Marquette University News Release

Marquette commercial banking program to host inaugural conference

January 18, 2018

‘Bankruption’ author Waupsh will keynote Jan. 31 event

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University’s commercial banking program on Wednesday, Jan. 31, will host a conference featuring keynote speaker John Waupsh, chief innovation officer of the financial services company Kasasa and author of the book Bankruption: How Community Banking can Survive Fintech.

The event will be held in the Alumni Memorial Union ballroom, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., from 8 a.m. to noon. It will be emceed by Dr. Kent Belasco, assistant professor of practice in finance and director of the commercial banking program. The conference is open to the public; tickets are $100 and online registration is required. Attendees will receive an autographed copy of Bankruption.

The keynote presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on financial technology (“fintech”) disruption and community banking. The panel discussion, moderated by Waupsh and Michael Vesel of Wipfli, will include:

  • Michael Adam, founder, Bankmybiz and DocLaunch
  • Kelly Brown, CEO, American Deposit Management
  • Joe Fazio, CEO, Commerce Bank
  • Doug Gordon, CEO, Waterstone Bank
  • Wayne Miller, managing director, The Venture Center
  • Jack Novielli, executive vice president of strategic product integration enterprise products, FIS
  • Michelle Toll, executive vice president, The State Bank Group
  • Dave Werner, CEO, Park Bank

“Commercial Banking is changing and fintech is paving the way for the new and evolving nature of banking,” Belasco said. “Our esteemed keynote speaker, John Waupsh, will discuss how community banking can survive fintech, and how a diverse range of banking professionals respond to these challenges.”

The event is sponsored by American Deposit Management, AML Rightsource and the Illinois Bankers Association.

Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Christopher Stolarski, senior communication strategist, at christopher.stolarski@marquette.edu.

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