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In the current low rate environment, all of us face the challenge of effectively managing our funds. This track is designed to expand your knowledge of the opportunities that are available and also provides some tricks and traps.

101-The Federal Reserve transitioning from QE to QT
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
This discussion will provide an update on how the Federal Reserve is navigating the great unwind of Quantitative Easing (“QE”). The session will cover the leadership transition from Yellen to Powell, Fed member turnover, Fed policies and procedures going forward, and potential outside influences framed within the general U.S. economic outlook for 2019.
John Villela CFA, Longfellow Investment Management
102-Fed Tightening and Rising Yields--Strategies for Treasury Investing
Wednesday, 11:30 -12:30
After years of negative ramifications from the liquidity crisis, the economy and yield environment are finally enjoying a solid recovery. Treasury investors had endured historically low yields, new money fund regulations and the implementation of Basel III. This session will touch on those subjects and offer practical strategies for investors to consider in this market.
Kirk Black CTP CPA, BNY Mellon
103-Liquidity is Relevant Again
Thursday, 10:00-11:00
For the first time in nearly a decade, the trade winds of liquidity have shifted to advantage market based solutions. While the current rate environment may seem like the anomaly given our extended period at near zero rates, The Federal Reserve’s forward guidance suggests that rates may continue to trend higher in the near future thus strengthening the incentives to return to market based liquidity solutions.
To assist you in better evaluating the risk/return dynamics of these strategic liquidity alternatives, Fidelity Investments Institutional Portfolio Manager Kerry Pope/Chris Lewis will offer insights on market rates, demand and supply imbalances, markets factors and investment solutions that benefit from an expanding economic environment. While regulations and trade tariffs and sanctions have clouded the investment landscape, we will overview secular trends to provide a longer-term prospective necessary to frame today’s environment and to enhance your understanding of the forces impacting the liquidity markets in the future.
The incentives to return to market based liquidity solutions continue to grow with each Federal Reserve rate increase.  Even government money market funds with same day liquidity, no SEC mandated liquidity gates and fees and a stable $1.00 NAV now yield over 2%. If you continue to keep operational cash in a bank administered rate strategy of the last decade, now may be the time to reconsider your liquidity alternatives.
Kerry Pope, Fidelity Investments
104-Rethinking the Fixed Income Portfolio
Thursday, 2:30-3:30
This session will examine the why investors should review their fixed income investment mandates and how their portfolios are currently constructed.  Recent trends in the US market support such a re-evaluation in light of shrinking cash balances due to tax reform/repatriation; rising short-term interest rates (with uncertainty on how much higher and when cuts begin anew); inconsistent long-term rates, plus non-rate-driven considerations.
The session will also explore how ESG issues can be incorporated in liquidity, low and short duration strategies. We discuss the various risk/reward characteristics of such strategies and how they may fit in an overall investment portfolio.
Jason E. Moshos, HSBC Global Asset Management
105-A Closer Look at Money Fund Transparency & Disclosures
Thursday, 4:00-5:00
This session updates corporate cash investors and money market professionals on the latest money fund metrics available to monitor and select investments. Money fund expert Peter Crane will review the various tools and data points, and will discuss the various portals, providers and platforms. Crane will review recent market events and give attendees tips on and how to get the most of available information. He’ll also compare and view U.S. money fund measurements versus new disclosures on European and “offshore” money market funds and on enhanced cash, private fund and other cash-like investment options.
Peter Crane, Crane Data
106-Navigating Liquidity in an Increasing Rate Environment
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30
This session will cover corporate cash liquidity and the needs of corporate practitioners as rates continue to increase. Topics will include the impacts of the money market reform 2a7 rule, International MMF reform, Basel III, LCR and a few case studies.
John Medico, Citizens Commercial Banking

 

 Not unique to the world of treasury management, these career development sessions are offered to provide insight into dealing with the  challenges we all face in furthering our careers.

801-Women in Leadership
Wednesday, 11:30 -12:30
The last decades of the 20th century brought considerable progress in women’s professional advancement in the world. Yet, the progress has been uneven and is slowing especially in the finance and technology space. Only 4% of the 150 global financial institutions (surveyed by Oliver Wyman in 2013) had women CEOs. Research repeatedly show positive correlation between gender diversity and other business metrics, including innovation, consumer satisfaction and operating profit.
Understanding the unconscious bias that all people carry can be the first step of making basic changes. Multiple steps can be taken at a very basic level by both men and women to help balance out this inequity.
This interactive presentation will discuss the obstacles and barriers, how companies can address the women leadership gap and advise on the practical actions that both men and women can to take to ensure more diversity in the financial services industry.
Ann Klein, AscendantFX
802-Why the CTP Credential?
Thursday, 2:30-3:30
AFP’s Certified Treasury Professional certification signifies your mastery of a rigorous body of treasury, cash and risk management knowledge and is viewed by employers and managers as a best practice for finance departments. Hear practitioners discuss why they chose to earn the CTP, how they prepared for the exam and some benefits of holding the credential, as well as why employers encourage their staffs to pursue the designation.
Sean Locke, CTP, BrightSphere Investment Group
Laurance Selnick, CTP, Webster Bank
 Achieving the goals of corporate finance require that any corporate investment be financed appropriately. In general, this can be divided into long-term and short-term decisions and techniques. This track is designed for the experienced treasury professional and deals with capital investment decisions that are long-term choices: about which projects receive investment, whether to finance that investment with equity or debt, and when or whether to pay dividends to shareholders vs. stock buyback. On the other hand, the short-term decisions can be grouped under the working capital management, which focuses on managing cash and short-term borrowing and lending.

301-Next Level Cash Flow Forecasting & Currency Hedging
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30  ADVANCED
Most organizations want to implement or embrace a better, streamlined, and successful method of cash flow forecasting. Learn how advancements and developments in technology can improve your process and decision making. We will also discuss Hedge Accounting as well as new revenue recognition standard (ASC 606) and how they both play into it all.
Tyler Thurgood, GPS Capital Markets 
302-Running with Bulls - Keeping Up With Economic Expansion
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
The current economic expansion is on the verge of the longest running expansion since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Still, there’s no end in sight for the current growth. The economic focus increasingly turns to structural challenges, like the federal government’s growing fiscal imbalance. You won’t want to miss this timely, dynamic and educational presentation. This session will cover key trends, economic insights and other factors driving the current markets. It will also address if/how much longer the expansion can hold up against Washington legislation and decisions.
James Glassman, J.P. Morgan
303-Blockchain for Recon and Audit
Wednesday, 11:30 -12:30
The world is web-scaling. Peer-to-peer is exploding. Digital is nearly everything. And yet, payment processes remain heavily dependent on mainframes and manual intervention. Moving beyond the hype, proven blockchain technology can be leveraged to deliver frictionless reconciliation, create immutable audit trails for every transaction, and establish end-to-end, anti-tamper safeguards. While blockchain may seem new and confusing, this is a technology that has been battle-hardened in the real world for a decade already, so it is high time to put things in plain language for finance professionals. In this session, explore how to leverage investments in existing ledger platforms for intra- and inter-organizational payment flows, preserve operational privacy and secrecy, and scale to millions and billions of transactions—all while anchoring mathematical truth in widely witnessed evidence.
Ann McCormick, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Richard Magrann-Wells, Adjoint
 
304-What Treasury Ought to Know about Tax – Post 2017 Tax Cut & Jobs Act
Wednesday, 2:30-3:30
This session will provide an overview of Tax issues occurring in domestic and cross-border treasury management. Current developments will be discussed including the 2017 Tax Cut & Jobs Act and OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Actions (BEPS) impacting treasury management, relevant tax terminology and concepts and examples of common scenarios and their outcomes.
Charles R. Hills CPA, L&V Partners
305-How are organizations advantaging Supply Chain Finance?
Thursday, 8:30-9:30
Supply Chain Finance has been through a lot transformation over the years. From being the new hot topic everyone was talking about to the well-established best practice that is known today. The purpose of this session is to be as educational as possible and to provide a high level understanding of Supply Chain Finance and how corporates are benefiting from it. The content will be based on data and real-corporate examples to make it relevant for the audience. The session will focus on the 3 topics below:
1. How are organizations using Supply Chain Finance?
2. Case study: the Siemens Supply Chain Finance program
3. What is the future of Supply Chain Finance?
You will learn the common SCF objectives and how to reach them, best practices from successful programs and lessons learned from failed ones based on real case studies and what’s next for Supply Chain Finance/Working Capital enhancement.
Bob Dyckman, Orbian
Doug Schoch, Siemens Capital Company
306-ERP Readiness –Selection & Implementing Best Practices
Thursday, 10:00-11:00  ADVANCED
This session will provide a vendor agnostic overview of the ERP Implementation process highlighting best practices for various phases of the readiness, selection, and implementation lifecycle. Join us for a fun and collaborative discussions as we share tips/tricks and lessons learned with your fellow attendees on their ERP journey.
Aneri Shah, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
308-Driving Strategic Alignment from The Front Lines to the Board Room
Thursday, 4:00-5:00
Creating and implementing a Strategic Plan typically falls under the CFO of an organization and too often the Plan does not leave ‘the shelf’ after creation.  Equip yourself with best practices on  how to take your company’s strategic plan and translate it into strategy maps and Scorecards, align the  divisions and establish multiple layers of accountability.  Learn the steps required to set and track key performance indicators, achieve high levels of customer satisfaction while empowering your organizational resources to meet and exceed strategic goals.
Sean Carter AAP, NEACH
Michael Lenihan, TMXpert Group
Financial technology (FinTech or fintech) is the new technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services. FinTech is an emerging industry that uses technology to improve activities in finance.  This track is designed to provide you with insight from highly experienced professionals who are involved in the design, implementation and execution of fintech strategies that are continually impacting the way we do business.

701-The Next Generation of Treasury Technology
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30
The next wave of technology is coming to treasury, offering new levels of speed, transparency, and automation. But leveraging new technology is not just about automating what you do today; it is about understanding the opportunities to evolve treasury to another level.
This presentation will review:

  • Real-time payments: how instant settlement of payments changes cash and payment management
  • What do blockchains and distributed ledgers really offer treasury?
  • Cryptocurrencies: is there a future for digital currencies in treasury?
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence: will robots really take over treasury departments?
  • API Connectivity: how APIs will change daily cash management forever
    Bob Stark, Kyriba
702-Making Two-Way Connectivity between Banks and Their Customers Simple
Wednesday, 11:30 -12:30
As a Treasurer your operating demands have far outpaced the technical resources made available to your teams. When the treasury department seeks budget, or IT resources to try and comply with these unique business needs, your requests seem always to be beaten out by other projects and departments.  However, the era of the API is making it easier for you to work with both your banks and fintechs to bring the solutions your teams need without the need for outside resources.
The good news is that open APIs for banking and financial services are becoming mainstream.  The bad news is that it requires the enterprise to have a new set of skills and expertise to actually receive value from the APIs.
Join Citizens Bank and FI.SPAN as they review the current state, the benefits of the new API technology, and how banks are making it easy to use this new technology so that treasurers can reduce manual processes, streamline data flows, get better information, and add new products/services with just the flick of a button.  Learn the real-world benefits that are already accruing today.
Jim Maimone CTP, Citizens Bank, N.A.
Clayton Weir CFA, FI.SPAN
703-The Power of Data – How Today’s Treasury Technology Will Change
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00  ADVANCED
Today’s treasuries are becoming more and more efficient with the use of technology.  Drivers such as process automation, cash visibility, and cybersecurity are leading the way for digital transformation. As new technologies are emerging at an exponential rate, the current Treasury technology landscape is also changing.  Vendor acquisitions are reducing the number of players within the best of breed segment while ERP applications are strengthening their treasury offerings. However, there are still many Treasurers who are adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach.
Data is becoming more and more important in transcending treasury. Big data and unstructured data are becoming a focal point. Listen to what is occurring within today’s Treasury technology landscape and what current vendors are planning. Learn how exponential technology will bring corporate treasury to the next level of maturity with RPA, ML and DLT for process improvement. See how data intelligence is being used with AI and ML to detects patterns for fraud detection, predicts future cash flows and improve forecasting capabilities, and prescribe insight into recommended actions.
Keith Bergman, Zanders Treasury & Finance Solutions
704- Why a TMS in Not Enough
Wednesday, 2:30-3:30
The typical Treasury Management System (TMS) – SWIFT connected, multiuser and loaded with functionality is a marvel of modern technology. There are few tasks in treasury that cannot be made efficient through the use of a TMS. And very few sophisticated treasuries are without one.
Yet many of these same treasuries also integrate specialist solutions for bank account management, foreign exchange, payments and other tasks with their TMS. From a technology standpoint this is a simple matter, from a business perspective this suggests that many treasurers see superior functionality beyond what’s offered in their TMS.
A sophisticated treasury department had the need for sophisticated payments processing and made the case for a specialist solution. The resulting combination of a TMS and a payment platform has given more than the sum of the two parts.
Markus Holzmueller, Treasury Intelligence Solutions 
705-Financial Services and Technology: A view of the current landscape
Thursday, 8:30-9:30
Financial Services firms are going through a transformation. The impetus is technology, but the impact is organization wide. Change is being introduced through innovative start-ups called fintechs. The session covers:
– Current state of technology in the industry
– What are fintechs and why the spurt in their growth?
– What caused the rise of fintechs as innovative disruptions? (Legacy infrastructure making it harder for established FSPs to evolve fast)
– Competition or collaboration, what to expect? Some fintechs are launching direct to customer products thereby challenging FSPs, others are developing solutions to support transformation within FSPs
– What areas of FSP operations are seeing change? The nature of the change
– Shifting attention to enterprise operations of interest to the audience – What technologies will rise to the top? How much of these are already proven? – What is key in this transformation?
Ashley Eknaian,  Eastern Bank
Jagathi Gururajan, FinTechWomen USA
Jennifer Lum, Forge
Steve Le Roux, Envel
706-Primer to Fin-Technologies
Thursday, 10:00-11:00
This session describes the technology, its application in business, 3 tips for successful integrations and key vendors in the space. Topics include: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Blockchain, Intelligent Automation, Open APIs, Cybersecurity & Biometrics, Cloud and Quantum Computing and Conversational Interfaces.
Diana Riley, State Street
Jane Wiseman
Greg Woolf, Coalesce.ai
707-Fintech and Regulatory Management
Thursday, 2:30-3:30
RegTech has carved out its own space within fintech. As use of complex technologies and speed of transactions rapidly increase, so do the risks to Financial Services providers. Regulators globally are equally working rapidly and with industry to address these risks. Regulatory oversight and compliance that were already burdensome to institutions are now becoming more complex. The session will discuss the landscape of evolving regulations, solutions provided by technology and suggestions for good regulatory management.
Meredith Moss, Finomial
708-Artificial Intelligence and next-gen Process Automation
Thursday, 4:00-5:00
Process automation at financial services providers is poised to dramatically shift as access to heavy-duty tech infrastructure, large data repositories and new AI-based technologies diminish. To stay competitive and grow, FSPs will need to undertake significant investments without the luxury of proven roadmaps and returns. They also need to ensure steady business-as-usual operations through the change. This session will provide a set of guiding principles to balance the complexity of digital transformation through riskier (but smart) strategies, partnerships, cogent build vs. buy decisions and staying aligned with evolving regulations.
Jagathi Gururajan, FinTechWomen USA
709-Fintech's impact to Human Resources and Talent Management
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
The current wave of digital transformation leans heavily on the use of data to deliver business intelligence. The application of technologies like machine learning, natural language processing, etc algorithms can lower several thousand hours of human effort to a few hours. A thought leadership session to consider the impact of such change to talent management. How can, and should, FSPs think about people management in the future including re-skilling and retention strategies.
Elyse Cherry, BlueHub Capital
Kim DiNicola, State Street
Jennifer Englehart, Ernst & Young
Stefanie Heiter, Bridging Distance

 With the dramatic changes that have occurred in the international realm, this track is designed to be of interest to any company with dealings overseas.

601-Treasury & Tax - How to Achieve BEPS & Transfer Pricing Compliance?
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30  ADVANCED
The OECD / G20 – BEPS regulation deals with policies that exploit disparities in tax rules that artificially shift profits to low or no-tax locations. Non-compliance causes serious penalties, and thus, multinational companies must adapt and streamline their intercompany financing activities.
BEPS requires  companies to price their intercompany finance transactions ‘at arm’s length’. To prove that these transactions are consistently priced, Corporate Treasurers and Tax Directors need to clarify their rationale for structuring their intercompany finance transactions by analyzing subsidiary’s balance sheet and P&L statement, determining stand-alone subsidiary credit rating, applying qualitative and/or group support adjustments and, looking up credit spread to set arm’s length price.
Learn how to implement a consistent approach to determine a fair and competitive interest rate for transactions such as intercompany loans, credit facilities, guarantees, cash pooling and leases.
Casimer Leuridan, Zanders Treasury & Finance Solutions
602-Passport to the East: Doing Business in China
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
China’s influence on international trade continues to grow. Often companies initially focus their strategy for China on the basic how to’s: How do I start a company? How do I find an agent? How do I open a bank account? These are important questions. But these are not the issues that can inhibit your success in China.
More U.S. companies are considering expansion or are currently conducting business in China, America’s largest trading partner. Faced with an evolving web of customs, laws and regulations that may vary from city to city — it’s critical for businesses to understand how these nuances in business practices, culture and legal guidelines can impact their sales strategy and cash conversion cycle.
This session will focus on key considerations when conducting business with China. The goal of the discussion will be to not only highlight banking structures but also delve into cultural and operational difficulties companies may face.
Anthony Guide CTP, PNC Bank
603-Are You Ready for the Global Transformation in Payments Happening Today?
Wednesday, 2:30-3:30
Over the next 3 years, the global finance infrastructure will change firmly to the use of ISO20022 payments.  Virtually all major central banks will be implementing—US Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, and many more.  Will your organization be ready?  Do you know what this means for your own company’s payments?  This session will provide strategic advice on how to navigate these changes but control your risk and your own costs.  Real-world advice from 3 actual transformation projects will be covered in detail.  You will learn the following:

  1. What is the true impact to your firm in risk, cost, and timelines
  2. How can you manage the labrynth of payment interfaces/systems you already own within this new environment
  3. A strategic roadmap to moving your firm forward by 2021
    Karen Willis, Elire
604-Expanding Businesses in Latin America
Thursday, 2:30-3:30
As more and more companies continue to globalize and carry out an increased proportion of economic activity across national borders, the importance of doing business abroad has become more essential for everyone. This session outlines reasons why companies should pursue international opportunities and focuses in on the key opportunities and downside factors of doing business in Latin America. While the Latin American market has a growing consumer class and regulatory reforms in place to improve the business climate, there is also a complex tax and legal system and unstable macroeconomic conditions. These factors along with many others make doing business in Latin America both very financially rewarding and challenging.
Eduard Casajuana, Santander Bank
605-The Dragon in the Room: Understanding China’s Economic Future
Thursday, 10:00-11:00
For much of the world’s population, China’s rise to economic dominance is considered unstoppable and almost inevitable. After four decades of spectacular growth – and a tendency to defy its skeptics – the country will undoubtedly make enormous contributions to the global economy for many years to come. But history does not move in straight lines – and the greatest threats to superpowers often come from within.
This session will discuss how China’s economic model – which helped to lift hundreds of millions out of poverty and create a growth miracle – is now taking a toll on competitiveness, building up risk, and creating challenges for the country’s leadership. From a foreign exchange trader’s unique perspective, this session will explore how massive amounts of debt, rampant speculation, entrenched elites, and demographic changes are pushing China into an adjustment process that could challenge Western assumptions – and shake the foundations of the global economy.
Karl Schamotta, Cambridge Global Payments

606-SWIFT GPI for Corporates
Thursday, 10:00-11:00
SWIFT GPI for Corporates is enabling multi-bank payments tracking in corporate treasury applications. Corporates who use SWIFT GPI will experience fast, transparent and traceable cross-border payments across all their trading corridors and currencies.  Join Deutsche Bank’s Amy Beninato and SWIFT’s Zak Bender to learn about how cross-border payments have been enhanced by SWIFT gpi and what the landscape will look like tomorrow. Hear about how corporates can take advantage of this new end-to-end tracking technology and what to consider as you evaluate the platform. Presenters will also provide an update on the pilot program for corporates who use multiple banks to send and receive cross-border  payments.
Amy Beninato, Deutsche Bank
Zak Bender
, SWIFT
 This track covers the latest in payment products, solutions and technology from relevant and timely speakers.

501-Payments as a Working Capital Tool
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30
As we emerge from over a decade of “free” short-term cost of funds, business of all sizes are redoubling efforts to generate cash flow without increasing debt to gain a competitive edge.  How can businesses move from paper to electronic payments and extend payment terms – while reducing processing costs?  How can businesses optimize days payments outstanding yet support the financial health of key suppliers?  In this session we will:

  • Discuss the value of strategically segmenting vendors
  • Identify best practices on extracting value of Treasury Workstations to simplify and digitize payments processing
  • Share strategies for selling the internal business case for change
  • Explore practical tips for a successful implementation
    Christopher Bozek, Santander Bank, NA
502-The Art of Payment Technology Strategizing
Thursday, 4:00-5:00
The onslaught of new payment technologies can be a bit overwhelming. Finding ways to most effectively integrate or alternatively, not implement technologies continues to be paramount for any treasury organization. Whether you’re a leader within a manufacturing or financial services company, an acquisition-focused or organic growth-based business, creating a culture of skillful assessment of new technologies will perpetually pay dividends. Let’s jointly discuss how to create and execute on this desired culture.
Adam Kruis, U.S. Bank
Jonathon Murphy, Hubbell Incorporated
503-The Future of Payments is Now
Wednesday, 2:30-3:30
The advent of real time payments, fintechs, artificial intelligence, APIs and other disruptors are transforming the payments and business model landscape by providing technologies and infrastructures for innovation at an unprecedented speed. These new payments rails provide groundbreaking opportunities for businesses to streamline processes, speed transactions and deliver a seamless client experience. This session will share how the future of payments is already here and how banks, fintechs and innovators are harnessing these converging technologies.
Steven Bernstein, J.P. Morgan
504-Payments Innovation - Real time payments - what's the next step in connecting cross border
Thursday, 8:30-9:30
Real time payment networks are expanding rapidly across the globe. What is the next step in connecting these networks cross border? This panel will discuss innovation developments, including: progress with global networks, what parts will Fintechs play and the role of FX.
Mary O’Toole, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Emily Watson, Flywire 
505-What is Speed without Direction? What Does Faster Payments Really Mean?
Wednesday, 11:30-12:30
People are using the term Faster Payments to describe their ultimate want or need but is everyone defining it the same way? If you think about payments, is the need for speed on the front end or the back end, or both? Looking at your existing payments portfolio, does improving your cycle by a day, an hour, a minute actual make a difference? What is your definition of ‘faster’?
Come to the session to learn what is available in the marketplace for payments systems and lets dive deeper into each of the options to better understand whether faster mean better.
Sean Carter, AAP, NEACH 
506-The Payments Landscape: Full Speed Ahead!
Thursday, 10:00-11:00
Recently, the payments landscape has evolved with new schemes like Venmo and Zelle, faster options and even a new payment rail. ACH has added new windows to speed up processing and The Clearing House has developed the first true Real Time Payment network (RTP) in the US. Each Payment channel, be it Wire Transfer, Cards, Check, ACH and now RTP has unique characteristics and can appeal to different use cases. Join  industry professionals Alex Romeo of  The Clearing  House ( largest Private Sector Payment Operator ) and  Tom Lopes of Citibank (one of the world’s leading financial institutions) as they explain  recent changes to the ACH as well as new  Same Day ACH processing enhancements  and the new Real Time Network and how these options will help you, your business and your clients transact  faster and smarter.
Tom Lopes, CITIBANK NA
Alex Romeo, The Clearing House LLC
508-Corporates Ask for 'Sooner, Higher, and Later' Changes to Same Day ACH Payments
Thursday, 2:30-3:30
Same Day ACH is on track to deliver 175 million faster payments in 2018.  Yet ever since Same Day ACH went live in 2016, however, corporate treasury and payment practitioners have been asking for enhancements: 1) sooner funds availability; 2) higher dollar limits; and 3) later deadlines for sending Same Day ACH payments.  Now, NACHA and the ACH Network are delivering all three of these enhancements.  Speakers from NACHA and JPMorgan Chase (representing NACHA’s Rules and Operations Committee) will tell the story of how corporate input made these change a reality, and how the ACH Network will bring these enhancements to market.
You will learn the scope of the changes to Same Day ACH; the most common, and the most surprising, use cases for Same Day ACH payments; best practices for implementation and pitfalls to avoid; and insights into the future roadmap of Same Day ACH.
Peter C. Hohenstein, NACHA
Amy Leslie AAP, J.P. Morgan Bank, N.A
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This track is designed to help identify and assess (financial and/or operational) risk and how to develop strategies to manage it.

401-Market Impacts on Financial Risk Management for Corporates
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
Financial risk management is a critical activity that is generally housed within the treasury team. This session will focus on understanding the impacts that the current market environment has on hedging activities, and the key considerations of good risk management. Whether your role is within Treasury, or you are an external stakeholder, this session is designed to build a working knowledge around financial risk and current hot topics in the market.
Amanda Breslin CFA, CTP, Chatham Financial
David Mills, CTP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
402-Managing and Accounting for Commodity Price Risk
Wednesday, 11:30 -12:30
Commodity price risk can be elusive, especially when facing a complex and multi-layered supply chain. Whether the subject is dairy, plastics, or metals, there are many processes that introduce price risk within these commodity supply chains – from farm production and factory refinement, to transportation, storage and wholesale/retail distribution. As a result, we recommend three steps to managing commodity price risk: 1) identify your exposure, 2) hedge your exposure, and 3) account for your hedge.
Craig Haymaker CPA, HedgeStar
Timothy Johanson, Cargill Risk Management
403-Your Data for Hire and Sale: a Marketer's and a Hacker's Perspectives
Thursday, 8:30-9:30
Social Media and electronic communications allow consumers many efficiencies. We trust our data to be safe and secure. Recent high-profile breaches have caused alarm, but old habits die hard. Even seemingly innocuous information we provide could be putting us at risk for at least marketing solicitation. At worst, our information could be purchased by cyber criminals to target us for financial, control, access to people, systems and locations and other malicious gain. At worst, the data we provide could contribute to crime rings. This session will invite attendees into the minds of a marketer and a hacker. Don’t be afraid, be warned. We’ll scare you straight!
Laurel Egan Kenny, Turningpoint Communication
Andrew Ostashen, Vulsec
404-Beyond the Buzz: start your emerging technologies preparedness
Thursday, 2:30-3:30  ADVANCED
The hype is all around us – accept a payment from your customer’s car, no swipe needed. Use Big Data to gain insights from your cash flows and your customer’s buying habits.  Transfer assets and reconcile in real-time.  Rapidly advancing technology is altering the way we do business, enabling us to increase convenience and relevance.  What do we need to do to prepare for the new wave of tech? From the Internet of Things to Blockchain and more, we’ll discuss how new technologies affect how companies do business and what treasury and finance departments should do to prepare.
Seth Marlowe, CTP, CPCP, AAP, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
405-'I’m my grandmother’s POA, and I want to….' Do you let them? How to deal with customer’s fiduciary agents, the analysis and the risks
Thursday, 4:00-5:00
Powers of Attorney, a product of state law were once a static field of law which changed little from the days of early common law are now a dynamic field where not a single year goes by without a state updating their laws and slowly shifting the risks to financial service companies.  Where once, well-heeled clients had family attorneys carefully prepare documents for them – these forms can now be downloaded for little or no cost or even purchased at local office supply stores.  But Caveat Emptor, you often get what you pay for…except now the financial institution receiving the document may shoulder the price of compliance or cost of mishandling.  This session will break down the Power of Attorney basics and what EVERY financial institution must look for and the questions they must ask.  We’ll discuss the meaning of provisions and most importantly; it’s often what isn’t there on the paper which may hurt you.
Christina Clarke, John Hancock Financial
Andrew Wong, Symetra Financial
406-Strength in Security: Securing our Digital Future
Wednesday, 4:15-5:15
Technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices and peer-2-peer payment solutions have the potential to revolutionize our lives and how we do business as more of the global economy becomes digitized.  For example, researchers predict the IoT market will grow from 15.4 billion installed devices in 2015 to 75.4 billion in 2025.  At the same time, the advent of new technology has further expanded risks from data breaches, ransomware, business disruption, reputational damage, fraud and other criminal activity.  How can businesses cope with the security challenges of the future?
In this briefing, U.S. Bank Senior Vice President for Information Security Services, Jenny Menna, lays out the current cybersecurity landscape and what businesses can do to prepare.
Jenny Menna, U.S. Bank
These sessions are open discussions based on a single topic or issues related to a specific industry.

901- What Do We Want from Our Banks?
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
This session is being held under the Chatham House Rule. Under the Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of any participant, may be revealed outside the meeting. The purpose of the Rule is to provide anonymity while encouraging open discussion and the sharing of information.
moderated by
Michael Lenihan, TMXpert Group
and Coleman Nee. Jr., CTP, Hasbro

902- Retail Industry Roundtable
Wednesday, 2:30-3:30
moderated by Jeanne Keane, CTP, Staples, Inc.

903- Real Estate Industy Roundtable
Thursday, 8:30-9:30
moderated by Rick McCarthy, U.S. Bank
and Amy Gindel, Boston Properties

904- Small Bank Roundtable
Thursday 10:00-11:00
moderated by Patricia Mullin, Cambridge Trust Company

As new banking products and services are introduced to the financial markets, it impacts the day to day operations of the corporate treasury. This track provides the latest developments on checks, domestic/ international wire transfers, ACH transactions, control of bank accounts, and authorization/ account administration. It also offers how to negotiate contracts (RFPs) and monitor banking activity to ensure optimal pricing and consistent service levels.

202-The Quiet Revolution: Open Banking and benefits to treasury and finance
Wednesday, 10:00-11:00
Open banking is set to improve and change corporate lives and business models. What does open banking mean for corporate treasury and finance teams in practical terms?
Since the Second Payment Services Directive, or PSD2, the European Legislation, went into effect in January 2018 – corporates, banks, and Fintechs, have put plans in place to capitalize on open banking, the API technologies which power open banking, that are needed to enable open banking. The US Treasury continues to support promotion of rules of engagement that will protect consumer and corporate participation in this space.
The session will highlight the benefits that Open Banking presents to corporate banking and payments industries and how the treasury and finance function can bring value to their organizations with efficiency improvements, process optimization, and innovating and reinventing practices.
Today’s finance is becoming more and more efficient with the use of technology. What are some common and practical objectives for modern cash management?

  • Small companies can tap into traditionally large corporate solutions – access to bank data previously available to larger, well-resources corporates, becomes accessible based on the benefits of emerging technology
  • Customer experience and relationships change to “business in real-time”, with the effect that availability of real-time transaction data such as real-time payments can have on delivery of goods/ services to customers
  • Self-service exchange of financial statement data and information can give banking partners permission to access corporate’s systems, i.e. to update your company information, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable financial statement information in real-time, to affect processes such as KYC updates, credit decisions, supplier payment terms
    Patricia Tripar, Santander Bank, N.A.
203-Optimizing Working Capital: Benefits of Supply Chain Finance Programs
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30
Optimizing working capital is a priority for companies around the world, creating an opportunity for treasurers to address the pain points and make a significant impact to a company’s bottom line. A Supply Chain Finance program (SCF) optimizes working capital by enabling a supplier to receive faster payment of invoices supported by the buyer’s financing facility. Suppliers of all sizes benefit from being able to get paid early in order to have the working capital available to respond to increased product demand as well as to invest in growing their business.  This session will explore the challenges and benefits of setting up a SCF program, including faster payments, cash flow control and working capital flexibility, in order to help companies think through the decision.
J0nathan Heuser, J.P. Morgan
204- Do You See Your Banks as a Necessary Evil or as Your Trusted Partner?
Wednesday, 11:30-12:30
This panel of corporate practitioners and industry experts discuss the realities and challenges involved in managing bank relationships in 2018.  The panel will speak to the complexity of banking relationships today, what drives the decision to work with one or more banks, Basel III’s continued impact on banks and corporates alike, how to engage your bankers in your regular banking reviews, and will recommend tools to help grade your banks’ performance and to divide up your share of wallet.
Mike Lenihan, TMXpert Group
Marci Lerner CTP, Hologic, Inc.
Gina Powers, Dunkin Brands
205-Mastery of Cash Forecasting in a Dynamic-Rate Environment
Wednesday, 2:30-3:30
Forecasting remains one of the key areas Treasuries continue to evolve and refine. With the increase in interest rates Treasuries are even more focused on optimizing working capital, enhancing investment returns and minimizing cash balances in a high rate environment.
In this presentation Treasury Strategies will focus on forecasting best practices, and challenges from both a Treasury and FP&A perspective. We will explore real world examples and discuss strategies you can employ to enhance your forecasting.
The presenters will discuss how best-in-class treasuries develop and manage their forecasting process to achieve maximum accuracy and efficiency by leveraging technology and automation.
Paul LaRock, Treasury Strategies, a division of Novantas
Marci Lerner, CTP, Hologic, Inc.
 
206-How to Manage a Successful Merchant Services RFP
Wednesday, 2:30-3:30
It is time for your Merchant Services contract to be up, and you are deciding between renewing with your current processor or seeing what else is in the marketplace.  The idea of taking on a Merchant Services RFP may seem daunting since it can be time consuming and difficult to decipher the nuances of the payments industry.  The potential for a change in processors is very scary.  And with so many new technologies in payment, how do you sift through all the sales pitches to understand truly what is capable and beneficial to your business?  How do you ensure that a project of this size will prove to be successful?
This session will outline a methodical approach to a Merchant Services RFP and give attendees a framework that will show them how to run a successful RFP for their organization.  Also, they will hear from a merchant client about why his organization decided to do an RFP and what they learned during the process.
Daniel Byrnes, Kering Americas, Inc.
Joey Dembek, Optimized Payments
207-Modernizing Today's Treasury Organization
Thursday, 8:30-9:30
Today’s treasury environment demands organizations maintain thoughtful structure, flexibility, and vision to be successful. Building the appropriate treasury structure is the foundation. Effectively deploying and utilizing technology such as treasury workstations will ensure future vision realization. Identifying and retaining talent through motivational and performance measurement tactics can ensure organizational goals are achieved. With cash and liquidity management changing at a historic pace, lets discuss the opportunities to move your treasury organization into a modern state.
Craig Allocca, Aetna, Inc.
Adam Kruis, U.S. Bank
208- The Next Digital Treasury Revolution is Now - How Emerging Technologies are Transforming Treasury
Thursday, 10:00-11:00
The concept of Treasury has continually evolved with the global and often growing range of treasury responsibilities.  To fulfill the increasingly strategic role of treasury with limited resources, treasurers must leverage technology solutions that scale with the increasing complexity and volume of business-critical transactions.
The need to automate processes to streamline the flow and reporting of data and transactions has always been a treasury objective.  Today, however, new technologies such as Blockchain, AI, and RPA have the potential to improve process efficiency and enhance controls, lower treasury transaction cost and make intelligent decisions with greater precision and insight.
Major companies, some may be your competitors, are leveraging those emerging technologies for predictive cash forecasting, FX trading, KYC document management and other treasury applications.  Falling behind the curve could put your organization and company at a long-term strategic disadvantage.
In an increasingly complex and uncertain environment, technologies such as Blockchain, AI and RPA will not only have the potential to transform, but also provide treasury organizations with a sustainable competitive advantage.  In this session, we will cover these emerging  technologies and how they can impact your treasury organization.
Davide I. di Gennaro, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Warren Zhai, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
209-Bridging the Gap - Confronting the Challenges with Receiving Decoupled Payments
Thursday, 8:30-9:30
As organizations continue to pursue converting checks to electronic payments in accounts payable, there has been an adverse effect in accounts receivable when it comes to dealing with decoupled remittance processing or missing electronic remittance. This is a growing challenge for organizations, resulting in lower overall auto cash application rates. We will discuss the challenges faced by accounts receivable as the payment landscape changes and present strategies for integrating electronic payments and accounting systems
Blaine Carnprobst CTP, PNC Treasury Management
210-Do You Have the Right Banks?
Thursday, 2:30-3:30
No two relationships between banks and their corporate clients are the same.  As the world moves towards real time treasury, the strength of each relationship depends on many factors, including product mix, price, customer service, the ease of doing business, and the technological capability of the bank.
We will examine different corporate/bank relationships based on the latest Phoenix-Hecht studies, and discuss proactive steps that corporates can take to ensure that they benefit from the best relationship possible at a given bank.
James G. Brunnquell CTP, Phoenix-Hecht
211-Escheatment- Compliance and Best Practices-Are we there yet?
Thursday, 4:00-5:00
This session offers three different perspectives on Escheatment with a combined experience of 48 years ranging from advocacy, auditing to the holders experience.  We will explore the complexities of compliance and the best practices to follow up.  Key takeaways will be learning critical factors for best practices in unclaimed property and the steps to keep you compliant.
Delores Dupras, Amica Mutual Insurance
James Sadik, True Partners Consulting LLC
212-Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Treasury Management
Thursday, 4:00-5:00
This session provides an introduction to the world of cryptocurrencies (Crypto). The basic concepts of blockchain and cryptocurrency functionality, the current US and international regulatory developments impacting the digital economy and treasury management issues related to cryptocurrencies will be discussed.
Today cryptocurrencies have become a global phenomenon and esoteric to most corporate financial professionals capitalizing on opportunities in addition to weighing both integration and risk. While not understood by most professionals, banks, and governments, many companies are aware of their importance and future significance. We will also review the USA tax impact of these digital currencies to your business.
Blockchain technology, backbone to the Cyrpto world, is driving the future of business innovations, practice and security. Blockchain introduces new types of digital platforms, giving rise to economic progress in a Blockchain space. Its early stage technology expanse creates a paradigm shift in the manner organizations conduct traditional financial transactions and services, both geographically and socioeconomically.
Charles R. Hills CPA, L&V Partners
Janice Leahy-Daniels, L&V Partners
213-How API’s Will Influence The Future Of Banking - General Session
Thursday, 11:30-12:30
What is Open Banking? Why should banks use API’s to connect to the market?
Open Banking is a strategic imperative. Learn more about the evolving digital engagement for banks and how they follow the customer and leverage core competencies through use cases and open discussion.
Secil Watson, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
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