History

The Roundtable started in 1986 with a meeting at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York. The idea came out of informal discussion between a small group of senior Float Managers that were attending another conference. They wanted to have discussions among Float Mangers and other industry experts where they could talk at a meaningful level and exchange information, discuss ideas and trends and network with each other. Ron Freel volunteered to organize the first meeting. Phone calls were made and invitations were extended. It was attended by Float Managers and some consultants. It was such a success that another was scheduled and more Float Managers and industry experts were invited. The format evolved to more formal presentations followed by informal questions and audience discussions. It grew rapidly in size and reputation. A steering committee was formed when it was getting to big to manage by one person. After several years, it out grew Delmonico’s and moved to the Downtown Athletic Club. It continued to be held twice a year until 2009 when it changed to once a year. It is now held in Brooklyn in the fall. The facility used is the JPM Chase Metrotech Center. It has state of the art equipment and ample space for the Roundtable. And yes the seating is actually at round tables to help foster discussion and networking. Hotel facilities are in the New York Marriot Brooklyn which is a short walk away.