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ETA Announces Finalists for 2018 Star Awards – Top Payments Industry Awards Presented at Gala Dinner During TRANSACT

April 12, 2018



ETA Announces Finalists for 2018 Star Awards



Top Payments Industry Awards Presented at Gala Dinner During TRANSACT




Washington, D.C. – The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) today announced that Henry Helgeson, President of Cayan, will receive ETA’s Distinguished Payments Professional award on Tuesday, April 17, at the Visa President’s Dinner and Star Awards Gala at TRANSACT, the premier payments technology event. Additionally, the finalists for the Star Awards, which honors individuals and companies that have made a significant difference in the payments industry through innovation, business practices, or contributions to the association, were announced.


“The ETA Star Awards are the highest honor in our industry and we are proud to recognize innovative companies and leaders who help fulfill our mission to grow the payments technology industry,” said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA.  “TRANSACT is the annual gathering place of the payments industry, and we recognize and honor those who have given the most to help our industry grow.  Henry Helgeson is a pioneer of the payments industry who revolutionized the POS landscape to bring smart solutions to small businesses. He is a humble, gracious leader and a true partner to ETA.”


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. Finalists were named in the following categories: Business Partner of the Year, Committee Volunteer, ISO/Merchant Sales Organization of the Year, Pay it Forward, and Technology Innovation.

2018 ETA Star Award Finalists

Distinguished Payments Professional, Award Winner

An individual who has demonstrated significant leadership within the industry and is an acknowledged trend-setter, role model, and positive contributor to its efficacy and image.

  • Henry Helgeson


Business Partner of the Year, Finalists

An ETA member company who has demonstrated an exceptional level of support to further the association’s goals and objectives.

  • Global Payments, Inc.
  • Mastercard
  • talech


Committee Volunteer of the Year, Finalists

An ETA Committee Volunteer, who has dedicated extraordinary time and effort to his or her committee, ensuring its overall success.

  • David Leppek, Transaction Services
  • Lindsay Sugarman, National Merchants Association


ISO/Merchant Sales Organization of the Year, Finalists

An ISO whose actions move the payments industry forward, exhibits high ethical standards, and has successfully met industry challenges with demonstrated results.

  • iPayments, Inc.
  • National Merchants Association
  • TransNational Payments


Pay It Forward, Finalists

Recognizes the individuals or companies in the payments industry that make the world a better place through community service. The recipient is a current ETA member or ETA member company who has exhibited selfless acts of kindness to improve their community. These efforts may or may not be linked to the payments industry.

  • FIS
  • National Merchants Association
  • US Alliance Group


Technology Innovation, Finalists

Recognition of an ETA member whose use of technology provides for creative solutions, which may include integrated POS solutions that promote customer usability, increase profitability, or otherwise enable significant advances for the industry.

  • TableSafe/RAIL Payment Platform
  • PayVus by Aliaswire, Inc.
  • Payscout’s Virtual Reality (VR) Commerce


TRANSACT, April 17-19, 2018, will bring 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.


For information about sponsorship, please contact Del Baker Robertson, 202.677.7404 or dbaker@electran.org.


Click here to register for TRANSACT, the world’s largest payments technology event.


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.