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2014 Palisade Regional Risk Conferences: Best Practices in Risk and Decision Analysis
Palisade Risk Conference Draws Large, Diverse Crowd

Attracting over 150 delegates, Palisade’s 2011 Risk Conference in Las Vegas offered something for virtually everyone, regardless of industry sector.  The event was held at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on November 10th and 11th. Professionals attended from industries such as oil and gas, power generation, engineering and construction, manufacturing, and more.  There were over 40 total presentations and training sessions divided into three tracks.

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 dangers of performing risk analysis incorrectly in today’s business climate. Over the course of the two days this was followed by sessions on managing risk in large projects, new venture forecasting, oil prospecting, renewable energy, investment portfolios, and much more.  Palisade staff also delivered numerous software training sessions using the latest software techniques.

New this year, delegates took advantage of one-on-one Expert Sessions.  Offered by Palisade consultants and technical experts, these hands-on, individualized consulting sessions helped many attendees improve their risk models.  Another first this year was the round table panel discussion on Best Practices in Risk Analysis, featuring four experts from industry and academia answering questions and offering advice to the gathered delegation. 

The conference also featured a plenary address by Christina Ray of Omnis, Inc, on the topic of Decision Making and Enterprise Risk Management.  The author of several books, including most recently Extreme Risk Management: Revolutionary Approaches to Evaluating and Measuring Risk, Ms. Ray shared experiences from the realms of finance and the intelligence community to give insight applicable to all.

Delegates also found time to relax and exchange ideas atnumerous networking sessions and receptions.

» View the conference program
» Conference presentations


What the Delegates Had to Say:

“The conference far exceeded my expectations. I walked away from almost every case study and software presentation with little bits of insight that I’ve already begun using to enhance my own models.”
- Dave McAdam, Business Development Manager, Global R&D, Novelis

“The conference was very good and quite comprehensive.”
- James Behel, Director of Business Graduate Studies, Professor, Harding University

“I really enjoyed the opening sessions.”
- Andre Lowe, New Venture Manager, Intel

“The Las Vegas conference was great and I brought back many new ideas and insights on how to solve my company’s challenges!”
- Rafael Fernando Hartke, Risk Analyst, Petrobras

“I got many ideas of how to apply stochastic modeling in ways I’d never even thought of.”
- John Dubé, Program Manager, Robert Half International

“I came away from the conference very satisfied. The conference empowered me with future skill sets, allowed me to observe how other companies are using the tools, and I even made some very valuable contacts.”
- Ron Webster, Senior Financial Risk Analyst, Eastman Chemical Company

“Excellent conference. Congratulations on your company!”
- Ghislain Giroux Dufort, Baldwin Risk Strategies

“Strongest slate of presenters yet!”
- Jay O’Connor, Turner & Townsend

“Great conference. As a new user of @RISK, the conference was
an eye-opener on the tool, the value it provides, and how to make
use of it. Also learning more about the use of risk management
practices was helpful. Thank you!”
- Raj Gantla, Robert Half International


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