A Full Fall Slate for Advancing the FPC Mission

Reed Luhtanen, Executive Director, FPC

August is one of the indicators that the end of summer is near, and fall is quickly approaching. And at the FPC, we are already preparing for a busy fall season with speaking engagements, meetings, key Work Group deliverables, and other strategic initiatives underway or on the horizon – all in support of our collective effort to advance faster payments.

We kicked things off with Nacha’s Smarter Faster Payments 2021 Conference where I had a chance to contribute on two panel discussions with other industry leaders focused on faster payments players and how they can meet evolving faster payments needs, like interoperability, and the importance of a faster payments strategy to support use and adoption. Our FPC members participated on a third Nacha panel focused on faster payments fraud.

Next up, we have our Fall Member Meeting, September 13-15. We are so excited about the speaker and session lineup we have planned. Andrew Tarver, Founder of Jigsaw XYZ, a leading company helping financial institutions create personalized digital experiences for their customers, will kick things off. Tarver has said, “The future industry model will be defined by understanding the needs of each customer and the digitally-enabled personalization of financial products, ending the age of the one-size-fits-all, mass market product manufacturing. At Jigsaw XYZ, we’re providing the core technology that enables our banking clients to personalize their products, experiences and services around the need of each customer.”[i] We can’t wait to hear the insights he’ll share with us.

In addition to this engaging keynote, there’s a full slate of sessions at the Member Meeting on topics such as liquidity management, synthetic identity fraud, ensuring consumer protections, and more, featuring thought leaders from leading companies and organizations. And of course, we’ll be keeping you entertained with our Happy Hour festivities, featuring a magician and comedian.

We’ll also continue our educational efforts through additional appearances at upcoming industry events. In September we’ll be speaking at the Catalyst Corporate FCU Annual Economic & Payments Forum and the Southern Financial Exchange Payments Summit, and exhibiting at the MAG Annual Conference. In October, we’ll be speaking at the ePayResources Conference. And in November, we’ll be speaking and exhibiting at the AFP Annual Conference. If you are attending any of these events, make sure you find time to listen in on our sessions or visit us in the exhibit hall. We welcome the opportunity to connect with you.

And as always, during every fall, we find time to set priorities for the following year. To that end, the FPC leadership and the Board of Directors will be engaging in a strategic planning meeting in the coming weeks.  We’ll be relying on member input to shape our strategic initiatives and areas of focus for the coming years. If you’d like to help inform direction for the FPC, we encourage you to consider becoming a member, if you haven’t joined already. Membership affords you the opportunity to provide input, share ideas, recommend new initiatives, and more.

With summer just about in our rearview, fall is practically here. And if the aforementioned activities are any indicator of what we can expect, it will be an eventful, productive, season spent advancing the adoption and usage of faster payments in the United States. And you will definitely want to be part of it.

Learn more about joining the FPC here:  https://fasterpaymentscouncil.org/Why-Join-the-FPC.
[i] https://www.finextra.com/pressarticle/85289/jigsaw-xyz-unveils-next-generation-digital-banking-and-marketplace-products-sense-and-spoke
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