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Lead Story

New moves for more mojo in '09

News

Industry Update

Online shoppers stay the course

Morgan Stanley sues Discover

TARP eases AmEx woes

Is TALF on target?

RBS staves off hackers

Shift4 podcast available

Features

Mt. Snow clear for summit

Getting smart about contactless

Industry Leader

Paul Martaus –
The go-to guy

Selling Prepaid

SellingPrepaid now in print

Prepaid in brief

Going boldly into m-commerce

Achieve wellness with rewards

A new outlook for the unbanked

Views

How to preserve self-regulation

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

A countertop tonic for recession blues

Bulent Ozayaz
VeriFone

Changes afoot, challenges ahead

George Sarantopoulos
The Access One Group

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Become an enterprising networker

Jason Felts
Advanced Merchant Services Inc.

The new age in customer retention

Christian Murray
Global eTelecom Inc.

Rising above recession: 10 tips

Curt Hensley
CSH Consulting

PCI, an aspect of PII

Ross Federgreen, Ken Musante and Theodore Svoronos

PCI: What to hope for in 2009

Tim Cranny
Panoptic Security Inc.

Weathering the coming payment storms

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Company Profile

Charge Card Systems LLC

New Products

Seek profitable harbor with POS

Harbortouch POS Systems
Company: United Bank Card Inc.

Securing data on the edge

Cipher Security Module
Company: Semtek Corp.

Inspiration

Beyond resolutions

Beyond resolutions

Departments

Forum

Resource Guide

Datebook

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January 12, 2009  •  Issue 09:01:01

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Trade Association News
Mt. Snow clear for summit

The Northeast Acquirers Association will hold its 11th annual Winter Seminar at the Grand Summit Hotel, Mountain Road, Mt. Snow, Vt., from Jan. 27 to 29, 2009. Topics for this year's event include packaging products versus selling value adds; the power of perseverance; the effect of bank closures on portfolio values; updates on American Express Co. and Discover Financial Services; and legislation affecting the industry.

Speakers will include Jason Felts, Advanced Merchants Services Inc.; Donna Embry, Payment Alliance International; Ken Musante, Humboldt Merchant Services LP; and Jill Miller, Payments Attorney. "What we're trying to accomplish is to bring the latest information geared towards anyone in the payments industry on the acquiring side," said Jacques Breton, Corporate Recruiter for CoCard Corp. and the Summit's Event Coordinator. "The NEAA is looking forward to setting the tone for 2009 on a positive note. Everyone is hearing how abysmal the economy is. We want to take a different twist to say that's it's not all that it seems to be."

Breton said the NEAA expects approximately 75 to 78 vendors and about 60 attendees; it was important to keep the numbers down and create a more intimate feel, making the event a bit more prestigious this year. He noted that vendor registration is nearly full.

The sign-up fee is waived for payment professionals who register before Jan. 19, 2009. Consultants and marketing experts are charged a nominal fee of $150. However, once at the site, everything, except the hotel bill, is on the NEAA's tab.

"This is a destination resort, and the vendors like it because the attendees show up and they are a captive audience - there's nowhere else for them to go," Breton said. "Basically, costs to the attendees are minimal: gas to the resort and hotel expense. Quite honestly, after that, I don't think they have to take a dime out of their pocket. It will be amazing, and everything is right on the property."

For more information, visit www.northeastacquirers.com.

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