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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Trade association tidbits

The Electronic Transactions Association and the Southeast Acquirers Association are both planning good things for payment pros this spring.

ETA asks for Star Award nominations

Preparing for its 2012 Annual Meeting & Expo in Las Vegas April 17 to 19, 2012, the ETA is taking nominations for its Star Awards. The Star Awards recognize people and companies that are making a difference in the payments industry through innovation, business initiatives or working with the ETA.

Star Awards winners are annually announced at the Annual Meeting & Expo's President's Dinner. This year the dinner will be held Tues., April 17, following the opening reception, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Categories include: Business Partner of the Year, Member of the Year, Committee of the Year, Committee Volunteer of the Year, Distinguished Payments Professional, ISO of the Year, and Technology Innovation. Award winners are kept secret until the night of the event.

For information on how to nominate in one of the Star Awards categories go to: emessaging.vertexcommunication.com/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=5701891241&ch=F90A70962AD0F749A60465D6C84BE9E4&h=3981ff8a5c626f03110db25eed8e18b9&ei=J2PHUPQcN .

ETA looking for showcase participants

For those looking for a place to show off a new payment solution it is hard to imagine a better forum than the ETA 2012 Annual Meeting & Expo. The ETA's Technology Committee is calling for applications to participate in the 2012 Technology Showcase at this year's annual meeting.

The Technology Showcase includes both live performances and video presentations. There are two one-hour Technology Showcases featured at the conference with four participants assigned to each hour (eight featured presentations altogether). Each of the eight selected participants will have 10 minutes to demonstrate their payment solution. The ETA Technology Committee is particularly interested in innovations that can demonstrate merchant success.

Each participating company will present a short video about its product and how it addresses a merchant problem and/or opportunity. The remaining time will be used to talk about the success of the solution in addressing the merchant's concern. To be selected, would-be participants should demonstrate how their payment innovations can increase revenue for merchants, attract new customers and create new ways to engage consumers. Payment innovations in any merchant segment – hospitality, retail, online or brick and mortar, or social commerce – are eligible for consideration.

Applications will be judged on the level of innovation, merchant ROI and increased sales, market availability, applicability to ISOs and processors, creativity of demonstration and the ability to increase ISO and processor revenue.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the presentation slots should register online at www.electran.org/showcase by Feb. 24, 2012.

SEAA seminar registration open

Registration for the SEAA's 11th Annual Seminar is now open. The event takes place March 19 to 21, 2012, at The Fairmont Dallas in Dallas. The seminar will begin with Mark Dunn's Field Guide Seminar. The gathering also includes the 2nd Annual SEAA Golf Outing.

The keynote speaker will be Pamela Joseph, Vice President of Payment Services for US Bancorp and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Elavon, Inc.

Longtime payment consultant Paul Martaus will also be presenting. His topic is debit and the Durbin Act. Other sessions include a presentation on the ETA's Certified Payments Professional program, a panel discussion on the future of mobile payments, and a discussion of Europay/MasterCard/Visa implementation in the United States.

To register as an exhibitor, attendee or sponsor or for more information about this event go to: www.kleermeetingsolutions.com/seaa2012landingpage.aspx . end of article

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