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COVID-19 On-site Safety Plan

Creating a safe, worry-free experience is our top priority.

We are preparing this live in-person experience so that all individuals — attendees, speakers, sponsors and staff — remain safe and comfortable throughout the event.

While the risk has been reduced with the vaccine, we cannot ensure a virus-free environment. The following guidelines will be put in place to help ensure the safety of all participants:

  • Attendees will need to show a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination certification at registration.
  • The Summit will be a handshake-free meeting. Elbow bumps are recommended.
  • Masks will be required throughout the event.
  • Attendees will be socially distanced in the meeting rooms, such as one chair per six-foot table. Meeting rooms will be cleaned frequently by the hotel.
  • Socially distanced queue lines will be marked and encouraged to socially distance at registration and sponsor tables.
  • All food and beverages will either be prepackaged or served by gloved and masked hotel staff.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the meeting areas and tables will be disinfected daily.
  • Crowd control will be managed with signage/floor decals to reinforce spatial distancing and other safety reminders.

Click here to find out more about health and safety measures at The Westin Chicago River North.

PANELISTS

Jim Ensign | Chief Digital Officer | Republic Bank & Trust and MemoryBank

Jim Ensign is Chief Digital Officer for Republic Bank & Trust Company, developing digital strategy, customer experience and marketing with a focus on their recently launched national digital-only division MemoryBank (www.mymemorybank.com). Jim’s path into digital banking leadership was different than most, with a history of leading digital transformation in retail and marketing companies. Just prior to joining Republic Bank, Jim, as VP/Global Digital for Papa John’s International, led their transformation from a traditional delivery chain taking orders over the phone to a global digital-first company with the majority of sales coming through mobile and web.

Ed O’Brien | EVP Research & Strategy | ath Power Consulting

Ed O’Brien has extensive experience as an industry analyst, and in various areas of Marketing, Market Research, Strategy, and Operations. This experience includes roles in Banking and Financial Services, Enterprise Software, Consulting, and Manufacturing firms. This background includes Industry Analysis and Strategy, Market and Competitive Intelligence, Product Marketing and Product Management, and Analytics roles. Ed has researched and written over 150 syndicated industry reports, research notes, and other materials, and has been interviewed or quoted by such media and industry outlets as American Banker, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNBC, Fortune, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Charlotte Observer, The LA Times, and The New York Times.

Eric Schaffer, PhD | CEO & Founder | Human Factors International

Dr. Eric Schaffer is CEO of Human Factors International, Inc (The UX Engineering agency that design the HDFC application that won ‘Best Mobile Experience’). Eric Has over 40 years of experience in UX design, with special interests in omni-channel strategy, persuasion engineering, cross cultural design, innovation, and the maturity large scale UX practices. He wrote “Institutionalization of UX” (Addison-Wesley).

MODERATOR

Will Hernandez | Editor | Mobile Payments Today

Will Hernandez has 14 years of experience ranging from newspapers to wire services and trade publications. Before becoming Editor of Mobile Payments Today, he spent two years as the content manager for PaymentsJournal.com, a leading payments industry news aggregator and information hub published by Mercator Advisory Group. He spent four years covering the payments industry as an associate editor for multiple publications in SourceMedia’s Payments Group based in Chicago including ATM&Debit News, CardLine, PaymentsSource.com, ISO&Agent Weekly and American Banker. Will helped launched SourceMedia’s bi-weekly newsletter, Mobile Banker, and built and cultivated the Payments Group’s first Twitter presence.