Mike Lockwood (CRCI) to enhance the services provided to clients.

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The CTRM Conference is a unique 1-day event that is focused on the $1.6billion CTRM software category to be held at The Thistle Marble Arch hotel, London on October 27th, 2016. The conference brings together end user, service practitioners and vendors to spend a day focused on some of the key issues and trends impacting the software category. Hosted and facilitated by ComTech Advisory, the leading analysts in the CTRM software space, the CTRM Conference brings a compelling agenda of presentations, knowledge sharing and roundtable discussions involving key users of CTRM and associated software and services in the industry all supplemented by excellent networking opportunities.

A reception will be held the evening prior to the event to welcome attendees and sponsors.

The theme of the 2016 CTRM Conference will be “CTRM in a low commodity price environment”. The event and presentations will focus on maximizing value from investments in CTRM software, from the initial procurement through its ongoing support and maintenance, paying close attention to cloud and non-traditional delivery of CTRM software. In a year in which the price of crude oil and most other commodities reached new lows, the key message for users and vendors is that now, more than ever, E/CTRM software is truly mission critical and being able to procure an affordable solution and then measure its value, is key in advancing its capabilities. Our industry is constantly changing at an ever-increasing pace and E/CTRM software must evolve to meet those changes, be cost effective and deliver business benefits.

The topics to be explored will include CTRM in the cloud, evolving software pricing models, measuring success, identifying value, dealing with data, analytics and optimization, for example.

This event cannot happen at all without the generous backing of sponsors. This year’s conference is sponsored by Gold sponsor OpenLink, Silver sponsor Fendhal Technology and other Bronze sponsors including Brady PLC, Eka, Invensoft Technologies, Paragon Energy Software and Pioneer. Sponsorship opportunities still exist.

Do join us at the 2016 CTRM Conference – you may register at the CTRM Conference website.