Navigating Payments 2020 General Session Keynote Speakers

Lee WetheringtonLee Wetherington is Director of Strategic Insight for Jack Henry & Associates® Lee directs the development of actionable insight and strategy for the financial services industry at large. To this end, he creates programs, presentations, and articles designed to orient and educate financial executives on the trends and implications of new technologies. He routinely delivers keynotes and forecasts nationwide focusing upon opportunities and challenges in fintech, payments and digital banking, and he is widely renowned for his unique style of comedic delivery.  Lee has delivered keynotes for state, national, and international trade groups, including the American Bankers Association (ABA), Credit Union National Association  (CUNA), Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), Credit Union Executive Society (CUES), Bank Administration Institute  (BAI), National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), World Council of Credit Unions  (WOCCU), American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He has also served as Technology Faculty Chair for several graduate schools of banking and management, and has delivered guest lectures on leadership and technology at universities across the country. He was named “Strategic Alliance Executive of the Year” at the 2013 Golden Bridge Awards, which recognizes the world’s top executives across every major industry globally. Lee’s articles and commentary have been published widely across a variety of major trade publications covering the financial services space. Lee received bachelor degrees in Economics and English from Duke University in 1990, and, in 1993, he completed graduate studies at Emory University before joining a payments startup born out of the backroom of a community financial institution in South Georgia.
Nell DrakeNell Campbell-Drake is a vice president in the Retail Payments Office (RPO) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  She has responsibility for the RPO’s strategic business relations, both domestic and international, vendor relations, payments innovation, product marketing and external/customer communications.  She serves as the RPO’s primary liaison for external business relations and outreach, working collaboratively with other Federal Reserve product offices and industry partners.  She represents the RPO and Federal Reserve Banks on a number of payments industry groups. Ms. Campbell-Drake joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 1991.   She has represented the Bank on both district and System-level assignments throughout her career. Before joining the Bank, she worked at Merrill Lynch Brokerage Firm in a number of capacities.
Jon WaldmanJon Waldman is a co-founder, Executive Vice President, IS Consulting, and President,  SBS Institute for SBS CyberSecurity, a premier cybersecurity consulting and audit firm dedicated to making a positive impact on the banking and financial services industry. He maintains his CISA and CRISC certifications and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and his Master of Science in Information Assurance with an emphasis in Banking and Finance Security from Dakota State University. Over the last ten years Jon has helped hundreds of financial institutions across the country create and implement comprehensive, valuable, and manageable Information Security Programs. He also conducts webinars and certification programs for the SBS Institute.
Theien Connie High Res Headshot 2020 UmachaConnie Theien, Senior Vice President and Director, Payments Industry Relations , Federal Reserve System
Connie Theien serves as the senior vice president and director of payments industry relations and leads efforts to engage payments stakeholders in advancing strategies for improving the U.S. payment system and in collaborating to encourage implementation and adoption of faster payments in the United States. Theien leads stakeholder engagement by supporting various industry and Federal Reserve work groups and initiatives. She also leads the engagement strategy for the Fed Payments Improvement Community, a group that includes thousands of stakeholders from across the payments ecosystem, to improve the end-to-end speed, efficiency and security of payments in the country. As part of the Federal Reserve’s payments improvement leadership team, she established and managed the Faster and Secure Payments Task Forces, a coalition of 500+ stakeholders that worked from 2015-2018 to lay important groundwork for advancing payments speed and security. In her tenure at the Federal Reserve, Theien established national marketing in 2004 and industry relations in 2013. Prior to coming to the Fed, she led marketing and public relations efforts for nonprofit, retail and academic organizations. Theien holds a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Larimer JaneJane Larimer, President and CEO, Nacha President and CEO Jane Larimer sets the vision and strategy for the organization to continually advance the ubiquitous ACH Network so that it remains one of the largest, safest and most reliable payment systems in the world. Ms. Larimer also works to advance Nacha’s role in creating and furthering broadly adopted payment and financial messaging rules and standards to enable interoperability and reduce friction for providers and users. Ms. Larimer brings three decades of experience in financial services and payments, with more than two decades of service in various roles at Nacha, including Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President, ACH Network Administration and General Counsel. Prior to joining Nacha, Ms. Larimer practiced law with the Lending, Banking and Public Finance Group of Bryan Cave LLP, formerly Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, and worked at NationsBank, now known as Bank of America.
2020 Deb Matthews Phillips UmachaDeborah Phillips is senior vice president of payments and technology policy for the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA). She  also serves as senior vice president, industry relations for ICBA Bancard, ICBA’s payments card subsidiary. In her dual roles she advocates payments and bank technology policy issues before financial regulatory agencies, private-sector organizations and Congress on behalf of the nation’s community banks.  Phillips has nearly 20 years of payments-related experience. She most recently served as managing director of payment strategy at Jack Henry & Associates, where she leveraged her expertise in market intelligence, product development, and payment strategy. Prior to her 12-year career at Jack Henry, Phillips served as vice president of marketing for a large payment processor, where she managed corporate communications. She also worked as director of marketing and member services at one of the largest regional payments’ associations.  Phillips is a well-known and respected payments veteran. She is vice chairman of the board for the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC), and chairman of the FPC Operations Committee. She was a member of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force and was elected to serve on the Task Force’s Governance Framework Formation Team. Phillips has also been active on various industry councils, including serving as chair of the Nacha Internet Council, and as a member of the Nacha Innovation Alliance Advisory Committee since its inception.  Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Northwestern University and is an accredited ACH professional.
Peter TaplingPeter Tapling is a life-long innovator who has been at the forefront of many different technology shifts and has been part of the founding teams of 4 different companies. Peter was founding CEO of Authentify, the company that introduced Out of Band Authentication to financial services. Peter is currently Managing Director of PTap Advisory, LLC, a services firm helping organizations understand technology in terms that can help support their business strategy. PTap Advisory is focused on payments, risk, authentication/identity and emerging technologies such as blockchain. Recently, Peter was Head of Industry Relations for Spring Labs, building a blockchain based protocol to enable information sharing in financial services. Peter was Chief Revenue Officer for Early Warning Services and was central to the market launch of Zelle. Peter is a member of the Board of Regents of The Payments Institute and until recently served on the steering committee for the Federal Reserve Secure Payments Task Force.