Conference Speakers

Andres Amezquita

Marketing and 3P Lead Toys and Games, Amazon.com

Andres AmezquitaAndres has more than thirteen years of experience in the Toy industry and more than twenty in Marketing.

He began his career in Procter and Gamble Latin America where he worked in different business positions in categories such as Color Cosmetics, Hair Care and Oral Care in multiple countries.

In 2001 Andres joined Mattel Latin America where he led Marketing for the region for the Boys Category. In 2005 he moved to Mattel Headquarters as Vice President for the Barbie and Girls international businesses and by the end of 2008, Andres became the ecommerce Vice President for Mattel Brands launching Mattelshop.com and managing businesses like the Fisher-Price.com store.

Early 2013 Andres joined Amazon as the Marketing/Merchandising and Third Party business lead for Toys and Games. Parts of his responsibilities include key projects such as Amazon’s Holiday Toy List and the Kids’ Birthday Program.

Andres holds Master of International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Dennis Cantalupo

Chief Operating Officer, Creditntell.com

Dennis CantalupoDennis Cantalupo, Chief Operating Officer of Creditntell.com, has been conducting in depth analyses of high-risk companies and was especially instrumental in the continued development of company’s products & services since his joining the company's analyst team in May of 2000.

Dennis began his career with the Chase Manhattan Bank as an Interest Rate Swap Analyst eventually moving to a senior position where he further analyzed the intricacies of hedging fixed income debt with Exotic Interest Rate Swaps.

After his tenure on the derivative side Dennis moved to the fixed income end as a Syndicate Associate with Chase Securities’ Corporate Bond Underwriting group. In this position, Dennis helped high profile corporations raise needed capital through the issuance of debt securities.

Dennis holds the MBA degree from the Colorado Technical University and received his Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of South Florida.

Christine Cook

President of Sales, Creditsafe USA’s

Christine CookAs President of Sales, Christine is responsible for all of Creditsafe’s sales activities in the United States.

Christine has a long and successful track record in B2B sales and account management with an enviable reputation in building long term relationships.

With a background in the insurance and office facilities industries Christine joined the Creditsafe Group in South Wales in 2005 initially as sales manager for the Group’s Marketsafe operation which provided an innovative range of market intelligence and prospecting solutions for commercial sales and marketing operations.

When the Marketsafe operation was integrated back into Creditsafe Christine took over responsibility for all aspects of sales management for the marketing services team directly managing a full team of sales and account managers and directly dealing with a range of high value key clients.

Christine’s successful track record and motivational skillset made her an ideal candidate to help oversee the launch of Creditsafe in the USA when the company launched in September 2012. In less than 2 years the company has already grown a portfolio of over 4000 subscription customers across the country.

As well as directly managing the company’s telesales, field sales and customer management and retention teams Christine is also successfully maintaining and growing her own portfolio of key clients.

William B. Creim, Esq.

Partner, Creim, Macias Koenig & Frey, LLP

William B. CreimWilliam B. Creim, Esq., Partner, at Creim, Macias Koenig & Frey, LLP, practices in the areas of commercial law, secured transactions, UCC law, creditor-debtor workouts, bankruptcy, and antitrust. He has over twenty years experience representing trade suppliers, financial institutions, distributors and manufacturers throughout the country. Bill has presented over 200 speeches and seminars to businesses, credit groups, financial institutions, and other attorneys on credit and loan documentation, secured transactions, bankruptcy, workouts, and antitrust. Bill is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Credit Today Magazine.

B.A. Summa cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1976
Phi Beta Kappa
Highest Departmental Honors

National Merit Scholar Finalist and Four-Year Scholarship Recipient J.D. University of Southern California, 1979

Southern California Law Review, Note Editor and Member, Editorial Board

Order of the Coif

American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law

Admitted to Bar - California

Vanessa De La Cruz

Executive Liability Practice Trade Credit and Political Risk Specialist Senior Vice President, HUB Los Angeles/Newport Beach

Vanessa De La CruzVanessa De La Cruz provides critical analytical and consulting services to her clients and prospects seeking to mitigate credit, political, financial, property/casualty and human capital risks. With experience spanning over 15 years, Vanessa has developed risk mitigation solutions for enterprises ranking from middle market to large global fortune 100 companies.

Vanessa joined HUB in 2013. Prior to joining HUB, Vanessa was a Senior Vice President at Willis North America’s Trade Credit practice for five years and prior to Willis she was a Senior Underwriter at AIG for Trade Credit and Political Risk. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Vanessa was a Credit Manager at The Walt Disney Company for six years and a Credit Analyst at The CIT Group for three years.

Vanessa received her Bachelor of Science with emphasis in the Financial Sector from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Vanessa is certified by FT Knowledge as a corporate credit analyst, level 1 and 2. Currently member of RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society); FCIB (Finance Credit & International Business); NACM (National Association of Credit Management).

Mark Edwards

Trade Payment Data Program Manager, Creditsafe USA

Mark EdwardsMark is the Creditsafe Group’s Trade Payment Data Program Manager responsible for developing and expanding the company’s international database of business payment performance records. A rugby-playing native of South Wales Mark joined Creditsafe’s operation in the UK in 2004 as a telesales executive and swiftly rose through the company’s sales functions before playing a significant role in its Trade Credit Insurance sales team working in co-operation with Atradius and significant clients across the UK. In 2009 Mark assumed responsibility for the Group’s Europe-wide Trade Payment Data initiative and developed an integrated database that currently operates over eight different countries across the continent. Mark also led the development of Creditsafe’s innovative 3D Ledger integrated portfolio management tool which is setting new standards in contemporary commercial credit management.

After Creditsafe launched its first operation in the USA in the fall of 2012 Mark was seconded to the offices in Allentown PA with the ambition of building a comparable program in the USA and integrating American data into the now global database. Mark manages a team across the USA and works closely with new and existing suppliers to show how sharing trade payment data can benefit both them as individual companies but also the wider business community.

David S. Ruskin, Esq.

Partner, Horwood, Marcus & Berk

David S. RuskinDavid S. Ruskin is a partner with the law firm of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered and focuses his practice on State and Local Tax litigation. He regularly represents his clients before state courts and administrative tax tribunals in numerous states across the country. David also litigates on behalf of his clients in appellate and federal courts, and in audit disputes and informal dispute resolution with departments of revenue. David's tax litigation has covered a broad range of taxes and issues, including income, sales/use, franchise, telecommunications and utility taxes. David has also successfully tried numerous cases across the country and is consistently engaged in various stages of tax litigation. He speaks regularly on the tips and traps of litigation procedure and strategies in the state and local tax context.

David began his career litigating commercial and business disputes. Over the years, his extensive litigation experience has included a broad array of contractual disputes, business torts, employment related matters, real estate and construction matters. David has successfully obtained and defended against injunctive relief, motions for summary judgment and jury trials in both state and federal courts. His primary focus is always to resolve clients' disputes in the most efficient and satisfactory manner possible.

David received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago Law School in 1991, where he was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Secured Transactions and Creditors' Rights.

Education

Loyola University, J.D., 1991
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. in Political Science, 1988