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U.S. Payments Forum Fall Meeting – November 2021

This U.S. Payments Forum member meeting will connect payment industry leaders for discussions on technology implementation opportunities and challenges, trends in the market and other timely topics. Members receive a limited number of complimentary passes to the meeting, and the Forum provides access to a number of educational panels and featured sessions for non-members to register and attend.

The meeting takes place from Tuesday, November 9, 2021, through Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Sessions include keynotes, roundtables and panels, special interest groups and birds-of-a-feather sessions, with select sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday open to non-members.

At the conclusion of the Forum meeting, attendees are invited to join participants from a Secure Technology Alliance hosted mDL Interoperability Test Event for an introductory session with a brief overview on mDLs, insights into key use cases, discussions with adopting relying parties, demonstrations by several of the mDL test event participants, and a social event.

In addition, a Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) workshop will take place on Thursday, November 11th.  This workshop, sponsored by the Secure Technology Alliance, will offer the opportunity for stakeholders to discuss implementation and adoption challenges, identify best practices, and highlight friction points and risks.

Member organizations who wish to add additional participants to attend the member meeting sessions can pay $495 for each additional person. Member organizations who wish to add additional participants to attend the Mobile Driver’s License event can pay $195 (early registration through October 14th) or $295 (regular registration) for each additional person.

For organizations who are not Forum members, please visit for further details about the U.S. Payments Forum and information about becoming a member.

Non-member organizations who wish to attend the virtual member meeting sessions can also pay the above rates to attend the meetings.

* Media and analysts are not eligible to attend the meeting
Association, Government, Associate Member level limit of 2 member passes
General Member level limit of 5 member passes
Principal Member and Principal PLUS level limit of 10 member passes
Global Payments Brand level limit of 25 member passes

November in-person all Member Meeting Agenda – Houston, TX November 9-10, 2021

Tuesday, November 9th


8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Networking  First-Time Attendee Briefing – Devon Rohrer, U.S. Payments Forum
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome and Opening of U.S. Payments Forum Member Meeting

  • Agenda Overview – Jason Bohrer, U.S. Payments Forum (5 min)
  • U.S. Payments Forum Overview & Status – Jason Bohrer, U.S. Payments Forum (10 min)
  • Anti-Trust Policy Guidelines – Russ Schlossbach, Gesmer Updegrove (5 min)
9:00 – 9:45 Roundtable / Panel: Stakeholder Report – Issuers, Merchants and Acquirers

Speakers: Chris Roberts, Wells Fargo; Lindsey Theiss, The Wendy’s Company; Trent Addington, Walmart; Roberto Cardenas, Global Payments; Maureen Elworthy, JP Morgan Chase; Sharon Scace, Wex; Steve Mathison, Fiserv

9:45 – 10:45 Roundtable / Panel: Global Chip Supply

Moderator: Oliver Manahan, Infineon

Speakers: Francine Dubois, IDEMIA; Tina Giorgio, ICBA Bancard; Roberto Cardenas, Global Payments; Ed Perez, Verifone and Kate Weiler, Discover

10:45 – 11:00 Morning Break 
11:00 – 11:30 Keynote Address: Payments Since the Pandemic: How EMV® Specifications Are Supporting Evolving Payment Behaviours
Brian Byrne, Director of Engagement and Operations, EMVCo
11:30 – 12:30 Roundtable / Panel: Future of Payments

Moderator: Berke Baydu, Mastercard

Speakers: Ryan Ahern, Ingenico; Oliver Manahan, Infineon; Joe Vasterling, Best Buy; Micheal Pettibone, Mastercard; Manish Nathwani, SHAZAM

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Education Session: 8-Digit BIN

Itai Sela, B2Payments

2:30 – 2:45 Transition Time
2:45 – 3:45 Breakout Sessions – Group 1
Petro Working Committee: EMV Fleet Conversation with Conexxus

Led by: Terry Mahoney, W Capra Consulting; Linda Toth, Conexxus; Sharon Scace, Wex

Roundtable / Panel: Account Take Over

Moderator: Alan Whittemore, American Express

Speakers: Brandon Cranford, Woodforest National Bank; Jeff Wixted, Accertify; Stacey Baisden, Discover; Bob Durham, Lowe’s

3:45 – 4:00 Afternoon Break
4:00 – 5:00 Breakout Sessions – Group 2
Panel: L3 Industry Awareness – Implementing EMVCo Standards

Moderator:  Ed Perez, Verifone

Speakers: Alex Pierre, Visa; Clyde Van Blarcum, American Express; Dave Blust, Discover; Henk van Dam, UL; Marc Regan, ICC Solutions

Industry Updates from the PCI Security Standards Council

Troy Leach, PCI

5:00 – 7:00 Reception
Wednesday, November 10th


8:00 – 8:30 Coffee and Networking
8:30 – 10:00 Roundtable / Panel: Stakeholder Report – Global & Domestic Networks
Speakers: Bryan Penny, American Express; Kate Weiler, Discover; Manish Nathwani, SHAZAM; Berke Baydu, Mastercard; George Danforth, Pulse; Andreas Aabye, Visa; Kevin Sullivan, UnionPay; Lillie Platko, NYCE; Linda Horwath, JCB 
10:15 – 10:30 Morning Break 
10:30 – 12:00 Merchant & Issuer SIG

Leads: Joe Vasterling, Best Buy; Keri Crane, Jack Henry; Manish Nathwani, SHAZAM and Kristy Cook, Target

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Open Forum Discussion: BNPL

Led by: Joe Vasterling, Best Buy and Keri Crane, Jack Henry

2:00 – 2:15 Afternoon Break
2:15 – 3:00 Roundtable / Panel: How mDL’s will Impact Payments

Moderator: Jason Bohrer, U.S. Payments Forum

3:00 – 3:15 Forum Meeting Wrap-up
3:15 Adjourn


Click the link below to view the list of attendees.

Hotel Information

JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

  • Getting to the hotel from the airport
    • William P Hobby Airport (HOU)
      • Estimated taxi fare: 55 USD (one way
      • Driving Directions: Take Airport Blvd. to 45 North to 610 West/North. Exit Westheimer and turn left. Hotel is past the 2nd stop light (McCue St.) on the right before Sage Rd.
    • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
      • Estimated taxi fare: 65 USD (one way)
      • Driving Directions: Take JFK Blvd to Beltway 8 West to 45 South to 610 West/South. Exit Westheimer and turn right. Hotel entrance is past the 2nd stop light (McCue St.) on the right before Sage Rd.
  • Covid Information

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Forum is offering sponsorship opportunities to members for the meeting. Click here to see the sponsorship prospectus and contact Jason Bohrer ([email protected]) if you’d like a sponsorship.

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Email us at [email protected] or call 269.888.4225.

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About the Forum

The U.S. Payments Forum is a cross-industry body focused on supporting the introduction and implementation of EMV chip and other new and emerging technologies that protect the security of, and enhance opportunities for payment transactions within the United States. The Forum is the only non-profit organization whose membership includes the entire payments ecosystem, ensuring that all stakeholders have the opportunity to coordinate, cooperate on, and have a voice in the future of the U.S. payments industry. Since the formation of the organization as the EMV Migration Forum in 2012, more than 200 organizations from across the payments industry have joined as members. Membership is required for attendance at all Forum meetings.

Based on member input, eight working committees have been established and meet regularly through teleconferences and web conferences to work on agreed-upon objectives. Current Working Committees are ATM, Card-Not-Present Fraud, Debit Routing, Communications and Education, Mobile and Touchless Payments, Petroleum, Testing and Certification, and Transit Contactless Open Payments. Working Committees are led by volunteer chairs and consist of members from the wide range of stakeholder organizations that belong to the Forum, including issuers, merchants, acquirers/processors, regional debit networks, global payment networks, and industry suppliers.