Welcome to Boston and AIRA’s 27th Annual Conference
I am excited that this year’s Annual Conference is taking place in Boston (my home town) at the InterContinental Hotel, and for the opportunity to meet with many members and distinguished guests.
At Thursday morning’s breakfast the conference will open with a keynote presentation by Charles D. Baker, Jr., Republican candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2010. Mr. Baker has spent the last 20 years serving in senior leadership positions in the public and private sectors including cabinet positions under two Massachusetts governors, and CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Friday’s luncheon program features James R. Wigand, the recently appointed Director of FDIC’s Office of Complex Financial Institutions. Mr. Wigand has served as Deputy Director for Franchise and Asset Marketing in the Division of Resolutions and Receiverships and in various other executive positions at the FDIC and Resolution Trust Corporation. In response to input from the Board and other members, Mr. Wigand will address significant questions involving developments and issues arising in the implementation of the many provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. Our third keynote speaker will be Daniel Glosband, partner of Goodwin Procter’s Business Law Department. Mr. Glosband has served as advisor to the U.S. State Department and American Law Institute on international insolvency; he worked on the U.N. project on Cross-Border Insolvency that resulted in proposal of Chapter 15, “Ancillary and Other Cross-Border Cases.”
It is a delight to have this conference once again in Boston–it has been one of the most-requested and well-remembered locations for this event and was a rousing success for us in the past. There are many, many attractions in or near Boston–for example, you can walk (or ride) the Freedom Trail and visit the sites of Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the Boston Tea Party right around the corner from the InterContinental. Other points of interest include our Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and Cape Cod and the Islands (easily reached by car or ferry). The Thompson Island Lobster & Clambake Dinner on Friday night, sponsored by PCG Consultants, will be a memorable finale to the Boston experience. In short, the Conference program includes an exciting array of Boston’s cultural and recreational opportunities—I hope you take time to enjoy and are refreshed by them.
Finally, with regard to the schedule of conference presentations and concurrent sessions, I am impressed by the breadth, depth and importance of the topics covered. I commend and thank the Conference Chairs and Committee for their efforts.
I look forward to seeing you in Boston,
Stephen Darr, CIRA, CDBV
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From its lovely sailboat-dotted harbor to quaint historic neighborhoods to panoramic skyline scenes, Boston is an exciting destination city where business and pleasure are a natural combination. Although it is a contemporary center of finance and technology, the site of Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the Boston Tea Party beckons visitors to experience 18th century steeples, Beacon Hill (the best of America's exquisite neighborhoods) and the famous 2.5 mile pedestrian Freedom Trail. Historic treasures abound: King's Chapel, site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere's home, The Granary Burying Ground, the Quincy Market, the Old Corner Bookstore, the USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill Monument. AIRA’s Annual Conference program includes an exciting selection from Boston’s many cultural, recreational and geographic opportunities. Conference activities »
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