Tom Lopes

Tom Lopes

Peoples United Bank


I Feel the Need - for Speed! - Faster ACH and Real Time Payments Landscape
May 10, 2021 | 2:30 pm ET


​Session Description:

Its been 30 years since Tom Cruise had "the need for speed" in the film Top Gun. A lot has changed in 30 years - but until very recently, payment rails still operated largely the same as in 1986 when that movie hit theaters. Now though, we have seen a recent pivot to faster payments with both the US Automated Clearing House, The Clearing House Real Time Payments (RTP) system and coming soon FEDNow Fast Payments. Join our two experts from Peoples United Bank and The Clearing House to level set the US faster payments landscape as it exists today. Our session will cover use cases for these payments (late payments/payroll, gig payments, bill payment etc.) as well as the future of conversational commerce and how it will change the way we do business in the future.

Speaker Bio:

Tom is a Senior Vice President at Peoples United Bank, where he manages payment products for small business to Commercial Banking clients. He is responsible for the development and management of payments capabilities leveraging the Funds Transfer, Automated Clearing House, Check Disbursement and most recently faster payment rails. He joined People's in 2019 from Citibank's Business and Commercial Banking Group.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, and has held roles in service, operations, project management, product management and new product development.

Tom was a team member in the creation of payments disbursement functions for the pre-internet forerunner of today’s online banking systems, Chemical Banks Pronto Service. He managed a large operation that supported payment and transfer activity for two core online banking platforms, Citibank and CitiBusiness Online. Tom also managed Citi's Corporate ACH Operation for six years before moving on to a front office product management role. In 2015, Tom assumed management responsibility over all Citi Commercial Bank Payments products and then joined Peoples in a similar role to help craft the banks strategy for payments.

Tom is heavily involved in the payment industry and speaks at numerous industry events such as AFP, NACHA Payments, NEAFP, NYCE, TEXPO and Windy City Summit. He participated on and chaired The Clearing House EPN Business Committee and has sat on multiple industry forums and work groups including TCH Payment Association, NACHA Rules and Ops Work Group, Fed Faster Payments, NACHA Risk Management and Advisory Group, and recently FedNow Working Group.  He has been a collaborator in every major ACH change for the past 15 years not only for Peoples United and Citi, but the overall payments industry.