Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Hawaii Senate confirmed payments veteran John Beebe's appointment to a three-year term on Hawaii's Council on Developmental Disabilities on April 12, 2019. The Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health recognized Beebe's public service, business expertise and personal commitment to helping families with developmentally challenged children.
In a letter of recommendation to Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi, president of the Senate Thirtieth State Legislature, supporters cited Beebe's current role as president and CEO at Celestial Payments and prior service as commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, and emphasized life experiences that "have enabled him to create real world solutions that bridge the public and private sectors and given him diplomatic and relationship building skills."
The committee also acknowledged Beebe's dedication to serving his community and the payments industry. "As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination," the recommendation stated.
Beebe said he will work with government and private sectors to provide the proper resources, therapy and treatment to children with autism spectrum disorders and help them become productive members of society. Noting that one in every 30 children is diagnosed with autism and autism spectrum disorder, Beebe said the current system is ill equipped to support the high percentages of children born with special needs.
"We need to shift that around by giving them training and tools while bringing public awareness to these conditions," he said. "When you start working with children at a young enough age, you can help them rebuild their neural pathways and reach their full potential."
Beebe additionally noted that one in every 40 to 45 people is connected to someone with developmental disabilities. "We can do what we did with electronic checks – bring together government and private sectors to make therapies and modalities available to people."
Throughout his career, Beebe has been active in public and private sectors, most recently while serving on the Federal Reserve's Secure and Faster Payments Task Force. Beebe is a founding member of The Green Sheet Advisory Board and past commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla. Throughout his career he has been a strategic consultant to numerous companies across a variety of industries and has been instrumental in developing future leaders.
Beebe founded Global eTelecom Inc. in 1997, successfully partnering with NACHA ‒ The Electronic Payments Association on an ACH and electronic check processing initiative, and creating sales partner channels to facilitate widespread merchant acceptance of check conversions. Beebe's strategic approach to risk management and skillful guidance of direct and indirect sales teams helped the company grow to more than $1 billion in processing revenue by the time it was acquired by Sage EFT in 2014.
At Celestial Payments, Beebe remains focused on strategic business management and technology. The company's SBA Lending Group provides working capital, SBA Loans, equity financing and strategic business consulting to private and public companies. Its extended family of agent and ISO resellers promotes next-generation processing solutions to small and midsize merchants, banks and credit unions.
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