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

Sphonic Appoints go to Exec to Assume Reigns

Sphonic announced Tom Sullivan has joined the company launch their products into the “Americas” market. Tom Sullivan comes with a wealth of experience within the digital payments & fraud prevention industry, having spent the last twelve years at Expedia Inc. as Senior Director, Global Risk & Payments. In parrallel, Tom has been the Chairman of Merchant Risk Council, driving the organisation’s impressive growth over the last 10 years. Tom joins Sphonic Americas, to replicate Sphonic’s successes in Europe in providing innovative solutions for risk management and customer acceptance to a range of digital clients.

MasterCard + SFX Entertainment

MasterCard and SFX Entertainment today announced a multi-year global partnership that will bring innovative technology solutions to the SFX platform and further strengthen MasterCard’s commitment to being an experiential brand in music and entertainment. MasterCard will simplify the way hundreds of millions of electronic dance music (EDM) fans worldwide can access SFX events, engage with content and connect with their community. SFX Entertainment, Inc. is the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused exclusively on electronic music culture and other world-class festivals.

ADS & BJ’s

Big changes in the works for the BJ’s MasterCard as Alliance Data Systems takes the helm by the end of this year. The BJ’s card portfolio will transition to MasterCard and can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted across the globe. In the spring of 2015, the entire BJ’s credit portfolio will be converted to chip-enabled MasterCard credit cards.

MasterCard to Power Event Platform

MasterCard and SFX Entertainment announced a multi-year global partnership to further strengthen MasterCard’s commitment to being an experiential brand in music and entertainment. MasterCard will simplify the way hundreds of millions of electronic dance music (EDM) fans worldwide can access SFX events, engage with content and connect with their community. Through its Priceless platform, MasterCard will also create surprise and delight experiences for fans, starting this fall. SFX will leverage MasterCard’s innovative technologies for its digital and physical platforms including ticketing, retail, live events and social networking, pioneering a new model for enterprise-wide partnerships. MasterCard becomes the exclusive financial services sponsor for all of SFX’s platforms.

Allpay Announces Latest Prepaid Partnership

Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) has teamed allpay on the e+ Citizen card.The new card – which combines the functionality of its existing smartcard, used by more than 80,000 people – was launched last month in a limited trial with a further planned roll out to follow. The solution, which is unique within the market place, can also be made available to other local authorities looking to provide similar schemes for their residents.In addition to being used for services such as retail discounts, leisure and library, the new functionality allows the council to load social care funds onto the card for residents wishing to use this new, secure and convenient way of managing their personal budget payments. Residents wishing to use this service for their personal budget must first fill out a form providing the council with their financial details.