John Best has a long history working in technology and banking. Recognized as a thought leader and visionary of technology advancements and financial application development within the financial industry, Best is a futurist, an Amazon bestselling Fin-Tech author, an award-winning speaker., and hosts a globally recognized podcast show
John’s book, Breaking Digital Gridlock, provides key strategies and practical solutions for digital transformation. Breaking Digital Gridlock breaks down complex topics such as blockchain, AI and machine learning into the what, the why and the how for non-technical executives.
John has spent several years working with the blockchain, crypto, AI and identity. As a result, he has become one of the foremost FinTech experts on the subjects. His next book, What Every Financial Institution Should Know About Crypto, will be out early in 2023 and will explain how cryptocurrency works, as well as the blockchain, AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning, and other quickly advancing technologies. In the new book, John discuses the reasons why it is important for the success of financial institutions to be aware of these emerging technologies and how to not miss out on the opportunities they present.
His entertaining keynotes keep the audience interested and his warm personality and charisma is just part of what makes him such a great speaker. If you’re wondering what the future of the credit union industry will look like, and how technology is affecting the future, John can shed light on what’s coming up over the horizon.
John can speak to a wide variety of topics on technology a d financial applications for the banking and financial services industry
Requests for speaking engagements include Symitar national and regional conferences, Information Technologies Credit Union Association annual conference, and CUNA Technology Council, CUNA Marketing Council, CUNA lending Council Filene Water Cooler Annual Symposium and Correlation annual meeting as a keynote speaker.
Recognized as a thought leader and visionary of technology advancements and financial application development within the financial industry, John Best is a futurist, a bestselling FinTech author, an award-winning speaker, hosts a globally recognized podcast show, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of Best Innovation Group.
John previously served as CTO and Senior Vice President of Wescom Credit Union as well as head of technology for Wescom Resources Group. John was responsible for a team of over 100 engineers and technical specialists. During this time Wescom Credit formed a subsidiary Credit Union Service Organization called Wescom Resources Group (WRG) whose purpose was to create technology for credit unions. Best was tapped to be the head of technology for this group while continuing his role as CTO and Senior Vice President of Wescom Credit Union.
In 2003, he led a team of developers to create a banking platform that has served hundreds of large credit unions in the US. In 2007 he led a team of mobile developers to create one of the first mobile financial applications. In 2009, during the financial disruption, Best’s leadership and technical skills were crucial to turning around his Credit Union’s fortunes.
In 2014, Best developed the first-ever financial-based voice transaction system for Alexa. In late 2015 Best and his technical team at BIG, in collaboration with Jack Henry and Associates, published the first voice-based financial transaction skill for Enrichment Credit Union in Tennessee.
In 2015, Best and BIG started working on distributed ledger platforms and is a founding member of the first-ever financial services distributed ledger designed specifically for the credit union industry. The initial design was created by Best and his technical team at BIG and it led to the implementation of Self-Sovereign Identity in the credit union space. Best and his company BIG are founding members of Sovrin.org.
In 2018, Best’s book, Breaking Digital Gridlock, was released. In it, Best covers leadership, strategic technology, security, AI, machine learning, institutional culture, and blockchain technology.
In 2019, Best and his BIG team started working in earnest on Artificial Intelligence applications working on computer vision platforms, autonomous delivery and further evolving the voice platform to include more human-like behavior.
In late 2019, Best joined the Beyond Imagination team as CFO and CIO. Best’s expertise includes data analytics, security, infrastructure, and artificial intelligence platforms. Beyond Imagination benefits from Best’s vast knowledge in these areas as well as his expert leadership skills gained from decades of leading technology teams in a wide range of successful projects.