Bruce Burke
May 5 · 4 min read

Executives from Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation, 11:FS, Chia Network, Arival Bank, Javelin, Snapcheck, The Banking Scene, Borsetta, Paysafe and more to present at #PAY

TAMPA, FL: The Mandalay Group today announced the first confirmed speakers for the #PAY Symposium & Exposition, being staged August 20–21, 2019 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

The Mandalay Group also released additional details for this groundbreaking event today, including first members of the advisory board and information on the Startup Showcase.

#PAY will put the spotlight on the disruptive innovation that is transforming the financial services industry,” said Bruce Burke, CEO. “We are focused on the intersection of fintech and finance, our theme for 2019 is The Next Decade Of Payments”.

Leading Executives in Banking, Fintech and Payments to Present

The Mandalay Group announced that global leaders from across the banking, fintech and payments industries are among the first speakers confirmed for #PAY, including:

  • Jeremy Berger, Co-Founder & COO, Arival Bank
  • Brian Zisk, Head of Market Development, Chia Network
  • Krista Tedder, Head of Payments Research, Javelin Strategy
  • Wayne Brown, Managing Principal, The Walker Group
  • Igor Pesin, Co-Founder & CFO, Arival Bank
  • Julie Albright, Author, Left To Their Own Devices
  • Slava Solodkiy, Co-Founder & CEO, Arival Bank
  • Chris Zhong, Founder & President, Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation
  • Rik Coeckelbergs, Founder & CEO, The Banking Scene
  • Christopher Tonniges, Sr. Treasury & Fintech, Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • Chuck Papageorgiou, CEO, WorldWatch Plus
  • Pamela Norton, Founder & CEO, Borsetta
  • David True, President, PayGility
  • Ken Kruszka, President & CEO, SnapCheck
  • Claire Gates, CEO PaySafe Later, PaySafe Group
  • Sachin Gurav, Founder & President, BNT Soft
  • Bhavish Sood, General Partner, BlueSky Capital Management
  • Sam Maule, Managing Partner NA, 11:FS
  • Mirek Sopek, Founder & President, LEI. INFO

In addition to announcing this first cadre of speakers, The Mandalay Group also announced the initial members of the #PAY Board of Advisors.

Wayne Brown, Managing Partner of The Walker Group has been appointed as Chairman of the Board. Executives from leading companies in the banking, fintech and payments space will fill board positions based on their individual strengths and areas of expertise.

“We’re starting with a limited number of advisors to enable a quick consensus initially, then we’ll grow the board with more leaders from across the industry.” said Chairman Brown “We’d like to invite leading edge companiesto participate in continuing to build out the Advisory Board.” Executives initially participating in the #PAY Advisory Board include:

  • Wayne Brown, Managing Partner, The Walker Group
  • Ashok Venkatraman, Founder & President, NuStart Advisors
  • Gene Neyer, Executive Advisor, Icon Solutions
  • Tedd Huff, Founder & Producer, Tedd Talks Payments
  • Sam Maule, Managing Director North America, 11:FS
  • Christopher Tonniges, Sr. Treasury & Fintech, Mutual of Omaha Bank

For more informationon the #PAY Board of Advisors visit:

#PAY Startup Showcase

“We are inviting all startup founders in fintech space to enter and compete for the opportunity to be showcased at the #PAY event,” said Ashok Venkatraman, Executive Director of the Startup Showcase.

“A panel of expert judges will vote on finalist’s solutions, with prizes awarded in each category, but only one will be crowned the winner of the prestigious Golden Hashtag.”

Early-stage companies will demonstrate new solutions and technologies focused on creating a better financial experience for both consumers and enterprise businesses.

Don’t wait, submit your startup today! Only 10 teams will be selected, each will receive two all-access passes ($3,000 value) and have the opportunity to scale their dreams and visions.

To submit your company in the Startup Showcase visit:

Participate in #PAY Symposium & Exposition

#PAY Symposium track sessions will explore leading trends and frontier technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Blockchain Technology, Internet of Things, Faster Payments, Quantum Computing, Open Banking, Real-time Payments, Robo-Advisor Technology, Decentralization, Cryptocurrency, High Speed 5G Mobility and much more.

As these breakthrough technologies become mainstream, fintech will further transform the financial landscape as we know it today.

#PAY is focused on the intersection of fintech and finance.

Additional information on #PAY Symposium & Exposition 2019, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor is available at

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About The Mandalay Group

The Mandalay Group is a consortium of individuals and companies focused on the future of fintech and finance. Our group is comprised of a diverse set of companies, focused on the security and movement of money.

We always focus on the high level, but are always interested in, and eager to help promote deserving early-stage startups and philanthropic organizations focused on the space.

The Mandalay Group partners with local, national and global events, organizations and media outlets focused on mutually beneficial relationships.

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Founder of #PAY Symposium & Exposition. Exploring the next decade in payments. We are seeking Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors & Workshops for our upcoming event.