Former Visa CEO Joe Saunders has joined the Board of CA-based Payoff, a technology-enabled, consumer-focused financial services company. Startup Payoff also snagged Arianna Huffington for its Board.
Chase Sapphire Preferred, in partnership with Bon Appétit hosted the second annual Chase Sapphire Preferred GrillChallenge, Thursday, May 8, during the eighth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit. The winning student, Brooke, received a $20,000 scholarship, and the runner-up, Kelly, was awarded $5,000 to fund their culinary educations, courtesy of Chase Sapphire Preferred. As a presenting sponsor of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, Chase Sapphire Preferred offered cardholders the ability to redeem credit card rewards points or purchase tickets to select Vegas Uncork’d events – and enjoy exclusive perks, such as a VIP lounge at the Grand Tasting featuring bites from Nobu Matsuhisa, a private brunch featuring cuisine prepared by executive chef Julian Serrano of Picasso at Bellagio and exclusive meet-and-greets with chef François Payard.
ACI Worldwide unveiled the next generation of its consumer payments solution, enabling real-time, any-to-any payments. ACI is empowering financial institutions, retailers and billers to reduce payment processing costs, increase customer loyalty and drive new revenues by giving consumers more control over their money and the payment services they value. The company made the announcement at its Disruption in Payments events in New York and London. With the latest version of ACI’s market-leading consumer payments solution, UP BASE24-eps, as the enabling technology, real-time payments facilitate quick, secure, cost-effective and regulated transactions between consumers and retailers, financial institutions and billers. Industry experts believe that real-time payments will accelerate the global economy by eliminating billions of dollars in costs and generating billions of dollars in new revenues each year.
ACI Worldwide will be hosting “The Disruption Opportunity: A Game-Changing Perspective on Payments,” an executive payments summit in New York and London on March 12. ACI’s senior payments leaders and other esteemed industry experts will headline this executive summit that explores the opportunity for banks, retailers, billers and processors to leverage payments disruption to get ahead in the marketplace. The summit kicks off with a NASDAQ bell ringing ceremony, followed by a senior-level executive panel that will discuss payments perspectives. Phil Heasley, president and CEO, ACI Worldwide, will present the Disruption Opportunity, and Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, Forbes Magazine and chairman, Forbes Media, will present Payments Transformation and the Global Economy.
i2c clients Banco do Brasil Americas and SE Giftcards were each awarded a Paybefore Award for their innovative prepaid programs. The awards are presented annually by Paybefore, whose publications are the leading source of industry information for the global prepaid and emerging payments community. The companies use i2c’s global commerce and prepaid processing platform to power their programs. A judging panel comprised of prepaid industry experts selected this year’s winners from a record number of applications. Banco do Brasil Americas won in the “Better Way” category for using prepaid to achieve significant process improvements. The bank’s multi-currency scholarship disbursement card has accelerated funds availability for cardholders and simplified the process of sending and receiving scholarship disbursements globally.
Chase Sapphire travel rewards card from Chase, in partnership with Bon Appétit hosted the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge. Chefs Akira Back and Todd English partnered with two Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute students to reimagine a classic French dish during a live grilling competition. Todd Huelsman was awarded a $20,000 scholarship, presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred, to help fund his culinary education at the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. An additional $5,000 was presented to runner-up Andrew Merfalen. The two students from the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute were selected to serve as sous chefs for Akira Back, Executive Chef of Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio, and Todd English, Chef at Olives at Bellagio, through a Vine video and essay competition presented by Bon Appétit and the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute.
Paybefore has chosen the KAIKU Visa Prepaid Card as a 2013 Paybefore Awards winner in both the Best General Purpose Reloadable Card Program – US Solutions and Outstanding Newcomer categories. Paybefore Awards, now in its seventh year, are presented annually by Paybefore, whose publications are the leading source of industry information for alternative payments executives. Kaiku Finance launched the KAIKU Visa Prepaid Card in July 2012 as a next-generation prepaid product empowering consumers to more effectively manage their money with an unparalleled combination of affordability, style, transparency, access, convenience, and mobility. The KAIKU Card’s sleek design and low monthly fee of $1.95 positions itself as a lifestyle choice for today’s increasingly mobile and cashless society.
Evolution1 has been selected as a winner in the 7th annual 2013 Paybefore Awards in the Best Benefits Distribution Card Program category. The Evolution1 Card Program for Taft-Hartley Trust Funds was chosen from a record number of entries. It enables union members to have a convenient, consumer-friendly card to access their health reimbursement account (HRA) pre-tax funds to pay for their current health care expenses.
Western Union global payment services has won two Best-in-Category awards at the 7th annual Prepaid Expo. Prepaid information provider Paybefore selected the Western Union MoneyWise Prepaid MasterCard as its best overall general-purpose reloadable (GPR) program and the Western Union Gold Card Prepaid MasterCard as the winner for Best Consumer Value. Paybefore also recognized Western Union in one additional category, selecting the company’s Online Gift and Greeting Cards program as one of three winners in the Best Gift Card Program category.
Paybefore chose Ceridian Stored Value Solutions (SVS) as a 2012 Paybefore Awards winner in the “Breakout Company” of the Year category. Presented annually by Paybefore, SVS was selected by a panel of five industry experts who served as judges for this year’s competition, which”once again”included entries from around the world. SVS will be exhibiting at Prepaid Expo USA to promote its retail gift cards, branded prepaid and promotional cards, plus a robust consumer loyalty platform, and will vie for best-in-category distinction.
Heartland Payment Systems payments processor earned recognition as a top technology innovator by InformationWeek on the “InformationWeek 500 List.” Heartland was recognized for its “E3” end-to-end encryption technology, designed to protect merchants without charging extra fees or requiring a large equipment investment. E3 safeguards sensitive credit and debit card data from the moment of card swipe or key entry. With EMV/chip card technology and near field communication (NFC) capabilities, Heartland’s E3 is helping merchants prepare for Visa’s Technology Innovation Program that will go into effect on October 1, 2012.
Global Bay Mobile Technologies mobile retail software mobile Point of Sale deployment on Apple iPod touch with Guess has been recognized by Retail TouchPoints as the 2011 Channel Innovation Award Winner in the In-Store category. Retail TouchPoints announced the winners of the 2011 Channel Innovation Awards during the Customer LifeCycle Conference. This was based on its sales gains within emerging channels; convenience of shopping options; cross-channel marketing; customer recognition across channels; and integration of systems with promotion, order management and sales history.