Trea$ury Initiatives 2017


Our keynote speaker this year will be Dan Lasko.

Corporal (Retired) Dan Lasko was born in 1982 and is from Easton, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines on the morning of September 11th, 2001 and has a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2004 serving with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. On April 24th, 2004 while on a reconnaissance mission the convoy he was traveling in was ambushed. His vehicle struck an improvised explosive device which resulted in him losing his left leg below the knee. He has been awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Marine Corps Achievement award. Corporal (Retired) Lasko currently resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.

Dan was recently featured in a Pedigree commercial. To view the commercial, click on the You Tube link below.


Session 1: 9:35 – 10:30

Credit Ratings: Applicability and Use Cases for Middle Market Companies

Since the financial crisis, all ratings agencies have endeavored to be more transparent with their criteria and process. As part of this, S&P Global Ratings Business Development reaches out to finance professionals across many sectors to educate them on the ratings process. We try to foster an engaging dialogue so that we can put them at ease regarding ratings and so they can anticipate and model potential outcomes. We find robust demand in the middle market and are happy to share examples of use cases that may allow the Philly AFP community to be better financial stewards for their organization.

Tara Ashmore, Director Business Development S & P Global Ratings

Tara Ashmore is Director, Business Development for Corporates and Financial Services Ratings Practices at S&P Global Ratings. She is responsible for identification of and outreach to unrated companies in the Southeast United States and works with them on education, service offerings, and contractual and commercial issues as well as other analytical evaluation services offered by S&P Global Ratings.

Tara has held various consulting roles for a variety of entities, including Strategic Planning at The New York Botanical Garden and consulting Chief Financial Officer to start-ups in New York City and the tri-state area. She was the Chief Financial Officer of the start-up retail electricity supplier, North American Power and Gas taking the entity through three levels of financing.

Her finance and treasury experience derive from roles in companies such as Avis Budget Group, its predecessor Cendant Corporation and, earlier, Saks Fifth Avenue. Among these roles, she completed nearly $10 billion in financings in addition to building out a shared services treasury function that consolidated $20 billion in annual cash flow. Early in her career, she worked in surveillance for a monoline bond insurer and as a structured finance analyst at a rating agency.

Tara holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Baruch College and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University, both located in New York, NY where she currently works.

How Blockchain is Transforming Business Practices

Blockchain has a proven use case with the digital currency bitcoin, which is currently trading at $1,000 per bitcoin and has a market cap of $16 billion. Now industry leaders are testing the waters with the use of blockchain technology to simplify traditional business practices that require lots of tedious manual effort. According to Bloomberg News, financial and technology firms are projected to invest $1billion in blockchain technologies in 2016. In this interactive session you will gain an understating of blockchain technology and how it is different from traditional IT designs. In addition, we will walk through a case study of real blockchain implementations.

Leilani Doyle US Dataworks

Leilani is an executive and entrepreneur with a passion for simplifying consumer-to-business and business-to-business commerce and related transactions. Her current mission is to eliminate tedious manual processes, redundant efforts, waste and expense from traditional business transactions. In her current role as SVP Product Management for US Dataworks, Leilani delivers new technology to banks and businesses that improve remittance processing automation. She is an active participant in the Federal Reserve's Faster Payments Task Force, the Business Payments Coalition, and numerous other industry work groups.

Caitlin Long, CEO Symbiont

Caitlin Long is chairman and president of Symbiont, the market-leading smart contracts platform for institutional uses of distributed ledger technology and winner of Waters Technology's Award for Best Distributed Ledger Project in 2016 (Buy-Side Technology Awards). Caitlin previously spent 22 years on Wall Street in senior roles, working for Morgan Stanley (2007-2016), Credit Suisse (1997-2007) and Salomon Brothers (1994-1997). During her career she started and ran three new businesses, was a top-ranked equity research analyst for the life insurance sector, and worked directly for the co-CEOs on a business restructuring in Zurich. Caitlin has been active in bitcoin since 2012 and blockchains since 2014, and she served on Morgan Stanley's internal blockchain working group in 2014-16.

Andrea Tinianow, Director of Global Delaware State of Delaware

Andrea Tinianow creates opportunities at the nexus of law and business at the highest level, both domestically and internationally. She is known for leading a broad range of initiatives, including developing new products and services; entering new and untapped markets; and helping to identify new revenue streams, bring in more clients, and leverage existing resources to grow profit.

Payment Management: Improve Your Financial Gains

Today's organizations are gaining a financial advantage through the strategic use of payments. Once considered routine exercise, payment management influences multiple business functions and performance metrics across the enterprise. Taking a strategic view helps leaders develop holistic O2C and P2P processes that leverage payments to their fullest potential. Join this informative session to gain insights into the use of payments to better condition your organization for financial resilience.

Neil McHugh, VP Segment Manager TD Bank

Neil manages the payables segment for TD Bank's Treasury Management Services business. In this dynamic position, Neil serves as a thought leader helping to define TD's strategy for B2B payment solutions such as commercial cards, ePayables and Integrated Payables. In addition, he is responsible for fostering collaboration with industry participants and ultimately elevating TD's brand within this essential market segment. Prior to this role, Neil led the treasury management sales team in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. region and helped to develop TD's commercial card program.

During his 15 year career in the treasury management and payments industry, Neil has obtained diverse experience across multiple industries and acquired a deep understanding of the procure-to-pay, accounts payables and working capital disciplines. He has leveraged this expertise to contribute to numerous industry periodicals and is a regular presenter at regional and national conferences. McHugh is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University.

Developing a Treasury Roadmap - Making Cash Management, Cash Forecasting and Risk Management Strategic Priorities

The presentation is aimed to highlight the typical issues Treasury teams face with the core functions, understand why they need to be addressed and the analytical tools to create a roadmap. The level of detail of a roadmap will drive the success of the plan, raise the decision points and support execution. The areas of cash management, forecasting and risk are fundamental to Treasury and the audience will learn how to create a roadmap to route their activities to efficiency and best practice.

Priscila Nagalli, Sr. Manager Treasury and Capital Markets Actualize Consulting

Priscila Nagalli, CFA, CTP is a Senior Manager at Actualize Consulting. Mrs. Nagalli specializes in the areas of Treasury operations, risk management and technology. Mrs. Nagalli has held multiple roles on global cash, payments, compliance, accounting, liquidity, currency, and risk management. Combined with background working with structured funding scenarios on both emerging and developed markets, Mrs. Nagalli has a proven record of problem solving and streamlining processes by thinking strategically and holistically analyzing issues to arrive at clear, simple, and actionable solutions. Mrs. Nagalli has worked in Brazil, Canada, and the US on progressive roles in banking, pension fund, corporate treasury, and consulting. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.

Priscila holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado located in São Paulo Area, Brazil, obtained her Integrated Marketing Certificate from the University of Chicago and is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CTP (Certified Treasury Professional) charter holder.

Session 2: 11:00 – 11:55

Risk Culture – The Heart and Soul of Enterprise Risk Management

During and subsequent to the 2008 financial crisis, business leaders, regulators and risk professionals came to realize the importance of culture for effective Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Culture is best understood as the decisions and behaviors that people engage in when they are not otherwise told what to do. Risk culture is a subset of the overall culture of an organization and represents the norms, attitudes and behaviors of individuals in the organization relative to risk awareness risk taking and risk management. In short, risk culture is the "default settings" that guide employee choices and behaviors and can mean the difference between the success or failure of ERM.

This session will present and discuss why risk culture is important and the linkage between strong risk culture and business performance. Entity level instruments and cultural drivers will be presented as the two main areas of influence on risk culture. Approaches that organizations can take to assess, analyze and improve cultural drivers will be described with examples. Finally, real world case study examples of how risk culture influenced both institutional failures and successes will be presented and discussed, along with an audience Q&A.

Edmund Green, Managing Director KPMG

Edmund is a Managing Director in KPMG LLP's Risk Consulting practice with nearly 30 years of cross-functional experience, including commercial and consumer credit, treasury operations, risk management, and internal controls, primarily with Fortune 500 Financial Services companies. His main focus at KPMG is on assisting clients with implementing or improving their Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs and processes, with emphasis on governance, risk assessment, reporting and training. He has also assisted clients in the area of risk culture. His clients include both the commercial and government sector organizations.

Prior to joining KPMG in 2006, Edmund was a First Vice President in the CFO Risk and Control Division of a consumer credit card bank with assets of $189 billion, where he led the implementation of SOX §404 for several functional areas including Treasury, Investment and Funding, Vendor Management, and Affinity Compensation. His previous experience includes nine years in commercial banking specializing in commercial credit and cash management for large corporate and middle market companies in the manufacturing and distribution industries. His previous experience includes four years as a Division Treasurer and Director of Treasury Process and Technology for a multi-line Fortune 500 insurance company with assets of $99 billion. Edmund successfully led the development and implementation of the company's first corporate-wide treasury Business Continuity Program.

State of the Payments Industry: The Influence of FinTech on the Market

The financial services world is rapidly changing. FinTech is hot. Venture and Private Equity has funded a record $20B of investments over just the past 2 years. Silicon Valley has become synonymous with innovation and disruption.

Join us as we take a look back at where we've been and where we are going in the rapidly changing world of electronic payments, products and services. We'll also explore how new financial technology (FinTech) companies and faster payments can provide both challenges and opportunities for financial institutions and companies alike.

Rick Fiorito, Chief Revenue Officer Transactis

Rick Fiorito is the Chief Revenue Officer for Transactis, a leading provider of electronic billing and payment technologies. Rick brings more than 30 years of experience in information technology, receivables management and payments. In senior leadership positions at AT&T, Verizon/MCI, SkyTel, NCO, BNY Mellon and ACI/ORCC, Mr. Fiorito developed the reputation as an innovative leader and developed repeatable business practices to accelerate profitable revenue growth. As president of Accelerated Payment Systems/NCO, an early EBPP market entrant, he introduced many of the epayment industry best practices that are common today. Rick Fiorito joined Transactis in April 2014 as the Chief Revenue Officer, responsible for leading the sales, marketing and product management team to exceed revenue goals and strengthen Transactis' EBPP and EIPP market leadership.

Tom Frale, President Transaction Directory

Tom is the Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Business Development for RLR Management Consulting. Tom has nearly 30 years of Treasury Management and operational banking experience which includes product strategy and development, sales training and execution, marketing, operations, vendor reviews and evaluation, relationship management and channel development across all market segments. He has given numerous speeches to regional and national banking organizations on subjects ranging from Check 21 and HIPAA compliance to relationship management. He is also adept at building new product costing models, streamlining operations and leveraging technology to maximize profitability and drive down expense.

In addition to his role at RLR Management, he is the Chairman and Chief Editor of Transaction Directory, a nationally recognized resource for current events / press distributions and marketing leadership throughout the banking industry.

Corporate and Bank Relationships – The New Normal

Industry changes and trends have placed magnified importance on the need for corporations and banks to build deeply collaborative relationships. As crucial players at all points of the transaction lifecycle, both parties are subject to a myriad of new market-driven rules around compliance, regulatory scrutiny, balance sheet management, and credit and risk management. These rules necessitate enhanced communication, with firm commitments for open and candid dialogue around roles, responsibilities and processes. This panel session will feature senior corporate treasury representatives and an industry provider who will share their perspectives on the importance of creating and maintaining open dialogue with banking partners, and what those communications need to cover to meet the new normal of corporate and bank relations.

Sandi Mellema-Higgins, Vice President BNY Mellon

Sandi Mellema-Higgins is a Vice President and Relationship Officer for BNY Mellon Treasury Services. She is responsible for sales and marketing to large corporate companies headquartered primarily in the northeastern part of the U.S. Her client portfolio spans across varying industries and multinational corporations.

Ms. Mellema-Higgins joined BNY Mellon Treasury Services sales staff in 1989. She has 40 years of banking experience, 36 of which are in cash management.

Sandi attended Colorado State University, majoring in biological science. She is a Certified Treasury Professional.

Dawn Budd, Assistant Treasurer ETS

As Assistant Treasurer, Executive Director of ETS, Dawn is responsible for Cash and Investment Management which includes forecasting and managing cash to meet liquidity needs for the organization. She is also responsible for the Accounts Payable, Payroll and Credit Card Processing departments. ETS, Princeton, New Jersey is a $1.5B global organization providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services.

Before joining ETS in October 2002, Dawn had been Director of Treasury at Journal Register Company for 4 years responsible for setting up and implementing a Treasury department with processes and procedures, including bank relationship management and setting up cash reporting and related products, pension fund reporting, shareholder stock reporting, lines of credit, corporate risk insurance programs, cash forecasting and participated with all acquisitions and divestitures. Journal Register Company is a public publishing company of newspapers and other publications throughout the mid-west and eastern United States.

Prior to joining Journal Register, Dawn worked for Derivatives Portfolio Management LLC/Tricon U.S.A. Inc. (DPM Mellon LLC) for 11 years. First as Cash Manager for 3 years, promoted to Director of Treasury Operations, maintaining that position for 4 years and spending the last 4 years as Treasurer. DPM Mellon LLC is a Global Alternative Fund Administrative Specialist company servicing the hedge fund industry with onshore and offshore fund administration. The main responsibilities were cash management, establishing lines of credit, forecasting, budgeting, payroll and Accounts Payable & Receivables, corporate risk insurance and back office outsource support for other third party Hedge fund managers performing all cash management related activity and reporting including short and long term investments.

Dawn, a Certified Treasury Professional, (CTP) since 1997, and also a member of the Association for Financial Professionals.

Dawn holds a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University.

Hilary Farone, Assistant Vice President CHUBB

As Assistant Vice President Global Treasury, Hilary is responsible for Chubb's banking relationships, bank contract negotiations, bank administration and services, FBAR and Liquidity and Bank Exposure. Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer, based on market capitalization.

Before joining Chubb in August 2015, Hilary was the Assistant Treasurer at Houghton International, a specialty chemical manufacturer. She was responsible for global cash forecasting and cash repatriation, bank administration, the corporate credit card program, bank reconciliation and FBAR.

Hilary has been a member of the Association for Financial Professionals and a Certified Treasury Professional, (CTP) since 2010.

Hilary holds a MBA from the University of Oregon and a BBA from Emory University.

Global Cash Implications: What's Next for Corporate Treasury Personnel

As global balance sheet investors face ongoing market uncertainty and industry change, we examine what has become most important for global treasury personnel in this new era. Post money fund reform and with impending EMEA reform, along with changing rate dynamics, Euro pressure and impact from fiscal policy, we examine what challenges global treasury teams face as they examine what investment choices are most viable for their organization, as well as the internal discussions they are having. Through this session we will address several questions around global investment dynamics and best practices around proper due diligence.

Kevin Fitzgerald, Director BlackRock

Kevin Fitzgerald, Director, is a member of the Cash Management Team within BlackRock's Trading & Liquidity Strategies Group. He leads the Eastern Region Corporate Sales team, responsible for providing liquidity and fixed income investment solutions to US and multinational corporations, as well as other institutional investors.

Mr. Fitzgerald's service with the firm dates back to 2000, including his years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, he was a vice president with the MLIM Institutional Investment Services team, responsible for marketing MLIM's institutional capabilities to the Merrill Lynch channel. He joined MLIM in 2000.

Mr. Fitzgerald earned a BA degree, cum laude, from Saint Anselm College in 2000.

Ronald Hill, Director BlackRock

Ronald Hill, Director, is a member of the Cash Management team within BlackRock's Trading and Liquidity Strategies Group. He is responsible for the U.S. Client Service and Product Strategy teams. Mr. Hill is the secretary of the Cash Management Policy Oversight Committee and participates in the Cash Investment Strategy Risk, Credit and Sales Leadership committees.

Mr. Hill joined BlackRock in 2002 as an analyst in the portfolio administration team, and working with cash management clients in 2006.

Mr. Hill earned his BS degree in finance from the University of Delaware in 1998 and an MBA from Wilmington University in 2008.

Corporate Practitioner TBD

Session 3: 1:30 – 2:25

Fraud and Cyber Security Risk

Fraud and cyber security threats continue to rise. In this session you will:

  • Learn about current and emerging global fraud threats and trends,
  • Hear why BEC (business email compromise) and other online scams (i.e., phishing, masquerading) are still successful,
  • Understand threats from insider fraud and the importance of employee screening,
  • Expand your fraud education to include security practices and associated risks with social engineering as well as
  • Review successful best practices for fraud mitigation


Mary Rosendahl, Director Bank of America

Mary Rosendahl is a Director for Digital Channels at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mary is responsible for Security, Fraud Education and Risk Management for the corporate online, file, and mobile banking channel. She has 35 years of product management experience at Bank of America.

Mary is in charge of security strategy, authentication design and implementation, adherence to global banking regulations and policy, and fraud education. She has extensive product management experience in a suite of services that include online payments, lockbox, check, information reporting, credit, as well as the launch of the corporate mobile application.

Mary earned a Master's degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, an undergraduate degree in Finance from Illinois State University, and has SWIFT for Corporates Certification.

How Blockchain and Distributive Ledger Technology Will (and Will Not) Affect Financial Services Businesses

Financial operations and service providers are scrambling to figure out how to use blockchain/distributive ledgers to produce shared data access to large volume transactions, real-time settlement and automated reconciliation. Cost savings can be substantial, and complex services can be streamlined among dozens/hundreds of participants. But what is not known yet is whether financial services 'ecosystems' can actually collaborate and trust each other enough to share data and interoperate together sufficiently to harness this innovation.

Steve Mott, Principal BetterBuyDesign

Steve Mott is a 30-year veteran of the electronic payments and security industry, specializing in 'landscape' and strategic assessments, transaction economics, innovative uses of debit networks, authentication and security technologies, and emerging alternative payments types and venues—including stored value, online and mobile commerce, cloud-based/digital marketing systems, and transacting over social networks.

As principal of BetterBuyDesign, a payments consultancy, Steve (and partner organizations) work with clients on strategy development, product research and design, organizational effectiveness and vendor management, technology evaluations, and market assessments. His clients include merchants, banks, processors, networks, technology providers and corporates.

Steve also advises investment firms on industry trends and developments, conducts business valuations and M&A/due diligence support, and serves as an expert witnesses in patent, trade secret, and other IP matters. Steve serves as a subject matter expert for the Federal Reserve and other industry organizations, speaks at two dozen payments conferences each year, and is a frequent contributor to Digital Transactions Magazine and n*genuity Journal.

Automated Cash Application: A Case Study with Ricoh USA

What floats and sinks in Ricoh's ocean of 2 million payments per year? During this session attendees will learn what life preservers and flotation devices were deployed to move from 100% manual paper payments to "Best in Class" automation, currently averaging 80% (94% for checks). This case study shares how Ricoh is increasing hit rates for difficult electronic ACH payments, and shares navigation tips and best practices for handling business to business payments requiring specific invoice application. Another life saver shared – how the team handles the increasing influence of retail payment practices from small businesses, and high volume automation for large businesses with special handling.

Learn how partnerships with the business owner, process/IT and bank providers can build the best systems to handle rough seas and sandbars. We'll reveal best practices and recommendations from 18 years of improvements.

Karen Rice, SVP PNC Bank

Karen Rice is a Senior Vice President with PNC Bank and permanently certified Corporate Cash Manager. Rice has more than 20 year's experience in Corporate Treasury Management and banking. In her current position, Rice works with the Corporate Finance client segment, working with clients with annual revenues in excess of $500 million as well as Public Finance entities. She has spoken at the national and regional AFP Conferences and has been published regarding current trends, presenting case studies and best practices. Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College.

Lynn Malcolm, Director-Cash, Compliance and Third Party AR Ricoh USA

Responsible for approximately $400M in monthly customer payments and $100M in Ricoh USA's leasing accounts receivable portfolio.

Malcom began her career in Cash Operations in 2001 and during her 14 year tenure with Ricoh, Malcom has supported numerous Oracle implementations and was instrumental in implementing custom Oracle interfaces for lockbox, electronic, dealer compensation and third party vendor cash payment files, resulting in a "best in class" lockbox automation rate of 90%+.

Malcom earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wesleyan College and has expanded her knowledge through extensive customer service training and receiving her Six Sigma certification in 2004. She has spoken at the AFP Conference in Orlando.

Hedging: Understanding FX Fair Value

This session will analyze approaches to determining FX fair value over different time periods. Corporations have multiple types of currency exposures - 5 to 10 years, 18 months, 2 weeks - determining a currency's fair value is a critical first step prior to determining whether to hedge the exposure and then choosing the most efficient approach to hedging.

Stephen Jonathan, Foreign Exchange and Economics Market Specialist Bloomberg

Since September 2009, Steve Jonathan has been a Foreign Exchange and Economics Specialist with Bloomberg in New York working with multinational corporations, institutional clients and official institutions. He has spoken at numerous Bloomberg and outside events on trends and developments in the global economy and currency markets. He is a regular contributor to Bloomberg's Top Live BLOG coverage of key economic and financial market events. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mr. Jonathan spent 25 years on the FX sales desks of several New York financial institutions where he advised a wide range of clients active in global financial markets. In these positions, he developed a wide variety of hedging and market positioning strategies with a specific focus on emerging markets. From 1980–1983, he held several positions at Cargill, including in currency risk management for various trading groups. From 1975–1977, he served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa. Mr. Jonathan earned a bachelor of science in foreign service degree in international politics from Georgetown University.

Session 4: 3:15 – 4:10

Why the Cloud is Good for Treasury

Most treasury professionals among us have not been exposed to the benefits cloud technology offers beyond "I can see it on my phone" and "free upgrades". In this session, Kyriba will challenge the benefits cloud solutions are intended to deliver and determine the true business value of cloud technology to treasurers and CFOs. Discussion points will also include business continuity, how to evaluate cloud technology, and ways that cloud technology can prevent fraud and cybercrime.

Bob Stark, VP of Strategy Kyriba

Bob Stark is responsible for global product strategy and market development at Kyriba. Bob is an 18 year veteran in the treasury technology industry having served in multiple roles at Wall Street Systems, Thomson Reuters, and Selkirk Financial Technologies including product management and strategy. Bob is a regular guest speaker at treasury conferences and an active member of the AFP.

Fraud – A Corporate Panel Discussion

The panel will discuss various issues with which companies need to address including:

  • What types of fraud are you currently experiencing in your business and how are those issues being handled
  • As Corporate practitioners (Treasury and Finance), is your primary focus to mitigate against risk of payment fraud or defend against other fraud risks like data breaches and productivity business disruption
  • Do you have an internal fraud group? If so, what is the mission and engagement of this group within your organization
  • What have you heard from your Banking Partners in how they help your organization identify and mitigate fraud
  • Do any of your companies hold internal programs for your employees on how to increase their awareness around fraud
  • What priority is placed on capital expenditures when it comes to fraud prevention
  • What measures are your organizations taking to secure corporate data from hacking/phishing

Howard Carpenter, VP Wells Fargo Bank

Based in Hartford, CT, Howard Carpenter is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience developing and marketing treasury management solutions to the insurance and financial services industries. Howard held similar positions at Bank of America and its predecessor banks prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2006.

Joanne Hart CIGNA

Joanne Hart has more than 35 years of insurance and financial services industry experience with Cigna. She is currently responsible for managing all of Cigna's global bank relationships, as well as a consulting team which liaisons between Cigna's banks and their internal business units around the globe.

Previously at Cigna, she held various roles including Treasury Manager for Cigna International where she was responsible for control and governance of treasury and banking related matters for Cigna's global field operations. Significant accomplishments for Joanne include developing and deploying Cigna's positive pay platform that is still in operation after 25 years; as well as implementing Cigna's global multi-currency notional pool which is being utilized by a number of Cigna subsidiaries around the globe.

She received her BS in Accounting from Drexel University in 1986. Joanne is a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Cash Manager (CCM).

Eric Sieberer, Assistant Treasurer PMA Group

Eric Sieberer is the Assistant Treasurer at PMA Companies and has over 15 years of insurance industry experience with the company. He is currently responsible for managing all of PMA's bank relationships, daily cash management, bank reconciliations, unclaimed property reporting and Treasury Operations. He received his BS in Accounting and Finance from Drexel University in 1990 and MBA from Villanova University in 1999. Eric is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).

Same Day ACH – Phase Two Considerations and Implementation

As we approach the finishing line for Same Day ACH phase 2 and 3 participants need to understand the benefits and impacts to ensure continued success for this innovative service. Financial institutions and originating companies have implemented Same Day ACH for credits and now it's time to reunite the team to discuss implementation for Same Day ACH debits. In the fall of 2017 debits become eligible for Same Day ACH. This session will review lessons learned and statistics for Same Day ACH credits. This session is a perfect way to get up to speed on the benefits, considerations and practical application for Same Day ACH processes. A Same Day ACH sample checklist will be reviewed during the session.

Adrian Brown, Member Engagement and Education Director The Clearing House

Adrian Brown has more than 26 years of electronic payments and e-commerce experience in the financial industry. Adrian serves as the Member Engagement and Education Manager at The Clearing House. His responsibilities include member engagement and education strategies, conducting Automated Clearing House (ACH) audits and risk assessments, educational workshops, and other electronic payment system professional services.

Prior to joining The Clearing House, Adrian served as Director of Education at The Payments Authority, an association focused on growing the use of electronic payments and e-commerce. Prior to 2004, Adrian served as Manager and Vice President at Franklin Bank where he was responsible for E-Commerce and Customer Service Operations. Also, Adrian has earned the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) certification. Adrian speaks about electronic payments and related topics at trade and industry association meetings and conferences throughout the state and nationally. Adrian has served on various NACHA national committees and panels, and currently participates on the Same-Day ACH Task Group.

Getting It Right: Balancing Profitability, Liquidity and Risk

Cash forecasting will take on new meaning for treasury professionals in 2017.

The combination of allocating cash toward its "best use" together with rising rates, Basel III, Section 385 regulations and the potential for cash repatriation or a complete US tax reform from a new administration in the White House will put a premium on the Treasury's ability to manage these many moving parts.

Join StoneCastle where they will introduce key issues every practitioner needs to consider to optimize their forecasting and liquidity management strategies.

Brandon Semilof, Managing Director StoneCastle

Brandon Semilof is a Managing Director at StoneCastle Cash Management, LLC. Mr. Semilof has more than twenty years of investment management and marketing experience. Throughout his career, he is credited with helping create and launch innovative and unique cash management solutions that have helped to define and develop the institutional cash market.

Prior to joining StoneCastle, Brandon was with Vanderbilt Avenue Asset Management, where he was head of sales and marketing. At Vanderbilt, he was successful in helping launch the first institutional liquid FDIC-insured cash management vehicle. Prior to Vanderbilt, Mr. Semilof was a Director at The Reserve, where he was head of Institutional Sales; while there, institutional cash balances under his leadership grew from $5 billion to over $85 billion. Brandon is a frequent and sought after speaker and has been quoted in nearly every major financial publication on the topic of cash management.

Brandon has a B.S. in Business Management from Ithaca College.

Barry Weiss, Director Financial Institutions Kroll Bond Rating Agency

Barry Weiss is a Director in the Financial Institutions Ratings Group at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. where he is responsible for heading the Global Fund Ratings Team. Barry joined KBRA in 2016 and has over 30 years of multi-sector experience as an investor and a credit analyst providing him with a unique prospective on the industry.

Prior to KBRA, Barry was a member of the Global Fund Ratings Team at Standard & Poor’s where he was responsible for analyzing and assigning ratings to a broad range of globally managed funds such as money market funds, bond funds, separate accounts, and government investment pools. Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Barry was Portfolio Manager/Director of Research at Arrowhead Credit Research Corporation, Barry was also a Portfolio Manager for OppenheimerFunds Inc., in charge of making investment decisions and setting portfolio strategy for the Centennial Money Market Trust, the Centennial Government Trust, the Oppenheimer Cash Reserves, and the Oppenheimer Money Fund/VA. In January 2008, i-MoneyNet named Barry Portfolio Manager of the Year, as Oppenheimer Cash Reserves was its category’s highest gross return for 2007. Previously, he worked at Fitch IBCA, Inc., where he was an Associate Director in the Structured Finance Group, and before that, Barry spent eight years in the Office of the Mayor, Office of Management and Budget of the City of New York.

Barry is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of South Dakota and a Masters of Fine Arts from the City University of New York – Brooklyn College.