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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Regions Bank | Downtown Birmingham | Corporate Auditorium
1900 5th Avenue North | Birmingham, AL 35203 Map

Regions is becoming a best-in-class data-driven organization and is transforming the way we approach our data and analytics.

Come spend a day hearing from Regions' analytical leadership, our data science partner, Cloudera, and our data catalog partner, Unifi, to learn where we are going and see live demos on how to leverage these tools in your own work.

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8:00 - 8:30am CST

Registration & breakfast

8:30 - 9:00am CST

Welcome and Introductions

Welcome and opening remarks by Manav Misra, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Regions Bank

9:00 - 10:00am CST

Keynote: Leveraging Big Data and Analytics at Regions

Learn how to create new revenue streams with advanced anti-fraud solutions, drive successful business outcomes leveraging Big Data and hear what Cloudera's recent merger with Hortonworks means for Regions Bank.

Presented by: Steve Totman, Financial Services Industry Leader, Cloudera


10:00 - 10:15am CST


10:15 - 11:00am CST

Self-service data platform with enterprise data catalog

McKinsey Global Institute recently reported that data-driven organizations are 23x more likely to acquire customers, 6x as likely to retain those customers, and 19x as likely to be profitable when data is made easily accessible to the person closest to the business challenge. Andy Sheldon will describe how access to self-service data is changing the way that all aspects of the financial service business is being positively impacted.

Presented by: Andy Sheldon, Vice President of Marketing, Unifi

11:00 - 11:45am CST

Data Products - Building Data-Driven Intelligence in Regions' Business Process

11:45 - 1:00pm CST


1:00 - 2:00pm CST

Risk Testing and Analytics

2:00 - 2:35pm CST

Cloudera Data Science Workbench Demo

2:40pm - 3:15pm

Unifi Demo

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Q&A Session


Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Regions Bank

Manav Misra


Manav Misra is the Chief Data and Analytics Officer for Regions Bank where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s data strategy, administering enterprise data governance, leveraging data and analytics for improving the customer experience. Prior to joining Regions in late 2018, Misra was the Chief Data Science Officer for CenturyLink from 2014 to 2018, leading a geographically distributed team focused on solving big data problems for customers using machine learning/AI and statistical techniques. He also was Chief Knowledge Officer/Chief Science Officer for Cognilytics, Inc., a company he co-founded, from 2009 to 2014, before being acquired by CenturyLink.

Financial Services Industry Leader, Cloudera

Steve Totman


Steve Totman is the financial services industry lead for Cloudera’s Field Technology Office, where he helps companies monetize their big data assets using Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub. Prior to Cloudera, Steve ran strategy for a mainframe-to-Hadoop company and drove product strategy at IBM for DataStage and Information Server after joining with the Ascential acquisition. He architected IBM’s Infosphere product suite and led the design and creation of governance and metadata products like Business Glossary and Metadata Workbench. Steve holds several patents for data-integration and governance/metadata-related designs.

Vice President of Marketing, Unifi

Andy Sheldon


As VP of Marketing, Andy is responsible for defining the strategy and execution of Unifi’s go-to-market initiatives. Before joining Unifi, Andy was founder and partner at PlusTwo Marketing, a boutique high-tech marketing and business consulting firm that had been providing marketing services to Unifi since its launch. Previously, Andy held executive-level marketing positions at Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, SGI, Visible World and Pinnacle Systems (acquired by Avid).

Risk Testing and Automation Manager, Regions Bank

Aaron Bridgers


Aaron Bridgers is the Head of Risk Testing Optimization where he manages a team of quantitative associates who use data, statistics, programming, and advanced quantitative methods to create risk intelligence. Aaron has led multiple teams and has over 15 years of financial services experience.

Head of Data Products, Regions Bank

Rashu Garg


Rashu Garg is the Head of Data Products within Manav Misra’s Data & Analytics Office where he manages and directs a team of Data Product Partners who design, staff, and manage the end-to-end process of building Data Products. Currently, his team is tackling multiple Data Products including fraud prevention, commercial analytics, and consumer credit data modernization. Prior to joining Regions in early 2019, Rashu worked at Capital One in their Enterprise Data and Analytics group designing and implementing data driven solutions.

Data Products Partner, Regions Bank

Matt Bishop


Matt Bishop is a Data Products Partner within the Data & Analytics Office under Rashu Garg. This team serves to deliver end-to-end Data Products that drive revenue growth and savings by leveraging advanced analytics. His current Data Product project is leading the commercial analytics project, which seeks to grow revenue by providing our Commercial RMs with share of wallet and risk of customer attrition information. Prior to joining Regions in mid-2017, he was a Senior Engagement Partner at StrategyWise Consultants where he delivered analytical solutions to utility, insurance, automotive, and finance companies.

Modern Platform Manager, Regions Bank

Daniel Stahl


Daniel Stahl leads Model Platforms in the Data & Analytics Office under Manav Misra. Daniel’s current work includes implementing the Data Science Platform and designing automated model monitoring. Prior to joining Data & Analytics, Daniel was a Model Risk Manager under Jacob Kosoff where he validated commercial portfolio and CECL models.

Data Products Partner, Regions Bank

Zachary Daniel


Zach Daniel is a Data Products Partner within the Data & Analytics Office under Rashu Garg. This team serves all business and support-function areas throughout Regions by leading the end-to-end Data Product projects. His most recent project within this group involves designing and building strategies and quantitative models to address fraud losses within the bank. He has held a variety of positions in banking and finance including a lead developer within a Decision Sciences Group, Model Risk Specialist within Internal Audit, and Portfolio Strategist for Bank Clientele.

Audit Director, Regions Bank

Frances Askins


Frances Askins is the Audit Director of the Audit Analytics program within Audit’s Technology, Operations, and BSA Administration division. Frances oversees the development of technical talent within Audit through the Audit Analytics program and oversees the use of this talent in audits applying to the whole bank. Frances is a 15-year veteran of Regions having joined the bank in mid-2003.

Senior Risk Testing Analytics and Automation Analyst, Regions Bank

Nathan English


Nathan English is a Senior Risk Testing Analytics and Automation Analyst under Aaron Bridgers. Nathan’s current and previous work involves automating risk activities to ensure Regions’ is addressing the most pressing risks at the company. Previous projects include automating the review of over 1MM pages of business line’s risk reports, which automated around 50,000 man-hours of manual review. Nathan is a seven year veteran of Regions having joined the bank in early 2012.


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