CardCon 2019 Events

Sep 8th : Day 1
3:30pm - 6:30pm

Nationals Stadium Media Event: Batting Practice, Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

  • Meet in the lobby of the Washington Hilton at 3:30 pm to board a bus to Nationals Park

PenFed Credit Union will sponsor CardCon's Sunday afternoon welcome event at the Washington Nationals Park, D.C.'s incredible baseball stadium by the waterfront. This event is for invited media only.

Sep 9th : Day 2
7:30am - 8:45am
8:45am - 9:30am

Keynote Address

  • Adam Levin  
  • Main Stage, Jefferson East/ Lincoln West, Washington Hilton

Adam Levin will be giving a keynote speech on Cybersecurity and identity theft and the credit card industry. Adam K. Levin is the Founder CyberScout and Co-Founder and is a nationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance and has distinguished himself as a fierce consumer advocate for the past 40 years.

9:30am - 10:15am

1st Session (Credit Cards): Sustainability of Credit Card Rewards

  • Gary Leff   David Gold   Thomas Piani   Odysseas Papadimitriou  
  • Main Stage, Jefferson East/ Lincoln West, Washington Hilton

There’s an arms race for consumer attention and wallet share. Have things gone too far, are cards spending too much to reward customers, and can things continue on their current path? How will card issuers reward customers in the future as they seek to compete aggressively while remaining profitable? ------------ Moderated by Gary Leff

9:30am - 10:15am

1st Session (Credit Card Affiliate Marketing): Creating Successful – and Compliant – Credit Card Content

  • Chrissy Cadoret   Michael Pruser   Mary Ann Morton   Sandhya P. Brown  
  • Jefferson West, Washington Hilton

A major challenge for both writers and credit card issuers is ensuring all the details in posts are up to date and compliant. The pain is real, and so are the risks. It’s important to get it right in order to scale your business and attract new partners while maintaining editorial independence. This panel will explore why content updates are an increasing challenge for writers, and share best practices to master content accuracy and grow your business. -------- Moderated by Chrissy Cadoret

9:30am - 10:15am

1st Session (Consumer Credit): Are consumers getting punished for following the advice of financial media?

  • Jeff Richardson   Korrena Bailie   Hilary Chidi   Dara Duguay  
  • Lincoln East, Washington Hilton

Many young consumers avoid taking out new loans or opening credit cards and are laser-focused on paying down their debts. While much of the personal finance media advocates for this responsible approach to debt, it can also leave consumers with a thin credit file or lack of credit history. Learn how credit bureaus, credit scoring agencies, and lenders are dealing with the changing consumer landscape. Trended data, opting into reporting of utility and rental and wider use of alternative forms of data. --------- Moderated by Jeff Richardson

10:15am - 10:45am

Meet the Speakers - Networking Break - sponsored by iCommissions

  • Dining/Expo Hall

Come join us at the iCommisions Meet the Speaker Lounge for your chance to interact with today's speakers.

10:45am - 11:30pm

2nd Session (Affiliate Marketing): Does One Size Fit All? Card Issuers From Different Segments of the Marketplace Share Their Affiliate Marketing Approaches

  • Stephanie Harris   Andy DeMotte   Travis Broad   Oscar Weis  
  • Lincoln East, Washington Hilton

Our panel of industry veterans and experts discusses how different segments of the credit card issuer marketplace approach their affiliate marketing efforts, and what you can learn from their perspectives. ------- Moderated by Stephanie Harris

10:45am - 11:30am

2nd Session (Consumer Credit): Behind the scenes of the credit card approval process

  • Louis DeNicola   Sumeet Bhalla   Kalpesh Kapadia   Amy Clark  
  • Jefferson West, Washington Hilton

We know that your creditworthiness can impact whether you get approved for a new card, but what actually happens when you hit submit on an application? In this panel discussion, we'll explore how card issuers decide which credit report to use, test different credit scoring models, and ultimately determine who to approve or deny. -------- Moderated by Louis DeNicola

11:30am - 1:00pm

Networking Lunch

  • Dining/Expo Hall

1:00pm - 1:45pm

3rd Session (Credit Card Affiliate Marketing): Forging and maintaining strong partnerships in the credit card affiliate marketing space

  • Brooke Ray   Kate O’Brien   Brian Winn   Kenny Thompson   Kaushal Mehta  
  • Lincoln East, Washington Hilton

Our panel of experts will provide you with tips and their ideas on what it takes to formulate a great partnership in the affiliate space. Moderated by Brooke Ray

1:00pm - 1:45pm

3rd Session (Credit Cards): Credit Cards & Technology: Fasten Your Seatbelts For an Exciting Ride

  • Beverly Harzog   Brad Patterson   Sagar A. Dalal   Bob Sullivan  
  • Jefferson West, Washington Hilton

This panel of experts will discuss everything you need to know about credit card payment technology, security concerns and future trends. You’ll get up to speed on the basics of EMV credit cards, contactless credit cards, credit card apps, and virtual wallets. By the time you leave the room, you’ll be able to easily share the information with your readers or clients. --------- Moderated by Beverly Harzog

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Roundtable Discussion Session 1-3

  • Dining/Expo Hall

Each roundtable discussion will last 25 mins with 8 tables to choose from. For a full description of topics, descriptions, moderators, and their bios see link at the top of this page.

3:30pm - 3:45pm
3:45pm - 4:45pm

Roundtable Discussion Sessions 4-5

  • Dining/Expo Hall

Each roundtable discussion will last 25 mins with 8 tables to choose from. For a full description of topics, descriptions, moderators, and their bios see link at the top of this page.

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Closing Keynote

  • Winnie Sun  
  • Main Stage, Jefferson East/ Lincoln West, Washington Hilton

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Industry Reception sponsored by Partnercentric and Pernix

  • Concourse Foyer East, Washington Hilton

Immediately following our closing keynote, industry attendees are invited to join us in the mezzanine for a reception sponsored by PartnerCentric and Pernix

7:30pm - 9:30pm
Sep 10th : Day 3
8:00am - 9:00am

Networking Breakfast

  • Dining/Expo Hall

8:00am - 9:00am

Sallie Mae Sponsored Breakfast (invited guests only)

  • Georgetown East/Conference Level

9:00am - 9:30am


  • Austin Mueller  
  • Main Stage, Jefferson East/ Lincoln West, Washington Hilton

Presents a summary of the CFPB’s main findings from its 2019 Consumer Credit Card Market report. The report addresses consumers’ use, cost, and availability of credit, trends in industry practices, notable innovations in the market, and results from academic scholarship on the effects of the CARD Act of 2009. In addition to being delivered to Congress, the full report will be made available to the public on the Bureau’s website.

9:30am - 10:30am
10:30am - 11:00am
11:00am - 12:00pm