2017 Speakers "Spotlight"

Juan Ortiz| Executive VP of National Sales | BluePay

Juan Ortiz is a man who has discovered the blessings in adversity. As the eldest of six children, Juan grew up in a home of abuse and poverty. Desperate, he saw his life with no hope for the future. If not for the example of courage from his mother and the leadership of a few good friends, Juan would not be alive today. Today Juan is a husband, a father, a leader and a successful businessman who is dedicated to teaching others how to succeed in life.

Juan has become a source of inspiration to thousands of people. His belief that “anything is possible if you are willing to change” is the reason he is a sought after speaker by schools, organizations and corporations around the world. Whether he is speaking to an audience of thousands or just a small group of people, his combination of humor, honesty and compassion is absolutely captivating and life changing.


Robert Dean | Collaboration Leader and Subject Matter Expert | Dean Learning & Talent Advisors LLC

Robert (Bob) Dean provides a set of diverse services using the ThinkTank collaboration platform.  He is an experienced ThinkTank designer and facilitator, having conducted  hundreds of virtual and global collaboration sessions for a variety of clients.   With his subject matter expertise in a variety of areas, he collaborates with clients to design, develop, and facilitate ThinkTank sessions and ThinkApps.   Mr. Dean has also trained business professionals in presentation and facilitation skills throughout his career.   

Prior to forming Dean Learning & Talent Advisors LLC, Mr. Dean spent over 30 years in various professional services firms, including Ernst  & Young (EY), Grant Thornton, and Heidrick & Struggles.  Mr. Dean, a CPA by background, spent the first 7 years of his career as an auditor/client advisor in a large accounting firm.. He served as Chief Learning Officer at Grant Thornton and co-designed the Corporate University as a consultant for a Fortune 500 client, FMC Technologies.   He applies his business experience, serving clients in a variety of industries focused on business process improvement and learning & development and talent management innovation. 

Mr. Dean is a graduate of the University of Missouri.   He has been an Advisory Board member of the Northern Illinois University Experiential Learning Center for 10 years and is a Business Learning Institute (BLI) thought leader.

Holli Targan Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss

Holli Targan is an attorney and partner at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, where she is Chair of the Jaffe Payments Practice Group.  She is a past President of the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), a Founder and Board Member of W.net—Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Merchant Acquirer’s Committee (MAC).  

Holli represents payments industry companies, including payment facilitators, ISOs, banks, and fintech companies on compliance, contract issues, and portfolio and company purchases and sales.  

Holli has been honored as a Most Influential Women in Payments and Best Lawyer in America, and has received numerous other industry awards and honors.

Deana Rich | President | Rich Consulting

***2016 MWAA Industry Achievement Award Recipient***

Deana Rich is a leader in risk management, underwriting, operations and compliance for the payments acquiring industry. With more than 25 years of acquiring experience, Rich possesses compelling insight, deep card brand knowledge and long-standing industry relationships. Throughout her career, she has successfully developed and implemented risk management and underwriting programs for payment facilitators, acquirers, independent sales organizations, and software as a service (SaaS) developers, including writing policies and procedures, providing staff training support and overseeing implementation of risk monitoring, underwriting and card scheme compliance. 

In 2004, she launched Deana Rich Consulting, Inc. to help companies all over the world evaluate and reduce risk exposure by developing or bolstering compliance, risk management and underwriting programs. In 2012 she partnered with Double Diamond Group to form DoubleRich where they serve the Payment Facilitator industry from soup to nuts, covering strategy and new product/market introduction to operations design and implementation to risk, compliance and due diligence. Together they have served more than 100 companies in every region of the world, have been instrumental in shaping the emerging payment facilitator sector and are re-engineering the merchant onboarding and application process. She is also Co-founder and Publisher of PaymentFacilitator.com, which provides the payment facilitator community with weekly news, analysis and insights.

She is an original board member, past President and currently Vice President of the Merchant Acquirers Committee (MAC) where she is instrumental in driving organizational focus. She also is recognized as an industry leader that is influential in shaping industry guidance on matters of risk and fraud management through her roles and work with the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA). She is among the select few who are approved to perform Acquirer Risk Program reviews, Global Acquirer Risk Standards reviews and Global Brand Protection Program reviews for Visa, and Fraud Management Program reviews for MasterCard. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Barry Davis | Vice President of Business Development | Womply

Barry Davis is Vice President of Business Development at Womply, one of the fastest growing merchant-focused companies in the U.S. using data, information, and technology to help small businesses grow, protect, and simplify their businesses.  He has twenty years’ in management consulting in the Payments, Merchant Acquiring, and Merchant Advance industries. He managed consulting practice areas with First Annapolis Consulting and The Strawhecker Group, and headed up business development at RapidAdvance. Barry has also been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.

Dmitry Faybysh Bankcard Analytics

CPA/MBA have written articles in several magazines including Business Management Magazine.  Dmitry Faybysh is an entrepreneur and business owner and has been in the Data Modeling & Analytics business for the past 18 years working primarily with large $1B+ companies architecting business intelligence solutions.  Dmitry recently sold recently sold his consulting company firm The Glenture Group LLC and now he is focused on small & mid-size businesses.  He has created the Analytics and Data Modeling as a value added service to Merchant Services.

Sonny Wooten | Vice President for Business Development | National Benefit Programs

Sonny has over 36 years of experience with American Express and is a recognized and respected leader in the acquiring and payment processing industry. Most recently, Sonny was the Director of Business Development in the small merchant acquisition strategy group. Sonny also held sales and marketing leadership positions in NYC, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Charlotte. Prior to American Express, he worked in the hospitality, retail and medical device industries. Sonny is also on the Advisory Board of the Southeast Acquirers’ Association and a Certified Payment Professional (CPP).

John Stewart | Editor in Chief | Digital Transactions

John Stewart is editor of Digital Transactions magazine, the daily  Digital Transactions News email newsletter, and Digitaltransactions.net. He has been covering the electronic payments business since 1985, and in 2003 was a cofounder of Boland Hill Media LLC, publisher of the Digital Transactions products.

Kim Olszewski | VP of Transaction Processing | iStream Financial Services

Kim Olszewski is bringing 35 years of banking and financial services experience.  Kim’s career began on the banking side, focusing on Chargeback/Settlement management and Bank Operations.  From there she moved into the payment processing arena where she was responsible for the oversight and launch of a transactional risk management system, the creation of a Merchant Retrieval and Chargeback System and accountable for Credit Underwriting, Risk Management and Collections.

Prior to joining iStream in 2014, Kim served as the Chief Operations Officer – Electronic Payment Processing Division for Newtek Business Services.  In this role, Kim was responsible for the oversight of Risk, Operations, Settlement, Collections, Credit Underwriting and Relationship Management.  

All of this experience has allowed Kim to come to iStream and have an immediate and positive impact on the overall transaction processing aspect of iStream.  Kim has implemented new protocols and methodologies which have further strengthened the processing platform and the high levels of service customers have come to expect from iStream.

Jeremy Epstein | Managing Director, Technology Banking Group | The PrivateBank

Jeremy is a Managing Director in the Technology Banking Group at The PrivateBank. In his role, he works with businesses in the financial technology space and has an expertise in payment processing.  Prior to joining The PrivateBank, Jeremy spent 7 years at MB where he played an instrumental role in developing and implementing the bank’s strategy in the payments industry.

David Barnhardt | Executive Vice President of Product | GIACT

Began his career in law enforcement.  After serving 8 years, David pursued a career in banking fraud investigation working for Wachovia later serving as the Emerging Risk Executive Bank of America.  

Currently David serves as GIACT’s Executive Vice President of Product where he oversees product development and management of GIACT’s suite of solutions. He joined GIACT in 2016 bringing with him thirteen years of executive experience in bank fraud and risk management. During his career, he has done extensive work in mitigating deposit, debit, e-commerce, and internal fraud. He has also done significant work in link analysis and collusive ring investigation.