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Payments Facilitation: The Rapid Evolution of Software Companies into the Payment Industry - April 5, 2018 - San Francisco, CA
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Payments Facilitation:

The Rapid Evolution of Software Companies into the Payment Industry




April 5, 2018

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM



Hosted by: Bryan Cave



Three Embarcadero Center, 7th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111



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The recent years have seen many companies pushing the limits of commerce, customer engagement or experience, business models and even regulation like Crypto-currencies or ICOs. This phenomenon has taken by surprise whole segments of the market at banks, service providers or retailers. Some reacted well, some are on the fringe of extinction or have already disappeared.

The BayPay Forum is pleased to bring this new event that will put some light on a new category of service providers that are growing rapidly: the Payments Facilitators.

Definition: A Payment Facilitator or PayFac is a merchant service provider that simplifies the merchant account enrollment process. PayFacs operate on a sub-merchant platform where merchants no longer require their own MID, bit are boarded directly under the PayFac’s master MID account.

For this event, we have gathered great speakers representing different stakeholders of this new ecosystem who will be grilled politely by our Managing Director to extract their knowledge to educate us on the trends they see in the market.

This event will be live streamed and people not present in the room will be able to ask questions remotely. An edited version of the discussion will be available later for free to our Online Members and a small fee to cover our expenses for all others.

We hope you can join us for this thought provoking event in San Francisco.


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5:30 PM Registration
6:30 PM Announcements
6:40 PM Panel Discussion
  Alex Cooper, Senior Business Development Executive at Worldpay
  Todd Ablowitz, Founder and CEO at Double Diamond Group, Infinicept - Founder and Publisher at
  Dickson Chu, Global Head Portfolio Management at BBVA
  Pete Kledaras, Head of Risk and Payments at Bolt
  Panel Moderated by Daniel Chatelain, Managing Director at The BayPay Forum
8:30 PM End of Session


Alex Cooper

Senior Business Development Executive at Worldpay

Alex Cooper is a financial technology innovator and serial entrepreneur. Currently, he is a Senior Business Development Executive at Worldpay. His career as a fintech entrepreneur includes being CEO and Founder of 3 startups. Two were Inc. 500 companies and all three were sold. Alex has created and brought to market fintech solutions for enterprises and consumers including prepaid debit cards, kiosk bill pay, cross border payments, open payment APIs, mobile wallets, and mobile POS solutions. He has a strong passion and insight for leveraging financial technology to build better lives for the underserved and underbanked Americans.

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Todd Ablowitz

Founder and CEO at Double Diamond Group, Infinicept

Founder and Publisher,

Todd Ablowitz is a recognized and respected industry leader with nearly 20 years of experience working for the acquiring and payments industry's top brands. In 2008, he launched Double Diamond Group (DDG) to help companies all over the world solve their most critical business challenges with his unique blend of experience, connections and know-how. DDG provides groundbreaking insights that help clients make the right decisions at the right time. When acquirers and payments companies turn to DDG, they expect unrivaled service and insights and DDG strives to to exceed those expectations, maintaining position as the most sought after experts around the world.

In 2011 Todd partnered with world-renowned risk expert, Deana Rich and began serving the Payment Facilitator (PF) industry. Together they have helped more than 150 companies in every region of the world in the PF space with strategy, new product/market introduction, operations design, implementation and risk compliance, and due diligence.

In 2014 Todd and Deana co-founded Infinicept – a SaaS based software that allows Payment Facilitators to get up and running in weeks – not years. As the industry’s first all-in-one Payment Facilitator solution, Infinicept helps ISVs quickly develop a new revenue stream while reducing the back office complexities of boarding, underwriting and compliance. The launch was met with rave reviews and Infinicept has continued to grow, adding new features and processors on a regular basis.

On the weekends, you can find Todd hitting the slopes around the world, or on the rare occasion he is unable to find snow – dreaming about it. In 2015, Todd combined his passion for skiing with his passion for FinTech and started SkiTech, a convening of FinTech leaders that gives participants an industry edge in an incredible setting.

Todd grew up in Upstate New York, attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, and resides outside of Denver with his wife, Heidi and his two Children, Hannah (11) and Ben (8).

Todd Ablowitz

Dickson Chu

Global Head Portfolio Management at BBVA


Dickson Chu is an accomplished General Manager and innovative product builder with over 30 years of experience working at the intersection of Financial Services, customer insights and the strategic use of technology. He has held leadership roles at prominent companies – BBVA, Wells Fargo, Yahoo!, PayPal, Citi – where he created and/or grew sizable new businesses. He is also an investor, board director and active advisor to a number of emerging companies working to redefine the next generation of payments, commerce and business services.

He is currently the head of portfolio management for BBVA’s New Digital Businesses where he has overall responsibility for the governance, budget and strategic direction of BBVA’s growing portfolio of Fintech businesses such as Simple in the US, Holvi in Finland, Atom Bank in the UK, Muno in Spain and OpenPay in Mexico.

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Pete Kledaras

Head of Risk and Payments at Bolt

Known by many as one of the world’s experts in fraud management, Pete Kledaras leverages his 20+ year career in risk management and credit card fraud to head risk, data, and fraud detection at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Pete served as Chief Risk Officer at CashStar for eight years.

During his time at CashStar, Pete developed its groundbreaking risk management platform for digital commerce. Many major retailers, including Best Buy, Dell, Gap, Office Depot, Staples, Starbucks, and The Home Depot, rely on the fraud systems that Pete designed to power their highest-risk online purchases: eGifts, plastic gift cards, and stored value reloads. Following his early career as an economist at the US Treasury and International Monetary Fund, Pete enjoyed remarkable success in risk management at several leading banks including the Bank of New York and First USA/Bank One. Pete has also served as an advisor to dozens of blue-chip organizations including TD Bank, Visa EU, Barclaycard UK, BNP Paribas, WEX Corp, and PowerPay (now EVO).

Pete Kledaras


Daniel Chatelain

Managing Director at The BayPay Forum

Daniel Chatelain is a serial entrepreneur focused on innovation in payments, commerce and Fintech. He sits on the board of directors or advisors of emerging companies and is a mentor at 500 Startups. He started The BayPay Forum to help foster innovation in payment and commerce.

The BayPay Forum is a member based organization that gathers today over 14,000 executives from thousands of companies and that organizes events for its members to understand the new trends in innovation in payments and commerce in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto, New York, Paris, London and Luxembourg. Prior to that, Daniel was CEO, President & COO of companies he started as an entrepreneur or within the Lagardere (Elle, Woman’s Day, Car & Driver, Hachette, Canal Satellite) and Airbus Industries group (Airbus, Ariane, Eurocopter) and Vice President of a VC backed companies giving him a wide experience of growing companies domestically and internationally in the banking, telecom and interactive media industries as an entrepreneur, corporate or VC backed senior executive.







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Location Bryan Cave, Three Embarcadero Center, 7th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111

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Thursday 05 April 2018, 05:30pm - 08:30pm
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