First of Omaha Merchant Processing, a wholly owned subsidiary of First National Bank of Omaha and one of the nation’s leading acquiring banks and NAMM-International Music Products Association, a proven international provider of diversified services for merchants in the music industry for over 100 years, recently announced the one year anniversary of their relationship in the card processing industry. In the past year alone, over 1,000 music related merchants have chosen to benefit from NAMM membership, by taking advantage of the diversified card processing products and superior customer service First of Omaha(R) has to offer.
PG Guitars in West Monroe, LA was the 1,000th NAMM member-company to sign with the NAMM bankcard program. Matt Minchow, Vice President of Business Development at First of Omaha, had this to say regarding the strength and mutually beneficial relationship with NAMM; “We feel that the program’s success is attributed to both NAMM and First of Omaha’s ability to provide superior service to members. It is refreshing in this day and age to work with an organization that has 100% of its efforts dedicated to helping their members. Through our partnership with NAMM, one of the strongest associations in the country, First of Omaha has been able to develop an exclusive program for NAMM members. This program has been able to provide savings to over 1000 NAMM members who have joined in the First of Omaha credit card processing program. This is a milestone for NAMM and First of Omaha to have had so many members from one organization accept a program so quickly. We are extremely excited that NAMM has recently endorsed us to provide a check guarantee and verification program for its’ members which will provide additional benefits to its’ members.”
“We encourage participation in this program because we believe First of Omaha not only has excellent rates, but more importantly they have high service levels and a respect for the special needs of association members. They understand that each member who participates in the program is part of a greater group, and in NAMM’s case the group just happens to be a $7 billion dollar industry,” stated Judy Bohlim, NAMM’s Director of Membership Services. “Every member who joins the program contributes to the overall negotiating power of the group. That’s what NAMM business programs are all about.”
About First of Omaha Merchant Processing
First of Omaha Merchant Processing is a premier payment processor specializing in providing service to both the traditional and Internet direct marketing industry, as well as the traditional face-to-face card acceptance market. First of Omaha provides financial management and payment processing solutions for independent sales organizations, large and small retailers, restaurants, lodging merchants, petroleum marketers, associations/franchise groups and banks in both the business to consumer and business to business marketplaces. Known for their superior customer service, First of Omaha specializes in providing clients the latest in card processing technologies. Through development of a diversified product line, First of Omaha has become a leader in the merchant processing industry, assisting clients in the reduction of chargebacks and fraud. First of Omaha is a wholly owned subsidiary of First National Bank of Omaha and is one of the few remaining in-house bank processors. First National Bank of Omaha, founded in 1863, is the 32nd oldest nationally chartered bank in existence. First of Omaha’s Internet address is [www.foomp.com].
The International Music Products Association (NAMM), founded in 1901, is the preeminent global association serving the music products industry. As the 7,700-member international association celebrates its centennial this year, the organization welcomes Joe Lamond as its new President and CEO. A not-for-profit, full-service, member-driven organization, NAMM’s mission is to unify, lead, and strengthen the global music products industry and to increase active participation in music making.
NAMM’s members represent every aspect of musical instrument manufacturing and retailing. The success of NAMM relies on the strong and productive relationships it holds with its members, but the organization also understands the vital role of the consumer and sees music makers as an extension of the NAMM family, forming the foundation of the industry. Two of NAMM’s most important annual events are the trade shows held in January in Southern California and in July in Nashville. These two conventions, open only to NAMM members and the trade, attract literally tens of thousands of attendees who want to see new innovations and developments in music making. They also meet to discuss issues of importance to the organization, to the industry and to the public. To find out more about the NAMM merchant bankcard processing program, contact Melanie Ripley at 800-767-6266 extension 166.