For those of you who were able to attend the IFO Fusion 2012 conference in Nashville, I hope you had a chance to stop by Lavante’s booth and have your “catch the wave” photo taken!  Also, and more I hope you were able to attend one of Lavante’s five panel discussions that were headlined by some of the finest thought leaders in accounts payable today. We were so pleased to collaborate with so many experts in the AP field to develop and present these five very different, content-rich  presentations.  In an effort to recognize these individuals and their contributions to the AP industry, Lavante presented each panelists with a Lavante AP Thought Leadership Award.

We value the contributions made by these AP professionals.  They not only spent considerable time and effort to create the presentations, but they were all willing to openly share their individual experiences and perspectives about their companies and departments.  Ultimately, it is this type of interactive, open exchange that advances forward-thinking approaches and methodologies in the accounts payable field.  It is an honor to be part of these discussions and to work with such an experienced and insightful group of AP professionals.

We wanted to take a few minutes to recognize each of these experts who contributed so much to these panels and the AP industry:

  • •    Future of AP:  Five Ways to Drive Excellence & Increase the Value of AP
    Josh Morrison, Manager, Vendor Relations, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc
  • •    Supplier Portals 101:  What you Need for Effective Supplier Information Management Systems
    Desiree Clayton, Director, Nordstrom
    Tina McGlasson, AP Manager, Omnicare
    Jennifer Barnett, Former System Manager, Accounts Payable, Summa Health
  • •    Transforming AP through  Technology & Automation
    Kathy Sharp, Executive Director of Accounts Payable at MGM Resorts International
    Terri Dunn – Operations Manager, Transactions at Jones Lang LaSalle
    Jennifer Barnett – Former System Manager, Accounts Payable, Summa Health
    Fran Hammer, Manager, Disbursements & Travel, Hershey’s
  • •    Case of the Disappearing Credits
    Mary Schaeffer, Editorial Director and Publisher, Accounts Payable Now & Tomorrow
    Sharon Warmboe, Manager, Accounts Payable, Gilead
    Patty Gustaveson, Assistant Manager, Audit & Controls , Nordstrom
  • •    Cool Tools in AP
    Tom Lyman, Director of Accounts Payable, Saftey-Kleen
    Josh Campbell, Senior Finance Manager, Disbursements, Humana

If you want more information about the presentations and the Lavante AP Thought Leadership Awards presented at the conference, please contact me directly at

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