300+ Speakers Representing the Best of Fintech in Georgia and Globally
In the coming weeks, we’ll announce more amazing speakers for our Fintech South 2021 lineup–startup founders, corporate CEOs and C-level executives, venture investors, financial regulators, retailers, top analysts and journalists, and all leaders from the most important organizations in the fintech ecosystem in Georgia and around the world. Watch this space!
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Senior Product Lead
President, Global Consumer Solutions
VP Financial Services & Payments
The Home Depot
Senior Director, Gender and Financial Inclusion, Center for Financial Inclusion
Chair, TAG Fintech Society; Partner
Sean joined TTV in 2002 as a summer associate and returned to TTV in 2005. He currently serves as a Partner and has over 13 years of venture capital experience. Prior to joining TTV, Sean served as the Vice President of Finance and General Counsel for an Atlanta-based technology start-up company. Sean is currently the Chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia’s FinTech society and serves on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Board of Directors and Leadership Counsel. Sean is also a founding member of the Fintech Atlanta Task Force. Sean is a member of the Venture Atlanta Selection Committee. Sean is also on the Editorial Board of n>genuity Journal, published by TSYS, the world’s largest credit card issuer. Sean is frequently featured in print and on the radio and TV as an expert on advances in fintech and the fintech ecosystem in Georgia. He earned his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University where he was one of five Woodruff Fellows. Additionally, he earned his J.D. at the University of San Diego in 2001. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he played baseball and earned a B.S. in Economics. For TTV, he has served on the Board of Directors for nine companies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for FX Bridge, FTRANS, Hurdlr, Medxoom, SamCart, TaxBit and Verady and as an observer on the Blooom, MX and Springbot Board of Directors.
Jo Ann Barefoot
Co-Founder & CEO
Alliance for Innovative Regulation
Jo Ann Barefoot is CEO & Founder of AIR – the Alliance for Innovative Regulation and host of the global podcast show Barefoot Innovation. A noted advocate of “regulation innovation,” Jo Ann is Senior Fellow Emerita at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business & Government. She has been Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, partner at KPMG, Co-Chairman of Treliant Risk Advisors, and staff member at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. She’s an angel investor, serves on the board of Oportun, serves on the fintech advisory committee for FINRA, is a member of the Milken Institute U.S. FinTech Advisory Committee, and is a member of the California Blockchain Working Group Advisory Board. Jo Ann chairs the board of directors of FinRegLab, previously chaired the board of the Financial Health Network, and previously served on the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board. She was a Cofounder of Hummingbird Regtech.
Former Chairman & CEO, The Home Depot; Co-Creator & Host
Crazy Good Turns podcast
Host of "Small Business Revolution, championed by Deluxe"; Chief Brand & Communications Officer
Amanda Brinkman is the Chief Brand Officer of Deluxe and is creator, producer and host of their hit series “Small Business Revolution,” which streams on Hulu and Prime Video and was named among Inc. Magazine’s top shows for entrepreneurs. In this inspirational reality show, Amanda and the team at Deluxe showcases their passion for entrepreneurs by spearheading efforts to revitalize entire communities through small business makeovers.
Amanda is a sought-after public speaker, sharing her “Do Well By Doing Good” philosophy on stages around the country. She demonstrates how both companies and individuals can make a meaningful and positive difference in people’s lives, while fostering their own success in the process. She believes that companies must not only identify their brand purpose, but put that purpose into action. Through her work, Amanda has defined what it looks like for brands to truly act “as publishers” creating movements through their content strategy.
Amanda is a nationally renowned brand expert, Forbes contributor, and frequent on-camera personality for national news outlets and celebrity interviews, ranging from LL Cool J to Daymond John. She has appeared on CNBC’s “Cleveland Hustles,” in addition to hosting the online “Small Talks” series that features successful entrepreneurs across the country. That’s all while charting an acclaimed career that spans groundbreaking campaigns for brands like Reebok, Sony and BMW with the BMW Films, in addition to her role as an inspiring female executive at Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, such as United Health Group, Allianz, General Mills, and Deluxe.
Amanda’s current and former board service includes the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Make-A-Wish, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Ordway Performing Arts Center, Ad Council, ANA (Association of National Advertisers) and the Women’s Business Development Center. She also passionately volunteers for causes such as Special Olympics, Jeremiah Program, Feed My Starving Children, Habitat for Humanity and more.
You can engage with Amanda @amandakbrinkman on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Executive Producer & Co-Host
As an executive producer for The Fintech Show, Chloe builds relationships and knowledge of Fintechs from all over the world. Working closely with the video production team, she ensures the client message is delivered through our content clearly. Chloe embodies the international culture of Fintech Finance, traditionally clocking up plenty of miles attending conferences and visiting clients (pre COVID-19) – keeping us on board with all the trends and gossip.
Since lockdown began in the UK, Chloe works with the team on our virtual episodes and Virtual Arena panel series to keep all the exciting stories following Fintech Finance and our international audience.
Financial Health Network
President, CEO & Vice Chairman
Citizens Bank of Edmond
Founder & CEO
Founder, youBelong; Founder
Betsy Z. Cohen
Betsy Z. Cohen is the founder of The Bancorp, where she served as the Chief Executive Officer from 1999 through 2014. She is a creator of financial businesses with over 30 years of experience in banking, real estate and financial law, as well as real estate lending, investing and development. Mrs. Cohen was the second female law professor on the east coast, teaching antitrust law and government regulation of business at Rutgers University Law School. She co-founded a Philadelphia law firm specializing in complex real estate and financial concerns.
In 1974 Mrs. Cohen founded Jefferson Bank in Pennsylvania where she served continuously as Chairman and CEO as well as Chairman and CEO of its holding company, Jeffbanks, Inc., the largest financial institution in Pennsylvania. In 1999, she founded The Bancorp, an FDIC-insured virtual bank providing services to small and mid-size businesses and their principals in the Philadelphia-Wilmington market area through its community bank Philadelphia Private Bank, and on private-label affinity group programs for organizations and institutions, including merchant card servicing.
Mrs. Cohen is the recipient of numerous awards, among them named in 1997 one of 50 leading female entrepreneurs of the world by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners, ranked in several years among the 25 outstanding Women Bankers and in 2009 named By US Banker as one of 25 Women to Watch.
Mrs. Cohen is affiliated with many corporate and non-profit boards, currently serving Chairman of Fintech Masala; Vice Chairman, Executive Committee member and Secretary of Asia Society; Founding Member of the Asia Society Policy Institute; Trustee of The Brookings Institute; Honorary Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Treasurer, Managing Director, and Finance Committee member of The Metropolitan Opera. Mrs. Cohen is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Cohen & Company
Co-Founder & President
Johnson Cook is a serial entrepreneur Co-Founder and President at Greenlight Financial Technology. Founded in 2014, Greenlight Financial Technology is an Atlanta-based fintech company that’s committed to empowering parents to raise financially-smart kids. Its groundbreaking family finance product, Greenlight®, is a debit card for kids that parents manage by app using flexible parental controls. Patent-pending technology enables parents to choose the exact stores where their children can spend, manage chores, set parent-paid interest rates on savings and more. Kids monitor balances, create saving goals and learn to make real world trade-off decisions. Greenlight has raised $81.5mm in funding and backers include JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Drive Capital, TTV Capital, Relay Ventures, NEA, Amazon, SunTrust, Ally Bank, Synchrony Bank, and others.
Academic Program Director, Fintech Professional Education
Georgia Institute of Technology
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CEO
Over a 25-year entrepreneurial career that spans IP communications, wireless telecom, and finance, Brian Dally has pushed the boundaries of how disruptive Internet technologies can be applied to solve large-scale consumer problems and distribute the value to all.
As the co-founder and CEO of GROUNDFLOOR, a wealthtech platform that allows everyone tobuild wealth through real estate, Brian has helped make private capital markets radically moreaccessible to new participants. Under his leadership, GROUNDFLOOR became the first company qualified by the SEC to offer direct real estate debt investments via Regulation A to
non-accredited investors and accredited investors alike. In 2020, GROUNDFLOOR made its debut onto Inc. Magazine’s prestigious list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America, and was recognized in the top 10 percent of all honorees as well as being the fastest-growing financial services company in its home state of Georgia. Brian has also been
recognized for his entrepreneurial leadership by many organizations.
Before co-founding GROUNDFLOOR in 2013, Brian’s career building disruptive technology startups included stints in Silicon Valley, Boston, London and the North Carolina Triangle region. Previously, he led the launch of Republic Wireless to take on the big four cellphone carriers to international acclaim. As a result, millions more Americans can now afford a
Brian has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia. A native of Detroit who lived near Boston during childhood, Brian currently resides with his partner Ashley in Atlanta and Telluride, CO, where he still avidly roots for the Red Sox (but never the Patriots).
Managing Partner, Fenway Summer; Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, FS Vector; CEO
Payments Leadership Council
NBA All-Star; Host of "Small Business Revolution, championed by Deluxe"; Founder
Baron Davis Enterprises
Global Head of Strategy & Innovation
Dave Dowsett is the Global Head of Emerging Technology, Data Science & Intentional Innovation for Invesco. In this role, he leads the development and execution of the emerging technology roadmap and global Invesco Labs strategy. Invesco manages over $1 trillion in assets for clients across 25 countries and is comprised of over 8000 global employees.
A seasoned executive with 28+ years of experience, Dave and his team specialize in using a data-driven approach to identify and solving complex business problems aligned to Invesco’s alpha generation and profitability goals. The team combines the power of technology and industry trend analysis with top-tier data scientists and developers who build disruptive and innovative technology solutions from proof of concept (POC) to enterprise production scale. Dave instituted the Invesco innovation patent program, and his team managed the patent process for a proxy voting system and secured patents in the United States and India. With experience in bringing initiatives from idea to product, Dave believes staying current on industry and technology trends and partnering with an innovation ecosystem of venture capital, startups, and academia is critical to accelerating capability development to differentiate Invesco as the most client-centric asset manager.
Born and raised in Durbin South Africa, Mr. Dowsett has lived across Europe, Africa, and North America working alongside global C-suite and board level executives. Dave started his career in entrepreneurship, and after managing and successfully exiting his own startup in satellite communications, Dave ascended the ranks of corporate environments where he spearheaded high-profile technology transformation initiatives at Unilever and Level 3. Prior to Invesco, he was formerly with Fidelity, where he focused on driving revenue and operational efficiencies through digital transformation, fintech philosophy adoption, and intentional innovation programs across their international businesses.
Mr. Dowsett currently resides in Atlanta and is dedicated to the city’s growth. He serves as an advisory Board member for the entrepreneurship and innovation council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as well as a board member of KeyServe an Atlanta based startup. In addition to this he serves as an active community member for Engage Ventures, an $18 million venture fund where Invesco is a founding investment corporate partner alongside Delta and Home Depot and other Fortune 1000 companies for the purpose of strengthening collaboration and partnership between leading corporations and top entrepreneurs. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and supporting local Atlanta businesses.
Co-Founder & COO
Chief Information Security Officer
Fintech South 2021 Co-Host; Editor in Chief
Executive Director and Co-Founder of Commonwealth, has 25 years of experience in the non-profit and private sectors, helping working people to build savings. A nationally recognized non profit, Commonwealth focuses on building financial security and opportunity for all. The organization conducts primary consumer research and partners with major private sector players to apply these insights to effect systemic change, with support from the world’s leading foundations (e.g. BlackRock, MetLife), and financial service institutions.
In 2019, Commonwealth was one of the select industry expert groups chosen to lead the first phase of BlackRock’s $50M Emergency Savings Initiative (ESI). This philanthropic commitment will fuel innovation with employers, enabling millions living on low- to moderate-incomes to establish a stronger financial safety net.
Tim has directed signature Commonwealth efforts including the Refunds to Assets project, linking federal tax refunds to savings, and Online IDA, a scalable infrastructure for matched savings programs built on industry-leading 401(k) recordkeeping technology. These and other efforts have thrice impacted the federal tax code and spawned new financial products and public policies responsible for helping 750 thousand Americans to save more than $3B.
Previously, Tim worked as an independent consultant, author and grant writer in the field of financial empowerment and asset development. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions in corporate human resources and risk management. Tim holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
President & CEO
Founder & Managing Partner
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Starwood VC; Co-Founder & Chair
Athena Technology Acquisition Corp.
Meredith Fuchs is the General Counsel for Plaid. She leads the Legal, Risk, and Policy team in all efforts relating to Plaid. Prior to Plaid, Ms. Fuchs served as Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel, Regulatory Advisory at Capital One. In this capacity, Ms. Fuchs leads the company’s enterprise regulatory legal function that ensures all Capital One lines of business and staff functions know the law that applies to their activities.
Ms. Fuchs is the Executive Champion for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the General Counsel. In 2017, she led Capital One’s efforts to respond and report to regulators in connection with the company’s assessment of sales practices risks. Ms. Fuchs joined Capital One from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she was General Counsel and Acting Deputy Director after serving as Chief of Staff to CFPB Director Richard Cordray.
Prior to the CFPB, she held roles as Chief Investigative Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, as Vice President and General Counsel at The National Security Archive at GWU, and as a partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding.
She has served as an officer on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, and is the recipient of the American Library Association’s James Madison Award, and was named to the National Law Journal’s list of 75 Outstanding Women Lawyers.
Ms. Fuchs served as a law clerk for Judge Patricia M. Wald on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Paul L. Friedman on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Founder & CEO
Regional Operations Director
Discover Financial Services
Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury & Partner
Propel Venture Partners
Host "The Disruptor Studio" podcast; Chief Innovation Officer
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Chairman & Co-Founder, Kabbage; Founder & CEO, Roadie
Co-Founder & Chairman
SVP, Digital Identity
Adam Gunther is Senior Vice President, Digital Identity at Equifax. In this role, Adam leads Equifax’s global product offerings for digital identity and consent management. Prior to this, Adam spent 16 years at IBM in various product and engineering leadership roles. Adam previously was the product executive responsible for IBM’s worldwide portfolio of Trusted Identity offerings built on blockchain technology and led product management and portfolio strategy for IBM Cloud Platform (Bluemix) and the IBM WebSphere portfolio in the cloud. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The Pennsylvania State University
Radio and television presenter, producer, journalist & tastemaker
Event Co-Chair, Fintech South 2021; VP Sales, Financial Institutions
Founder & CEO
Global Head of Financial Services & Payments
Scott Harkey is the Chief Strategy Officer and Global Head of Payments at Levvel, a consulting firm based in Charlotte, NC. In this role, Scott guides the overall strategy for the firm in addition to leading the team that works with a number of banks, digital wallets, merchants, acquirers and startups on their digital payment strategy, payments architecture, custom application development, and vendor integration efforts.
Prior to joining Levvel, Scott was a Technology Executive at Bank of America managing the bank’s Digital Wallet technology. In this role, he was responsible for accelerating the bank’s progress to becoming a leader in digital payments through the launch of multiple strategic payment products. He also managed technical partnerships with Softcard, Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, The Clearing House, and other key players in this space. This experience, combined with an additional 10 years of technology merger integration and IT operations outsourcing at Wells Fargo, gives Scott a true insider’s point of view. It also demonstrates a proven track record of delivering to banks, technology providers, and merchants operating in the digital payments space.
Scott holds a number of payment related patents, was voted one of the top “40 Under 40” by both the ETA and the Charlotte Business Journal, is a frequent speaker on digital wallets and payments, and plays an active role in fostering a Fintech culture in the Charlotte community. He holds an MIS degree from UNC Charlotte and an MBA from NC State University, and lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, daughter, and twin boys.
Bain Capital Ventures
Partner, Americas FinTech and FSO Private Markets Leader
Founder, Griffin Technologies; Founder
Co-Founder & CEO
President, Financial Institutions, North America
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Elizabeth Erckmann Hoemeke
SVP IT Strategy & Global Business Services
Chief Marketing Officer
EVP Digital & Associations
Fintech South 2021 Co-Host; Advisor, Hypepotamus; Editor in Chief
CEO & Founder
Sanjib is the Founder & CEO of Guppy, a company creating and operating a De-Fi ledger for credit data that enables account providers and consumers to control and monetize their data. He is also a partner at Reason Inc., a marketing and innovation strategy consultancy. He is also Editor in Chief at Money20/20, an event business he helped grow from startup to successful exit. A fintech leader for over two decades, he has worked for large organizations like Citi, Intel and Google as well for multiple startups with multiple exits. He is an Advisory Board Member of MPOWER Financing, Impact Analytics, SXSW Accelerator, and an Independent Director of the Board of HotApp Blockchain, a publicly traded company. Sanjib has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management as well as Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
President & CEO
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Author "Beyond Good"; Co-Founder
Co-Founder & CEO
Author "Beyond Good"; Co-Founder
Senior Investment Officer for Africa
Accion Venture Lab
Ashley Lewis is a Senior Investment Officer focused on the Africa region with Accion Venture Lab, Accion’s seed-stage impact investment initiative in fintech for the underserved. Ashley has fifteen years of experience across financial services, investments, and social ventures, and has dedicated her time to investing in and scaling social ventures across sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Venture Lab, Ashley worked as an investment consultant and early-stage venture accelerator manager with LGT Venture Philanthropy in Thailand and Uganda. Ashley also brings experience from her time in the institutional asset management arms of Goldman Sachs and Vanguard. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a MBA from HEC Paris. She is a fellow with the Finance Innovation Lab of London.
Managing Director & Global Head of Technology
Donie Lochan is Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of Technology, overseeing strategy and execution for Invesco Technology. He was previously the global head of information technology strategy, innovation and planning.
With the support of the global Invesco Technology team, Mr. Lochan, a Visionary technologist and innovator, is guiding Invesco into a new digital and data-driven era, with a focus on delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life. Collaborating with senior technology leaders and business partners, to develop and oversees implementation of the strategic technology roadmap to support and propel Invesco’s investment capabilities and drive revenue and profit growth. Passionately champion the value of a strong, unified organization, embracing emerging and disruptive technologies like AI, robotics and automation, blockchain, and IoT redefining the rules of the financial and asset management industries. Spearheaded, the creation of innovation Labs working with Fintech companies, Venture firms, and Universities, and has been helped build Invesco’s new Digital advice platform with the acquisition of Jemstep, a B2B2C and b2C Robo Advisor.
Mr. Lochan has a background in organizational transformation, with a focus on wealth and investment management in domestic and international settings. Prior to joining Invesco in June 2015, Mr. Lochan served as head of corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions for LPL Financial. Before that he was a partner with Bain and Company, a global strategy consulting firm.
Mr. Lochan earned a BSc degree with first class honors in mathematics, statistics and computing.
Identity & Data Expert; Co-Founder
Head Series Producer & Co-Host
SVP Omni Payments
Global Chief Product Officer
Senior Executive Officer
Monetary Authority of Singapore
COO & CFO
Key Account Executive, Google Cloud
Raja Al Mazrouei
EVP Fintech Hive
President & CEO
Barry became the ninth CEO in the company’s 106-year history on November 26, 2018. He is transforming the company from a legacy check printer into a modern, Trusted Business Technology™ company. Deluxe is a Fortune 1000 company, and its software and treasury solutions process over $2.8 trillion in payments annually, nearly 15% of the US economy.
In his first year, Barry delivered record revenue and 30% stock appreciation. He built a new leadership team, drove culture change by making every employee a shareholder, reinvigorated core values, and re-segmented the company into 4 new operating units. He led the integration of 50+ previous acquisitions and built a sales engine delivering the company’s first successive quarters of sales-driven growth in more than a decade (excluding COVID impacts). He also established the company’s first-ever Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and made substantial human and financial capital commitments to fight racism. He navigated the company through the COVID crisis while expanding margins and lowering net debt to the lowest level in 2+ years.
Prior to joining Deluxe, he spent 14 years at First Data (formerly NYSE: FDC, now part of Fiserv, NASDAQ: FISV), running most businesses globally. He was the only senior executive to survive and thrive from the historic KKR-led LBO to its IPO nearly a decade later, serving 7 CEOs.
Barry has a track record delivering innovative tech-enabled solutions. He led the historic First Data–Apple collaboration supporting ApplePay, and with Google on Google Wallet and Android Pay. He created the best-selling First Data-branded credit card terminals generating over $2 billion in revenue. At Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), he repositioned and grew their payments business leading to its acquisition by PayPal. He co-founded, built and sold MagnaCash, a Silicon Valley micro-payments company that worked like iTunes checkout today. Earlier he ran the Wells Fargo ATM/Debit business delivering the world’s first web-enabled ATM network and personalized UI/UX. Barry was also non-executive Chairman of eSurg.com, a venture-backed online medical supply start-up acquired by market leader Henry Schein (NASDAQ: HSIC).
He began his career and spent 12 years at Procter & Gamble in roles of increasing responsibility in sales, product, and brand marketing where he launched of dozens of new products.
Barry serves on the Boards of the Minneapolis Business Partnership, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Carter Center and Woodruff Arts Center. He was the inaugural Chair of FinTechAtlanta, and Chair of Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). He served on the Boards of Bank of American Merchant Services (NY), PNC Merchant Services (Pittsburg), Standard Chartered Merchant Services (Singapore), American Transaction Processors Coalition (Atlanta), Payments 20 (London/Atlanta), Junior Achievement of Georgia and Catholic Charities of Atlanta where he founded the Youth Leadership Fellows program.
Chief Innovation Officer
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Founder & CEO
ADVANCE Awards Co-Chair, Fintech South 2021; President
William Mills Agency
Scott Mills is President of William Mills Agency. He is responsible for guiding the account teams, monitoring tactical activities as they relate to the strategic plan, day-to-day management of the agency and customer service. Since joining the agency in 1989, he has worked in both creative services and client relations.
Scott is also the editor of Bankers As Buyers, an annual guide to technologies and spending trends in the financial services industry.
Prior to joining the agency, Scott worked in the entertainment industry for WEKS-FM, WEA (record distribution) and WKLS-FM. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University. Currently, Scott is on the board of directors of Association for Financial Technology (AFT) and TAG Fintech. Scott is accredited in Public Relations through the Public Relations Society of America.
Better Tomorrow Ventures
Sheel is co-founder of Better Tomorrow, a seed stage VC firm investing in Fintech companies globally. His own startup experience includes 2 successful FinTech exits – a payments company and a high-stakes auction company, and he is GP of the 500 Fintech fund. He formerly worked as a financial services consultant at BCG and started his FinTech career at the non-profit p2p lender Kiva.
Chair, TAG Diversity & Inclusion Society; VP Senior Supplier Diversity Manager
Adam Moore is the Senior Supplier Diversity Manager for the newly merged Truist bank, helping to promote the inclusion of small and diverse business in the supplier mix at the Bank. He is considerably active in the supplier diversity space, and is considered a thought leader as it relates to technology and the financial vertical. Adam is often sought as a speaker and moderator and also writes for blogs on the topic of supplier diversity. Along with his deep industry knowledge, Adam holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Brenau University and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from North Georgia College.
Andrew B. Morris
Executive Director, Fintech South 2021; Founder & CEO
The Fintech Agenda
Kristina Aranas Morris
World Stage Chair, Fintech South 2021; Project Manager
Kristina Morris is the Project Manager for FinTech Atlanta and is responsible for driving and supporting the organization’s mission to develop Atlanta as the recognized global center for Financial Technology.
Kristina has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector and has designed, built, launched and transitioned new and existing programs throughout her career. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Emory University and her Master of Business Administration from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia.
Podcast Producer and Co-Host
Founder & CEO, Xtreme Solutions; Co-Founder & CEO
Athena Technology Acquisition Corp.
My Money My Future
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Partner & Technology Practice Leader
SVP, Chief Strategy, Transformation & Business Development Officer
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Editor in Chief
Founder, TechSquare Ventures; Managing General Partner
Tech Square Ventures
Thad Peterson is a senior analyst with Aite Group, focusing on the evolution of the payment space, the customer payment experience, and merchant acquiring.
Recognized as a global thought leader in payments, Thad has a proven track record of identifying and developing new opportunities and technologies in payments and financial services. He has relevant expertise in applying customer behavior to the payments ecosystem in both corporate and startup environments. Thad’s consulting background includes engagements on credit and debit cards, mobile payments, airline payment platforms, consumer and merchant loyalty, payment technology evolution, stored value, and product innovation. He holds patents in customer authentication and real-time mobile-enabled loyalty.
Prior to joining Aite Group, Thad led the mobile commerce practice at inCode Consulting and was managing director of Maritz Real-Time Rewards, leading the company’s mission to build a new industry standard at the nexus of transactional marketing and consumer engagement. While at Maritz, he also served as a division vice president, sector strategy, heading up strategy and solutions development for Maritz’s financial sector. Before joining Maritz, Thad was a partner with global financial services and payments firm Edgar, Dunn & Company, where he led the retail banking, loyalty, and emerging technology practice areas, working with retail banks, card issuers and processors, airline consortiums, new payment technology providers, payment associations, and prepaid card issuers. Thad has also worked as a C-level executive at retail banks and held positions in advertising and customer communications.
Thad served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for four years and holds a degree in Special Education from the University of Idaho.
VP Financial Services, Google Cloud
Co-Chair, Fintech Atlanta; SVP Product Strategy
Maria Luisa Pineda
ADVANCE Awards Co-Chair, Fintech South 2021; Director of Business Development USA
Charles E. Potts
Innovation Challenge Co-Chair, Fintech South 2021; SVP & Chief Innovation Officer
Charles Potts is senior vice president and chief innovation officer for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA).
In this role Potts will drive ICBA’s innovation, change management and financial technology strategies, working with ICBA leadership to develop impactful, value-added solutions that help community banks seize new market opportunities to meet customers’ evolving financial services’ needs.
Charles’ extensive financial services experience began in banking and financial service firms more than 35 years ago. Those experiences provided the background Potts needed to start, co-found or lead various fintech start-ups including digital banking, mobile engagement, financial management and payments providers.
Several had successful exits including IPO’s, strategic investments, or acquisition via strategic acquirers. A few also lead to his then creating and operating new international business units.
Most recently he worked at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) incubator at Georgia Tech, leading the fintech practice where he mentored and coached startup founders.
Before that he helped start First Performance Global and served as executive managing director where he led global business and corporate development activities for the start-up card-control and fraud alert SaaS provider.
Potts also previously served as the turn-around CEO for NetClarity, a start-up in the University of Florida’s Business Incubation Hub.
Charles attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, holds a BBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta where he also did his graduate studies and attended the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CEO
The Mom Project
Co-Founder & CEO
After growing up with a single mother who worked nonstop to make ends meet, seeing his father work to generate multiple incomes to fund his life in retirement and seeing the massive/growing income challenges in the U.S., Adam is happy to be working with a passionate team on building Steady.
Steady is currently helping its 2 million Members to supplement their incomes, receive ongoing digital advice on how to reach their income potential and improve their overall financial health, guiding over $500 million of incremental and attributable earnings for its Members in 2019.
Adam is emerging as a leading advocate and thought leader for part-time, contract, hourly and gig workers.
Adam previously spent a number of very challenging years building and investing in businesses in China, including 6 years working to help stimulate economic and jobs growth in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities of China with a focus on investing heavily in renewable energy to lower China’s out of control carbon footprint.
Adam started his career with a decade in investment banking, working in M&A and corporate finance transactions, primarily at Lehman Brothers and Barrington Associates (sold to Wells Fargo).
Adam has also served on numerous corporate and non-profit Boards, including the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles and Orange County.
Tyrone Ross Jr.
Founder "Learn to Money"; CEO
J. Scott Sanchez
Adjunct Faculty, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University; Adjunct Faculty, Goizueta Business School at Emory University; Product Innovation Officer,
Editor in Chief, Fintech South 2021; Managing Principal
Glen Sarvady is a 20+ year veteran of the payments and FinTech industries. His firm 154 Advisors provides actionable insights, data-driven analysis and strategy formulation to help FIs navigate the rapidly evolving payments landscape, with specific expertise in electronic payments, digital wallets, consumer/SMB behavior and customer segmentation. He is a frequent industry speaker and author, and a founding director of the Technology Association of Georgia’s FinTech Society.
Prior to founding 154 Advisors in 2015, Glen co-led McKinsey’s payments-focused Global Concepts unit for six years and held various senior operating and financial roles at CheckFree from 1996-2005, spanning most of the firm’s life as a public company managed He also managed Deluxe’s Financial Services check and payments programs for two years. Glen is a former Federal Reserve Bank examiner and part of the startup team that launched the University of Pennsylvania Student Federal Credit Union.
Glen has a BA in Economics/Mathematical Methods from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Wharton School. He posts on FinTech matters on Twitter @154Advisors, and co-hosts the weekly podcast “The BIGCast” featuring interviews with FinTech leaders.
Founder & CEO
SVP & GM Global Digital Commerce
Nandan Sheth serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Debit Solutions at Fiserv. Nandan is a seasoned financial technology executive with 18 years of experience in the industry. Mr. Sheth has started multiple financial technology companies that have successfully driven product innovation in the payments and digital commerce marketplace. Most recently Nandan served as President & Co-Founder of Acculynk, a debit and alternative payments solution provider.
Fiserv acquired Acculynk in April 2017. At Fiserv Nandan is responsible for Fiserv’s merchant facing smart routing, digital disbursements, international acceptance and P2P strategies. Nandan and his team help clients leverage the debit networks and alternative payment rails to reduce cost of acceptance while driving incremental revenue from emerging international markets.
Prior to starting Acculynk, Mr. Sheth co-founded Harbor Payments where he served as Chief Operating Officer. Harbor Payments was sold to American Express in December 2006. Mr. Sheth has worked for professional service firms and Fortune 1000 corporations across North America and Europe. Nandan also serves on the South East board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America where he is a National Trustee.
Nandan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Business Computing Systems from City University (London, UK) as well as an MBA from Cass Business School (London, UK).
Co-Chair TAG Blockchain, TEDx Speaker, CEO
Roop is the founder and principal at Intuit Factory, a Blockchain business strategy consulting & education firm. Roop delivered a TEDx talk in March 2019 on “Who owns your digital identity? Blockchain unlocking the identity revolution.” He then followed up with another TEDx talk in Feb 2020 on which was featured on TED.com, “How digital assets are changing the nature of value?” He designed and teaches executives Blockchain Strategy for Business Leaders program. As a public speaker, Roop helps audiences understand the potential, impacts, pitfalls and risks, guiding the evolution of business and society into a Blockchain, IoT and AI-driven world. His book, “Prophets in Chaos- Blockchain Strategy to Sow and Survive Disruption” is about to be released soon.
Delmonize “Del” Smith
Co-Founder & CEO
Innovation Challenge Co-Chair, Fintech South 2021; SVP Fintech Industry Banking
Atlantic Capital Bank
Atlantic Capital Bank serves emerging growth and middle market companies. As a Top 40 payments Bank by ACH volume, our expertise in financial technologies and payments allows us to offer clients the knowledge and horsepower of a large financial institution while providing the hands-on service of a community bank.
Chris leads Atlantic Capital’s fintech efforts and has over 16 years of finance, banking and startup experience with a strong skill set in technology, having worked with early, growth and public stage companies in a variety of verticals including: Software, Fintech, Healthcare and Social Media/Marketing.
Co-Founder & CEO
SVP Payments Industry Relations
Federal Reserve System
Technology Influencer, Host of Stu’s Reviews; Correspondent
Dr. Jane Thomason
Founder & CEO
Stackfolio, a Jack Henry company
Innovation Challenge Co-Chair, Fintech South 2021; Partner
Fintech Ventures Fund
Lucas has over 10 years of experience across investment banking, private equity, and venture capital, where he focused on companies operating in the financial services industry. Currently, Lucas is a Partner with Fintech Ventures Fund, a seed-stage financial and insurance technology-focused venture capital firm. Prior to joining Fintech Ventures, he was part of the investment team with an international private equity firm focusing on real assets and insurance opportunities. He began his career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Vanessa Indriolo Vreeland
Head of Truist Ventures
Keeper of Clear Vision
President & GM, Global Retail
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jillian Williams is a Principal at Cowboy Ventures, a seed stage fund focused on software oriented startups in the US. At Cowboy, Jillian works across the portfolio with special focus on fintech startups. Prior to joining Cowboy Ventures, Jillian was a Principal at Anthemis, an early-stage fintech focused venture firm, focused across North America and Europe. Jillian was key in growing the US portfolio fo Anthemis as well as leading the launch of the Female Innovators Lab, a venture studio partnership between Anthemis and Barclays that looks to support female founders in the fintech space at the earliest stage.
She also serves as the head of BLCK VC NYC, the NY arm of the BLCK VC, a non-profit with the goal of doubling the number of Black investors by 2024.
Prior to Anthemis, Jillian was at Barclays in New York in the investment banking division, where she focused on financial institutions and natural resources and received her BA from Yale University. Jillian is a mentor for The Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars, Startupbootcamp, and Village Capital. Jillian was also listed among Business Insider’s 30 And Under list of Rising Stars in New York Tech, named one of HBCUvc’s 31 Under 31 for the future of venture capital, named a 40 under 40 Rising Star by Venture Capital Journal, and Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40.
Larry K. Williams
President & CEO
Technology Association of Georgia
SVP & GM
Kount, an Equifax Company
Mary Wisniewski is a banking editor for Bankrate and also writes on a variety of fintech and banking subjects for the website. Mary hosts the Banktress segment on Bankrate’s Instagram Lives, where she interviews fintech movers and shakers.
Previously, she covered fintech for American Banker and edited op-eds for the publication’s BankThink section. She was also a blogger and editor at Bank Innovation and served as a fashion editor for National Jeweler, where she reported on fashion shows and jewelry news. Mary grew up in the Michigan suburbs and now lives in Los Angeles with a maltipoo, a record player, roller skates and an espresso machine. You can find her on Twitter @marymwisniewski and on Instagram @mmwisnie.
Head of Payments Partnerships
York Public Relations