(Independence, OH / New Orleans, LA) The International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) is bringing Mainstreet to the Big Easy as business brokers from across the globe “get into the groove” of education and networking during the IBBA annual conference to be held in New Orleans on May 4-7, 2018. This coincides with the final weekend of the New Orleans Jazz Fest.
“This year’s theme is All Jazzed Up,” said Kylene Golubski, Executive Director of the IBBA. “We’ll have a number of great speakers and educational workshops, along with plenty of networking opportunities, all focused on current and future industry market trends. This will provide business brokers with the skills, insights and connections they need to ‘get into the groove’ and have their best year yet. Of course, we’ll sprinkle in some jazz-themed fun throughout.”
First Home Bank of St. Petersburg, Florida is the event’s Platinum Sponsor. Keynote speakers, individual workshop topics and other conference details will be announced in the coming months, including the deadline for submitting entries for the IBBA Member Excellence Awards, which will be unveiled at the conference.
“There are a number of awards categories and we encourage all of our members to submit entries,” Golubski said. “Those selected as winners by a panel of their peers are publicly recognized for their achievements and will be honored during the conference at the First Home Bank awards dinner gala.” Criteria for submitting entries will be posted on the IBBA website at https://www.ibba.org/membership/member-awards/.
“This is the third year in a row that First Home Bank has been a sponsor of IBBA’s annual conference, and we are delighted to be this year’s Platinum Sponsor,” Said Tom Zernick, President of SBA Lending for First Home Bank. “We have formed great relationships and closed numerous transactions with IBBA members over the last few years, and we look forward to building upon and expanding our connections within the IBBA community.”
The annual conference is open to all business brokers globally. You do not need to be an IBBA member to participate. Members receive a discounted price. There’s also a savings if you register by the early-bird deadline. Visit https://www.ibba.org/event/2018-ibba-annual-conference/ for the latest information and to book a hotel room under the group discount – hotel rooms are expected to sell out.
About the International Business Brokers Association
The IBBA provides business brokers with education, conferences, professional designations and networking opportunities. As an exclusive education opportunity, it offers coursework and seminars required to obtain its prestigious Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) certification. The IBBA also strives to create professional relationships with successful business transaction advisors to increase the value of the IBBA to its members and to be a leader in the exchange of business referrals. Membership in the IBBA includes these excellent networking opportunities, as well as a complete package of other benefits and services. Formed in 1983, the IBBA has members around the world. For more information about the IBBA, visit the website at www.ibba.org.
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About First Home Bank
First Home Bank was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. First Home Bank has a strong National SBA Preferred Lending platform. At June 30, 2017, First Home Bank was the 10th largest SBA Lender in the Nation in both total dollar volume and in the total number of SBA loans approved, having closed 478 loans accounting for approximately $140 million in SBA loan volume nationwide. As of June 30, 2017, First Home Bank was the #1 performing community bank in Florida for both return on average assets and return on average equity. Nationally, First Home Bank is ranked 33rd out of 5,865 U.S. banks in performance with a return on equity in excess of 30%. First Home Bank’s primary product lines include Community Banking (offering commercial loans and deposit products), SBA Lending, and Residential Mortgage Lending. First Home Bank specializes in providing SBA loans for business acquisitions.