VenCent Fintech Summit Announces New Date For Inaugural Summit

Posted on March 11, 2022
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Inaugural summit features a bold speaker lineup and three days of banking innovation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 11, 2022) – The Venture Center today announced a new date for its inaugural fintech conference that will feature many of the banking industry’s biggest influencers. Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, event organizers moved the inaugural event to the new August 15 – 17 dates in Little Rock, Arkansas.

VenCent is set to immerse attendees in courses from banking subject matter and innovation experts, live product demonstrations by The Venture Center’s most successful fintech accelerator alumni, as well as facilitate high-value collaboration with bank industry leaders. Since event promotion began in November, VenCent has attracted an impressive speaker lineup of experts throughout the field.

“The banking industry is spurring growth and innovation through fintech partnerships, and at a breakneck pace,” said Wayne Miller, executive director of The Venture Center. “That’s why we created VenCent – to provide a place for bankers to learn from other bankers about what’s next in the industry and to be a part of shaping the industry’s future. The agenda for our inaugural event includes some of the banking industry’s most influential leaders. As they illuminate a future-focused vision for bank leaders, innovation experts will demonstrate ways to successfully partner with fintechs during this time of rapid change.”

The VenCent Fintech Summit inaugural keynote speaker lineup includes:

  • Laura Merling, Arvest Bank Transformation Executive and Former Google Cloud Chief
  • Ron Shevlin, Author of the “Fintech Snark Tank” column on and the book “Smarter Bank”
  • Tina Giorgio, President and CEO of ICBA Bancard
  • Damon Moorer, President and CEO of TCM Bank

Leading bank industry experts will lead general sessions for attendees in VenCent’s featured solution verticals, including cybersecurity, banking-as-a-service, cryptocurrency, lending automation, data analytics, financial wellness and more. Featured speakers include Jason Waters, Chief Investment Officer, Simmons Wealth Management, Jill Castilla, President and CEO, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc., Kathy Strasser, Incredible Bank, Kim Kirk, Executive Vice President and COO, Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co., and Patrick Sells, Chief Innovation Officer, NYDIG.

Attendees will gain access to banking purpose-built fintech companies from around the world, deepen connections with an innovative banking community and grow a deeper understanding of bank innovation’s regulatory environment.

To view the full agenda and to register for VenCent, visit

About The Venture Center, producer of VenCent Fintech Summit

The Venture Center is an Arkansas-based, not-for-profit Entrepreneur Support Organization. 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, and Instagram.

Contact: Becky Pittman