Fintech & Cannabis Conference
*All times listed below are in PT
**Tentative schedule. Subject to change.
|Monday, September 19|
|9:00 AM – 9:05 AM||Welcome & Opening Remarks|
|9:05 AM – 10:15 AM||Learning Sessions|
Banking and Partnering with Fintechs
Coastal Community Bank
President & CEO
Fresno First Bank
The Good, The Bad and The Bankable
Hybrid Financial Group
|10:15 AM – 10:30 AM||Morning Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitors|
|10:30 AM – 11:30 AM||Learning Sessions|
The Fintech Landscape and Opportunities in Commercial Banking:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
KYC & CYA: How to Manage Risk & Compliance with Banking Cannabis
Robert Baron, CAMS
|11:30 AM – 12:30 PM||Lunch & Visit Virtual Exhibitors|
|12:30 PM – 1:30 PM||Learning Sessions|
Bank Security, 2022
Founder & CEO
The Intersection of FinTech and Cannabis Banking Compliance
President & CEO
|1:30 PM – 1:45 PM||Afternoon Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitors|
|1:45 PM – 2:45 PM||Learning Sessions|
How Investing in Technology Companies
Can Spur Your Bank’s Innovation
Cryptocurrency in Cannabis Banking – The Other Risky Business
SVP – Client Development & Crypto Advisory Team
Strategic Resource Management, LLC
|2:45 PM – 3:00 PM||Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitors|
|3:00 PM – 4:00 PM||Learning Sessions|
How We Built One of the Best Fintech Accelerators in the World
The Venture Center
Banking on It:
Critical Financial Infrastructure for the Cannabis Industry
Cofounder + President
|Tuesday, September 20|
|9:00 AM – 10:00 AM||Learning Sessions|
Fireside Chat with Brian Brooks
Berkeley Research Group (BRG)
Secured Lending & Restructuring in the Cannabis Industry
CEO and Founder
Founder & Managing Director
West Coast AML Services, LLV
Founder and Sole Owner
Folsom Forge Cannabis
|10:00 AM – 10:15 AM||Morning Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitors|
|10:15 AM – 11:15 AM||Learning Sessions|
Strategic Fintech Partnerships:
Finding the Right Fit
Rafael E. DeLeon
SVP of Industry Engagement
Insurance in Cannabis Banking
|11:15 AM – 12:15 PM||Lunch & Visit Virtual Exhibitors|
|12:15 PM – 1:15 PM||General Session
A Discussion on Strategy
|1:15 PM – 1:30 PM||Afternoon Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitors|
|1:30 PM – 2:30 PM||Learning Sessions|
Innovating Without Your Core’s Permission
and the Future of Real-Time Payment Connectivity
PortX (formerly ModusBox)
VP of Customer Engagement
PortX (formerly ModusBox)
How Financial Institutions Can Embrace Cannabis-Related Businesses
Wolf & Company, P.C.
|2:30 PM – 2:50 PM||Afternoon Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitors|
|2:50 PM – 3:50 PM||Closing General Session
Chief Sales Architect
|3:50 PM||Conference Adjourns|
Shawn Rhodes leveraged his former life as a war correspondent to become an international expert in how to pivot when change enters our plans. He’s a Tampa-based TEDx speaker and his work studying teams in more than two dozen countries – some the most dangerous places on the planet – has been published in news outlets including TIME, CNN, NBC, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and INC. His clients have included Deloitte, ConAgra, Coca-Cola and dozens of similar businesses. Shawn is also a nationally-syndicated columnist with the Business Journals and author of the books Pivot Point: Turn On A Dime Without Sacrificing Results, Universal Export: A Guide For Overachievers in Working Less And Enjoying More, and forthcoming book, Bulletproof Selling: Surviving And Thriving On The Battlefield Of Sales.
Brian Brooks is the CEO of the Bitfury Group. Most recently, Mr. Brooks served as Chief Executive Officer of digital asset exchange and marketplace Binance.US.
Previously, from May 2020 to January 2021, Mr. Brooks served as the Acting Comptroller of the Currency, where he was the administrator of the federal banking system and the chief executive of the 3,500-employee federal agency responsible for chartering and supervising banks comprising 70 percent of all banking activity in the United States. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a voting member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Often referred to in the media as “the first fintech Comptroller” and “CryptoComptroller” for his work advancing financial innovation, Mr. Brooks led the government’s efforts to provide regulatory clarity for stablecoins, digital asset custody, and the development of blockchain payment networks, and granted the first federal bank charter to a cryptocurrency company.
Walter J. Mix III is a former commissioner of the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), formerly known as the California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and previously served as a banking executive at Union Bank of California.
Mr. Mix, who heads the Financial Services practice at BRG, advises domestic banks, international banks, and financial services companies on corporate governance, enterprise risk management, strategic planning, financial advisory, fintech, digital currency, payments, and credit risk management.
Having extensive experience from startup to explosive growth to exit multiple times, and having sold a private company to a public company (while being CEO), Carey Ransom is a serial entrepreneur and investor. And Carey loves to collaborate on the company-building process (as he has had every job in a company).
As the Founder and President of Operate, Ransom and his team look for entrepreneurs with grit who are building innovative companies.
In his role as President, Carson manages the day-to-day operations of Sunwest Bank, a $2.1 billion entrepreneurial business bank headquartered in Irvine, CA with operations across the Western US. He has led the technology transformation and organic growth of the bank over the last six years, including the significant enhancement of the overall customer experience, development of full open-API capabilities for banking-as-a-service, the launch of its own “fintech products” on those rails, and top quartile efficiency based on an in-house buy and build technology strategy.
Curt Queyrouze joined Coastal Community Bank in 2022 and currently serves as the President. Mr. Queyrouze has a background with expertise in credit, risk management, and financial technology.
Mr. Miller brings over 26 years of commercial banking, retail banking, operations and sales/marketing experience to the Bank. He is a graduate of Columbia University and began his career with MBNA America in their management development program and held a variety of senior roles. He then moved overseas to Taiwan and worked with GE Money in a joint venture. Mr. Miller then spent several years with HSBC Indonesia leading their small business division and was later recruited to join Alliance Financial Group in Malaysia, a community bank focused on the small business segment. Alliance bank was rated as the Best Business Bank in Asia Pacifica, Africa and the Middle East on two occasions under his leadership. He later repatriated back to the United States to be closer to family and was recruited by Fresno First Bank for the CEO role and has been with the bank since October 2015.
Jer Wood is a fintech-focused bank president with broad experience (credit, technology, deposit origination, compliance) at institutions ranging from startup to multi-billions in asset size. Mr. Wood is an industry expert in digital / branchless / Internet delivery models and Fintech partnerships.
Jontae James, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Hybrid Financial Group. He has consulted with government agencies to build track and trace solutions creating proprietary algorithms to uncover unusual or suspicious activity in supply chain. Jontae has over 15 years in government & enterprise SaaS supply chain management. Prior to Hybrid Financial Group, he was CEO & Founder of NatureTrak, an enterprise risk management platform for financial institutions that bank the cannabis industry. He was also Co-founder of Bluntli, a digital licensing platform in the cannabis industry which specialized in patient and entity license verification back in 2015. This was the first of several track and trace technologies to bring transparency and visibility into the emerging cannabis market. Jontae has led a boutique venture capital organization’s sales and marketing for early-stage start-ups.
Ryan is the CEO of DocFox, a digital tool which enables rapid account opening, customer onboarding and automated complex workflows for business and commercial banking. DocFox currently works with over 180 financial institutions to reduce manual effort through advanced document processing with document inspection, data capture and comparison of any document and a suite of automation tools. Banks use DocFox to enable remote account opening for business banking, bank across state lines with comfort, bank high risk industries or streamline business lending and back office processes to completely transform the client experience and reduce costs and losses due to manual activities.
Robert Baron serves as Chief Experience Officer of StandardC, and oversees cannabis banking compliance and financial institution integration. Robert is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and holds an advanced certification in AML Risk Management (CAMSRM).
Robert Johnston is the Founder and CEO of Adlumin, a cybersecurity technology firm that focuses on revolutionizing the way financial institutions secure sensitive data and intellectual property and achieve their compliance objectives through its security and compliance automation platform.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Shield Compliance, Tony leads day-to-day operations and is the company’s principal product architect. Having served as a senior executive at a Washington State-based community bank for over 20 years, Tony has in-depth knowledge of the banking industry and the regulatory and compliance requirements for high-risk industries. Today he brings that knowledge to financial institutions serving and considering serving the legal cannabis industry.
Wayne brings over four decades of proven performance in a variety of industries and leadership roles. Miller’s combination of entrepreneurial achievement combined with his “Fortune 100” experience make for an executive who is comfortable in start-up and mature business environments. Prior to joining the Venture Center in 2017, Wayne spent two+ years as CEO of a private equity backed medical device manufacturer where his efforts dramatically improved the company’s channel access and sales while simultaneously building an acceleration platform for client companies looking to improve business processes, sales and distribution methods.
Oren Bitan has an extensive legal background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership, consumer product, and commercial litigation. Mr. Bitan is known for his ability to solve complex business disputes for his clients in a strong but practical manner. He is a trusted advisor who guides his clients through their day to day legal concerns, and has particular expertise in matters involving real estate, banking and lending, creditors’ rights, wine, beer, liquor, cannabis, and intellectual property.
Richard Ormond has over 20 years-experience that includes finance, real estate, lending and banking, receivership, cannabis regulations, commercial litigation, and restructuring. He has tried numerous cases in State Court, Federal Court and Bankruptcy Court and has arbitrated dozens of matters. Mr. Ormond is one of the nation’s leading experts concerning banking and finance; receivership law; and cannabis regulations.
Adam Stettner is the founder and CEO of FundCanna. A leader in innovation for funding the underserved Cannabis industry. Adam brings nearly 30 years of finance leadership, management, sales, business development and operations experience to FundCanna. Prior to launching FundCanna, he served as founder and CEO of Reliant Funding, one of the largest funding sources for Small to Medium sized business. Reliant funded over $2 Billion on balance sheet to nearly 60,000 businesses with over half that volume in repeat business.
Mr. Neeley is a well-respected expert in the federal law enforcement BSA / Money Laundering Control Act field with over 25 years of firsthand experience investigating complex drug money laundering organizations, white collar financial crimes and terrorist financing. He successfully directed Departments of Justice and Treasury certified undercover financial task force operations against Mexico and Colombia drug trafficking cartels for the U.S. Customs Service Office of Investigations, Headquarters, Washington, DC. He was a key figure in the most significant drug money laundering investigation in U.S. history, which involved the indictment and conviction of foreign banks and twenty bankers for violations of the BSA/AML.
Founder and sole owner of San Francisco’s Folsom Forge Cannabis distribution company, and minority owner of San Francisco’s Folsom Forge Cannabis retail, Mr. Kubrin earned his first dollar in cannabis 35+ years ago trimming for his mother’s cannabis farm in the historic cannabis producing region of the Emerald Triangle in Mendocino, California.
Rafael E. DeLeon is a vibrant spokesperson with a wealth of knowledge on risk management, governance, and regulatory compliance for financial institutions. In addition to handling educational initiatives, thought leadership, and outreach to regulators, industry leaders, and association partners for Ncontracts, Mr. DeLeon is on the Board of Directors of MainStreet Bancshares, Inc., parent company of MainStreet Bank in Fairfax, Virginia.
Kensley Dougan, founding partner of Infused Banking, began his financial services career at the end of 2008 when the economy was in a tailspin. People were losing their jobs and companies were closing their doors. During this time, Kensley came to realize the importance of making accurate financial decisions and decided to become involved with Financial Services.
Dena Somers, founding partner of Infused Banking, is the content architect of the Cannabis Banking Professional certification (CBP) and is an attorney and consultant in the banking and financial services industry. Dena assist banks and financial services companies in designing and developing integrated, enterprise-wide compliance and risk management programs. Dena has expertise in specialty finance operations and compliance requirements in the mortgage banking and specialty finance sectors (online consumer installment, Fintech, small dollar, and MSBs).
Michael Flores, founding partner of Infused Banking, has over 30 years of financial institution experience in banking as well as consulting with his firm, Bretton Woods, Inc. His consulting work focuses on the areas of strategic planning, consumer credit, retail banking, payment systems and lean process improvement and re-engineering through enabling technologies.
David has broad domain experience in enterprise-level integration solutions and driving product strategy for industry-leading integration software companies. This background, combined with his devotion to building inclusive teams, coaching leaders, and developing impactful solutions is what drives his leadership. Today, David maintains an unparalleled passion for financial services and cultivating social good through profitable business at PortX (formerly ModusBox), a financial technology company focused on building the future of infrastructure for banks, credit unions, and fintechs.
Steve is a Principal in Wolf’s Advisory Group and the Director of the Regulatory Compliance Team. He also leads the Firm’s New York Financial Institutions Team, where he guides clients through federal and state banking statutes from an operational and legal perspective. Steve joined Wolf in 1996 and has nearly 30 years of experience as a compliance advisor, facilitator, and resource for financial institutions, investment companies, mortgage industry professionals, and broker-dealers.
In the world of banking and lending, the best plans may not always work out as planned. To address the constant challenge of adapting to COVID and its effects on our banks, TEDx speaker and nationally syndicated columnist Shawn Rhodes will share how the best teams and organizations pivot to leverage change when it occurs, built engaging cultures and ensured the experience of our senior leaders doesn’t leave when they do.
Bank Security, 2022 will begin with a statistical analysis of cyber security incidents experienced by banks during calendar year 2021. The presentation will elaborate on three specific areas banks struggle the most within their security and compliance programs but are critical in detecting and preventing these incidents. Using real attack scenarios from 2021 the presentation will describe the techniques used by attackers and the technologies banks need to detect and stop cyber threats.
Join us as we get to hear from Brian Brooks, CEO of Bitfury Group, while he and Walt Mix have a Fireside Chat at this year’s program.
Community financial institutions represent the backbone of our nation’s access to financial services critical to fueling economic recovery and vibrant communities. However, financial technology is evolving at an unsustainable pace for community financial institutions that have not digitally transformed. The future of digital transformation for CFIs will be building the right technology infrastructure that properly abstracts the banking core, modernizes digital operations, and unlocks access to real-time payment networks and the capability to handle thousands of live transactions per second 24/7/365.
|Pricing For Conference||Price|
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The 2022 Fintech & Cannabis Conference will be offering 12 CPE credits.
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