Sunday Workshops

Add Workshops to enhance your educational value! Payments 2020 kicks off with a two-hour general session workshop designed to prepare attendees to immerse themselves in the high-level content to follow. All registrants also are able to select a subsequent two-hour workshop session of their choice to delve deeper into topics of interest to them. These sessions take place Sunday, April 19, 2020.

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1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Propelling your Faster Payments IQ

Room: Maryland C

Smarter. Faster. When describing payments these catchy descriptors are everywhere, but what do they really mean relative to our industry? Trying to understand all of the faster payments products in the market and how each of those mechanisms can leverage technology to be considered "smart" can be daunting. Payments 2020 begins with this essential introduction into many of the topics being discussed during the conference. From APIs to Zelle, you will learn the A to Z of smarter, faster payments to use as a base of knowledge for the entirety of your Payments 2020 experience.

Questions to be answered during this session: 

  1. What are the primary faster payments mechanisms?
  2. How do the faster payments mechanisms use technology and how does the technology integrate?


Lanny Byers
VP, Emerging Payment Solutions, Fiserv

Stephen Mott
Principal, BetterBuyDesign

Richard R. Oliver
Independent Consultant

George H. Warfel, Jr.
General Manager, Fintech & Payments Strategy, Haddon Hill Group, Inc.

3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Essentials of the ACH Network

Room: Chesapeake 4-5

This workshop introduces attendees to the ACH Network and ACH payments. Speakers will review the functionality of the Network and how it supports payments and information, key attributes, and funds flow for debit and credit entries. Attendees will learn how Standard Entry Class (SEC) Codes are used for Direct Deposit and Direct Payment via ACH, consumer and corporate payments, and nonpayment entries. Participant roles and responsibilities are explored, as well as concepts and nuances in the Nacha Operating Rules that relate to payment origination and receipt, risk management, compliance, enforcement and exception processing. Speakers offer insights into best practices, paying special attention to responsibilities surrounding ACH participation.

Questions to be answered during this session: 

  1. What are the obligations for all ACH Network participants? 
  2. How can any ACH Network participant, regardless of role, ensure an organization is in compliance with the Rules and what are the consequences for noncompliance?

Michele Barlow, AAP, NCP
Vice President, WACHA - The Premier Payments Resource

Jennifer Kirk, AAP
Vice President, Education, EPCOR

Sandy Ortins, AAP, APRP, NCP
Senior Vice President, Operations, NEACH

Making Sense of the Crypto Chaos

Room: Chesapeake EF

New entrants to the payments world, both traditional FI-based solutions and emerging platforms such as Crypto Currency, are seemingly introduced each day. One of the newest players is a company familiar to most but as Facebook forges a path into payments their plan is facing concern and criticism surrounding Libra currency and its implications. The session will begin with a broader discussion of recent developments in the crypto space as it relates to payments including Ripple, Moneygram and others. The discussion will focus on what Libra is, Facebook’s motivation to join the payments space and how, if it moves forward, Libra might impact the payments industry and what could be the impact to the business models of Ripple, PayPal, and others.

Questions to be answered during this session: 

  1. What is blockchain and why is it so important for the payments industry?
  2. What business benefits does blockchain provide to a business system?


Peter Tapling, APRP
Managing Director, PTap Advisory, LLC

The Faster Payments Evolution

Room: Maryland 2-3

Same Day ACH, the RTP Network, Zelle and other faster payments options continue to expand, and many may feel like they are on information overload. Making decisions on where to go with faster payments can be baffling, whether you are a financial institution or corporate practitioner. This workshop lays out the fundamentals of faster payments and the role Nacha and the Center for Payments play in the faster payments education space. Payments experts and industry stakeholders will lead workshop attendees on a journey of how we got here, what we are doing now that we are here, and what they see for the future.

Questions to be answered during session: 

  1. What are some of the newer faster payments options and how do transaction flows and risk and compliance considerations differ among platforms?
  2. What is the value of devising a comprehensive faster payments strategy to meet client needs and streamline organizational processes?


Joseph Casali, AAP, NCP
Senior Vice President, NEACH

John M. Curtis, AAP, APRP, NCP
SVP, Education & Training, WesPay

Understanding Cross-Channel Payments Risk & Fraud

Room: Maryland 5-6

Managing risk across business lines is crucial to your organization's success. Industry experts cover complex concepts and examine nuances of building a successful risk management strategy and understanding how compliance and requirements are balanced with discretionary risk management decisions. However, work does not end once one can recognize and mitigate risks. Using that knowledge to alleviate fraud threats becomes essential. Attendees come away with knowledge on managing overall risk associated with electronic payment processing, the tools available to help develop risk policy across various lines of business, and how to apply a risk policy to address fraud.

Questions to be answered during this session: 

  1. How can you balance your risk tolerance with current regulatory pressures and defend your approach to auditors and examiners?
  2. How does risk fit into daily operations and decisions made at your institution regardless of its size?

Andrew M. Barlow, AAP, NCP
Executive Vice President, WACHA - The Premier Payments Resource

Devon Marsh
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo

Understanding Payments Standards: X9 to ISO & Beyond

Room: Chesapeake GH

Standardization extends far beyond the payment origination and receipt. Standards have a direct impact on usage at POS, connected cities, API standards and Internet of Things (IoT). From the initiation of the payment and the beginning of the procurement of goods or services to the final receipt of payment, developing universal payment standards is critical so that information is not lost in translation. However, with different countries and different payment platforms speaking different standard languages this is often difficult to achieve. This workshop explores the industry’s efforts to come together to develop and implement a standard that reaches across all borders.

Questions to be answered during this session: 

  1. What are the usage and basic functionalities of standards?
  2. Is there ever going to be a time when all payments “speak” the same language?


Steve Stevens
Executive Director of ASC X9, Accredited Standards Committee X9

Stephen Wojciechowicz, AAP,CTP
Treasury Services, Product Management, Direct Clearing, USD Clearing, BNY Mellon