2014 Palisade Regional Risk Conferences: Best Practices in Risk and Decision Analysis
Palisade Risk Conference
Las Vegas Draws Large
and Diverse Delegation

Attracting over 120 delegates, the 2010 Palisade Risk Conference was held in the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on November 4-5. The event was attended by professionals from industries as diverse as oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, insurance, healthcare, engineering, and banking.

The conference was opened by Palisade president Sam McLafferty and vice president Randy Heffernan. Sam presented an overview of Palisade and previewed what is coming next in future versions, and Randy discussed the importance and need for probabilistic analysis in today’s business climate. Over the course of the two days this was followed by over 30 presentations, including the keynote talk by Dr. Wayne Winston from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Dr. Winston’s talk, “Gambling, Money Management, and Monte Carlo Simulation,” educated the delegation on the Kelly Growth Criterion while prepping them on how to improve their odds in the casino. The software training and presentations by Palisade staff on @RISK and DecisionTools Suite tools, customized software solutions, and best practices in modeling were very popular.

Delegates also found time to relax at networking dinner and receptions at The Pub restaurant on the Monte Carlo property.

What Attendees Are Saying
Delegates from Palisade conferences find many benefits from attending, including networking with other professionals, learning new techniques, and becoming more proficient at their software.

Here are a few comments from the 2010 Vegas conference:

“The Palisade staff are awesome, as are the products, and the users. Great experience! ”
- Bill Horton, Associate Director Quantitative Group, E Source, Boulder, CO

 “I would recommend the conference to colleagues. Howard Axelrod’s/Energy Strategies presentation was well put together, and I enjoyed how @RISK was used to make tradeoffs. Svetlana Sigalova’s/Vertex Pharmaceuticals presentation had very good use and integration to strategic planning. ”
- Chris Schembri, Sr. Financial Analyst, Intel, Chandler, AZ

“It was the most rewarding conference I've ever attended and I plan to return year after year (without any material price increases). Conference gave the opportunity to learn how to use the software and how to apply it real world problems. ”
- Chris Ix, Sr. Financial Analyst, NV Energy, Las Vegas, NV

“(The conference has) terrific cross-discipline/industry opportunities to share ideas. ”
- Allan W. Graham, MD, Medical Director Chemical Dependency Treatment Service, Kaiser Permanente, Denver, CO

“The emphasis on participant interaction is extremely effective and valuable. ”
- Red White, US Geological Survey, Houston, TX

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