April 24, 2018




WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 24, 2018) – MakeOffices, a leading national coworking community, announced today a multi-city partnership with ParkWhiz, the fastest and most convenient way for drivers to find and book parking spaces before reaching their destination. As part of the ParkWhiz Perks program, MakeOffices community members get an additional 5 – 10 percent off parking for work or for leisure, at no additional cost to their MakeOffices membership.




“ParkWhiz Perks is a great alternative for startups and emerging companies who don’t have commuter benefit programs,” said Jazmin Jabbarnia, MakeOffices’ Regional Director. “At MakeOffices, our goal is to improve the flexibility and affordability of workspaces so members have more time to get things done. This new partnership with ParkWhiz builds upon this goal by decreasing the stress of the morning commute through tech-enabled, discounted parking, and ultimately making it easier for our members to recruit and retain employees.”



ParkWhiz offers the ability to reserve the largest nationwide inventory of parking at the lowest prices. Whether it’s online, in-app, or in-dash, the easy-to-use platform makes getting where you need to go simpler than it’s ever been.



“The morning commute can be a frustrating experience and the last thing you want to do before starting your day is circle the block looking for a parking space,” said Dan Roarty, President and COO at ParkWhiz. “We are excited to partner with MakeOffices to help companies of all sizes spend more time focusing on growth and less time trying to find parking.”



ParkWhiz is active in all of MakeOffices’ locations, which includes 14 workspaces across Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Washington metropolitan area.



About MakeOffices


Founded in 2012 in Arlington, Virginia, MakeOffices is a leading national coworking community that offers flexible, affordable workspaces and services for businesses and entrepreneurs. The company operates 14 workspaces across Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Washington metropolitan area. For additional information, visit


About ParkWhiz


ParkWhiz is the leading transactional platform that enables drivers, fleets and connected vehicles to find and book parking. The company offers the largest inventory of parking spaces for drivers to reserve before reaching their destinations, saving both time and money. Working with all major parking operators, it delivers transactional parking as a value-added service to major brands in sports and entertainment, travel, automotive and navigation. ParkWhiz has built partnerships with brands including Ford, Ticketmaster, Groupon, Madison Square Garden and others. The company operates two consumer-facing brands of its own—ParkWhiz and BestParking—available for Apple, Android and Amazon Alexa. ParkWhiz has parked over seven million vehicles and is operational in over 190 cities in North America and expanding rapidly. For more information, visit





April 24, 2018







Nenil was employed as a Location Manager by Advanced Parking Concepts (APC) for over 16 years. Amongst the locations Nenil was in charge of were Monmouth University, Verizon’s Corporate Office, and The Palisades Condominium. Nenil further served as the premier Lot Manager in APC’s Event Division. Wherever Nenil was assigned he left an indelible impression. Without doubt, Nenil was one of the most popular beloved Managers in APC’s history.



Additionally Nenil competed, captained, and coached in five National Parking Association Valet Olympic games and was honored as APC’s “Best Valet” four times.


Most importantly was Nenil’s content of character. He was a loving, compassionate, loyal, and ethical human being. All of us at APC, and all of our clientele, will profoundly miss him.  As the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote “Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time”.



Ellis M. Dumont

CEO & Founder

Advanced Parking Concepts (APC)

Email –

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SKIDATA Celebrates Relocation To Redmond, Washington With Open House!

April 24, 2018




SKIDATA Celebrates Relocation To Redmond, Washington With Open House!




New Brunswick, NJ April 23rd, 2018 SKIDATA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SKIDATA AG is pleased to announce the relocation of their Northwestern U.S. operations to Redmond, Washington and invite the public to a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday, April 25th 2018.


SKIDATA has joined many other technology industry leaders in relocating their regional office to Redmond, Washington. The new location at 8620 154th Avenue NE brings many new functions and features to the company, including a larger training center, conference and meeting space, as well as a full product line ‘experience’ where customers and trainees will have the opportunity to interact with and learn about our state of the art Access And Revenue Control Equipment.

SKIDATA is inviting the public to attend a special ribbon cutting event at 12noon on Wednesday, April 25th followed by an open house at 2pm.  Redmond City Councilwoman Angela Birney will be in attendance for this important event! This will be an opportunity to get to know the staff that make up the SKIDATA NWteam as well as learn all about the company’s access control software and hardwaresolutions.

SKIDATA expanded operations into the northwest when they acquired their former distributor Protection Technologies in August of 2016. They previously maintained their office in Bellevue, Washington until the move on February 1st of this year.  This move is just one part of a very busy year for SKIDATA.  The company is currently embarking on the largest merger in its history with the integration of Sentry Control Systems – a transition that will see the company literally double in size to a team of more than 350 throughout the United States! All this just one year after parent company SKIDATA AG celebrated their 40th year in business around the world.

Damon Kessler, Regional Manager Northwest, shared his enthusiasm, “We are very excited to have this new space. The ability to showcase our solutions and the capacity to have a training center illustrates our commitment to our customers in the region.”

As the company continues to grow and reshape itself as a leading sales and service organization in the access control industry, the corporate culture also continues to evolve. The new office is part of SKIDATA’s push to get closer to the customer in an effort to better understand their needs and provide custom solutions. Other recent office improvements and moves include local sales and service locations in New Brunswick, New Jersey; San Francisco, California; Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. SKIDATA is dedicated to continue to be the largest access control provider in the U.S. and a leader in service.

SKIDATA is passionate about its commitment to deliver superior, reliable and trend setting solutions. We are ready to help our customers to unlock the power of SKIDATA.




SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and


reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group ( belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (, a leading provider of digital security solutions.


Matthew Gooley

From: SKIDATA, Inc.




IDA’s 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program Attracts Top Urban Champions

April 23, 2018



IDA’s 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program Attracts Top Urban Champions



Fellows to learn essential leadership and place management skills in New York City




WASHINGTON, DC – The International Downtown Association selected 30 of the industry’s brightest professionals for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship program. These senior staff members hail from 3 countries and 21 provinces or states, including Cape Town (South Africa), Calgary (Alberta), Honolulu, New York City, Anchorage, Sioux Falls, Sacramento, Houston and Denver.


Alumni of the IDA Emerging Leaders Fellowship program are fast becoming sought-after leaders for the future of city building around worldwide. In just two years, the IDA program has resulted in at least 20% of its graduates receiving promotions and significant pay increases, including one Fellow who became Chief Executive Officer of his organization. “The success of our Fellowship program, launched in 2016, underscores how critical this training is to our growing industry,” said David Downey, President and CEO of IDA. “This is the only program of its kind created specifically for urban place management professionals. IDA is looking to further illustrate the importance of our industry by elevating leaders with the necessary skills to champion inclusive city building.”


The Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program bringing together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.


“The International Downtown Association is looking to build the future of our industry, and these accomplished executives are the rising stars of our profession,” said Downey. “With this program, we’re educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders.”


The program takes place June 17-22, 2018 in New York City featuring intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Baruch College, City University of New York, Times Square Alliance and Coro New York Leadership Center. Professionals from several business improvement district organizations across the city provide technical in-the-field training. The event takes place at various locations throughout Manhattan with field visits provided by several local BID leaders.


Congratulations to the 2018 cohort!


For a list of other upcoming IDA events, please visit



About the International Downtown Association

The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit


About the Coro New York Leadership Center

Coro New York Leadership Center is New York’s premier leadership training organization and a community of over 2,300 alumni across business, government, schools, and non-profits that is shaping our city’s future. Coro training helps individuals hone their visions for change and learn how to exercise leadership with greater self-awareness, intention, and effectiveness. We work with leaders, both seasoned and emerging, from many different fields who come to Coro to discover how cities really work and how policy is shaped, while also learning how to collaborate across differences, build culture and community, and make progress on shared challenges. From commissioners and city councilmembers to activists, executives, and entrepreneurs, those who come to Coro build the skills, knowledge, and networks to help them pursue their visions for change with greater effectiveness and impact.


Through a series of three leadership training sessions, Coro will provide participants in IDA’s Fellowship with a set of frameworks and strategies to help them develop best practices for leading change. Focusing on the personal, interpersonal and systems-level, each session will examine change-making from a different lens and provide new tools, along with experiential activities to test out these new ideas in action.



April 23, 2018







European online parking reservation leader, ParkCloud, has agreed a deal with Belgium’s second largest airport – Brussels Charleroi Airport, BSCA – to provide customers with the option of lounge pass bookings, alongside existing fast track security and pre-booked parking options.



As Charleroi Airport prepares to launch its first long-haul route to Hong Kong with Air Belgium this month, ParkCloud is delighted to be supporting its expansion, adding the airport’s second ancillary service to its global database of near 3 million users.


The airport benefits from two passenger lounges; one located in each of the two terminals. Both lounges boast complimentary drinks, snacks, reading materials and free Wi-Fi, which customers can now book through Additionally, passengers who book a lounge pass will receive a complimentary pass through security fast track – allowing them to bypass check-in queues.

ParkCloud has multiple sales channels available for BSCA – including its partnerships with airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air, its own reservation platforms and a tailored booking engine on the airport’s own website. Furthermore, marketing activity is conducted in English, French, Dutch and German, to cater to the multi-lingual Belgian customer base.

There are now 900 low-cost parking spaces available in the P3 car park, compared to just 400 when the partnership with BSCA began in 2013.

ParkCloud’s Managing Director, Mark Pegler, said: “As we work together with our partners to further understand what our customers require from the booking journey, offering ancillary services that complement their travel plans has proved a successful strategy.


“We have long enjoyed a successful partnership with Charleroi Airport – as have our extensive database of customers – twice voting them the best car park in Belgium in our annual ParkCloud Parking Awards. We’re eager to continue our impressive record of growth with the addition of the lounge pass options.”


BSCA announced earlier this month that registered passenger numbers were up to near 600,000 in March.


To find out more about ParkCloud, please visit


Left to right) Eric Poelemans, Non-Aviation Business Development, Charleroi Airport and Mark Pegler, Managing Director, ParkCloud.

Brussels Charleroi Airport Passenger Lounge – Terminal 1.


About ParkCloud


ParkCloud, simply put, lets drivers book a parking space in advance, in the same way as it’s possible to do with hotel rooms, restaurant tables…and even a coffee these days.


When travelling, parking is usually the last thing on anybody’s mind, but research shows that as much as 20 minutes is wasted when searching for a parking space. ParkCloud aims to solve that problem by letting customers make a parking booking, whether they are getting on a plane, taking a cruise, catching a train, or visiting a city or event.


ParkCloud was founded in 2008 as an online parking reservation service and within the 10 years we’ve been operating our success and growth has been rapid.


Today we are an award-winning, global provider, working with car park operators across 42 countries to include them on our comparison search engine, which aims to give consumers the most user friendly, efficient service possible when they need it most.


This bookable parking network is also made available to travel industry partners to help complete the itineraries of passengers worldwide.


Winner of Queen’s Award for International Trade


New Passport-powered app, makes parking around the city and at events a breeze

April 23, 2018




New Passport-powered app, makes parking around the city and at events a breeze



Louisville, KY (April 21, 2018) — The City of Louisville announces the launch of the mobile parking app, Go 502, ahead of its annual Thunder Over Louisville event this weekend. Passport, the global parking technology leader that powers parking apps for cities like Boston, Toronto, Chicago and Miami, pioneered the branded parking application. The app will be available for on-street parking spaces and for the first time in Passport history, users will be able to use the app in gated parking garages.



Parkers will be able to easily download the Go 502 app to their smartphones and pay for parking with a debit or credit card without having to visit the payment station. In gated parking garages motorists will scan the barcode on their phones which will authorize the form of payment on file. Upon exiting the garage, the motorists will then scan the app’s QR code near the gate to exit. The app will charge for the time parked in the garage.

With the app, motorists will also have the option to extend their parking sessions remotely, receive notifications when their sessions are low on time, and get email receipts. In addition to parking, the app allows users to pay parking citations with a few simple clicks.

To make parking easier, Go 502 features a digital wallet which provides parkers with the ability to preload funds using their debit or credit cards to pay for parking. Parkers can take advantage of the following wallet deals:

  • Add $23 to your wallet and get $2 in additional funds to spend
  • Add $9 to your wallet and get $1 in additional funds to spend

The Go 502 app will be available in more than 5,000 parking spaces across Louisville, including downtown on-street parking, gated garages and in Riverside parking lots. Users who have the PassportParking app would need to upgrade to the Go 502 app for accessibility in both lots and gated garages. The Go 502 app is available where signage is posted.

“We’re thrilled to launch a unique app that fits our city’s needs,” said Tiffany Smith, Director of Parking Authority of River City, Inc. “By continuing our partnership with Passport, we are able to provide our community with an app that improves the parking experience, as well as allows us to add invaluable technology integrations in the future.”

“Passport is extremely proud to expand its partnership with the City of Louisville,” said David Singletary, Vice President of Sales at Passport. “Go 502 will provide a custom and efficient transportation ecosystem that’s tailored to fit the city’s residents and visitors, alike.”

The Go 502 app is free to download in the App Store and Google Play. Users can also learn more about the app on

About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines – parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management – enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First – a guiding principle in its culture.

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at


Parkex: What’s new in Parking?

April 19, 2018




Parkex: What’s new in Parking?



Discover new products, technology & services
at Europe’s largest dedicated 
parking event!



On June 13th and 14th the parking sector will come together at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, for Parkex the British Parking Association’s flagship event sponsored by Phoenix.


Over two days visitors will be able to draw on the knowledge and experience of over 100 exhibitors, take advantage of an extensive programme of seminars and presentations and connect with like-minded parking professionals.


The panel-led seminar sessions will be conducted by sector experts. They will discuss a range of topics including; the importance of data harmonisation; electric vehicles; design innovations to shape future parking structures; and the positive parking agenda. They will also look at what can be done to challenge current perceptions of parking.  And a GDPR refresher session will be delivered in partnership with JMW Solicitors, aka BPA Lawline.


The popular Local Authority Parking Summit and the new Retail & Leisure interest group session, will present fantastic opportunities for visitors to ask questions, highlight specific issues and learn about the changes that are taking place to improve the parking experience.


Demonstrating new products, services and sector leading innovation has always been at the heart of Parkex, and this year will be no exception. Follow the Innovation Trail and discover a number of new products that entered the market within the last 12 months.


Visit register for your free visitor pass and for further show information.



About the British Parking Association


The BPA is a not-for-profit organisation with 50 years’ experience of leading the sector. We are the largest, most established and trusted professional association representing parking and traffic management in Europe and the recognised authority for parking in the UK.


Our diverse membership of around 700 organisations includes technology developers and suppliers, equipment manufacturers, learning providers, consultants, structural and refurbishment experts, local authorities and parking-on-private-land operators.


Our mission is to actively represent and promote the parking sector by raising standards and professionalism, advancing knowledge and using our influence to deliver high standards that benefit everyone.


We support the Positive Parking Agenda, a national campaign to build public confidence in the parking sector by changing perceptions, challenging misconceptions about the parking sector and local government’s role, and make the parking experience a better one for all concerned.


In our continuing work with government over a number of years, we have been calling for better regulation of the private parking sector.  We welcome Sir Greg Knight MP’s Private Members’ Bill that aims to drive consistency and fairness in the private parking sector.


For more information please contact:

Dino Dionissiou:





April 19, 2018







Service identifies and notifies lien holders, owners, and insurers at no cost




Las Vegas, NV — Launched in 2016, is a free web service allowing the parking industry and others to electronically identify and notify lien holders and owners—and they’ve seen a tremendous number of users signing up. The owners expected the service to be well-received, and yet they’re still surprised by the success and use of the no cost program. They attribute its popularity to the unparalleled convenience and ultimate cost savings:


Users just go to the website ( and enter a VIN or tag. If the information exists in the eimpound internal lien record database, the user receives an e-receipt with contact information for the lien holder. Eimpound also sends the lien holder an electronic notification if there’s a match in the database.


If the database doesn’t have it, eimpound keeps searching – for no cost.


If the desired information isn’t immediately available in the eimpound database, eimpound pays to search for and retrieve it from other databases across all 50 states and North America. The original requester receives the information on the registered owner and lien holder within two business days of their original search. In Canada, the eimpound team pays for a PPSA search, saving these costs for the user.


Eimpound is being used in a variety of ways: VINs or tags can be entered one at a time, manually with a batch file, or through an automatic batch feed on a timely basis (daily, weekly, monthly). There’s nothing to lose: if there is a match and notification, great. If there is no match, nothing lost. And even when eimpound takes on the cost and effort of an additional search, the service is still completely free for all users.



Free app for scanning and loading VINS


Eimpound also offers an app for Apple and Android devices; it’s free to download and free to use, just like the online service! The app allows users to scan a VIN with their phone or tablet and tap into all the benefits of the eimpound website. All you do is line up the red line of the app scanner across the VIN barcode (not the VIN numbers). The app recognizes the barcode, takes a scan and sends the code to eimpound. (It doesn’t take an image of the VIN) Confirmation is displayed immediately on the screen, and that’s all it takes.


Search for “eimpound” on Google Play or the App Store, or download from:


Apple –


Android –


Eimpound encourages users to let the team know whatever can be done to improve the eimpound experience.



Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Eimpound is powered by Locator Technologies and has over 35 million U.S. lien holders’ liens and Canadian secured party records in its database. Locator Technologies also powers and, providing electronic notifications and updates to lien holders and insurers on the vehicles they care about. For or more information, visit, or

Bomel Construction: Santa Clarita Community College District: Measure E’s first new building will be a 1,556-stall parking garage at fast-growing College of the Canyons

April 18, 2018




Bomel Construction: Santa Clarita Community College District: Measure E’s first new building will be a 1,556-stall parking garage at fast-growing College of the Canyons



VALENCIA, Calif., April 16, 2018––The first major project to sprout from a Santa Clarita Community College District bond measure approved by Santa Clarita Valley voters in 2016 will be a three-level parking structure that will better accommodate a surging student population.



At the College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus, Measure E, a $230 million bond, will also help modernize 350,000 square feet of existing buildings, many of which are more than 40 years old. At the Canyon Country campus, college officials hope to build out 80 percent of the school’s modular structures into permanent buildings, allowing the school to provide more classrooms and science labs.

Before the new classroom buildings are erected, a new 1,556-stall parking structure will be completed. Bomel Construction, widely regarded as the dean of design-build parking structures in the West, is set to begin erecting the new garage at the corner of Rockwell Canyon Road and Valencia Boulevard on the Valencia campus. The net gain from the removal of Parking Lot 7 and the addition of the garage is about 1,000 spaces.

Enrollment at College of the Canyons, which surpassed 20,000 in 2017, is expected to reach 30,000 in the next 10 years. About 4,000 students are waitlisted every semester, unable to get English, math, science, transfer and career training classes.

‘Big difference’ maker

Rapid growth has put a prolific pinch on parking at the Valencia campus.

“The first three or four weeks every semester there is a line of cars searching for parking spots on campus, which results in some students being late for classes and staff not finding parking,” said Will Karrat, the college’s project director. “This is definitely much needed. We will gain about 1,000 spaces, so it’s going to make a big difference.”

The parking structure’s design and size is similar to a three-level garage Bomel Construction finished in 2016 at Cal Poly Pomona. A 1,800-stall parking structure was built to conform to the site’s sloping topography and minimize the impact on the campus.

The new parking structure at College of the Canyons will require the excavation of 30,000 cubic yards of soil, but its location will enable the garage to have at-grade entrances on each of the three levels and be minimally invasive to the college’s neighbors.

Low-profile structure

“The site chosen was an easy selection,” Karrat said. “The way the elevation is, on one side of the lot we’re three stories up, but on the other side it meets up with the grade on the existing street. There won’t be this big parking structure sticking out of our parking lot. It will actually look like a level lot from most of the community.”

The 424,102-square-foot garage will cost $22 million to build. It will measure 563 feet by 250 feet by 43 feet, 3 ½-inches tall and include two elevators with glass windows and four staircases.

Bomel will begin a seven-week excavation phase after the surface lot is demolished. The site’s foundation is high in alluvium, a sandy material.

“The report indicates that the soil is dense, has a low liquefaction potential and is on the low range for expansive soil, which are good for construction,” explained Alex Matranga, Bomel’s project manager.

In addition to Matranga, Bomel’s project team includes Bill Godwin, project executive; Richard Martinez, project engineer; and Dan Landini, superintendent.

Great relationship

“One of the main things we’ve liked so far about working with Bomel is the communication,” Karrat said. It’s definitely a seamless flow of communication with the project team.”

The Bomel team’s strong design met all of the college’s expectations, he added. Access to the entire facility by emergency responders was another winning and unique asset of the team’s proposal.

“They were ableto incorporate something that the other firms didn’t really present: a fire lane that will enable a fire truck to drive around the entire perimeter of the parking structure,” Karrat explained.


ABOUT BOMEL CONSTRUCTION: Established in 1970, Irvine, Calif.-based Bomel Construction Co. Inc. is widely regarded as the dean of design-build parking structure construction in the West and one of the largest concrete contractors in the United States. It placed 117th on Engineering News-Record’s ranking of the largest specialty contractors in 2017 in the U.S. In addition to its award-winning parking structure portfolio, Bomel is a one-stop source for all concrete construction needs. The company maintains a highly skilled staff for its structural, architectural and site concrete divisions. Bomel works directly for property owners, developers and general contractors. Its work includes a wide range of projects built at well-known casino-resorts, shopping malls, office buildings, mass transit centers, airports, universities and community colleges.


ETA Honors Payments Leaders with 2018 Star Awards

April 18, 2018




ETA Honors Payments Leaders with 2018 Star Awards



Top Payments Industry Awards Presented at Gala Dinner During TRANSACT



April 18, 2018, Washington, D.C. – The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) announced the winners of the 2018 Star Awards at the Visa President’s Dinner and Star Awards Gala at TRANSACT, the premier payments technology event. The Star Awards honors individuals and companies that have made a significant difference in the payments industry through innovation, business practices, or contributions to the association.


“The ETA Star Awards are the highest honor in our industry,” said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA.  “TRANSACT is the annual gathering of the payments industry, and the Visa President’s Dinner and Star Awards Gala gives us a chance to recognize and honor those who have given the most to help our industry grow.  Congratulations to our winners who have dedicated themselves to the success of the industry.”


The ETA Awards and Recognition Committee, a panel of industry executives, narrowed down nominations to a group of finalists, ultimately voting on a winner in each category. Winners were named in the following categories at the Star Awards Gala: Distinguished Payments Professional, Business Partner of the Year, Committee Volunteer of the Year, ISO/Merchant Sales Organization of the Year, Pay it Forward, and Technology Innovation.

2018 ETA Star Award Winners

Distinguished Payments Professional, Henry Helgeson

Henry Helgeson, President, Integrated Solutions for TSYS, was announced as the Distinguished Payments Professional. The award recognizes a significant leader within the industry, who is an acknowledged trend-setter, role model, and positive contributor to its efficacy and image.

Helgeson revolutionized the POS landscape and brought smart, scalable solutions to small businesses. Through his founding of Merchant Warehouse, creation of the Genius platform and company name change to Cayan, to the recent acquisition by TSYS, he is a pioneer of the payments industry. As a long-standing and active supporter of ETA, Helgeson has chaired many committees over the years and was instrumental in the development, creation, and establishment of ETA’s Retail Technology Committee.   He is a humble, gracious leader and a true partner to ETA.


Business Partner of the Year, Mastercard

Mastercard was announced as the Business Partner of the Year for their exceptional level of support to further the goals and objectives of ETA.


Mastercard is driving the evolution of smart commerce globally by providing commerce solutions anywhere, anyhow and anytime. Mastercard is a tremendous supporter of ETA and a prominent exhibitor at TRANSACT.  Mastercard  sponsored scholarships for 50 startups and software companies to attend this year’s event. Additionally, MasterCard employees are active participants on several ETA committees and councils.


Committee Volunteer of the Year, David Leppek, Transaction Services

David Leppek was announced as the ETA Committee Volunteer of the Year for his dedication to the Payment Sales & Strategy Committee.


Leppek served on the committee for many years – starting off as a member and moving up to chair in 2017. Even though his leadership tenure is over, Leppeck takes an active and enthusiastic role in the Payment Sales & Strategy and Technology committees and penned a great deal of thought leadership pieces as a resource for the entire ETA community.


ISO/Merchant Sales Organization of the Year,  iPayment, Inc.

iPayment, Inc was announced as ISO/Merchant Sales as a recognition for their actions to move the payments industry forward and meeting industry challenges with demonstrated results.

iPayment is a long-time member, contributor and supporter of ETA. The company operates both direct and indirect sales channels and is a well-respected provider and partner for hundreds of agents, sub-ISOs and software developers specializing in the SMB sector. iPayment staff are engaged in ETA committees and programs that further promote education in the payments industry. With more than 137,000 merchant customers as well as annual processing volumes of over $28 billion in 2017, iPayment is an established leader in the U.S. based payment processing industry.


Pay It Forward, FIS

FIS was announced as the winner of the Pay It Forward award for their community service efforts to improve their community.


FIS encourages a culture of giving back – to their clients, to their communities and to their employees – around the world. In 2017, FIS employees packed more than 5,000 pounds of food at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic in Florida, removed invasive species from the Mategnin Nature Reserve in Switzerland, donated backpacks to the SOS Rescuing our Children Association in Mexico, and packed 63,000 meals at Feed My Starving Children in Minnesota. Over the past six years, FIS and its employees donated nearly $2 million to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help aid in the research of pediatric and young adult cancer.


Technology Innovation, IRIS CRM

IRIS CRM was recognized for their technology that provides for creative solutions that promotes customer usability, increase profitability, or otherwise enable significant advances for the industry.


IRIS CRM is a cloud-based application that helps companies in the payment industry close more deals, receive valuable analytics, and access payment networks through their own white-labeled portal. Clients use IRIS CRM to manage merchants from the time they are leads, through merchant onboarding to various acquirers, transaction and dispute reporting, maintenance and making residual payments via their own portal.

Payment industry features of IRIS CRM include residual calculations for a growing list of over 50 different processor reports, merchant onboarding, maintenance of accounts and fast residual calculations for all of the major acquirers.


TRANSACT, April 17-19, 2018, brings together all parts of the payments ecosystem – from ISOs/VARs to ISVs and large financial institutions to technology companies, to meet, see what’s new, and learn what it takes to grow. Through extensive networking events, education and a robust exhibit hall filled with more than 200 companies, attendees will learn about groundbreaking technology, security trends and policies affecting the industry.


About ETA

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) is the global trade association representing more than 500 payments and technology companies. ETA members make commerce possible by processing more than $6 trillion in purchases in the U.S. and deploying payments innovation to merchants and consumers.


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