VenCent Fintech Summit 2023 announces prestigious panel with Congressman French Hill, Rob Nichols, and other prominent financial industry leaders

Posted on July 31, 2023
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 26, 2023) – The Venture Center, host of the annual VenCent Fintech Summit, today announced a keynote panel discussion for the 2023 event taking place August 14-15 in Little Rock, Arkansas. To headline the opening of August 15th, the Vice-Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman French Hill, will host Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, Beth Knickerbocker, chief innovation officer for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons Bank.

“I applaud how the VentCent FinTech Summit is bringing together industry leaders and policymakers to discuss the evolving financial technology landscape,” said Congressman Hill. “I look forward to hosting this year’s dialogue and hearing the challenges these leaders face – which is critical in helping shape policy in Congress to ensure innovation is kept in America while also protecting consumers and investors in this ever-changing industry.”

“VenCent Summit, like The Venture Center, is focused on quality, connections, insights, and innovations,” said Arthur Orduna, executive director of The Venture Center. “Proudly hosted in Little Rock, we’re curating a premium experience for bankers and financial technology companies that begins with opportunities to listen to and interact with news breakers and market makers. Congressman Hill’s panel is a shining example of our commitment to excellence.”
VenCent connects banking leaders, fintech innovators, and influencers from around the world and spotlights solutions for today’s biggest challenges in financial technology. Also new to the event in 2023 is VenCentMatch, an exclusive speed networking breakout option for bankers and fintech innovators to make intentional connections in real-time. Over the course of the two-day event, these rotating one-on-ones will accommodate targeted pitches from fintechs, maximizing every moment to potentially secure new partnerships with banks.

Congressman Hill and his panelists join a list of influential VenCent keynote speakers, including:
John Buhrmaster – President & Chief Executive Officer, 1st National Bank of Scotia
Jill Castilla – President & CEO, Citizens Bank of Edmond
Michael Coyne – Chief Innovation Office, Axiom Bank
David Peterson – Chief Innovation Officer, First National Bankers Bank
Reed Luhtanen – Executive Director, U.S. Faster Payments Council

For the full list of speakers, visit Registration is open now. Visit to learn more.
Since it began in 2015, The Venture Center has connected more than 10,000 bankers with early-to-growth stage technology companies, impacting revenues, brand, culture, and growth.

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The Venture Center’s immersive accelerator programs are designed to accelerate the growth of early-to-growth-stage companies and help validate their solutions for real-world problems. Our methodology provides a unique opportunity for early-to-growth stage fintech companies to connect with financial institution executives, receive investment, and learn from a comprehensive curriculum aiding in strategically addressing go-to-market, business, and finance challenges. Learn more at Follow The Venture Center on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@VentureCenter), and Instagram.