TMG announces agenda for 2015 TMG Executive Summit

DES MOINES, IA (July 1, 2015) — Payments processor TMG (The Members Group) has released the agenda for its 2015 TMG Executive Summit. The three-day event will take place July 27-29 in Vancouver, Canada, and will include presentations on hot-button topics for financial institutions, including innovation, cybersecurity, the future of payments and TMG’s strategic roadmap.

This year marks the first time the TMG Executive Summit will be hosted internationally. According to TMG Vice President of Marketing Georgann Smith, Canada was chosen for its pursuit of payments innovation, including early-mover positioning with EMV, contactless and mobile technology.

“Canada is, in many ways, a leader in the realm of emerging payments technology,” said Smith. “Hosting our event in Vancouver will immerse our clients, partners, sponsors and staff in a culture of bold creativity – an ideal backdrop for exploring innovation for community financial institutions.”

On Tuesday, July 28, TED speaker and best-selling author Josh Linkner will present “Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results.” Linkner’s presentation will offer practical tools to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results.

Following Linkner, Todd Buchholz, former White House economic adviser, will deliver a talk on “Competing in a Chaotic Economy.” Buchholz will discuss how the “scissors economy” opens up new business and investment opportunities for financial institutions.

To close out the first day of sessions, TMG CEO Shazia Manus will moderate an executive-level discussion designed to provide financial institution leaders with a variety of viewpoints and opinions on the rapidly changing payments landscape. Executive panelists will discuss topics related to industry disruptors, consumer privacy and cybersecurity, mobile and chip payments and the regulatory environment.

The next day, July 29, Robert Curran, TMG senior manager of fraud operations and asset management, will speak on the “Evolution of Card Fraud.” Curran will then host a panel discussion featuring several fraud and cybersecurity experts. The group will help attendees navigate the constantly changing fraud environment with information on the latest trends and prevention strategies.

Following the fraud panel, four industry experts will each provide 10-minute talks on key issues during the Summit Power Hour. Topics will include portfolio management as a strategic line of business, using data analytics and segmentation to build profitable payments programs and targeting emerging markets for strategic business growth.

“These talks are one of several enhancements we’ve built into this year’s agenda,” said Smith. “The fast-paced, engaging presentations will provide information important to financial institution leaders and will keep the energy level high.”

TMG has planned a number of activities outside the conference walls for attendees to experience the beauty of Vancouver. These include a guided ecotour of the West Coast Rainforest from the world’s highest suspension bridge; a guided aerial tour of the city and harbor of Vancouver aboard a Harbour Air Seaplane; and a conference-concluding dinner cruise. Aboard the Harbour Princess, TMG Executive Summit attendees will take front-row seats for the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, The Celebration of Lights.

About TMG

The Members Group (TMG) is dedicated to creating customized, technology-driven card processing and payment solutions for credit unions and community-based financial institutions across North America. Innovations in fraud management, loyalty programs, alternative payment systems and analytic reporting, and the competitive advantages they create, have helped TMG forge a new standard in offering cutting-edge credit, debit, ATM, prepaid card products and a P2P payment solution. For more information, visit

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