We are thrilled to be able to announce the first members of our exciting faculty. Many thanks to all of them who not only agreed to share with us their experiences and insights, but who generously gave of their time and expertise in the development of this agenda. Please check back regularly as more speakers are confirming each day.
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Leigh Gilmore, President, iiBIG
Phone: 973-783-7575 | Email: LeighG@iiBIG.com
Ralph Ayala, Chairman and Managing Partner, Armada Labs
Ralph Ayala has a distinguished career introducing strategies to drive growth within intensively competitive markets - Expert in creating the vision, identifying opportunities, creating high-quality products and services, delivering strong revenues and profits, and positioning businesses for sustainable global growth. Ralph is recognized for establishing, growing, and managing top performing teams - Skilled in recruiting, developing, and leading teams, business development, product management, contact/call center management, and offshore alliances (BPO) to consistently exceed goals across constantly evolving business and market environments. Ralph has demonstrated strong innovation, transformation, compliance, and growth leadership. He has proven success in introducing standards, outsource models, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau innovations, and dynamic new solutions that have reduced operating expenses, improved quality, and increased production and overall market share.
Brad Bailey, Research Director, Capital Markets, Celent
Brad Bailey, Research Director, Capital Markets at Celent, is a strategy and cross asset market structure professional with extensive trading technology, strategy experience, and partner building. He assists firms in how they balance existing infrastructure with emerging technologies. He is an influencer-identifying innovative technologies and disruptive business models that bridge fintech and financial technology. As a Research Director he focuses on industry competition, business model evolution, analytics, market data, trading platforms and venues, strategy, product development, channel strategy, strategic marketing & quant trading. A former technologist with deep technical understanding across stack, with extensive work experience in Europe, Japan and China, he has a true passion for data and the story it tells about the generational shift in the capital markets taking place.
Jared Delaney-Smith, Vice President, Credit Suisse Next Investors
Jared Delaney-Smith serves as a Private Equity Associate at the Credit Suisse NEXT Investment Team. In this role he assists with portfolio management, investment due diligence and investment sourcing efforts for the NEXT Investment Team, a $400mn fund focused on identifying growth equity investment opportunities by leveraging the sourcing channels and domain expertise of the broader Credit Suisse organization. Jared performs due diligence, manages direct client relationships and performs financial and investment modeling analyses for growth investment opportunities in financial technology / services, enterprise software, market structure and financial products / data providers. He manages initiatives to expand the NEXT Investment Team's relationships amongst the NY-based venture capital and financial technology start-up community. In April 2014, he was selected as 1 of 2 Associates to join this lean, 4-person entrepreneurial growth equity initiative.
Peter Fishman, Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Investment Solutions, Citizens Bank
Peter Fishman is the Director of Digital Investment Solutions for Citizens Bank and the head of Citizens’ newly established digital advisor business. Over his career, Peter has been involved with the launch of six businesses, four in the payments industry and two related to investing. Prior to joining Citizens, Peter was Director of Equity Research for Knight Capital, where he helped launch and lead Knight’s equity research business. Prior to that, Peter was head of products and marketing in Santander Bank’s U.S. Card business, where he led the initiative to launch credit cards for Santander in the U.S. Peter also worked as Director of Operations at Capital One and as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Brian Geary, Senior Director, Financial Institutions Partnerships, OnDeck
Brian Geary is senior director of bank partnerships for OnDeck, a technology-enabled financial firm that provides financing to small and medium-sized businesses. Along with serving as a direct lender, OnDeck provides a technology platform for financial institutions and other business service providers to efficiently serve the Main Street small business market. Prior to OnDeck, Brian spent 6 years at Citigroup, where he developed and launched cutting-edge products for both consumer and small business finance. Brian also served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, including a role as Navigator on the missile destroyer USS Barry and in the Pentagon working for the Navy’s Head of Operations and Strategy. Brian has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.
Tom Groenfeldt, Forbes
Tom Groenfeldt writes clearly about complicated topics, mostly in finance, technology or their offspring, fintech, but also occasionally about general business topics including construction, urban renewal and the business of running a successful art gallery. In 2015, The Financial Brand named him one of the top 25 global influencers in financial services. "Tom Groenfeldt is a freelance reporter who focuses largely on finance and technology including trading, risk, back office systems, big data, analytics, retail banking, international banking and e-commerce. His work appears in several publications, including Forbes.com in the U.S. and Banking Technology in London. Jay Palter placed Tom in his list of 250 Fintech influencers you should be following in 2016, and CDW FinTalk listed him as a top blog. Tom has produced thought leadership pieces, articles, Web content white papers and blogs for companies large and small.
Oli Harris, Corporate & Investment Bank FinTech Lead- J.P. Morgan
Oli leads the Corporate & Investment Bank's FinTech team. Previously he worked as an Advisor to the President's Office of Myanmar, a Project Manager at the World Economic Forum, and a Strategy Consultant at Accenture. Oli is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Nat Hoopes, Executive Director, Marketplace Lending Association
Matt Hooper, Vice President Open Innovation, Barclays
Matt Hooper is VP, Open Innovation at Barclays and Head of Rise New York where he oversees both internal and external innovation programming. Previously, he was a Managing Director of Startup Next NYC
Aditya Khurjekar, CEO & Founder, Let’s Talk Payments powering Medici
Jared Kopelman, Co-Founder, Monotto
Jared Kopelman is the COO of Monotto and a recent College of Charleston graduate where the company was founded. He is currently leading the direct sales effort as well as reseller agreements at Monotto. Jared is also involved with Fintech Atlanta: a coalition of companies (from Fortune 500s to startups) and other organizations working to cement Atlanta as the recognized global capital of financial technology.
Jimmie Lenz, Director of Technology Risk, Wells Fargo
Jimmie Lenz, Director of Technology Risk, Wells Fargo is a banking and capital markets executive solving risk management, operational, technology, and client experience problems through finance and data science. A prolific inventor with patent work recognized for solutions to vexing problems in finance and academia. Jimmie specializes in creative interpretation and utilization of data, Risk Analysis, Finance, and Technology.
Scott Mullins, Head of Worldwide Financial Services Business Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Scott Mullins is Head of Worldwide Financial Services Business Development at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he is responsible for leading the development and execution of AWS’s strategic initiatives in the financial services industry around the world. In his 17 year career, Scott has worked for firms such as JPMorgan Chase, Nasdaq, Merrill Lynch, and Penson Worldwide. As a founding member of Nasdaq's FinQloud team, Scott was responsible for global business and product strategy and a co-inventor of the first cloud-based storage solution for compliance with regulatory records retention requirements. Before joining Nasdaq, Scott ran Surveillance and Trading Compliance for one of the nation’s largest clearing broker-dealers, with responsibility for regulatory response, emerging regulatory initiatives, and compliance matters related to the firm’s trading and execution services divisions. Scott’s involvement in emerging financial services regulatory initiatives has resulted in numerous presentations to members of the House Financial Services Committee, SEC Commissioners and key staff, as well as FINRA’s leadership on proper implementation and possible impact of proposed regulations. Prior to his roles in regulatory compliance, Scott spent 10 years as an equity trader. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Scott is a subject matter expert quoted in industry media, a recognized speaker at industry events, and serves on the advisory board of the FinTech Sandbox.
Sid Panjwani, Head of Sales & Strategy, North America, Actico
Sid Panjwani, Head of Sales & Strategy, North America, Actico. Sid is a growth focused innovative thought leader with experiences from global public and private equity backed companies in finance, technology and consumer industries. Trained as a management consultant that challenges the status quo to deliver revenues and profitable growth he is a results driven leader with an entrepreneurial mindset and proven abilities to build teams and deliver sustainable revenues and profit growth. ACTICO delivers innovative automation software for banks and financial institutions. It specializes in loan origination, risk management and compliance solutions to strengthen internal controls, risk rating and credit decision automation processes. Clients include 100+ banks and financial institutions in the US, Canada, Europe.
Alan Ross, Director, Financial Services Industry Team, Microsoft Azure Engineering
Alan spent a decade as a developer, software architect, and management consultant in the Washington, D.C. metro area before joining Microsoft in 2007. At Microsoft, he directed large scale migration projects for both government and commercial customers moving to Office 365; before migrating himself to Redmond, WA, to join the Azure engineering team. Alan now runs the team in Azure responsible for driving requirements and features aligned to financial services and other regulated industries. He and his team work directly with global systemically important banks and companies of all sizes, to assist them with compliance strategy and ensure their needs are aligned with Azure’s engineering roadmap. His current areas of focus include customer right-to-audit and security incident response in the cloud.
Ann Stanley, Senior Managing Counsel & Managing Director, BNY Mellon
Ann Stanley is Senior Managing Counsel and Managing Director at BNY Mellon. Previously, Ann was Assistant General Counsel at Avon, Senior Counsel at Schering Plough and a Senior Associate in White & Case’s Brussels and NY offices. At BNY Mellon, Ann advises on IP, technology and privacy matters as well as cyber security, marketing and social media law. Ann has a LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe, a JD from Fordham University and a BS from Georgetown University.
Sunayna Tuteja, Lead Digital Strategy, Experience and Innovation, TD Ameritrade
Sunayna Tuteja, Lead Digital Strategy, Experience & Innovation, TD Ameritrade. Sunayna is a senior business leader with deep knowledge of Financial Services industry - from the ground up, customer in, across verticals, and global experience (Asia, Europe, Canada & the U.S.). She is an accomplished social and digital media practitioner within a regulated industry – leading strategy and programs that help TD Bank achieve its goals by building engagement with employees and customers. Sunayna is a change agent who can build new franchises from scratch and lead innovation that is critical in shaping future of the business.
Nick Varnitski, Founder & CEO, Armada Labs
Nick Varnitski, Founder & CEO, Armada Labs is an entrepreneurial leader with a proven record of starting and growing several businesses in the IT arena over the last 15 years. He successfully built and continues to run Armada Labs, Prime Debt Soft and PayLine Direct, companies defining measurable goals, observing operations and financial plans to meet and exceed set goals. Armada Labs offers software development services for the Financial Services Industry as well as develops its own software products. It helps financial services companies build modern, secure and efficient software systems. As an Amazon AWS Consulting Partner Armada Labs is able to optimize the features and benefits of AWS Services for your business applications. Since 2002 they been helping companies in Financial Services verticals with technology solutions: ranging from system integrations and data conversions, through complete infrastructure planning.
Vicki Walia, Head of Digital Innovation Solutions, AB
Vicki Walia, SVP, Head of Digital Innovation Solutions, AB leads an initiative to develop business strategies that harness the recent trends in technology, regulation, and the delivery of investment services to enhance the client experience and develop new markets.
Andres Wolberg-Stok, Global Head of Policy, Citi FinTech at Citi
Andres Wolborg-Stok is Global Head of Policy for Citi FinTech, a unit he helped create to spearhead the digital transformation of Citi’s consumer businesses. He leverages a strong record in digital product management and strategy to make Citi a top-of-mind, globally recognized thought leader and partner in the Fintech/Future of Banking policy and regulatory domains. Andres joined Citi from an international personal-finance startup and has served in a variety of digital roles for Citi Latin America, then for Citi's U.S. consumer units and since 2012, globally. In 2015, as global head of emerging platforms and services, he made Citi the world's first bank with an Apple Watch app. Previously, as Citi's first global head of mobile, he invented Citi Mobile Snapshot, a patented 2014 feature that made Citi the first major U.S. bank with no-login account access. He also led the teams that built Citi’s first global mobile banking app and its award-winning, critically-acclaimed consumer banking tablet app. Anders has been named one of the United States´ top 10 mobile bankers (American Banker) – a digital visionary with multinational leadership experience on three continents and a bare-knuckle execution approach. C-level communication skills.
Kyle Zasky, Partner, SenaHill Partners
Kyle Zasky is a passionate business builder. Co-founded EdgeTrade, which was sold to Knight Capital in 2008 where he continued to scale the business to a 75M+ revenue subsidiary. Considered an industry-recognized pioneer in the electronic trading space, he has appeared on CNBC, CNN, and featured in countless publications. Now a founding partner at SenaHill (merchant bank) and spear-heading the principal investing arm focused on fintech. Post investment, Kyle encourages implementation of best practices that allow companies to execute and scale as they navigate the challenges of running high growth organizations. He is an executive mentor and strives to build high performance teams and effective boards. He currently sits on the BOD of Tradelegs, Airex, Wealthforge and untapt bringing a comprehensive perspective to the table.