Spotlight Speaker Series

These sessions feature notable industry professionals speaking on top of mind payments topics.

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Faster Payments Players, Solutions & Their Role in the Future

Faster payments is now more than just a trending buzzword. It is the way of the future. Key players in the payments ecosystem have put their stakes in the ground with solutions to meet the growing demand for faster payments options. Nacha has introduced Same Day ACH. The Clearing House launched its Real-Time Payments (RTP) network. Visa operates Visa Direct and the Federal Reserve has announced plans for FedNow, a 24/7 real-time payment service. With all of these solutions either in play or soon-to-be available, what does this mean for faster payments adopters? Will these systems truly be interoperable? What does it do to competition? Hear from the key industry players leading the faster payments evolution as they discuss what's ahead.    

Questions to be answered during this session: 

  1. How can existing faster payments solutions work together? 
  2. How are faster payments solutions meeting demand today and how can they continue to meet evolving expectations?


Matthew R. Friend
Vice President, Head of Product Strategy & New Product Dev., Visa Inc.

Michael L. Herd
Senior Vice President, ACH Network Administration, Nacha

Steve Ledford
SVP, Product & Strategy, The Clearing House

Connie Theien
SVP, Director, Payments Industry Relations, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Moderated by: Kim Ford
Executive Director, U.S. Faster Payments Council

Making the [Use] Case for Faster Payments

As an increasing number of faster payments solutions are introduced into the U.S. market, and the volume of transactions processed through these solutions grows, the argument still remains: Do the use cases for faster payments present enough value to foster broad-scale adoption? This session dissects current use cases and explores what is driving demand for those use cases. Learn about and share your own perspectives on the solutions that support these use cases, adoption to date, impacts to the payment life cycle, and expectations for the future. Hear how developing and maintaining a faster payments strategy is key to use case identification and implementation and maintaining customer expectations.    

Questions to be answered during this session: 

  1. Where are consumers and businesses seeing the most value with faster payments? 
  2. What does faster payments adoption look like today and what are the projections for the future?


Lou Anne Alexander
Group President, Payments, Early Warning

Michael A. Bilski
Chief Executive Officer, North American Banking Company

Reed Luhtanen
Sr. Director Global Treasury, Walmart Stores Inc.

Moderated by: Kim Ford
Executive Director, U.S. Faster Payments Council