Speakers

Oded Israeli

Oded Israeli: Head of Mobile Payments  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  YouTube

Amdocs  |  Web  Twitter  Facebook  Blog  LinkedIn  YouTube  Google+

Oded Israeli leads product management and marketing for Amdocs Digital Commerce and Mobile Payments. Oded joined Amdocs as the Chief of Staff for Amdocs’ CEO and later moved to the Digital Services division, where he led Amdocs’ strategy around mobile payments and the post-merger integration of two acquired companies: NewACT and MX Telecom.

Prior to Amdocs, Oded practiced law as a high-tech attorney, managed a web development company, and advised Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Oded holds an LL.B. and  LL.M. from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from INSEAD business school in France and Singapore.

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DigitalRiver.SouheilBadranSouheil Badran: SVP & GM  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  CrunchBase  Press

Digital River  |  Web  Twitter  Blog  LinkedIn  YouTube

Souheil Badran is the senior vice president and general manager overseeing the Digital River World Payments solution. The Digital River World Payments solution offers relevant payments in nearly every country and delivers a unique set of payment programs built to simplify and adapt to the rapidly changing global payments and security landscape.

Mr. Badran joined Digital River with extensive experience in high technology organizations, including sales and marketing, product management, strategic development, mergers and acquisitions, and high-growth initiatives.

Prior to Digital River, Mr. Badran was senior vice president and general manager at First Data Corporation, the largest processor in the United States, managing their e-commerce solution group, which enabled businesses to transact in an e-commerce and card not present environment. Mr. Badran joined First Data from VeriSign where, based in Switzerland, he served as vice president and general manager for their international operations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, Central and Latin America and Asia Pacific. He also had responsibility for VeriSign’s global channel and partner programs.

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Kolja ReissKolja Reiss: Managing Director  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  YouTube  Blog

mopay  |  Web  Twitter  Facebook

As Managing Director for mopay Inc. in the U.S., Kolja Reiss is responsible for overseeing all aspects of corporate relations and operations for mopay in North America. Kolja has over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications industry is now focusing entirely on providing best-in-class mobile micropayment solutions to blue-chip clients worldwide.

Previously as Director of Client Operations, he headed the technical operations for MindMatics USA in New York and Los Angeles, helping to establish MindMatics LLC as the market leader in the interactive television industry. Prior to Kolja’s move to the U.S., he founded a computer and telecommunications retail company and successfully sold it after five years.  Kolja holds a Master’s Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Paderborn in Germany. He is married and speaks English and German fluently.

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Sean-Michael DaleySean-Michael Daley: CEO & Founder  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  Facebook

PayTap  |  Web  Twitter  Blog  LinkedIn  YouTube

Sean-Michael brings more than 20 years of consulting, design and digital production experience spread across stints in Asia, Europe, USA and his homeland Australia.

He most recently served as Group Account Director for Definition 6, an integrated interactive marketing agency based in Atlanta where he ran the Dallas office. His first start-up, digital asset management company Rumble Group in Sydney, Australia joint ventured with Silicon Graphics and Hitachi Data Systems to deliver services to Viacom, Lucas Films and Oxford Scientific.

He was CEO of kannuu, Inc., a mobile search optimization start-up that won the prestigious “2008 Nokia Mobile Rules!” award for technology innovation.

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Rodrigo MeirellesRodrigo Meirelles: Head of Mobile Business, LatAm & Caribbean

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Visa  |  Web  YouTube  Facebook  Twitter

Specialties

Vision & Strategy, Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Business management, Business Leadership, Product management & marketing, Portfolio management, Smartphone business, SW platform business, Consumer Internet Services, Location Based Services (LBS)

* Strategy and Business development
* Develop the company brand in mobile ecosystem
* Strategic Planning, including business plan & sales strategy development
* M&A, Advising new businesses opportunities and structuring commercial transactions

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Rick BakasRick Bakas : VP of Marketing  |  LinkedIn  Twitter  Blog  Google+  Web

PressPay  |  Web  Video  Twitter  Google+  YouTube

Rick Bakas is the VP of Marketing for mobile payments provider PressPay as well as a Certified Sommelier and the Founder of new media relations agency, Bakas Media. He has consulted with brands such as British Airways, wine.com, ABC’s Bachelor Ben Flajnik, Envolve Winery, Chateau Montelena, Mollydooker and Portalupi Winery.

In 2009 Rick became the first Director of Social Media in the wine industry for St. Supéry winery in Napa valley. He is a contributor to Mashable and Flipboard Wine & Spirits, and has been referenced in WIRED, The Wall Street Journal, CNET, ABC Nightline, SF Chronicle, New York Times as well as Brian Solis’ (R)evolution series.

Rick has engaged audiences through his entertaining talks on mobile commerce and the social web in New York, Sydney, Boston, San Francisco, Melbourne, Vancouver, Portland, Perth, Los Angeles and Adelaide.

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Harold MontgomeryHarold Montgomery : CEO  |  LinkedIn  Perspective  Interview  Web

Calpian, Inc.  |  Web  LinkedIn  Press

Harold Montgomery is the CEO of Calpian, Inc, (CLPI.OB) a publicly- traded company engaged in the electronic payments industry with operations in the U.S. and India.

Mr. Montgomery is a recognized industry leader in the U.S. and abroad. He provided expert testimony to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank on payments- related issues and regularly appears in industry publications. Harold spearheads Calpian’s global investment initiatives and its development of payments solutions in countries such as India.

Montgomery is a native of Dallas, Texas. He attended Stanford University where he earned BA and MBA degrees. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Communities Foundation of Texas, a $750 million community trust organization, and the Board of St. Mark’s School of Texas. He has served as President of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and Young Audiences of Greater Dallas.

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Jojo MalolosJojo Malolos : Former President & CEO and Head of Smart Money

LinkedIn  Twitter  Video

Smart Hub, Inc.  |  Web  LinkedIn

Experienced executive in mobile money and mobile payments industry working with key stakeholders in banks, regulators, MNOs, financial insitutions, NGOs, international development firms, cooperatives and microfinance companies. Chief Executive Officer of a mobile money subsidiary of one of the biggest mobile communications company in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets. Advisor, speaker, subject matter expert in global mobile money forums, deployments and ventures.

Business executive of globally pioneering mobile financial services organization recognized for leading and successful mobile money business models that garnered awards and recognition from international agencies. Partnered with MasterCard Worldwide to form Mobile Payments Solutions, Pte Ltd that implements new global mobile payments ecosystems in emerging markets. Recognized Global Mobile Money expertise strategy and execution advisor by key global mobile money and financial inclusion organizations. Operations and Commercial business executive accountable for building, sustaining and growing of new product or services and delivering business objectives and their P&L.

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Loraine DeBonisLoraine DeBonis: Editor-In-Chief   |   LinkedIn  Interview

Paybefore  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter

Loraine DeBonis is responsible for directing content and design across all of Paybefore’s media platforms: Paybefore UpdatePaybefore LegalPaybefore MagazinePaybefore NewsPaybefore News International and Paybefore Buyer’s Guide.

Since joining Paybefore four years ago, DeBonis has developed relationships with industry stakeholders worldwide. Much of her work has focused on understanding trends in the unbanked segment as well as emerging international markets.

DeBonis has been an editor and writer for national magazines and newsletters for more than a decade, writing about everything from art and health to prepaid cards. Prior to joining Paybefore, DeBonis covered the prepaid card industry for SourceMedia in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Prepaid TrendsCards & PaymentsThe Artist’s Magazine and Healthy Advice Networks. DeBonis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, magna cum laude, from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She lives in Tennessee with her husband Alex, a professor of English, and their son Sam.

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Dr. Phil Hendrix, Ph.D.Phil Hendrix : Director  & Analyst, GigaOm Pro

LinkedIn  Twitter  Blog  Google+  GigaOm

immr  |  Web  Video   SlideShare

Dr. Phil Hendrix is Founder and Director of immr, a research and consulting firm helping clients bring innovative new products and services to market, and an analyst with GigaOm Pro.  As an analyst, Phil focuses on mobile, M-commerce, location, big data and related topics.

As a consultant, Phil helps clients uncover customer needs, optimize product/service features, achieve competitive differentiation and accelerate market acceptance.  Recent reports cover Mobile Advertising; Consumers’ Digital Signals; SoLoMo and Shopping; Tablets; and Location-based Innovation.

Before founding immr, Phil was a partner with DiamondCluster (now PwC Advisory) and principal with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). Phil has been a professor at Emory University and the University of Michigan (where he also earned his PhD in Marketing).

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Vincent KadarVincent Kadar : Chief Executive Officer  |  LinkedIn  Blog

Telepin Software  |  Web  LinkedIn  YouTube   TechVibes

Vincent Kadar, CEO of Telepin Software, has almost 20 years of executive experience in software technology companies for wireless and telecom networks. Prior to his role with Telepin, Vincent was founder and CTO at Airwide Solutions, a leading provider of mobile messaging infrastructure.

Mr. Kadar has also served as Director of Wireless Technology at InfoSpace Inc, and in senior technology positions at CrossKeys Systems and Accenture. Vincent frequently presents at industry conferences and has been published in leading magazines.

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Darcy WeddDarcy Wedd:  President  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  Facebook

payvia  |  Web  Twitter  Facebook  LinkedIn  CrunchBase

Darcy Wedd is a seasoned mobile executive with over 16 years of experience in the mobile industry. Wedd holds executive leadership roles within key industry and regulatory bodies focused on the growth and maturation of network operator payment technologies and services.

Wedd was a founding member of one of the fastest growing carrier billing companies in North America, ultimately resulting in the creation of North America’s largest operator network billing provider. Wedd brings a rich heritage in mobile, a proven track record of leading profitable companies and an inspirational vision to payvia.

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Catherine CookCatherine Cook :  Co-Founder & VP Brand Strategy

Twitter  LinkedIn  Mashable

MeetMe  |  Web  Twitter  Facebook  LinkedIn  YouTube  CrunchBase

Catherine is Vice President of Brand Strategy for MeetMe, Inc. (MEET: NYSE MKT), the public market leader for social discovery.

In 2005, Catherine co-founded myYearbook with her brother Dave. In November 2011, the company merged with the Quepasa Corporation and in June 2012 rebranded to MeetMe, Inc.  Catherine is responsible for creating some of the most important applications on the site and has been instrumental in driving the site’s growth by conceiving of the next popular features. As part of MeetMe’s management team, Catherine continues to drive new features that deliver on the MeetMe mission — to be the best place to meet new people.

Catherine graduated from Georgetown University in 2011, where she majored in OPIM and marketing. Catherine has been reported on extensively on CNBC, MTV, ABC News, Fox News, CosmoGIRL, BusinessWeek, the San Francisco Chronicle, and CBS.

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Barbara BallardBarbara Ballard:  VP Customer Experience & Marketing

Twitter  LinkedIn  Book  Press

C-Sam  |  Web  LinkedIn  YouTube  CrunchBase  Twitter

Barbara Ballard has worked in user experience and customer experience across the entire mobile ecosystem, and is currently working with C-SAM on mobile wallets. She has worked with mobile startups, mobile operators and companies in numerous related verticals in between. She authored the book, “Designing the Mobile User Experience” in 2007.

Ms. Ballard held management positions at a variety of mobile commerce companies, and has also helped majors like AT&T, Sprint, LG, The Weather Channel, Hallmark and Skyfire develop and deliver exceptional user experiences. She has degrees in industrial engineering and business, as well as significant graduate work in ergonomics, psychology, industrial design, and industrial engineering.

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Jeffrey SassJeffrey Sass :  Co-Founder  |  LinkedIn  Twitter  Video  Web  Facebook

Social Object Factory  |  Web  LinkedIn  YouTube  Campaign

A senior level marketing and business development executive with a rare mix of creative and business experience in mobile marketing and entertainment, traditional entertainment, electronic entertainment, licensing & merchandising and technology.

A frequent speaker and panelist at mobile, music, digital & social media events, with articles published in DMNews, Mobile Marketer, iMedia Connection and others. A founding Board Member of the Mobile Internet Content Coalition (MICC) as well as an instructor for the University of San Francisco’s online mobile marketing program. An excellent writer with produced Film and Television credits, and a recognized blogger, selected as a Sony DigiDad and an Intel Advisor.

Excellent writer with produced Film and Television credits. Extensive Public Company Experience including traditional IPO’s and Reverse Mergers. Extensive worldwide Licensing and Merchandising experience. Extensive technology experience in computer and video games, internet and wireless technologies. Excellent speaker and guest lecturer.

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Laurens EckelboomLaurens Eckelboom :  EVP, Marketing  |  LinkedIn  Video  Web

ParkMobile  |  Web  LinkedIn  YouTube  Facebook  Twitter

Laurens Eckelboom has over 18 years experience in sales and marketing holding senior and executive positions in the IT and Parking industry. Laurens joined Parkmobile Group in 2005.

He earned two Master degrees, one in Business Marketing from TIAS Business School, Tilburg University in The Netherlands and the other from Utrecht University in International Relations.

Laurens also completed the Executive Retailing Program at Santa Clara University in San José, CA. He has served as a master level lecturer at the University of Eindhoven, and the HES School of Economics and Management in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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James WesterJames Wester: Editor  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  Blog

Mobile Payments Today  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter

A seasoned marketing professional and technical writer with two decades of experience in the ever-evolving world of technology. Also skilled in the operational/analytical details that make successful marketing succesful.

Now using experience to dissect, report and comment on the developments in mobile payments, mobile finance and m-commerce. Recognized for effective, creative multi-channel marketing strategies for start-ups.

Known for being able to convey complex, technical concepts in engaging and understandable ways. Strong writing and presenting skills. Frequent presenter, panelist and contributor on mobile technology, security and mobile payments.

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Tom HolmesTom Holmes: CIO  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  Web

3Cinteractive  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  YouTube  Facebook

Tom Holmes is the executive vice president and chief information officer at 3Cinteractive. Holmes manages 3Ci’s global technology organization, overseeing the technology platform and systems that supports the critical mobile programs of the company’s enterprise clients.

A respected, 23-year industry veteran, Holmes brings a unique blend of technology and business acumen to 3Ci. Most recently, Holmes served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Arise Virtual Solutions Inc., the world’s leading provider of virtual business services for brands seeking to improve business results through their sales and service channels.

Holmes is a member of the CIO Executive Council and served as vice chairman for the Enterprise Development Corporation, an organization that facilitates the creation and growth of science & technology companies. Holmes has been featured in numerous magazines and research papers including InformationWeek, Computer World, CIO Magazine, MIT Sloan School of Management and Forrester Research.

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Robert MartinRobert D. Martin, Ph.D.: SVP & GM Attended Merchant Solutions

LinkedIn  Web

Apriva  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  YouTube  Facebook

Robert is responsible for product management and business development of attended merchant solutions. He has over 10 years experience in payments, and more than 20 years experience in management, software development, quality assurance and production software product support.

Robert previously held the position of Vice President of Global Terminal Software at Hypercom and was responsible for all software development on Hypercom’s terminal products.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Science Degree and Ph.D. in Physics from The College of William and Mary and an MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

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Einar RosenbergEinar Rosenberg: CTO  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  Video  Blog

Narian Technologies   |  Web  LinkedIn  NFC Times

Einar Rosenberg is a recognized expert in mobile payments who has written multiple papers and spoken internationally on the topics of NFC, RFID, location-based services and Bluetooth. Mr. Rosenberg is currently the CTO of Narian Technologies.

Narian Technologies is the Global Leader in NFC or Near Field Communication Applications and Services, for over 10 years. In 2012, we are releasing the commercial version of our Mobile Retail Services Platform. Our NFC Mobile Platform focuses on creating real innovation for Retailers and Restaurants. Narian’s platform offers nearly 1,000 unique capabilities and features, allowing Retail and Restaurant employees, to dramatically increase in efficiency and productivity. We give Retailers and Restaurants, intelligent access to service and content.

Running on all four top tier US mobile networks including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile. The platform also allows one step integration of all leading Social Media and Multimedia including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Pinterest, Flickr, and many more.

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Rylan BarnesRylan Barnes: Co-Founder & CTO  |  Twitter  LinkedIn  Video  Facebook

ShopSavvy   |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Blog

Rylan Barnes is the co-founder of ShopSavvy, one of the most popular applications on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7. Rylan began his work in e-commerce back in 2002 with Textbook-Trader.com. Through this project Rylan developed an intimate knowledge of the e-commerce space which ultimately resulted in the first generation of ProductCloud – the technology that powers ShopSavvy today.

It’s currently in its fifth generation and is the world’s most comprehensive realtime, online and local, price comparison search engine. In addition to his interests of building highly scalable backend systems, Rylan began to specialize in mobile development in 2004 – long before the iPhone. He set out to conquer mobile barcode scanning in 2005, (a little ahead of its time) and again in 2008 when platforms such as iOS and Android started getting legs, helping take mobile barcode scanning to where it is today – a prominent entry point for mobile commerce. In 2008 his mobile shopping app, GoCart, was a first-prize winner in Google’s 2008 Android Developer Challenge (part of a $10 MM contest). He is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Richard Steggall

Richard Steggall: CEO  |  LinkedIn  Video  Twitter

Waspit  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Blog

Richard is an entrepreneur who likes being a driver of fundamental changes in industries where ‘change’ is a foreign concept. New opportunities rarely exist where all you seek to do is provide ‘more of the same’ service or product. More recently Richard has focused his attention on Fintech.

Prior to Waspit Richard had 17 years IT&T experience across multiple sectors ranging from streaming and digital media through to B2B IP based telecommunications. Richard has been responsible for the growth strategies of a number of private and public companies in North America, the United Kingdom and Asia – particularly strategies focused on acquisitive and capital growth. Richard have been responsible for IPO’s (including via reverse merger) on the OTCBB, London AIM, and the ASX.

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Andy KleitschAndy Kleitsch: CEO  |  LinkedIn  Twitter  Video  Blog

Buck  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  CrunchBase

Andy Kleitsch is a serial entrepreneur bringing a deep background in mobile operator billing technology and mobile data product management.

Prior to founding Buck with its Single Click Checkout product, Andy was the Sr. Manager of the AT&T Wireless mMode portal.

Before entering mobile, Andy was the founder of WeddingChannel.com (a leading wedding planning web destination) which was later sold to the Knot for $80+MM. Andy resides in Seattle Washington and enjoys windsurfing when he is not spending time with his wife and two children

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Cliff CananCliff Canan: Founder & CEO  |  LinkedIn  CrunchBase

Nooch  |  Web  Facebook  Twitter  Blog  YouTube

Cliff created Nooch so he could pay back friends immediately without having to hike to an ATM.  Cliff understands Generation-M and why 21st-century students think, live and spend so differently than their Baby Boomer parents.  Mobile payments are slowly becoming mainstream, yet too many pain points persist on college campuses when it comes to person-to-person payments.

An aspiring entrepreneur, Cliff set out solving the problem by bootstrapping Nooch and handling all initial fundraising, development, recruiting and compliance duties.  Since, Nooch has been recognized by Universities, startup competitions and payment conferences as an innovator in the space and a company to watch.

Cliff graduated from Duke University, where he was elected to lead multiple student organizations and studied Political Science.  Cliff is a frequent presenter at industry events and was a featured speaker at the Chicago Fed’s Payment Symposium.  Cliff is also an Eagle Scout, a passionate Philly sports fan and constant devil’s advocate.

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John ReedJohn Reed: SVP, Chief Architect – Global Architecture & Technology

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FirstData  |  Web  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

John Reed and his global team are focused on customer satisfaction through platform security, availability, performance and innovation.   Reed’s priorities include defining the technology stack for new product development initiatives,  and creating more efficient and reusable technology platform for existing products.  John and his team partner with First Data’s product leaders to ensure a seamless alignment between product solution maps and the underlying technology roadmap.

Reed’s organization covers information and data architecture, enterprise data management, application architecture, compute, network and storage architecture, business process architecture and the Center for Innovation Engineering. Earlier in his career, he led all IT development, architecture, production and information technology infrastructure library(ITIL)services, and the global portal solutions for Unisys.

Prior to Unisys, Mr. Reed helped transition Zurich Financial Services to a global SOA infrastructure and development practice.  He was responsible for creating new state of the art small e-Business processing platform architecture.  Before that, Mr. Reed led the common services architecture and internet banking groups at Bank of America and MBNA.  Reed holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina.

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William ClarkBill Clark: President   LinkedIn  Press

Spindle Mobile  |  Web   LinkedIn

Mr. Clark has more than 20 years of experience in business operations, sales, marketing and product development in the payments industry, with many successful releases of new payment technologies and products. Prior to joining Spindle, Mr. Clark was Executive VP and General Manager for Apriva LLC where he led the North American operations for this mobile payments technology company.

Mr. Clark was responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Apriva’s national marketing initiatives, sales teams, client/customer services and product management, serving 350 reseller channels. Under Mr. Clark’s leadership, Apriva captured a 65% market share for mobile acquiring products, and he opened new markets in cashless vending and smartphone based mobile acquiring by signing fortune 100 partners.

Prior to Apriva, Mr. Clark served as General Manager of Wireless Products, Director of Emerging Technology, First Data Merchant Services and First Data Resources. During his 17 year tenure he pioneered the delivery and sales of emerging technologies over a wide range of markets, including: Internet banking, electronic bill presentment, web based merchant services, RFID/NFC, and the release of TCP/IP and 3G wireless acquiring products. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Management from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from University Nebraska Omaha.

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Miguel CintronMiguel Cintron: VP Business Development   LinkedIn

i2C, Inc.  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  YouTube

Miguel Cintron supports the worldwide initiatives of i2c as Vice President – Business Development. Cintron has held management positions at Visa, First Data, Bank of America and most recently served as Vice President at MasterCard Worldwide where he led prepaid product development initiatives for Latin America.

In addition to a long track record in the prepaid industry, Cintron was an integral part of the development of SafeSend, a US to Mexico remittance product by Bank of America, as well as MasterCard’s international remittance service, MoneySend; he is co-inventor on both patent-pending applications. Cintron has fluency in five languages and actively heads up i2c’s global expansion through domestic and international markets.

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Thomas Niedbalski Jr.Thomas Niedbalski : SVP Business & Client Development 

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Transaction Wireless  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  YouTube

Thomas is charged with globally expanding the company’s innovative digital gift card and integrated marketing solutions. With more than 23 years of experience in retail marketing, merchandising, operations, and new technology development, Mr. Niedbalski is an integral part of the Transaction Wireless leadership team and his deep knowledge has been instrumental in developing and evolving the company’s robust platform that brings digital life to gift cards.

Prior to Transaction Wireless, Mr. Niedbalski worked for Stored Value Solutions (SVS) where he developed a mass market sales channel and led the partnership marketing team. Prior to that, Niedbalski was promoted through the ranks at Blockbuster where he excelled for 17 years in various management roles including IT, marketing, new retail technology, operations, and product development.

Among his many accomplishments, Thomas was part of the team that developed and launched the Blockbuster Reward Program, the most successful marketing program in the company’s history, generating more than $20 million annually. In addition, he revolutionized the company’s gift card program with marketplace innovations that continue to serve as a model for enterprises across the globe.

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Kim FraserKim Fraser : Chief Operations Officer  |  LinkedIn  Twitter

Mobile Media Infotech Limited  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Blog

Kim is the Chief Operating Officer for MMIT. Kim brings into the company over 21 years of Telecommunications experience, covering Executive, Business Management and Operating Management, through to core technical and engineering in the telecommunications arena. Kim’s experience covers overall business operations, market strategies, business plan development, funding, network planning, dimensioning, implementation, and technical operations within the software development and telecommunications service provider arena. Kim has proven leadership, and personnel management capabilities.

Before joining MMIT Kim was the Managing Director of Monarch Communication Limited where he helped revamped a WiMax Data Internet Service Provider, during his time at Monarch Communication he helped mold and mentor Jide into a leadership role. Kim background in the African Market has seen him hold executive position in East to West Africa, his understanding of the environment and market segment gives him a foresight on running and operating a company in an emerging market. A Canadian by birth, Kim holds a BSC degree in Electronic Systems Engineering and a Telecommunications Engineering Technology Diploma from University of Regina and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Canada. Kim currently resides in Nigeria.

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Ulises OrozcoUlises Orozco : Founder & Managing Partner  

LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook

CloudShopper  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook

Ulises is Founder and Managing Partner of CloudShopper, a digital retail solutions provider – most notably the CloudShopper Shopping Extension for most popular internet browsers.

Ulises began his career as Assistant Marketing Coordinator of The Rouse Company. He left Rouse shortly after graduation in order to pursue start-up opportunities in social and e-Commerce. Ulises is also Co-Founder of Social Media Club South Florida, an association of social media and marketing professionals.

 

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David KaminskyDavid Kaminsky : Analyst, Emerging Technologies  |  LinkedIn  Twitter

Mercator Advisory Group  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook

David Kaminsky is an analyst with Mercator Advisory Group’s Emerging Technologies Service.  Since joining Mercator, his research agenda has focused on developments in the ways innovative technologies, particularly Social, Local and Mobile platforms, shape the payments ecosystem.  This has included a delineation of the NFC payments value chain, explorations of alternative mobile payment systems, analysis of the relationship consumers have with their financial institutions over social media, and a study of the various methods merchants can employ to provide customers with incentives over SoLoMo platforms.

He has also completed extensive research into the point-of-sale (POS) terminal industry, working with various manufacturers and software developers, as well as studying the evolution of the POS terminal in recent years and forecasting the developments to come.  Dave has multiple years of analytical experience in several industries, including financial analysis for the defense industry with Tecolote Research and economic forecasting studies for the transportation industry with IHS Global Insight.  Dave holds a B.A. in Economics and Chinese from Tufts University.

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Robert WoodardRobert Woodard : Director, Payment Services  |  LinkedIn  Twitter

Acxiom Corporation  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook  Video

Robert Woodard has more than 15 years in customer relationship marketing. He works with various team across the organization with disciplines of analytics, consulting, digital, data, project management and account management.

We work closely with clients to understand their strategic goals and business issues, and then we commit to helping them meet these goal and solve issues. We create monthly leadership meetings to do Executive reviews of our progress and make adjustments as necessary. In Robert’s role, he has some P&L responsibility as well as ensuring that he is the voice of the client within the organization to ensure that his client’s needs are being addressed on a daily basis.

Robert has completed leadership training, coaching effectiveness training, presentation skills training and communication skills training. Robert works closely with company attorneys to write and review contracts, meets with privacy and compliance officers to ensure that various regulatory policies are being followed within the US and Global markets

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Karan BhallaKaran Bhalla : Director  |  LinkedIn  Twitter

IQR Consulting  |  Web  LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook

With more than 12 years of relevant industry experience, Karan Bhalla is a graduate in Management Information Systems from Virginia Tech and is an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland.

After spending 6 years at Capital One in the Credit Risk & Review functions, Karan has consulted at Fannie Mae, American Express and, most recently, British Telecom.

At British Telecom, Karan was responsible for developing a process to analyze results at a consolidated Global level. As a Director at IQR Consulting, Karan is responsible for enhancing IQR’s client delivery, as well as bringing a new perspective to IQR’s analytical solutions.

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Carlos CunhaCarlos Cunha : Consultant  |  LinkedIn  Twitter

PayData Consulting  |

Project Manager and Team Leader for development of innovative products since 2006, responsible for defining business and technical requirements and establish product’s evolutionary roadmap.

Carlos has been working with Big Data since 2006 when enrolled on a Master’s Degree Program which aimed to select and utilize Information Visualization Techniques to improve data analysis over large sets of data and increase users perception of hidden characteristics and major patterns.

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Jim SullivanJim Sullivan : Partner  |  LinkedIn  Twitter  Blog  Facebook

Colloquy  | Web  Twitter  LinkedIn  Facebook  Blog

Jim directs the advancement of enterprise loyalty at COLLOQUY, an endeavor guided by his almost 30 years of managing in marketing, strategic planning, business development, innovation, and communications. Jim also assists with COLLOQUY’s loyalty workshops, seminars and conferences, and serves as an academic liaison for colleges, universities and thinking institutions performing research on Enterprise Loyalty.

Prior to joining COLLOQUY in 2010, Jim founded his own company and was a principal at BUILT TO LEAD, a leadership development practice based in Central Ohio. From 1997 to 2008 he worked at Alliance Data Inc., most recently as Chief Marketing and Planning Officer and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Retail Services division. Earlier, he served as Senior Vice President at Information Resources Inc., consulting with such clients as Procter & Gamble, Kraft USA and ConAgra Frozen Foods. A resident of Columbus, Ohio, Jim serves on the Advisory Board of The Initiative for Managing Services at The Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, and is an MBA-level instructor in Services Marketing at OSU. He and his wife Lauri have three children.

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Mosheh Poltorak : VP Marketing & Business Development  |  LinkedIn  Twitter

Kurrenci  | Web  Twitter  YouTube  Facebook  Blog  Interview

Mosheh Poltorak is VP of Marketing and Business Development at Kurrenci.com, where he is responsible for the customer experience across the brand and product, as well as forming strategic partnerships to grow Kurrenci. Mosheh came to Kurrenci with the acquisition of his start-up, eGiftShare, a social-gifting platform he founded in 2010.

Prior to that, Mosheh provided launch support, strategic advisory and operational consulting services to a wide variety of firms, from banks and hedge funds to start-ups and non-for-profits. Mosheh graduated with honors from CUNY Brooklyn College, with a B.S. in Business Management & Finance.

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Robert ZieglerRobert Ziegler : Founder & CEO  |  LinkedIn  Facebook  Twitter

Corduro  Web  Twitter  LinkedIn  Facebook  Video  GigaOm

Robert majored in Physics at UTA, where he received accolades for his contributions in a variety of key research grants that have now become main stream technologies of today, including remote sensing, Lasik, MRI and optical coupling.   In his junior year, an opportunity to move from academic pursuits to practical application and a serial entrepreneur was born. In 1984, he started his second firm, where they designed and implemented the first PC based retail/POS systems. The products were deployed in over 6000 locations in North America, for Pier 1 Imports and Michaels retail stores, the company also delivered products for Methodist Hospital, SABRE, Travelocity, Wal-Mart and MacAfee.

In the late 90’s, Robert started his third company specializing in brick-n-click integration, with key customers including Eddie Bauer, Spiegel Group and Home Depot. The firm was acquired as part of a roll-up with a publicly traded firm in 2000.  In 2001, Robert jumped back into the payments industry and invented PaySecure™, enabling online merchants to accept PIN Debit transactions, a product now owned by Acculynk.  In 2008, Corduro was launched; Robert bootstrapped the company until landing Google as a lead investor of their Series A, a first for any Texas company. Corduro is delivering an innovative products that enable enterprises and SMB’s to be mobilized, leveraging Corduro’s Omni-Channel platform.  Corduro mobilizes over 1,500 customers across the US, including SJSU, Dignity Health, LowT, Habitat International, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, TechCu, and many others.

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Antony FrancisAntony Francis : Founder & CEO  |  LinkedIn  Facebook  Twitter

Head Of Lettuce Media  Web  Twitter  LinkedIn  Facebook  YouTube

Antony founded Head of Lettuce Media in 2009 to help businesses integrate social media into their marketing mix. With over 10 years of successful speaking experience He knows how to make sense out of the senseless and entertain.

He has owned and run his own businesses successfully for over for 10+ years, and ran an additional four companies, and because of that experience he values the importance of metrics and the elusive ROI of social media. His degree in Organizational Innovations has prepared him for helping businesses manage and embrace innovation.

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Koushik ChatterjeeKoushik Chatterjee : Founder & CEO  |  LinkedIn  Facebook  Twitter

SocialMercury  Web  Twitter

Koushik Chatterjee has spent 13 years working in Telecommunications.  He started his career at Sprint in Reston, Virginia.  He worked under several company names in positions ranging from Engineer to Business Strategy Manager. He is listed as Inventor of three issued US patents and has several other pending applications. His interest in the web took off in 1999 when he received a Mayoral appointment to the Atlanta 2000 Advisory Committee. Atlanta 2000 was a non-profit organization setup to celebrate the new Millennium in Atlanta.

Koushik helped design an Information Systems and E-Commerce course for a University and continues to enjoy making technology easy for everyone.  Koushik holds a BSEE  with a Telecommunications specialization from Georgia Tech and a MBA  with a concentration in Finance and International business from Rollins College. Koushik’s current passion is Social Mercury which is an early stage start-up that gives users a curated mobile multi-event sharing application.  The name of this business is based on the Greek God of trade, merchants, and travel as well as the social networking aspects of the application.

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Doug DwyreDoug Dwyre : CEO  |  LinkedIn  Facebook  Twitter

MocaPay  Web  Twitter  LinkedIn  Facebook  Blog

Doug is a seasoned executive with 24 years of experience in the financial services industry delivering innovative payment solutions to issuers, merchants and consumers around the world. Before joining Mocapay, Doug was at Voltage Security, a Bay Area enterprise software company, serving as the Payments Practice Executive, and also responsible for Global Business Development and Strategy.

Doug also spent more than 13 years as an executive at First Data Corporation serving as SVP Global Business Development and GM to new lines of business related to prepaid and loyalty. Doug was also Chief Financial Officer at Wells Fargo Merchant Services and Bank One Payment Services (now Chase). Doug has served on the board of the National Branded Prepaid Card Association and is an active member of the ETA Strategic Leadership Forum and holds a business degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Yitz MendlowitzYitz Mendlowitz : Co-Founder  |  LinkedIn  Twitter  Blog

Paay  Web  Dropbox

Yitz Mendlowitz is a co-founder of the mobile payment solution Paay. Paay’s innovative mobile payment solution offers a secure, simple and frictionless checkout process.

This process also reduces fraud while simplifying the checkout process for consumers. Prior to founding Paay, Yitz spent 7 years in the finance industry honing his skills in sales and management.

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