Six Fintech trends banks are closely watching
Six Fintech trends banks are closely watching
- Tina GiorgioPresident and CEO at ICBA BancardChrystina (Tina) M. Giorgio is president and CEO of ICBA Bancard, a digital solution partner exclusively for the nation’s community banks. She joined the company in 2016 and focuses on developing strategies to leverage digital solutions that allow community banks to remain competitive. A former community banker with 25 years of experience, her expertise includes payment systems, digital banking, risk and fraud, vendor management, marketing, and client service. In addition, Giorgio has served on several boards and committees with the Federal Reserve, NACHA, various Fintech companies, and other industry organizations. Tina holds an MBA in Business Management from UMass Amherst and a BS from the University of Maryland University College and completed graduate work at ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the BAI program in Operations and Technology Management for Banking and Financial Services at Vanderbilt University. She has been an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) since 1993.
- Scott StewartCEO at Innovative Lending Platform AssociationOver the past 20 years, Scott envisioned, designed, built, and operated a variety of organizations to successfully achieve public policy objectives. As the CEO of the Innovative Lending Platform Association, Scott guides the development and expansion of the organization representing online small business lenders. ILPA advances best practices and standards that support responsible innovation and access to capital for small businesses. Under Scott’s leadership, ILPA successfully developed small business financing disclosure legislation in New York and guided it through passage in the legislature. The Governor signed it into law in 2020. Previously, as the Senior Director of FinTech Initiatives for the Financial Services Roundtable, Scott developed and implemented collaborative programs between technology companies and financial institutions to find common ground on technical issues and public policy. He also designed and executed the first FinTech Ideas Festival that featured the world’s leaders at the confluence of finance, innovation and technology and was livestreamed by CNBC. The event included 110 CEOs from the financial services and technology industries and top trended on Twitter.
- Trevor MarshallChief Technology Officer at CurrentTrevor Marshall is Chief Technology Officer at Current, a leading U.S. financial technology company serving Americans working to create a better future for themselves. A graduate of Columbia University with degrees in math and computer science, Trevor worked on automating trading strategies at Morgan Stanley and built applications on distributed ledger technology before creating the foundation for Current. In 2015, he began building the Current Core, Current’s proprietary banking technology, which provides stability, faster money and cost savings that are passed onto customers, and allows Current to provide experiences that cannot exist on traditional banking infrastructures.
- Kimberley KirkExecutive Vice President and COO at Queensborough National Bank & Trust CoKimberly Kirk is Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer for Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company, a $1.8 billion financial institution based in Louisville, GA. In her role, Kim is responsible for Information Technology, Information Security, Project Management, Business Intelligence, Core Solutions, Deposit, Cash Management, and EFT Operations, Retail Operations, and Product Management. She began her banking career as a bank examiner for the State of South Carolina regulating state-chartered banks and trust companies before transitioning into community banking in 2002. Kim worked with four de novo banks prior to joining Queensborough in various finance and operations capacities. Kim earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Furman University, her MBA from Clemson University, and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Kim is a member of the ABA Core Platforms Committee, the ABA Community Bankers Council, Immediate Past Chair of the Georgia Bankers Association Operations and Technology Committee, and a member of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia’s Innovation Committee where she is engaged with the Advanced Technology Development Center and Georgia Fintech Academy.
- Jeremy BalkinHead of Fintech and Innovation at J.P.MorganJeremy K. Balkin is regarded as an international thought leader on ethics in banking, innovation and the strategic engagement of Millennials in financial services. He is author of Millennialization of Everything: How to Win When Millennials Rule the World, and is the award-winning author of Investing with Impact: Why Finance is a Force for Good. In 2016, the book received the Gold Medal in Business Ethics in the Axiom Business Book Awards, and also won the Business category in the International Books Awards. The books have received praise from luminaries including Arianna Huffington, Frances Hesselbein, Lynn Schusterman, Professor Emil Pitkin and Pope Francis. Jeremy K. Balkin serves as the Head of Innovation in North America for a major international bank and he is also an adviser to the leading global accelerator program StartUpBootCamp FinTech in New York City. He also previously worked for the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister.
- Maria GotschPresident and CEO at Partnership Fund for NYCMaria Gotsch is President and CEO of the Partnership Fund for NYC, the investment arm of the Partnership for NYC. The Fund, which has invested over $170 million, has built a network of top experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support the city’s most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and non-for profit sectors. Maria has also spearheaded the creation and operation of a number of the Fund’s strategic initiatives, including: FinTech Innovation Lab; New York Digital Health Accelerator; Transit Tech Lab; NY Fashion Tech Lab; NYCSeed (seed financing for IT/digital media companies); BioAccelerate Prize NYC; Arts Entrepreneurial Loan Fund (low cost loans for mid-size arts groups); and ReStart Central and Financial Recovery Fund (funding for small businesses impacted by 9/11). Before joining the Fund, Maria was a Managing Director at BT Wolfensohn, providing strategic and financial advice related to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and the development of business strategies. Before starting with Wolfensohn, Maria worked at LaSalle Partners and for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. She was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study international relations at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. Maria is a member of the boards of Sonepar SAS and Sonepar USA Holdings and serves on the audit committee of Sonepar SAS. She also serves on the advisory boards of ProPublica (investigative journalism non-profit), Schools That Can, Columbia University’s Lang Fund, Hospital for Special Surgery Innovation Advisory Council and the Cornell-Tech Runway Visiting Committee.
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