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Ray Davis

former CEO, Umpqua Holdings Corporations

 

Ray Davis, as president and CEO of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, pioneered a customer-centric banking strategy and culture that transformed his company and challenged the industry. Under Davis’ leadership, Umpqua has been recognized in numerous national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, and BusinessWeek, and CNBC for challenging the industry’s status quo and setting a new bar for banking. In addition, Davis has been named one of high finance’s twenty-five most influential people by U.S. Banker Magazine.

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Duena Blomstrom

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Duena is the author of the book Emotional Banking: Fixing Culture, Leveraging FinTech and Transforming Retail Banks into Brands. She is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur, a mentor for start-ups, a LinkedIn Top Voice, named an industry influencer in most lists, a Forbes contributor, a blogger with cutting-edge, unconventional and unapologetic opinion style, an international keynote speaker at industry events, the inventor of the EmotionalBanking™ and MoneyMoments concepts and the Co-Founder and CEO of PeopleNotTech Ltd – a software solution provider revolutionizing the organizations of companies that need to use technology and new ways of work focused on the concept of Psychological Safety in high performing teams.

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Elliot Eisenberg

Economist

 

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making the arcana and minutia of economics fun, relevant and educational. He earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg, Business Week, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is a regularly featured guest on cable news programs, talk and public radio.

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Adam Carroll

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Adam Carroll is a two-time TED talk speaker with nearly 6M views of his talks on YouTube and TED.com. He co-produced the documentary Broke, Busted and Disgusted which sold to CNBC, and is used as part of the curriculum in high schools and colleges nationwide. Adam has worked closely with credit unions and in the CU movement for the past 15 years helping to improve culture, enhance financial literacy, and increase sales.

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Patti Wubbels, CCE

SVP, Strategic Resource Management

 

Patti Wubbels is Senior Vice President and member of the Cryptocurrency Advisory Services Team at SRM (Strategic Resource Management), an independent firm that advises financial institutions in executing business strategies and strategic sourcing initiatives.

 

At SRM, Patti’s responsibilities include helping clients with strategies around cost savings, revenue opportunities, and process efficiencies. More recently, Patti helped to launch SRM’s crypto advisory, delivering education and strategic planning services for financial institutions integrating cryptocurrency and blockchain concepts and technology. She is a Certified Cryptocurrency Expert (CCE) via the Blockchain Council and is currently working towards completing her crypto certification from MIT Media Lab.

 

Patti has over 20 years of business development experience, with 17+ years in the banking industry. Patti served in the United States Navy, with a tour in the Gulf War and holds both an MBA in Management and a BA in Business from Doane College. She resides in Jupiter, Florida.

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Rob Danna

SVP, ITA Group

 

With a 25-year background in technology and sales management, Rob brings real-world performance improvement solutions to hundreds of large companies. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ITA Group, he prides himself by staying on the front lines of performance improvement technology and innovation.

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Nick Evens

President & CEO, Curql Collective

 

As President and CEO of Curql Collective, LLC. Nick cultivates opportunities to help fintech and credit unions collaborate on breakthrough technologies that minimize threats and successfully, transform, improve, disrupt and position the industry with a best-in-class member experience. Curql Fund I has 68 credit union and industry investors with over $250MM in capital to be deployed in transformative technology for the benefit of credit unions. Prior to leading Curql Collective, Nick was President of The Veridian Group, Inc. (TVG), the wholly-owned CUSO holding company of Veridian Credit Union, where he led equity investment strategy and direction for the $5.4B institution. Based in Waterloo, Iowa, TVG’s holdings include Veridian Insurance and Veridian Fiscal Solutions with total staff over 45 strong. During his tenure, Nick managed TVG’s more than ten direct minority investments in CUSO companies, positioning the organization with direct equity stakes in Dwolla, Alkami Technology and Moov Financial and committing approximately $10MM in six venture or seed capital funds. Nick serves on the board of NACUSO, CUNA Strategic Services as well as 2 fintech companies, Lender Close and Illuma Labs.

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Brian Scott

 

Brian partners with industry leaders in payments and community financial institutions to create competitive payments programs. Brian helps credit unions position themselves competitively in their own communities and maintain profitability throughout their payments programs. He spent 23 years in the highly competitive consumer payments marketplace and is a recognized leader in payments solutions and innovative technologies. He is a frequent speaker on the future of payments, new payments trends, mobile banking, alternative payments, and how new payments technologies will transform the current banking space.

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Jim Plagge

President and CEO, Bank Iowa

Jim Plagge brings over 30 years of financial services industry experience to Bank Iowa, where he serves as President and CEO. Plagge also serves as the Bank Iowa Corporation President and CEO. He has been active in trade and community organizations his entire career.

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Jeff Russell

President and CEO, Delta Dental of Iowa

Jeff Russell is the president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. With more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles, he has led companies of a variety of sizes: from start-ups to established companies embarking on transformation efforts.

 

As a not-for-profit insurance carrier, Delta Dental provides dental, vision and legal benefits to more than 1,500,000 members through commercial and government programs. Since 2002, more than $50 million has been contributed to improving the health and smiles of Iowans through the company’s Community Impact Program and the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation.

 

Jeff graduated from Drake University and currently serves on several boards and committees, including as board president of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, founding chairman of the Global Insurance Accelerator and is on the executive committee for the Delta Dental Plans Association board of directors. He also serves on the boards of MedixDental IT, InsuranceMenu and Connectify HR.

 

Prior to Delta Dental, Jeff led a variety of companies in the banking and payments industry. He was president and CEO of TMG Financial Services, a credit union service organization (CUSO) specializing in agent issuing programs for community‑based financial institutions and associations. He was the first employee and helped the company grow to be one of the 30th largest Mastercard issuers in the United States and earn a spot on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing companies in 2012. Jeff’s experience also includes serving as chief strategy officer of Affiliates Management Company, as well as having held various senior management positions for The Members Group, a financial technology and payments CUSO, helping to grow the company from $7 million in revenue to more than $100 million prior to its sale to CO-OP Financial Services.

 

In the financial services industry, he served on the board for payments startup Dwolla and on the board of advisors for IQR Analytics. He was faculty member for NACUSO at Pepperdine and a member of the inaugural Filene i3 group, driving innovation in the credit union industry.

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Devon Lyon

COO, Direct Federal

 

Devon brings over 15 years of credit union experience to Direct Federal. Devon is the Chief Operating Officer at Direct. In this role he oversees Deposit Operations, workflow efficiencies, Regulatory Compliance, and Human Resources. Prior to joining Direct, Devon was the Director of Education at NAFCU. When Devon is not looking for ways to improve the work or providing industry insights, he spends his time with his bride Stephanie traveling the world, or at the dog park with his two dogs Peppermint, and Chewbacca.

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Joe Sheridan

Head of Business Development, SimplyFocused

 

“Credit Union Joe” is a proud University of Iowa Hawkeye with over 11 years of experience in politics, financial services, corporate social responsibility, sports marketing and technology. His unique background brings a different perspective to helping credit unions grow by focusing on ways to differentiate their brand and aligning that with a unique member experience that mixes high-tech with high-touch. Joe has a wife and young daughter, living in West Des Moines, IA. When not working with credit unions across the country you will find him boating on the lakes of the Midwest, pretending to golf or trying out a new smoked meat recipe. Joe is passionate about several non-profits serving in leadership positions with Variety- The Children’s Charity of Iowa, The Contributors Breakfast Club Foundation and the Greater Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation.

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Josh Cook

CEO, Community Choice Credit Union

 

Josh Cook is considered a visionary leader and creative thinker. Josh started with Community Choice CU (CCCU) in 2002 as the Marketing Manager and has expanded his role to include everything from marketing to branch operations with plenty in between. During his twenty years at CCCU he has gained considerable attention for his creative work amassing over forty national marketing awards.

 

Josh’s marketing success is attributable to his ability to view challenges and opportunities with consumer behavior in mind. This success led to his creation of Choice Creative Solutions (CCS) in 2012. CCS is a credit union service organization operating under CCCU specializing in marketing. Under Josh’s leadership and vision, CCS has expanded its capabilities and grown sales year over year utilizing tactics uncommon within the industry.

 

Perception thinking is cornerstone to Josh’s approach to sales success no matter the organization he’s serving. Josh believes that successful product sales most often exist due to perception not reality. This lead importance approach led to the development of a software as a service (SaaS) product created by Josh and developed by CCS in 2014.

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