U.S. Faster Payments Council Names 2023 Board Advisory Group

For Immediate Release

Sept. 7, 2023 – The U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC), a membership organization devoted to advancing safe, easy-to-use faster payments in the United States, today announced its 2023-2024 FPC Board Advisory Group, a standing body authorized by the FPC Board of Directors. The Board Advisory Group is comprised of experts from diverse corners of the payments ecosystem including financial institutions, technology providers, business end users, payment network operators, consultant groups, and payments associations. 

New members of the FPC’s Board Advisory Group include Scott Anchin, Independent Community Bankers of America; John Drechny, Merchant Advisory Group; David Dwumah, OurBanc; Deepak Gupta, Volante Technologies; Bridget Hall, ACI Worldwide; Cornelius Hattingh, Airlines Reporting Corporation; Kimberly Hebb, Timeis; Stephany Kirkpatrick, Orum; John Laffoon, The Home Depot; Mark Majeske, Alacriti; Maria Mason, Fifth Third Bank; Angela Murphy, Ph.D., Payments Elsa; Dean Nolan, Strategic Resource Management; Stephanie Prebish, Nacha; Miriam Sheril, Form3; Jonathan Shiery, Guidehouse; Tristan Thompson, Arvest Bank; Kirsten Trusko, Payments as a Lifeline; Keith Vander Leest, Cross River; and James Watts, Mitek Systems, Inc.

Returning members include Tony Cook, FirstBank; Mary Gilmeister, Macha; Andrew Gómez, Lipis Advisors; Scott Harkey, Endava; Ronald Herman, Sionic; Jorge Jimenez, Juniper Payments – A PSCU Company; Judy Nguyen, American Express; Sheila Noll, PCBB; Sam Pate, Citizens Bank & Trust; Rodman Reef, Reef Karson Consulting, LLC; Mike Shepard, First National Bank; Michael Sklow, Goldman Sachs Bank USA; Connie Theien, Federal Reserve; Pat Thelen, Ripple; and Steven Wasserman, Photon Commerce.

“We’re very pleased to introduce this year’s FPC Board Advisory Group who will assume a pivotal role as faster payments implementation and adoption continues to climb,” said FPC Board Chairperson Michael Bilski. “This dynamic group of industry leaders will help ensure we stay on top of the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities as we chart the course ahead to ubiquitous faster payments.”

The Board Advisory Group advises the FPC Board of Directors and FPC Staff by providing additional insights outside those represented on the Board and assisting the FPC in capitalizing on and responding to trends in the faster payments market. Since its formation in 2020, the Board Advisory Group has offered perspectives on topics ranging from barriers to adoption to new FPC work group formations to successful faster payments use cases.

“Our Board Advisory Group has a shared vision for the future of faster payments and we’re greatly appreciative of their commitment to the FPC’s mission,” said FPC Executive Director Reed Luhtanen. “Now that we have gained traction in faster payments, it’s our job as an industry and organization to make sure we continue to accelerate adoption and enhance the value around faster payments for all.”

The FPC prioritizes inclusion of diverse perspectives in tackling complex topics such as interoperability, identifying real-world solutions that can ease adoption of faster payments, managing security risks and fraud threats, addressing barriers to financial inclusion and cross-border payments, and more, as the organization paves the way toward a future of faster payments for all.

For more information on the FPC, its current work efforts or to join, visit FasterPaymentsCouncil.org.

Elizabeth Grice 
U.S. Faster Payments Council                             
About the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC)
The FPC is an industry-led membership organization whose vision is a world-class payment system where Americans can safely and securely pay anyone, anywhere, at any time and with near-immediate funds availability. By design, the FPC encourages a diverse range of perspectives and is open to all stakeholders in the U.S. payment system. Guided by principles of fairness, inclusiveness, flexibility and transparency, the FPC uses collaborative, problem-solving approaches to resolve the issues that are inhibiting broad faster payments adoption in this country. For more information, please visit FasterPaymentsCouncil.org.

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