Q and A with Greg Wilfahrt Chief Mobility and Marketing Officer, AP Technology and Marla Ellerman, Executive Director, Mobile Payment Conference

Hi, Gang. What are you doing August 28-30? If you are in any way tied to mobile payments, you need to be in Chicago for the annual, you guessed it… Mobile Payments Conference. This is a good one, folks. In addition to a full schedule of compelling sessions that have gained a reputation for helping to define this enormous payments space, this year’s schedule also includes an Artificial Intelligence (AI) workshop hosted by McKinsey & Company. Pretty cool.

Having attended this conference the past several years, I thought you’d like to hear about the 2017 Mobile Payments Conference from the event’s founder, Marla Ellerman. Here’s a short Q&A that I did with Marla:

G: Tell us about what attendees will see and hear at MPC 2017… and why they need to be in Chicago August 28-30.

M: It almost sounds cliché, but MPC is the place where “mobile happens,” and deals get done. We tend to attract decision-makers from every sector of the mobile payments ecosystem. Attendees learn and get updated on the most current trends in the mobile payment space from leaders that are evolving their spaces today. We put on this conference because we feel that the best way not to get left behind, is to stay ahead! I think MPC does a really good job of giving attendees industry intelligence that they can’t get elsewhere, along with real-life recommendations that can shape their efforts.

G: A lot of professionals are looking to do business deals, in addition to learning. Talk more about the networking aspect of MPC.

M: Absolutely! As the FIRST Mobile Payment Conference, our event is built to network with the top executives within Mobile Payments space. Having been here, you know that we have a unique following of the pioneers in the Industry who we have been working with for nearly a decade. We work together to offer the best content from the leaders and pioneers—and we make sure that everyone in attendance is accessible in a really fun, super-charged environment.

G: A lot of events that have mobile payment content are popping-up. How do you remain fresh and different?

M: We are niche event. As I said before, MPC is the place where mobile happens—and deals get inked. Most of our content is centered around customer engagement via your wireless device. We focus on cutting-edge technology. And we’ve never lost sight of the fact that mobile devices are becoming the most-used transaction preference on the planet. We live and breathe this space, working with sponsors and clients year-round to constantly evolve payments. We produce many videos at each conference that serve as tutorials and e-business cards to provide extra value for everyone. If you’ve seen our videos, you know that we pride ourselves on a personal touch.

G: What are a few of the standout sessions and a few of the speakers that will be at MPC 2017?

M: McKinsey and Company is hosting our AI Training on August 28. These guys are amongst best in the business and we couldn’t be happier to work with them, they have a great line up of folks that will help the attendees understand what AI is and how they can make it work in the mobile space.

Brett King will be hosting his live radio show Breaking Banks, at the event. Guest speakers include the Dan Gonzalez from the Federal Reserve and Travis Dulaney from Push Payments. We are super-excited, since they will be talking about real-time payments which is a hot topic for anyone in payments. Usha Nandigala will be here from General Motors, speaking about Immersive Technologies and their impact on mobile. Android Pay’s Jack Connors will also be on-hand, giving us the latest insights from one of the world payment leaders. We have such a unbelievable line up of speakers.

G: Where do people go to learn more about the conference and to register?

M: Ha! I thought you’d never ask. Visit www. mobilepaymentconference.com or give me a call– at 602-315-8808!


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