Decision-Makers Gather at 2018 Palisade Risk Conference in San Diego

Monday, 19 November 2018

Decision-Makers Gather at 2018 Palisade Risk Conference in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA – The Palisade Risk Conference 2018 brought together over 160 key decision-makers for two days to share best practices and the latest trends in the practice of risk and decision analysis. Held November 15-16 at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the conference is one of the most important of the year in its field. As the leading provider of risk and decision analysis solutions for industry and academia, Palisade has been hosting this and other events for over 15 years.

“The Palisade Risk Conference is an important component of our role as a thought leader in the field,” commented Palisade CEO Randy Heffernan. “We feel strongly about providing like-minded professionals with this forum as a way to advance best practices and ultimately raise the quality of decision-making across a wide range of industries.”

The conference offered multiple tracks of sessions, ranging from software training to industry case studies and success stories regarding the use of probabilistic risk analysis to solve a wide range of problems. Sectors represented included oil and gas, utilities, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, transportation and more. Presentations were given by decision-makers from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Brownsville Public Utilities, Caltrans, Nutrien, Pure Technologies, and many others.

Heffernan opened the conference by examining how risk is viewed in 2018 – from an industry perspective, from Palisade’s perspective, and from the software users’ perspective. The keynote was given by Brendan McGrath, First Vice President and Director of Credit Risk Analysis at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. McGrath spoke on the application of network theory to financial problems using the DecisionTools Suite.

Attendees also participated in networking sessions, a reception, and had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Palisade consultants to get advice on their specific modeling issues.

Now in its 13th year, the Palisade Risk Conference is part of a global series of conferences and workshops hosted by Palisade to further interest and best practices in the field. For information on these events, visit:

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Shawn Ryan
Vice President, Operations & Corporate Strategy
Tel: +1 607-277-8000

Palisade is a software developer and solution provider that produces decision support tools for professionals in many industry sectors. The company was founded in 1984, and at present more than 150,000 people use Palisade’s software in fields that range from finance to oil and mineral exploration, real estate to heavy manufacturing and pharmaceuticals to aerospace. Its software is used by more than 90 percent of Fortune Global 500 companies. Sample clients include Procter & Gamble, Petrobras, PEMEX, Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi, Merck, Unilever, Fluor, Thales, Raytheon and PwC, as well as top business schools around the world.