Conference Agenda

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Pre-Conference Workshops

NCP Evaluation of Pilot Items (EPI)  – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. - Located in Atrium 1

Pre-Conference Workshops – 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Fraud Detection and Prevention
Veranda Ballroom 1-4

Payments Primer
Veranda Ballroom 5-8

12:00–1:00 pm  Registration
1:00-2:30 pm You Think You’re Immune From Being Hacked? Not so Fast…Adam Cravedi, Compass IT Compliance

Information Security 101 – Revenge of the Nerds
Ryan Elmer, Boulay Group
 2:30-2:45 pm   Refreshment Break
2:45–3:45 pm

Why Should I File a SAR?
Does Anyone Ever Look at It?
Officer Dan Michener, St. Paul Police Dept.
Officer Kevin Sullivan, St. Paul Police Dept.

Blockchain 101
Guy Berg, Federal Reserve of Minneapolis

3:45–4:00 pm
Networking Break
4:00–5:00 pm To See the Future, We Must Review the Past: Financial Crimes Update
Chris Abbas, Minneapolis Police & Rachel Williams, US Postal Inspection Service
Faster Payments 101 for Community Financial Institutions
Peter Davey, TCH
5:00-7:00 pm Welcome Reception - Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank
Grand Ballroom/Exhibit Hall Foyer

Pre-Conference Speakers &
Session Descriptions

Fraud Detection & Prevention Lane
UMACHA and the Financial Retailers & Protection Association (FRPA) invite you to
jump on the expressway for an afternoon filled with the latest fraud topics.


Adam CravediAdam R Cravedi, CISA, CISSP, QSA
VP Information Security Practice, Executive IT Auditor
Adam Cravedi is an original member of Compass IT Compliance, LLC.  He brings over 26 years of experience in the Information Technology arena including Financial, Higher Education and Healthcare industries to the Compass team.  He holds a Master’s of Science in Management Operations and Information Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Mr. Cravedi has worked in the IT Services arena since 1989 and during his career has provided solutions in the Financial, Health Care, Higher Education, and Small Business sectors. As a Senior IT Auditor for Lighthouse Computer Services, he headed up the PCI ASV scanning and Internal/External Vulnerability and Penetration testing functions for the organization. He also contributed to PCI, IT and Information risk and security audits. His work includes the role of Information Security Officer where he developed an in-depth Information Security Program that included Information Security Awareness Training as a baseline for information security for the organization and their employees. He also has extensive experience in planning, directing and implementing large scale Information Technology projects including WAN/LAN infrastructure, Information Systems architecture, VMware, Storage, Security and Compliance. Additionally, Mr. Cravedi has been involved in the planning, coordinating and execution of several Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery projects. 

Mr. Cravedi holds several industry certifications including ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ISACA’s Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), GIAC Web Application Penetration Testing (GWAPT), GIAC Mobile Security (GMOB), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and GIAC Information Systems Professional (GISP).

Session Description Data Breaches are a common occurrence these days, no matter the industry. In this session, Adam Cravedi from Compass IT Compliance will discuss the “Anatomy of a Hack” and how bad actors are exposing the human element of Information Security to gain entry to an organization's network, the steps that hackers use to get sensitive information out of the organization, and some tips/strategies that you can implement to further protect the sensitive information that your organization possesses.


Why Should I File a SAR? Does Anyone Ever Look at It?

Dan Michener: Police Officer with St Paul Police and has been a police officer in Minnesota for 19 years. Criminal Justice degree from University of St Thomas and will be completing his MBA in October of 2017 from St Mary's University in Minneapolis. He is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) through the association of certified anti-money laundering specialists and has attended numerous trainings on money laundering, criminal forfeiture, fraud, gang investigations, narcotics and other felony level crimes. Dan Michener has worked as a patrol officer and gang investigator in the past.

Kevin SullivanKevin Sullivan, Officer, St. Paul Police Department, Officer Kevin Sullivan has been a police
officer for 13 years and currently works for the St Paul Police Department.  He has held positions in various teams that have focused on investigations into street crimes, narcotics, and prostitution,
along with a variety of other duties.

Officer Sullivan currently works in the Saint Paul Police Department’s Criminal Proceeds Unit where he is involved in the investigation of crimes involving money laundering along with developing financial intelligence. Their work focuses on hindering criminals’ ability to continue their criminal ways through the use of money they have previously gained from these acts.  Officer Sullivan is also assigned as a Task Force Officer to the United States Secret Service, conducting fraud-related investigations.

Officer Sullivan received his Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Crisis Management.  Due to the focus of his current position, Officer Sullivan became a Certified Anti-Laundering Specialist through ACAMS and is seeking qualification as a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Session Description: The answer to those questions is YES!  Hear from Officer Dan Michener of the St. Paul Police, Criminal Proceeds Unit on the importance of filing a SAR and how it is used to put criminals behind bars.  The SAR is used in solving crimes from organized drug rings, identity theft crimes, fraudulent business, terrorism, human trafficking and more.  SARs are an important tool to law enforcement and law enforcement needs your help by submitting the SAR and telling the full story.

To See the Future, We Must Review the Past: Financial Crimes Update

Chris Abbas is a Sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department; he is the Minneapolis Police Departments Financial Crimes Unit.  1999 to 2007 assigned as Commander to MN Financial Crimes Task Force.  Currently Handles complex financial crimes, organized crime.  He is highly proficient at various payment fraud schemes.  Consider one of the top investigators in the Country on Financial crimes.  He provides training to many law enforcement investigators and other Associations.  If he locks on to a target he doesn't miss.

Rachel WilliamsRachel Williams, US Postal Inspection Service Rachel Williams has been a
US Postal Inspector for 14 years conducting investigations involving identity theft, mortgage fraud, investment fraud schemes, ponzi schemes, lottery, advance fee scams, Internet/eBay/PayPal fraud, child exploitation, mail theft and other financial crimes. 

Currently assigned to the field office in Minnesota, she is working Mail Fraudand complex financial crimes investigations involving money laundering, embezzlement, conspiracy and false billing, etc.  She is known for her comprehensive investigations and works side by side with the US Attorney’s Office, Department of Commerce Fraud Bureau, IRS-Criminal Investigations Division as well as the FBI to combat high impact cases affecting consumers and businesses.  Rachel is also the Public Information Officer for Minnesota and North Dakota.

Session Description: Join Chris Abbas with the Minneapolis Police Department and Rachel Williams with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to discuss what financial crimes they have been working on and how reviewing the past can prepare us for the future.  They will discuss a very complex financial crime case, the Jamaican anti-fraud program, scams on the elderly and recent data breaches, such as Equifax.

Payments Primer Express Lane
This lane allows you to excel by providing introductory education sessions, as well as AAP & NCP Continuing Education Credit (CEC) opportunities.

Guy BergGuy Berg, VP Payment, Standards, and Outreach Group,
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Guy has twenty plus years’ experience working in the payments industry with a diverse background ranging from merchant acquiring and terminal hardware and software development to fraud mitigation solutions and mobile contactless consulting.  In 2016, Guy joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis after spending the last four years at MasterCard leading EMV migration and contactless payments consulting projects. Previous to that, Guy worked on EMV migrations globally in various capacities including as President of Collis America, an EMV and mobile consulting firm serving North and South America.   In his current position Guy manages the Payment, Standards and Outreach Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis with responsibilities for advocating payment efficiencies, payment security standards development and adoption, and payment fraud mitigation research and outreach.

Session Description: The potential of blockchain technology goes far beyond Bitcoin or cryptocurrency payments across Internet markets. Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology (DLT), is a unique configuration of technologies that could fuel a wave of automation in financial services by creating a shared, updateable and fully-auditable transaction record without a central administrator. This session will address the purported promise of blockchain technology. It will separate hype from fact, examine the core attributes of DLT to reveal the familiar technological building blocks and assess the environmental requirements for blockchain to create revolutionary impacts. Attendees of this session will understand the basics of blockchain technology, where it is applicable and what is required for it to be successful.

The presenter, Guy Berg, is the convener of the ISO Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Study Group of international industry experts who are assessing where standards can help support distributed ledger technology. He will also be involved with a new Accredited Standards Committee X9 project to create a technical report that will build a common vocabulary covering blockchain, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts; this effort will establish clarity by defining standardized terminology

Ryan ElmerRyan Elmer,  At Boulay PLLP, Ryan specializes in assisting financial institutions to identify security vulnerabilities, meet regulatory standards and mitigate risk to acceptable thresholds.  Ryan supplements a decade of experience in the IT with over six years in the financial institution vertical.  Ryan’s project experience ranges from FFIEC audits at banks with $75mm in assets, to performing risk assessments at credit unions with over $4b.  An energetic speaker and frantic writer, Ryan holds a Master of Science in Security Technologies from the University of Minnesota and was previously a faculty member of the ICBA Community Bank IT Institute.

Session Description: Information Security 101 – Revenge of the Nerds From phishing attacks to encryption, this session will cover information security fundamentals in a manner appropriate for tech gurus and newbies, alike.  In today’s world of constant cyber-threats, all computer users need to be educated and taught how to protect themselves and their data.  You won’t want to miss this highly anticipated blockbuster of the fall!

Peter DaveyPeter Davey, AAP - Vice President Payment Innovation for The Clearing House, Peter Davey leads payment innovation at The Clearing House where he is responsible for working with financial institutions and partners to foster new and innovative concepts that propel the payment industry forward. He has a deep understanding of the payments industry, including rules and regulations around all payments networks, payments systems and technologies, and how these systems work. Previous to The Clearing House, Peter was the Head of Payment Strategy Innovation & Industry at Capital One Financial Corporation. He provides thought leadership in many payment forums and speaking engagements across the industry and is a featured keynote speaker at many events. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a focus in Computer Science from Wheeling Jesuit University and is an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

Session Description Later this year The Clearing House will be launching a new payment rail for the US named Real-Time Payments.  This rail, the first new payment rail in the US to be implemented in over 40 years, has been developed from the ground up for the modern digital age and will be available to every Financial Institution in the United States.  Real-Time Payments is more than just a “faster” payment type, it is a smarter payment rail that will enable Financial Institutions to meet the growing demands of their customers and develop new and innovative products and services.

This session will help you understand the difference between the new Real-Time Payments rail and other “faster payments” initiatives, the attributes of Real-Time Payments and how this new functionality can be leveraged to develop new products and services for your customers, how your institution can get connected and what is needed to be operationally ready and an understanding of the legal framework for this new payment rail.


Day 1 - Wednesday, October 4

Treasury / Cash Management
Compliance / Risk / Fraud
Professional Development
Attendee's Choice
Dec. 12, 2017 - Mar. 2, 2018

2018 APRP Exam Prep Series

Your Office or Conference Room

December 12, 2017

APRP Orientation: So You Think You Want to be an APRP?

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

January 3, 2018

APRP Payment Systems (Part 1)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

January 10, 2018

APRP Payment Systems (Part 2)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

January 17, 2018

APRP - Risk Fundamentals

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

January 24, 2018

APRP - Risk Fundamentals (Part 2)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

January 31, 2018

APRP - Payments Risk Policy, Governance & Regulations

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

February 7, 2018

APRP - Payments Risk Management Systems & Controls Webinar

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

February 14, 2018

APRP - Physical & Information Security

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

March 2, 2018

APRP - In-Person Exam Review Workshop

9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Central)

Your Office OR Conference Room (Webinar)

Day 2 - Thursday, October 5

Treasury / Cash Management
Compliance / Risk / Fraud
Professional Development

None at this time.