The artwork of high school students Traeveon Reese and Martha Estrada will soon appear in the wallets of thousands of debit cardholders in north Texas. The aspiring artists’ designs are being featured on the new Spirit Debit Reward cards, offered by Texas Trust Credit Union.
Capital One (COF) has nailed the title sponsorship of the Orange Bowl for this year. The multi-year ESPN deal builds on Capital One’s substantial support of college athletics by becoming the official credit card and bank of the new College Football Playoff.
PSCU, the top U.S. credit union service organization is setting up an full geek, all-night, marathon-style innovation competition to solve today’s most pressing financial service issues for credit unions in just 24 hours. Knockout 2014 is an innovative team event that allows credit unions to stay relevant in the marketplace by quickly meeting the needs of today’s consumers.
Rosetta Stone is currently marketing and selling subscriptions and downloads of its software to consumers from Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa and Thailand via localized online stores powered by Digital River.
USA Technologies highlighted its customer, City Vending for its effective use of USAT’s ePort® and ePort Connect® service for cashless payment and telemetry to drive improved business results. City Vending has transitioned from zero to over 300 cashless payment terminals in less than a year and has indicated that it has leveraged USAT’s cashless payment and telemetry offerings to drive improved financial performance, customer retention and consumer satisfaction. City Vending is also using VendSys, a certified VMS (vending management system) supplier that participates in USAT’s DEX partner program. USAT’s DEX Partner Program optimizes customers’ use of cashless payment offerings by integrating USAT’s wireless DEX and telemetry available through its ePort Connect® service.
TransFirst, a leading provider of secure transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies, and Equinox Payments, a leading payment terminal and secure applications provider and portfolio company of The Gores Group, announced that TransFirst has completed Class A certification and will market Equinox’s high security M4230 mobile payment terminal to TransFirst’s more than 170,000 merchant and financial institution customers throughout the United States. The high-performance, PCI PED-approved M4230 features long-range GPRS with dial back-up, rigorous security, 32-bit multi-application processing and 24MB of memory that is two to three times larger than similar products to value-added merchant, processor and third-party applications.
TransFirst transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies is set to offer the Epson “TM-T20” thermal receipt printer with its “Transaction Express” virtual terminal payment gateway solution. This offers “Transaction Express” for a complete, secure online payment processing through any Internet-connected device, with Epson’s “TM-T20” printer. The combined solution offers TransFirst merchants a cost-effective, easy, out-of-the-box transaction processing and receipt printing solution ideally suited for a variety of industries, including retail, e-commerce, government, utilities and healthcare. The solution is immediately available to TransFirst’s acquiring partners.
Texas Trust Credit Union is introducing its “Spirit Debit Rewards,” allowing cardholders to help schools earn cash for the classroom with every swipe of their Texas Trust Credit Union Spirit Debit Reward card. Participating schools will receive 15 cents every time an active Spirit Debit card is used to make a purchase. With more than 1,100 active card-carrying Spirit Debit cardholders, Texas Trust Credit Union anticipates giving away $75,000 this school year to the schools enrolled in the program. Schools will receive a check each month for cardholders’ previous months purchases.
Discover is sending a Southern California family with a passion for roller coasters on the ultimate all-American summer vacation: a coast-to-coast road trip to visit five Six Flags theme parks across the country. The Discover Coaster to Coaster Tour builds upon the second year of the partnership between Discover and Six Flags that provides cardmembers with valuable savings and exclusive benefits at Six Flags theme parks across the United States. Roller coaster enthusiast and longtime Discover cardmember Kurt Dahlin, of Santa Clarita Valley in California, his wife Michelle, and their sons Kyle (age 15) and Aaron (age 12) will begin the tour July 8 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. For three weeks the Dahlin family will visit Six Flag parks in Atlanta, Dallas and New Jersey, and complete the tour at Six Flags Great America in Chicago. Discover cardmembers enjoy exclusive perks and benefits at Six Flags parks, including an instant five percent discount on purchases around the parks and online when they use their Discover Card.
George Zelinski has joined MoneyGram International as vice president of Central America, South America and the Caribbean regions to develop and direct sales strategies. Bringing to MoneyGram more than 25 years’ experience working in the financial services industry, including leadership positions in banks in Mexico City, Zelinski just spent 10 years with Arlington, Texas-based money transfer company DolEx Dollar Express where he served in various capacities including CEO, CFO, and vice president of sales. In addition to its commitment to the Central and South American and Caribbean markets, MoneyGram also has a concerted effort to strengthen its business across the Americas and is intensifying its focus on Mexico, specifically, under Robert Burford.
With 60% of small business owners spending more time on their mobile devices than with their significant others, the increasingly popular virtual office also offers increased productivity and a better work-life balance.Also, 43% work during hours spent with family; 68% who own a mobile device rely on just one for both personal and business use making it difficult to âswitch offâ during family time; while 56% are taking advantage of the âvirtual officeâ spending less time working at their desk with the help of technology. This, according to the 5th Annual National Staples Small Business Survey, also shows 52% are more comfortable taking a vacation because they can stay plugged-in versus just 35% last year; and 40% of significant others donât seem to mind the new ‘phonemancing’ behavior and support the small business ownerâs need to work more to help make ends meet; but when asked whether they would feel greater withdrawal to go a week without their significant other than a day without their smart phone or mobile device, 63% said their partner.
James Jackson has been appointed Mid-Atlantic Regional President for Capital One Bank to oversee strategic efforts to meet market and community needs, including philanthropy, volunteerism, and exceptional banking products and services. To continue in his role as Executive VP, Branch Distribution for 1,000 Capital One branches and the Brokerage, Trust and Asset Management businesses, James will also remain a member of the bankâs senior leadership team. He has served in a variety of executive level positions, prior to having joined Capital One Bank in 2009, after more than 25 years at Bank of America.