John Best is a thought leader and “outside the box” innovator recognized throughout the FinTech arena, with a particular affinity for credit unions. John is the founder and CEO of the financial technology firm Best Innovation Group (BIG), which focuses on industry-wide code sharing and API prototype development. John and his Team at BIG, in partnership with CUNA and the Mountain West Credit Union Association, launched the CULedger network, a groundbreaking collaborative initiative harnessing the power of distributed ledger (blockchain) technology for the benefit of the credit union movement.
Prior to going BIG, John spent over a decade at Wescom Credit Union and Wescom Resources Group, serving as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President. John lives in Colorado Springs, where he spends whatever spare time he can carve out playing guitar, crashing drones, and binge watching Star Wars and The Walking Dead.
With over 35 years of experience in the credit union industry, Gaye has knowledge of and practical experience in almost every area of credit union operations. Specializing primarily in compliance for more than 25 years, she served on the NAFCU Compliance Standards and Practices Commission that developed the NCCO certification program and is a founding member of both the Capital Area Compliance Roundtable and regional BSA Compliance Roundtable. Gaye is also a current member of Global Women's Leadership Network (GWLN), which connects and empowers credit union women from around the world.
Gaye was among the first in the nation to earn the designations of NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer (NCCO) and CUNA Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) when the programs were introduced in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In addition to holding NCCO and CUCE designations, she is also a certified Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist (BSACS).
Gaye has been a featured speaker at national trade association conferences, as well as numerous state league events.
Dr. Kathy Herziger-Snider is Senior Vice President, ATM/Debit/Prepaid/Shared Branch, for CO-OP Financial Services.
With more than 25 years in the financial services market, Herziger-Snider has held positions in product management, business line management, client services, project management, training, documentation, account management, channel management, marketing and sales support. Prior to CO-OP, Kathy worked in management posts at Fiserv, eFunds, US Processing, Inc., Deluxe Data and First Interstate Management Services.
Herziger-Snider holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership, Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), and a Master’s Degree in Management Science from the same institution.
For two decades, David DeCamillis worked in financial consulting and production in a wide range of industries. Starting in the late 1980s, he worked as a syndicate manager and consultant in private equity funding. After 12 years, DeCamillis transitioned into event production, working as an overseas concert promoter and producer in partnership with MTV Asia.
In 2008, DeCamillis started his tenure as Head of Business Development with Platte River Networks (PRN), an award-winning, Denver-based IT Managed Services firm specializing in infrastructure management and cloud services for companies across every industry. Over the past 15 years, PRN has grown to become a leading IT managed services provider, both in Denver and nationally. Platte River Networks has been honored with over 25 technology, service and growth awards over the past three years including eight awards in 2017.
DeCamillis was honored by Colorado Biz Magazine in July 2014 issue as one of the Top 10 Sales People in Colorado. In addition, he serves as the President and a founder of Denver Technology Partners and the President of the Denver Biz Tech Expo. He also serves on Channel Partners National Advisory Board, The Channel National Advisory Board and the Colorado Association of Legal Administrators Advisory Board and President Colorado Thought Leader’s Forum Denver Chapter of Strategic Connections. Outside of work, DeCamillis is an avid runner, biker, hiker, skier, reader and traveler. He enjoys spending time at the beach and the mountains with his family and has a love of public speaking.
DeCamillis was honored by Colorado Biz Magazine in July 2014 issue as one of the Top 10 Sales People in Colorado. In addition, he serves as the President and a founder of Denver Technology Partners and the President of the Denver Biz Tech Expo. He also serves on Channel Partners National Advisory Board, The Channel National Advisory Board and the Colorado Association of Legal Administrators Advisory Board. Outside of work, DeCamillis is an avid runner, biker, hiker, skier, reader and traveler. He enjoys spending time at the beach and the mountains with his family and has a love of public speaking.
Kathy Darwin, owner of Business Evolutions, works with individuals, teams and organizations to improve knowledge, process and product through behavioral and process change. She has over 20 year experience in financial services, 15 of which are in Development & Implementation of Strategic Planning. She assists credit unions and non-profits throughout the country.
Kathy is a Strategic Planning Coach and creator of the Strategic Maximizer® - a high impact process that wraps education, implementation and accountability around a powerful planning workshop. Kathy is also a certified TRACOM Social Styles Facilitator.