first_imgLate summer kicks off a flurry of financial services conferences that last through the fall. The first on my radar this year was Perspectives. Touted as Finastra’s largest U.S. customer conference and the first since their formation of Finastra less than 80 days ago, credit unions invaded Orlando to hear the latest on the merger, technology evolution and industry trends at Perspectives.  After an extremely busy few days, I headed off to the airport and left the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort behind while replaying the most memorable portions of the conference. Here are my top 5 moments from Perspectives: Reconnecting with industry peers The number of years spent in the U.S. banking space equates directly to the number of hugs I receive on opening night of a conference. Times 10. In all seriousness though, I cannot pass up the opportunity to visit in person with valued customers, peers, and industry experts from leading financial services organizations. Hanging with celebrity chef Todd EnglishLeave it to Hyland Software to plan the cocktail party of the conference! Held at the award-winning restaurant, Todd English bluezoo, Hyland hosted 80 of its customers for an evening away from the conference hustle. Todd’s special appearance and an exceptional lobster dish he prepared exclusively for the party spoiled attendees and left folks buzzing about the event for days. Talking tech trendsDigital transformation, analytics, lending automation and the elimination of data silos across the financial institution were all hot topics during the conference. It’s clear, financial institutions are exploring more efficient ways to integrate their existing software systems. This gives them the ability to share information and reduce the mounting pressures on IT staff. The best solutions will help financial institutions do more with less by connecting important systems while giving a single place to store and manage information.Scoping out the swagBaseballs, fidget spinners, water bottles and even bunny slippers (yes, slippers!) were the hit of the Partner Expo. I may have even seen the bunny slippers on the feet of some patrons on Disney’s BoardWalk one evening!Hearing Robert Herjavec’s insightsInvestor, entrepreneur, and lead Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec, delivered the keynote and it did not disappoint. Entertaining and informative, Robert shared his wisdom on how customers want to be sold to and marketed to.  What else did I walk away from the conference with? The desire to go back again next year! 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgJoe Stein Stein Farms, Inc. –Greensburg, IN    Columbus, IN—U.S. Congressman Greg Pence announced the formation of the Sixth District Agriculture Advisory Board and hosted its first meeting in Columbus, IN. The board is comprised of agriculture leaders and innovators from across the district.   Kimmie Gauck Gauck’s Meats –Greensburg, IN   Roger Wenning Wenning Farms, Inc. –Greensburg, IN    Lavinia Herzog Union County Farm Bureau –Liberty, IN   Nick Wenning Wenning Farms, Inc. –Greensburg, IN  Gerald Gauck Gauck Farms Milan –Milan, IN    Paul D. Corya Corya Farms –Greensburg, IN    Vanessa Corya Corya Farms –Greensburg, IN    William Gelfius Gelfius Farms –Hartsville, IN    Steve Gauck Gauck Farms –Greensburg, IN  Jennifer (Clouse) Swope Clouse Family Farm –NexJen Seed LLC-Hope, IN    Each member on the board serves on a volunteer basis and provides relevant counsel to the Congressman on all matters relating to agriculture, including active legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.  “The Hoosier state ranks fifth in the nation for corn and soybean production – consistently ranking in every category of commodity and livestock production. I have called the Sixth District home my whole life, and I am fully committed to spearheading agriculture issues in Congress on behalf of the hard-working farmers that put food on our shelves every day,” said Congressman Pence. “I thank each and every member of the Sixth District Agriculture Advisory Board for committing to serve and I look forward to working together to promote the agricultural industry.”Members from southeastern Indiana representing on the board include: Doug Hobbs Pioneer Hi-Bred –Madison, IN    Brad Ponsler Ponsler Family Farms –Indiana Farm Bureau –North Vernon, INlast_img read more

first_img“Dr Amao is seen as a synonym for integrity and that is what is required in doping matters and we at Okpekpe want honour and integrity to continue to be our watchword.“We will be sending Dr Amao’s name to the IAAF as well as the kind of sampling materials (urine kits) that will be used with the expiry date and the mode of transporting it to a WADA-accredited laboratory,” Esan further said and revealed that materials needed for a successful doping control have been secured.“We have a doping station built in Okpekpe for the race. This is where the sample collection session will be conducted by doping control officers who have been trained and authorized by the Nigeria anti-doping agency with delegated responsibility for the on-site management of sample collection session.”Esan also revealed that testing kits needed for effective anti-doping in accordance with IAAF anti-doping rules have arrived.“We are ready for the race and those who qualified to be called elite athletes based on the times they have returned in the last 24 months are the ones open to testing. Those running for fun or charity are excluded. We have also advised athletes with illnesses or conditions that require the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) with the relevant agency before coming for the race,” said Esan.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is one of two road races in Nigeria certified by the IAAF and the only one recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).The race holds on Saturday May 12,2018 in Okpekpe, Etsako East local Government Area of Edo State and it is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have announced Dr Akin Amao will continue in his position as the head of the anti-doping unit of the sixth edition of the race scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 12,2018 in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.Amao, one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners and former head of the Medical Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Sports was in-charge of the doping control of the fourth and fifth editions of the race in 2016 and 2017 and has been retained for this year’s event.“We are delighted to announce that Dr Amao will continue in his role as the head of the anti-doping unit of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race. With the elevation of the race to a silver label status, the first of its kind in Nigeria nay West Africa, it is only necessary we retain the best hands that earned us the elevated status and Dr Amao is one of them,” said Dare Esan, spokesman for the race who has covered as many as eight IAAF World Championships in athletics and the Olympic Games.last_img read more