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Sunday Workshops

Start a step ahead: Covering a wide variety of payments industry topics, these two-hour workshops employ interactive training techniques that provide attendees with meaningful value and practical tools such as checklists and resource papers. These sessions take place Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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1:00-3:00 p.m.


3:30-5:30 p.m.

ACH 101

Fundamental | Room 17A

As an introduction to the ACH Network, this pre-conference workshop provides a fundamental overview of ACH, including the legal framework and the roles and responsibilities of Network participants. Speakers explain ACH applications designated by Standard Entry Class (SEC) codes, noting distinctions between consumer and corporate, single and recurring, credit versus debit payments, and the form of authorization required. The speakers also provide an overview of the structure of and how to navigate the NACHA Operating Rules.

Debbie Barr, AAP, CTP
Senior Director, ACH Network Rules Process, NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association

Shelly Simpson, AAP
Director, Certifications & Continuing Education, EPCOR


ACH 201

Intermediate | Room 17A

This workshop builds on principles addressed in the ACH 101 workshop. Speakers cover complex concepts and examine nuances of the NACHA Operating Rules as they apply to payment origination and receipt, risk management, rules compliance and enforcement, and exception processing. They also explore operational, legal, and business aspects, and share insights into best practices. Speakers focus on warranties, liabilities, and responsibilities surrounding ACH participation, while drawing distinctions between commercial and consumer considerations, ODFI and RDFI perspectives, and types of third parties.

Sandy Ortins, AAP
Senior Director, Education, NEACH

Patricia Presta, AAP
VP, Education, WesPay

Risk 101: A Risk Management Roadmap

Fundamental | Room 16A

Participants in this workshop are provided a roadmap for establishing and maintaining a risk management program that can be easily understood and implemented by all participants in the payments chain. Content is designed for financial institutions, originating companies, third parties and periphery users of the ACH Network.

Jeanette Fox, AAP
Senior Director, Risk Investigations & Research, NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association

Karen Sylvester, AAP, NCP, CRCM
Director, Risk & Regulatory Compliance, EPCOR


Risk 201: Building a Comprehensive Strategy

Intermediate | Room 16A

This workshop builds on principles addressed in the Risk 101: A Risk Management Roadmap workshop. Speakers cover complex concepts and examine nuances of building a successful ACH risk management strategy and understanding how multiple parties (ACH Operator, ODFI, and Originator) come together to play a critical role in managing data integrity and the overall risk associated with electronic payment processing. Content is designed for financial institutions, originating companies, third parties and periphery users of the ACH Network.

Andrew Barlow, AAP, NCP
EVP, WACHA - The Premier Payments Resource

Devon Marsh
SVP, Treasury Management & Internet Services Risk & Compliance, Wells Fargo

Faster Payments Primer

Intermediate | Room 12AB

Payments are moving faster every day. But the terminology seems to some to be interchangeable. As industry leaders pursue complementary paths to move payments faster, it is crucial to stay up to speed on each of the proposals. NACHA is moving forward with ubiquitous Same Day ACH Credit capability, which implemented in September 2016. In September 2017 Same Day ACH Debits will begin flowing through the ACH Network. The Clearing House is developing and making preparations to deploy a real-time payments service. The Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force, which is engaging the industry as part of its Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System, continues its efforts with a final deliverable expected soon. Participants in this workshop learn how these complementary visions fit together to offer value for end users and financial institutions in a variety of ways and opportunities for the future. The information gained from this workshop provides a foundation for the remainder of the conference.

Jane E. Larimer
EVP, ACH Network Administration & General Counsel, NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association

George Throckmorton
Managing Director Network Development, NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association


Same Day ACH: Are you Ready for Phase II?

Intermediate | Room 12AB

What have we learned from phase one of Same Day ACH? What is the volume and where were the hiccups in processing Same Day ACH? What do we need to do now to prepare for Same Day ACH Debits in September? Learn from the experts what you can do to manage the risk associated with Same Day ACH, the nuances of dealing with debits come September, and how we can be better prepared from the lessons learned from same-day credits.

Amy Morris
Senior Director, ACH Network Rules, NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association

Kevin Olsen, AAP, NCP, MCSE
Senior Vice President, Payments Education, ePayResources

Wendy Radford, AAP
Product Development Liaison, Retail Payments Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Alex Romeo
VP, EPN Product Manager, The Clearing House

A Layered Approach to Payment Security

Intermediate | Room 14

With the explosive growth in online transactions, for comprehensive payment security solutions has never been more pressing. Recent developments in risk management underscore the importance of security solutions - starting at the first point of contact through final completion of the transaction This workshop provides a comprehensive look at securitizing payments using end-to-end encryption, tokenization and authentication, and weighs the pros and cons of these preeminent solutions. The presenter distinguishes between those solutions that protect the card transaction vs. the end user’s identity, and addresses the developments in the market that are shaping industry standards in these areas.

Maria T. Arminio
President & CEO, Avenue B Consulting, Inc.


Cybercrime is Evolving...Are You?

Fundamental | Room 14

Join this session to learn about the history and trends of Cybercrime and the recommended proactive steps your organization can take to help mitigate cyber threats.  Presenters share results of industry research and review tools and resources that are available to organizations interested in ensuring their cybersecurity program is effective as possible. Learn more about cyber attacks--who, why and how; and how to help position your defenses against attack.

Anne Witherspoon, AAP, CTP
Senior Vice President, Texas Capital Bank

Tim Quisenberry, AAP
Executive Vice President, Member & Industry Relations, ePayResources

International Payments Part One

Fundamental | Room 15

As organizations become more global, it is increasingly important to understand the implications of international payments for your institutions.  In International Payments Part One, attendees are introduced to some key concepts and practices, including international trade, foreign exchange, payments and collections, as well as a deeper dive into the growing area of international ACH.  After attending this workshop, attendees have a strong foundation in international payments, both consumer and corporate.

Jane Hennessy
Head of External Alliances, G2 Web Services, LLC

Alan Koenigsberg
Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


International Payments Part Two

Intermediate| Room 15

International Payments Part Two continues where Part One left off and delves into more advanced topics including contactless/mobile payments (where the US lags), regional updates and trends from Europe, APAC and LatAm, EMV learnings from other geographies, blockchain, and regulatory issues including sanctions and compliance.  Through the progression of these sessions including current examples, attendees gain significant insight into the complex and exciting world of international payments.

Jane Hennessy
Head of External Alliances, G2 Web Services, LLC

Alan Koenigsberg
Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Understanding Blockchain

Fundamental | Room 18A

This workshop provides attendees with an introduction to blockchain, which is most often associated with virtual or cryptocurrencies and a dose of skepticism. Blockchain technology provides for a distributed or shared record or ledger of digital events that is verifiable, while keeping confidential details about the underlying transaction and the parties involved private. The distributed nature of bockchain challenges the notion of a central trusted authority that is inherent in online transactions today with attributes that some say democratizes the marketplace. As financial institutions and others seek to apply blockchain technology in new ways, the future will be quite interesting. Will it revolutionize the marketplace? Learn what blockchain is and what it is not, its attributes, uses and potential.

Justin Dombrowski
Sr Manager, Fintech Innovation & Blockchain Technology, AsiaPacPwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP)



Foundation of Card Payments

Fundamental | Room 18A
This workshop provides attendees a comprehensive introduction to card-based payments, encompassing credit, debit, pre-paid – cards of all flavors. A prolific access instrument and integral part of the payments ecosystem, cards enable a vast array of transactions for consumers, companies and governments, and are a key business line for the entities that issue them. Understand the different types of cards that are in play, how they are used and why, as well as the specific regulatory and risk considerations. Explore the various business perspectives, how the marketplace, technology and security/risk aspects are evolving, and what it means to your decision making.
Paul Tomasofsky
President, Two Sparrows Consulting, LLC