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April 3, 2012

Press Release

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Thomas Goldsmith
Director,Communications & Public Relations
202-828-2635 x206

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ETA Star Award Finalists Announced
Distinguished Payments Professional To Be Named In Las Vegas

Washington, DC, April 3, 2012 - The Electronic Transactions Association has announced the finalists for the prestigious annual Star Awards. The ETA Star Awards recognize and showcase individuals and companies that have made a significant difference in the payments industry, whether through innovation, business practices, or contributions to the association.

All ETA members and non-members were invited to nominate leading contributions to the association and the payments industry from a wide variety of individuals and organizations. The Awards and Recognition Committee, a panel of industry executives, narrowed down the nominations to a group of finalists, ultimately voting on a winner in each category. The recipients will be announced at the ETA President's Dinner on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Las Vegas.

"We are thrilled to have received so many excellent nominations," said Pam Furneaux, ETA Interim CEO. "The ETA Star awards, including the annual Distinguished Payments Professional recognition, continue to symbolize a tradition of excellence and commitment in the Payments Industry"

Finalists were named in the following five categories: Business Partner of the Year, Member of the Year, Committee of the Year, Committee Volunteer of the Year, and ISO of the Year.

In addition, the ETA Technology Innovation Award finalists will be named and a winner selected on the exhibit hall show floor in Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19.

The 2012 Distinguished Payments Professional which recognizes one outstanding industry leader annually will be named at the conclusion of the President's Dinner on April 17 in Las Vegas. Past recipients of this recognition include: Ed Labry of First Data, Joe Kaplan of Total Merchant Services, Paul Garcia of Global Payments, and Debra Rossi of Wells Fargo.

The ETA Star Awards Finalists include:

Business Partner of the Year
Discover Network
Merchant Warehouse
NPC, a Vantiv Company.

Member of the Year
Henry Hegelson, Merchant Warehouse
Joe Natoli, NPC, a Vantiv Company
Deana Rich, Rich Consulting.

Committee of the Year
CPP Credentialing Commission
Industry Relations Committee
Risk & Fraud Committee

Committee Volunteer of the Year
Scott Goldthwaite, Planet Payment
Curt Hensley, IMPACT Payments Recruiting
Barry McCarthy, First Data Corp.

ISO of the Year
Priority Payment Systems
Total Merchant Services

For more information about the ETA Annual Meeting & Expo, or for tickets to the President's Dinner, visit: www.electran.org/am12

For more about the ETA Star Awards, visit: http://www.electran.org/am12/?page_id=809