February 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Fintech Imperative

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Zoom Meeting

Almost 50% of C-level bank executives see working with fintechs as an integral part of their business strategy, according to CCG Catalyst’s 2021 US Banking Study. Another 28% work with fintechs on a one-off basis. Clearly, fintech’s time has come…and community banks are realizing the importance of working with them. In conjunction with the New York League of Independent Bankers (NYLIB), NYPAY has assembled an all-star panel to speak to the roles, the importance, and what it takes to build working relationships between banks and fintechs from the perspective of both. 

Please join us on February 17th.


With special thanks to our annual sponsor:

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Moderated by

Jeffrey Alberts
Partner, Pryor Cashman


Jeffrey Alberts co-heads the firm’s FinTech Group. In this role, Jeffrey represents blockchain, digital currency, payments, and fintech companies on a wide variety of regulatory issues. Jeff regularly advises clients concerning money transmission,  securities offering, anti-money laundering, prepaid access, consumer credit, privacy and data security, and payment processing regimes. He also represents FinTech clients in responding to regulatory inquiries.

Jeffrey has particularly extensive experience in the application of law to blockchain technology and has represented the global leaders of the blockchain industry since 2014. Jeffrey co-authored the seminal law review article, “Is Bitcoin a Security?,” which was published in the Winter 2015 issue of the Boston University School of Law Journal of Science & Technology Law. In 2018, the National Law Journal named Jeffrey to its inaugural list of Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech Trailblazers.

Jeffrey continues to work on cutting edge legal issues related to the use of blockchain technology, including developments in the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms.

The Panelists

Himi Khan

Himi Khan

Head of Business Development, Clinc

Himi Khan is Head of Business Development at Clinc and drives the company’s partnership and new markets initiatives. Prior to Clinc, Himi had executive leadership roles in mobile product management at FIS Global and mFoundry. Himi was also a technology investment banker at UBS and an equity research analyst at JP Morgan. He holds an MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and is a CFA charterholder.

Jeff Keltner

Jeff Keltner

SVP and Co-Founder, Upstart

Jeff leads Upstart’s efforts in strategic partnerships and new initiatives and is the host of the Leaders in Lending podcast. Jeff joined Upstart in 2012 after spending 6 years at Google where he launched and built the Google Apps for Education business, spearheaded marketing efforts for Google Apps in Global 2000 accounts and led sales, business development, and go-to-market strategy for the launch of Chrome devices in the education and enterprise sectors. Jeff holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.

Keith Vander Leest

Keith Vander Leest

Payments Director, Cross River Bank

Keith Vander Leest leads the Payments team at Cross River, Payments at Cross River consists of our ACH, RTP, Wires, Push to Card, and Acquiring products offered through our APIs on our bank core COS. Keith joined Cross River in 2020 as Head of Channels. Prior to Cross River Keith was at American Express holding roles on both their issuing and acquiring businesses. Prior to American Express Keith was at First Data. Keith holds a MBA from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Calvin University.

Steven Schnall

Steven Schnall

Founder & CEO, Quontic Bank

Steve Schnall, a serial entrepreneur, founded NYC based Quontic Bank, the adaptive digital bank, in 2009 with a vision to transform traditional retail banking into customer-centric digital commerce.

Schnall has been instrumental in the acceleration and growth of Quontic since inception. He has transformed the bank into a profitable, well-capitalized, philanthropic, digital financial institution which does business in all 50 states. One of Schnall’s greatest successes was earning Quontic the U.S. Treasury’s designation as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) due to its focus on lending in low-income neighborhoods and to low-income individuals, gig economy workers and small business owners. As a CDFI, Schnall’s mission for Quontic is to embrace the diversity of circumstances that exists in its customers’ lives, while providing innovative, adaptive banking services to elevate their financial strength.

As a serial entrepreneur, Schnall has always had a passion for business startups and serving the communities in which they reside. He has a proven track record of founding several successful private and public companies across a variety of industries, including Quontic Bank, New York Mortgage Trust (a publicly traded mortgage REIT and national mortgage finance company), Fit Athletic Holdings (a California based luxury health and fitness chain), Realmor Capital (a NYC based real estate investment and development firm), and Restaurant.com (an early-stage dot-com).

Schnall is also a founding director of Urban Angels, a nonprofit organization that provides 100,000 meals to the homeless every year, and serves on the board of The Arthur Project, a non-profit which is redefining youth mentoring through an unprecedented type of intervention. He is an active member of Young Presidents Organization and YPO Big Apple Gold.

Schnall graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He resides in Tribeca/NYC with his wife and two sons.

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