SME Challenges in a Pandemic

12 Nov 2021
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SME Challenges in a Pandemic

SME Challenges in a Pandemic

12 Nov 2021
About the speakers
  • Scott Stewart
    Scott Stewart
    CEO at Innovative Lending Platform Association
    Over 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.
  • Kimberley Kirk
    Kimberley Kirk
    Executive Vice President and COO at Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co
    Kimberly 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.

Key takeaways

The "new normal" is still evolving and unclear. Businesses are concerned about these unknowns.

A decade of technological adoption was compressed into a single year by the Pandemic.

The ability to access capital at the touch of a button from anywhere transformed SME's perceptions around FinTech.