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Blockchain & The Future of Finance by The Detroit CFO Leadership Council

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The Offices of Dickinson Wright (Troy)

2600 W Big Beaver R

Conference room B, C, and D

Detroit, MI 48226

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Blockchain & The Future of Finance
hosted by
The Detroit CFO Leadership Council
Wednesday, March 13th

7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Networking and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Program


Program Description

Blockchain is probably best known as the technology originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin. However, the underlying technology has enormous potential as Blockchain is essentially a central ledger or distributed database that is owned by everyone and yet owned by no-one. As a CFO, what does this new technology mean? What do you need to know and what are the potential implications to your business? Join us on March 13th to explore this topic further with our panel of experts. You will not want to miss this!

Learning Objectives

  • Blockchain fundamentals - What is Blockchain? How is it used? What are the business benefits?
  • Explanation of what is “cryptography” and why it is so important in today’s world economy.
  • A description on how can Blockchain be utilized in Healthcare, Fintech, & Insurance and other industries
  • Can your company just monitor Blockchain from the sidelines?
  • How to lead your company’s transformation of current centralized operational and business models to distributed.
  • Discussion on how Blockchain will change the world economy

To register for this program, simply click on the green tickets button and then click one of the two registration buttons and complete the form as requested.

All CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free.

Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

Click here to learn more about CFO Leadership Council.

For more information about this program, please contact Kat Stevenson, Marketing Director, kat@cfolc.com.

Cancellation Policy

Send cancellations to kat@cfolc.com no later than 4pm on March 11th to receive a refund.

CPE Information:

Instructional method: Group-Live
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 CPE credit in Information Technology
Experience Level: Basic
Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:www.nasba.org

About our Speakers

Neil Kane, a leading authority on technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation, is the Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University. He is also president and founder of Illinois Partners Executive Services, LLC. Most recently he was the CEO of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc., a company he co-founded in 2003 by licensing technology from Argonne National Laboratory (U.S. Dept. of Energy). Mr. Kane is the former co-Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center at Argonne and was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Northern Illinois University. In these roles he was founding CEO of several startup companies based on university or federal laboratory research in areas such as nanotechnology, advanced materials, software, renewable energy and printed electronics. He has closed multiple rounds of venture capital from investors worldwide and has secured numerous SBIR/STTR and other government contracts and awards.

Earlier he was Regional Business Development Manager for Microsoft Corporation. In this role he identified, negotiated and closed a $25 million equity investment. At IBM he was the liaison to Andersen Consulting (later Accenture) and helped create the strategic business alliance that became the model for the IT industry. In this capacity he earned membership into IBM’s Golden Circle and received a President’s Award. He was a member of the 100% Club several times. He began his career as a manufacturing engineer in IBM’s San Jose, California facility where he designed robotic tooling for the automated manufacturing of disk drives.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (high honors) and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Chicago. He attended graduate school at the Australian Graduate School of Management at The University of New South Wales in Sydney and did further graduate study in Japan on a scholarship from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). He was named a 2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and twice attended their annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. In 2007 he received recognition from the National Science Foundation for Outstanding Entrepreneurship and in 2009 was named a “Mover & Shaker” by Frost & Sullivan. In 2010 and 2012 Mr. Kane was an invited witness on the subject of technology transfer for the U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Research & Science Education. In 2011 he was asked by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to serve on the Illinois Innovation Council. Also in 2011 he became a mentor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps. He has been a contributor to Forbes.com on topics related to technology commercialization and entrepreneurial leadership.

Greg Schu is a partner in BDO’s Advisory Services team. He has more than 25 years of experience in professional services helping organizations evaluate risk, governance, security, regulatory standards, compliance controls and understand the areas of focus where business, compliance, or technology security improvements may be required.

Greg provides services regarding IT Security, Data Security, Risk Assessment, IT Audit, SOX, Blockchain Initiatives, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) services on a local, national and global basis to Fortune 100 public companies across the retail, healthcare, financial, professional services, and manufacturing industries.

He has managed international engagements in a variety of countries and has lead IT compliance and security initiatives. Projects have included local and global analysis of networks, evaluation of technology solutions, assessment of logging and alerting processes, penetration tests, systems scans, logical and physical security, compliance program analysis, vendor due diligence, cyber risk assessments and security awareness. He has had interaction with government regulatory functions such as the PCAOB and bank regulators.

Greg has been a lead speaker and co-presenter at the AICPA, MN ISACA, MN Society of CPAs, and various national seminars and conferences.

Adam Zientarski is the CFO, where he is be responsible for running the day-to-day operations, developing partnerships in the Detroit and cryptocurrency communities, and representing EOS Detroit in the EOS, Telos, and Worbli communities as its governance expert. Prior to helping found EOS Detroit, Adam was the Director of Business Development at Benzinga, a Detroit based financial tech and media firm. During his time there, he worked in many facets of the business including leading the sales team, organizing events (most notably the Benzinga Fintech Awards), web development, and salesforce architecture/administration.

Adam is currently the co-chair for the Telos governance work group and has already contributed to improving the transparency of the Telos Foundation by authoring and successfully passing TIP-12, a proposal to have Telos Foundation pay proposed and voted on separately from Telos Foundation budgets by Telos Foundation Voting Token holders.

Over his career, Adam has worked with some of the largest brands in finance to craft imaginative content and data solutions, with a particular specialty in alternative data. After leaving Benzinga, Adam became interested in the blossoming crypto and blockchain space, and has helped grow Detroit Blockchainers, Metro-Detroit’s largest blockchain meetup group through hosting live streamed educational events. Adam has also assisted companies such as BitBox with their marketing and sales process.

Adam graduated from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a focus in entrepreneurial studies.

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