Welcome to Fintech Brews and News brought to you by Central Payments and Falls Fintech. This is the place to get a behind-the-scenes look at unique partnerships and ways to bridge the gap between banking, startups and the entire fintech industry. Whether it’s a beer, coffee, or something else, there’s certain to be a brew in every episode…after all, how do we function in this space without it? Each episode you’re sure to take away some good stuff going on in the financial technology space. Without further ado, let’s grab a brew!
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Trent Sorbe is the President and Founder of Central Payments, the payments subsidiary of Central Bank of Kansas City. He was an architect of Central Payments’ Open*CP Fintech API MarketplaceSM, one of the only true bank-as-a-service payment platforms and the technology responsible for Central Payments’ rise to the fastest growing prepaid card issuer since 2015.*
With more than 28 years of debit, credit, and prepaid payments experience, Trent is responsible for products garnering nine Paybefore Awards, three of which garnered Best in Class or Category. He is also the inventor on 14 patents related to consumer financial services. Trent previously held senior positions at three nationwide payment card issuers and the FDIC.
In 2016, Trent was named to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Bank Advisory Council and chaired the agency’s Cards, Payments, and Deposit Markets Committee. He is a co-founder of Falls Fintech, a startup accelerator program committed to bridging the bank-fintech partnership gap and is a host of the Fintech Brews & News podcast. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Central Bank of Kansas City.
*Source: The Nilson Report, 2015 to 2019.
Nikkee Rhody is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Falls Fintech and the Executive Vice President of Strategy at Central Payments. Falls Fintech is a 12-week program designed to accelerate market readiness for early-stage financial technology startups and the only fintech accelerator founded by a market-leading, full-scale, digital payments bank in the U.S.
With more than 20 years of experience in financial services and payments, Nikkee was a key contributor of Central Payments’ Open*CP Fintech API MarketplaceSM, one of the only true bank-as-a-service payment platforms and the technology responsible for Central Payments’ rise to the fastest growing prepaid card issuer since 2015.*
Prior to joining Central Payments, Nikkee was part of another issuing bank and contributed to building a proprietary payments platform which grew to serve more than 1,200 banks and credit unions throughout the U.S. She currently sits on the advisory board for RiftPay, a fintech company that was part of Falls Fintech cohort two. She is also a host of the Fintech Brews & News podcast.