Fides Events Recap May 2019
May was a busy time for Fides’ client relations and marketing team. In addition to our usual customer meetings, we attended three events, all during the same week. It was great to have so many opportunities to meet with customers and clients, network with prospects, and learn from industry experts.
Finance Symposium Mannheim
The Finance Symposium Mannheim is the largest professional congress for treasurers and financial officers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Each year, the event, produced by Schwabe, Ley & Greiner, brings together more than 2,300 finance professionals to gain an overview of current banking products, system-based solutions and the latest trends in treasury.
Fides had an exhibit booth, which was staffed by our Relationship Managers Angela Hunziker, Philip Anklin and Alexandra Liechti. We were able to test out some new marketing ideas, including conducting a prize drawing and using QR codes to direct attendees to information including Fides brochures and the Fides Conference website. There was high interest in Fides solutions, and a number of demos were shown to interested treasurers.
The conference was well organized and well attended, featuring a lineup of more than 250 speakers presenting on hot topics for treasury including digitalization, artificial intelligence, banking products and system-based solutions. The first day of the event featured content for system providers, and the second day was focused on financial institutions. The agenda offered a good balance between sessions, dedicated exhibit hall time and networking — which included a spectacular closing gala dinner and entertainment.
Windy City Summit
The Windy City Summit is one of the largest treasury and cash management conferences in the United States, attracting more than 1,200 finance professionals to Chicago’s Navy Pier. Fides had a booth in the exhibit hall staffed by Head of Client Relations and Marketing Simon Kaufmann and Head of Project Management Manuel Karg. While the exhibit hall was quiet, Simon and Manuel were able to engage in a number of conversations with prospects, partners and clients.
Many corporate treasurers believe that there are only two options for payments reconciliation and reporting: manual work or implementing a TMS. Head of Client Relations and Marketing Simon Kaufmann presented a session “From Spreadsheet to TMS: Bank Connectivity Paves the Way,” designed to help treasurers who are working with multiple banks and are frustrated with time-consuming and error-prone payments and reconciliation processes.
The session was designed to educate treasurers who are working with multiple banks about how bank connectivity or treasury aggregator solutions can help. With centralized bank connectivity in place, treasury processes work more efficiently, effectively, and productively — saving a significant amount of time and improving data quality. More than 30 people attended the session, which was held the final morning of the conference.
The ACT Annual Conference, held in Manchester, England, is the largest treasury conference and exhibition in the UK, with more than 2,300 attendees from 15+ countries. Alexandra Liechti, our UK Relationship Manager, attended the event. This was Alexandra’s first time attending ACT and the first time since 2016 that Fides had sent a representative to the conference.
The event was very well organized and very well attended, living up to its reputation as being one of the leading trade fairs in Europe and the UK. The Manchester Central Hall was buzzing with a record number of treasurers, exhibitors and delegates from companies all over Europe, and the conference forums included an impressive lineup of speakers including award-winning broadcaster Jon Snow, and Bank of England’s Head of Sterling Markets, Rhys Phillips.
The event provided plenty of opportunities for Alexandra to meet and spend time with partners, clients and prospects. One of the highlights of her ACT experience was being invited to attend the Future Leaders in Treasury reception, where she was able to network with other ACT members in the early stages of their careers.