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Lead Story

Tough love in compliance and breach liability


Industry Update

Visa consolidates, restructures

Cabbies roll with VeriFone terminals

Negotiating the wireless security minefield

SPVA broadens membership base with global players


Esteban Marin

MWAA raises the conference bar year by year

Embry enters payment hall of fame

ControlScan extends involvement with ETA

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Financial storm perfect for prepaid?

Keeping patients sticky

Triumphs and travails of kiosk deployments


Community counts

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

Consumers love rewards, why don't sales reps?

Lori Breitzke


Street SmartsSM:
The proper approach to MLS hunting

Jon Perry and Vanessa Lang

Seven reasons to avoid exclusivity

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

A case for case histories

Nancy Drexler
SignaPay Ltd.

The MLS opportunity

Christian Murray
Global eTelecom Inc.

Call reluctance: Diagnose it and treat it

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Digging into PCI:
Part 1 - Securing the network

Tim Cranny
Panoptic Security Inc.

Company Profile

First National Merchant Solutions

New Products

Advertise for free processing


Purchasing made easy and secure



As in work, so in life



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

August 10, 2009  •  Issue 09:08:01

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Trade Association News
Embry enters payment hall of fame

Donna Embry, Senior Vice President for Payment Alliance International, was honored with the Midwest Acquirers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award at its seventh annual conference held in Chicago in July 2009. A 43-year veteran of the payments industry, Embry said she was overwhelmed by the accolade.

"The fact that your peers recognize you for something over and above what you deal with on a daily basis was very humbling," Embry said. "I've always considered myself a student of the payments industry, and I guess I've earned my degree now. And it's such an interesting business because you get to touch on everything from consumer behavior to economics and technology. Once payments is in your blood, it's hard to get it out."

Giving without hesitation

Over the past four decades, Embry has served in a number of executive positions and has inspired and motivated many other industry veterans. Linda Mahy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Connective IQ, said there are people you know and appreciate for a reason, a season or a lifetime, and her relationship with Embry falls into the latter category.

"No matter where we've worked we've kept in touch throughout our careers," Mahy said. "The best thing about Donna is that she works her network tirelessly, stays in touch with her relationships and is always helping other people. She is a living, breathing example that the good you do comes back to you tenfold. Donna can truly deep-dive on any subject in payments. I just can't say enough good things."

None more passionate

PAI President and CEO John J. Leehy III - and Embry's current boss - worked with her in the 1990s, and when he formed PAI in 2005, he wanted Embry on board. "There is no one in this business more passionate - not only about the industry itself, but about the possibilities in it," Leehy said. "She has created so many opportunities that so many of us have benefited from. She just brings a genuine love to this industry." Embry's enthusiasm for her chosen career remains as strong as ever. "I've been so lucky to have worked with outside-the-box thinkers who are just as passionate as I am," she said. "There is so much dynamic change and opportunity in this industry; my only sadness is that I don't have another 40 years."

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