JP is a top rated keynote speaker, a popular podcaster, instructor, and writer, and a trusted advisor to companies from startups to the Fortune 500. He is often quoted in the media, and his name regularly appears on multiple lists as an influential thought leader, but what really drives him is helping people forge ideas into results.
JP and his groundbreaking work on innovation have been featured in some of the industry’s top publications, including Forbes, American Banker, Business Insider, The Financial Brand, BAI Banking Strategies, Investment News, and more.
JP Nicols is cofounder of Alloy Labs, and Managing Director of the Alloy Labs Institute, which creates and curates best practices and industry-leading tools and frameworks to help financial institutions reduce innovation risk and drive exponential growth. He leads corporate and executive growth programs, working directly with leadership teams and boards to help them build and leverage their internal innovation capacity to “unbreak the bank”, unleash new growth potential, and quickly forge ideas into results.
He is also cohost of Breaking Banks, the world’s #1 global fintech radio show and podcast created by fintech futurist and bestselling author Brett King. It is the flagship program for Provoke.fm Media, the #1 fintech media network.
JP is also the creator of the world’s first banking curriculum on fintech and innovation which has now been taught at leading graduate schools of banking. He is a top rated instructor at the Pacific Coast Banking School held at the University of Washington and the Graduate School of Banking at Wisconsin, and is a cofounder of their Digital Banking School. He has also taught at the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at SMU, CUES, and several other top industry education programs, including national, regional and state banking associations.
After spending 20 years as a part of the leadership team that grew a $6B regional bank into an industry leader with over $400B in assets, JP has been a pioneer working at the intersection of fintech and traditional financial services to help others turn ideas into results, and potential into performance.
He was previously founder of the Bank Innovators Council, which is now as a part of Next Money, a global community committed to reinventing finance through design, innovation and entrepreneurship.
He has served in past leadership roles at top financial institutions, including as the first Chief Private Banking Officer for a top five U.S. bank, where he managed $7.5 billion in assets and $250 million in revenue. He was also a part of the team that built their first enterprise innovation program starting in 2007.
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