West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood and Rocco Abessinio, Chairman and CEO of Applied Card Systems, announced that the company will open a new customer operations assistance center at the former Sun Electronics building in Beckley.
Applied Card Systems services Visa and MasterCard customers primarily for Cross Country Bank, a leading national issuer.
The new center, Applied Card’s second in West Virginia, will employ about 450 associates, Abessinio said. A center in Huntington, which opened in September 1998, currently employs about 1,000 associates.
“The combination of West Virginia’s outstanding telecommunications infrastructure and its highly motivated work force proved irresistible to a company proud of its technology and its customer service,” Underwood said. “Today’s announcement reaffirms Applied Card Systems’ commitment to West Virginia.”
“Since Applied Card Systems started in 1987, we have experienced explosive growth,” Abessinio said. “The outstanding work of the 1,000 associates at our operations center in Huntington is one reason for that growth. Their work ethic prompted us to explore opportunities for other sites in this region. I have great confidence that we will attract the same high-quality associates in the Beckley area.”
The combined efforts of a highly-motivated workforce and the State’s Development Office have exceeded our expectations,” Abessinio said. “We have great confidence in the people of West Virginia.”
“The Beckley area seems like a great fit for us,” he added. “We look forward to becoming an active and respected member of this community.”
Applied Card Systems will start interviewing candidates on October 4, 2000. Positions in the areas of Customer Assistance, Human Resources, Learning and Development and Information Technology are available. The Company offers a comprehensive salary and benefits package including health benefits, a 401k plan and annual bonus. Persons interested in applying for employment opportunities at our Beckley site should apply at the Work for West Virginia Career Center Job Service Office at 250 Value City Center in Beckley. No appointment is necessary for the application process.
Applied Card Systems, founded by Abessinio in 1987, services approximately 3.5 million nontraditional VISA and MasterCard customers. Applied Card Systems employs over 3,500 associates nationwide, at offices in Huntington, Ashland, Ky., Boca Raton, Fla., and the company’s headquarters in Wilmington, Del.