2019 Judges

Russell Fearing IBM

Russell Fearing
Executive, North America Watson Financial Services Team, IBM

Mr. Fearing leads a team of consultative sellers with deep financial services industry expertise to help customers solve there most pressing issues in Risk and Compliance, Payments, KYC and AML, and Client Experience. Prior to his current role, Mr. Fearing was an executive in IBM Software Group and Global Business Services all focussed on Financial Services. His past experience includes extensive management consulting at PwC and Scient as well as industry positions at Bank of America and State Street. He has extensive global experience (10 years+ in London, Argentina, Brazil, Poland, Australia, Peru and Australia).


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 29 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 25 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.