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Event Description:

In just the past few years, the financial services landscape has changed dramatically with the introduction of new financial services providers like virtual banks and neobanks. We have also seen the development of new technologies, like blockchain, that have allowed for the rapid advancement of banking processes. To keep up with the rapid changes in the banking world, financial institutions are partnering up with fintech’s to bring cutting-edge solutions to their customers. While the neobanks and virtual banks have deep VC pockets and the large banks have almost unlimited budgets, small and medium-sized banks must make sure they spend their innovation dollars wisely and partner with fintechs that can provide solutions that will allow them to compete and win in the new digital economy. Our panel of experts will discuss what criteria banks should utilize when deciding which fintechs they should partner with so that they can grow assets and market share in this extremely competitive environment.

This session is eligible for 1 hour CPE credit in “Technical Business”.

Join us for this interactive panel discussion on:

Event Date: November 16th, 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


Ned Thompson

Managing Director, Business Development

Ned Thompson is a managing director of business development at Tassat, which is a NYC based company that provides private permissioned blockchain solutions to US banks so that they can be competitive in the new digital economy. Ned has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry having worked for Fidelity Investments, Santander Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. During his time at Bank of America, he was a trusted advisor to over seven hundred business clients in the South Florida market. Ned has extensive knowledge in the fields of receipts, payments, fraud solutions, cybersecurity and information technology. He has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Providence College and studied cybersecurity risk management at Harvard University. He is also an advisor to the board of directors of the South Florida chapter of Infragard and a member of Infragard’s National Blockchain Council.


Benjamin Saul

Shareholder, Financial Regulatory & Compliance Practice,
Greenberg Traurig

Benjamin Saul is a shareholder in the firm’s Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice. For two decades, Ben has been a trusted advisor to corporate and individual clients in the FinTech, consumer finance, specialty finance, payments, and banking sectors on high-stakes regulatory, enforcement, litigation and transactional matters. Ben has advised lenders, servicers’, specialty finance companies, money services businesses, digital banks, SaaS companies, e-commerce companies and retailers, personal finance companies, and crypto and DeFi companies on product and service development, licensing and chartering, structuring and negotiating joint venture, outsourcing and bank partnership agreements, compliance program enhancement, and the applicability of federal and state financial services laws. He frequently helps clients understand how such laws map onto new technologies and innovative products. Ben received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from American University where he was editor of the American University Law Review, a Karl Scholar and President of the Moot Court.

Ali Moghaddam 

Enterprise Risk Management Executive and BSA Director,
City National Bank of Florida

Ali currently serves as the Enterprise Risk Management Executive and BSA Officer at City National Bank of Florida. Ali began his career in the private sector as the Head of Investigations for the Americas, for UBS Financial, where he helped build an investigations team that was the ultimate escalation point for all BSA/AML and OFAC risk related matters. Following his time at UBS, Ali worked as a consultant for Promontory Financial Group where he helped financial institutions address consent orders, Matters Requiring Attention (MRAs) or other identified gaps and deficiencies in their AML or sanctions program. Following his work at Promontory, Ali became the BSA/AML and OFAC Officer at the City National Bank headquartered in Los Angeles where he led a team of over 110 BSA professionals at an institution transitioning from a mid-size bank to a large bank, and the heightened standards regulatory expectations that comes with being a large institution.  Ali received his degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), completed his master’s degree at California State University at Los Angeles (Cal State LA) in Near Eastern and Latin American Colonial history, and he received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Temple University School of Law.

Mohamed Siraj

Head of Treasury Product Management,
Seacoast Bank

Mohamed Siraj serves as Senior Vice President, head of treasury management products. In his role, he is responsible for developing and delivering the overall treasury management, commercial deposit products, and rate management for Seacoast bank.
With over 20 years of experiences in banking, Mohamed has a unique background in commercial cards, commercial deposits, and revenue management, with an extensive background in finance, treasury management, and liquidity solutions.
Prior to joining Seacoast Bank, Mohamed was an SVP at Chemical/ TCF and served in a number of roles in Treasury Management and Product Management. He provided thought leadership both internally and externally on treasury management, commercial deposits, and emerging trends in liquidity. Upon TCF subsequent purchase by Huntington Bank, Mohamed moved into the role as head of commercial deposits and liquidity where he led the bank’s commercial liquidity strategy. Mohamed has a degree in finance and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. He also has a Masters in Sciences of Accounting from UCF and completed the Business Analytics Program at Harvard University.

Corey LeBlanc

Co-Founder and COO/CTO,
Locality Bank

As Locality Bank’s Co-Founder and COO/CTO, Corey LeBlanc is a catalyst for the advancement of banking technology strategy and customer experience. His work focuses on developing strategic roadmaps that align digital initiatives with business-wide objectives, cultivating internal/external partnerships, and leveraging a data-driven approach to digital utilization. His efforts are less about the technology delivered and more about the experiences created and the value-added. He brings over 20 years of enterprise information technology experience with a 15-year background in banking.

Corey’s career in technology started in 2001 in the U.S. Air Force under the AFSC of 3C0X1 – Computer Systems Operations. At his first primary duty station of Bolling AFB in Washington D.C, he was responsible for the enterprise technology assets under management for Bolling AFB, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Pentagon, where he held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information clearance. After three years, he was transferred to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. His role for the remaining three years of enlistment was focused on cybersecurity and network infrastructure development.

After his honorable separation from the U.S. Air Force, he began his banking technology space career. He has previously held the roles of Vice President of Information Technology, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Digital and Innovation Officer. These multitudes of positions have earned him valuable experience in areas such as bank operations, organizational strategy, product/software acquisition/integration, data utilization/enablement, and financial solutions customer experience.

He presently serves on the Client Advisory Board for the fintech company Array and was awarded 20 Under Forty by Banking Exchange Magazine in 2018.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Sponsorship Levels

Silver Sponsor: BDO USA
Website: BDO USA

Silver Sponsor: Greenberg Traurig
Website: Greenberg Traurig

Platinum Sponsor: Tassat
Website: Tassat