Keynote: Andrea Beaulieu

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Coach/Consultant/Speaker

As an executive speech coach, story performance and presentation skills coach and trainer, and strategic brand messaging consultant, Andrea Beaulieu combines her abilities as a speaker, writer and performer to coach her clients to be powerful presenters and tell their stories with enthusiasm and passion. She has performed on stage more than 1,500 times as a professional speaker, singer and actress. She knows the ins and outs of working with an audience and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her clients, helping them capitalize on the power of the platform and avoid the pitfalls. Andrea has trained hundreds of individuals and groups in speaking and presentations skills. She has worked with numerous C-level individuals at international and national organizations over the course of her career, crafting speeches and other communication materials including editorial, branding and marketing communications. She assists individuals and organizations to get to the essence of their purpose, values and goals and deliver them powerfully and authentically in the world.

As a professional speaker, Andrea has shared her expertise and inspirational stories with diverse audiences including the Women in Intel Network, Scottsdale Healthcare, the American Academy of Family Physicians Women's Health and Physician Wellness Conference, Northern Trust Bank, and the Association for Financial Professionals of Arizona, among others. She has performed before millions live and broadcast. She traveled with the international organization, Up With People, singing and dancing at Super Bowl Halftime, the Indianapolis 500, and Bob Hope's Birthday Party.

She is the author of two books, Finding Your Authentic Voice, Seven Practices to Free the Real You and Find Love, Happiness and Fulfillment, and Ah Ha! 100 Flashes of Insight and Inspiration from Your Authentic Voice.

Prior to starting her business in 1987, she served as director of public relations for Ramada, Inc., as the executive director of two nonprofits, and in management and creative positions with a public relations agency, a national retail company, and an emergency medical standards organization. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The Art of the Show First Place from the International Association of Exhibition Management and the Copper Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators.


Larry Andress

Manager, National Health Care, Institutions and Public Sector Card Account Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Larry Andress is Director and National Manager of Card Account Management for Healthcare, Institutions, and Public Sector for Bank of America. In this position, Larry oversees the account management group having responsibility for the development of card payments programs with the Bank’s Specialized Industry client base. He resides in Charlotte, NC.

Prior to this position, Larry was East Region Sales Manager for Card Payments, in which the Card spend volume more than doubled, and National Commercial Sales Director for Merchant Services, in which the Merchant new business transactions double in size. Preceding his Merchant sales responsibility, Larry was Manager of Credit Products for Commercial Card Services, where he had responsibility for the development and management for the Purchasing, Travel, and One Card products, and proposal and presentation delivery. Before joining Card Services, Larry spent fourteen years with Bank of America in Treasury Management, and the last ten as a Regional Sales Manager. It was during this tenure that Larry achieved the status of Certified Treasury Professional.

Larry received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Richmond, and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 

Karen Brookbanks

Manager, Purchasing Card Programs, University of Arizona

Karen Brookbanks is the Manager of the Purchasing Card Programs at the University of Arizona. She is a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP). Her primary responsibilities at the University of Arizona include but are not limited to: Purchasing Card Policy & Procedural Management, Training, Compliance and Oversight of the Procurement Card Program. Karen's background includes over 20 years of experience in the procurement field in the private and public sectors. Karen also serves as a council member for the Purchasing Card Professional Certification Council (PCPCC) for the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP).

 

Nancy Brooks

Interim Assistant V.P. Business Services, Iowa State University (retired)

Nancy Brooks retired from Iowa State University in 2017 as Interim Assistant Vice President of Business Services where she was responsible for Procurement, Risk Management, Transportation/Fleet, Printing Services, Central Stores/Receiving, and Bookstore. She began her career at Iowa State in 1989 in procurement, becoming the Director of Procurement Services in 2002. Prior to joining the university, she spent 18 years in the private sector. She received her B.S. degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Iowa State University.

Nancy is a past regional and national president of NAEP National Association of Educational Procurement and currently serves as faculty for its Professional Academy and RFP Institute. She has presented at NAEP regional and national conferences as well as APPA, ACUI, Women’s Leadership Institute and CBMI (College Business Management Institute.

Nancy also consults with higher education institutions and has served as an expert witness on procurement litigation.

 

Matt Busbridge

Head of Higher Education, Amazon Business

Matt Busbridge is the Head of Higher Education at Amazon Business, where he directs sales, marketing, product, tech, and customer service functions, and invents new ways to serve Education customers by taking product ideas from concept to first customer to scale. Matt joined Amazon Business in 2017 as a Sr. Customer Advisor, focusing on helping higher-education customers in the north and southeast deploy and strategically use Amazon for work.

He previously spent ten years with McGraw-Hill Education in Toronto and New York where he was most recently Executive Director of Digital Platform Marketing, helping transform the company’s print model to digital. Matt holds an MBA from The Ivey School of Business (focus on marketing and entrepreneurship), in London Ontario and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a fantasy-football champion, actively volunteers with iMentor to help high school students get into college and sits on the Board of Directors of the Ivey Business School Alumni Association.

 

Brian Cook

SVP of Higher Education, Paymerang

Brian Cook is currently the Senior Vice President of Higher Education with Paymerang. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Brian has over 20 years of executive general management experience in wireless, telecommunications, manufacturing and SaaS. During that time, he has been involved with the selection and implementation of several electronic supplier payment and P-Card programs. Brian’s various roles within Paymerang and the payments industry has allowed him to personally speak with thousands of finance professionals who have experienced varying levels of success implementing B2B ePayments for Accounts Payable and the pain points they continue to face.

 

Beth Dubyak

President, Vincent Payment Solutions

Ms. Dubyak is President of Vincent Payment Solutions, Inc., a provider of flexible, secure, decentralized payments with centralized controls. Prior to joining Vincent in 2016, Ms. Dubyak was President of Cascade Treasury Solutions, Inc., a treasury management consulting firm with clients throughout the United States.

 

Tracye Eades Mickle

Asst. Director ProCard Services, Florida International University

Tracye Eades Mickle is the Assistant Director of Procurement Card Services at Florida International University in Miami Florida.  Her responsibilities include managing the University Card programs which consist of ProCard, Travel & Entertainment, and Single Use Account/ePayable Card Programs. Annual card expenditures under Tracye’s management exceed 52 million. 
 
Tracye has worked at FIU for 23 years, the last 15 of which have been directly with the university card programs in both accounting and administrative capacities.  During her tenure with the program, Tracye has assisted in two major card reissues, one which involved a new bank implementation for card services; as well as assisted with the implementation of PeopleSoft 8.4, 9.0, and 9.2 Systems.
 
She is a proud alumnus of FIU and resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and son.

 

Nanya French

Credit Card Coordinator, Arkansas State Univeristy-Jonesboro

Nanya French is the Credit Card Coordinator for Arkansas State University and also serves as a buyer. She is responsible for all Purchasing, Travel and Departmental cards for the university and the Spring Vendor Show.

She has been with ASU for 14 years, as Administrative Assistant to the President and Chancellor for 6 years, and Procurement for 8 years in her current position. Nanya has attended ULM in Monroe, LA and ASU-Newport.

Nanya is currently working on obtaining her CPCP certification and will be attending the national NAPCP convention in April.

Nanya spends her leisure time with her husband, Stephen traveling on cruises and in Florida at their Perdido Key condo. Between the two of them they have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild expected in April. The real ruler of their household is their cat, "Cat".

 

Jennifer Hart Barb

Lead Small Purchase Charge Card Progam Administrator, James Madison University

Jennifer Hart Barb began her career at James Madison University in 2002 as a Fixed Asset Account. In 2003 she moved into her current role with the Small Purchase Charge Card Program which currently has annual spend around 30 million. In her time with the program she has also served in different Accounts Payable, Travel Card and Cash & Investment roles. She has helped transition the card programs through three vendors and helped with implementation of card reconciliation in PeopleSoft. Jennifer is a Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP).

 

Greg Hamilton

Vice President, Public Sector Business Development, Mastercard

Greg joined the MasterCard Worldwide team in 2012 after more than 25 years as a leader in this market segment working directly for several large issuers and technology partners. As Vice President of Public Sector Sales for large market in the West, he and his bank issuing partners are actively involved in assisting with RFP development, program design, implementation and overall sales and service strategy for State and Local Government, Higher Education and Not for Profit Organizations. Greg’s responsibilities include Commercial Credit Products as well as Prepaid Solutions.

Greg has lived in the Denver area since 1988 and has in-depth experience in sales and sales management, e-procurement technology, data integration, implementation, training, merchant acquisition, relationship management, program expansion and process consulting.

Greg has successfully partnered with hundreds of clients in both the public and private sector, helping them to realize significant cost savings and increasing internal efficiencies associated with implementing electronic payment solutions.

 

Jennifer Hart Barb

Lead Small Purchase Charge Card Progam Administrator, James Madison University

Jennifer Hart Barb began her career at James Madison University in 2002 as a Fixed Asset Account. In 2003 she moved into her current role with the Small Purchase Charge Card Program which currently has annual spend around 30 million. In her time with the program she has also served in different Accounts Payable, Travel Card and Cash & Investment roles. She has helped transition the card programs through three vendors and helped with implementation of card reconciliation in PeopleSoft. Jennifer is a Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP).

 

Doug Hindsley

Senior Partner, Card Integrity

Doug Hindsley is a Senior Partner at Card Integrity, a division of D. Warner Group located in Oak Brook, IL (near Chicago). Focused on card expense management services, Card Integrity helps higher education organizations and corporate entities review cardholder spend. With data and analytics, purchasing and finance professionals investigate and apply critical thinking to reporting data and communicating findings. A “techy” at heart, Doug received his degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and began business consulting at PWC, where he developed and implemented complex business systems worldwide for Fortune 100 companies.

After working in consulting, strategic sourcing, and IT development for over a decade, Doug discovered innovative ways to improve the corporate purchasing process. Turning ideas into action, he developed data analysis software specifically for card compliance, fraud detection, and purchasing insights. In the last ten years, Doug has refined the process into its existing form of a service that balances technology with professional critical thinking. He led service-oriented initiatives that promoted a powerful communication strategy to make for more robust card programs for clients.

After working in consulting, strategic sourcing, and IT development for over a decade, Doug discovered innovative ways to improve the corporate purchasing process. Turning ideas into action, he developed data analysis software specifically for card compliance, fraud detection, and purchasing insights. In the last ten years, Doug has refined the process into its existing form of a service that balances technology with professional critical thinking. He led service-oriented initiatives that promoted a powerful communication strategy to make for more robust card programs for clients.

 

Florianne Irwin

Lead P-Card Administrator, Harvard University

Florianne Irwin joined Harvard University in May 2015 as Lead Administrator for their card programs. Prior to joining Harvard, she was Assistant Director of Procurement Services at the University of Vermont where she fully revamped all aspects of UVM’s card program from: RFP process, implementation, mandatory online training, data analytics for auditing and e-payables implementation.

In addition to card program management, she has over 20-years of experience in various roles from supply chain management, accounting, finance, and ERP systems implementation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAEP-New England as Executive Vice President.

 

Helen Kubiak

P-Card Manager, Lone Star College

Helen Kubiak is the P-Card Program Coordinator for Lone Star College System, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest growing community college system in the nation. Helen is responsible for the management and coordination of all activities of the p-card program including development of policy and procedure, implementation, training, card management, customer service, audit and spend analysis.

 

Lesley Lackore

Systems Administrator, Iowa State University

Lesley Lackore is a program coordinator in the purchasing department at Iowa State University, with 15 years’ experience in purchasing card program administration. In addition to p-card responsibilities, she administers the university's e-procurement and web-based requisitioning systems. Lesley is a graduate of ISU, earning a BLS with emphasis in business and communication. In 2006, she earned the designation of Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) from the NAPCP. To take her mind off credit card fraud and cardholder misuse, Lesley directs a church choir, sings in a community concert choir, and caters to the needs of several spoiled housecats.

 

Lynn Larson

Principal/Owner, Recharged Education

Lynn Larson, CPCP, has more than 15 years of Purchasing Card experience. In January 2014, she founded Recharged Education LLC, which focuses on Commercial Card training, consulting and educational resources. Her previous job roles include education manager for the NAPCP, a professional association for the Commercial Card and payments industry; and P-Card program manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Additionally, her work experience includes many years in the procurement field. In June 2007, she earned the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential.

Lynn is a frequent and popular industry speaker, having delivered more than a dozen full-day P-Card workshops, as well as dozens of educational in-person and virtual presentations.

 

Rex Myers

Regional Sales Executive, SAP Concur

Rex Myers is a 30 year technology veteran specializing in enterprise solutions; mostly addressing the unique challenges existing at institutions of higher education. Rex spent the early days of his career working in the administration at a university in the Midwest, and has spent most of his career consulting with and/or selling solutions to institutions of higher education. Rex’s most recent 15 years have specialized in procurement, strategic sourcing, contract management, and travel, expense, invoice, and risk management solutions. With his deep knowledge of spend management and travel & expense management operations at colleges and universities, in addition to his deep knowledge in the way universities operate, Rex provides broad knowledge of both challenges that exist and potential options to solve the unique challenges existing in this industry.

 

Monica O'Brien

AD, Technology Services, NC State University

Monica O’Brien, CPCP, is the Assistant Director of Technology Services at NC State University. Her 21 years of experience in the Materials Management division includes over seven years as PCard Program Manager, leading what continues to be the largest PCard program within the State of NC System, accounting for over 20 percent of the entire state’s government and higher education PCard spend. She has also been responsible for engineering the implementation of the ePayables program and ERP automations such as PCard electronic approvals and a card center for processing card requests. She is the strategy expert for utilizing ghost cards as the payment mechanism for eProcurement orders. Monica continues to support these initiatives while striving to leverage existing technologies to continue growing the PCard program and enhance the user’s experience through intuitive designs.

 

Mary Schaeffer

Founder, AP Now

Mary S. Schaeffer is the founder of AP Now, a B2B organization focused on creating business intelligence around the accounts payable and payment functions. She has written 18 business books and is a frequent and popular speaker at both online and live events. Schaeffer has created a number of CPE self-study courses, customized training and online training events. She is the developer of the Accounts Payable Best Practice Certificate program. Previously she held positions as an Assistant Treasurer for the Equitable Life Assurance Society, a Financial Risk Manager for O&Y and a Corporate Cash Manager for Continental Grain. She has an MBA in Finance from NYU and a BS in Mathematics from York College (CUNY).


Jennifer Steier

ProCard Manager Business Services, University of Louisville

Jennifer Steier has worked in the Card Services department at the University of Louisville since 2012, first as a Procurement Card Compliance Analyst and now the Procurement Card Manager. Her responsibilities include management of the Procurement Card and Fleet Fuel Card programs, Transactional Compliance, and Training. The UofL ProCard Program has 1,200 cardholders and total FY 2017 spend was $56.6 million. Jennifer holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from Bellarmine University.