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August 12, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Financial and Retail Conference on Analytics

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Minnesota is home to many leading companies in the financial and retail industry. FAR Con provides an opportunity for leaders in the analytics and big data space to come together, share knowledge and make connections.

This conference will focus on how analytics provides solutions to real world financial and retail industry business problems. FAR Con is about how analytics, people, process and technology come together to solve these problems. Some key areas of coverage include how analytics and big data are used in omnichannel and personalization, information security, fraud and risk, digital, mobile, marketing, and more. More details to come soon!

Speaking and sponsorship opportunities available!




8 AM – 9 AM – Registrations and Networking
9 AM – 4 PM – Presentations
4 PM – 5 PM – Social Hour

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Conference Chairs

Dave Mathias – AVP – U.S. Bank Information Security Manager | WorkLearnPlay.com

Yashodhan Dhore – AVP – Digital Analytics Manager, U.S. Bank

Ryan Marcum – VP – Credit Risk Management, Wells Fargo


Speakers and Presentation Titles

Jamie Thingelstad – CTO, SPS Commerce

Building Global Commerce through Retail Networks 

Doug Berg – Founder & Chief Tracker, TrackIF

Personalization Via Retail Analytics: Stop Guessing, Start Asking 

Eric Bibelnieks – VP Enterprise Analytics, Maurice’s

Optimize your Marketing Spend via Digital Attribution Insights, Actions & Tests 

Ryan Wilson – Solution Specialist, Adobe

The Path from Point A to Z: An Omni-channel Adventure!

Brent Dykes – Analytics Evangelist, Adobe

What’s so special about Mobile App Analytics?

Brandon Wishnow – Executive Director, Measurement & Activation, Ovative Group

Digital Incrementality Testing and Analytics: Taking the safety off these strategic weapons

Armin Kakas –  Sr. Manager Advanced Pricing & Analytics, Best Buy

Open Source Analytics for Smarter Retail Pricing Strategies 

Jay Jacobs – Senior Data Scientist, Bitsight

Security Through Science: Learning from Cybersecurity Data 

Carmel Nadav, Ph.D. – VP – Database Marketing Strategy Consultant, Wells Fargo

Weight of Evidence VS Wait a Minute – Disruptive Foresights on Catching Financial Crises 

Jason McNellis – VP of Product Strategy, RedPoint Global

Three Habits To Boost Marketing Through Customer Focused Analytics 

Nick Thoemke – 2VP & Actuary, Loss Analytics and Reserving, Travelers

Nathan Hubbell – 2VP – Personal Insurance R&D, Travelers

Rise of the Machines: Generalized Linear Models in Property & Casualty Insurance 

Daniel Feldman – Sr. Software Engineer, Veritas

Spark Test Drive 

Pedro Medina – CEO, Haystack LLC

Predictive Playbook: From Operational to Operationalized Predictive Analytics 

Ryan Marcum – VP – Credit Risk Management, Wells Fargo

Visual Analytics: Supercharging Data Reporting and Analytics 

Nick Ryberg – Sr. Analyst, U.S. Bank

Have a Point, Draw a Line, Make a Difference – Mapping the Intersection of Audit and Visual Analytics 

Karla Hillier – Sr. Director BI & Analytics, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Teams, Tools and Data – Lessons Learned on the Road to a Data Driven Culture 

Josh Janzen – Web Engineer (Data Science), Best Buy

Recommended for You: An Algorithmic View into Product Recommendations w/Demo 

Ken Simonelic – Technology Data Strategy, Wells Fargo

Enabling Modern Marketing Analytics in the Digital World: Connecting Big Data and Relational Data to Win 

David Haertzen – Principal Enterprise Architect, Allianz Life

Building Analytical Applications 

Lucas Kinzel – Strategic Consultant, GE Capital

Candyce Trautwein – Strategic Consultant, GE Capital

Compared to What?! 

Rebeccah Stay – Head of Customer Analytics, Thomson Reuters

Social Network Analysis: History, Key Concepts, Applications 

Melissa Krasnow, J.D. – Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Bridget Sakach – Network Security & Privacy Specialist – Midwest Region, AIG

Big Data, Big Opportunities and Risks: What You Need to Know about Data Security 

Nilanjan Mitra Thakur – Manager – Customer Analytics, The Children’s Place. Co-founder ConnectCust

Role of Dynamic Segmentation and Cognitive Computing in Customer Engagement Solution 

Steven Boos – VP Marketing Database Strategy, Wells Fargo

Exploring the (Sometimes) Hidden Treasures of Metadata

Seth Berlin – Principal, Performance Thinking & Technologies

Joshua Waldron – Asset Management Analyst, Abbot Downing

Techniques in Risk & Portfolio Management Using Simulation & 3D Visualization 

Melissa Gregor – Sr. Web Analyst, Thomson Reuters

Casey Hall – Social Media Marketing Lead, Thomson Reuters

Measuring Social Engagement in Hard Numbers, Not Warm Fuzzies 

Bob Bamsey – Manager, McGladrey

Data Theories in Tax Applications 

Steve Worthington – Cloud Architect, Worthington Consulting

Re-engineering Traditional Analytics for Cloud Scalability and Growth (Adventures with Hazelcast) 

Ravi Bapna, Ph.D. – Academic Dir. SOBACO Info. & Decision Sci., U of MN Carlson School

Docking with a Research University for Data Science: On Talent and Retail Industry Relevant Research 

Edward Chennard – Digital and Marketing Innovation Leader – Experience Architecture, Target

Innovation in Retail: How Retailers are Changing the Way They Do Business

Rob Beachy – CTO, Axiom

Analysis and Visualization of Complex Relational Data for Improved Retail and Financial Decision Making: Advancing from Traditional Analytics to New Time Series Methods 

Scott Friesen – Principal, Quadratic

Aristotle on Analytics 

Karen Gulliver, Ph.D. – MBA/MSM/MPA Program Chair, Argosy University

The Plug and Chug Payoff: Getting There

Steve Wallin – VP – Analytics Insights and Strategy

Creating Action from Insights 

Chandler Wilson – Director of Insights and Analytics, Walmart

Navigating Asymmetrical Business Terrain with Open Source Intelligence, Networks and Machines 

Mark Cade – Senior Solution Architect – Streaming Analytics, Software AG

Streaming Analytics in Financial and Retail Services 

Paul Ablack – CEO, OnApproach, LLC

Retail Analytics in Banking: How to Prevent Getting Ubered

Caroline George – Solutions Engineer, DataStax

Cassandra: Powering Business Critical Applications 

Jesse Horowitz – SVP, Head of Enterprise Information Security, Governance, Oversight and Enablement, Wells Fargo

Cyber Security and Information Risk Management 

Sam Losevich – Partner, Antuit

Statistical Demand Forecasting: The Human Increment 

Tyler Olson – CEO, SMC Pros

Jim Fritz – President, The Wedding Shoppe

How Data Analytics Tools More Than Doubled the Revenue of The Wedding Shoppe 

Pete Aven – Principal Solutions Engineer, MarkLogic

How NoSQL Databases are Driving Next-generation Analytics and Customer Engagement in Financial Services and Retail 

John Thuma – Director Aster Strategy & Adoption, Teradata

Big Data is Dead – Time for Big Analytics 

Brandon Wetzstein – Sr. Business Partner, Workload Strategy, Data Analysis, Target

Where Did My Payroll Go? 

Michael O’Connell – Chief Data Scientist, TIBCO

Fast Data Analytics: Generating Positive Business Outcomes from Big Data 

Brett Stime – Senior Data Science Engineer, NativeX

Smaller Files, Bigger Data with Spark 

Ted Dunning – Chief Application Architect, MapR Technologies

Sharing Private Data Without Exposing Private Data 

Pat LaPointe – EVP, Resonate

Winning on the “Why” in Financial Services 


Panel Discussions

Data: The Legal Lowdown on Usage and Protection 

Moderator: Kate Bischoff, J.D. – Of Counsel, Zelle Hofmann

Catalytics: How to Turn Facts into Fuel to Power Your Business 

Moderator: Rob Reul – Founder and Managing Director, Isometric Solutions


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August 12, 2015
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Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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