Jerry O'Flannagan

Jerry O’Flanagan | Executive Vice President – Partner Customer Segment | FNBO

Jerry serves as Executive Vice President, Partner Customer Segment.  Jerry has been with FNBO since 2006, first serving in marketing, credit risk, decision sciences and collections roles within FNBO’s credit card division, then leading FNBO’s Credit Risk function from 2010 to 2016 as its Chief Credit Officer.  He most recently served as Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking Group, managing the bank’s full range of consumer products and services.   

Jerry’s background includes three decades of credit, partnership, marketing, and consumer banking experience.  He has also held senior management positions with Citibank and JP Morgan in New York.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Drew University and M.B.A. from Baruch College.  Jerry serves on the boards of Catholic Charities and Opera Omaha.  

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Scott Smith | Senior Vice President – Partnership Management | FNBO

Scott Smith joined FNBO in December 2006 and, now with over 30 years of partnership credit card and payments experience, he currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Partnership Management.

Scott came to FNBO from Barclays PLC.  During his tenure at Barclays he held several executive roles such as Managing Director for the company’s UK-based unsecured lending business and Open Market credit card business.  He also has held senior positions as Citibank and NationsBank.  He holds a B.S. degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

The Passing Zone

The Passing Zone

John Wee and Owen Morse have educated and entertained audiences together for more than 20 years – a true demonstration of The Power or Partnership that highlights the principles of Innovation, Collaboration and Execution.

The duo was elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Speakers Association. They’ve earned five Guinness World records and 18 Gold Medals from the International Jugglers’ Association. They’ve also performed at the White House and for King Charles.

They’ve appeared on The Tonight Show, The Today Show and were finalists on America's Got Talent – twice! They’ve even made a special guest appearance with Gordon Ramsay on Hell’s Kitchen. Most recently, they’ve made appearances on Penn & Teller: Fool Us on CW, Game of Talents and ESPN.

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Jill Schmitz | Vice President – Integrated Marketing & Communications | FNBO

As VP, Integrated Marketing & Communications, Jill creates Marketing Strategies and Marketing Plans that drive new accounts and increase engagement across all partners. She and her team focus on complete understanding of the customer to ensure relevant and timely delivery of all marketing materials.

Prior to joining FNBO’s Partnership Division, Jill held various roles in Advertising, Marketing, Communications and Sales. She served as the Marketing Director and Brand Manager for FNBO’s overall brand for nearly 15 years, where she managed the brand, media spend, and all creative assets developed for the Bank.

Jill is a steward to each brand she works with and is committed to evolving all marketing efforts for one-to-one customer communications. 

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson | SVP/Chief Insights Officer | Mintel Comperemedia

Through numerous speaking engagements, podcast, and blogs – as well as being a LinkedIn influencer – Andrew provides insights around key trends and industry marketing activity. He has more than 20 years of financial services research experience and is passionate about helping financial services companies understand and react to an ever-changing competitive environment. Andrew is a regular speaker at high profile industry events including conferences in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. 

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Mark Spotanski | Vice President - Project Management, Partner Technology & Marketing Execution | FNBO

Mark serves as Vice President, Partnerships for FNBO, focusing on Project Management, Partner Technology, and Marketing Execution. His direct responsibilities include oversight of all partner integrations; technology roadmaps; marketing execution of all print, digital, and on property campaigns; and conversion activities. He is a member of the Partnership Marketing management team.

Mark has over 20 years of experience in the financial and credit card industries, serving in a number of roles spanning marketing and client management to technology and project management. He received his BS in Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mark is committed to the Omaha community, having served on, and led the Board of Directors for multiple not-for-profits. He has received local and national recognitions to include being named a Ten Outstanding Young Omahan, U.S. Junior Chamber's 100 Leaders to Watch and International Chapter Advisor of the Year for Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Eric Qualman

Erik Qualman | Author | Founder and Owner | Equalman Studios

Erik Qualman is a five-time bestselling author of books on digital leadership, as well as a keynote speaker who’s spoken in more than 55 countries and has reached more than 50 million people. He was also voted the Second Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.

His Socialnomics work has been highlighted throughout the media, including 60 Minutes and the Wall Street Journal. His work is used by more than 500 universities around the world and has also benefited organizations from NBCUniversal to NASA.

Qualman’s animation studio wrote and produced the world’s most-watched social media video: “Social Media Revolution.” He was once a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs, and NYU Stern compared his digital leadership to Drucker’s influence on management principles. Qualman is also the founder of Equalman Studios, which has produced film and animation projects for Disney, Cartier, CompuCom, Chase, Hearts on Fire, IBM, and many other global brands.


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Wayne Best | Chief Economist | Visa Inc.

As Head of Advisory and Information Services for Visa Inc., Wayne Best is the in-house chief economist and resident prognosticator for the trillion-dollar American payments industry. Combining a passion for business with an engineer's logic, Wayne has a knack for translating econometric analyses into plain English. In other words, he can explain and forecast the complex relationships between business and economic trends and the consumer's ability to spend, save, and pay down debt.

Because he stays close to the underlying dynamics of the business, Wayne offers a unique perspective on both industry and global trends and is frequently quoted in the media and appears on television. He also travels the world explaining the economic forces shaping the future, consulting with client executives, and presenting at conferences throughout the U.S. and from London to Singapore. Before joining Visa in 1990, Wayne worked as a consultant providing cost benefit analyses to the power industry. He holds an M.B.A. in management and a B.S. in nuclear engineering and has participated in the Kellogg School of Management Executive Program and the Stanford Executive Series.

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Marti Beller | President | Kobie

Marti Beller joined Kobie as its President in January of 2019. Kobie is a loyalty marketing company that designs, builds, optimizes, and supports customer experiences for the world’s most successful brands. Kobie believes in building and enabling loyal relationships by deepening the emotional and behavioral connections clients have with their customers. Marti leads the company’s organizational development, operational excellence, and growth strategy. Her commitment to being a highly driven interpersonal leader provides extensive leadership, loyalty, and technology expertise to Kobie. She specializes in Loyalty Program Design and Management, CRM, Executive Level Sales, Culture Management, and Corporate Social Responsibility. 

Prior to Kobie, Marti Beller was the Global SVP of Products and Platforms for Loyalty Solutions at Mastercard.  Marti led a global and regional team responsible for the long-term strategy and delivery of all Mastercard loyalty assets.  Marti joined Mastercard after selling a startup she co-founded, PlanG, that addressed loyalty for retailers in today’s digital economy. For 16 years prior to PlanG, she served as president of Connexions Loyalty where she worked closely with large credit card issuers, leading travel companies and retail co-brand partners to help design and execute their customer engagement and loyalty agendas.   

Marti has over 20 years of experience in working with major global brands serving the Payments, Retail, Financial Services, Travel, Hospitality and Automotive industries. She has helped run many of the top 10 credit card issuer programs including Capital One, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. In 2013, Marti was awarded one of the Top 20 People on the Move in Virginia by the Virginia Business Magazine.

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Wendy Culpepper | Chief Customer Officer | Kobie

As Chief Customer Officer at Kobie, Wendy leads the company’s Client Services and Business Development teams. She is a specialist in Solutions Architecture, Corporate Strategy, and Business Development that allows our clients to receive the best services and support. She manages front-line representatives with a deep understanding of the power and flexibility of Kobie’s technical solutions.

Wendy has worked in a multitude of industries including Retail, Consumer Electronics, Insurance & Banking verticals, and has deep experience in corporate alignment and strategic initiatives including M&A assessments, emerging markets, and loyalty marketing training for the broader organization. In addition, Wendy was awarded Top 40 under 40 in the 2020 Tampa Bay Business Journal as an outstanding Chief Customer Officer. One of her biggest achievements in her professional career includes serving as a presentation lead and product subject matter expert, resulting in over $60M in new business from Fortune 50, 100, and 500 clients.