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Forbes: Atlanta Boldly Claims Global FinTech Lead Status

“Over a period of time when no one was paying attention, this crazy thing was happening. Metro Atlanta, and Georgia in total, has become the fintech capital of the world,” said Barry McCarthy, executive vice president and head of network and security solutions at First Data and chair of FinTech Atlanta.

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2016 TAG FinTech Ecosystem Report

This report, done in partnership with Georgia Tech, document the scope of Georgia’s FinTech industry, its culture of innovation, its key strengths, and opportunities to extend its leadership position.

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Infographic: FinTech Innovation Is All Around Us

From mobile payment options at your favorite eateries to instant peer-to-peer payments with friends, the advances in financial technology are impacting how consumers and businesses interact with one another. But navigating through the latest payment options, FinTech trends and tech tools impacting the customer experience doesn’t have to feel overwhelming.

FINTECH ATLANTA is a coalition of companies (from Fortune 500s to startups) and other organizations working to cement Atlanta as the recognized global capital of financial technology. The group’s priorities are to fund and fuel efforts to RECRUIT, RETAIN and EXPAND businesses and jobs across the FinTech ecosystem in metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

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FinTech companies deliver the financial infrastructure every organization uses to manage their operation, from accounting to payments and beyond. FinTech solutions power the global economy. Atlanta has quietly become the global capital of this critically important sector. Through the FinTech Atlanta initiative, Atlanta will become the recognized global home of FinTech by 2020, just as New York and London are the recognized headquarters of finance.

Work Groups

We are a unique collection of companies and organizations seeking to influence policy and industry development to create the best global business climate for financial technology and commerce enabled companies. The result will establish metro Atlanta as a global talent magnet driving the high-value jobs required by today’s innovation economy. To do this we are have four active workgroups with more than 100 volunteers activated to help each accomplish our objects.

Our objective is to expand the FinTech skilled workforce to support industry growth in Atlanta. This includes working to cultivate new talent and attract available skilled talent—right people, right skills, right time, right place, right cost.

  • Leverage outbound and local recruiting missions and events
  • Promote and facilitate internships and scholarships
  • Design and implement core FinTech curriculum and credentials, both at the undergraduate level and for those seeking a career transition

Our objective is to enhance our FinTech innovation community through a range of focused initiatives. We work across the ecosystem with leading corporations, investors and service providers to connect local startups and early-stage FinTech companies with the resources they need to succeed.

  • Innovation matchmaking programs (corporations + startups + investors)
  • Corporate FinTech challenge portal
  • FinTech accelerator programs

Our objective is to tell the story. We do this by showcasing and communicating Atlanta’s FinTech industry leadership and our superior workforce, infrastructure, innovation and business climate for growth.

  • Coordinate event messaging and activity in and out of Atlanta
  • Tell our story
  • Create opportunities for industry collaboration

Our objective is to develop and implement public policy initiatives that support Georgia and metro Atlanta financial technology industry and job growth.

  • Be a policy resource for elected officials at all levels of government
  • Advance federal policies, state and local support for talent, innovation and investment creation
  • Host legislative events

Leadership

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Barry C. McCarthy

EVP & Head (Division President)

First Data Corporation

FinTech Atlanta Chair

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Trey Loughran

Chief Marketing Officer

Equifax

FinTech Atlanta Vice Chair

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Keith Hartford

President

WNA

FinTech Atlanta Executive Committee

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Chris Justice

President

Global Gaming Solutions at Global Payments Inc.

FinTech Atlanta Executive Committee At Large

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Esther Pigg

Senior Vice President Product Strategy

FIS

FinTech Atlanta Executive Committee At Large

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Kevin Kim

Vice President, Private Client Advisor

U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

FinTech Atlanta Funding & Innovation Workgroup Co-Chair

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Spencer White

FinTech Atlanta Funding & Innovation Workgroup Co-Chair

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Mike Polak

Former Georgia Senator

FinTech Atlanta Legislative Workgroup Chair

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H. West Richards

Executive Director

American Transaction Processors Coalition

FinTech Atlanta Legislative Workgroup Chair

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Matthew Carlomagno

Vice President Human Resources

First Data Corporation

FinTech Atlanta Talent Workgroup Co-Chair

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Brad Culp

Sr. Vice President

WNA

FinTech Atlanta Talent Workgroup Co-Chair

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Tommy Marshall

Fintech Lead - North America

Accenture

FinTech Atlanta Promote Workgroup Co-Chair

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J. Michael Neumeier

Principal

Arketi Group

FinTech Atlanta Promote Workgroup Co-Chair

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David Hartnett

Chief Economic Development Officer

Metro Atlanta Chamber

FinTech Atlanta Executive Committee

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Larry Williams

President & CEO

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

FinTech Atlanta Executive Committee

Supporters

It’s an investment in this industry movement that will truly benefit your organization and will ensure you are seen as a global FinTech leader.

For more information on the role you can play in FinTech Atlanta, please contact us at stepup@fintechatlanta.org.

With support from the Organizing Partners

American Transaction Processors Coalition
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Technology Association of Georgia
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Companies today must be entrenched in FinTech. Financial technology does more than generate revenue. It creates a true competitive advantage when it touches the customer in a convenient, frictionless way. Home to 18 of the world’s largest companies, Atlanta is establishing its place as the FinTech epicenter and place to be for companies looking to become leaders in global commerce.

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