Annual Conference First-Timer? Here are Some Tips
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Posted by: Mike Rose
The NAPCP Commercial Card and Payment Conference is a can't-miss event every year in the payments industry, bringing together more than 600 of the leading provider and end-user professionals from across the country under one roof.
If this will be your first time at the conference, the amount of sessions, networking opportunities and more might be overwhelming. In an effort to provide some tips and advice to first-timers, the NAPCP recently spoke with Chad Robison, I-Card and E-Payables Program Manager at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah. Chad attended his first NAPCP Annual Conference last year in Palm Springs, and he shared some thoughts on the experience.
NAPCP: What was your experience like last year as a first-time attendee of the NAPCP Annual Commercial Card and Payment Conference? Was there a particular part of the conference that you enjoyed or benefited from the most?
Chad: When I attended the conference last year, I had only been on the job for two weeks and had no Purchasing Card experience. The conference was perfect—everyone was very helpful and friendly, and answered all of my questions. I enjoyed all of the sessions I attended, but I benefited the most from the networking and one-on-one meetings and discussions with providers, issuers and exhibitors.
NAPCP: What tips would you give to first-time attendees at this year’s Annual Conference?
Chad: Make the most of your conference experience and take advantage of the available opportunities by planning out ahead of time the sessions you want to take, and making a list of the questions and issues that you have. Schedule meetings with providers, issuers and exhibitors, and network with other attendees from your industry to get the information you need. While attending the sessions, look for ideas and processes that could benefit your program.
NAPCP: You’re attending the conference for the second time this year, and this time around you’re leading a breakout session and facilitating a roundtable discussion. Why did you decide to get involved with the conference in these ways?
Chad: The best way to learn is to get involved and network. I am definitely not an expert, but it is my hope that I can facilitate some great discussions and exchange of information where others will benefit—I know I will. I am looking forward to meeting new people and seeing those that I met last year.
The 2015 NAPCP Commercial Card and Payment Conference will be held April 13-16 in San Antonio. Click here to register.