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Come hear from Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) author of the Token Taxonomy Act, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the Financial Technology Task Force, a member of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. Congressman Davidson will provide a Keynote address over breakfast followed by an expert panel to discuss Facebook’s Project Libra and its policy implications for blockchain and cryptocurrency.

This event is sponsored by Blank Rome: https://www.blankrome.com/offices/washington-dc

The panel’s experts include:

Moderator: Jason Brett, Executive Director, Value Technology Foundation


Ron Hammond, Financial Services Legislative Assistant, Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-8)

Kristin Smith, Director of External Affairs, Blockchain Association

Michelle Gitlitz, Founder and Co-Chair, Blockchain Technology & Digital Currencies

Please see www.valuetechnology.org for more information. Sign up to reserve your seat today as space is limited as this event is not to be missed. Breakfast and refreshments will be included.

Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH)

Warren Davidson was born and raised in Ohio. After high school, he enlisted in the Army where he proudly served for 12 years. He excelled as a soldier compelling his commanders to recognize his work ethic and leadership abilities. This earned Warren an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

At West Point, Warren excelled in the classroom by finishing in the top ten percent of his class. He majored in American history and minored in mechanical engineering, leading to a healthy obsession with the principles instilled in the Declaration of Independence and the checks and balances defined in the Constitution. His stellar reputation as an Army officer earned him positions in distinguished units: The Old Guard, The 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 101st Airborne Division. One of the highlights of Warren’s military career was witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall while he was serving in Germany.

In 2000, Warren returned to Ohio to help with his father’s manufacturing business. As he continued to reshape the family business, Warren started another business and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Warren built cultures of excellence, growing the family shop from 20 employees to multiple companies with over 200. He is a tireless advocate for the small business community, and he is the former Chairman of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association.

Warren won a special election in June of 2016 to fill the remainder of the term of outgoing Rep. John Boehner. He was re-elected to his first full term in Congress in November of the same year. In Congress, Warren serves on the prestigious Financial Services Committee, where he is focused on policies that promote economic growth. Warren’s other priorities in Congress include fixing the VA, defending the constitution, and making sure the political elites don’t bankrupt America.

Warren recently celebrated 21 years of marriage with his wife Lisa. They are proud of their two children, Zachary and Rachel.

As a constitutional conservative and military veteran, Congressman Davidson takes his congressional oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States very seriously.

Moderator: Jason Brett, Founder and Executive Director, Value Technology Foundation

As the Founder and Executive Director of the Value Technology Foundation, Jason believes blockchain and digital asset technology can have a profound impact on financial and other sectors of the world economy for the better. Jason Brett is a former federal regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) with 18 years of experience in financial services. At the FDIC, Jason conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis during the financial crisis of 2008. Jason evaluated counterparty risk, bond valuations, and credit default swaps for large institutions including Washington Mutual, Wachovia, Lehman Brothers, AIG and Bank of America. His experience as a regulator during a crisis that included the trust of the financial system and the solution offered by blockchain technology drew him to the blockchain industry in 2015.

He served as the Director of Operations for Policy at the Chamber of Digital Commerce and then as Policy Ambassador for Government and Regulatory Affairs for ConsenSys where he briefed regulators on blockchain technology at the U.S. Treasury, FDIC, Federal Reserve Board, SEC, CFTC, and the Department of Commerce. His latest endeavor is starting the Value Technology Foundation for blockchain and cryptocurrency professionals, a non-profit in Washington D.C. focused on education for policymakers and advocacy for research and development efforts in the United States.

Panelist: Ron Hammond, Financial Services Legislative Assistant, Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-8)

RonHammondis the Financial Services Legislative Assistant for Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-8). He is also the legislative lead for the Token Taxonomy Act. In addition to being the legislative lead for the Congressman’s efforts on the House Financial Services Committee,Ronhandles education, prescription drugs, housing, trade and insurance issues for the Congressman. Legislation he is lead for includes: The Common Sense Opportunities Act, Derivatives Fairness Act, Due Process Restoration Act and Market Data Protection Act.

Before coming to Capitol Hill, Ron was the campaign manager for three successful Texas State Senate races. He is a former board member of the Capitol Hill Community Service Association and on weekends coaches 1st and 3rd grade flag football in a local Capitol Hill league.

Panelist: Kristin Smith, Director of External Affairs, Blockchain Association

Kristin runs the Blockchain Association, a Washington DC-based trade association that works to improve the public policy environment in order for the open blockchain technology ecosystem to thrive.

Kristin leads the association’s engagement with its members and outreach to policymakers. She is responsible for the strategy that drives the organization’s education efforts, advocacy campaigns, and events. She also serves as the spokesperson for the association.

Prior to the Blockchain Association, Kristin advised blockchain companies on how to navigate Washington. She served as a congressional aide on Capitol Hill for nearly ten years, much of which was spent focusing on technology policy. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern and serves as President of NYU’s Blockchain and Digital Asset Forum Alumni Advisory Board.

Panelist: Michelle Gitlitz, Founder and Co-Chair, Blockchain Technology & Digital Currencies, Blank Rome LLP

Michelle Ann Gitlitz is a founder and co-chair of the Firm’s Blockchain Technology and Digital Currencies Group.

An experienced regulatory lawyer and litigator, Michelle’s practice focuses on the legal and regulatory issues confronting companies and individuals who bring blockchain applications to market. Michelle’s clients include emerging and established companies, broker-dealers, funds, and other participants in the Fintech space.

Michelle guides her clients through the evolving regulatory and legal landscape that governs their business model. Her experience includes advising individuals and companies as they raise capital through coin/token issuances and digital currency offerings, form digital currency exchanges/platforms, establish digital currency mining operations, navigate through federal and state money transmission issues, and in connection with federal and state regulatory enforcement actions.

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