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NEAA delivers again in Boston

This story originally appeared in The Green Sheet Issue 160201 on February 8, 2016.

The Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel set the scene for the Northeast Acquirers Association's annual gathering from Jan.13 to 15, 2016. And Boston's Seaport district was a fitting backdrop for payments' longest-running regional show. Approximately 90 exhibitors and 575 attendees used the NEAA's mobile app and Twitter hashtag #NEAA16 throughout the event. In its 31st annual conference, the organization furthered its mission to educate and empower merchant acquiring professionals. Established in 1985, the nonprofit, non-membership regional association continues to offer vibrant, relevant programs that provide both educational fare and networking opportunities. This year, association leaders hosted an appreciation dinner for new and long-standing sponsors on Tues., Jan. 12. A professional photographer treated exhibitors and attendees to free LinkedIn headshots. A few diminutive snowflakes added sparkle to the evenings without causing inconvenience.

Breakout sessions

Following is a sampling of the breakout sessions held Wed., Jan. 13:

Panels, keynotes

The NEAA's general session offered an array of viewpoints and presentations from industry leaders, including the following: