Custom Conference Presenters

CUSTOM CONFERENCE PRESENTERS

BRIT BOATRIGHT

Boatright with StructureFirst is a 26-year bank veteran as well as a licensed real estate professional holding the distinguished CCIM Designation since 1999. The personal highlight of his extensive banking career was the development and execution of a highly successful strategic development plan for a new eight-branch network in the Nashville Marketplace while serving as the Nashville Area President for FirstBank. This exciting endeavor allowed him the unique opportunity to combine his passion for building highly successful banking teams with his passion for real estate development, which is what ultimately led him to StructureFirst. Brit is actually a former client of the principals of StructureFirst and saw first hand the benefits of working with this team of highly talented professionals.

KRISTIN SUNDIN BRANDT

As president of Sundin Associates, a bank marketing and advertising agency outside of Boston, Kristin leads the Agency’s digital, content, and social media strategies. A graduate of the American Bankers Association’s School of Bank Marketing and Management, Kristin holds the Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers and is on the faculty of the New England School for Financial Studies.

MIKE BURKE

Mike Burke brings three decades of law enforcement, retail loss prevention and training experience to your event. After a 20-year career, Mike was tapped to lead the first Homeland Security Training Center in Iowa. He went on to work with some of the largest retailers in the country to prevent theft loss before bringing his wealth of experience to SHAZAM’s community institutions. His timely and comprehensive presentations are an invaluable resource for organizations looking to tackle issues like card cloning, skimming fraud, robbery prevention and elder fraud.

TONI CUNNINGHAM

Toni Cunningham is an accomplished leader, motivator, workforce development professional and reboot strategist. As a Managing Director with Per Scholas, Toni provides the vision, operational, and executive leadership for the Columbus team. A seasoned marketing and communications expert Toni’s career includes roles with the Columbus Urban League, American Electric Power, Founder and Principal at Image Anu, LLC. In addition to growing funding, investments, and stakeholders, Toni is a highly sought conference speaker, presenter and workshop facilitator for organizations like Dress For Success, Women Economic Leadership Development, National Urban League, and Women In Tech.  Toni is a leader who believes in helping people to achieve at their highest levels. She truly believes in living out her purpose, which is “helping people get to next” in both their personal and professional lives.

PATRICK DIX

As a former news anchor, Patrick brings his story-telling approach to audiences on a variety of topics. From working with the media, to crisis communications, to the latest issues in the payments industry, Patrick provides commentary to help audiences understand complex topics and delivers easily digestible takeaways they can use at their institution. Patrick leads SHAZAM’s strategic partnerships with more than 70 industry organizations and trade associations, supporting their advocacy efforts and ensuring community financial institutions have a strong voice in the payments industry.

DR. THOMAS DOBBS

Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH was appointed State Health Officer with the Mississippi State Department of Health in December 2018.  Dr. Dobbs is an Infectious Diseases physician with 20 year of experience in public health, with specific expertise in TB an HIV.  He served as a regional health officer in Mississippi from 2008 – 2012 and as State Epidemiologist from 2012 – 2016.  From 2016 – 2018, Dr. Dobbs worked as a clinician and Chief Medical Officer/Chief Quality Officer for a local health system.  In addition to his role at the Department of Health, Dr. Dobbs is an Associate Professor at the UMMC School of Population Health, teaching courses in Epidemiology and Health Policy.

AL FARLOW

 Al Farlow has been with First Horizon Bank since 1991 and has worked for FHN Financial since 1997. Al is currently responsible for managing the Derivative Products Group, where he is involved with customer hedging strategy development and providing hedge accounting support.  Al’s prior experience includes management of the FHN Financial ALM Advisors Group and working in the Treasury Department at First Horizon Bank. Al graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a B.S. in Finance, and earned his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University (Owen). He has obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR).

DIMA GHAWI

Dima is the founder of a global talent development company with a primary mission for advancing individuals in leadership. Through keynote speeches, workshops, training programs, and executive coaching, Dima has empowered thousands of professionals across the globe to develop critical business skills and expand their leadership potential. In addition, she has provided guidance to business executives to help them understand the value of gender diverse leadership, and to develop a multi-year plan for advancing quality leaders from within the organization. Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. Through her work, she has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce. For more information, visit DimaGhawi.com.

TOM HINKEL

Tom Hinkel has been with Safe Systems, Inc. since 2005, most recently as Director of Compliance. Hinkel holds a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University, an AA in computer programming, the GSEC security certification from the SANS Institute, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation and the Certified in Risk and Information Security Controls (CRISC) designation from ISACA, the Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) and Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) designations from The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) designation from the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), the Certified Third-party Risk Professional (CTPRP) designation from the Shared Assessment Group, and the Cybersecurity Advisory Services Certificate from the AICPA. Hinkel is also an instructor for the Southern Operations School of Banking.

ALEX KELLY

For the past 7+ years Alex has been in the telecommunications and electronic security industry. Currently an Account Executive with Securitas Electronic Security, he oversees all financial accounts in Mississippi. A native to the Jackson metro area, Alex has a great feel for what current market needs are for his clients. With his background, it gives him a unique perspective into what is expected in today’s ever changing market. He resides in Brandon with his wife and two sons, where he is heavily involved in his church, youth sport leagues, and other community activities. 

BRIAN MATOCHIK

Brian Matochik, Vice President in the Derivative Products Group, joined FHN Financial in 2008. Mr. Matochik focuses on customer hedging strategy development and providing hedge accounting support. In addition, he is responsible for derivative trade execution, management, and implementation — concentrating on hedging strategies for community banks. He is involved in all aspects of FHN Financial’s Loan Hedging Program including loan structuring, pricing, trade execution, and customer support. Prior to joining FHN Financial, he served as a strategist in the Capital Markets group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.  Mr. Matochik graduated summa cum laude from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in International Studies and also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics. Additionally, Mr. Matochik studied Japanese language at both Chukyo University and Nagoya Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan.

NAOMI MERCER


Naomi Mercer is Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the American Bankers Association. She transitioned from a military career where she served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy and in the Pentagon running the Army’s gender integration and religious accommodation programs. Her educational background includes a doctorate in Literary Studies with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She is the author of the academic monograph, Toward Utopia (2015).

SEAN PAYANT

Sean Payant, Chief Consulting Officer, served as the Executive Director of the Schools of Banking for nine years prior to joining Haberfeld. He has administered, instructed, and authored materials for 17 different banking schools attended by bankers from 18 states. He has published articles on financial institution marketing, employee engagement, goal setting and community financial institution differentiation. Sean has presented more than 100 keynote and breakout sessions at industry meetings. He holds Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Nebraska.

JEFF RIGSBY

Mr. Rigsby is President and CEO of CB Resource, Inc. (“CBR”), a new age risk management and planning solution company dedicated to serving its national network of community bank members and clients. CBR uniquely delivers ERM (Enterprise Risk Management), strategic and capital plan solutions through a single source integrated platform. Rigsby is a member of the Board of Directors of FNBC Bank. FNBC has been serving its customers for over 100 years and is a $500M community bank based in Arkansas. Rigsby is also a faculty member at the Pacific Coast Bankers School (“PCBS”) in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to forming CBR and other ventures, he was an Executive Vice President of California Federal Bank responsible for their $15 billion branch network, business banking group, banking operations, marketing and advertising, and loan services. Jeff is a published author and speaks at numerous national and global events with an emphasis on strategic performance, disruptive strategies, board governance and building a competitive edge. Mr. Rigsby earned his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

CHRIS SCAFFIDI

Chris Scaffidi is the Director of Market Development for The Pacific Institute.  With more than 18 years in the industry, Chris works with organizations around the country helping them to develop strategies around employee engagement, motivation and culture optimization. Chris has a heart to serve leaders in developing healthy and profitable cultures and has consulted in a variety of industries from Fortune 500 organizations to Education, professional athletics, United States Military and social service institutions. Chris presently oversees The Pacific Institute’s Community Banking Initiative which helps banks to optimize work cultures to match current growth goals. Addressing topics such as change readiness, interdepartmental collaboration, and employee engagement, Chris works with Senior Leaders to ensure that the bank’s operating culture has the mindset required to support current and future growth objectives. 

MARY YORK

Mary York is CEO of York Public Relations and a recognized fintech expert. With more than 15 years of experience and a 100% success rate, she has mitigated numerous fintech crises, ranging from high-profile investigations and lawsuits, as well as regulatory disputes. She has also led the strategic direction for dozens of fintechs to increase brand awareness. Mary is a member of the Forbes Communications Council, where she shares industry insights among senior-level public relations executives. She is regularly quoted by industry media including American Banker, CU Management, The Financial Brand and others on PR and marketing strategies. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University, where she frequently lectures. She also earned her certification from Emory on Business Negotiations. Mary has studied with top officials from Emory, the CDC and Southwest Airlines, as well as the former press secretary for the Royal Family and the former Chief of Staff to Princess Diana. She has also worked with state and federal officials, including the New York State Attorney General’s Office.