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Session | October 13, 2014 | 4:00pm

How to Get Customers to Buy into Mobile Payments

Research firm Gartner estimates that mobile payments will top $720 billion a year by 2017, up from $235 billion last year. Now is the time for restaurant operators to get a piece of the action. Learn how those who have already adopted mobile payments inspired their customers to use them and how the adoption has led customers to become brand committed.


Todd Ablowitz | President | Double Diamond Group

Todd is a respected leader with nearly 20 years of experience working with the payments industry’s top brands, as well as up-and-coming technology innovators. He established Double Diamond Group in 2008. His unique blend of experience, connections and know-how help clients solve their most critical business challenges. Prior to establishing Double Diamond Group, Todd was senior VP of sales for ViVOtech, a leading contactless and mobile payments company of the time, where he successfully built and led its sales team and facilitated the acceptance of new technology to the world’s top retail brands. He also gained deep industry knowledge and leadership experience during his 10 years with First Data Corp.

Matt Matros | Founder | Protein Bar

Matt created the go-to destination for individuals seeking quick and delicious menu options they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle. He developed his concept after practicing a high-protein diet himself that resulted in a 60-lb weight loss. After spending three and a half years in brand management for Kraft Foods, Matt decided to venture out on his own, applying his own personal health achievements and food industry expertise to this original business concept. From experience, he knows that a high-protein and active lifestyle can dramatically affect a person’s health and weight, and he hopes to help people achieve their lifestyle goals with Protein Bar.

Michael J. Hagan | COO | LevelUp (Moderator)

As COO at LevelUp, Michael is an expert in mobile payments. He is responsible for growing LevelUp’s mobile payment network across the globe. The convergence of advertising, payments, mobile and analytics has opened up opportunities to help restaurants and food retailers increase revenues and decrease costs. Michael frequently shares his insight from the front lines with examples from merchants who are embracing these changes and capitalizing. A sought after speaker in the foodservice industry, Michael has also guest lectured at Wharton, Drexel, Boston College, Harvard and MIT on mobile payments, entrepreneurship and the future of advertising. Michael is a serial entrepreneur hailing from Boston.