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Over the past 10 years, Georgia companies have: raised $5.5 Billion in Venture Capital; attracted $16 Billion in Private Equity; and transacted $180 Billion in M&A deals. In each of the last 2 years, Atlanta has outpaced Austin, San Diego, Research Triangle, and Denver/Boulder in attracting private investment dollars and total M&A deals. Click here to learn more.

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• Provide a Forum for Industry thought Leaders to share the latest real-world insights and best-practices in the implementation of corporate development strategies and initiatives.
• Career Development and networking opportunities with like-minded business professionals.

Our Audience
• Enterprise & Startup Executives responsible for: Corporate Development, Strategy & Planning,
Partnerships & Alliances and Legal & Regulatory.
• Professional Services firms: Attorneys, Business Brokers, Investment Bankers, M&A Advisors and Management Consultants.

• TAG Corporate Development was created by senior Industry leaders from IBM Corp. and Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, one of the leading technology law firms in the country.

• Featured C-Level speakers: Chairman IBM Global Acquisitions Committee (NYSE: IBM); CEO AT&T Intellectual Property (NYSE: T); CEO SecureWorks (NASDAQ: SCWX); CEO Paymetric (NYSE: VNTV); CEO Kabbage (SoftBank); CFO EarthLink (NASDAQ: ELNK); COO The Weather Company (NYSE: IBM); CSO Assurant (NYSE: AIZ); President Sprint (NYSE: S); President Aflac Ventures (NYSE: AFL); MD Intel Capital (NASDAQ: INTC); MD Hewlett Packard Ventures (NYSE: HPQ); MD UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund (NYSE: UPS); Georgia Secretary of State (Georgia); CEO Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC); President Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA).

• CXOs Series (annual signature event) C-suite insights on the journey in rapidly scaling a business. Profiled high-growth companies: Cloud Sherpas; Cardlytics; Kabbage; SecureWorks; Paymetric.

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TAG Corp Dev Presents: Executive Insights from the Payment Industry: Driving Growth through Innovation and Strategic Use of Capi

TAG Corp Dev Presents: Executive Insights from the Payment Industry: Driving Growth through Innovation and Strategic Use of Capi

The fintech and payments industry is undergoing massive transformation driven by technological advances, mobile / digital adoption, and changes in consumer / business expectations.  Fueling this is a wave of M&A and consolidation in payment processing, the rise of innovative fintech startups backed by venture capital investments, and the emergence of Big Tech as competitive players – all challenging the status quo and the incumbent operating order.  

In this Executive Insights session we are joined by four executives of high profile VC/PE-backed and public fintech and payments companies – Fattmerchant, Payscape, Brightwell Payments, and Fleetcor – to learn about how they have used innovation and a customer-first philosophy to drive growth and shareholder holder value as well as market presence in the sectors that they operate in.  Each is a different company with a different story. Fattmerchant is an early-stage startup with a disruptive business model, Payscape is a young company that recently merged with NXGEN to build and optimize scale, Brightwell is a young digital financial services company experiencing rapid growth, and Fleetcor is a publicly traded Fortune 500 company with a B2B focus.

Suneera Madhani, CEO
Suneera Madhani, Founder and CEO of Fattmerchant, is a payments and technology innovator who has catapulted her business from ‘idea’ to a fast growing merchant services company.  Fattmerchant has brought unique innovation to the merchant services industry through its subscription-based pricing model.  Before founding the company in 2014, Suneera held a variety of leadership positions, one being with a larger merchant services provider. After seeing the need for transparency and a better payment experience for merchants, her entrepreneurial spirit took hold and she decided to solve the problem herself.
Under her leadership, Fattmerchant has experienced explosive growth, raising almost $20 million in venture capital funding and employing about 100 people. The company’s integrated technology has disrupted what was once a stagnant and inert industry, offering an all-in-one payment experience for merchants.
Suneera has been named the Most Influential Woman in Payments, CEO of the Year, and one of Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders. She has spoken at national fintech and payments conferences such as Money20/20 and ETA Transact, and is an active member of Forbes’ Young Entrepreneurs Council and Business Journal Leadership Trust.

Jeremy Wing, CEO
Jeremy founded Payscape in 2004 and been instrumental in establishing the company as a leading fintech contender both in Atlanta and beyond.  He has been focused establishing and driving the strategic vision for Payscape, providing enterprise leadership, and building and scaling the company including its recent merger with NXGEN. 
Outside of Payscape, Jeremy is highly involved in the local community. He serves on several boards including the International Young Presidents Organization and The Buckhead Coalition. He is an active mentor, investor, and advisor at FlashPoint Accelerator, a Georgia Tech club that supports startups and young entrepreneurs, and a member of FinTech Atlanta. 
Jeremy started his career at MTV in 1998 as the SE Director of Business Development, where he was the youngest director in the company.  Jeremy attended the University of Alabama.

Mike Gaburo, CEO
Brightwell Payments
Mike Gaburo is the CEO of Brightwell, an Atlanta-based fintech company that provides digital financial services to over 200,000 global migrant workers in 140 countries with a focus on the maritme sector. Mike joined Brightwell in 2015 to spearhead its growth and under his leadership the company’s “users-first” philosophy has led to average annual revenue growth of over 35%. Prior to Brightwell, Mike was COO of Paycor, a provider of HCM SaaS to over 30,000 organizations, where he led a 5X increase in revenue in 10 years.
Brightwell has been recognized as a 2019 “Top Workplace” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In addition, Brightwell was one of 7 Georgia companies to be recognized at FinTech South 2019 as a TAG FinTech Advance Award winner. 
Mike holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Outside of work, Mike serves as a Board Member at KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, a charter school network committed to educational excellence for all Atlanta children.

Joey Kendrick, VP, Corporate Development
Joey Kendrick is VP of corporate development at Fleetcor, a Fortune 500 company providing commercial payment solutions that simplify the way businesses manage and pay expenses. Joey has focused on acquisitions, investments, strategic partnerships, and post-merger value creation for Fleetcor for over 8 years. He has been part of a team that has deployed over $8 billion in 35+ transactions over the last eight years in the US, the UK, Canada, and Brazil. 
Before joining Fleetcor, Joey worked in strategy / corporate development at the legacy Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, in investment banking at Jeffries, and management consulting at Accenture.
Joye holds a BBA, Finance – Summa cum laude from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.

Jim Douglass, Partner
Fulcrum Equity Partners
Jim Douglass is a Partner at Fulcrum Equity Partners and brings more than 25 years of strategic development, operations, and financial management experience with high-growth financial services, marketing, and healthcare companies.  Prior to Fulcrum, Jim was CEO of Vesdia, a pioneer in loyalty and card-linked marketing for financial services, airline and hospitality companies, which merged with Cartera Commerce in January, 2011.  Before Vesdia, Jim served as CEO for Atlanta-based Visionary Systems, Inc. (VSI), a provider of decision systems for credit providers and retailers that was sold to Trans Union in 2004. Earlier in his career Jim served as the EVP of Corporate Development and CFO of Checkfree Corporation.  
Jim currently serves on the boards of Digital Hands, Fattmerchant, Dropoff, SureFire Local, GoPivot and Synthio.  Mr. Douglass also served on the board of Gro Banking, a leading provider of digital banking software recently sold to Q2ebanking, FactorTrust, the leading provider of alternative credit data which was recently sold to TransUnion, and Paymentus a leading provider of cloud-based billing and payment solutions sold to Accel-KKR.  Jim also serves on the board of ACG (Association for Corporate Growth), Venture Atlanta.
Jim graduated with a BBA in Accounting from Georgia State University.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Nelson Mullins 
201 17th Street NW
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363

Member - $20
Non-Member - $40


Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 6:00 PM to
Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 8:00 PM


201 17th St NW Ste 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363-1099 US
201 17th St NW Ste 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363-1099
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