Over 200 Payments Professionals Gather in the Buckeye State

Last week, over 200 payments professionals flocked to Columbus, Ohio to join us at EPCOR Payments Conference – Spring 2019 and travel along The Road to Faster Payments. Together, we explored the latest in new and emerging payments, but also made pit stops to learn and discuss other relevant topics such as risk management, security and fraud, regulatory updates, audit requirements and so much more!

As the checkered flag dropped, many payments professionals revved their engines, attending one of two optional pre-Conference Workshop, The Faster Payments Road Trip: Designing Your Roadmap with EPCOR’s Brian Laverdure and Positive and Professional Communication Skills with Dr. Susan Harrison. Later, everyone gathered for the opening General Session, The ACH Network is Positioned for a Bright Future with Jane E. Larimer the upcoming CEO of Nacha. Here, Jane shared interesting statistics related to topics such as the volume growth of direct deposit, business-to-business (B2B), internet and person-to-person (P2P) payments.

Officially off to the races, conference attendees were free to create their own journeys choosing from ten sessions. Sessions available to choose from on day one included Gone in 60 Seconds – The Brave New World of Faster Payments with Kevin Olsen, AAP, APRP, NCP, VSoft, Top 10 Ways to Quantify & Manage Financial Crime Risk with Dave Richardson, FNB Omaha and Andrew Davies, Fiserv and more.

Attendees gathered at the end of the first day for our Anniversary Party Gala Reception, enjoying plenty of board games for entertainment. Folks were encouraged to mingle and play a few rounds of games like Apples to Apples, Yahtzee, cornhole, Jenga, Dominoes and more. In celebration of EPCOR’s 10th Anniversary, everyone received special glasses and koozies to drink from (and take home), which featured our anniversary logo and Hoot-E. Party-goers agreed that the day was a success, and compared notes on their quest to complete challenges as part of the Click game in the Conference app.

The opening general session on Wednesday, Don’t Be a Legal Target - Advice From Two Payments Attorneys with Paul Carrubba, Esq. & Scott Jones, Esq., Adams & Reese LLP got attendees thinking of the legalities of banking and how their practices would stand up in a courtroom. The attorneys gave many entertaining and helpful tips pertaining to how a financial institution can increase the potential for success in the event they are ever sued.

Day two of the conference featured our Recognition Luncheon. In addition to acknowledging 107 AAPs, seven APRPs and nine NCPs in attendance, we conducted drawings for several special frames to honor each accreditation.

Day two’s sessions continued to excite conference attendees, facilitated by experts at the forefront of the payments industry. In addition to vendor showcases, our sessions included New Error Resolution Changes and Fallback Transactions in the Payment Card Industry, Top 10 Ways to Quantify & Manage Financial Crime Risk, Banking Marijuana-Related Businesses: A Practical Approach to this Higher Risk Sector and more.

To conclude the day, our closing session Developments in Real-Time Payments with Tim Mills, AAP, The Clearing House and Eric Foust, Zelle. Zelle gave an update on its continued growth and plans to expand its offering in the marketplace, while The Clearing House gave an update on the deployment of the RTP Network, including its market penetration and early use. Together, the two gave attendees a better understanding of how Zelle and the RTP Network can work together to help financial institutions of all sizes meet the expectations of their account holders.

Although the shortest of the conference, day three still packed a punch! Sessions included A Federal Reserve Update on Faster Payments, Understanding the Pros and Cons of P2P Payments, How to Defraud an ODFI in Three Easy Steps, Not Your Typical B&B: Blockchain and Bitcoin and more!

Keeping attendees engaged up to the very last second of the conference, Jessica Washington, AAP and Doug King of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta facilitated Hot Topics in Fraud. The pair led a thought-provoking discussion about the most prevalent forms of fraud attacks. They also reviewed the use of social engineering by fraudsters as well as card-not-present fraud, ATM attacks, elder financial exploitation and more. Attendees were on the edge of their seat listening to each detail!

Our popular Passport to Prizes contest challenged attendees to tour the vibrant exhibit hall, receiving passport punches from each exhibitor so that they could be entered into drawings for many generous prizes. Along with the many gift cards awarded, prizes were also presented to participants of the Click game on EPCOR’s Event App, which sent attendees on a scavenger hunt to find EPCOR mascot Hoot-E around the event as well as many other fun challenges. The top point earner, Allison, won a $50 gift card and a stuffed Hoot-E!

Attendees then parted company, returning to their payments professions armed with the newfound knowledge and connections they made along their travels on The Road to Faster Payments.

Our sincere thanks go to the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees of EPCOR Payments Conference – Spring 2019, as well as the conference planning committee – our conference wouldn’t be such a huge success without their contributions.

Please come back and see us next year at the Hilton Polaris, May 19th through May 21st in Columbus for EPCOR Payments Conference – Spring 2020! Or, if you couldn’t join us in Columbus, please come see us this fall in Overland Park, Kansas on October 21-23 for ECPOR Payments Conference – Fall 2019! We look forward to traveling The Road to Faster Payments with you once again!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and the Knowledge Community for pictures from the conference! Also, if you got your headshot taken in Columbus, don’t forget to update your profile photo on the knowledge community!

Also, special thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors:

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