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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