As the crypto landscape continues to evolve, digital currencies are becoming increasingly integrated into traditional financial systems. The lack of regulation in the cryptocurrency market has been a turn off for many credit unions, however, consumer interest continues to rise. Learn about the current state of cryptocurrencies as well as the opportunities and risks crypto can bring to credit unions.
Lamont Black, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Finance
Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University
Lamont is a college professor with a passion for studying and explaining new trends in the financial system focusing on cryptocurrency, blockchain, and data analytics. He teaches students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels with an approach that focuses on “experimental learning” and the engagement of education in the real world around us. Prior to his current position, he was an economist at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C.
Chief Innovation Officer
Patrick is Chief Innovation Officer at NYDIG, responsible for elevating the company’s bitcoin offerings and executing their mission in expanding bitcoin access. He leads NYDIG’s work developing industry-leading technology solutions and partnering with banks, traditional financial institutions, and more to help them meet the growing client demand for bitcoin offerings. Formerly the firm’s Head of Bank Solutions, Patrick has helped raise NYDIG’s status as a partner of choice in navigating the technology, governmental, audit and regulatory components necessary to offer bitcoin products and services in highly regulated industries.
Founder and CEO
Amit has engaged in a myriad of roles that intersect financial markets, risk management, regulatory compliance, and international development. He is the Founder and CEO of FinClusive, a hybrid financial-technology and regulatory technology company dedicated to financial inclusion. FinClusive serves the growing fintech, virtual asset/blockchain and other non-bank/alternative financial services sector by providing the ability to connect and on/off ramp to U.S. based bank partners to facilitate cross border transactions seamlessly between crypto/blockchain and traditional payment rails.
First Community Credit Union
TJ has been part of the FCCU team for 16 years beginning in November 2004. While moving up the ranks, he held multiple positions including Tomball Branch VP and SVP of Operations before serving as the EVP/Chief Operating Officer for the past six years. While he served as COO, he led the charge to enhance the member experience through technology, such as our Interactive Video Banking in branches and drive thru locations. FCCU was the first financial institution in Harris County to implement this technology, which allowed their members to continue transactional banking throughout the pandemic in a safe and physically distanced environment.