Posted November 24, 2015
HERNDON, Va., Nov. 25, 2015 –NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association® announced today that Josh Linkner, a four-time tech entrepreneur, hypergrowth CEO, New York Times bestselling author and venture capitalist, will serve as the opening keynote speaker for the PAYMENTS 2016 conference taking place April 17-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. PAYMENTS 2016 is the premier educational event for the payments industry.
During the opening keynote sponsored by VocaLink, Linkner will discuss the topic “Entrepreneurial Fire: Think and Act Like a Startup (Even If You’re Not)” and will show leaders and organizations how to embrace the creativity, grit and vision of a startup and then channel that approach to drive growth, efficiency and customer satisfaction.
“Josh Linkner will speak from a diverse set of experiences from which he has helped organizations drive innovation and performance,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “We welcome him to PAYMENTS 2016, and look forward to him sparking entrepreneurial thinking among payments professionals in his very unique way.”
Linkner, who started his career as a jazz guitarist, has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of more than $200 million. He is also a deeply experienced business leader and the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners, which has invested in and mentored more than 100 startups. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient.
Registration for PAYMENTS 2016 is now open. Financial institutions of all types and sizes, solution providers who are changing the market, corporate decision-makers and government end-user customer organizations gather annually at the conference to network, learn how to improve their bottom line and increase their competitiveness to move the industry forward.
Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman and Mathematician John Urschel will join Linkner as a PAYMENTS 2016 keynote. Urschel will discuss the dedication required for greatness during NACHA’s Payments System Awards Luncheon, sponsored by TD Bank, which recognizes outstanding innovative achievements in the payments industry.
NACHA currently is accepting nominations for the 2016 Payments System Awards, and all payments industry participants are invited to submit nominations through Feb. 28, 2016. For more information about the awards and to access the nomination form and submission guidelines, visit payments.nacha.org/awards.