Today, more and more banks and fintechs are recognizing the value in partnerships and the advantages it can provide for competing in our increasingly digital economy. Working together, the two can often achieve solutions and scale beyond what they could alone. Yet, while the results can be impressive, it’s not always easy to know what makes a good partnership.
Join us as our expert panel of bankers and fintechs weigh in on the current partnership trend, what successful collaboration can mean and look like for both sides, and discuss good guidelines for creating the most beneficial partnerships.
President & Co-Founder
Johnson Cook is the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and President of
Greenlight. Launched in 2017, Greenlight is an Atlanta-based fintech
company that is committed to helping parents to raise financially-smart kids.
Its groundbreaking family finance product, Greenlight, is a debit card for kids
that parents manage by app using flexible parental controls.
Johnson’s entrepreneurial spirit began in undergrad as he started his first
company, Impact Media Solutions, while attending Georgia Tech. Since then,
he has founded and scaled several successful startups and eventually
co-founded Atlanta Tech Village, a startup incubator and co-working space
that is home to more than 300 tech companies. Johnson is committed to
Atlanta’s thriving startup community and still invests in, advises and works
with young businesses.
Division Head of Next Gen Product & Innovation and DCIO Business Office
Nathan Meyer is Division Head of Next Gen Product & Innovation and DCIO Business Office for Truist. Previously, Nathan was Head of SunTrust Accelerator Studio, a testing ground that utilized place, process and collaboration to test and develop new capabilities sneeded to deliver client centric solutions with an agile/entrepreneurial mindset where balanced teams collaborate to deliver value faster, efficiently and cost effectively, while helping businesses articulate strategic problems and effectively design solutions that solve client needs. Earlier in his career, he held executive roles with Bank of America and SS&C ALPS. Nathan holds BA and MBA degrees from Ohio University.
Austin Mills is a Partner in Morris, Manning & Martin’s Corporate Technology Practice. His primary areas of concentration include technology transactions, payments, financial technology, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and privacy and security. Mr. Mills advises clients on transactions and the application of laws relating to technology, particularly financial technology. Mr. Mills also advises technology, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and financial services clients regarding regulatory compliance and helps clients establish compliance programs. He was recently named a Cryptocurrency, Blockchain & Fintech “Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal.
Senior Vice President
Nathan is Senior Vice President with Atlantic Capital Bank and leads the Bank’s Fintech, Payments and Private Equity Industry Groups. In this role, he provides corporate banking services to clients in the Fintech, Payments and Private Equity segments across the US. Nathan has over 25 years of experience in corporate banking, treasury services, finance and operations.
Prior to joining Atlantic Capital Bank, Nathan was the Director of Business Development with High Street Partners where he provided consulting and financial operating services to clients operating internationally. Additionally, Nathan has served as Senior Vice President with Silicon Valley Bank where he managed the Bank’s Relationship Development and Cash Management teams in the Southeast market and delivered corporate banking services to the technology, life sciences, venture capital and private equity industries. Nathan began his career with SunTrust Bank serving in various corporate banking roles in Orlando, FL and Atlanta, GA.
Nathan has served on the Boards of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG,) MIT Forum, the Florida Venture Forum, the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network and on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta March of Dimes. Nathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University with BS and BA degrees in Finance and International Economics.
Dede Wakefield is the CEO of Alogent, a financial technology company that provides innovative technology solutions that digitize and automate the financial services world. Previously, Dede held finance leadership positions at several companies including GT Nexus, Global Payments and CheckFree Corporation (now Fiserv).