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Speakers and Breakouts

"Economic Boom or Fed Bubble Set to Burst?"
Session 1.0 (8:00am - 9:00am)
: Shannon Saccocia - Boston Private, an SVB Company

In this session, the speaker provide a snapshot of a U.S. economy entering a boom phase - and outline the risk that higher interest rates, driven by a change in Fed policy, could prove too much for the economy to take.

Shannon Saccocia - Boston Private, an SVB Company
Shannon Saccocia
Chief Investment Officer, Boston Private Wealth

Shannon Saccocia is the chief investment officer at Boston Private, a leading provider of fully integrated wealth management, trust, and private and commercial banking services.

Ms. Saccocia is responsible for setting the overall investment strategy for the firm. She oversees asset allocation, research, portfolio management, external manager search and selection, portfolio implementation, trading, and investment risk management functions. She also works closely with both the business development team and the wealth advisor team to help construct and deliver customized wealth management solutions to meet clients' specific needs. In her capacity as chief investment officer, she is a member of the firm's executive team, as well as the Investment Policy Committee, and Asset Allocation Working Group.

Previously, Ms. Saccocia was the director of Manager Search and Selection for Silver Bridge Advisors, which was acquired by Banyan Partners in 2013. Boston Private Wealth acquired Banyan Partners in 2014. Prior to joining Silver Bridge, she worked at State Street Corporation, providing performance and attribution analysis for institutional investors.

Ms. Saccocia holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst® professional. She is also a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, the CFA Institute, and the Investment Management Consultants Association. She earned a BA in economics and history from Brandeis University.

Ms. Saccocia is an official contributor to CNBC's "Halftime Report" and is regularly featured in the financial media. She resides in the Boston area with her husband and two children.

"Low Tech Fraud in a High Tech World: Embezzlement, eCheck Fraud & Holder in Due Course"
Session 2.0 (9:30am - 10:30am)
: Greg Litster - SafeChecks

With management focused on cybercrime, BEC scams, and other high tech ploys, organizations forget that major losses are created by "low tech" embezzlement and check fraud schemes, which are almost entirely preventable.

Attendees will be able to identify the "red flags" of embezzlement schemes, including their commonalities and differences, along with specific practices and protocols to prevent them. Distinctions between industries, company sizes, methodologies, etc. will be discussed.

Attendees will be able to outline the vulnerabilities of eChecks and other forms of check fraud. They will understand Holder In Due Course rules, how those rules impact their liability for check fraud, and how to employ them in recouping fraud losses.

Attendees will examine real-life fraud situations, including what went wrong and how the losses could have been prevented.

Greg Litster - SafeChecks
Greg Litster is president and founder of SAFEChecks, a company specializing in fraud prevention, and is Editor of Frank Abagnale's Fraud Bulletin.
Mr. Litster is a former banker of 18 years, has written articles published in AFP Exchange, American Payroll Association, American Land Title Association, and Sheshunoff's Corporate Cash Management Manual. He has served as an expert witness on several national and international check fraud and embezzlement cases, and has spoken on fraud prevention across the country for numerous financial institutions and professional organizations, including AFP, GFOA, Texpo, SoCal Expo.
Mr. Litster earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and an MBA in Finance, both from Brigham Young University.



"Driving revenue beyond processing payments - Integrated Receivables can be a complete solution for your commercial clients"
Session 3.0 (11:00am - 12:00pm)
: Keith Cowart - FIS

Integrated Receivables can be more than just processing payments. When the term was first used, it described the act of consolidating payments for commercial clients into one file. This was beneficial for them, but it missed the mark on solving the market problem. Commercial clients require a solution that improves cash flow and reduces operational expense. Financial Institutions can provide the answer through an end-to-end Integrated Receivables solution that provides revenue opportunities beyond payment processing for the bank, while improving cash flow for your clients.

Keith Cowart - FIS
Keith Cowart is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager in FIS' Corporate Liquidity - Receivables group which features the award-winning Credit-to-Cash product, GETPAID and Integrated Receivables. He has over 20 years of professional experience in various accounting and finance leadership roles including Accounts Payable, G/L Accounting, as well as Credit and Collections in large global companies with shared service centers. Keith's focus has always been in continuous improvement and leveraging technology to automate processes to achieve extraordinary results. Keith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Piedmont College and a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Georgia State University.

"Women in Payments: Forging a Path to Parity"
Session 4.0 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)
: Tammy J. Petro - J.P. Morgan
Ella Wood (Moderator) - J.P.Morgan

Fireside Chat Moderated Discussion

How can women further their advancement in the historically male-dominated finance and technology industries and what can corporates collectively do to ensure a healthy, equal and diverse workforce? In this session, Payments and Treasury executives Tammy Petro (speaker) and moderator Ella Wood will discuss how diversity and inclusion initiatives are reshaping the payments, banking and fintech industries; how women empowerment initiatives like Women on the Move and Women in Payments are creating a seismic shift for women in their careers and for women-owned businesses as well; and finally share valuable skills and mentorships that empowered their career trajectories. You won't want to miss this dynamic session.

Tammy J. Petro - J.P. Morgan
Executive Director, Wholesale Payments Innovation

Tammy Petro leads a global team responsible for Partnerships & FinTech Engagement for the Wholesale Payments business within J.P. Morgan's Corporate & Investment Bank. The WP Innovation team engages externally with clients and FinTech partners to accelerate the development of disruptive new products and services.

Tammy joined J.P. Morgan in 2018 from Standard Chartered Bank where she established the firm's eXellerator innovation labs throughout EMEA and APAC which were created to spearhead digital innovation & collaboration globally. While there she led cross industry initiatives with leading technology and financial services companies. Prior to Standard Chartered Tammy was with Westpac Group, where she led product development of the award winning LOLA and BT Panorama platforms. In the prior 15 years, Tammy co-founded, invested in, and has served as a board advisor for a number of technology start-ups.

Tammy is a skilled design thinking facilitator trained at Stanford University and earned a MFA & BA from the University of Iowa.

Ella Wood (Moderator) - J.P.Morgan
Global Liquidity Product Solutions Specialist

Ella is an Executive Director on J.P. Morgan's Global Liquidity Solutions team, based in Los Angeles, California. She is Head of Core Middle Market Liquidity PSS and leads a team that is responsible for the management of the global liquidity portfolio and delivering liquidity solutioning and investment product solutions for Middle Market & Specialized Industries.
Ella has 18 years of banking and finance experience with a background in public accounting. She joined J.P. Morgan Chase in 2014 holding roles in Finance and Planning, Reporting & Analysis before joining the Global Liquidity Solutions team.
Ella is deeply involved and a leader in JPMorgan Chase's Diversity & Inclusion initiatives including roles as Co-Chair for the Women on the Move California Chapter, D&I Champion for Wholesale Payments Product Delivery Team, member of the Market Leadership Team D&I Committee and People Pillar Champion Lead for the D&I Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors as well as Development Committee Chair for Beauty Bus Foundation. She also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for CASA/LA. Ella is passionate about empowering women and girls to succeed in their personal and professional lives.
Ella earned her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Accounting from the University of Missouri Columbia. In her free time she is an avid runner and triathlete and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her two rescue beagles.


"Digitization Trends and Technologies to Streamline Payables"
Session 5.0 (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
: Adam Keck - Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank is committed to sharing new and innovative ways to help your business to continue to grow. Please join us for a discussion regarding your current AP process, industry trends, barriers to efficiency and the benefits of automation and how Fifth Third can help improve your accounts payable process. Don't invest in automation without first attending this Webinar! High Level Agenda/Outline: - Payables in market today - Impact of COVID-19 - Shifting the payment mix - Solution evaluation cheat sheet - Overview of RTP - Questions

Adam Keck - Fifth Third Bank
Adam Keck, Wholesale Payables Product Line Group Manager Fifth Third Bank Adam Keck has been with Fifth Third for 9 years and has spent the last 6 in Product Development. In the past 6 years Adam has led the inception, design, and launch of several Payables products including, most recently, Expert AP. Products launched have incorporated the following components: Invoice Digitization, Dynamic Discounting, Commercial Card, ACH, and Check Outsource.

"$1 Trillion and counting......"
Session 6.0 (8:00am - 9:00am)
: Kim Feder - Banner Bank
Zoya Lieberman - The Lieberman Group
Jeannie DeLaura - Bolton & Company
Matt Fishman, Moderator - Banner Bank

Why is fraud so prevalent? Is my organization a target? How do I protect my organization? What actions can I take to increase protection of our payments? Is Cyber insurance an option for my organization? What is my organizations liability?

Do these questions resonate with you?

In 2020 global financial losses due to fraud were $945 Billion. In addition organizations spent $145 Billion protecting themselves. Combined that's over $1 Trillion losses due to fraud. Reports of Check Fraud, BEC - Business Email Compromise schemes and Ransomware are occurring daily. Three panelists will take on the tough subject of Fraud and Cybersecurity, the exponential growth and what schemes are prevalent. We will answer these questions and more in a comprehensive panel discussion. Take this opportunity to get current information on what is happening, how you can be alert and what to do to protect your organization.

Kim Feder - Banner Bank

Zoya Lieberman - The Lieberman Group

Jeannie DeLaura - Bolton & Company

Matt Fishman, Moderator - Banner Bank

"Gen4: The Evolution of Treasury Management Systems"
Session 7.0 (9:30am - 10:30am)
: Tracey Ferguson Knight - HighRadius

In the radically changing economic environment, treasury is central and critical to many of the key tasks facing the treasurer and CFO - managing FX risks, ensuring credit availability, driving working capital efficiency, and restructuring banking relations to work in a shared services environment. This evolution reflects the increasing complexity of business and the need for technology for treasury to respond to heightened expectations.

Treasury Management Systems have come a long way since their introduction in the early '90s when they were only implemented at large corporations, but the change hasn't gone far enough. Many companies, both large and small, find that they are not getting significant value in return for the time and money they have invested. New technology is disrupting treasury just like other areas of our life and will significantly change the value of a TMS.

Join this session to understand the alphabet soup of technologies, the future of treasury, and the technologies that will enable the treasury department to partner with the business more effectively than ever before.

Tracey Ferguson Knight - HighRadius
Tracey Ferguson Knight evangelizes the benefits of treasury departments' effective use of technology to raise treasury's profile and make treasury departments a true strategic partner to the business. Currently at HighRadius, she is excited to be on the cutting edge of treasury technology using artificial intelligence, taking cash forecasting to the next level.

With over 25 years of treasury experience, she has helped hundreds of companies select and implement technology to transform their treasury departments. Experienced as both a practitioner and vendor, she brings a unique combination of knowledge and skills to truly understand a company's current state and help them see what their future state can become.

"Navigating Unchartered Waters: Considerations for Managing Cash Globally"
Session 8.0 (11:00am - 12:00pm)
: Anthony Guide - PNC

Managing cash globally comes with a unique set of challenges for corporate treasury staff, such as limited ACH addenda in Canada, CLABE numbers in Mexico, bank drafts in China, payment purpose codes in India, or something as simple as adding or removing signatories in the Middle East. Each country and region is unique, and HQ treasury teams have a daunting task to manage and centralize one of the most important assets to an organization: cash!

During this session, in addition to exploring ways to address the above challenges, attendees will also gain an understanding of how to structure letters of credit to maximize risk mitigation; learn to identify risk areas that should be considered with letters of credit; and get a country-by-country review of common letter of credit practices.

Anthony Guide - PNC
As an international advisor for PNC's International Advisory Team, Anthony Guide consults with corporates to review their international business and recommend best practices, payment efficiencies and risk mitigation strategies. Prior to joining PNC, he worked for 10 years in corporate treasury for a large multinational consulting firm.

Session 9.0 (1:00pm - 2:00pm)


"ERP Integration to the Bank - An Embedded Experience"
Session 10.0 (8:00am - 9:00am)
: Rosetta Rajoyan - City National Bank
Suyash Raj Bhandari - FISPAN Services, Inc.

We will discuss how to transform the corporate banking experience through ERP integrations, enabling a true embedded experience. We will demonstrate how companies can transform accounting workflows and AP and reconciliation processes to achieve efficiency gains. Attendees will learn how companies can realize cost savings and lower risks of errors by accessing their banking services within their native ERP systems.

Rosetta Rajoyan - City National Bank
Rosetta has worked in treasury product management and implementation positions for many years, with over a decade of experience focused on ERP integrations.

Suyash Raj Bhandari - FISPAN Services, Inc.
Suyash works with FISPAN as an Account Manager. FISPAN makes it simple to remove friction and provide the banking experience of the future to commercial clients, by developing banking experiences embedded within the ERP and accounting software companies rely on to run their business.

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September 29th - 30th, 2021


Early Bird Deadline: July 31st, 2021

40th Annual SoCal Expo


Early Bird Deadline: July 31st, 2021

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