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Frank Martien, Partner, First Annapolis Consulting
Frank joined First Annapolis Consulting in 1996 and leads the firm’s commercial payments practice area where he focuses on Purchasing Cards, Virtual Cards, Corporate Cards, and Fleet Cards. His clients include providers and end-user organizations. Frank’s engagement experience includes strategy, market research, benchmarking, RFP/provider selection and M&A support. Through client assignments, speeches and moderator roles at conferences, published articles and quotes in payments-related publications, Frank is a recognized industry expert. Frank received his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia (Faculty Award for Academic Excellence for class ranking in top 10%). He received his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude).

Cherise Mays, CPCP, Senior Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Cherise joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 1995 with numerous positions held from P-Card administrator and managerial roles, to senior analyst. She has over 17 years of P-Card experience. In 2008, Cherise achieved the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential. She has been a breakout session presenter in Boston and at NAPCP Annual Conferences.

Debra McGill, CPCP, Enterprise Contracts & Corporate Card Program Manager, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro)
Debra joined BC Hydro in 2003 as a sales tax manager responsible for managing provincial sales tax policies and issues. In 2007, Debra changed roles to take on the challenge of managing BC Hydro’s One Card program (traditional P-Card and Corporate Card). In 2010, she achieved the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential. Card program spend has doubled under Debra’s management—through promotion of card use and card-only payment for targeted suppliers. Along with managing the One Card program, Debra also manages the Corporate Travel program, the outsourced Accounts Payable contract and various contracts for office supplies and services. 

Elizabeth L. Mozley, Associate Category Manager, Sonoco Products Company
Elizabeth joined Sonoco Supply Management in 2013. She manages the Corporate Card program and works closely with A/P metrics including working capital goals. Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in finance including working with employee benefit trusts and running her own business. She is currently leading a cross-functional team to improve A/P processes, eliminate paper checks and extend working capital.  

Parker Patton
Parker Patton is a director with Visa, Inc. located in Foster City, California. He manages Purchasing, Corporate and Fleet Cards for the Commercial Products team. Prior to Visa, Parker was with Chevron for 10 years in a number of roles including management of Chevron’s North America Fleet Card program and management of Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance deployment in a North America business unit. He holds a BA from the Samford University and an MA from Birmingham-Southern College.

Jon Petz, Motivational Speaker
Jon Petz is the founder of Bore No More™, an idea lab for increasing personal and employee engagement. As the author of several books, including the top-selling title, “Boring Meetings Suck,” you can be assured that his programs are uniquely different, which audiences love because they’re interactive, energetic and entertaining. For over 15 years, Jon has been delivering fascinating, fast-paced and funny presentations around the world that produce results. Drawing on his diverse experience as a top corporate executive, social experimenter, and professional comedy magician. His pertinent content is delivered masterfully with the engagement that is uniquely and unequivocally Jon Petz. USA Today, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC News, Success Magazine and many other media outlets have covered the success of Jon Petz as an author, thought leader and engagement expert. American Business Journals named him a top 40 business professional under the age of 40. He’s appeared on NBC, CBS, FOX, Food Network and has opened for groups from the
American Idol Tour to Rascal Flatts.

Jessica L. Perdue, CPCP, Corporate Card Administrator, The Nature Conservancy
Jessica has eight years of P-Card experience. She joined The Nature Conservancy in 2011 as the Corporate Card Administrator for all global P-Card programs including purchasing, travel and ePayables. Previously she served as a regional P-Card specialist for the State of West Virginia. She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. in Environmental Economics and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Charleston. She is a gourmet cook, loves to drive her convertible too fast, and hopes that someday you will submit your expense report on time.

Mike Ringelman, CPCP, Purchasing Card Technologist, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Mike has been with Northrop Grumman Corporation for over 30 years and has been involved with their Purchasing Card program since its inception in 1993. With over 22 years of P-Card experience, Mike has been a cardholder, an approving manager, and a program administrator for Purchasing Cards and is now responsible for the system tools and technology in use by Northrop Grumman Corporation to manage, reconcile, and audit their P-Card purchases. Mike has taken his P-Card program from a manual paper-intensive process to an integrated application embedded in his company’s ERP system (SAP).

Stephen Steinfath, Payment Card Program Manager, Vanderbilt University
Stephen has extensive experience in managing large volume Payment Card programs in both healthcare and higher education. Stephen managed Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA’s) P-Card and ePayables programs for over two years, totaling $440+ million. He grew HCA’s program over 30 percent in 2012, resulting in a reduction of more than 1.2 million paper invoices across the enterprise at hospitals and accounts payable processing centers. Currently, Stephen is the Program Manager for Vanderbilt University’s portfolio of Payment Card programs that encompass both the University and University Medical Center. Since 2014, Stephen has managed Vanderbilt’s suite of card solutions that consist of $46 million including P-Cards, T&E, Fleet, declining limit, subject participation, athletics and 4,000+ monthly patient refund reimbursement cards.

Alicia Thiessen, Sr. Purchasing Specialist, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) 
Alicia joined KCS in 2013. She has over five years of Purchasing Card
administration experience at both the corporate and university levels. At KCS she has assisted in sweeping changes to the travel and expense programs which resulted in a new travel management company, a new card provider and the implementation of Concur Travel & Expense. Alicia’s knowledge and expertise has created a card-friendly culture at KCS which has resulted in the credit card being the preferred method of payment. She has been a member of NAPCP since 2013.

Kevin M Thompson, Threat Analyst, FireEye
As a Threat Analyst for FireEye, Kevin Thompson educates FireEye customers and partners on the latest cyber threats to their infrastructure. Before joining FireEye, Kevin worked as a cyber analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington DC. In that role, Kevin used digital exploitation and all source analysis to educate multiple agencies of the U.S. Government on current and future cyber threats. Kevin's analytic work has been included in Presidential Daily Briefings and became a case study used in multiple training classes.

Christine Wertz, CPCP, Purchasing Card Coordinator, Harford County Public Schools
Christine has worked for Harford County Public Schools for 27 years and has been the Purchasing Card Coordinator for the system since program inception in August 2000. In addition to managing the system’s P-Card program, Christine has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. In October 2007, Christine earned the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential through the NAPCP. She is co-chair of the NAPCP’s Government and K-12 Advisory Team and is the chairperson of the Mid-Atlantic Public P-Card Group in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area. Christine has also served as a panel contributor and breakout session speaker at the NAPCP National Conference.

Michael Wesch, Associate Professor
Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, University of Kansas

Dubbed “the prophet of an education revolution” by the Kansas City Star and “the explainer” by Wired Magazine, Wesch is a recipient of the highly coveted “US Professor of the Year” Award from the Carnegie Foundation. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society and education. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed over 20 million times, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.

David Zoll, MS, CPCP, VCA, SPCC Program Administrator, College of William & Mary
David has served as the Small Purchase Charge Card (SPCC) Program Administrator for William & Mary since 2013. He has over 10 years of fiscal experience in higher education and has implemented online reconciliation at William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. David obtained the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) certification in November of 2013. 


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