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What to Look For In Commercial Card Solutions

October 12, 2011
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Hilton Washington DC
8727 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

What does purchasing, treasury and corporate travel managers look for in a commercial card solution for domestic and global use.  Do not miss this event!  Come hear from the experts!

Yukari Catherine Sison | Vice President of Global Travel Services, Discovery CommunicationsYukari Sison, Vice President of Global Travel Services, is known for a best practices approach and early adoption of innovative solutions within Discovery Communications. Responsible for creating, adjusting and enforcing travel policy, she also seeks to build better communication with the end traveler. Ms. Sison is a member GBTA & ACTE. She currently serves on the Corporate Travel Advisory Board for Executive Travel Magazine. She has also served on planning committee for the ACTE and on advisory boards for GetThere and Travelocity Business.

American Express, Global Corporate Payments-US
William Thornton is Vice President of American Express Global Corporate Payments-U.S. Enterprise East organization. In this role, William is responsible for Corporate Payment sales to large Eastern U.S.-based corporations with a dedication to leading the growth and expansion of this line of business across this client segment.

Prior to joining American Express, William was Senior Vice President for Bank of America.  He held numerous leadership positions over his 22 year career at Bank of America including SVP- Treasury Management Sales for the Mid-south Region and his most recent role as SVP Process Design for the Financial Institutions Group.  Prior roles included leading technology strategy/delivery and innovation and development for the Consumer Bank and Credit Underwriting.

William holds a BA from Washington and Lee University in Economics and French and an Executive MBA in Finance and Marketing from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  William has earned both the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and Six Sigma Black Belt credentials.  Additionally, William has authored numerous articles on treasury management sales and consulting and was contributing author to Essentials of Treasury Management- 1st Edition. commercial card, B2B, and eCommerce payment programs. 

BMO Financial Group Diner's Club International 
Ava joined the BMO Spend and Payment Solutions Sales team in April 2004. In her role as VP, Spend and Payment Solutions Sales, she is responsible for direct sales and marketing of BMO’s MasterCard products and BMO’s Business to Business suite of Spend and Payment Solutions.  Ava works with organizations headquarters in MA, NJ, PA, DE, MD, and DC with annual sales revenue in excess of $150million. 

Ava’s career includes leadership positions at American Express Travel Related Services, GELCO Information Network, Concur Technologies, SatoTravel, and PeopleSoft. She has been awarded Rookie of the Year, Presidents Club, and Presidents Circle Platinum Sales honors. Ava achieved her Six Sigma Black Belt certification in 2005.   She holds her degree in Business from the University of the West Indies, Mona and the Carey School of Business in Organizational Leadership.

Chris Hardimon has 17 years of payment industry experience in-depth knowledge of Commercial Card, Acquiring systems, and their growth of transactions and innovation globally. His roles in leadership allowed for hands on experiences in strategic management of new sales channels, major client account managing, senior sales leadership and individual contributor positions and relationship development. 

Chris has early hands-on experience in development of diverse financial services/payable transformation, demonstrating internet technologies and proven success in selling: Merchant Acquiring, Global Commercial Cards, Procure to Pay, ACH, Prepaid Cards and Consultative Services. His professional career spans following companies: First National Bank of Omaha, American Express, JP Morgan Chase (formerly First USA Paymentech), GE Capital and Citicorp Diners Club.  

Nathan Smith is an accomplished executive with 11 years of experience in the payments and financial services industry. He has held a variety of roles spanning global expense management, business development, relationship management, business process re-engineering and global commercial card product development. He is recognized by his peers for his strong sales, marketing and innovation skills as well as leading diverse teams through projects and portfolio management. Nathan currently works for Visa Inc. leading a global team responsible for the Commercial and Prepaid business with Citibank. Prior to joining Visa Nathan spent 9 years with American Express in their Travel Related Services/Global Commercial Card business. 


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