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Treasury Management Conference            


      September 19, 2019

Scott Conference Center


              6450 Pine St Omaha NE

Conference Sessions

Registration and Breakfast - 8:00-8:30 a.m. 

Faster Payments & Impact

Payments are moving faster every day.  In this presentation we'll discuss the latest in new and emerging payments, including the impact, opportunities, and challenges of faster payments.  

 Wendy Wishon began her career   with EPCOR in 1996. She provides   oversight of all critical functions of   the organization, including EPCOR   payments education, compliance   and risk education, conferences,   and audit services departments.

Prior to joining EPCOR, she spent may years in the banking industry, both retail and operations, at a Community Bank, a Savings and Loan, and a large Commercial Bank. 

Wendy has been an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) since 1996; and achieved her National Check Professional (NCP) designation in 2011.

She is a frequent speaker at various payments industry conferences, including NACHA’s Payments Conference and other regional conferences. Ms. Wishon represents the EPCOR membership on NACHA’s Compliance and Operations Standing Rules Group, NACHA’s Rules and Operations Committee and she sits on the Payments Institute Board of Regents and the Steering Committee of the Internet Council.

Trade and Financial Impact on Tariffs

Changing US trade policies and new tariffs for China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union have resulted in significant impacts on the economy.  In this presentation we'll learn about trade and the financial impact across various industries in Nebraska.  

Joe, a native of Omaha, Nebraska,

is the managing partner of Kissel, Kohout, ES Associates LLC. He has been a registered lobbyist before

the Nebraska Legislature since 2002 where he has secured significant successes for the firm’s clients. 

In the years leading up to his position as a member of the firm, Joe served as a Legislative Aide in the Nebraska Legislature and during his tenure he earned valuable expertise in committee structures, the legislative process and constituent services.

Since joining the firm, Joe has worked with clients to advocate for legislation that achieved our client’s goals.   These achievements have included development of the Nebraska Advantage Transformational Tourism and Redevelopment Act, consistent funding for Nebraska’s CASA system, defeat of legislation that would have placed financial burden on Nebraska’s counties and would have ended infrastructure development in Nebraska.

Joe is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Omaha Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in the Nebraska Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. However, Joe’s practice is completely devoted to government affairs and management of the firm. 

Along with Former Nebraska Governor Charles Thone and Kristin Crawford, Joe is an author of the Nebraska Chapter in the State Capital Group’s “Lobbying, PAC’s and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook on Lobbying Laws and Regulations in the Individual States.”

Cybersecurity, White Collar Crime,

& Public Corruption

Obtain brilliant insight into the latest cybersecurity updates and best practices for fraud prevention in Treasury. 

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Attorney Robert L. Kardell (Bob) is a former FBI agent and fierce crusader for your businesses' cyber welfare focusing on cybersecurity and bank fraud.

Robert has 22 years of experience working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, Special Agent, Program Coordinator for Public Corruption, Complex Financial Crime, Healthcare Fraud, and Domestic Terrorism.

Over the years he has encountered numerous cyber-crimes allowing him to better advocate for clients while preventing and responding to an array of cybersecurity and fraud issues. He helps businesses and banks arm themselves during cyber investigations and cybersecurity attacks.

Financial Leadership and Keys to Success

Embrace opportunities to transform yourself and teammates.  Discover new skills needed in today's workplace in the digital world.  We'll also talk about financial leadership and keys to success.  

Nicole Bianchi is an accomplished  facilitator, speaker, and master  certified coach with over twenty  years of business experience. 

Before starting her practice, 

Bravium HD, she was a human  resources and organizational  development executive with Conagra Brands and Markel Insurance. 

Her passion?  Inspiring Bravery. 

Her focus?   Enabling leaders to stretch into their bravest selves.     

Nicole proudly serves on the board of directors for American Cancer Society and is leading a butterfly movement for the Papillion 150 anniversary.   

Lunch and Networking - 12:00 - 12:50

Working Smarter with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a broad and fluid category of computer science that attempts to solve problems that were believed to require human intelligence. 

In this dynamic session, we’ll explain what AI is, provide some examples of where AI is found today and help identify how AI can be applied to your business.  Lastly, we’ll provide a vision for how AI could impact lives in the future. 

 Artit ‘Art’ Wangperawong is a 

 distinguished engineer at

 U.S. Bank applying Machine   Learning (ML) and Artificial   Intelligence (AI) to solve

 problems across the organization.  Since obtaining his doctorate degree from Stanford University, Art has been engaged in ML and deep learning work to optimize and streamline systems in various industries including telecommunications, medicine, entertainment, and ecommerce. Art has collaborated with researchers from True, IBM, NYU, Stanford, and Google, broadly disseminating work in publications and open-sourced projects online. Art has been invited to speak at Amazon, Google, NYU, Columbia, UC Berkeley, and more.

 As a technical solutions consultant   at U.S. Bank, Cheryl Lehotyak   helps companies optimize their   receivables processes by   providing consultations on   strategies and system integration.   Her solution expertise is   expansive from paper payments to virtual payments. Cheryl is a subject matter expert for accounts receivable processing, with 30 years of banking experience (17 in corporate and commercial banking) and has also spent a decade in consumer banking with management experience for sales, operations and risk. 

Variable Economic Conditions

& Financial Strategies

The economy is ever changing and companies continue to be faced with short and long term decisions for the future.  This impactful discussion will address financial strategies for optimizing value in variable economic conditions. 

Dr. Kevin Schieuer is Professor of Finance in the College of Business at Bellevue University. Dr. Schieuer serves as the Director of the Master of Science in Strategic Finance: Strategic Leadership of Value and Risk Program, Director of the College’s Certified Treasury Management Program affiliated with the Association for Financial Professionals, Chair of the Finance area, and Co-Director of Bellevue University’s MBA Program.  Dr. Schieuer also served as Director of the undergraduate Business Administration Program for many years.

In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate finance courses, Dr. Schieuer has been involved with academic, professional, and corporate education activities, presenting educational programs for organizations such as the Association for Financial Professionals,  ConAgra Corporation, Healthcare Financial Management Association – Nebraska Chapter, Kum & Go Corporation, Nebraska Hospital Association, the Gallup Organization, and ArcBest Inc. of Fort Smith, AK. Dr. Schieuer’s primary interests involve applications and integrations of financial management and valuation fundamentals for strategic, holistic, and enterprise wide financial and business leadership and decision making. Dr. Schieuer is committed to a vision that finance professionals can lead organizations with effective communication of core, strategic financial principles and applications that empower effective, value optimizing decision making.

Dr. Schieuer earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an MBA with a Finance emphasis, as well as graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and BS degrees in Math, Physics, and Business Administration.  Dr. Schieuer has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching and University Service Kotouc Professorship Award, the Vice President of Academic Affairs Distinguished Professorship Award, and Bellevue University’s Online Class Development of the Year Faculty Award, and has served as chair / member on numerous College and University committees, as well as President of the University’s Faculty Senate. 

Credit Card and PCI Update

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to companies that accept credit card payments. 

This session will enhance your understanding of the requirements of PCI compliance.  

Susan Rue is a member of the Strategic Customer Solutions team within Elavon, the payment processing subsidiary of U.S. Bank.  She has been in the acquiring and payment solutions business for 20 years, working with clients from across many industries throughout North America to implement a variety of products and services in their payment acceptance environments.  

In Susan’s current role as a Security Domain Expert, she works specifically with customer needs for security in their credit card processing environment.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Business from Bellevue University, is a certified Project Management Professional and is a native and current resident of Omaha, Nebraska

After Conference Networking


Join the NAFP Board for networking.  All Attendees welcome! 

Approved for up to 5.0  FP & A Recertification Credits by the Association for Financial Professionals

Approved for up to 7.0 CTP/CCM Recertification Credits by the Association for Financial Professionals

Approved for up to 7 CPE Credits by the Board of Public Accountancy Continuing Education

Approved for up to 3.0 AAP Renewal Credits by NACHA 

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Conference Sponsors

The Nebraska Association For Financial Professionals, nonprofit organization serving the growing field of treasury management, is a regional affiliate of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP).

Address: P.O. Box 8724  Omaha, Nebraska  68108-0724

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