Ho’ohui 2019: WesPay’s Hawaii Payments Symposium
Honolulu, HI - 05/16/2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm (Local Time):
The second annual Hawaii WesPay Payments Symposium will focus on how compliance and advancement in systems continue to shape the way we look at payment services. We will be hosting an information-packed afternoon, with executive level presenters, bringing you the latest information on upcoming and changing regulations, a new payments system, and emerging technology.
Angie Smith, AAP, NCP
SVP, Professional Development Events
Angie currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Professional Development Events at WesPay, where she is responsible for member programs supporting the AAP and NCP accreditations. She is also responsible for the development and execution of the WesPay Certificate programs relating to ACH, Check and Cross-Channel Risk.
Angie is a recognized industry expert in both paper and electronic payments regulation. She brings thirty years of payments experience to WesPay Advisors and has worked for leading payments organizations, including Federal Reserve Bank, Viewpointe, and MACHA – The Mid-Atlantic Payments Association. She consults to financial institutions in the areas of payments regulations and process improvement. Angie has an extensive background in the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to check/image processing, exception processing, and Remote Deposit Capture product offerings.
Prior to joining WesPay, Angie spent seven years at various regional payments associations and was responsible for managing education and consulting services to financial services. Angie was the director of education where she was responsible for training various financial institutions relating to check processing and image exchange rules and processes. Prior to working in the payments association arena, Angie spent over thirteen years at the Federal Reserve Bank, where she was responsible for processing handling of checks, returns and adjustment.
Angie currently serves on the ECCHO Editorial Board for the NCPC Program. She also holds an AAP and NCP accreditation.
John Curtis, AAP, NCP, APRP
SVP, Education & Training
John has over twenty years of experience in payments and has held positions in Treasury Management, Information Systems and Corporate Training and Development. John was Product Manager for Electronic Payments including ACH, EDI and Emerging Payment Technologies for fourteen years at Bank of the West. He has served as Chairman of WesPay’s Education Committee and as an Advisor to the WesPay Board of Directors. John served as the Chairman of the Board of Payments Resource One (PRO). He is a member of the American Bankers Association Task Force on Payments Law and has lectured on payments topics including legal issues, emerging technologies, compliance and risk management.
As Senior Vice President of Education and Training, John Curtis oversees the educational offerings for WesPay to ensure members have access to high quality, timely and relevant training that is critical for success in today’s ever changing payments landscape. Before coming to WesPay, John dedicated the previous fourteen years of his career to the payments arena as a Product Manager for Electronic Payments covering ACH, EDI and Emerging Payment Technologies. He holds the AAP, NCP and APRP accreditations.
President & CEO
Bill is responsible for strategic initiatives to grow the association and provide maximum value to members and brings nearly thirty years of electronic payments experience to WesPay and has worked for leading payments organizations, including Visa International, Citibank, N.A., and NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association. He consults to financial institutions in the areas of payments strategy and process improvement. Bill has an extensive background in the development and implementation of products and services relating to ACH, wire transfer, purchasing card, debit card, P2P payments, and money transfer networks.
Prior to joining WesPay, Bill spent eleven years at Visa International serving in product leadership positions and was responsible for managing Visa’s global remittance service and initiatives to expand financial services to the unbanked in emerging markets. Bill was the global product manager for Visa’s debit products and was the founder of the Visa International Global Debit Forum. Prior to Visa, Bill spent eight years in the Global Cash Management division of Citibank, where he was responsible for strategic sales, product management and client on-boarding of domestic and cross-border payment solutions.
Bill currently serves on the Boards of WesPay, USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT) and WesPay Advisors.
Chris Selmi, AAP, CRCM
SVP, Risk & Regulatory Compliance
Chris is a recognized industry expert in managing payment-related regulatory impacts and risk mitigation. He consults to financial institutions to develop processes and programs to facilitate compliance with payment law and regulation and industry standards. Prior to joining WesPay, Chris spent sixteen years at Bank of America in the electronic payments group where his responsibilities included operations management, project support, and client and application testing and where he served as the compliance and regulatory control manager for both ACH and Wire payments.
Chris served as Bank of America’s representative on the WesPay Board and as the Chair of WesPay’s Rules Advisory Council and the Risk Management Advisory Council. He is a member of NACHA’s Risk Management Advisory Group.
Chris holds the designation of Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) and Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM).
Jim Petkovits, AAP, NCP, APRP
Jim is Vice President of Education for WesPay and has over eighteen years of payments experience. Jim is responsible for developing and providing education and training to WesPay members through in-person workshops, webinars and in-house training. Prior to joining WesPay, Jim was the ACH Education and Training Manager for NWCHA since 2001, and a Customer Service Manager for Bank of America’s ACH Regional Processing Center in Seattle. Jim holds the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), National Check Professional (NCP), and Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) accreditations.
Connie LaChance, AAP, NCP, APRP
Vice President, Education & Training
Before coming to WesPay, Connie has spent nearly twenty years working in the Credit Union industry. She began her career in accounting and quickly became immersed in ACH payments. For over twelve years, she has been in involved in ACH Operations; with the past eight years managing the ACH department at Ent Credit Union and participating in the Federal Reserve’s Retail Payments Advisory Group. Connie currently holds the AAP, NCP, and APRP designations.
Melissa Giddens, CTP, AAP, NCP
SVP, Payments Strategy
With over 20 years of experience in treasury management consulting, Melissa has worked with businesses on both the east and west coasts to help build optimal structures for managing payables and receivables, mitigating the risk of fraud, and maximizing cash flow. Her background working with businesses of all sizes in a variety of industry segments has helped her contribute significantly toward growing the treasury management revenue for her employers, including community, regional and large financial institutions. As the Principal Consultant for WesPay Advisors, Melissa consults with financial institutions and payments vendors around process improvement, payments strategy and payments regulation. In 2016, she won the Frank E. Zima Payments Advocacy Award and has won numerous sales awards throughout her career. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree from DeVry University and her Master of Business Administration from Green Mountain College. Melissa holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) and National Check Professional (NCP) designations.