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Take a deep dive into payments topics impacting your organization with one of our virtual symposiums. Symposiums provide a unique opportunity to get important information from industry experts without leaving your office.

Virtual Cannabis Banking Symposium

This symposium will provide important information and insight on the expanding legal cannabis industry so you can plan and adjust the course for your organization. Learn from leading experts in the payments industry as they share a variety of perspectives.

When: December 12

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Virtual Cannabis Banking Symposium Agenda

  • The Politics of Cannabis Banking
    1 pm to 1:40 pm CT
  • Evaluating Risk and Due Diligence with Cannabis Banking
    1:40 pm to 2:50 pm CT
  • The Transition to Cannabis Banking
    2:50 pm to 4 pm CT

Session Descriptions

The Politics of Cannabis Banking

William D. Sullivan, Senior Director & Group Manager, Government & Industry Relation, Nacha
Hear from Bill Sullivan on past barriers at a Congressional level for cannabis banking and the current legislative prospects of a federal solution to allow for banking cannabis customers. Looking forward, Bill will navigate the possible paths for legislation to pass both the House and Senate for the remainder of the 117th Congress.

The Transition to Cannabis Banking

Alicia Wade, President & COO, Valliance Bank; Melissa Turner, Senior Vice President, Director of Operations, Valliance Bank
Alicia and Melissa will discuss their bank’s transition into cannabis banking. Learn how they prepared their institution and compliance team for this significant shift by leveraging community and regulatory relationships. They will also discuss how the bank continues to face ongoing complexities in this evolving industry.

Evaluating Risk and Due Diligence with Cannabis Banking

Matthew Luzadder, CAMS, Partner, Sandra Musumeci & Alla Taher, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
This session will discuss what a financial institution needs to consider when getting involved with cannabis banking including:
  • Legal Framework Overview
  • Best Practices for Minimizing Potential Risk
  • Developing a Stand-alone MRB Compliance Program
  • Enhancing Customer Due Diligence
  • Monitoring for Suspicious Activities and Filing Reports
  • Recordkeeping
  • Monitoring BSA/AML Developments


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William D. Sullivan

Senior Director & Group Manager, Government & Industry Relation, Nacha

Bill is responsible for Nacha’s government relations and industry outreach in support of the organization’s strategic objectives for the ACH Network and national association, to benefit the NACHA membership and those who utilize the ACH Network.

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Alicia Wade

President & COO, Valliance Bank

Alicia is fully immersed in the banking community in Oklahoma and Texas, serving on the Oklahoma Banker’s Association, Government Relations Council, American Bankers Association Membership Council, Community Bank Council and The Friends of Traditional Banking. Alicia has been with Valliance for over 16 years and serves on the Board of Directors. She fully embraces the community bank spirit and has a deep passion for strategic planning and mentoring future bankers.

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Melissa Turner

Senior Vice President, Director of Operations, Valliance Bank

Melissa oversees all branch operations, deposit operations, treasury services, compliance, bank security, BSA and cannabis banking. She participates in the Oklahoma Banker’s Association’s Emerging Leaders Academy and Operations School, The Bankers Bank’s Faster Payments FedNow council and is Chairman of the United Way Pacesetters Campaign at Valliance. She also co-founded the Central Region Fiserv Premier User Group that has grown to include 150+ banks representing seven states.

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Matthew Luzadder, CAMS

Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Matt’s represents clients in financial services as well as other sectors. At the federal level, Matt has experience with matters before the Department of Justice, the Department of Agriculture, Drug Enforcement Administration, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Treasury, including FinCEN and OFAC, and foreign law enforcement entities. He also represents clients before attorneys general, state inspectors general and state financial regulators.

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Sandra Musumeci

Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Sandy represents companies, individuals, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations in a range of matters, including government, internal and Title IX investigations, regulatory inquiries, business disputes, defamation claims and class action defense. Her previous roles include Deputy Inspector General at the Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department and Assistant District Attorney, Criminal Court Supervisor, at the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

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Alla Taher

Senior Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Al focuses his practice on a range of regulatory compliance matters, white-collar crime, internal investigations and commercial litigation. Previously, Al held multiple positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he supervised trial and appellate advocacy on legal subjects including immigration, citizenship, national security, asylum, fraud and human rights. He has also provided federal court litigation support to U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.


Virtual Instant Payments Symposium

Garner perspective on the faster payments landscape from leading experts in the payments industry. Learn what you need to know about faster payments to plan your organization’s approach and examine how faster payments can be leveraged at your institution.

When: October 3

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Virtual Instant Payments Symposium Agenda

  • Submerging Into the Deep Sea of the FedNow® Service
    1 pm to 2 pm CT
  • Exploring the Depths of RTP® with The Clearing House
    2 pm to 3 pm CT
  • Round Table Dive: Instant Payments from the FI Perspective
    3 pm to 4 pm CT

Session Descriptions

Submerging Into the Deep Sea of the FedNow® Service

Kelli Cumiskey, Director, FedNow® Product Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Take a dive into the deep sea of the FedNow® Service with an update from The Federal Reserve. Learn about the recent launch and get a glimpse into the future of the FedNow® Service. Delve into the details of this innovative payment service so that you understand its impact and emerge ready to make informed decisions that will shape the future of your financial institution.

Exploring the Depths of RTP® with The Clearing House

Keith Gray, Vice President, Sales and Business Development, The Clearing House
Explore the depths of Real-Time Payments (RTP®) with a fresh update from The Clearing House. RTP® continues to accelerate in both financial institutions on the network, use cases and transaction volume. During this session, find out how financial institutions and their customers are using RTP and better understand all the considerations and steps you need to take to leverage the benefits of RTP for your customers.

Round Table Dive: Instant Payments from the FI Perspective

Suzy Morris, APRP, Peoples National Bank; Toby Thomas, Corporate One Federal Credit Union; Kas Steward, AAP, The Bankers Bank
Gain some fresh perspective from financial institutions that have implemented RTP® and the FedNow® Service. Hear from a corporate credit union and other financial institutions to learn from their experiences and lessons learned. This immersive session will cover everything from the decision to implement instant payments to onboarding, use cases, fraud mitigation and more.


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Kelli Cumiskey

Director, FedNow® Product Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Kelli Cumiskey is a Director on the FedNow® Product Team at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Before joining the FedNow® project in 2019, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Payment and Market Infrastructure Policy. Kelli has been with the Federal Reserve System for nine years.

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Keith Gray

Vice President, Sales and Business Development, The Clearing House

Keith is responsible for strategic partnerships, working with partners to facilitate launching and supporting their payment related initiatives. This includes supporting banks and credit unions directly as they plan and execute their strategies to leverage RTP and other networks. During his 20 year+ career, he has worked extensively with financial institutions of all sizes and financial technology companies on emerging payments initiatives, mobile solutions and online banking applications.

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Suzy Morris, APRP

SVP, Head of Treasury Management, Peoples National Bank

With over 20 years of experience in banking, Suzy is responsible for executing product strategy for the business vertical, overseeing customer engagement in payment services and company development. She is also responsible for the development and rollout of new products, services and payment rails. Suzy is President of the Risk Management Association (RMA) STL, Chairman of the EPCOR Payments Committee and an EPCOR Board Member.

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Toby Thomas

VP, Product Market Strategist, Corporate One Federal Credit Union

Toby is responsible for creating a competitive advantage for Corporate One and its national field of membership by designing, supporting and orchestrating growth-oriented go-to-market strategies for new products and services and analyzing and adjusting existing product market strategies. With nearly 20 years of experience in the credit union industry, he has gained an in-depth knowledge of the many complex aspects needed for successful cooperation among cooperatives.

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Kas Stewart, AAP

SVP, Calling Officer, The Bankers Bank

Kas is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with financial institutions, serving as a trusted advisor in regard to payments industry changes while promoting The Bankers Bank’s services and products. Prior to joining The Bankers Bank in 2005, Kas worked in a similar capacity at the Federal Reserve Bank in Oklahoma City for many years.



Virtual Legal Symposium

Special guests from Adams and Reese, LLP provide a unique perspective on topics such as RDFI rights and responsibilities, data security, digital payments and navigating CFPB rules. Examine the legal and regulatory responsibilities of an RDFI including the legal impact of common violations.

When: February 22

Registration Closed

Virtual CompFraudulation Symposium

This special symposium will bring in special guest speakers to discuss the latest challenges impacting the payments industry compliance, regulatory and fraud spaces. Join us to hear insights on hot topics including risk mitigation, fraud trends, regulatory updates and more.

When: April 20

Registration Closed