Reception Brings Together VIPs of Financial Operations

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Unprecedented event fosters collaboration among coalition of associations and top-level partners, leaders, and staff of The Institute of Financial Operations.

The more we can collaborate, the better we can serve our combined constituency.

At a first-of-its-kind reception during Fusion 2013, top players in the field of financial operations hobnobbed in one room to compare notes on the future of the professions they champion.

The President’s Reception was a new feature of Fusion, the annual conference of The Institute of Financial Operations, held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. Guests included board members our highest level partners, top volunteers, and staff members of The Institute, along with representatives from what the organization called “a coalition of associations” that are dedicated to helping people take their professional development to a new level.

“I wanted a way to highlight the coalition groups and their representatives, and to connect like-minded people in our field in an informal atmosphere,” said Jo E. LaBorde, executive director of The Institute, who hosted the reception. “We’ve never done it before, and it is part of our organization’s strategic initiatives to bring subject matter experts together to enhance content for our community. The more we can collaborate, the better we can serve our combined constituency.”

With more than 1,500 people in attendance at Fusion 2013, it would have been difficult for everyone to see each other, LaBorde said. So her team put together a call for “heavy hitters, head honchos, and big kahunas who warrant extra attention and special perks for their contributions.”

The coalition groups include the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; AIIM, the Global Community of Information Professionals; Financial Executives International’s Central Florida Chapter; The Institute of Internal Auditors; and NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association.

Strategic and Diamond-level partners of The Institute include Esker, Perceptive Software, PRGX, and BancTec.

About The Institute of Financial Operations

The Institute of Financial Operations is a membership-based professional association serving the entire financial operations ecosystem, with a particular focus on the accounts payable and accounts receivable disciplines and the related fields of information management and data capture. The Institute grew out of the merger of four associations: International Accounts Payable Professionals (IAPP), International Accounts Receivable Professionals (IARP), the National Association of Purchasing and Payables (NAPP), and The Association for Work Process Improvement (TAWPI).

Based in Orlando, Fla., with affiliates in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, The Institute serves as a global voice, chief advocate, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, and principal educator for people in financial operations. The Institute has a community of nearly 70,000, which includes 9,000 members and customers, and an additional 61,000 financial operations professionals.

The Institute’s members have access to benefits and leading-edge resources such as the award-winning Financial Ops magazine, a dynamic, content-rich website, educational and networking events, online educational offerings, certification and certificate programs, career resources, and volunteer opportunities.

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