Special Annual Conference Events 

Make the most of your North America Annual Conference experience.

We have several networking, special educational programs and social activities lined up throughout the conference. There's something for everyone! 

Sunday, May 6

Annual Golf Shotgun Tournament
7:30AM – 12:30PM 

Taking place at the Hyatt Grand Cypress, the new course adds another dimension of play to the Orlando gold course scene with steeper and more challenging bunkers and slopes. Registration required.

Golf Fee:$200
Golf Club Rental:$55


Hyatt Grand Cypress
New Course, A Tribute to the Old Course

Set in the midst of an open meadow, the New Course is Jack Nicklaus’ tribute and homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This Scottish links masterpiece is complete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet—all in the spirit of the true Scottish original.

Click here to sign-up to the Annual Golf Shotgun Tournament.

New! Outdoor Wellness Activity

10:00AM – 12:30PM

Jump-start your day with yoga! Join a small, private yoga class, and/or kayak around the lake to kick off the conference. Registration required.

Yoga/Kayak Fee: $40

Click here to sign-up to the Yoga/Kayak Event.

Future Leaders Ceremony and Presentation

Celebrate the graduation of 31 up and coming transaction bankers - the Future Leaders Class of 2018 - on Sunday, May 6 during the Opening Dinner. The Class of 2018 worked on four different capstone projects and a Future Leader representative from each project team will present their project findings during the conference. These presentations have been an attendee favorite since its introduction at the conference three years ago.

Monday, May 7

5th Annual BAFT Fun Run/Walk 
6:30AM – 7:45AM

A conference favorite, the Annual 5K Run/1K Walk is now on it's 5th year. This event is growing in popularity each year. Invite your colleagues and form a team for more fun. Registration required.

Run/Walk Fee:$40


  • The run is a timed 5K 
  • Walkers take a separate route that is 1.5 miles 
  • Prizes will be awarded at the Monday evening reception: Fastest Man, and Fastest Woman. (Other prizes may be awarded) 
  • Everyone gets a t-shirt 
  • Water will be available 

Click here to sign-up to the 5th Annual BAFT Fun Run/Walk Event.

Lunch and Learn

Back by popular demand, discuss hot industry topics with experts in the field in an informal setting during lunch. Each table will cover one industry topic of interest. Lunch is open to all attendees but the Lunch and Learn seats are limited. This is a free session, but RSVP required. Check out the list of Lunch and Lean topics and RSVP for a table topic.

Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8

Special Interest Workshops

Join subject-matter experts during these special interest workshops covering topics affecting the industry today. Workshops are smaller in size for an interactive dialogue between the speakers and attendees. These workshops are free, part of your conference registration, with limited seats. RSVP is highly recommended. You can reserve your seat in multiple workshops. Sign up today!

Wednesday, March 9

Post Conference Workshop: Financial Crime Compliance 2.0 - North America 
11:30AM – 5:00PM

Building on the success of the the Financial Crime Compliance Workshops we offered in 2017, the Financial Crime Compliance Workshop returns to North America with deeper dive discussions on two key areas of financial crime – Trade Based Money Laundering and Correspondent Banking. A detailed discussion on the new Wolfsberg Customer Due Diligence Questionnaire will also be covered.

Plan to stay the full day of Wednesday to join this special workshop. Annual Conference attendees just add $250 to your registration fee, up to $300 discount off regular workshop rate.

Register for the Financial Crime Compliance 2.0 - North America separately, or add the workshop to your North America Annual Conference Registration.

Dedicated Networking Time Throughout the Conference

The Annual Meeting has always been known as an excellent venue to network with peers, colleagues and clients. We recognize this need and have exclusive times during the conference dedicated for bilateral and small group meetings. We request your cooperation to hold your bilateral meeting only during the times below.

Schedule of dedicated meeting times

  • Sunday, May 6, 2018:  8:30AM – 6:30PM
  • Monday, May 7, 2018:  2:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018: 2:00PM – 6:00PM          
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018: 11:30AM – 5:00PM

Access to meeting rooms and suites is a benefit of sponsorship. Rooms are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in reserving a room, please contact
Nancy Monahan at nmonahan@baft.org or at 202-663-5530.