Agiliance Security and Operational Risk Management solutions for Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) programs has earned the 2011 Golden Bridge Awards for Information Technology Innovation in the FERC / NERC CIP Compliance and PCI DSS Compliance categories. Agiliance “RiskVision” was also named first runner-up for innovations in Governance, Risk, and Compliance as well as Information and Security Risk Management. A panel of more than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industries determined the 2011 Golden Bridge Awards winners, which were presented during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City last night. Agiliance also recently won a prestigious Stevie Award for its Agiliance Continuous Compliance Service™ (CCS) for PCI and the company’s Agiliance RiskVision platform recently received a 5-star rating by SC Magazine.
GiftCardMall.com has been awarded the winner of a Stevie Award for Web Site or Blog – Financial Services at the 2010 American Business Awards. Hosted by the Blackhawk Network prepaid financial payments products, the 2010 American Business Awards were determined by more than 200 executives across the country. Organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry are considered. The awards were presented during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The ceremonies were hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network and broadcast nationwide on radio by the Business TalkRadio Network.
Digital gift and incentive provider CashStar has
added three new management executives to its growing team. Andrew Dodge
joins as Vice President of Corporate Sales, Kathleen Goodwin comes on
board as Vice President of Marketing and Simon Herron has been named
Director of Business Development. Dodge will focus on growing
market share of CashStarâs innovative corporate and bulk products among
leading retailers, incentive firms and third-party distributors. He
most recently led L.L.Beanâs sales organization in the business division
for seven years by developing national account programs for marquis
brands in corporate America. Goodwin will lead
all aspects of CashStarâs corporate and consumer-driven marketing
programs. She will be integral to developing a strong online marketing
and social media presence for the company and to working with retailer
marketing teams to create marketing and promotional programs that help
drive their eGift card sales. Herron will focus on leveraging his
financial services expertise to help CashStar maximize value with
customers and shareholders.
PBA Member Invenstar demonstrated its “TouchSuite Salon” all-in-one touch screen salon management POS system at Bronner Bros International Hair Show in Atlanta Feb 20-Feb 22. The “TouchSuite” all-in-one system and low price tag were well received, thanks to its software makes life easy with 3-touch booking, client management and marketing, texting, email, promotions, gift cards, credit cards, multiple renter accounts, product scanning and retail management and inventory reporting. TouchSuite “Salon” offers a full suite of business solutions and comes with complete hardware and TouchSuite Salon POS software.
Payment processor EVO Merchant Services announced that CEO Ray Sidhom is a recipient of the 2009
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for Metro New York.
Sidhom started selling credit card machines to
retailers. By 1994, he was convinced of his prospects. He formed EVO Merchant Services
with the goal of building an in-house infrastructure to process credit cards
throughout the entire transaction cycle. Fourteen years later, the tools he developed
serve the $20 billion in transaction volume for the nearly 200,000 he processes
for every day. Currently, EVO is investing in the growth of its
partners that have helped it achieve its own phenomenal expansion. As a Metro New York award winner, Sidhom is now eligible for
the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 national program.
Marquis Jet has been named in the Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” issue for “Best Jet Card Program: Fractional” for the fifth year. The Marquis Jet Card program was awarded the top honor based on the quality and ease of Marquis Jet Card ownership resulting from Marquis Jet’s exclusive access with NetJets and the value-added benefits available to Marquis Jet Card Owners. The Marquis Jet Card is available throughout North America, catering to businesses and individuals who desire access to the world’s best fleet and service.
Marriott Rewards is offering its “Platinum Elite” members a complimentary “Clear Card” to help expedite airport security. “Marriott Rewards” is offering its “Platinum Elite” members a complimentary “Clear Card” to help expedite airport security. “Marriott Rewards Gold” and “Silver Elite” members will receive an extra month when they purchase an initial 12-month enrollment. “Clear,” operated by Verified Identity Pass has signed up over 120,000 travelers nationwide. Clear cards are accepted at 16 U.S. airports. Clear members are pre-screened and provided with a high-tech card which allows them to access designated security lanes nationwide. Applicants start their enrollment at flyclear.com and complete the process at an enrollment location where their fingerprints and iris images are captured and their identification is validated.
PA-based USA Technologies reported that NH-based Fantasy Entertainment, a major supplier of photo and imaging kiosks, has equipped 1,000 of its self-service photo booths nationwide with the “e-Port” cashless payment technology. Fantasy Entertainment is among the first to utilize USA Technologies’ recently announced “e-Port Connect” service, which supports the company’s cashless transaction product line, and Web-based terminal reporting system, “USALive.” Fantasy’s 3,000 self-service kiosks are located in shopping and entertainment centers, malls, theme parks, zoos, aquariums, hotels and resorts nationwide. The “e-Port Connect” service enables merchants to remotely manage and mobilize on-line and by wireless their unattended cashless points-of-sale locations, providing merchant services, networking and communication services, technical support and consumer help desk, and electronic transfer of funds.
Marquis Jet was recognized as the “Best of the Best” by Robb Report in its 19th annual “Best of the Best” issue. The Marquis Jet Card program was named “Best Flight-Card Program: Fractional,” based on combining the simplicity and low financial risk of a jet card with many of the advantages of NetJets fractional ownership program and additional attractive benefits provided by Marquis Jet’s alliance partners. In this year’s “Best of the Best” issue, Robb Report cites a number of exciting and exclusive Marquis Jet Card Owner benefits, including access to nine jet types from the industry-leading NetJets fleet; combination cards that provide flight time in two different NetJets Aircraft; and special access to top Sotheby’s events and a $3,000 certificate towards the purchase of Judith Ripka jewelry.
Sotheby’s and GE Money have teamed to launch two invitation-only affluent MasterCards later this spring. The new “Sotheby’s World Elite MasterCard” and “Sotheby’s World MasterCard” will offer a suite of luxury experiential rewards not available on other MasterCard products. Cardholders for both “Sotheby’s MasterCards” will receive gratis admission for up to four visitors at participating museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, cardholders will earn one point for every dollar spent, which can be redeemed for benefits ranging from donations to partner museums; having Sotheby’s auctioneers or specialists assist in the cardholder’s private events; access to Sotheby’s special events; to a yacht or private jet charter. All cardholders will have the option of choosing either a standard issue card or a work of art depicted on their card from a selection of paintings by artists such as Claude Monet, Rene Magritte, Frida Kahlo and Canaletto.
Sandbar Concessions, the official concessionaire for The Nederlander Organization, serving the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Neil Simon and Richard Rodgers Theatres on Broadway, has become the first in-theatre refreshment service company to accept VISA credit, debit and contactless payments.
The Western Union Company completed its spin-off from First Data on Friday with shares of its common stock trading on the NYSE under the symbol “WU” this morning. The stock is trading around $19 per share. The newly independent company will be a member of the S&P 500. Western Union President and CEO Christina Gold will ring the opening bell at the NYSE on Wednesday. Western Union also announced that the company’s Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program that authorizes the purchase of up to $1.0 billion of Western Union common stock prior to December 31, 2008. In connection with the spin-off, the company secured $3.5 billion of debt financing. First Data’s new primary segments include Financial Institution Services, Commercial Services and First Data International with annual revenues of $7 billion.