I’m checking in from the edge of the Rocky Mountains — from the iconic Broadmoor in Colorado Springs — where I’m joined by FinXTech’s President, Kelsey Weaver and Bank Director’s Director of Client Relations, Laura Proffitt. The three of us are here to participate in the Association for Financial Technology’s (AFT) Fall Summit where later today, I will have the opportunity to introduce a new partnership between AFT and FinXTech. In advance of those comments, I thought to pull the curtains back on a special Advisory Group that we are building to develop FinXTech in the “best” possible manner.
As new approaches to delivering financial services emerge, nearly every technology company here in Colorado has practical tools, techniques and talent to help financial institutions prepare for the future. It is an exciting time to be part of a community like the one AFT draws, as I believe new players will continue to emerge while traditional participants transform their underlying business models to better participate and compete in the coming years.
As the financial industry continues to evolve, so too does the community that my team supports. As a peer-to-peer based platform powered by Bank Director, FinXTech connects a hugely influential audience around shared areas of interest and innovation; specifically:
- FinTech companies who view banks as potentially valuable channels or distribution partners;
- Banks looking to grow and/or innovate with FinTech companies’ help and support; and
- Institutional investors, venture capitalists, state & federal regulators, government officials and academicians helping to shape the future of banking.
Rather then create this community in isolation, we are doing so with the help and support of industry leaders with various backgrounds. Case-in-point, we are recruiting highly opinionated, ridiculously informed thought leaders to “think around the corner” with us as part of FinXTech’s Advisory Group.
So as we get ready to spend a few days with our peers at this week’s conference, Kelsey, Laura and I are proud that the following men and women have accepted our invitation to share their time and intelligence with us as part of FinXTech’s council:
- Thomas P. Brown, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
- Michael Butler, President & CEO, Radius Bank
- Michael M. Carter, Founder & CEO, BizEquity
- Ryan Gilbert, General Partner, Propel Venture Partners
- John C. Gill, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Risk Officer, Somerset Trust Company
- Joe Guastella, Global & U.S. Managing Principal, Financial Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
- James C. Hale, III, Founding Partner, FTV Capital
- Aditya Khujekar, CEO & Co-Founder, Let’s Talk Payments
- Jimmie Lenz, Director of Technology Risk, Wells Fargo, Wealth and Investment Management
- Vivian Maese, Partner, Latham & Watkins
- Bill McNulty, Entrepreneur in Residence, Capital One
- John E. Pizzi, CEO, BaseVenture
- Gregg M. Schoenberg, Founder, Westcott Capital
- Chris Skinner, CEO, The Finanser Ltd
- Christa Steele, Former President, CEO & Board Member, Mechanics Bank; Founder, Boardroom Consulting LLC
- John Thompson, SVP & Leader, Program Team, CFSI
- Andres Wolberg-Stok, Director, Citi Fintech
- Jon Zanoff, Founder, Empire Startups
In addition to this awesome group, we have some pretty powerful folks that we recently invited (so this list can and will expand in the coming weeks). But for those of you here at AFT, you will hear Kelsey, Laura and me talk about our enthusiasm for this group & the efforts being made to establish FinXTech as a catalyst that (1) connects a highly influential group of people who care about the future of financial services, (2) are committed to meaningful transformation and are (3) empowered to make change happen.
To learn more about what we’re doing, I invite you to visit FinXTech.com, a site we designed to deliver authoritative, relevant and trusted content for banks, Fintech companies, investors and services firms.