By Rose Oswald Poels
Last week, the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) was pleased to welcome over 500 attendees to our annual Bank Executives Conference. In addition to the many opportunities to gain insight from speakers and network among peers, attendees experienced WBA’s first FinTech Showcase.
The hour-long session, held in conjunction with the conference, was an overwhelming success, and many bankers left the event inspired for the future of their business. As our industry continues to evolve and technology grows increasingly important in the daily operations of banks, the Association is pleased to announce that this April 17, we will host our first full-day FinTech Showcase Event!
In an effort to demonstrate the power of FinTech and assist bankers in staying up to date on technology solutions related to the industry, the day-long event will feature two keynote presenters and eight FinTech vendors. Providers will demonstrate their solutions live in 20-minute intervals, and attendees will have the chance to ask questions and network in the Showcase Hall.
I encourage Wisconsin bankers to utilize this opportunity to develop relationships and explore the ways in which their organization can benefit from new efficiencies and solutions. Registration for this inaugural event is now open at wisbank.com/FinTech.
In addition to this new event, WBA has also partnered with the Arizona and Colorado Bankers Associations and CCG Catalyst Consulting, an Associate Member, to create the Bankers FinTech Council. The Council, initiated to help develop new opportunities for financial institutions and selected FinTechs to connect with each other, launched last year.
WBA members will not only enjoy this opportunity to connect with their banking peers from a variety of banks across the state and country, but bankers will also learn of new and emerging FinTech companies looking to connect with the banking industry. The goal of the Council is to meet three or four times a year at different locations with one likely being held in Wisconsin in August.
For those interested in developing strategic partnerships with FinTech providers, or for those simply interested in learning more about the types of technology products available to the banking industry, both the WBA FinTech Showcase in April and the Bankers FinTech Council will help WBA-member banks form the connections and see for themselves how new technological efficiencies will help banks remain competitive.