Four key players in the payments industry received awards for outstanding leadership and innovation during the 20th Gala Anniversary Celebration and President’s Dinner held April 12 at the Electronic Transaction Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting & Expo in Las Vegas. Also honored were two of the ETA’s founders, Biff Matthews of Cardware International and Joyce Cook of International CyberTrans.

The Strawhecker Group earned the Business Partner of the Year Award for its distinguished commitment to furthering the ETA’s goals and objectives. TSG is a management consulting company that specializes in maximizing growth and profitability for clients in the merchant acquiring sector.

“TSG is proud to serve the association and will continue to share our consulting, research and valuation expertise with ETA members and others in the electronic payments industry,” said TSG President Kurt Strawhecker.

Todd Ablowitz, President of Double Diamond Group LLC, received the Member of the Year Award. Double Diamond’s expert consultants serve global payment clients in the areas of strategic planning, business development, product management and international expansion.

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“As an ETA board member and active participant in this organization, I’ve been impressed by the high level of professionalism and the quality of discourse the association offers its members,” Ablowitz said. “ETA is unparalleled in terms of government relations, access to education and information.”

The ISO of the Year Award went to Propay, a leader in end-to-end payment security, credit card processing and electronic payment services.

“ProPay is a pioneer in data security and PCI compliance,” said Carla Balakgie, Chief Executive Officer of the ETA. “They have moved the payments industry forward by using technology to increase merchant compliance and manage risk. They’ve also exhibited a strong commitment to alternative payments and other value-added strategies. For these reasons, ETA is proud to name ProPay as the recipient of ETA’s ISO of the Year Award.”

The Technology Innovation Award went to ROAM Data, a leading mobile commerce service provider for merchants to transact with consumers securely and affordably on mobile phones. With the release of the new ROAMpay Swipe solution, the company is poised to deliver the world’s first encrypted card reader connected through the audio connection of mobile phones. Merchants will have the ability to process card-present swipe transactions on a variety of phone models.

Monday, April 26, 2010