Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley is an analyst of the payments industry on a daily basis for 32 years covering payment cards and payment systems from both the business side and the consumer side. McKinley is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. In his prior position, McKinley has participated in more than 10,000 documented news media interviews, testified as an expert witness in two separate $billion+ U.S. anti-trust trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, assisted the GAO with paymentsIMG_2006 (1).jpeg reports, chaired numerous business conferences and provided C-Suite opinion to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. In retirement, he has continued developing and funding digital media assets as well as contributing payments related analysis/content to a broad list of online publishers, including CardFlash, CardTrak and CardData. McKinley is also a national certified mentor with the non-profit SCORE organization with a focus on assisting Fintech startups. www.robert-mckinley.com

Donna Bland

CardWeb.com’s CardExecs da tabase of card industry movers and shakers today features Donna Bland, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Golden 1 Credit Union. Golden 1 Credit Union is California’s leading financial cooperative, and the sixth largest credit union in the U.S. with more than $8 billion in assets and over 600,000 members.

Deluxe + Wausau

This week Deluxe acquired Wausau Financial Systems in an all cash transaction for $90 million, net of cash acquired. Wausau provides software-based solutions for receivables management, lockbox processing, remote deposit capture and paperless in-branch solutions to a broad list of financial institutions, utilities, government agencies and telecommunications companies.

Bitcoin Future

Consumers’ fevered interest in the digital currency Bitcoin has abated considerably since spring 2014, but since then a number of countries around the world have announced new regulatory positions or indicated that regulation is imminent that directly affects the ability for consumers, businesses, or financial entities to handle and process digital currency transactions.