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What is a "Hybrid" Meeting?
Due to COVID-19, we understand that there are many people who would like to participate in the conference but would prefer to do so virtually. The hybrid format will allow you to attend either in-person or virtually.
If you are attending in-person, the conference will run the same as it always has. You will also have the ability to interface with the virtual attendees.
If you are attending virtually, you will be able to attend any session you choose. All of the sessions will be broadcast to you. You will be able to watch the presenters and ask questions, just like you were there in the room.
Virtual attendees will even be able to attend and participate in the roundtable sessions. You can watch what is going on in the room and have an open discussion with in-person attendees and virtual attendees.

What about networking? That is one of the most important parts of the conference.
During the breaks, the IFA will be offering a unique approach for virtual networking which will allow you to sit at a "virtual" table and meet with others at the table.
With your camera and microphone on, you will find that this is very similar to actually being at the conference. Table size will vary from a two person table for an intimate discussion and up to six people for more general discussions. Attendees can find the link for the virtual networking in the conference app.
In-person attendees will also have the ability to join virtual tables on their cell phone.

What is the Tuesday Virtual Session?
All attendees, whether registered as in-person or virtual, will have access to additional speaking sessions on Tuesday, May 11th. You can access these from the conference app. There will also be additional online networking this day as well.

I like walking the exhibit hall to see new products. How will that work?
We understand that some exhibitors will be in-person and some will be virtual. That is why we are offering a unique approach allowing all attendees to meet with all exhibitors.
Both In-person and virtual exhibitors will have a physical booth and a virtual booth.
This means that virtual attendees will be able to visit all booths virtually. They will be setup with information and a way to contact the exhibitor.
Virtual exhibitors will have a physical booth with a tablet connected to the exhibitor. You will be able to have a real time discussion with the exhibitor just as if they were sitting in their booth.

How do I get from the airport to the Arizona Biltmore?
We suggest flying into the Phoenix airport (PHX).
It is about 8 miles to the hotel. A cab from PHX to the hotel will cost $30.
Rates for Uber & Lyft start at $45.

What is this I hear about new TSA travel restrictions?
For the latest information, you may check the Homeland Security website at: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief

What about COVID-19? What are the restrictions?
The IFA will be following all guidelines suggested by the CDC, Arizona, Phoenix and the Biltmore. You can find the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov
All in-person attendees will be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver during the registration process at the conference.
You can find a copy of the waiver form here: IFA Conference Waiver Form

Should I rent a car?
All conference activities will be at the Biltmore. Taxi, Uber and Lyft service from the hotel is readily available. Self-parking is complimentary.

How should I dress for the Factoring Conference?
Casual attire is recommended for all conference sessions, receptions as well as the closing event.

What is the weather like in Phoenix in May?
The average high in April is 94 (34) degrees with a low of 69 (20). The average rainfall amount is .1 inches (.2 cm).

What meals are included with my conference registration?
For in-Person attendees, Thursday and Friday includes Breakfast at 7:30am, two breaks during the day, and lunch at 12:30pm. If you choose to attend the Idea Exchange on Saturday morning, Continental Breakfast is included. Additionally, an open bar and appetizers will be set up for the Wednesday evening Triumph Welcome Reception. An open bar and appetizers will also be offered at the Reception on Thursday evening. Dessert and drinks will be offered at the Dessert Reception provided by Tax Guard on Thursday night. Also included is Friday evening’s Closing Event which includes drinks and dinner food stations at the Biltmore.

What time is the conference registration?
Registration will be available on Wednesday from 1:00 - 7:30pm in the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom. You will need to pick up your name badge before attending the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening. Registration on Thursday will open at 7:30am.

What time does the conference start?
The Virtual portion of the conference will begin Tuesday at 8 am MST (Arizona does not have Daylight Savings Time). The in-person portion begins with the Triumph Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30pm. In-person conference sessions begin at 8:30am on Thursday and Friday. Please plan to arrive a little early if you are not able to register on Wednesday.

What restaurants are in the hotel? What are their hours?
Frank and Alberts is open from 7:00am - 10:00pm and offers full service dining
The Café is open from 6:00am - 5:00pm and breakfast and all day menu
Food can be ordered by the pools from 11 am - 4 pm at the Paradise Pool and until 7 pm at the Adult Pool
Room service is available 24 hours.

Is there a fee for internet from my room?
We highly suggest joining Hilton Honors program before arriving at the hotel. With membership, you receive complimentary internet access. Information about Hilton Honors program can be found at https://www.hilton.com/en/hilton-honors/

I have special dietary restrictions. What can I do?
Let the IFA know of any special dietary restrictions and we will work with you.

What's the Arizona Biltmore like?
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this 4 star hotel is conveniently located in Phoenix. The resort is on 39 acres with five swimming pools, two 18 hole golf courses, two tennis courts, newly remodeled spa and is located close to the Biltmore Shopping Center. The Biltmore is recognized as one of the best hotels in the world.

How do I register my spouse for the receptions?
Name badges are required for admission to all conference events. Guests who have purchased a spouse ticket may attend evening receptions and the closing event with a registered attendee. Spouse tickets are $295 and do not include conference admission, breakfast or lunch. Spouse tickets are not applicable for co-workers. For more information, please call the IFA.

What's going on with the separate course on Wednesday?
Factoring Essentials is an add-on course designed for individuals new to factoring or those possessing basic factoring experience that want to learn more about how to operate a successful factoring portfolio. This course is recommended for factors at any level. This is an add-on course for an additional fee of $495 for members / $545 non-members.

Tell me about golf.
There are two 18 hole courses connected to and within walking distance of the Biltmore. The Adobe Course is a traditional style golf course. It is a 6,586 par 71 course. The Links Course provides desert ravines, rolling fairways and five lakes. It is a 6,300 yard par 71 course. We will be playing the Links Course for our tournament on Wednesday, May 12th.
The fee for golf for our tournament is $175, which includes green fees and cart, practice range balls, and a lunch.
Rental clubs are available for $76.
Golf will run from 7:00am - 2:00pm.
Green fees for golfing on your own is $119 before 2pm and $71 after 2pm

Scottsdale Food Tour, what’s that about?
This will be a private tour for our group on Wednesday, May 12th. We will be stopping at 4 -5 restaurants highlighting signature food selections at each stop. Two adult beverages will be included. There will be no more than 10 people in any single tour. Note: The tour will begin and end in downtown Scottsdale. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Old Town.
The fee for this private tour is $100 which includes the tour and taxes and gratuity.
The food tour will run from 11:00am - 2:45pm.

Tell me about this year's Closing Event.
An open bar, various food stations and entertainment will be provided. The Closing Event is being sponsored by Saint John Capital.

Each year the conference gets bigger and better. What is going on this year?
We are returning with our roundtable sessions. We've organized the conference so that there will be at least one roundtable that is relevant for every conference attendee. The roundtables are designed to promote interaction and education amongst the conference attendees. The roundtables that we have planned are:

  • Roundtable for Women in Commercial Finance
  • Roundtable for Senior Executives
  • Roundtable for Young Professionals
  • Roundtable for Operational Issues
  • Roundtable for Small Factors
We are returning with the Young Professionals Reception. This is designed to give Young Professionals under 40 years of age the opportunity to mix and mingle freely with other Young Professionals. This high-energy reception will provide an opportunity for attendees to grow a strong peer and professional network of colleagues. Designed to inspire and connect, attendees will learn even more about our dynamic industry from other participants who are similar in age. This will take place on Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30.

We will also be hosting a reception for our chapters and chapter members. If you belong to either the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Rocky Mountain, California, Texas or Canadian chapter, or are interested in creating a chapter in your area, we suggest attending this event.

Are you having the conference app again?
Yes. It can be viewed at www.eventmobi.com/fc2021. It is also available in the app store for IOS and Droid devices. You can locate it by searching for Factor 2021. Your login will be enabled two weeks before the conference.

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