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From Money20/20 to FinTech South: Perspectives on Atlanta’s Role in the Global FinTech Landscape - December 13, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
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From Money20/20 to FinTech South:

Perspectives on Atlanta’s Role in the Global FinTech Landscape






December 13, 2017

6:00pm to 9:00pm



Hosted by: Bryan Cave




One Atlantic Center, 14th Floor 1201 West Peachtree NW

Atlanta, GA



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There is a momentum building in Atlanta toward the goal of becoming the recognized global capital of financial technology by the year 2020. But can Atlanta truly become the global hub for FinTech, just as New York and London are the recognized global centers for finance?

At the recent Money20/20 USA conference, the largest FinTech event globally, Georgians were represented in large numbers. Georgia is the 8th ranked state by population but had the 3rd most attendees at Money20/20, only trailing California and New York for engagement in the event. On May 7-8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta is hosting the inaugural FinTech South conference, a global showcase that will bring 1,000+ FinTech leaders to our city.

In this engaging panel discussion, moderated by Money20/20’s Chief Content Officer Andrew Morris, we’ll explore Atlanta’s role and ambitions in the global FinTech landscape, including:

- Highlights from the Money20/20 conference, both overall and specific to the delegation of companies from Georgia in attendance.

- An update from the FinTech Atlanta Task Force, the partnership Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) that is spearheading Atlanta’s pursuit of global FinTech leadership.

- A preview of the amazing launch of the new FinTech South conference on May 7-8!

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6:00 PM Registration
7:00 PM Announcement
7:10 PM Panel Discussion
  Esther Pigg, SVP Product Strategy, FIS & Executive Committee At Large, FinTech Atlanta Task Force
  Grant Wainscott, Senior Director, Technology Ecosystem Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  Larry Williams, President & CEO, The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
  Panel moderated by Andrew B. Morris, Chief Content Officer, Money20/20 USA
9:00 PM End of Session


Esther Pigg

SVP Product Strategy, FIS & Executive Committee At Large, FinTech Atlanta Task Force

Esther leads the Product Strategy team for the Payments division of FIS that spans debit, prepaid, credit card, merchant, network and loyalty programs. With extensive experience across the banking and payments technology industry, Esther focuses her team on long term product strategies to effectively engage the markets FIS serves. Prior to her current role, Esther served as industry ambassador and platform expert for clearXchange, now Zelle, to establish the network in market. Additionally, Esther led product management and strategy teams at FIS, Fiserv and Bank of America. She began her career with Chase Private and Commercial Banking. Esther currently serves on the FinTech Steering Committee of the Technology Association of Georgia and the FinTech Atlanta Task Force Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and completed the Advanced Topics in Cash Management at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She is a Certified Cash Manager and Pragmatic Marketing certified.

Esther Pigg

Grant Wainscott

Senior Director, Technology Ecosystem Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Grant Wainscott is the Senior Director of Technology Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. In this role, Grant works to retain, expand and attract technology jobs and investment to the metro Atlanta region. He works specifically with the clusters of FinTech, Cyber Security, B2B Software and Film/Digital Media/Entertainment Tech, to support and grow the ecosystem.

Previous to his current post, Grant was the Director of Economic Development & Film for Clayton County, Georgia. In that role as the county’s lead economic officer, Grant oversaw more than $200 million in development and redevelopment projects around the world’s busiest airport, and helped attract more than 2,500 new jobs. In his role as the director of the state’s first county film office, he recruited 55 major television and film productions to the region, as well as commercials, music videos and industrials.

Grant has also served the metro Atlanta area as Vice President for Community and Economic Development for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, and as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Morrow. As Chairman of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s International Promotions Council, he led foreign trade missions for the region and has participated in more than 30 business and cultural missions throughout the world.

Prior to moving to Georgia in 2002, Grant led economic development efforts and a tech incubator for the tourist destinations of Boone & Blowing Rock, in the mountains of North Carolina. He and his wife also owned a used and rare bookstore and cigar shop.Previous to his time in North Carolina, he lived in Washington, DC for several years, lobbying and working with foreign embassies in commercial real estate, and in Florida where he headed up an international tech brokerage firm.

Grant holds a B.A. in International Business from Florida Southern College, and has attended university in Quebec, Canada and Augsburg, Germany, focusing on Franco-Canadian trade relations and European markets. He has studied and lived abroad in five countries, and speaks French and German. He is married with two children and lives in Avondale Estates, Georgia.

Grant Wainscott

Larry Williams

President & CEO, The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

Larry K. Williams, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). Williams, A recognized leader in economic development, brings more than 20 years of experience in global branding, international trade and finance, public and industrial policy, and administration and management to one of the largest state technology trade associations in North America.

Prior to joining TAG in 2016, Williams served as President/CEO of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership. Under Williams’ leadership The Beacon Council created and executed a new economic development framework that resulted in $687 million in new investment, 119 company relocations or expansions, and more than 4,500 new jobs.

Previously, Williams helped shape the vision for Atlanta’s technology industry as Vice President of Technology Development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. He provided leadership and direction to the Chamber’s Mobility Task Force, the effort to position Atlanta as a global hub of mobile technology, and the Technology Leadership Council.

In the State of Washington, Williams garnered a list of special assignments and honors including serving on the Governor’s Global Competiveness Council, where he created and led all processes and committees. The council’s report served as the basis of the state’s new 10-year economic initiative.

In 2008, Williams was appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire as co-chair of the newly created Washington State Tourism Commission and the following year he was appointed to serve on her executive cabinet.

As Director of International Trade for Washington State Department of Commerce, Williams managed the merger of the International Trade and the Economic Development Divisions of the State Department of Commerce. His responsibilities increased from managing 14 employees with a $6 million budget to 66 employees with a $130 million budget.

Williams recruited, retained or expanded 692 companies statewide; created or retained more than 17,000 jobs; and generated more than $1.8 billion in private investment in fiscal years 2008/2009. He developed and implemented initial sales goals for each team member and exceeded three-year projections by more than 40 percent, documenting more than $43 million in actual sales.

Under his leadership, Washington State opened its first foreign offices in Mexico City, Frankfurt, Germany and Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, China.

In his native North Carolina, he rose through the ranks to Director of Operations of the International Trade Division for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. He developed business opportunities for client companies throughout Canada and Latin America.

Williams is a graduate of North Carolina State University, and the Darlington School. Williams also studied in Costa Rica and Spain and speaks Spanish.

Larry Williams


Andrew B. Morris

Chief Content Officer, Money20/20 USA

Andrew leads content development, including speaker selection/recruitment and all agenda planning, for Money20/20 USA, the leading global event covering innovation in payments, commerce and financial technology. Andrew is a member of the FinTech Steering Committee for the Technology Association of Georgia and is Content Chair for the inaugural FinTech South conference, scheduled for May 7-8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Although not currently practicing, Andrew is also CEO & Founder of Morris Advisors Inc., an independent consultancy that advises retailers and other industry stakeholders on payments and commerce strategy. He was formerly head of the mobile commerce consulting practice at inCode, a division of Ericsson Inc. Prior to his consulting career, as VP of Internet Program Development for Prudential Bank and Trust, Andrew spearheaded the development of Prudential Financial’s first online banking platform and led several strategic initiatives to open new channels for the bank’s products. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Transylvania University and a Master of Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Kentucky. He is currently based in Johns Creek, Georgia.

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