Senior Vice President
Enterprise Solutions IT
Fifth Third Bank
Mr. Deloatch joined Fifth Third Bank in January 2007 and was named Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions. He is responsible for Enterprise IT strategies and applications including the call center technologies, sales force automation, teller systems, workflow & imaging, business intelligence dashboards and corporate applications.
Prior to Fifth Third, Mr. Deloatch spent 18 years at GE in progressive leadership roles including segment CIO roles in the company’s Aviation and Lighting divisions. During his time there, he drove process improvements and extensive IT implementations including SAP, Oracle and industry first Internet ordering sites in the Appliance & Lighting divisions.
Mr. Deloatch has his MBA from Miami University and the Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University. He is also Lean Certified, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a member of the Miami University MIS Board.
Heartland Payment Systems
Kris Herrin joined Heartland Payment Systems as Chief Security Officer in April, 2008. Mr. Herrin led the internal security response to the recent data intrusion at Heartland, and Heartland’s successful revalidation as Payment Card Industry (PCI) DSS compliant in May, 2009. He transitioned to the role of Chief Technology Officer in August, 2009, where his team is responsible for overall IT service delivery and operations.
Prior to joining the Heartland Payment Systems, Mr. Herrin served as Director and CSO for Intervoice, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed provider of converged voice and data solutions. He also held several senior level Information Security positions with Alcatel-Lucent, both domestically and in China.
In addition to his professional security experience, Mr. Herrin is an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, Graduate School of Management where he has developed and taught courses in digital forensics and information security risk mitigations.
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Howell (Mac) McCullough is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for U.S. Bancorp. He is also head of U.S. Bancorp’s Enterprise Revenue Office, an organization that is focused on driving revenue growth by better understanding and acting on our customers’ needs, preferences and behaviors. Mr. McCullough is also a member of the U.S. Bancorp Management Committee. Previously, Mr. McCullough held a number of financial positions within U.S. Bancorp and its predecessors, including Chief Financial Officer for Payment Services, Director of Investor Relations, Director of Corporate Development, and Director of Financial Analysis and Planning.
Before joining the Company in 1993, Mr. McCullough held a number of financial positions in banking and insurance, including Director of Corporate Development at Huntington Bancshares, Treasurer at First Commerce Corporation, Manager of Financial Analysis and Planning at Texas Commerce Bancshares and Controller at Armco Reinsurance Managers.
Mr. McCullough earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Ohio State University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. McCullough is a member of the board of directors of InstaMed Holdings, Inc., a healthcare payments company and The Minnesota Zoo. He also represents U.S. Bank on the Strategy Committee of Viewpointe, one of the largest providers of check image exchange and archive services in the United States.
Senior Vice President, Deputy CIO
Corporate Systems & Information Management
First Horizon National Corporation
Mr. Sonnenstein joined First Horizon in March 2009 as the Deputy CIO/Senior Vice President for Corporate Systems and Information Management at First Horizon. He is responsible for the applications that support finance and accounting, human resources, corporate communications and corporate risk management functions, as well as leading the company’s enterprise information management efforts, including data governance, data warehousing and business intelligence strategies and solutions.
Prior to First Horizon Mr. Sonnenstein held a number of senior business strategy, technology and consulting roles during his 20 years in financial services, including Director of Strategic Initiatives for Wachovia’s General Bank and lead Director for the banking and capital markets outsourcing/off-shoring/shared services and technology teams at PricewaterhouseCoopers UK.
Mr. Sonnenstein earned his bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Cornell University and an MBA with concentrations in Finance and MIS from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Senior Vice President
Bart Narter is Senior Vice President of Celent's banking group based in the firm's San Francisco office. Narter's areas of expertise include emerging technologies affecting retail financial services, with a particular emphasis on branch automation, in-store banking, core banking systems, and service-oriented architecture.
Narter has been widely quoted in the press, including The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Dow Jones, among others. He has consulted to top -- 100 international banks, as well as leaders in hardware, core banking software, and Internet banking software.
Before joining Celent, Narter founded EnhanceRate, a technology services consulting firm for e-mail marketers. He previously held senior management positions at various Silicon Valley technology companies, including Latitude Communications, Exactly!, and MBI. Previously, he was a consultant for Boston Consulting Group, where he conducted numerous case studies examining the financial services industry.
Narter received his MBA from Stanford University and his BA from Vanderbilt University. He is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
Risk Management Association
Kathy Vitale is Associate Director of Operational Risk at the Risk Management Association, a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association, whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA has approximately 3,000 institutional members represented in the association by 18,000 risk management professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.
Kathy is responsible for planning and implementing RMA's Operational Risk web seminars, conferences, roundtables, forums, and numerous electronic educational offerings. Before joining the OpRisk department, Kathy acted as a consultant to the Strategic Learning and Research Department in the development of the Credit Risk Certified examination and piloting the web seminar initiative, among other major educational programs.
Prior to joining RMA in 2005, Kathy was founder and president of Computer Business Solutions a consulting firm specializing in custom software development, training and project management. Kathy holds and MBA in Management and has taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs at Temple University, Pennsylvania State University and Eastern University.
Editors & Moderators
Bank Systems & Technology
As senior editor for Bank Systems & Technology, Maria is responsible for writing major features and news pieces on a wide array of banking technology topics, from payments to IT budgeting. She is also the editor of BS&T's daily online newsletter. Maria has been with the magazine since April 2005. Previously she was editor-in-chief of a small, regional business newspaper based in central Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she held the position of managing editor with another banking technology publication for two years. In addition to her banking experience, Maria has also written for accounting and insurance industry magazines.
Bank Systems & Technology
Katherine Burger is Editorial Director of Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology, members of the Financial Technology Network of TechWeb. She assumed leadership of Bank Systems & Technology in 2003 and of Insurance & Technology in 1991.
In addition to directing the editorial strategy of both brands, Kathy is charged with the creation and development of new products, editorial supplements, special publications and live and online events including BS&T's Executive Summit, I&T's Executive Summit , Webcasts, live custom events and executive roundtables.
Kathy is a frequent speaker/moderator at financial services industry conferences, and also has presented at a number of technology company user group and sales force events, as well as numerous Webcasts sponsored by industry leaders.
During Kathy's 29-year publishing career, in addition to financial services technology, she also has covered the real estate and retailing industries. She is a graduate of Carleton College.
Bank Systems & Technology
Nathan Conz is Senior Editor of Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology, members of TechWeb's Financial Technology Network. He joined the publications in February 2007.
Nathan writes content for both of the brands magazines, newsletters and blogs, while hosting editorial webcasts, audio podcasts and video podcasts.
Before joining TechWeb, Nathan was a reporter for the Hartford Advocate, where he covered local politics, local college news, technology trends and sports. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.