Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

KnockOut 2014

PSCU, the top U.S. credit union service organization is setting up an full geek, all-night, marathon-style innovation competition to solve today’s most pressing financial service issues for credit unions in just 24 hours. Knockout 2014 is an innovative team event that allows credit unions to stay relevant in the marketplace by quickly meeting the needs of today’s consumers.

Calpian & Apple Pay

Dallas-based global mobile payments technology specialist and processor, Calpian is set to support Apple Pay and provide merchants with access to Apple’s new mobile payments ecosystem. Calpian will integrate Apple services into its point-of-sale payment hardware and software, and provide its merchant clients with the tools and support they need accept payments over Apple’s NFC-based payment solution.