Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

NAB + EPX

MI-based North American Bancard (NAB) has swallowed up Electronic Payment Exchange (EPX) for an disclosed amount. NAB is among the nation’s top payment services companies and the leading provider of the PayAnywhere suite of mobile point of sale solutions. EPX is a global, full-service credit card, debit card, stored value, and electronic check payment transaction processor.

Perka beacon

SMBs (small to medium-sized businesses) are now receiving a device that brings the future of retail technology right into their stores: the Perka beacon. First Data has enhanced the Perka mobile loyalty solution with a small, low-powered device that communicates wirelessly with the Perka app, enabling increased customer engagement and a faster, more personalized retail experience.

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.