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How do I get from the airport to the Omni Nashville?
We suggest flying into the Nashville airport (BNA).
It is about 8 miles to the hotel. A cab from BNA to the hotel will cost $25. There is an additional $1 per person charge.
Rates for Uber & Lyft are approximately $20.

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 the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
The IFA will be monitoring the CDC recommendations. You can find the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov

Should I rent a car?
Transportation will be provided for all conference activities that are not located at the Omni. Taxi, Uber and Lyft service from the hotel is readily available. The normal parking fee at the Omni is $45 for valet. Self-parking is available across the street for $24.

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 Nashville in April?
The average high in April is 71 (22) degrees with a low of 48 (9). The average rainfall amount is 4 inches (10 cm).

What meals are included with my conference registration?
On Thursday and Friday, your registration includes Continental 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 Tax Guard Dessert Reception on Thursday night. Also included is Friday evening’s Closing Event which includes drinks, appetizers and dinner at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

What time is the conference registration?
Registration will be available on Wednesday from 1:00 - 7:30pm in the Foyer on the second floor of the Omni. 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 Triumph Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening is from 5:30-7:30pm. Actual 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?
Bob's Steak & Chop House is open from 5:00pm - 10:00pm and specializes in steak.
Kitchen Notes is open from 6:30am - 10:00pm and serves traditional southern breakfast, lunch and dinner and is known for their biscuit bar.
Barlines is open from 11:00am - 11:00pm and offers drinks along with snacks, salads, flatbreads and sandwiches.
Bongo Java is open from 6:00am - 7:0pm and serves coffee and baked goods.
Room service is available 24 hours.

Is there a fee for internet from my room?
We highly suggest joining Omni Select Guest before arriving at the hotel. With membership, you receive complimentary internet access. Information about Omni Select Guest can be found at https://www.omnihotels.com/loyalty

I have special dietary restrictions. What can I do?
Let the IFA know of any special dietary restrictions and we will work with you.
The IKFA (International Kosher Factoring Association) is planning a dinner on Thursday evening. Contact the IFA for additional details.

What's the Omni Nashville like?
This 4 star hotel is conveniently located next to the Country Music Hall of Fame and within walking distance of downtown Nashville. It includes 5 restaurants, a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, 3 bars/lounges and fitness center.

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.
The Hermitage Golf Course is one of Nashville's finest golf clubs. The President’s Reserve, designed by architect Denis Griffiths (designer Atlanta’s Chateau Élan Resort Courses), trails through 300 acres of natural Tennessee wetlands and along the banks of the beautiful Cumberland River.
Playing up to 7200 yards, The President’s Reserve can offer any golfer as much challenge as one might desire, yet be a pleasurable golfing experience for even the occasional golfer. The President’s Reserve has been recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the Top 10 in Tennessee.
The fee for golf is $210, which includes transportation, green fees and cart, practice range balls, and a lunch.
Rental clubs are available for $70.
Golf will run from 6:30am - 2:00pm.

Nashville Food Tour, what’s that about?
One of Nashville’s most happening areas, SoBro completely transformed in less than a decade. Hotels and high-rises replaced parking lots. Live music venues emerged from old industrial sites. And culinary hotspots opened so quickly that local food lovers are still catching up with the changes. Join us on a walking and eating excursion through SoBro/Downtown to get oriented in this rapidly evolving area within earshot of Music City’s must-see attractions. With five tasting stops over three hours, you’ll savor a variety of local flavors. Elevated Southern fare mingles with comfort food, and seasonal ingredients are always in the mix. Between bites, you’ll walk on Nashville’s Music Mile and learn fun facts about the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. You’ll hear the story behind Nashville’s “Athens of the South” nickname, along with who dubbed Nashville “Music City.” The engaging guide will share stories that even locals don’t know.
The fee for this private tour is $105 which includes transportation, the tour and taxes and gratuity.
The food tour will run from 11:00am - 2:45pm.

Tell me about the guest tour.
We are not conducting a guest tour this year.

Is there a tour on Saturday?
We are not conducting a tour on Saturday this year.

Tell me about this year's Closing Event.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of country music. Chartered in 1964, the museum has amassed one of the world's most extensive musical collections. The museum is connected to the Omni. We will start the evening with cocktails and dinner, followed by entertainment plus take a stroll through the museum on a self guided tour at your leisure.

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, Rocky Mountain 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/fc2020. It is also available in the app store for IOS and Droid devices. You can locate it by searching for Factor 2020. Your login will be enabled two weeks before the conference.

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