#PAY Symposium & Exposition Exploring the Next Decade of Payments
Introduce yourself to the reader:
I’m Bruce Burke, Founder of The Mandalay Group, the company organizing #PAY Symposium & Exposition. I have over 30 years of experience in ICT and formerly organized the Social, Mobile Payments Conference. I was born in Florida and live on TripAdvisor’s Best Beach in the USA, Clearwater Beach, Florida.
I’m organizing events because I want to move the ball downfield in the Banking, Fintech & Payments industry. Bringing all the stakeholders together to discuss and explore the innovations and issues we’re facing in the next decade of payments. I’m into anything that digitally exchanges values – transactional gymnastics are quite fascinating due to new tech.
What is the purpose of your conference?
We want to introduce the innovators to the incumbents, allowing them to network, share ideas, learn new methodologies and understand that digital transformation isn’t just a buzzword. We are standing at the threshold of a new decade of payments and the landscape is ablaze with investment, disruption, new currencies and new challengers to the current financial incumbents and markets.
Who are you trying to attract to the conference?
We are focused on the C-Level at all stages of scale. Whether your company is an early-stage startup or an industry incumbent, C-Level is C-Level. From a three-man team starting in the garage to senior executives forming a committee initiative – it’s all the same.
We are creating an exclusive curated experience where innovators find mindshare, feedback, and investment in their new products. Banks, enterprise business and investors find new creators and disruptors changing the face of finance.
#PAY brings together the best and brightest visionaries in fintech and finance including; banks, startups, entrepreneurs, developers, media, investors, service and solution providers.
Can you name a few of the featured speakers?
To set the stage for the event we have a special introduction by Brett King, International Bestselling Author, Speaker, Founder, Radio & Media Personality. Then we welcome Ron Karpovich, Global Head of eCommerce for J.P. Morgan Chase, followed by Antony Welfare, Author of a new book celebrating its release at #PAY, Commercializing Blockchain: Strategic Applications for the Real World. That’s all before the first break, we’ll also have early entrants like Arival, the first Fintech Bank and other thought leaders from across the payments landscape.
Can you tell us about the program?
We’ll have panel session lead by Chris Zhong of the Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation, as well as a Cannabis Payments panel featuring CEO of leading banks and payment providers in the space. Snapcheck, Founder, Ken Kruszka’s panel is focused on companies that are transforming the business payments landscape. And let’s not forget the #PAY Fintech Startup Showcase.
Ten early-stage Fintechs will battle it out to see who wins the prizes awarded by Dell For Entrepreneurs and #PAY Hashtag Award.
We’ll have a Networking Reception on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with cocktails and canapes for everyone from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
The Networking Reception is sponsored by IPsoft, DXC-Luxoft & Telepin Software Systems – three leaders driving digital finance.
Are there any side events?
We are collocated with the All Wireless & Prepaid Expo, now in its 12th year. We are sharing a 45,000 square foot hall with a #PAY Zone lane of exhibitors associated with the conference proceedings. We feel like breaking down the walls and bringing all the players together regardless of what silo they are in will only help establish new hybrids and solutions. The exhibit hall has 90+ Exhibitors with everything from wireless to electronic distribution platforms.
What do you expect of the coming conference?
We think catalyzing solution providers from across the landscape will result in unprecedented innovation for the financial services market. We are focused on bringing our participants new business and connections. We expect to be the first of many #PAY events and we have already started planning the next event which we’ll announce at the upcoming show – stay tuned for more information.
What do you do after the conference?
After the event, we are launching right into the next one. I wish I could divulge the secret here but we’re saving it for the event. So no rest for the weary we will have the next event in the first quarter of 2020. We’re continuing to seek out speakers and sponsors for the upcoming event, and the one after that. We are always choosing high-profile, world-class destinations that offer the best of class service and accommodations for our delegates and speakers and sponsors.
What would you wish attendees do more at the conference?
I wish more people would attend more events. It’s one thing to connect with someone online, but the events are where the rubber meets the road. This is where new deals are struck, companies made, and ideas come to life. Events bring out the best in everyone and it’s great to learn what others are doing – even if they are not in your segment, their innovation may be applicable to your business.
Anything else you want to share with the reader?
Register today and attend this groundbreaking new event focused on bringing together the best in the Banking, Fintech and Payments industry. Use code SAVE to get a 30% discount from standard registration pricing – join us in Las Vegas and stay tuned for upcoming announcements on future #PAY events. We welcome you to register today at www.paysymposium.com and look forward to meeting you.
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