AFT Vantage Point

Interactive Sessions Bring Out the Best of AFT

One of the essential characteristics of any Association for Financial Technology conference are the interactive sessions. These sessions are really where the term “coopetition” – cooperation among the competition for the betterment of the financial technology industry – shines at AFT. That tradition lived on at the 2019 AFT Spring Summit at Tucson, Ariz.

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Dynamic Panel Accelerates Innovation Discussion

Scott Mills, president of William Mills Agency, served as the moderator for a dynamic incubator, accelerators and fintech innovation panel discussion at the 2019 AFT Spring Summit in Tucson, Ariz.

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Business Instructor, Dr. John Daly, Offers Techniques to Influence Others, Sell Ideas

Dr. John Daly — the Liddell Professor of Communication in the Moody College of Communication, Regents Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Texas Commerce Bancshares Professor in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin— instructed the 2019 AFT Spring Summit gathering, in Tucson, Ariz., on influencing others and selling ideas.

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Legislative Experts Return to Provide Regulatory Update

Kimberly Ford, Vice President of Global Government and Public Affairs for First Data, and Kurt Helwig, president and CEO of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association (EFTA) returned to provide their tag-team legislative and regulatory overview at the 2019 AFT Spring Summit in Tucson, Ariz.

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Sam Maule Offers His Take on Technology Reality and Overhype

Sam Maule, Managing Partner North America for 11:FS, and a thought leader in financial services, project management, consulting and training, enlightened the audience about technology reality and overhype at the 2019 AFT Spring Summit in Tucson, Ariz.

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Professor Brian Uzzi Provides Lesson on Networking

Brian Uzzi − a globally recognized scientist, teacher, consultant and speaker on leadership, social networks, data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and a professor of leadership and organizational change at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University – provided a lesson on hidden connections and networking at the 2019 AFT Spring Summit in Tucson, Ariz.

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Q2’s Hank Seale Provides Insightful CEO Keynote

Hank Seale, Founder and Chairman of Q2, a secure, cloud-based digital banking solutions company headquartered in Austin, Texas, delivered an insightful CEO keynote at the 2019 AFT Spring Summit in Tucson, Arizona.

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Ex-Fighter Pilot Steers Keynote on Managing Partnerships

Carey Lohrenz, a former combat-mission-ready F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, steered attendees through a stirring keynote presentation, focused on “Managing Strategic Partnerships,” at the 2019 AFT Spring Summit in Tucson, Ariz.

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AFT Strong Start to the Summit, Rewarding Members with Candid Talk about Industry Issues

Many trade organizations talk about endorsing industry health and wellbeing, but fall short in the end. Not at the Association for Financial Technology’s annual summits, as they are infused with the AFT theme of co-opetition which permeates every session, creating an open environment for sharing thoughts and ideas. This compels attendees to drop their colors in order to deal candidly with critical business issues and concerns.

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Getting Interactive, an AFT Foundation

Providing opinions, suggestions and issues in an environment that includes competitors is uncommon in life, and even more so at industry trade conferences. But somehow at Association for Financial Technology meetings, such as the 2018 AFT Fall Summit at Hilton Head, S.C., the right atmosphere exists to allow participants to be comfortable enough to openly exchange comments and views.

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Marc West: The Challenge of Intelligent Automation

Marc West, EVP/CIO at Fiserv, described how the latest innovations in artificial intelligence are pushing boundaries of financial technology in his presentation at the 2018 AFT Fall Summit at Hilton Head, S.C.

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Ron Shevlin Weighs in on the Platformification of Fintech

Ron Shevlin, Director of Research at Cornerstone Advisors, assessed the future of retail banking and what it means to the financial technology industry at the 2018 AFT Fall Summit at Hilton Head, S.C.

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‘Catch Me If You Can’ Source Captures AFT Summit’s Attention with Fraud Accounts

Frank Abagnale Jr. − whose early life as a notorious con man, check forger, and impostor was the subject of the 2002 box-office hit film, “Catch Me If You Can” (as well as a book, Broadway musical and TV program) — chronicled his story and conversion into a fraud expert with the FBI at the Association for Financial Technology 2018 Fall Summit at Hilton Head, S.C.

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