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2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile

In the run up to the 2016 CTRM Conference, we will feature some of our speakers lined up for the event. This year we have a compelling line up of presentations and roundtables to make the CTRM Conference a must attend event to learn about the factors impacting this important software category. Additionally, with all sides of the industry well represented, the CTRM Conference is the premier networking event for anyone looking at or using CTRM software.

In the afternoon, we have a session devoted to metals and one of the sessions will be a joint presentation by metals and risk experts David Waite and Michael Lockwood of CRM Associates on How metal processing companies use CTRM system to maximize effectiveness and reduce costs

David Waite
DavidWaiteDavid Waite 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.

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From 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.

Michael Lockwood
MichaelLockwoodMichael Lockwood is the principal of Commodity Risk Control. Across the global metals industry, working with miners, smelter/refiners, fabricators and traders, he and his associate David Waite deliver expert guidance for clients to address the foundations required for the development, operation and oversight of price risk management.

Michael’s hands-on price risk and commercial management experience includes the suite of base and precious metals. From his postings in Canada, Chile and the United Arab Emirates with Noranda, Falconbridge, Xstrata and Glencore, he has worked in a diversity of environments and cultures addressing the needs of diverse businesses on five continents.

Additionally, he has served the metals industry in a variety of roles, including the LME Board and LME Copper Committee, the Board of the European Copper Association, the Board of the Copper Club and the Boards of the Silver and Gold Institutes. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Science degree.

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. More information may be found at its website.

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.

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, Generation 10, Invensoft Technologies, Paragon Energy Software, Perfect Channel, and Pioneer. Sponsorship opportunities still exist.

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