Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Event organizers welcomed sponsors, exhibitors and attendees with cocktail receptions on Sunday evening, setting a celebratory mood ahead of Monday's presentations and opening reception. Monday highlights included presentations by ETA certified payment professionals Jaron Rice, founder and CEO at Magothy Payments, and Bart Kohler, chief revenue officer at Paynuity. Demo Day presentations included rapid-fire live demos by Card Market, Clearent, Payverse, Paysley, Round 2, Under, Accept.blue and Elavon.
A video display near the registration desk honored Derek Vowels, a long-time SEAA advisory board member, payments industry leader and beloved friend to many in the industry, who had been instrumental in planning this year's conference before he passed away on May 11, 2023. As noted in The Green Sheet, Vowels will long be remembered for his team spirit, humor, boundless enthusiasm and numerous contributions.
Ekta Iyer, co-founder and CEO at Alliance Bancard Systems, was impressed by the numerous first-time attendees and payments industry newcomers at the conference, stating she would advise them to find new ways to differentiate in this highly competitive space.
"You can't repeat what was done before and you can't copy what your neighbors are doing," she said. "I'm not saying, 'do it the way I did it;' you have to make your own way and figure out your own blueprint."
Iyer shared additional insights in a panel discussion on transitioning from ISO to VAR, held on Tues., June 13, with Ashley Naggy, vice president sales, RSPA; Dan Brattland, owner, CoCard; and Keith Sampson, president, Fyre Training and Consulting.
Mark L. Walberg, American actor, television personality, and game show host best known for Antiques Roadshow, Temptation Island, and The Moment of Truth on Fox, gave a keynote address on the power of connection, a prevalent theme throughout the conference that underscored the deep, abiding friendships and partnerships among sponsors, exhibitors, attendees and SEAA advisory board members, many of whom have been coming to the show for more than 20 years.
Following are highlights from Tuesday's presentations:
The SEAA issued a statement on social media, writing, ""Once again, we'd like to thank all of our very generous sponsors who allowed us to make #SEAA2023 happen!"
This year's honor roll includes the following sponsors:
"SEAA 2023 was an incredible success, and we want to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors for their support and commitment to our show!" SEAA organizers wrote. "This year's show brought a record-breaking attendance, and we could not have made that possible without the very generous support of our sponsors and exhibitors who allow us to make it all happen, and to an amazing group of attendees. Thank you to all of those who attended, participated, sponsored, and exhibited. It wouldn't be possible without you."
Event organizers added that they are looking forward to SEAA 2024 in New Orleans.
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