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Lead Story

IRS says no merchant fees for 1099-K reporting: Who's listening?

News

Industry Update

PCI SSC seeks focus group topic

Visa outlines post-Durbin strategy

Is biggest Durbin impact loss of routing control?

FiServe CEO says Durbin good for tech spending

ACI thwarting S1-Fundtech merger

Trade Association News

Features

An interview with Kurt Strawhecker

Ken Musante
Eureka Payments LLC

Banks counseled to meet the underserved

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Research Rundown

Mobile payments present new sales channel

Gene Distler
VeriFone Inc.

Antiquated thinking could doom mobile payments at the POS

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

The green advantage

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Streit says Green Dot exempt from Durbin

Winning prepaid's PR battle with regulation

Views

Checks: Like the Energizer Bunny, they just keep going

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Why MLSs should attend tradeshows

Bill Pirtle
MPCT Publishing Co.

SAFE Data notification bill: Does it go far enough?

Nicholas Cucci
Network Merchants Inc.

Working your P-L-A-N

Dale S. Laszig
Castles Technology Co. Ltd.

Company Profile

Blueprint SMS

New Products

Cloud-based document printing hits college campuses

Heartland Campus Solutions WEPA program
Heartland Payment Systems Inc.

Stop identity theft and fraud in its tracks

IdentiFlo Management Platform
Electronic Verification Systems LLC

Inspiration

The art of venting

Miscellaneous

Can new regulatory burdens become a competitive advantage?

Departments

Forum

Resource Guide

Datebook

A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

August 22, 2011  •  Issue 11:08:02

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Pillars of payments
An interview with Kurt Strawhecker

By Ken Musante

I first came to know Kurt Strawhecker, Managing Director of The Strawhecker Group, while he was an executive at First Data Corp., and I was a member of the company's client advisory team and one of its customers. Kurt had the difficult job of interpreting diverse user system requests and then scoping each request. With input from the advisory group, he determined which capabilities to enable.

Many of the requests were extremely complex. Yet he had to select the option that satisfied the user group while earning an appropriate return on investment for First Data. This was in conjunction with ensuring proper implementation of industry regulations.

I admired the way Kurt was able to assuage customer egos, inspire his staff and develop coherent initiatives within First Data's prescribed budget. I continue to value his friendship and advice and hope you, too, are able to gain some insight from this interview.

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