2020 Judges

Russell Fearing IBM

Russell Fearing
Global Managing Director, Fidelity Information Services (FIS Global)

Russell Fearing is a Global Managing Director at Fidelity Information Services (FIS Global). He has overall responsibility for serving 3 top banking relationships in the Unites States from a sales and delivery perspective.

Prior to joining FIS Global in October 2018, he was and Industry Client Executive at IBM covering several regional banks. Fearing has been a consistent high performing executive and consultative partner specializing in the Financial Services Sector with over 30 years of experience. His background in Management Consulting, Business Development and Solution Sales is highlighted by his management of both sales, analyst and architect resources for projects at key North American industry clients such as Wells Fargo, TD Ameritrade, Regions, State Street, Nationstar Mortgage and Ameriprise among others.

In addition, Fearing has international sales and delivery experience having worked earlier in his career on projects in England, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany.

Fearing has a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science (1987) from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He earned Varsity letters in Squash 1984 – 1987, and he has completed graduate work in Capital Markets, Investments, and Accounting at Harvard Extension School.

He lives in Marion, MA with his wife and 3 sons (14, 13 and 13).


Nick Miller Clarity Advantage

Nick Miller
President, Clarity Advantage

Nick Miller helps commercial banks and credit unions generate more profitable relationships, faster, with small and medium-sized companies, their owners, and employees. During the past 30 years, Nick has consulted with community, regional, and money center banks in the US, Canada, and Mexico on sales strategy implementation, value propositions, sales process, customer experience, and staff development. He has MC'd Source Media's Small Business Banking Conference for six years and participated as a judge in Barlow Research Associates' Monarch Innovation Awards for five years. Videos and articles at www.clarityadvantage.com.


John O'Connor Praxis Advisors, LLC

John O'Connor
Partner & Co-founder, Praxis Advisors, LLC.

John O'Connor is a partner and co-founder of Praxis Advisors, LLC. Over the past 30 years, John has worked and managed consulting engagements for financial institutions ranging in asset size from $50 million to more than $2 trillion. He has managed engagements that include financial and organizational analysis, detailed design, implementation, as well as new and complete rebuild of business lines (200+ in Business Banking, Commercial, Consumer and Auto Finance). Typical engagements include work in credit policy, compliance, workflow re-engineering, improved productivity, credit system automation, multi-bank consolidations, operational consolidations, collections, workout/recovery, customer service improvements and expense reduction.


Mary Beth Sullivan Capital Performance Group

Mary Beth Sullivan
Managing Partner, Capital Performance Group

Mary Beth Sullivan has 30 years of experience in financial services, both as a practitioner and an advisor to senior managers and directors. Mary Beth is a founding partner of Capital Performance Group LLC, a management consulting firm that provides advice, research, analysis, and project management services to the financial services industry.