Furniture/Today to livestream Finance Symposium for first time ever

Furniture TodayFurniture Today Staff – For the first time Furniture/Today will bring its industry-leading conference and symposium content to its audience, wherever they are.

On Tuesday, March 29, Furniture/Today will livestream its Money Matters 2.0 Finance Symposium from the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. The cost is $50, and anyone interested in viewing the event can register at:

The educational portion of the event will begin promptly at 9 a.m. on March 29 and continue throughout the day. A complete agenda can be found at

This year’s event will offer detailed presentations on primary, secondary and tertiary consumer finance programs from leading industry experts. Synchrony Financial’s David Liebskind will reveal the critical role that analytics play in the primary finance sector and will share case studies that reveal best practices.

Retailers looking to maximize conversion rates and ensure that every customer that comes through the door will have the ability to purchase furniture will find new insights into secondary finance programs from Genesis Financial Solutions’ Gretchen Strohlein and Fortiva Retail Credit’s Jeff Howard.

And for those thinking about adding a lease-to-own option to their sales arsenal, presentations by Steve McKinley of Acceptance Now and Mark Olson from Progressive Leasing will offer fresh insights.

The day’s events will kick off with a keynote presentation from Charlie Scott, partner at Woodland, O’Brien & Scott, who will reveal the critical links between consumers’ largest financed purchase — their homes — and their most important complementary purchase – their furniture.

For any retailer relying on furniture manufactured in China, the day’s second presentation, “China, Change and the Global Economy” is a must see. Professor Penelope Prime, director of the China Research Center will address such timely issues as China’s foreign trade and investment, industrial and technological progress, and provincial development.

The program concludes with a critically important look at compliance, offered by Christopher Willis, a partner at the law firm of Ballard Spahr. At a time when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking an increasingly active role in the policing all areas of consumer finance, this is one session retailers will not want to miss. For more information go to

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