Vena Reveals Inaugural Customer Award Winners, Quarterly AI Roundtable and Customer Visionary Panel at Annual User Conference
May 17, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – Vena Solutions, the fastest growing provider of cloud-based financial planning and analysis (FP&A) software, welcomed hundreds of global finance professionals to its annual user conference, Vena Nation, in Nashville this week. The event featured a full day of CPE-credit training courses, followed by two days of industry keynotes, customer-driven panels and breakout groups, and action-packed networking events set against the backdrop of Music City, USA.
“Vena Nation hit all the right notes for me - a perfect combination of inspiration, practical education and networking. It’s remarkable how much we've learned from Vena and our peers across regions and industries,” said Michelle Westrich, Executive Vice President and CFO at Klein Steel Service Inc. “Vena Nation provides both executives and practitioners the tools and confidence to take Finance to the next level.”
Among the conference highlights, Vena revealed the winners of its first ever Customer Awards, celebrating individuals and companies exemplifying finance innovation and thought leadership. Award winners and their respective categories include:
- Best in Class FP&A: Yes! Communities
- Best in Class Financial Close: Pinnacle AG
- Vena Women in Finance: Sheila Chee, Marcus & Millichap
- Vena Advocate: Sarah Spicer, AvalonBay Communities
- Vena Financial Luminary: Matt Blickley, Coca-Cola Consolidated
Vena Nation also featured a Customer Visionary Panel of executives from Coca-Cola Consolidated, Mill Creek Residential, Klein Steel and Crown Agents Bank that took an in-depth look at how technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), natural language querying (NLQ) and predictive analytics affect the way finance teams operate today, and are poised to impact them in the future.
As a natural extension of the panel discussion, Vena announced the establishment of a quarterly AI Roundtable at the conference. Customers were welcomed to join an elite group of global executives for education and resources on the impact of AI on finance and FP&A, and to discuss the tangible value of AI in their organizations. Vena will regularly publish the results and insights that arise from these sessions, which will shape the company’s future investment in AI technologies.
“There is no denying that Vena Nation, both as an event and a movement, is rapidly picking up momentum,” said Don Mal, CEO of Vena Solutions. “Since our last user conference, we’ve doubled down on event attendees, revenues, employees and most importantly, customer growth. In the face of increasing uncertainty and shifting priorities, hundreds of global companies depend on Vena for its agility, usability and customer-centricity - all factors bringing us closer to becoming the world's number one FP&A Cloud.”
Additional highlights of the event included:
- A keynote address by Frank Abagnale, the notorious fraudster turned FBI consultant played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Hollywood blockbuster, “Catch Me If You Can”
- A full day of CPE-accredited training, followed by two days of business, technical and executive breakout sessions
- Gartner’s John Van Decker speaking on current trends at the crossroads of finance and technology
- Executive leadership session on aligning finance and business strategy
- Fun-filled networking events celebrating the music, food and culture of Music City, USA
For more information, visit:
Vena Nation Website or #VenaNation
About Vena Solutions
Vena Solutions redefines how medium and large-sized companies manage their budgeting, forecasting and business planning. Vena provides finance and management teams a financial planning and analysis (FP&A) cloud that combines Excel with a centralized database, sophisticated workflow, powerful reporting and advanced analytics. Over 500 of the world’s best companies use Vena to get trusted insights that drive faster, smarter business decisions. Vena is one of the fastest growing companies in its sector and the recognized leader in customer satisfaction and product usability.
Noor Manji | Vena Solutions