MEDIA FINANCE FOCUS 2015
MFM & BCCA 55th Annual Conference
May 18-20, 2015
The Arizona Grand Hotel & Spa
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, Arizona 85044
Official Conference Hotel WEBSITE - (for general hotel information only)
Welcome from the 2015 Conference co-Chairs:
Media Finance Focus 2015, MFM & BCCA’s 55th Annual Conference, will be held at The Arizona Grand Hotel & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, starting on Monday, May 18 and concluding on Wednesday, May 20. From start to finish, be prepared for three days packed with sessions relevant to you as an industry professional.
Plan now to attend to:
- Learn ways to become a more valuable contributor to your company's bottom line
- Discover new approaches to problems arising from the rapidly changing business climate
- Strengthen your professional skills
- Pick up valuable tips from presenters and other attendees
- And, you can earn CPE credits
We hope you will join us in beautiful Phoenix, AZ!
Ralph Bender (CFO, Manship Media)
2015 Conference Chair/2014-2015 MFM & BCCA Board Vice Chairman
Tim Mulvaney (CAO/Controller, Media General)
2015 Conference co-Chair/2014-2015 MFM & BCCA Board Secretary
About Media Finance Focus 2015…
Media Finance Focus 2015 is your exclusive source for professional education targeting media financial and business executives. More than 170 speakers/panelists will provide the latest information on accounting, taxes, human resources, technology, newspaper, out-of-home, television, radio, cable, digital, print and credit & collection issues. Expand your professional knowledge and apply these new skills to improve your company’s profits.
Who Should Attend…
Business Managers, CFOs, CEOs, COO, CAOs, Controllers, Finance Directors, Business Managers, Human Resources, Internal Auditors, Accountants, Tax, CPAs, New Media Professionals, IT professionals, Credit/Collection Managers, Station Managers, General Managers, Sales Staff and others involved in the financial and business management of media organizations can benefit from attending this Conference since it focuses entirely on their educational needs. MFM has a 50+-year history of providing industry professionals with the tools to enhance their productivity. Join us!
Media Finance Focus 2015 Benefits:
- Earn CPE credits
- 3-Days of 60+ industry-specific sessions
- 30+ Exhibitors/Sponsors
- Professional Roundtable Discussions
- Networking Luncheon in Exhibit Hall
- Opening Night Reception in Exhibit Hall
- Networking Opening Night Party
- Happy Hour and a Half w/ Music & Awards Ceremony
- Breakfasts and Refreshment Breaks
- Luncheon with Entertainment
- Spouse/Guest Tickets and Packages
- Major Prize Giveaways
- Numerous Networking Opportunities
- and much more.......
Advance Registration Rates (until 1/16/15) - Registration Opens in Mid-October
MFM/BCCA Member Advance Registration (Individuals 1 to 4 attendees)
MFM Corporate Member Advance Full Registration (Corporate Members 1 to 4 attendees)
Non-Member Advance Registration (Individual)
Past MFM or BCCA Board Chairperson Advance Registration
MEMBER GROUP ATTENDEES (5 or more attendees from same company)
MFM/BCCA Member Advance Full Registration
- $955/attendee (5-9 attendees from same company)
- $915/attendee (10+ attendees from same company)
MFM Corporate Member Advance Full Registration***
- $855/attendee (5-9 attendees from same company)
- $815/attendee (10+ attendees from same company)
**fee includes a one-year trial membership to MFM.
***MFM Corporate members (as of January 1, 2014): BET, BH Media Group, Bonten Media Group, Cox Communications/Media/Enterprises/Digital Solutions, Dispatch Broadcasting, LIN Media, Turner Broadcasting System/Time Warner, Schurz Communications, Saga Communications, Media General, Greater Media, Allbritton Communications, Lincoln Financial Media, Hearst Corporation and Hearst Television. (All other members/companies are considered individual memberships.)
Full Registrants receive Sunday Chairmen's Reception, 3-days of Educational Sessions, Tuesday General Session Breakfast, Tuesday & Wednesday Luncheons, Wednesday Continental Breakfast, Refreshment Breaks, Monday & Tuesday Evening Social Event Tickets, Exhibit Hall entry, raffle prize ticket, official Conference badge, attendee bag and registration materials.
Substitutions: If a member of your group cannot attend the conference, you may substitute another
individual from your company at any time. MFM must be notified prior to the conference or at time of materials pick up. Once a badge is picked up on site, it cannot be substituted.
No firm or organization not assigned exhibit space will be permitted to solicit business within the exhibit area.
Online Registration...coming soon
Printable Registration...coming soon (full registration)
ROOM SCAMS- PIRATES/POACHING NOTICE:
There are companies obtaining registration lists from public sources-do not respond to these solicitations concerning room reservations. In order to secure a room at The Arizona Grand you must book through the proper official channel as provided—Through the housing link or calling The Arizona Grand direct. Both can be found on this website under Hotel Information or Hotel Reservations.
Housing block “pirates” now routinely “poach” event attendees and exhibitors!
The pirating companies gather group’s contact information from published or online directories. They call attendees leaving the impression that they are “official” housing. They will also frequently cite an imminent sell-out of the block while urging you to secure housing immediately. Another tactic is to offer a room rate that is significantly less than the official rate. Offered rooms may be at the The Arizona Grand or at other properties. Please do not respond to these solicitations.
Below are daily rates available for those of who work, live or will be in the Phoenix area for a day or two and still want to attend the conference.
Sunday Extra (CPE) One Session (Session 1 or 2) - $TBA
Sunday Extra (CPE) Both Sessions - $TBA
Sunday Chairman’s Reception - $TBA
Monday Sessions Only - $TBA
Monday Sessions + Exhibitor Hall Reception - $TBA
Monday Sessions, Opening Exhibit Hall Reception & Evening Event - $TBA
Monday Opening Reception & Evening Event Only - $TBA
Monday Evening Event – (Exhibit Staff & Speakers) - $TBA
Monday Exhibit Hall Reception Only - $85
Tuesday Sessions (Includes General Session Breakfast, Sessions,
Refreshment Breaks, Exhibits & Lunch in Exhibit Hall) - $TBA
Tuesday General Session Breakfast Only - $TBA
Tuesday Luncheon in Exhibit Hall Only - $TBA
Tuesday Sessions and Evening Event - $TBA
Tuesday Evening Event Only - $TBA
Wednesday Sessions (Includes Continental Breakfast, Sessions,
Refreshment Breaks, Exhibits & Luncheon) - $TBA
Wednesday Luncheon Only - $TBA
Guest/Spouse Events Package - $TBA
(Includes Chairman’s Reception, Monday Reception & Evening Opening Event,
General Session Breakfast, Happy Hour & a Half, Closing Luncheon)
Extra Event Tickets/Individual Days/Daily Sessions...coming soon
No refunds or credits after April 17, 2015. You may transfer your registration to a colleague at anytime to avoid losing any of your registration payment.
NO cancellation fee for written notification via email or letter on company letterhead prior to April 17, 2015.
CPE at Media Finance Focus 2015 All sessions are presented in group-live instructional/delivery method. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE sponsors, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour. CPE sheets are included in all attendee registration envelops/materials and stickers are available at each session offering CPE. All CPE sheet should be submitted to MFM staff at the conclusion of the conference. CPAs will be mailed a CPE Certificate from MFM following the conference. CPAs could potentially earn up to TBA units at the 2015 conference. For questions regarding CPE, please call Debi Borden at 847.716.7000.
Media Financial Management Association (MFM) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.
MFM provides 1 set of MFM/BCCA membership mailing labels to Exhibitors/Sponsors. An attendee list that includes attendee name, company, city and state is provided on-site to all full registrants. To opt out please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information for attendees...
Business casual attire is appropriate for all conference activities. We recommend that you dress in layers and bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions in case the room temperature is not comfortable for you. Flip flops and other beach shoes are not recommended for educational sessions. Business casual dress is recommended for evening networking events held at the hotel.
Name Badge & Ticket Policy
Please remember to wear your badge when attending Media Finance Focus 2015 functions. This allows you access to conference sessions, social events and the Exhibit Hall. Your badge is proof of registration; without it, you will not be allowed to participate in any conference activities. You will be given tickets for entry into the networking and food events. You must have a ticket to enter or you will not be allowed to attend that event. Tickets should be separated and put behind your badge to assure that you will have both duing the conference. Lost tickets will not be replaced. If tickets are lost or forgotten you must purchase a daily event ticket to enter or pay for a new registration. No firm or organization not assigned exhibit space will be permitted to solicit business within the exhibit area.
Should you need assistance during the conference, please stop by the Registration Desk or look for MFM/BCCA staff. In cases of a medical emergency, you may also dial “0” on any house phone.
MFM/BCCA takes photographs during its meetings and events for use in Association advertising, newsletters, website and other promotional materials, whether in print, electronic or other media, including the MFM and/or BCCA websites. By participating in this conference you grant MFM and BCCA the right to use your name and photograph for such purposes.
Lost and Found
For your convenience, a lost and found box is kept at the Registration Desk, where you can bring found items or report lost items. MFM is not responsible for lost personal property.
No Smoking Policy
For the comfort and health of all attendees, smoking is not permitted at any MFM/BCCA function. The Hotel is a non-smoking facility.
Responsible Drinking Policy
Recognizing the emphasis on networking through receptions and social events and the potential for alcohol abuse, MFM and BCCA encourages attendees to drink responsibly. Supporting this policy, MFM/BCCA offers nonalcoholic beverages at all functions where alcohol is served. Alcohol will not be served to anyone under the age of 21.
Cell Phone and Pager Policy
As a courtesy to speakers and other attendees, please refrain from the use of PDAs or cell phones during presentations. We ask that you kindly turn off your phone/PDA or set it to vibrate and leave the session if you receive a call.
MFM/BCCA selects lunch menus we hope everyone will enjoy. We realize that some individuals have dietary restrictions and food allergies. Send a note to email@example.com with specific instructions.
Attendees who notified us about food allergies or dietary restrictions that prevent them from eating the standard entrée selection are provided with a vegetarian/vegan meal based as closely as possible on their specific dietary needs.
MFM/BCCA will do its best to accommodate all dietary requests; however because the focus is on food allergies, we cannot always guarantee requests such as low-fat, low-salt, low-carb, sugar-free, etc. Alternate desserts also may not be available.
People with Disabilities
MFM/BCCA strives to hold meetings that are accessible to all. Please tell us what you require to help make your participation more enjoyable and meaningful. If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids or other reasonable accommodations to fully participate in this event, please let us know. Indicate any special needs you may have on the registration form. Any information regarding your disability will remain confidential.
Emergencies and Personal Safety
To help ensure your personal safety and peace of mind throughout the conference, we have included your emergency contact information on the back of your name badge. There is also space to write down medical conditions or allergies. Please take a moment to verify that the information is correct and mark any changes on your badge.
As a reminder, if you require medical attention during the conference please contact the Registration Desk, or dial “0” on any house phone.
Attendees must make hotel guest reservations directly with the hotel. By making reservations for the event, attendees consent to the hotel or Hilton Worldwide, Inc. providing MFM and its representatives with attendees’ hotel reservation information, and attendees waive any and all claims against MFM, the hotel, Hilton Worldwide, Inc., and their respective officers, directors, members, employees and agents, arising from the providing of that information or MFM’s use of that information.