Rethink the Bank Innovation Tournament

University of Utah Rethink the Bank Innovation Tournament Lassonde Institute

2017 Winners Announced: We announced the 2017 Rethink the Bank Winners. Learn about the winners here.

Join us Feb. 11, 2017

The financial innovation center at the Lassonde Institute invites you to work with top Utah bankers to innovate the future of banking at “Rethink the Bank Innovation Tournament” on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9-2 p.m. at Lassonde Studios. Register below by Wednesday, Feb. 8. Come network with key bank leaders during a speed-dating breakfast. Meet some of the people who have made Utah a leader in financial services and ranked nationally as fifth in banking assets.

Tournament teams will be formed on banking issues that matter to you. Brainstorm, collaborate with bankers and work with top bankers during this unique tournament. We will have awards, prizes, giveaways, good food and fun.

Event Details

  • What: Rethink the Bank Innovation Tournament, breakfast and lunch provided
  • Where: Lassonde Studios, first floor (Neeleman Hangar), 1701 Student Live Way, University of Utah
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 (Registration & Breakfast 9-10 a.m.; Networking with Professionals 9-10 a.m.; Tournament & Lunch 10-2 p.m.)
  • Who: All students are welcome to participate! Register by Wednesday, Feb. 8.  Space is limited.
  • Questions?: Contact Aimee McConkie at (801) 634-8910 or


  • 9:00 – Registration, networking with banking professionals (speed-dating format), continental breakfast
  • 10:00 – Tournament kick-off, ideas focused and teams formed
  • 11:00 – Teams of 6-8 students, and a banker, will work to develop a problem-solution concept
  • 12:00 – Working lunch
  • 1:00 – Presentations, judging, awards and prizes

Banking Professionals Participating

  • Brandan DeSoto – Green Dot
  • Phil Hitz – One Main Financial
  • Matt Browning – Snap Finance
  • Mark Zupon – First Utah Bank
  • Kelvin Anderson – GOED Financial Services Director
  • Travis DeSoto – EnerBank USA
  • Katrina Holt – WebBank
  • Wade Newman – Celtic Bank
  • Justin Haley – Medallion Bank
  • Jim Divver – Zions Bank
  • Lew Goodwin – CPA, formerly with Green Dot
  • Ed Haidenthaller – Pitney Bowes Bank

About the Center for Innovation and Financial Services

The focus of the Center for Innovation in Banking and Financial Services (CIBFS) is innovation in financial services, providing guidance on the regulatory issues associated with new financial products and technologies, and examining and supporting the deployment of new financial products and services. To serve that purpose, the center funds research, hosts symposiums and events to engage university students. The center is a partnership with the Lassonde Institute and Lassonde Studios at the David Eccles School of Business.