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ABA Payments Forum


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Look Back: 2019 Program

The future of payments is dramatically changing, and no matter your bank's size, you should be focused on this crucial area.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
​9:00 am - 9:15 am Opening Remarks
Matthew H. Ribbens, SVP, Electronic Delivery & Payment Strategy, BB&T Ventures
9:15 am 10:00 am

A Global View of Faster Payments
Payments has been evolving at a rapid pace for the past decade, and trends from around the globe are showing that the pace will continue to accelerate for some time.  This session will cover the latest emerging trends in payments around the globe – including consumer and commercial customer preferences, technology and regulatory drivers of change, new market entrants continuing to disrupt the value chain, partnerships on the horizon, and the evolution of payments modernization and real time payments.

Cyrus Bhathawalla, Managing Director – Advisory, KPMG, LLP
10:00 am  10:45 am Faster Payments in the U.S. Banking System

Options for domestic banks to expand their payment offerings continues to grow. Existing systems like ACH and debit networks are speeding up settlement and The Clear House Real Time Payment solution is a totally new product that is live right now. And, there is the looming potential of the Federal Reserve entering the market as well. The bankers will discuss their perspective of the evolving marketplace and how it is affecting the decisions they make.

Jennifer Lucas, Executive Director, Payments, Ernst & Young, LLP

Alexis Santin, Senior vice President and Director of Treasury Management, EagleBank
DJ Seeterlin, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Chesapeake Bank
Rosemary Stack, SVP Enterprise Payments, Bank of America
10:45 am 11:15 am Networking Break
11:15 am 12:00 pm
Servicing the Corporates
Corporates today are realizing the importance of payments as a strategic driver to their business rather than a commodity-based service. In this session, we will cover the evolving needs of corporates as their payment decisions are influenced by a growing range of factors such as emerging payments technology, partnership models, connectivity, alternative payments and customer experience. We will also share our view on best in class corporate engagement and product delivery methodologies highlighting the importance of a collaborative engagement approach that puts the corporate customers’ needs first.

Cyrus Bhathawalla, Managing Director – Advisory, KPMG, LLP
Gabriel Loh, Manager, Advisory, KPMG, LLP
12:15 pm 1:15 pm Luncheon Keynote - Fortunes Made, Fortunes Lost: Navigating Regulation and Policy When Innovating in Banking

The technology disruptors are at the gates. Google, Amazon, PayPal, ripple, TransferWise and others are pursuing the core payments and money transfer businesses of the endemic banking industry. Oxford and MIT Futurist David Shrier explains the changes coming to the industry and how traditional financial institutions can respond with innovation in a regulated environment.

David L. Schrier, MIT Futurist
1:15 pm 1:45 pm Networking Break
1:45 pm 2:45 pm Getting to “Faster Payments” Faster
Consumer and business customers are expecting payments to be faster, easier, and more efficient.  This session will explain how you can meet those needs with bank-centric solutions like Zelle and The Clearing House Real Time Payments products. Understand what you need to know to quickly implement a solution to meet customer demand.

James Reuter, President and CEO, FirstBank Colorado

Eric Foust, Senior Director, Product Management, Early Warning Services/Zelle
Steve Ledford, SVP, Products and Strategy, The Clearing House
​2:45 pm  3:15 pm Networking Break
3:15 pm 4:00 pm Have We Got Contact? What’s Next in Tap-to-Pay?
Contactless payments—including contactless cards—are popular around the world but have seen slow to catch on in the US. What has constrained the adoption in the US and is that about to change? More and more merchants have contactless terminals and one large issuer has planted the flag in the ground and pledged to go contactless. Are we about to see contactless take hold in the US? We will explore the latest trends, risks, and expectations with leading experts of payments and help you understand what’s next in the rapidly changing world of payments.

Ed Gross, Director, Payments & Operations, American Bankers Association

Doug Leighton, VP, Head of Community Accounts, Visa Inc.
Mark Schulze, Co-founder, Clover; VP Business Development, First Data
4:00 pm   4:45 pm  Fighting Faster Payments Fraud with Machine Learning
Fraud follows speed. Faster payments leave no time for manual review of transactions and no room for high false positives. Learn how machine learning based fraud detection can mitigate fraud in real-time with low false positives, ensure positive customer experiences, and transform fraud.

Jim Cunha, SVP, Treasury and Financial Services, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Eric Tran-Le
, VP of Product Management, Guardian Analytics
​4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Blockchain Use Cases
Blockchains and distributed ledgers are being pursued by banks to simplify payment functions, reducing costs, risk and settlement times. The session will provide insights from different bank use cases and generate ideas banks of all sizes should consider.

John Beccia, Co-founder and CEO, FS Vector, LLC
Tiffany Wan, Executive Director, Head of Strategy - Payments Transformation, JPMorgan Chase
5:30 pm 6:00 pm Networking Reception
Sponsored by ABA Endorsed Solutions
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:30 am 12:00 pm Registration
8:30 am – 9:00 am CEOs Talking Payments
The CEOs from the banking industry's most powerful associations discuss the state of the payments marketplace today and in the future. Rob Nichols, CEO of the American Bankers Association, and James Aramanda, CEO of The Clearing House, will share their insights on the changing payments industry, new payments rails, and the effect of public policy on private sector solutions.

James Aramanda, President and CEO, The Clearing House
Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association
9:00 am – 10:00 am Considerations for Developing Your Payments Strategy 
Advancing technology. Changing consumer attitudes and desires. Evolving regulation. Financial Institutions need to make sense of how these influencers affect consumer payment options. This lively panel discussion will summarize the various factors driving the rapid change in the consumer and small business payments landscape; and outline how financial institutions can fact or these developments into an overall payments strategy to successfully compete for relationships.  

Jeff Slawsky, President, J. Slawsky & Associates, Inc.

George Danforth, Vice President of Emerging Products, PULSE Network
Thomas Rea, Executive Vice President, U.S. Bank
10:00 am 10:15 am Networking Break
10:15 am 11:00 am One-on-One: C-Suite Perspectives on Payment Strategies
The payments space is crowded with new products, ideas and initiatives, all demanding resources to be able to implement. How do you determine the right product mix to maximize the benefit for your bank? Join the C-Suite discussion to gain insights into the decision-making process for their bank’s payments strategy and learn what they are doing now to prepare for the payment’s marketplace of the future.

Rob Nichols, President & CEO, American Bankers Association
Ruby Walia, Chief Digital Officer, EVP of Retail, HSBC
11:00 am 11:45 am Combatting Synthetic ID Fraud
  • Gain insights and practical advice from banks that have experienced synthetic ID fraud
  • Discover solutions are on the horizon
  • Understand the operational concerns of implementing anti-fraud measures
Paul Benda, Senior Vice President, Payments & Cybersecurity, American Bankers Association
Ken Montgomery, First Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Closing Remarks and Forum Adjourns​

Matthew H. Ribbens, SVP, Electronic Delivery & Payment Strategy, BB&T Ventures

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