NACHA Announces Addition of New Programs to PAYMENTS 2014 Agenda

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“Spotlight Speaker Series” Features Sessions on the Topics Shaping the Payments Space of Tomorrow and “Executive Forum” Delivers Exclusive Education and Networking Opportunities for Industry Executives

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The ‘Spotlight Speaker Series’ and ‘Executive Forum’ enable us to continue to deliver the unparalleled education, strategic discussion, and engagement that PAYMENTS attendees seek in new and responsive ways.

Today, NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association announced the addition of two new programs to the PAYMENTS 2014 agenda. PAYMENTS 2014, which will take place April 6-9 in Orlando, Fl., is the largest and most comprehensive education event for the payments industry. New this year, PAYMENTS 2014 will feature the “Spotlight Speaker Series,” a series of sessions on topics influencing the future of payments, and an “Executive Forum,” which provides exclusive education and networking opportunities for executive decision makers from financial institutions.

“NACHA continues to grow and enhance the PAYMENTS agenda to ensure we are providing the most relevant, timely and significant programming in ways that meets the needs of payments professionals,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “The ‘Spotlight Speaker Series’ and ‘Executive Forum’ enable us to continue to deliver the unparalleled education, strategic discussion, and engagement that PAYMENTS attendees seek in new and responsive ways.”

This year’s “Spotlight Speaker Series” includes three sessions on topics shaping the payments space of tomorrow. As part of the “Spotlight Speaker Series,” Sean J. Rodriguez, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Cheryl Venable, SVP, Retail Payments Product Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will lead a session titled, Payments System Priorities: What the Fed Has Learned, during which they will share the latest insights on alternatives for improving the speed of payments and feedback from the Federal Reserve’s Payment System Improvement – Public Consultation Paper. In a session titled, What’s Next for P2P: Today’s Lessons for the Future, David Godsman, Online & Mobile Solutions Executive, Bank of America; Michael Kennedy, CEO & Co-Founder, clearXchange; and Jim Reuter, President, Support Services, FirstBank, will provide information on the clearXchange person-to-person (P2P) payments approach and how it is advancing to meet higher customer expectations. Additionally, David Stewart, senior expert at McKinsey & Company and Dominic Venturo, Chief Innovation Officer, Payment Services at U.S. Bank, will engage attendees in a candid conversation about retail banking in a session titled, Are Bank Innovations Meeting Salient Consumer Needs?

The “Executive Forum,” sponsored by Transactis, is an invitation-only event that provides financial institution executives with an opportunity to engage with their peers in dialogue and discussion on critical topics informing and defining payments strategy. From mid-day Monday, April 7 to mid-day Tuesday, April 8, executives will participate in networking opportunities and strategic educational sessions, including: The Evolution of the U.S. Payments System, led by Ather Williams, Global Head of Payments & Strategy, Global Treasury Services with Bank of America; Rethinking Payments Innovation, led by Ebru Pakcan, Global Payments Head, Citi; Payment System Improvement: Implications for Financial Institutions, led by Marie Gooding, First Vice President & COO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and How KeyBank is Using Data to Enhance Customer Relationships, led by David Bonalle, Executive Vice President of KeyBank.

The “Spotlight Speaker Series” and “Executive Forum” complement recent additions to PAYMENTS programming. Last year, to enhance the PAYMENTS agenda, NACHA introduced the PAYMENTS 3D Theater, a fast-paced, interactive showcase of new technologies and concepts challenging the current payments environment. Additionally, NACHA introduced PAYMENTS Solution Circles, sponsored by EPCOR, which provide an opportunity for breakfast, networking and conversations around current industry trends.

To learn more about the “Spotlight Speaker Series” and “Executive Forum” or other PAYMENTS 2014 activities, please visit

About PAYMENTS 2014
PAYMENTS 2014, taking place April 6 – 9 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fl., features more than 130 educational sessions and workshops with renowned speakers from financial institutions, corporations, government agencies, legal and regulatory bodies, consulting and research firms, service providers, and more. Sessions are organized along seven tracks — the ACH Network & the NACHA Operating Rules, Card-Based Opportunities, Compliance, Risk & Fraud Prevention, Corporate Payment Solutions, Mobile & Digital Payments, Payment Strategies and World Payments Viewpoint – to address the topics of pivotal importance to payments professionals. In addition, a dynamic exhibit hall of nearly 100 industry leaders features today’s top products and services.

To learn more about PAYMENTS 2014 sessions, workshops, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors, or to register, visit

NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association
NACHA manages the development, administration, and governance of the ACH Network, the backbone for the electronic movement of money and data. The ACH Network provides a safe, secure, and reliable network for direct account-to-account consumer, business, and government payments. Annually, it facilitates billions of Direct Deposit via ACH and Direct Payment via ACH transactions. Used by all types of financial institutions, the ACH Network is governed by the fair and equitable NACHA Operating Rules, which guide risk management and create payment certainty for all participants. As a not-for-profit association, NACHA represents more than 10,000 financial institutions via 16 Regional Payments Associations and direct membership. Through its industry councils and forums, NACHA brings together payments system stakeholders to foster dialogue and innovation to strengthen the ACH Network. To learn more, please visit,,, and

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