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Conferences and Seminars

CSA & DBSG announce details of September Conference

By CreditMan Monday, June 1, 2009

The Credit Services Association (CSA), together with the Debt Buyers and Sellers Group (DBSG), has announced details of its annual conference, to help ensure that members and non-members alike are equipped to deal with some of the most challenging times the industry has faced.

Up to 250 guests from around the globe are expected to attend the conference, which is being held on September 9th and 10th at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton. The programme has been designed to cover all aspects of the collection and debt sale and purchase arena.

The conference starts with the hugely popular golf tournament, this year played across two 9-hole golf courses, followed by the Prize Giving Ceremony in the Club House and the opportunity to take part in the hole in one competition a great way to get to know your fellow delegates in an informal setting, says Kurt Obermaier, Executive Director of the CSA.

The CSA AGM is an opportunity to discuss plans for the forthcoming 12 months and for members to stand for the Board of the Association. Day one finishes with a networking reception and informal dinner and provides delegates with a preview of the exhibition.

On the second day of the Conference, CSA President, Najib Nathoo will welcome delegates to the opening session, followed by a keynote speech from Gareth Thomas MP, the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and joint Minister of State for the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for International Development (DFID). This keynote speech will be followed by an Economic Overview from Margaret Doyle, Contributing Editor at Economist Conferences, and former Editor of Global Agenda, the magazine of the World Economic Forums annual meeting.

After a networking break and another chance to visit the exhibition, a group of barristers from Henderson Chambers will perform a mock trial on a credit theme, and motivational speaker Tim Fearon will offer advice on how to make the most of the day, including best networking practices, how to absorb good information, and what questions to ask.

The afternoon programme is split into three running themes covering debt sale and purchase, collections and compliance, and a series of workshops, all led by key industry experts. The breakout sessions will also give members the opportunity to network and explore the exhibition.

Following the conference, will be the 6th DBSG AGM, enabling DBSG members to find out more on the groups progression and have a say in the future aims and objectives of the group.

Not wanting the conference to be all work and no play, it finishes with the ever-popular gala dinner, an unmissable date in the industrys social calendar and a final opportunity to cement those friendships and contacts already established, Kurt adds.

The conference is open to both non-members and members of the Association. For a booking form and more information visit the CSA/DBSG website at or call 0191 286 5656.