In today’s CardFlash News Que: CASHSTAR (Payments 2015); WELLS FARGO (College); PAYITSIMPLE (Award); and COMMONBOND (CRO).
CASHSTAR “CashStar announced that Gary Lombardo, CashStar’s vice president of marketing, will speak at PAYMENTS 2015 alongside SpaFinder Wellness, Inc.’s group president of gift sales and business development, Steven Kane. Lombardo and Kane will co-host a session, entitled “Branded Currency: Using Digital Gift Cards as a Game-Changing Marketing Tool,” as part of the conference’s Game Changers & Disruptors track. The conference, presented by NACHA, The Electronic Payment Association, unites thousands of payments professionals to debate and explore the pressing issues and opportunities facing the industry.
WELLS FARGO – Wells Fargo announced the new Get College Ready interactive website, which has been redesigned to better educate and engage students, parents, families, and high school counselors on best practices for planning and preparing for college.
PAYITSIMPLE – PayItSimple, a service that enables consumers to purchase goods through interest-free installments on their existing credit cards, won the Bronze Medal at the 2015 PYMNTS Innovator Awards for “Best Credit Innovation.” Viewed as one of the most prestigious recognition awards in the payments industry, the PYMNTS Innovator Awards has seen an exponential increase in participants and sponsors, and boasts a submission, selection and voting process that is unmatched in intellectual rigor and competitive energy. For the past two years, the PYMNTS community has nominated innovators for 16 categories and the finalists were chosen from a panel of judges who have deep and practical expertise in payments and innovation. The top three finalists in each category are determined by voting from PYMNTS.com®.
COMMONBOND – CommonBond, a leading marketplace student lending platform that lowers the cost of student loans for borrowers and provides financial returns for investors, today announced the appointment of Vinayak Gurjar as Chief Risk Officer. In this role, Mr. Gurjar will be responsible for overseeing CommonBond’s risk management strategy and underwriting guidelines.