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Event Description:

Financial Institutions remain at the top of the target industries for hackers trying to disrupt the financial sector. Increased threats due to the continued hybrid model and pressures on how to control access, secure the data, and process transactions efficiently to serve the needs of their customers. The panel of experts will focus on the “people” part of cybersecurity, address the continued increase in sophisticated phishing attacks, reporting requirements, the importance of patch management, use of complex passwords and multi-factor authentication.  Cybersecurity is industry agnostic and affecting everyone. Do not miss this outstanding panel discussion of seasoned experts with vast knowledge in Cybersecurity that will help you understand some of the new threats and best practices to mitigating the increased threats and safeguarding your institutions.

Join us for this interactive panel discussion on:

Event Date: October 19th, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Intercontinental at Doral,
2505 NW 87th Avenue, Doral,
FL 33172

  • Member: $95.00
  • Non-Member: $145.00
  • Member Ticket Price at door: $125.00
  • Non-member Ticket Price at door: $175.00

Presenting Sponsor


Guillermo A. Benites

VP Financial Services
United Data Technologies

Guillermo Benites is the Vice President of Financial Services at UDT. Guillermo is responsible for the creation and innovation of business solutions for the financial services sector as well as for leading business development for this important vertical. He leverages more than 25 years of experience in several areas, including banking, regulatory compliance, computer forensic services, IT security and risk management.

Prior to joining UDT, Guillermo enjoyed a distinguished career that included posts such as CEO of Axxis Solutions and COO of Enterprise Risk Management in addition to having served in various executive leadership positions at Caja Mediterráneo, Banco de Crédito del Perú, and Atlantic Security Bank of Miami.

Guillermo obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a board member of the South Florida Banking Institute (SFBI), the Financial & International Business Association (FIBA), the Center for Financial Training and Global Mentor of Apprentice Worldwide. Guillermo also serves as a board member of UDTBOLD, UDT’s diversity and inclusion initiative.


Jeffrey Wheat 

Jeff brings more than 30 years of hands-on cybersecurity intelligence and cybersecurity operations experience including engagements with the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), and NASA.

More recently Jeff has served as CISO at Blue Team Alpha, where he educated customers on the current threat landscape and served as an advocate for the need of a strong cybersecurity practice.

Jeff serves as Lumu’s Field CTO where he helps the company raise awareness about the Continuous Compromise Assessment concept and advises organizations of all sizes on how to optimize their cybersecurity operations in today’s challenging cyberthreat landscape.

Jeremy Hopwood 
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Jeremy Hopwood has held the role of CISO at Pinnacle Financial Partners (PNFP) since 2017. Throughout his career, he has been a technology pioneer and founded numerous organizations. He has been responsible for projects for companies including: Nortel Networks, McDonalds, HP, Coke, BellSouth, Morgan Stanley, Capital One, Paine Webber, Deutch Bank, SunTrust, Freddie Mac, Chase, and Lehman Brothers.

Hopwood has held CIO, COO, CEO and Chairman positions and has become a trusted and sought-after security industry expert, winning numerous awards, including several in the engineering field.

Hopwood also serves as CEO of Franklin based 5iron, a cyber defense company. 5iron was launched in 2017 with an investment by PNFP to provide managed cybersecurity operation solutions to financial institutions. 5iron has since launched into additional industries including Insurance, Healthcare, and Oil & Gas.

Ryan  McDaniel
VP of Business Development for Cybersecurity
United Data Technologies

Ryan McDaniel is UDT’s Vice President of Business Development for cybersecurity and is subject matter expert with more than 15 years of experience in strategic and applied security focusing on developing innovation within security, IT infrastructure, interoperability, AI and Machine Learning, and large-scale practicable analytics.
Most recently, Ryan built and managed the security practice and led the interoperability group for a large healthcare consultancy. As an SME, Ryan has worked with C-level healthcare leaders to assist them in developing strategic roadmaps which enable greater compliance, operational capability, efficiency, reduced risk that align with organizational needs and constrains. In addition, Ryan built extensive partnerships with solution providers, both large and small, which offered innovative solutions with proven value in established markets to further enable clinicians, patients, and leadership.

Previously, Ryan served as a consulting director of international consulting for a large WAN optimization and application and network performance industry leader. Prior to that, Ryan founded and led a healthcare consulting group focused on assisting healthcare organizations in navigating the transition from paper to digital medical records.
Ryan has a BS in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and an MA in molecular biology with a focus on applied mathematics from Princeton University.

Santiago Martinez 
VP – Information Security Officer & Security Officer
Helm Bank USA

Santiago Martinez is currently the Vice President – Information Security Officer at Helm Bank USA.  In that role, Santiago works everyday to ensure that the privacy and security of corporate and consumer data is protected, while at the same time promoting methodologies that improve the efficiency and delivery of services to the bank’s clients.

Santiago originally trained in Information Technology, holding a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.  Santiago also holds numerous industry certifications in both Information Technology and Information Security.

A native of Miami with 25 years in the South Florida Market and over a decade in banking, he has focused himself on providing sound information technology and security guidance to small and medium businesses in the area. Santiago is also very passionate about education. Santiago serves on various advisory boards and committees in the high school and college level. He has also held adjunct instructor roles at various colleges and universities teaching IT and cybersecurity and is currently teaching at Broward College.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Sponsorship Levels

Diamond Sponsor: Lumu
website: Lumu

Diamond Sponsor: UDT
Website: UDT

Diamond Sponsor: HP Wolf Security
Website: HP Wolf Security

Platinum Sponsor: Compuquip Cybersecurity
Website: Compuquip

Silver Sponsor: Five Iron
Website: Five Iron