FINANCIALS

The payments industry is undergoing a major transformation; join influential executives as they discuss the impact of security, competition, digital wallets and mobile.

FINANCIALS


SELECT DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • EMV industry upgrades / replacements
  • Trends at Tier 1 FI’s, regional banks and credit unions
  • Digital Wallets: PayPal vs Apple Pay vs Android Pay vs Samsung Pay
  • Outlook for merchant acquirers/processors/transfers trends
  • Data breaches, security and tokenization
  • POS/mPOS trends

“BWG Strategy is a power platform that helps me easily connect to a group of really smart peers. The ability to tap into their unique experiences and insider perspectives on the companies and critical issues facing my industry is an invaluable tool that helps me navigate my own business in today’s fast-changing world. BWG’s content goes deeper and is more insightful than what is available at 95% of the industry conferences.”

Peter Ohser, Chief Revenue Officer, Americas & Europe, MoneyGram International

FINANCIALS
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Russell Hamilton
Group Lead, Business Planning, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Visa Inc.
Russell Hamilton
Group Lead, Business Planning, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Visa Inc.

BIO

Russell has over a dozen years of experience in financial services, launching new card products and forging new partnerships for Visa and American Express before moving to the new enterprise-wide Innovation Group at Wells Fargo. He ran Visa’s small business credit cards division and helped lead Visa’s first launch of a card tied to a mobile money account, with Orange in Botswana. Previously Russell was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton. He has an MBA from Stanford University and an MS in Engineering from UC Berkeley.

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"I always learn something from the knowledgeable and articulate participants in BWG’s conference calls. The topics are very relevant to current industry trends.
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Jingming Li
Former President
Alipay - Former
Jingming Li
Former President
Alipay - Former

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"The reach of network"

Marcelo Licht
EVP Americas
TransferTo
Marcelo Licht
EVP Americas
TransferTo

BIO

Marcelo joined the TransferTo team as Executive Vice President and oversees the sales group and strategic account planning in the Americas region. Marcelo brings over a decade of experience in the telecom industry to TransferTo, which includes a 12-year tenure with IDT. Marcelo holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from ESMA in Spain. Marcelo resides in Hollywood, Florida with his wife and two children.

Alasdair Rambaud
Chief Revenue Officer
EverCompliant
Alasdair Rambaud
Chief Revenue Officer
EverCompliant

BIO

Alasdair has spent almost 20 years in the Payments industry in various roles ranging from General Management and Sales Leadership to Finance & Technologies. In these various roles, he has proven himself for his commitments to the customers and his ability to be a visionary. He has received numerous Leadership Awards throughout his career.

Alasdair was previously Senior Vice President for Merchant Services at CardinalCommerce, where he managed the global merchant business. In this role, Alasdair was instrumental in Cardinal’s expansion of their sales organization. Since his appointment, CardinalCommerce has been able to make significant progress in expanding Consumer Authentication in both the US and Internationally through increased market presence driven by a robust sales and marketing strategy.

Alasdair joined CardinalCommerce from Accertify, where he led the North American Sales Team. Prior to Accertify, Alasdair worked for American Express for 15 years in Sales, Finance and Strategy.
Mr. Rambaud holds a degree in Business Economics from the “Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardennes” in Reims France.

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"BWG is a great way for Senior leaders in the industry to discuss trends and learn about the various areas of their industry that they may not know. BWG is also a great network to expand business relationships beyond the normal day to day and be able to discuss issues in a protected environment.
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Darcus Shannon
Managing Director
Dash Consulting
Darcus Shannon
Managing Director
Dash Consulting

BIO

Darcus Shannon is the Managing Director for Dash Consulting, a consulting firm specialising in the FinTech space, globally. Darcus is an expert in payments, e-commerce, and more broadly technology as a business enabler. Darcus uses his almost 20 years experience to help companies; grow revenues, build/codify strategies, expand globally, and to embed change in their organization. Continued globalization, regulation and technology change combine to make a complex ecosystem, it can be easy to underestimate the work required to build and maintain a high quality payment processing environment - bringing simplicity to this is at the core of the work Darcus and Dash provide.

Bram Vreugdenhil
Partner
PaymentGenes
Bram Vreugdenhil
Partner
PaymentGenes

BIO

Bram Vreugdenhil is a Partner PaymentGenes, a global consulting and recruitment company specialising in the FinTech space, globally. PaymentGenes uses her global niche network and extensive industry knowledge to help companies; grow revenues, build/codify strategies, expand globally, and to embed change in their organization. Continued globalization, regulation and technology change combine to make a complex ecosystem, it can be easy to underestimate the work required to build and maintain a high quality payment processing environment - bringing simplicity to this is at the core of the work PaymentGenes provides.

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"BWG is a great platform to share expertise and have in depth conversations about relevant industry topics. A good way to identify potential partnerships or collaborations. "

David Alvarez
Co-Founder, CEO
ObiCoach
David Alvarez
Co-Founder, CEO
ObiCoach
Jeff Archer
CIO
Smart Financial Enterprises
Jeff Archer
CIO
Smart Financial Enterprises

BIO

Jeff has a varied technical background from hardware / software development, messaging/middleware, photo imaging/digitizing/uploading to point of sales systems. Previously he was the VP of Information Technology at Tijuana Flats Restaurants LLC, and prior to that he was the Sr. Manager of Business Technology - POS at Walt Disney World.

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"BWG is great for sharing industry knowledge on a wide array of industries. With the combined knowledge of the Advisory Board and guests they are able to share real world experiences which allows you to apply the knowledge to your organization."

Scott Blum
Vice President
Total Merchant Services
Scott Blum
Vice President
Total Merchant Services

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG provides access to industry experts that provide current, unbiased views on issues facing leading companies. In addition, BWG connects senior executives to develop business relationships. "

Denis Bouchard
Head of Payments
The Wendy's Company
Denis Bouchard
Head of Payments
The Wendy's Company

BIO

Denis Bouchard is the Head of Payments at The Wendy’s Company. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic management of Wendy’s consumer payment acceptance of debit and credit cards, management of the payment networks and processors, and the innovation of Wendy’s payment capabilities for both corporate and franchisees

Greg Cohen
Chief Operating Officer
Sage Payment Solutions
Greg Cohen
Chief Operating Officer
Sage Payment Solutions

BIO

Mr. Cohen was previously the President of iPayment, joining the organization in 2014. He led the organization's business channels, growth and technology initiatives as well as day to day operations. He has spent the majority of his career leading successful payments and technology organizations.

Prior to joining iPayment, Mr. Cohen served as Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer for Cayan; in the more recent past, he has served as General Manager and Senior Vice President for VeriFone’s Commerce Solutions group and President for the U.S. and Emerging Solutions at Moneris. Previously, he held senior positions with Global Payments, TSYS and BankServ. Early in his career, Greg founded and developed techTouch Cash, a national independent sales organization.

Mr. Cohen is the President Elect of the Electronic Transaction Association, a member of the Discover Acquirer’s Council and is a former member of MasterCard’s Acquirer Forum, NACHA’s Electronic Check Council and Young Presidents’ Organization. He earned a Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Marketing from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Economics from Emory University.

Daryl Cornell
CEO
Triton Systems
Daryl Cornell
CEO
Triton Systems
Jeff Foster
CEO, Founder, Co-Founder
Cardplatforms; and Payventures
Jeff Foster
CEO, Founder, Co-Founder
Cardplatforms; and Payventures

BIO

Jeff began his career by co-founding Paymentplus, Inc., a payment gateway software company targeting large card-not-present retailers, which later sold to Retail Decisions, one of the largest fraud prevention companies in the world. After the acquisition, Jeff became an executive vice president at Retail Decisions responsible for sales, marketing and public relations for all of North America.

Wanting to get back to his entrepreneurial roots, Jeff left Retail Decisions and founded
Payventures, which specializes in acquiring, credit card processing, alternative payment
processing and foreign exchange solutions for merchants worldwide, and processes over $3.5 billion annually across 39 countries.

As Payventures flourished, Jeff co-founded two other successful companies in the financial services space; Cardplatforms, where Jeff serves as CEO, issues pre-paid reloadable debit cards in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean and Payteller, which brings cost-effective financial services to the unbanked and underbanked population of the world.

As an innovator and evangelist in financial services, Jeff is a sought-after expert and speaker on topics including payments, fraud and entrepreneurship. He has been quoted in numerous publications including; The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Business Journal and has appeared on Bloomberg Television and ABC News. Jeff also speaks at countless financial services tradeshows globally, where he advocates and educates on everything from strategy and trends to best practices.

TESTIMONIAL

"The caliber of people involved with BWG is remarkable. It really is a who’s who of the financial services industry. The thought-provoking dialogue we consistently engage in makes me smarter and the quality of relationships I am building are invaluable."

Fred Gore
Principal
Payment Insight, Inc.
Fred Gore
Principal
Payment Insight, Inc.

BIO

Mr. Gore is an accomplished executive in all facets of electronic payments including processing, brand & portfolio management as well as product strategy development.

His background in payments is quite extensive and includes executive positions with a number of leading companies encompassing roles across a broad variety of disciplines. Previously Mr. Gore was an executive at ACI Worldwide where he was accountable for the overall profitability of the EBPP business and at First Data he was the Division Manager directly responsible for the P&L and full product life-cycle for eCommerce globally.

He was also with The Kessler Financial Institutions Group and a partner at Dove Consulting (Hitachi Consulting) creating solutions that addressed the various needs of payment companies as they relate to economics, product /channel strategies and partnership development.

For 15 years Mr. Gore was Group Head & SVP, North America Acceptance, at MasterCard Worldwide where he directed the strategy for MasterCard's involvement with every aspect of acceptance including; establishing and managing the executive level relationships with top volume merchants and category leaders, developing acceptance strategies for each merchant category, working with large issuing organizations to facilitate reward and loyalty campaigns and provided consultative services to all of MasterCard's Global Regions in support of the development of their local acceptance strategies. Additionally he was responsible for the co-branding practice for the company worldwide which included new sales and partnership management.

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"The clients that leverage BWG’s intellectual capital play an integral role in the evolution of electronics payments for merchants and consumers and being part of the BWG team provides an opportunity to play an active role in this transformation"

Fred Gumbel
Executive Advisor
Private Consulting
Fred Gumbel
Executive Advisor
Private Consulting

BIO

A thirty year veteran of the Payment System Industry performing successfully in several C-Level Roles over the past couple of decades in Network, Brand, Technology and Processing companies.

Mr. Gumbel is best known for his guidance and leadership in many early stage businesses at Citicorp, First Bank System (Now US Bank), EDS and VISA.
He has held the Top Executive Management Position in a Top 10 Domestic Card Issuer Business, a Top 5 Domestic Bankcard Acquirer Business, 2 of the 3 Largest Acquiring Processor Businesses, Largest Domestic Bank Card Branded Commercial Card Businesses and Largest Mobile POS Manufacturer in the World.

Mr. Gumbel’s knowledge covers all aspects of Business Development and Processing for Private Label Credit Cards, General Purpose (VISA, MasterCard, Diner’s Club) Credit and Debit Cards, Debit and Credit Card Acquiring and Issuing. Mr. Gumbel’s Knowledge has also been shared as he has acted as an advisor to some of the most successful Banks, Credit Card Processors, Airlines, ISO’s and POS Equipment Manufacturers in the World. His knowledge of the Legal and Regulatory Communities include Chapter 11/Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as both a member of the Creditors Committee and advisor of the Petitioner and work as the senior card industry member of a Receiver’s Team in the Card Acquiring Industry.

TESTIMONIAL

"A platform to exchange ideas, knowledge, methods and history for the benefit of those participating."

Don Hartley
Director of Product Management
BankMobile Technologies
Don Hartley
Director of Product Management
BankMobile Technologies

BIO

Don Hartley is a payment industry veteran with over sixteen years of experience in innovative product development. In that time he has brought thirty-two different payment products to market. Don graduated from the University of Georgia and began his career at Go Software, a payment software company subsequently purchased by VeriFone. Don left Go Software to start his own ISO and a payment software company. After selling both companies, Don held executive level positions at Cynergy Data, Merchant Focus, PayPal, MCX, MoneyGram, AnywhereCommerce, JPMorgan Chase and Verizon Labs. Don’s areas of expertise include product management, strategy, application development, program management, P&L, marketing, sales, system architecture, product design, and personnel management. Don is married and the father of five overly energetic children.

TESTIMONIAL

"I have found that BWG is an valuable tool to take the pulse of the payments marketplace. The insights and connections I have gained from participation in the discussions have helped me better understand and anticipate future industry movements."

Adrian Hausser
CEO
PayX Group
Adrian Hausser
CEO
PayX Group

BIO

Adrian co-founded PayX in 1996 and is responsible for leading the company. An international executive leader with over 30 years Payments Industry experience working for numerous top tier organisations including National Australia Group, Danske Bank, ACI Worldwide and VeriFone. With a unique specialism for merging major organisational, business and technology change programmes into focused results.

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"BWG sessions efficiently connect global common interested parties real time to candid subject matter discussions not easily achievable elsewhere.
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Evan Hunter
C2Invest
Discount Tire
Evan Hunter
C2Invest
Discount Tire
Christopher Justice
President, Global Gaming Solutions
Global Payments, Inc.
Christopher Justice
President, Global Gaming Solutions
Global Payments, Inc.

BIO

Christopher Justice is a dynamic executive leader with over 20 years of experience delivering results for high growth payments companies. Chris’ track record demonstrates his ability to hire and develop sales champions to drive revenue performance, cultivate operational excellence to satisfy customer expectations and control costs. He’s a dedicated customer advocate continually evaluating market, product, process, positioning, and delivery to provide a world-class customer experience.

His broad-based experience and collaborative approach has proven effective in driving results. As CEO of CenPOS, Chris was responsible for leading the company’s strategy and execution in the delivery of its merchant-centric, enterprise payments platform. Prior to CenPOS, Chris was President of Ingenico, the global leader in payment devices with revenues exceeding $1.4 billion, Chris was responsible for driving the development of Ingenico’s strategy with leading financial institutions and multi-national retailers while pioneering new service offerings to transition the company from a hardware manufacturer to a well-rounded payment solutions company. Prior to Ingenico, Chris was President and CEO of Merchant Link, an electronic payments gateway and services organization serving 120,000 merchants and processing over 2 billion payment transactions annually. As Senior Vice President of First Data, Chris led a $650 million portfolio of National Accounts including Wal-mart, Dillards, Family Dollar, McDonalds, BP, Safeway, and others for various banking relationships including CitiBank and SunTrust, delivering electronic payment services to national and medium sized businesses. Before joining First Data, he servedas VP of National Accounts for Concord EFS, one of the country’s top electronic payments processors and a First Data Acquisition.

Chris is an active member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce chairing the organization’s payment processing committee, is a founding member of the PCI committee of the Retail Solution Provider’s Association (RSPA), and advisory board member for AnywhereCommerce.com. Chris is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter.

TESTIMONIAL

"I gain tremendous perspective listening to the view points of other executives that have helped me make better business decisions."

Rina Kacker
Senior Director of Finance
ViewRay, Inc.
Rina Kacker
Senior Director of Finance
ViewRay, Inc.
Ben Kessler
CEO
Crypto KABN
Ben Kessler
CEO
Crypto KABN

BIO

Mr. Ben Kessler is Managing Director, Payment Solutions for the Banc of California. He leads Banc of California’s payments-related activities, including debit, prepaid, merchant processing and credit. Mr. Kessler brings over 20 years of financial service experience to Banc of California.

Mr. Kessler joins Banc of California from Earthport, where he served as Vice President, Global Account Management. Previously, he was Vice President and Global Relationship Manager at MasterCard. Mr. Kessler also held senior roles at CIBC and American Express.

Mr. Kessler is an avid runner and enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University, and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Jon Klaff
Senior Director, Head of Digital Marketing
PayPal
Jon Klaff
Senior Director, Head of Digital Marketing
PayPal
Ira Krell
Founder / Chief Consultant
Tightlines Payment Resources, LLC
Ira Krell
Founder / Chief Consultant
Tightlines Payment Resources, LLC
Daniel Lizio - Katzen
CEO
Galactic Fog
Daniel Lizio - Katzen
CEO
Galactic Fog

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a great forum to gain insights from senior industry insiders who are willing to share there opinions more openly than otherwise might happen in a more public conversation."

Jeff Mankoff
CEO-Founder
vPromos
Jeff Mankoff
CEO-Founder
vPromos

BIO

Jeff is the founder of vPromos, a marketing/payment company. vPromos makes loyalty and promotions a seamless experience, by allowing customers to use their existing credit/debit card already in their wallet, for tracking and redeeming rewards - in real time - at the POS. He is a thought leader in the burgeoning marketing/payment space, with patents specifically covering card linking.

TESTIMONIAL

" BWG puts together experienced and knowledgeable payment sector panels, that are in effect the pulse of the sector, and tell me what these companies issues are today. BWG facilitates introductions to these panel members as well. BWG brings Linkedin to life. "

Sean O'Toole
Co-Founder + CEO
TruthBox
Sean O'Toole
Co-Founder + CEO
TruthBox

BIO

Executive with over 20 years experience in financial services with companies like Amex, Western Union and Progressive. Entrepreneur in emerging payments and advisor to early stage companies.

TESTIMONIAL

"To get candid, knowledge, though-provoking, executive-level insights, nothing beats a BWG forum. With only executive level participants, there is a unique collegiate feel to the calls/meetings where the participants get into the depth of the topic and talk about what they really think. I walk away with a greater understanding of the issues and new relationships."

Peter Ohser
CRO, Americas & Europe
MoneyGram International
Peter Ohser
CRO, Americas & Europe
MoneyGram International

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is a power platform that helps me easily connect to a group of really smart peers. The ability to tap into their unique experiences and insider perspectives on the companies and critical issues facing my industry is an invaluable tool that helps me navigate my own business in today’s fast-changing world. BWG’s content goes deeper and is more insightful than what is available at 95% of the industry conferences."

Ali Razi
CEO
Banc Certified Merchant Services
Ali Razi
CEO
Banc Certified Merchant Services

BIO

Ali Razi is the Founder and CEO of Banc Certified Merchant Services (“BCMS”), based in Columbus, Ohio.BCMS is committed to providing innovative products and services that allow its clients to compete and win in the marketplace, and offers them both in-house solutions and the fruits of partnerships with leaders in their fields.

BCMS has been nominated and selected for numerous industry awards since its creation.
Mr. Razi is deeply involved with the daily management of the BCMS sales team and has a firm grasp on the business and the competitive forces—including developing and potentially disruptive technologies—that are shaping the merchant processing industry.

In addition Mr. Razi serves on the following boards:
Elavon’s advisory Board- Emeritus Chairman
CardX - Chairman of the Board
Flexxbuy – Chairman of the Board

Finally, Mr. Razi believes that his passion for helping other business-owners more fully realize their visions for their companies is the very passion that motivates him every day at BCMS

TESTIMONIAL

"Sharing my knowledge and learning from top executives in the business world"

Hans Reisgies
Founder & CTO
Sequent Software
Hans Reisgies
Founder & CTO
Sequent Software

BIO

Hans Reisgies is a Founder and SVP of Customer Solutions at Sequent. Hans is a widely known evangelist and established thought leader for mobile payments. He is a trusted advisor to banks, merchants, carriers, and other players in the mobile commerce value chain. Hans is a mentor for emerging FinTech companies at Alchemist Accelerator. Previous to Sequent, Hans led mobile business development at ViVOtech from 2005-2010 and has been active in the NFC Forum and Global Platform standards bodies. An electrical engineer by training, Hans was previously the business development and sales manager for IXI Mobile and Texas Instruments. Hans’ specialization in mobile payments has yielded sixteen patents filed and granted. Follow him @NFCGuy

Dean Richards
Founder and President
Argus Solutions, LLC
Dean Richards
Founder and President
Argus Solutions, LLC

BIO

Dean has spent 25 years in the Payments and Financial Services industry in multiple roles ranging from CFO and Country / Business Unit General Management to Global Strategy and Transformation, Global Business Services and Risk Management. He has worked and/or lived in over 25 countries on 5 continents and led teams and served clients in 34 countries. In these various roles, he has benefited from working with exceptional leaders and has achieved success through his emphasis on placing the customer first, innovation of products, services and processes, financial and process excellence and a profound dedication to and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Dean is currently President of Argus Solutions LLC, the consulting firm he founded in 2012. Argus Solutions provides advice, consultation and executes plans for global, large and mid sized companies and global consulting firms across strategic and financial planning, change management, business transformation and rapid expense reduction, shared servicing and global business services, marketing optimization, banking compliance, risk management and new product development.

Prior to Argus Solutions, Dean held multiple senior positions at American Express, including Senior Vice President of Global Business Services, Head of Global Business Transformation and Reengineering, CFO of Global Commercial Payments, CFO of Global Technologies and President of Amex - Brazil. He holds a degree in Business Finance from the University of Illinois, speaks multiple languages, has 3 children and currently resides in New Jersey.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is an excellent vehicle for bringing together industry executives and experts to share knowledge and keen insights and to stay ahead of the curve and the competition. I appreciate the perspectives I gain through BWG, as well as the relationships and network that I have been able to foster through my engagement in the network. BWG has a win/win business model which ensures that I am dealing with, sharing with and learning from top industry leaders and experts.
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Jimmy Rodriguez
COO
3dcart
Jimmy Rodriguez
COO
3dcart

BIO

Jimmy Rodriguez is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of 3dcart, a leading global ecommerce platform for over eighteen years. As an ecommerce expert, digital marketing professional and specialist in online payment solutions, Jimmy has helped pioneer and shape evolving ecommerce trends. Today, Jimmy continues to develop ecommerce strategies oriented toward implementing new technologies, optimizing conversions and improving customer experiences, allowing internet retailers to grow and improve their internet businesses' performance.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG Strategy is an invaluable networking platform for discussing and developing industry-trends, key issues and best practices. Their insightful network, comprised of innovative industry experts and thought leaders, has presented me with a rare opportunity to develop relationships and explore topics pertinent to the present and future of the payment industry."

Rob Rosenblatt
Head of Lending
Kabbage, Inc
Rob Rosenblatt
Head of Lending
Kabbage, Inc

BIO


TESTIMONIAL

"BWG's Advisory Board and the events at which I have met Advisors are incredibly valuable. These are some of the most influential executives in the payment innovation world, and it's great to meet them on monthly calls as well as via 1:1's that always follow. Our perspectives don't always align -- but it's safe to say that each of us gets as much as he/she gives!"

Ryan Schneider
VP, Product Strategy and Innovation
Integrity Payment Systems
Ryan Schneider
VP, Product Strategy and Innovation
Integrity Payment Systems

BIO

Ryan joined Integrity Payment Systems in 2014 and currently serves as Integrity’s VP of Product Strategy and Innovation. In this role, he leads both strategic partner development and new technology design initiatives that advance Integrity’s portfolio of merchant services. Prior to joining Integrity, Ryan managed aerospace technology development at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Ryan earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

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"BWG connects the thought leaders across my industry. The insights I take away from our round table discussions give me the clearest indication of where I need to position my company for the future."

Colin Sims
CFO
Forter
Colin Sims
CFO
Forter

BIO

Colin joined Delivery.com in 2009, ​and assumed the role of​ Chief Operating Officer in 2011, managing finance, strategy, and operations for the company. After nearly a decade on Wall Street, Colin decided to pursue a more entrepreneurial path, initially acting as an advisor EATS.com, and subsequently assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer for the company. Prior to EATS, Colin was a Director in the Alternative Investments division of Credit Suisse, a founding member of the Structured Investments group at Bank of America, and an investment banker to public & private utilities at Lehman Brothers. Before pursuing his career in finance, Colin ​conducted theoretical research at​ NASA’s​ Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Colin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

TESTIMONIAL

"​What I like about BWG's events is that they really do feel like collaborative sharing amongst peers; always fresh, and always topical.​"

Beth Horowitz Steel
President and Founder; Partner
innoburst, llc; Glenbrook Partners
Beth Horowitz Steel
President and Founder; Partner
innoburst, llc; Glenbrook Partners

BIO

As a former SVP Global Marketing Solutions for Discover Financial Services and SVP Advanced Payments at MasterCard International, Beth is an innovator, a change agent and a “B2B2C” marketer. Over her career, Beth has led the introduction of new technologies around the world, developed new commerce platforms and helped reshape brands and marketing programs across the payments ecosystem.

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"BWG is a unique network of industry experts and thought leaders. I have met smart, creative people and am always impressed with the caliber of the conversations that take place."

Jim Tomaney
Chief Operating Officer
RenovITe Technologies Inc
Jim Tomaney
Chief Operating Officer
RenovITe Technologies Inc

BIO

Jim Tomaney has 30 years of experience building, delivering, marketing and selling enterprise payments solutions and associated services for the transaction processing industry across the world. He has worked in a variety of senior roles delivering solutions for organisations including Barclays, ING, CIBC, Bank Of America, ABN AMRO & Vocalink.

Following a career with ACI Worldwide, Wincor Nixdorf, Level Four Software and Barclays Bank, Jim is now a consultant with clients including technology providers, banks, sourcing companies and transaction processors

Ron Totaro
CEO
Innovation Growth Partners
Ron Totaro
CEO
Innovation Growth Partners
Jon Tribble
Director of IS Store Systems
Shopko
Jon Tribble
Director of IS Store Systems
Shopko

BIO

Jon has been in the Retail industry for 35 years in a variety of positions from sales floor to single and multi-store management before jumping into the IT area in 1994. Since that point, Jon has managed numerous system selection, design, and implementations ranging from POS, Merchandising, Planning, Allocation, Reporting, Analytic, Credit, CRM, and HRM systems in small and large companies. With a degree in Finance and Accounting, Jon has frequently been one of the key people called upon to bridge the gaps between operations and IT sides of the business with a focus of meeting core needs and keeping budgets in line.

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG has been a great sounding board for relevant topics with peers in various industries. The value is that the calls have a variety of participants who look at a particular topics from different points of view which really allows me to gain insights that I might not get otherwise."

Kirsten Trusko
President
IRC Advisory
Kirsten Trusko
President
IRC Advisory

BIO

Kirsten leads management consultancy IRC Advisory, and serves as industry liaison to law enforcement, legislative/regulatory groups in money laundering, fraud, cyber security, and human trafficking. She serves in several board/advisory roles in government (Fed, law enforcement) and industry – including the Fed, NCFTA, BENS, IAOIP, etc. She was recently the President (now Emeritus) of the NBPCA.

TESTIMONIAL

"I turn to BWG when I want to hear from the real source, the real experts, on a topic. BWG delivers speakers with frank opinions, and an insider view – across an incredibly rich range of topics.
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Francesca Vanderwall
Gift Card Manager
Ulta Beauty
Francesca Vanderwall
Gift Card Manager
Ulta Beauty

TESTIMONIAL

"BWG is the best source to find experts in the field answering the hard questions we face everyday. The roundtable conversations give insight that is timely, relevant, and actionable. "

Charles Vojtas
VP, Enterprise Systems
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Charles Vojtas
VP, Enterprise Systems
Academy Sports + Outdoors

TESTIMONIAL

"Getting real world insight to "on the ground" technology challenges and opportunities is an incredible resource. There are many moments of sharing without fear, many moments of clarity that come with hearing the stories of other businesses either succeeding or failing. BWG is this resource for me."

BWG connects the thought leaders across my industry. The insights I take away from our round table discussions give me the clearest indication of where I need to position my company for the future.

Ryan Schneider, VP, Product Strategy and Innovation, Integrity Payment Systems