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Speakers and Breakouts

"Overview of the Electronic Payables Landscape"
Session 7C (3:30 P.M. - 4:20 P.M.)
: Sherri L. Stevens - Fifth Third Bank

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Sherri L. Stevens - Fifth Third Bank
Sherri has over 30 years of experience in the Commercial Payments industry of which the last 9 have been with Fifth Third Bank.. She has a significant amount of expertise in payables processing and provides ongoing payables consultation throughout the life of the relationship, along with best practices during the implementation phase.


"Market Outlook and Investment Opportunities"
Session 1 (8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.)
: Kirk Hartman, Global Chief Investment Officer - Wells Fargo Asset Management

A closer look at today's current economic and market conditions. Perspectives and insights on investment opportunities and challenges given recent Fed interest rate changes, market volatility, market risk and trade concerns. Focus on strategies corporations can implement for managing investment risk within their balance sheet portfolios.
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Kirk Hartman, Global Chief Investment Officer - Wells Fargo Asset Management
Kirk Hartman is president and global chief investment officer (CIO) of Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM). He is responsible for global oversight of all single-asset-class investment teams across equities, fixed income, quantitative, and factor-based investing. Additionally, he is responsible for the overall investment risk management of the firm through the Investment Analytics team. Kirk has been serving as global CIO for WFAM and president of Wells Capital Management Inc. (WellsCap), a registered investment advisory firm and a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Asset Management Holdings, LLC. Previously, Kirk served solely as the CIO of WellsCap. He is based in Los Angeles. Before joining WFAM, he was managing director of fixed income at Banc of America Capital Management, LLC, where he was responsible for $150 billion in assets under management. Kirk was also formerly the CIO of the Private Bank at Bank of America. Earlier in his career, Kirk served as a managing director and co-chief operating officer at Lehman Brothers Global Asset Management. Prior to that, he was president of E. F. Hutton Risk Management Inc. Kirk earned a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a master's degree from the University of Chicago. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

"Panel Discussion: Why Banks engage (or should) with Fintech"
Session 2 (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM)
: Forouz Firoozi - Wells Fargo Bank
Christopher Clausen - Deluxe
Brett Turner - Trovata
Scott McKeon - iPayables

The pace of innovation continues to accelerate as more and more fintech's enter the market. How do you navigate the growing landscape to find the right solution to meet your needs while ensuring it's a partnership that lasts? And what role do banks play as they increasingly look to fintech partnerships to quickly bring innovative solutions to their customers? What role can FinTechs play in the platform banking?

Forouz Firoozi - Wells Fargo Bank - Moderator
Christopher Clausen - Deluxe
Brett Turner - Trovata
Scott McKeon - iPayables
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Forouz Firoozi - Wells Fargo Bank
Forouz Firoozi is a senior vice president and a manager in Wells Fargo Treasury Management product management group, responsible for partnership development with a focus on innovation.

Forouz joined Wells Fargo Bank in 2013 from Bank of America where she was a Senior Vice President in treasury for 11 years. Before becoming a banker, Forouz worked in technology sector holding senior positions in product management, product development and business development for 15 years.

She has her MBA from Duke Fuqua School of Business and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Her banking licenses include Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), SWIFT for corporates and Six Sigma Green Belt.

Christopher Clausen - Deluxe
Having worked for more than 20 years at companies such as: Deluxe, Fair Isaac, Target Financial Services, LexisNexis, and IC System, Chris has been responsible for solving complex problems in dynamic work environments, where change is the only constant.

He brings a proven track record and extensive expertise in Payments, Credit, Analytics and Banking Operations to Deluxe. Chris specializes in using a deep understanding of market trends, customer needs and product management dynamics to identify, establish and monetize transformational solutions within existing and emerging businesses.

Chris joined Deluxe in 2011 and is responsible for the Payments and Transactional Solutions business at Deluxe.

Brett Turner - Trovata
Experienced senior executive with over 20 years in public & private high-growth technology companies. For the past 12 years, Brett has developed a strong track record for building, financing, and growing enterprise technology startups from the early stage to successful exit. Since leaving Amazon in 2005, he's raised over $100M in equity and venture debt financing and generated over $500M in exit value for shareholders in telecom, energy, and cloud computing. Brett is a Seattle native with a BA in Accounting from Seattle Pacific University.

Scott McKeon - iPayables
Scott McKeon is the Chief Growth Officer at iPayables, responsible for driving revenue growth through Sales, Marketing and close collaboration with the executive management team for overall company performance.

Scott joined iPayables in 2017 as Vice President of Sales and helped lead the company to double-digit revenue growth each year. Prior to joining iPayables, Scott was Vice President of Business Operations for Spireon where he was responsible for driving annual revenue growth of $200M through analytics, forecasting, and team partnership on key sales initiatives. Prior to joining Spireon, Scott led business operations of a $800M apartment portfolio for Shea Properties and led the acquisition of over 40 hotels for Apple REIT Hospitality.

Scott has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Southern Virginia University where he played baseball and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Scott also graduated from the University of Southern California with a dual MBA and Master's in Real Estate Development.


"Learning to Appreciate Alphabet Soup: RPA, ML, API, and DLT"
Session 3A (10:50 A.M. - 11:40 A.M.)
: Alex Yang - Bank of America

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can help treasury teams automate repetitive manual processes within their control, while Machine Learning (ML) can help detect anomalous behavior. How can you benefit? Application Programming Interfaces (API) are easier to use than ever before - when should you incorporate APIs into your day-to-day? Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) has matured significantly since the introduction of bitcoin, but how will you know if it matters to you?
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Alex Yang - Bank of America
Alex is the global head of API strategy and enablement for Global Transaction Services (GTS) Digital Channels with Bank of America. He and his fellow product managers focus on how they can best deliver commercial banking data and services to clients and their technical service providers. He serves on the board of the Afinis organization, and enjoys collaborating with industry peers on the topic of API standardization. Alex joined Bank of America in 1997 as a summer intern, and has spent his career in GTS product management. He has been responsible for data transmission and security, global payments and foreign exchange, EDI and ISO XML, invoice presentment and biller gateways, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Treasury Management System (TMS) integration. Alex attended Brown University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"Cutting the Gordian Knot: eChecks, Mobile Banking Fraud, Check 21 & Holder In Due Course"
Session 3B (10:50 A.M. - 11:40 A.M.)
: Greg Litster - SAFEChecks

Although paper checks strongly persist, many organizations and individuals are migrating to payment systems of the future - eChecks and Mobile Banking. Criminals are exploiting these new methods. eChecks had fraud shortly after launching, and Mobile Remote Deposit Capture (mRDC) double presentments are being reported with increasing frequency. Little-known Rules within Check 21 and Holder In Due Course can mitigate losses. Meanwhile, old-school check fraud is once again on the rise.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to identify various payment fraud schemes that take advantage of cutting-edge technology, and develop specific, straightforward strategies for preventing check fraud of all types. They will learn how the Check 21 Warranties combine with Holder In Due Course to give recourse to banks and consumers seeking to recoup mRDC losses. The presenters will share real-life fraud situations, including what went wrong and how the losses could have been prevented.

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Greg Litster - SAFEChecks
Greg Litster is president and founder of SAFEChecks, and is editor of Frank Abagnale's Fraud Bulletin. Greg 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.


"The Art of Integration - Optimize Your Treasury"
Session 3C (10:50 A.M. - 11:40 A.M.)
: Jeff Jellison - ICD Portal
Sebastian Ramos - ICD Portal
Anshul Patni - Deloitte

All treasury organizations are working to map out a digital journey in an effort to optimize their people, technology and processes but every team's path is unique and technology skillsets and resources vary. Where are you in your digital journey? What technology and advisory partnerships are critical to your success? Join us for an interactive discussion on how to develop a fully-integrated treasury technology stack that will allow you to automate manual tasks, increase efficiency, improve security and save precious time to focus on strategic, high-impact treasury efforts.

Jeff Jellison - ICD Portal
Jeffrey C. Jellison Co-Founder & Managing Director

Jeffrey Jellison co-founded ICD in 2003. He has been instrumental in all aspects of the company and has helped the company to become the leading institutional investment portal in the world.

Prior to ICD, Jeff was head of Capital Market sales with JP Morgan, where he worked with many of the largest banks in the country promoting JP Morgan products and services. Before joining JP Morgan, Jeff was a partner at Mid Atlantic, which was acquired by SunGard, providing SunGard with their first institutional money fund platform. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University. He is a Series 24 licensed principal and is active with the Association of Finance Professionals.

Sebastian Ramos - ICD Portal
Sebastian Ramos is ICD EVP of Global Trading and Products. He joined ICD in 2006 and is responsible for ICD's Global Trading Operations. Sebastian works closely with ICD Tech and is instrumental in the ongoing development of ICD Portal and ICD's patented, award-winning, exposure analytics application, Transparency Plus.

Sebastian manages ICD Client Integration Services and is a co-inventor of Transparency Plus. Prior to joining ICD, Sebastian was Senior Analyst at Columbia Management where he was responsible for supervising the NSCC Trade Desk. Prior to joining Columbia, Sebastian was an Associate at SG Cowen in Equity Operations. Sebastian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and carries FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Anshul Patni - Deloitte

"Online Transaction Optimization: Transforming the Customer Experience While Reducing Fraud Through A.I. and Machine Learning"
Session 4A (12:00 P.M. - 12:50 P.M.)
: Mirian Hubbard - Elavon/CNB

With the advent of Chip Cards (or EMV) in the payment card present marketplace, increased measures were taken to stave off the growing threat of eCommerce fraud, but at what cost? How can we help our business partners decrease fraud, enhance the customer experience at the shopping cart, and increase their bottom line? We'll discuss how partnering with the right FinTech partner with the right tools can help optimize online transactions through 3D Secure 2.0, AI, and Machine Learning.
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Mirian Hubbard - Elavon/CNB
Mirian has 13 Years of FinTech experience and currently oversees the marketing strategy for all of Elavon's Data Security Products and Services. Her expertise in both the Issuer and Merchant Acquiring sides of the industry has helped hone her skills in translating complex processing concepts to merchants and consumers alike. Mirian also has a niche for PCI Compliance related discussions as well as data security as a whole. Having earned her PCI Professional (PCIP) certification, Mirian takes data security seriously and aims to share the "good news" whenever and wherever she can.

"Fintechs and Commercial Banking: Pulse on the Industry"
Session 4B (12:00 P.M. - 12:50 P.M.)
: Zoya Lieberman - Informa Financial Intelligence

This session will:
- provide historical perspective on business banking trends in the last decade
- examine recent trends for liquidity and fee income products
- discuss rapidly changing competitive landscape
- provoke discussion about fintechs and viability of current offerings, and
- will encourage the audience to become active participants in the discussion about futures of business banking as we know it.

Zoya Lieberman - Informa Financial Intelligence
Zoya Lieberman is Vice President of Commercial Banking at Informa Financial Intelligence. Zoya's responsibilities are focused on strategic initiatives and knowledge deepening within treasury management, global trade, and commercial liquidity space. Zoya has spent over 20 years in the industry analyzing commercial banking space, including payables, receivable, digital banking, and user experiences. Mrs. Lieberman is a Certified Treasury Professional and currently resides on board of directors for the Southern California Association for Financial Professionals, as well as currently serving in a role of a co-president for the organization. Zoya has BS in Business and BA in Language from University of Southern California and an MBA from Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

"The Next Phase of Faster Payments: Driving Adoption While Preventing Fraud"
Session 4C (12:00 P.M. - 12:50 P.M.)
: Chris Byers - PNC

The momentum behind faster payments is growing. As more financial institutions and corporates embrace faster payments platforms, fraudsters have taken notice and are rapidly developing new tactics to exploit the opportunities that faster money movement offers. Fraudsters are deploying new, sophisticated tactics that rely on synthetic identities and stolen consumer information in an effort to evade fraud prevention systems. This session will focus on fraud trends within the payment ecosystem and tools available to expedite payments without inadvertently accelerating fraud. Fraudsters are continuously reinventing themselves - understanding how evolving payments fraud schemes can infiltrate your business and taking action to prevent them is critical to mitigating your risk.

In this session, we will discuss the current threat environment, provide examples of fraud schemes and explore the tools available to protect your organization. We will delve into the verification tools available in the marketplace, explore use cases and highlight client best practices.
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Chris Byers - PNC
Chris Byers is a Senior Product Manager at PNC. In his current role, Chris oversees and manages PNC's newly launched Account Verification Services offering, and ePayments, PNC's dynamic business-to-consumer ("B2C") payment solution. Since joining PNC in 2003, Chris has held a number of business/operations and risk management roles. Among Chris' business passions are those pertaining to operational risk management and fraud mitigation; in particular, the simplification of core concepts related fraud risk. Chris holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law.

"Finding the Setup in Setback"
Session 5 (12:50 PM-2:20 PM)
: Jake Olson - Former Longsnapper, USC

Jake will talk about his life story of facing cancer 8 times, going blind, overcoming blindness to become a Division I football player and mid 70s golfer, and attending USC. He'll discuss the mindset and philosophies that helped him achieve everything he wanted despite being blind, and how applying those philosophies in your own life can help make you more grateful and better at overcoming adversity.

Jake Olson - Former Longsnapper, USCJake Olson is 22 years old, a resident of Huntington Beach, California and a senior at the University of Southern California. When Jake was 8 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma. The disease claimed his left eye at 10 months old and in November 2009 Jake lost his right eye after battling the cancer for 12 years. Jake confronted many challenges and encountered many setbacks during his battle and loss of sight but remained strong through his faith in God. He has used his experience to inspire and motivate others by authoring two books, creating a non-profit foundation to help visually impaired children and support cancer research and by sharing his story openly as a motivational speaker.

Jake is also a life-long USC football fan. While in high school he learned to long snap and was the starting long snapper for his team his junior and senior year. After being accepted to USC, he was offered a walk on spot with the USC football team and had his first opportunity to snap in a live collegiate game on September 2, 2017 and was named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week. He then had his second opportunity to snap in his first Pac-12 game on October 7, 2019

"Increasing the Value of Treasury in 3 Easy Steps "
Session 6A (2:20 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.)
: Brad Jones - Kyriba

CFOs and Treasurers are under constant pressure to support corporate-wide business, productivity, and compliance KPIs. Equipped with the right tools and processes, treasury teams can serve the business effectively and lead key initiatives to proactively enable the organization to generate business value.
Do treasury teams really need treasury technology to support these initiatives? The answer is...maybe.
In this session we will explore:
• The true value that technology does (or does not) bring to treasury
• Myths about treasury technology that every practitioner needs to know
• Practical examples of where various treasury systems benefit an organization
• Tips and tricks for selecting the right treasury technology

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Brad Jones - Kyriba
For the last seven years, Brad has been with Kyriba working with corporate finance in various capacities. He started as our manager of Business Development, and now supports our sales efforts in his role working exclusively with Healthcare and Higher Education institutions in the western region of the United States. With a vast understating of TMS functionality and treasury best practices, he consults Treasury teams with a focus on identifying improvements in cash and liquidity management, forecasting, payment optimization and risk management.

"A Closer Look at Faster Payments"
Session 6B (2:20 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.)
: John Curtis - WesPay

As Faster Payments continue to evolve, it's important to understand both the 'how' and 'why' as well as the difference between actual real-time settlement and what is perceived real-time based on client experience. During this session, we'll take an in-depth look at Faster Payments transaction flows, use cases and areas of consideration prior to product implementation.
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John Curtis - WesPay
John Curtis is Senior Vice President of Education and Training for WesPay. He has over 30 years of banking experience, primarily in Electronic Payments with a focus on Emerging Payment Technologies and Treasury Management. John has been featured in American Banker and is a member of NACHA's Payments Innovation Alliance and is the Chair of NACHA's Rules, Operations and Compliance Group. He additionally holds committee seats for various projects related to Mobile Wallet integration. He holds the AAP and NCP accreditations and lectures frequently on payments topics including; industry trends, legal issues, emerging technologies, compliance and risk.

"How to Fuel Efficiency and Productivity through a Digital Robotic Workforce"
Session 6C (2:20 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.)
: Jordan Sternlieb - West Monroe Partners
Mark Snyder - West Monroe Partners

Organizations today are seeking ways to reduce the time their employees spend performing simple, repetitive tasks. Successful organizations have embraced robotics process automation (RPA) to transform data entry and validation into a streamlined process that shrinks SLA's, reduces errors, enables more scalable operations, improves workforce engagement and achieves a seamless experience for your partners and customers - without changes to existing back-office systems.

RPA has captured the attention of banks and finance practitioners alike as advanced technology and efficient processes become vital to remain competitive. RPA has paved the way for employees to delegate administrative tasks to the robot so that they can focus on activities that add greater value to their organizations.

RPA is a paradigm shift - instead of accepting huge spend on new technology systems and infrastructure, RPA uses pre-existing applications rather than moving to a new platform. Robotic software enables organizations with high-volume, repeatable, rule-based processes to rapidly deploy process automation across varied business units. This panel will focus on how to think about RPA within your organization, implement it effectively, and maximize your RPA investment.

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Jordan Sternlieb - West Monroe Partners
Jordan Sternlieb is a director in West Monroe Partners' Financial Services practice. He has more than 10 years of business consulting and technology experience in the financial services industry. Throughout his career, Jordan has focused on merger integration, change management, operational effectiveness, and program management within banks.

Mark Snyder - West Monroe Partners
Mark Snyder is a senior manager in West Monroe Partners' Operations Excellence practice. He has more than 20 years of experience leading organizations through transformational change-from creating new entities to implementing technology that enables substantial business change.

"AI-Based Cash Forecasting: 5 Steps to Start Leveraging Machine Learning For Improved Accuracy"
Session 7A (3:30 P.M. - 4:20 P.M.)
: Vikram Gollakota - HighRadius

Treasurers know the importance of accurate cash flow forecasts in optimizing long term investment and funding decisions, yet many treasury teams are still reliant on highly manual, spreadsheet-heavy processes. But what if treasurers could replace Excel with a more scientific approach? This session explores the differences between AI-based and Excel-based cash forecasting, highlights specific examples of when and where treasurers can deploy AI and what the future looks like for cash forecasting and treasurers.
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Vikram Gollakota - HighRadius
Vikram Gollakota oversees strategic partnerships at HighRadius, with a focus on banks, payments and services organizations. For the past decade Vikram has been a leading contributor to the company's journey and growth in various consulting and solutioning roles. His extensive experience with ERP implementations makes him a foundational asset to the HighRadius team.

"The Future of Finance: Where the Role of CFO is Headed"
Session 7B (3:30 P.M. - 4:20 P.M.)
: Ed Gromann - Centage Corporation

The role of the CFO continues to shift and change as quickly as everything else in the business world. To stay relevant - and continue to be so in the future - CFOs must embrace the concept of disruption within their own responsibilities. The CFO of the future will need a number of skills that were utterly foreign to their predecessors, such as being technologically savvy, incorporating Big Data into data-driven decisions and execution, managing more extensive regulatory demands, and grasping the global picture when it comes to risks and opportunities.
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Ed Gromann - Centage Corporation
Ed Gromann serves as Chief of Staff and Strategic Initiatives for Centage Corporation. With over 30 years of experience in the technology industry and extensive expertise in finance, accounting and financial planning & analysis, he spearheads all strategic initiatives and programs for Planning Maestro, the cloud-native planning & analytics platform that delivers year-round financial intelligence. With Planning Maestro, Centage offers the sophisticated features needed by small and mid-market organizations to integrate budgeting, forecasting, and deep data analysis within one easy-to-use, scalable SaaS solution. Follow on twitter @centage.

"Street Smart Travel: A Police Detective's Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Client's Information While on the Road"
Session 8 (4:40 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.)
: Kevin Coffey

Everyone travels but if you travel with your client's personal and confidential information - this is especially a can't miss program. Heighten your skills for avoiding data breaches, protecting your organization's reputation and your personal safety while on the road.

Whether for business or leisure travel, having more than basic "street-smart" awareness can make a huge difference to the outcome of your domestic and international trips. It takes more than the old adage "just use common sense" to avoid the many pitfalls of travel and having contingency plans in place in case things go wrong.

This program provides you with forethought and "what if planning" to help reduce and minimize emergency situations. Detective Coffey has been featured on Oprah, ABC's 20/20, CNN, Travel Channel, Fox News, and numerous other TV programs.

If you travel you don't want to miss this program.

Kevin CoffeyDetective Kevin Coffey (LAPD retired) is the nation's leading duty of care and risk reduction expert when it comes to protecting travelers. He works with Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions and private wealth management firms teaching their employees and customers on how to safeguard themselves and their confidential and proprietary information from theft while traveling. His clients include the US government agencies, including the FBI.

From a very young age, Kevin knew he would protect and serve others via his career in law enforcement. His specialized knowledge of crimes committed against travelers and how to best avoid them in the first place empowers both business and leisure travelers. He believes every road warrior and novice traveler should minimize their victim potential.

Detective Coffey has been featured on ABC's 20/20, CNN, NBC, The Travel Channel, Fox News, Oprah and is regularly featured in the written press and radio too.


38th Annual SoCal Expo
" In The Spotlight"
September 18, 2019

Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Dr.
Universal City, CA 91608

Early Bird Deadline: July 31st, 2019

38th Annual SoCal Expo

Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Dr.
Universal City, CA 91608

Early Bird Deadline: July 31st, 2019

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