ATPC History

2020
May 27

ATPC Launches Cyber Council Leadership Group for its National Security Cyber Initiative

ATPC Launches Cyber Council Leadership Group for its National Security Cyber Initiative

The ATPC held its kickoff call for its Cyber Council leadership group on Wednesday, May 27. The call was kicked off with guest speaker, David Lacquement, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Compliance Policy U.S. Department of the Treasury, who spoke on the value of partnerships between the public and..Read More

Mar 31

ATPC Launches COVID-19 Task Force

ATPC Launches COVID-19 Task Force

The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) today announces the launch of its new COVID-19 Task Force. This new group will be comprised of ATPC member company Chief Risk Officers, COVID-19 team leads, and Business Continuity Managers, to take a deeper dive into their concerns. The Task Force is being led by Carolyn Homberger, EVP &..Read More

Feb 25

ATPC Holds “Leadership 101” Course for Inaugural Future Leaders Program

ATPC Holds “Leadership 101” Course for Inaugural Future Leaders Program

The ATPC hosted the inaugural course for the new Future Leaders class on Tuesday, February 25th, at the Atlanta law offices of Holland & Knight. The ATPC launched a young professional leadership program that identifies future payments stars who can contribute to the industry and organization and provides insights and tools that continue their progress...Read More

Feb 20

ATPC Hosts 2020 Transaction Alley Cyber Forum to Launch Cyber Council

ATPC Hosts 2020 Transaction Alley Cyber Forum to Launch Cyber Council

The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) hosted the Transaction Alley Cyber Forum today at Coda Tech Square in Midtown. The 2020 Cyber Forum event was designed to further education and public/private collaboration, and to be a catalyst for creating “working” groups that operate throughout the year to achieve cyber resiliency goals. The Cyber Forum was..Read More

Jan 01

ATPC Chairmanship Transitions from Bruce Lowthers to Royal Cole

ATPC Chairmanship Transitions from Bruce Lowthers to Royal Cole

The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) is proud to announce that it has elected a new Board of Directors Chairman, Royal Cole. Royal is currently Executive Vice President and Head of the North American region for Worldpay under FIS and brings with him more than 30-years of payments industry experience. The very recent consolidation of Worldpay into FIS..Read More

2019
Dec 31

ATPC Opens Membership to “Brands and Banks”

ATPC Opens Membership to “Brands and Banks”

At the end of 2019, the Board of Directors took major steps to expanding the ATPC’s membership to include the network brands and financial institutions. The payments ecosystem has changed drastically in 2018 and 2019 and the Board felt that it was time for the ATPC to adapt to include this expanding industry.

Dec 12

Governor Kemp Awards Commendation to Former ATPC Chairman, Bruce Lowthers

Governor Kemp Awards Commendation to Former ATPC Chairman, Bruce Lowthers

Bruce Lowthers, President of Banking Solutions for FIS, was awarded a commendation from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, during the Q4 2019 Board of Directors meeting at CBRE. The award was presented to Bruce by Scott Hilton, Executive Director of the Georgians First Commission. The commendation thanks Bruce for his leadership in the FinTech ecosystem and..Read More

Dec 12

ATPC Launches its “Future Leaders” Program at Q4 2019 Board Meeting

ATPC Launches its “Future Leaders” Program at Q4 2019 Board Meeting

The ATPC launched its new leadership development program, “Future Leaders”, at its Q4 2019 Board Meeting. Future Leaders identifies and educates rising professionals primed to lead the Payments Processing industry across technological, institutional, business development and workforce portfolios. This year-long program is comprised of multiple networking and educational activities to enhance future success of ATPC..Read More

Nov 12

Ohio Legislative Fly-In

Ohio Legislative Fly-In

In November 2019, The ATPC continued its state outreach expansion efforts with a visit to Columbus, Ohio. FIS/Worldpay (led by Andrew Ciafardini and Jonathan Genovese) drove trip planning with support from their lobbying firm of BakerHostetler (Lori A. Herf). This team and H. West Richards, Jay Morgan, and Patrick Greer met with more than 20..Read More

Oct 03

ATPC Attends P20 Board Meeting in London as ATPC Transitions to Board Member

ATPC Attends P20 Board Meeting in London as ATPC Transitions to Board Member

(Pictured left to right: Tom Worrall, Partner, Whitmer & Worrall; Philip Hammond, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer; West Richards, Executive Director, ATPC) The ATPC inspired the creation of the P20 payments conference over three years ago and in keeping with its support of the P20 organization’s mission, ATPC took a strong delegation to London for this year’s edition. The..Read More

Sep 10

The ATPC Hosts CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger in Atlanta

The ATPC Hosts CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger in Atlanta

The ATPC hosted Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger on Tuesday, September 10th for a roundtable discussion with approximately 30 payments executives from the American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) community at the offices of its premier sponsor, Holland & Knight. The Director joined the group immediately following a press conference to announce the opening of..Read More

Sep 10

ATPC Executive Committee Meets with U.S. Department of Treasury

ATPC Executive Committee Meets with U.S. Department of Treasury

ATPC Chairman Bruce Lowthers and Executive Director H. West Richards met with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Services – Tyler Williams and his team at the U.S. Dept. of Treasury in September 2019 for a deep dive discussion on ‘Faster Payments’.  Topics included projected consumer adoption, technology advancements and associated fraud dynamics each of which..Read More

Jun 18

North Carolina Legislative Fly-In

North Carolina Legislative Fly-In

In June 2019, the ATPC team traveled to Raleigh for its first trip to the North Carolina capital. Accompanied by TJ Kaplan from the Georgia state government relations team of JL Morgan Co. and lead by Dana Simpson and Chandler Spaulding of Smith Anderson, LLP, ATPC had a full day of meetings with key state..Read More

Jun 12

ATPC Holds 5th Annual Congressional Fly-In

ATPC Holds 5th Annual Congressional Fly-In

The ATPC held its 5th annual Capitol Hill fly-in this year as the Coalition celebrates its 5th Anniversary and supports its “ATPC First” Initiative. The annual member Capitol Hill fly-in featured an ATPC record number of meetings on Wednesday, June 12th. Active participation by members and prospective members allowed the team to cover both the..Read More

Apr 20

Payments Recognized by CISA as National Critical Infrastructure

Payments Recognized by CISA as National Critical Infrastructure

The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC), the leading payments-processing advocacy organization in the United States, commends the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Infrastructure (CISA) on its inclusion of “payment, clearing, and settlement services” in the National Critical Functions Set released April 2019. As part of its ongoing education efforts within federal agencies,..Read More

Apr 16

Florida Legislative Fly-In

Florida Legislative Fly-In

In April 2019, the ATPC team traveled to Tallahassee, Fla. as the first step in its state advocacy expansion vision. Led by the Metz, Husband & Daughton team (Jim Daughton) and alongside leadership from ATPC’s newest Presenting Member, ACI Worldwide, (David Baxter and John Braswell), West Richards, John Wilson and Jay Morgan from the ATPC focused on the introductory nature of the meetings themselves;..Read More

2018
Oct 10

ATPC holds the P20 Conference in Atlanta

ATPC holds the P20 Conference in Atlanta

The second annual P20 Conference was held in Atlanta on October 10, 2018. The conference took place at the Atlanta Historical Center, while the dinner that evening was at the Atlanta Aquarium. Each year the conference will change locations to fulfill the goal of cooperation between the payments ecosystems in Atlanta and London. Notable speakers..Read More

Sep 14

ATPC Hosts Georgia Attorney General at Q3 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

ATPC Hosts Georgia Attorney General at Q3 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

Attorney General Chris Carr was a special guest at the ATPC Q3 2018 Board of Directors Meeting on September 14. Carr was running for re-election this year, but took time to meet with the ATPC Board to discuss several Georgia initiatives, including the FinTech Sandbox and cyber security. The Attorney General is a strong champion..Read More

Sep 01

ATPC Helps University System of Georgia Launch FinTech Academy

ATPC Helps University System of Georgia Launch FinTech Academy

In 2018, the University System of Georgia launched the FinTech Academy, a collaboration between Georgia’s FinTech industry and the University System of Georgia. This initiative, the first of its kind in the world, develops university system students to better prepare them for the specialized and ever-developing FinTech industry. The ATPC first proposed the idea of..Read More

May 20

ATPC Helps TAG Launch FinTech South

ATPC Helps TAG Launch FinTech South

In 2018, Georgia fintech companies and community partners teamed up to launch an industry event call FinTech South 2018. FinTech South 2018 is a global exchange of insights, innovation, and trends fueling tomorrow’s  financial tech industry. Attracting international companies and speakers, FinTech South is an opportunity to engage with 400 FinTech companies employing more than..Read More

Apr 18

ATPC Holds it’s 100th Congressional Meeting

ATPC Holds it’s 100th Congressional Meeting

The ATPC held it’s 100th Congressional Meeting during its yearly Capitol Hill Fly-In with Board members and staff. The ATPC has been making trips to Capitol Hill since 2014 to meet with Congress and their staff. 2018 marks a major milestone as the ATPC continues to show its strong connections with Washington, D.C.

Feb 26

ATPC Hosts Director of North America for the U.K. Department for International Trade

ATPC Hosts Director of North America for the U.K. Department for International Trade

Holland & Knight, LLP hosted an ATPC meet-and-greet at their midtown offices on Monday, February 26. This was a great opportunity for ATPC supporters, friends, board, sponsors, and potential sponsors to meet Ross Allen, Director of North America – U.K. Department for International Trade, a supporter of the ATPC’s P20 initiative.

Feb 20

ATPC Team Presents to Georgia House Economic Development and Tourism Committee

ATPC Team Presents to Georgia House Economic Development and Tourism Committee

The ATPC’s international platform, P20, had a successful inaugural conference in October 2017 and is now in full preparation for its first conference on U.S. soil, in Atlanta October 8-10, 2018. H. West Richards and Eileen Nebhut – SVP of Development, US, for P20 – were invited to present to the Georgia House Economic Development and Tourism Committee..Read More

2017
Oct 09

ATPC launches Payments 20 (P20) Conference in London

ATPC launches Payments 20 (P20) Conference in London

In 2017, the ATPC launched the P20 as a partnership between Atlanta and London to unite their payments ecosystems. The 20 largest payments companies in the world came together to discuss the major problems facing the growing payments industry. These issues included cybersecurity, payments fraud, and financial inclusion. The first conference was held in London..Read More

Sep 07

ATPC Leadership Participate on Panel at Republican Attorneys General Event

ATPC Leadership Participate on Panel at Republican Attorneys General Event

ATPC board members and Executive Director H. West Richards were invited by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and the Rule of Law Defense Fund to participate in a roundtable discussion amongst other AG’s from across the country on September 7th. The panel focused on the role of state law in the FinTech environment. AG’s from..Read More

Aug 25

ATPC Meets with National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance

ATPC Meets with National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance

As part of the ATPC’s on-going cyber efforts, the Coalition conducted a meeting with the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday, August 25, 2017.

Aug 22

Rep. Hank Johnson Visits ATPC Members Elavon and Ingenico

Rep. Hank Johnson Visits ATPC Members Elavon and Ingenico

Both Elavon and Ingenico Group North America hosted Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) on Tuesday, August 22, sharing background on the industry in Georgia and insights into the innovation taking place around mobile and digital payments, cybersecurity, and talent acquisition with the Congressman and his staff while in district.

May 11

ATPC Launches Cyber Forum

ATPC Launches Cyber Forum

In 2015 and 2016, the ATPC executed a comprehensive engagement strategy that included a series of meetings to better understand the structure, threats and responses associated with cyber-attacks on the payments industry. Meetings included leaders from the U.S. Senate Homeland Security staffers and their peers in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Federal Reserve Bank of..Read More

Apr 17

Leadership Team Promotes ATPC and P20 at FinTech Conferences in London

Leadership Team Promotes ATPC and P20 at FinTech Conferences in London

An ATPC-led delegation including Executive Director H. West Richards and Secretary Robert Green, traveled across the pond in early April 2017 to promote the ATPC and continue securing commitments for the inaugural P20 Conference in October. As part of the trip, the team – including P20 Chairman, Peter Radcliffe – attended both the two-day Innovate Finance..Read More

Feb 17

ATPC Presents to Georgia Senate Banking Committee

ATPC Presents to Georgia Senate Banking Committee

ATPC leadership was invited by the Chairman of the Georgia Senate Banking Committee, Senator William Lignon (R-Brunswick), to give an update on the industry to the other members of the Senate Banking Committee. They presented to the Committee on the scope and presence of the payments industry in Georgia, what Washington, D.C. is doing to..Read More

2016
Dec 13

ATPC Launches Industry Awards Program

ATPC Launches Industry Awards Program

ATPC established an awards program in 2016, with the goal of celebrating the organization’s progress and the people who helped move the industry needle. In its inaugural year, the ATPC presented four awards as follows: Congressman Tom Price received the first “Legislative Champion” award for his early and steadfast championing of the ATPC concept, related..Read More

Sep 19

ATPC Applauds Sen. Isakson’s Leadership on “National Electronic Payments Week” Legislation

ATPC Applauds Sen. Isakson’s Leadership on “National Electronic Payments Week” Legislation

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) announced today a legislative effort to recognize the critical role the payments industry, headquartered in Atlanta, plays in the current and future well-being of America and the world’s economy during discussions at an Atlanta Trend and American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) luncheon. Sen. Isakson and senate colleagues – Thomas Carper (D-DE),..Read More

Aug 22

ATPC Host Reps. Patrick McHenry and Barry Loudermilk at InComm

ATPC Host Reps. Patrick McHenry and Barry Loudermilk at InComm

Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Chief Deputy Whip and Vice-Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) visited Transaction Alley on Monday, August 22nd – meeting with Board Chairman Scott Meyerhoff, board member Barry McCarthy, board delegate Bob Skiba, and ATPC Executive Director H. West Richards at InComm for more than two hours, discussing..Read More

Jun 08

ATPC Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

ATPC Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) observed its second anniversary with a reception hosted recently by Holland & Knight in Atlanta. The coalition represents companies in the payment processing and financial technology industry, most of which are based in metro Atlanta’s “Transaction Alley.” The ATPC works to advance government policy and economic and workforce development..Read More

Apr 01

ATPC Holds Inaugural Payments Cyber Planning Summit for Industry

ATPC Holds Inaugural Payments Cyber Planning Summit for Industry

Federal, state and local government officials met with payments company experts at the Atlanta offices of Holland & Knight to begin a dialogue about cooperation that improves Transaction Alley’s resiliency after a significant and coordinated cyber attack. The summit, convened by the ATPC, is the direct result of a November 2015 meeting at the National..Read More

Feb 10

Governor Deal Recognizes Former ATPC Chairman, Tony Catalfano, for Economic Development Leadership, and Chairmanship Transition

Governor Deal Recognizes Former ATPC Chairman, Tony Catalfano, for Economic Development Leadership, and Chairmanship Transition

A special presentation took place at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta following the Q1 2016 ATPC Board of Directors meeting and PeachPay program on February 10th. ATPC Board of Directors Chairman Tony Catalfano received a proclamation from Governor Deal and the state of Georgia, presented by ATPC’s state government relations consultant, Jay Morgan, on..Read More

Feb 06

ATPC Supports the Launch of GA Joint Study Committee on Incentives for Financial Technologies and the Payments Processing Industry

ATPC Supports the Launch of GA Joint Study Committee on Incentives for Financial Technologies and the Payments Processing Industry

Senate Resolution 883, passed during the 2016 Georgia General Assembly session, created the Joint Study Committee on Incentives for Financial Technologies and the Payment Processing Industry. The group held three meetings from August through December, working to ensure Georgia maintains its leadership in the industry with the help of the state’s resources, as it faces..Read More

2015
Nov 04

ATPC Rallies Entire Georgia Congressional Delegation Around Fixing CFPB Rule for Prepaid Accounts

ATPC Rallies Entire Georgia Congressional Delegation Around Fixing CFPB Rule for Prepaid Accounts

The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in response to the regulator’s proposed new rules for prepaid accounts. “While we applaud the CFPB’s intentions to protect consumers, we are highly concerned that the proposed regulation will actually have the reverse effect by cutting off consumer access and..Read More

Sep 27

ATPC Hosts Reps. Lynn Westmoreland, David Scott, and Tom Graves for Congressional Payments Technology Caucus Meet-and-Greet

ATPC Hosts Reps. Lynn Westmoreland, David Scott, and Tom Graves for Congressional Payments Technology Caucus Meet-and-Greet

Politicians, industry executives and other key stakeholders gathered in midtown Atlanta on September 1st for a Congressional Payments Technology Caucus Meet-andGreet. The 52nd floor of the Bank of America tower played host to Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Rep. David Scott (D-GA), Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) and a crowd of more than 100 FinTech and payments..Read More

Sep 01

ATPC inspires the creation of FinTech Atlanta

ATPC inspires the creation of FinTech Atlanta

In September 2015, the ATPC worked with the Technological Association of Georgia (TAG) and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to create an Atlanta FinTech Task Force to support, maintain, and grow the FinTech Industry in Atlanta. As the FinTech industry developed and grew in Atlanta, this task force spun off and became an independent,..Read More

Aug 20

ATPC Supports the Creation of the U.S. House and Senate Payments Caucuses

ATPC Supports the Creation of the U.S. House and Senate Payments Caucuses

The ATPC applauded the creation of the bipartisan U.S. Senate Payments Innovation Caucus in 2015. The caucus, led in part by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-­‐GA) will explore innovative technologies in the payments industry, including addressing issues in data security, consumer protection and the electronic payments industry. The caucus was also co-­‐founded by Sens. Tom Carper..Read More

Jun 06

ATPC Joins Governor Nathan Deal in Trade Mission to Brazil

ATPC Joins Governor Nathan Deal in Trade Mission to Brazil

ATPC representatives traveled to Brazil in June as part of a trade mission driven by Governor  Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The Governor’s weeklong trade mission included visits to Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo and other surrounding areas. The governor extended invitations to ATPC Executive Director H. West Richards, Jay Morgan..Read More

Jun 01

ATPC supports the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in the creation of PeachPay

ATPC supports the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in the creation of PeachPay

In 2015, the ATPC supported the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in the creation of its Peachpay forum. This forum provides an opportunity for payments processing companies to work with each other and the Federal Reserve Bank to share information about best practices, provide education, discuss new product innovation, and discuss regulatory and policy issues that..Read More

May 15

ATPC Works CISA Through Passage

ATPC Works CISA Through Passage

After much encouragement from the ATPC and industry, the ATPC applauded the passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA – S. 754) by the Senate, and its inclusion in the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which passed both chambers of Congress and was signed by President Barack Obama. The included language authorizes companies to..Read More

Apr 23

ATPC Guides Dutch/Flemish Trade Mission in Atlanta

ATPC Guides Dutch/Flemish Trade Mission in Atlanta

Leadership in Netherlands and Flanders decided in the spring of 2015 that their U.S. trade mission would be held in Atlanta and was set to focus only on two industries: information security and logistics. After a number of meetings, ATPC successfully persuaded the Netherlands Embassy representatives in Washington, D.C. to add FinTech to their trade mission..Read More

Mar 21

ATPC Briefs Georgia House Banking Committee and Democratic Caucus

ATPC Briefs Georgia House Banking Committee and Democratic Caucus

In March 2015, H. West Richards, Steve Karp of Worldpay, and Greg Boardman of Ingenico North American presented to a full room of state legislators, largely comprised of members of the House Banks & Banking Committee. The lunch-­‐and-­‐learn session was designed to educate the decision makers on the magnitude of the payments industry in their..Read More

Jan 28

First “Payments 101” Congressional Staff Briefing

First “Payments 101” Congressional Staff Briefing

Initial feedback from members of Congress and their staff during founding ATPC conversations was that few FinTech companies visited them to share information about the industry. And as a result, there was limited Capitol Hill knowledge about how the payments system functions and how various pieces of pending legislation impacted companies in the FinTech space...Read More

2014
Dec 09

ATPC Holds Townhall with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

ATPC Holds Townhall with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

The ATPC has been discussing payment processing with leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for months, and there is significant interest in building the relationship in 2015. The initial conversations culminated on Tuesday December 9, 2014 when ATPC Secretary Robert Green and Marie Gooding, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the..Read More

Dec 03

ATPC Members Launch Georgia Economic Development Program “ReUp Georgia”

ATPC Members Launch Georgia Economic Development Program “ReUp Georgia”

The ATPC launched a member-driven statewide economic development initiative in December, designed to bolster Georgia’s economy and secure the industry’s leadership in the global FinTech sector. This collaborative campaign is intended to grow Georgia’s workforce, resources and reputation in an increasingly competitive industry. The program will tangibly demonstrate the industry’s commitment to enhancing the burgeoning..Read More

Oct 09

Representatives of the ATPC participate in the Global Financial Summit hosted by the Financial Services Roundtable

Representatives of the ATPC participate in the Global Financial Summit hosted by the Financial Services Roundtable

Representatives of the ATPC participated in the Global Financial Summit at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on October 9, 2014. The Financial Services Roundtable, the 100-year-old leading advocacy organization for America’s financial services industry, hosted the prestigious event that featured and attracted a wide-array of financial services executives. Though a number..Read More

Sep 01

First ATPC Washington, D.C. Fly-In

First ATPC Washington, D.C. Fly-In

In 2014, The ATPC held its first Fly-In for its Board Members to meet with various legislators and regulators to discuss issues affecting the payments industry.

Apr 16

ATPC Launches at InComm Headquarters

ATPC Launches at InComm Headquarters

The ATPC hosted a town hall meeting to help educate 400-plus industry employees, chamber of commerce executives, university leadership and elected officials from Congress, the Georgia General Assembly and local governments across metro Atlanta, about Transaction Alley. The program, sponsored by InComm, featured an impressive collection of speakers, including: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Congressman Tom..Read More