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UNF FinTech Symposium


UNF FinTech Symposium

Thursday, October 12th, 2023 | 11:30 AM - 5 PM EST | Adam W. Herbert University Center

12000 Alumni Drive | Jacksonville, Florida 32224


Jacksonville is home to many significant companies in the financial services industry that are focused on or committed to FinTech (financial technology). The University of North Florida's inaugural FinTech Symposium will celebrate the launch of UNF’s new FinTech program (possible link) and explore the transformative power of technology in the business landscape.

Key Topics & Speakers Include:

  • Cybersecurity & Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in the Era of FinTech
  • Exploring FinTech Innovation & Entrepreneurship Opportunities
  • Jacksonville & Fintech
  • Keynote speaker is Annie DeStefano, FIS, former Silicon Valley Bank FinTech Director
Lunch provided.


Schedule with Time, Topic and Speakers listed
Time Topic Speakers
11:30 - 11:45
Introduction and Welcome
UNF President Moez Limayem
Florida House Representative Clay Yarborough
11:45 - 12:30
Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Annie DeStefano, FIS
12:30 - 12:45
Higher Ed and Industry: New Ways of Partnering to Develop Your Talent
12:45 - 1:00
1:00 - 1:40
Revolutionizing Finance: FinTech and Financial Services
Yolande Piazza, Google
Mike Manos, Dun & Bradstreet
Ash Khan, Bank of Montreal
Tim Simpson, Community First
Subba Ayyagari, Black Knight

Moderator: Chip Klostermeyer, UNF
1:40 - 1:45
UNF FinTech Talent Pipeline
1:45 - 2:00
2:00 - 2:40 
Cybersecurity & Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in the Era of FinTech
Tomas Sjöström, TrueSec
David Berglund
NrupalKumar Das, Paysafe
Craig Pichanik, Ventra Health
Alla Kramskaia, Dun & Bradstreet

Moderator: Nik Patel, UNF Board of Trustee Member
2:40 - 3:00
3:00 - 3:40
Exploring FinTech Innovation & Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Sam Maule, Google
Joe Brady, InstantGroup
Amber Bush, William Mills Agency
Christopher Kirby, FIS
Lisa Cochran, VyStar

Moderator: Richard Buttimer, UNF
3:40 - 3:45
3:45 - 4:00
4:00 - 4:45
Jacksonville and FinTech
Aundra Wallace, Jax USA
Richard Buttimer
Chip Klostermeyer
4:45 - 5:00
Closing Remarks
UNF President Moez Limayem


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UNF FinTech Programs


Coggin College of Business:

Finance B.S.
Business Intelligence B.S.
Business Analytics Masters (MSBA)
FinTech Minor (coming Fall 2023, for Coggin students to learn the technology side of FinTech)
FinTech concentration in M.S. program (coming soon)

College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction:

Data Science B.S.. M.S.
Information Technology/Cybersecurity B.S., M.S.
Information Science B.S.
Information Systems B.S.. M.S.
Computer Science B.S., M.S.
FinTech minor (coming Fall 2023, for Computing students to learn the business side of FinTech)

Joint offering by both CCB and CCEC:

FinTech Certificate (coming soon)

A key feature of these programs will be the opportunity for students to participate in internships and industry-sponsored projects.

FinTech Research Collaborative

CCEC and Coggin College of Business will create a research collaborative where industry can work with UNF faculty and students on research projects.

Corporate Participation

How can I participate?

  • Guest speaking opportunities 
  • Sponsored senior projects 
  • Internships
  • Research projects
  • Advisory Council(s)
  • Donate 

Career Opportunities

Career Center CCEC:

Career Center COB:

UNF Job Portal (Handshake):


Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact:

Caleb Garrett
Director of Development
College of Computing, Engineering & Construction, University of North Florida
Office: 904.620.5136 | Email:

Kara Barber
Assistant Director of Development, Coggin College of Business
Office: 904.620.1890 | Email:

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