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Speakers and Breakouts

"Navigating the Shifting Payments Landscape"
Session 1 (8:30am - 9:30am)
: Brian Stearns - Wespay

The payments industry in the United States, which has been relatively stagnant for the past couple of decades, is now in the midst of major changes. Same Day ACH, Real Time Payments, Zelle, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain technologies, and others are changing how and when money moves in dramatic fashion. During this session we'll look at recent and future changes in the payments arena and discuss the operational impact, potential risks, and opportunities that these changes create for financial institutions and businesses.
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Brian Stearns - Wespay
Brian joined WesPay in 2014 as Assistant Vice President of Risk and Regulatory Compliance, responsible for conducting Risk Management Services and providing risk and compliance education to WesPay's members. Before joining WesPay, Brian spent almost ten years managing the operational, compliance, and risk of payment systems including ACH, checks, and wire transfers for financial institutions and served as Vice-Chair of WesPay's Rules Advisory Council. Brian holds the AAP, NCP, and CIA accreditations.

"Back to the Drawing Board - Economic Lessons from This Month"
Session 2 (9:40am - 10:40am)
: Jim Glassman - J.P. Morgan

In economics, the popular take isn't always the right one. It's important to dig past the headline to get the whole story. Hear Jim Glassman, J.P. Morgan Commercial Banking Economics Head discuss key trends, economic insights and other factors driving the current markets. You won't want to miss this timely, dynamic and educational presentation.
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Jim Glassman - J.P. Morgan
James Glassman is Managing Director and Head Economist for J.P. Morgan Commercial Banking. He provides market insights to help clients better understand the changing economy and its impact on their business. Mr. Glassman also works closely with the firm's Corporate Sector, including the Chief Investment Office and Investor Relations, as well as the Investment Bank and Government Relations groups, providing financial analysis and research. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics, from Northwestern University.

A publisher of independent research on the principal forces shaping the economy and financial markets, Mr. Glassman is regularly cited in the financial media, where he is also a frequent commentator on economic policy issues. Additionally, he is a long-standing participant in the widely followed Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Survey of Professional Forecasters and the National Association of Business Economists' panel of macro-economic forecasters.


"Forecasting: Always a Bridesmaid? Top Methods You Can Take to Improve Your Forecasting"
Session 3A (10:40am - 11:40am)
: Craig Jeffery - Strategic Treasurer

Forecasting is always ranked high on the list of initiatives that treasurer?s plan to work on. Rarely is it number one across industries. This session will focus on a few key elements of forecasting: 1) what are others doing with regard to forecasting 2) how are people improving their forecasting and 3) the top methods you can take to improve your forecasting. This session will draw on annual industry-wide survey data on the topic and the presenter?s experience in forecasting and in helping many companies improve their liquidity planning. Learn:
  • How others are forecasting
  • What process/technology best enables improvement in a forecast
  • Steps to consider in order to improve your forecasting accuracy.

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Craig Jeffery - Strategic Treasurer
Craig Jeffery formed Strategic Treasurer LLC in 2004 to provide corporate, educational, and government entities direct access to comprehensive and current assistance with their treasury and financial process needs. His 20+ years of financial and treasury experience as a practitioner and as a consultant have uniquely qualified him to help organizations craft realistic goals and achieve significant benefits quickly. He is primarily responsible for relationship management and ensuring total client satisfaction on all projects. Mr. Jeffery was previously a Senior Vice President and Practice Leader for Wachovia Treasury & Financial Consulting from 2000 through 2004. Prior to joining Wachovia, Mr. Jeffery worked with a major regional bank as Vice President and worked in the Information Management, Investment and Treasury Divisions at The Hartford. Mr. Jeffery?s experience in finance, treasury, consulting information technology, and process redesign encompasses numerous industry segments. He has extensive cross-functional project management experience and has aided many organizations on a variety of projects, including strategy formulation, financial transparency and system implementation efforts. His project experience ranges from multi-year, multi-million dollar efforts to rapid assessments. He is often quoted in, and has written articles for, finance and treasury management publications, such as Treasury & Risk, Financial Executive, Business Finance, and CFP magazines. He is also regularly requested to present both in the U.S. and internationally. He is the author of a book for Treasury, The Strategic Treasurer: A Partnership for Corporate Growth, published July 2009. Mr. Jeffery graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Accounting. He is a permanent Certified Cash Manager and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute with distinction.

"BEC Scams and Mobile Banking Fraud - The Wild, Wild West of Financial Fraud"
Session 3B (10:40am - 11:40am)
: Greg Litster - SAFEChecks
Christine Herrera, CTP - City of Los Angeles

Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are exploding because of criminals' use of social engineering, and their schemes continue to grow, evolve and target businesses of all sizes. BEC scams are often paired with wire fraud, payment diversion, and account takeovers. The increase in frequency and sophistication deployed by criminals make these scams difficult to identify, and have resulted in thousands of victims and billions of dollars in losses. Knowing how to spot a scam, coupled with continual vigilance, are crucial in thwarting attempts. Criminals are also making inroads in Mobile Banking fraud, the newest frontier in the "Wild, Wild West" of financial fraud. The rise in mobile banking and mobile Remote Deposit Capture (mRDC) has increased the complexity of check fraud. Very few organizations and bankers know how to resolve the losses caused by double-presentments, e.g. a check being deposited via mobile device and later cashed at a check-cashing store, or other mRDC scams. Meanwhile, old-school check fraud still produces more losses than all other forms of payment fraud. Most businesses still issue checks, and check fraud is not going away.
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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, 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.

Christine Herrera, CTP - City of Los Angeles
Christine is a Senior financial officer and Certified Treasury Professional with extensive experience and direct management of Government Banking, Treasury Management Consultation and Sales, Relationship Management, Municipal Operations, Product and Project Development and Banking Operations Compliance & Education.


"Cash Management Integrations and Reporting"
Session 3C (10:40am - 11:40am)
: Kim Kelly-Lippert, CTP - Treasury Manager American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Tory Hazard - ICD

Integrations are helping treasury departments become much more efficient while increasing transparency and reducing errors. This presentation will address various integration challenges and will explore case studies of successful integrations between Portals, Treasury Management Systems, Banks and Analytics Applications.
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Kim Kelly-Lippert, CTP - Treasury Manager American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Kim has extensive knowledge and experience in Cash Management and has been in Treasury Operations for 30 years. Kim spent over 24 years at a subsidiary of Edison International, and has continued her career in Treasury with American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. Her key experience lies in managing the end-to-end process of cash management activity and managing investment portfolios for billion dollar corporations. At American Honda Motor, Co., Inc., Kim currently leads the operational and strategic treasury functions, manages banking relationships and directs the short-term investment portfolio where cash is invested extensively in both money market funds and direct investments.

Tory Hazard - ICD
Tory Hazard, Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Tory leads a global team that is delivering best-in-class technology and customer service. Soon after joining ICD in 2009, Tory led the company's overall operations, finance and marketing. He was also responsible for building ICD's in-house technology team and leads the company's overall product development efforts. Tory is co-inventor of ICD's patented, award-winning exposure analytics application, Transparency Plus.

Prior to joining ICD, Tory was President and Executive Producer of Open Films, an international production company that produced commercials for Fortune 100 companies and visual effects for feature films such as Men in Black and Courage Under Fire. He was CEO of Random/Order, an interactive television technology development company that Red Herring Magazine named one of the twenty leading startups in the digital entertainment space. Tory was a Certified Financial Planner at Hazard Financial.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from San Diego State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a FINRA Series 28 Financial Operations Principal, holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses and is an active member of the Association of Finance Professionals.


"Cash Segmentation Solutions - an active approach can potentially improve yield and return while maintaining liquidity"
Session 4A (11:50am - 12:50pm)
: Joe Madrid - Invesco

Cash segmentation is an active strategy that separates cash balances by investment horizon and liquidity needs with an objective to improve investment returns. The allocation strategy can be tailored to investors projected future liquidity needs and investment horizons utilizing numerous investment solutions including US and offshore money market mutual funds, exchange traded funds, ultra short duration funds and separately managed accounts.
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Joe Madrid - Invesco
Joseph S. Madrid, CFA Head of Credit Portfolio Management Joseph Madrid is a Head of Credit Portfolio Manager for Invesco Fixed Income. He is responsible for contributing to the strategy and management of cash management products, including institutional, retail and offshore funds, as well as private accounts and ultra-short bond portfolios. Mr. Madrid began his investment career in 2002 as a financial analyst with J.P. Morgan Chase& Co. Prior to joining Invesco, he was a portfolio manager in client service and a senior fixed income securities analyst with National City Corp. He joined Invesco in 2009 and was previously a fixed income analyst responsible for providing investment research, credit analysis and portfolio management support for cash management products. Mr. Madrid earned a BA degree in accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst? (CFA) charterholder.

"Innovation and Technology in Merchant Services"
Session 4B (11:50am - 12:50pm)
: Colin Duncan - Bank of America Merchant Services
Greg Leos - Bank of America
Larry Brennan - Bank of America

Data Security events are on the rise and continue to grab headlines. Join us for a lively presentation on one of the most impactful topics facing the industry: protecting payment data. In addition, you'll also experience a Q&A with an industry leading data security expert who'll answer your most pressing questions.
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Colin Duncan - Bank of America Merchant Services
Colin H. Duncan is the Bank of America Merchant Services Regional Direct for the West Coast. He is responsible for leading the team of trusted Business Consultants serving California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Colin joined Bank of America Merchant Services in 2009 from Chase Paymentech where he was an Account Executive originating new Merchant Service accounts and short term Merchant deposit secured financing solutions. As a Business Consultant in San Diego, he was recognized as a Platinum Club seller and promoted to Vice President in 2011. In 2012, he was elevated to Regional Sales Manager for San Diego, Temecula and the Desert Communities.

Before joining the industry, Colin obtained an M.B.A. and B.S. in Marketing from San Diego State University.

He currently lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and daughter. As a passionate champion of developing future leaders, Colin is an advisor and mentor for the Women's Leadership Network and business students at several local universities.


Greg Leos - Bank of America
Greg Leos serves as the Senior Vice President, Business Banking Client Segment Executive for Bank of America Merchant Services, and has over 23 years of experience in the electronic payments industry.
Greg Leos previously held executive roles for companies within the financial services industry such as Global Collect (now known as Ingenico ePayments), Global Payments, WorldPay and the global cybersecurity firm, Trustwave.

For many years, Mr. Leos has been a sought-after speaker at payments forums and national conferences where he has addressed topics ranging from "PCI DSS Compliance" to "Regulatory Changes Impacting the Payments Industry" and "Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Modern Payments Landscape." An avid runner and FinTech angel investor, Mr. Leos is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Larry Brennan - Bank of America
Larry Brennan, Senior Vice President, Merchant Data Security and Cybersecurity Director

Larry Brennan serves as the Senior Vice President of Merchant Data Security and Cybersecurity Director for Bank of America Merchant Services, responsible for ensuring that BAMS clients and associates are provided the tools and resources to prevent or react in the event of a data breach or cybersecurity attack. In this role Brennan's team works with merchants in the event of an Account Data Compromise ensuring that merchants are able to identify, contain and remediate any Account Data Compromise they may endure. He is also responsible for ensuring that Merchants,Sales and Relationship teams are provided proper guidance in
regards to the Merchants Data Security requirements through webinars and Cybersecurity presentations.

Brennan previously held the role of Site Leader for the Bank of America Merchant Services Inside Sales Team where he was responsible for more than 100 Merchant Services Telesales Representatives supporting two lines of business which included the staffing, developing and training Sales representatives responsible for selling Merchant Services products and services to Small Business customers via the telephone.

Larry has over 19 years of financial services industry experience (17) of which has been in the Merchant Service and prior to working for Bank of America Merchant Services retired from the Navy after 22 years of service.


"Transactional Rates & Fees: Top Trends in Commercial Space"
Session 4C (11:50am - 12:50pm)
: Zoya Lieberman - Informa Financial Intelligence
Randy Rosen - Informa Financial Intelligence

Zoya Lieberman - Informa Financial Intelligence
Zoya Lieberman, CTP is the Director of the Commercial Products Research at Informa's Business Intelligence vertical. Zoya oversees the research of the domestic treasury services, global trader services, credit cards, and merchant processing services product lines.

Joining Informa in 1998, Mrs. Lieberman has held the positions in both consumer lending research and commercial deposit products research. Zoya received her Certified Treasury Professional designation in 2000 and is active member of both the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) and the Southern California Association of Financial Professionals (SCAFP). Mrs. Lieberman has served on the board of directors at SCAFP for the past ten years, holding various positions, including SCAFP President and Education Chair. Prior to joining Informa Research Services, Inc., Mrs. Lieberman was employed at the Great Western Bank in their retail branch network. She received a BS degree in Business Administration, a BA degree in Literature from University of Southern California, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. With more than 20 years in the financial services industry and 18 years with Informa Research Services, Mrs. Lieberman brings to the table a vast array of industry experience, product knowledge, and research expertise.


Randy Rosen - Informa Financial Intelligence
Randy Rosen is the Director of Commercial Earnings Credit Allowance and Deposit Research for Informa Research Services. His primary responsibilities include the liquidity research focusing on small business and commercial product segments. Joining Informa in 1995, Mr. Rosen has held the positions of Assistant Manager, Deposit Research and Assistant Manager, Indirect Lending Research. He has completed the Association for Financial Professionals Certified Treasury Professional training and has passed the CTP exam, receiving his Certified Treasury Professional Certification in 2010. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rosen was employed at First Interstate Bank in their retail branch network. He received his BS degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Northridge and received his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

With more than 30 years in the financial services industry and 23 years with Informa Research Services, Mr. Rosen brings to the table a vast array of industry experience, product knowledge, and research expertise.


"Millennials and their Financial Impact on your Company"
Session 5 (12:50pm - 2:10pm)
: Ann Rockeman - launchbox

Today, millennials account for 35% of our workforce. By 2025, they will make up 75% of our customers and workforce; globally. They will either work for you or you'll work for them. They have a combined $660 billion in spending power.

How much is it costing today's companies to replace the millennials they lose? Why is their high turnover reported as a 2:1 margin vs. older generations? What is the ratio your business is spending on recruitment vs. training? Is your investment paying off?

Learn the secret to engaging, training and retaining great talent and customers in the millennial generation to impact your bottom line.

Find out how you and your company can make an impact to create a return on your investment; both in time and money; to develop these employees into our next generation leaders.

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Ann Rockeman - launchbox
Ann is a business coach, trainer and keynote speaker for launchbox, working with business executives, managers and millennials to unlock their potential and achieve their personal and professional goals. She has coached more than 50 business leaders and has designed and delivered launchbox's Strengths & Story workshops to over 1000 millennials. She also leads and mentors launchbox's monthly peer-to-peer networking group, Excelerator, developing and delivering real world business and career content to support the success of millennials in the workplace.

Ann is also known for delivering engaging, provocative and impactful workshops and keynotes at all types of management and millennial-related events including corporate gatherings, association conferences, industry events and sales meetings.

Prior to joining launchbox, Ann had a long career in sales and marketing as Vice President of Sales and Marketing with HQ Business Centers in San Diego. She is also the founder of Integration Fitness, a fi tness and wellness studio dedicated to helping others achieve their best in health and fi tness. Her experience developing sales managers and leading the team, coupled with her mentoring in personal training and nutrition education, helped to hone her skills of motivation and inspiration.

She holds both a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and Nutrition from San Diego State University.

"Panel - Real Time Payments"
Session 6 (2:20pm - 3:20pm)
: David Temme - PNC Bank
Omar Loya, Jesse Sandoval-City National Bank - City National Bank
Russell Ellsworth-Union Bank - Union Bank

Jumping in the Deep End ? It's Time to Develop a Strategy for Emerging Payment Channels

Digital innovation is driving transformation in the treasury management industry ? the momentum is real and new opportunities are emerging. Unlike other industries that have been revolutionized by modern technology, the U.S. payments space has remained largely unchanged. Until now, that is. Same Day ACH now supports both debit and credit transactions. Peer-to-peer network technology is entering the business world, expediting business-to-consumer payment and offering alternatives to check payment activity. Real-time payments have been formally introduced to the U.S. payment system. Expanding API connectivity is driving a migration from batch processing to real time execution. These disruptive developments have the potential to transform traditional payment models. This session will focus on the evolution and ongoing development of emerging payment channels. We will introduce a framework for evaluating the application of these alternatives and highlight potential use cases.

Reshaping the Payment Experience via APIs and New Payment Types

It should come as no surprise that faster payments continues to dominate discussions at Payment related conferences, and based on recent press releases, the trend will continue creating confusion. Join us for an interactive session on the topic of Faster Payments. Let's dummy down all the buzz around faster payments and breakdown the facts and differences. Presenters will share their thoughts around preparing for Real Time Payments and better understand?
  • Who can use RTP?
  • Defining the RTP ecosystem
  • Key drivers for RTP
  • Q/A about on the myths about RTP
  • RTP Checklist
  • How can API Technology help banks and Treasurers
  • Why is API and STP Important
  • Business Case Considerations Q/A

Real‐Time Payments for Corporations - What's in It for You

Real Time Payments (RTP) is a global trend, and adoption is accelerating around the world. The US is
committed to developing a real time payment infrastructure similar to those already rolled out in the UK
and other countries to meet the ever increasing customer demands for easy, fast, convenience, secure,
and always‐on payment capabilities. The Federal Reserve is calling for payments stakeholders to take
the necessary steps to be faster payments ready by 2020. Real time payments will forever change the
way we do business - will your organization be able to leverage the benefits of RTP when they become

Come participate in a thought‐provoking panel discussion and learn about the key factors you need to
consider now to prepare for the future of payments.

David Temme - PNC Bank
David Temme joined PNC in 1992 after spending several years addressing a variety of cash management and other treasury-related issues at Unisys Corporation. Prior to joining Unisys, Dave spent several years serving a diverse client base as part of the audit staff at Coopers & Lybrand. His background provides an effective blend of insights from a corporate practitioner perspective with a solid understanding of the accounting implications of our client's treasury activities.

For the past twenty five years, Dave has represented PNC's Treasury Solutions Group. This unit assists clients and prospects in addressing core Corporate Treasury functions/activities and working capital utilization - covering billing, collection, credit, procurement and trade payment processes.

Dave graduated from Drexel University in 1984 with a BA in Accounting. He subsequently received his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 1989. He is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Omar Loya, Jesse Sandoval-City National Bank - City National Bank
Jesse Sandoval is a skilled industry expert with more than 20 years of experience in treasury management. Jesse has a solid background in the areas of product management, operations, customer service, transaction banking and payments.

Currently, Jesse is accountable for Product Management functions related to growing the payments product sets. He leads a team of product managers with supporting the Treasury Services banking segment, Jesse helps drive new product strategies that support the Bank's overall business plan.

Jesse is a recognized industry leader and is often asked to speak at industry events.

Russell Ellsworth-Union Bank - Union Bank
Russell Ellsworth is a Director in MUFG Union Bank's Transaction Banking group with 17+ years of
experience across Transaction and Retail banking and commercial lending. As the Payments team lead,
he has responsibility for the strategy and product development of Transaction Banking's suite of
payment services including real time payments, ACH, domestic and international wire payments,
disbursement services, and integrated payables products. He participated on the Federal Reserves'
Faster Payments Task Force helping to build a future where people and businesses can pay one another
in real time and bring the vision for faster payments closer to reality.

Russ holds a Bachelor of Science from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and
is a graduate of University of Washington's Pacific Coast Banking School. He is also a certified Project
Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.


"Enabling Your Commercial Customers with the Ultimate Flexibility in Cash Management Innovation"
Session 7A (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
: Ryan Stidfole - Fiserv

Dynamic changes in the retail environment are fueling an increase in merchant adoption of cash automation solutions. It's prime time for banks to rethink their remote cash capture strategy and differentiate their portfolio with technology and service innovations that win over commercial customers.
Join this session to gain insights on the latest remote cash capture research and discover how banks can capitalize on opportunities.
  • Remote cash capture landscape
  • Innovations driving acceleration of adoption
  • Comparison of smart safe solutions and alternatives
  • Bank's role and opportunity

Ryan Stidfole - Fiserv
Ryan Stidfole is a Senior Sales Executive within the Financial & Risk Management Solutions business unit at Fiserv, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in financial services technology. Over Ryan's 12+ years in the financial services industry, he has developed and grown markets for smart safe cash management solutions in the U.S. Prior to Fiserv, Ryan led a pivotal leadership role at Loomis to deliver cash management solutions, and he has also partnered with Treasury leaders in adopting bank-led cash management programs. Ryan continues to expand market adoption of cash management innovation from Fiserv to help banks and retailers optimize their cash supply chain and boost profitability.

"The real truth about how leading treasury practitioners choose their bank partners - it's easy!"
Session 7B (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
: Jordan Sternlieb - West Monroe Partners
July Bocabeille - Algenist
Josh Linehan - Odyssey Power Corporation
Jeff Sesar - Zenith Information Systems

Easier banking matters. More and more, companies and institutions are selecting the banks that are "easier to do business with." Some practitioners choose their banking partners based on price, product features, and/or the quality of their banker alone; however, are these methods truly the best way to determine where to take your company's business for the long-term? Hear from forward-thinking practitioners on the latest criteria they are using to determine where to bring their banking business. Learn the techniques the most sophisticated and discerning buyers of banking services are using today and how these approaches to analyzing and selecting bank partners have directly led to their companies' growth and success. Jordan Sternlieb of West Monroe Partners will moderate and also share the results of West Monroe's own proprietary research on current factors driving buying decisions. The session will also include "live polling" where we can get perspectives and opinions from the audience in the session. Easier builds long-lasting mutually successful relationships, hard breaks them up.
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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. While at West Monroe Partners, Jordan has managed projects for top 10 US banks, major regional banks, and large credit unions, leading teams of business consultants and deep technologists to drive business goals. He has extensive experience in treasury management, operations, payments, customer onboarding and product implementations. Most recently, he led a program at a top 10 US bank to review the bank's domestic and international treasury management support models, identifying opportunities to provide an integrated and enhanced implementation and service experience for the bank's customers. Jordan is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). He graduated from Georgetown University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in international business and finance.

July Bocabeille - Algenist

Josh Linehan - Odyssey Power Corporation

Jeff Sesar - Zenith Information Systems

"Protecting Your Company from Risk: Emerging International Payment and Regulatory Trends "
Session 7C (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
: Randy Gehres, CTP - Western Union Business Solutions
Jennifer Renteria - Western Union Business Solutions

The many domestic rules, regulations, and compliance is everchanging. With increased globalization and cross-border commerce, that additional acronyms that we should all be familiar with and their impact. In this session, we will bring you up to date on the latest news from the regulatory landscape and the steps you need to take to keep your company compliant. We will also share best practices on how you can protect your company against scams such as business email compromise and phishing.
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Randy Gehres, CTP - Western Union Business Solutions
Randy Gehres, CTP is Senior Director National Accounts For Western Union Business Solutions. His experience includes senior positions at Thomas Cook, Royal Bank of Canada, Travelex and Western Union. He is a Graduate of California State University, Chico.

Jennifer Renteria - Western Union Business Solutions
Jennifer Renteria is a Regional Director of Corporate Accounts and Partnerships for Western Union Business Solutions and is based out of Southern California. Jennifer is responsible for sales, partnerships, and operational initiatives for the Western Union Higher Education division. She has over 15 years of financial and business experience in the payments industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration degree with a double major in Business and Spanish from Chapman University in Orange, CA and earned her MBA from University of Phoenix.

"Optimizing Corporate Hedging Programs under Future Hedge Accounting Rules"
Session 8A (4:40pm - 5:40pm)
: Glenn Suarez - Hedge Trackers

Recent updates and simplifications to derivative accounting rules provide opportunities for potential hedgers who have been restrained by accounting complexity, as well as those who market derivative products to corporates and financial institutions. This session will focus on the basics of foreign currency, interest rate and commodity hedging, the opportunities afforded to entities that take advantage of simplified hedge accounting guidance, and the optimal accounting elections for different derivative products.
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Glenn Suarez - Hedge Trackers
Glenn Suarez has nearly three decades of experience managing financial risk management, derivatives and traded financial instruments. He possesses a broad skill set of expertise areas within accounting and treasury functions. He is skilled at consulting with clients - including CFOs, traders and treasurers - on technical financial matters. Mr. Suarez's specialties include strong analytic and client engagement abilities in the areas of derivative and fixed income accounting. He also covers financial risk management, hedging strategy, and ASC 815/830 program implementation.

"Understanding the Trend for Algorithmic and Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Underwriting"
Session 8B (4:40pm - 5:40pm)
: Michael Baumann -, Inc.
Dr. Chet Skamiera, M.D.

With more capital available to small business than ever before and the desire to allocate that capital through online platforms, hundreds of non-bank lenders are developing, buying or licensing sophisticated algorithms to quickly determine the creditworthiness of business owner borrowers. Are banks able to use these same tools? Banks may rely on U.S. Government guaranties or insurance. How does the federal government look upon these new methods of underwriting? Let's explore the landscape and future of computer-aided algorithmic underwriting and artificial intelligence (AI) assisted business loan underwriting.

Michael Baumann -, Inc.
Michael Baumann and Dr. Chet Skamiera, M.D. Michael Baumann is CEO & Founder of, Inc. has a simple mission: To deliver a free, fast, smooth and secure process for small business owners and SBA borrowers from initial inquiry to successful loan closing. Our SaaS technology platforms ? YourEdge?, ForeverTrack?, SBA Loan Calculator, EdgeX Business Valuation tool and our bank/lender platform ? are industry-disrupting, one-of-a-kind, technology conduits between borrowers, banks and business advisors. Dr. Chet Skamiera, M.D. is Chief Operations Officer of Chet holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Inspired by his background in medicine, his specialty also lies in the use of the SBA 7(a) loan product in the healthcare sector. Chet enjoys leading an active lifestyle, whether he is at the gym working out, playing soccer, or walking his dog Yosco.

Dr. Chet Skamiera, M.D.

37th Annual SoCal Expo
"The Future of Money & Finance"
May 10, 2018

Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90071

Early Bird Deadline: March 12th, 2018

37th Annual SoCal Expo

Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90071

Early Bird Deadline: March 12th, 2018

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