“Transaction Alley Talks” Seeks to Provide Insights and Connectivity for Payments Leaders
ATLANTA (August 18, 2020) – The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) launched a new speaker series today called “Transaction Alley Talks” intended to drive connectivity, best practices and information sharing for payments processing leaders. The virtual speaker series will bring together the payments and fintech ecosystems for critical conversations and provide on-ramps to immediate programmatic and policy action.
Transaction Alley Talks kick-off on September 9th at 1 p.m. with a virtual “fireside chat” featuring industry legend O.B. Rawls, Paysafe’s CEO, Global Payment Processing. Future programs include: a “Government Actions and Impacts in a Post COVID-19 World” panel featuring Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Lee Arthur of Blenheim Chalcot on September 22nd; and “Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the Payments Industry” for Human Resources and department managers later in the fall. Transaction Alley Talks will require registration but are open to the payments processing and fintech community, and media.
The ATPC is known and sought after for its ability to bring together payments processing leaders with government officials and other key stakeholders to protect, promote and preserve the industry. Programs like the Cyber Council, PeachPay and quarterly board meetings provide a platform for the industry to share their news, services, product innovations and concerns with decision makers at all levels of government – and each other.
Transaction Alley Talks grew out of online meetings that were designed to help ATPC’s trade association membership navigate the various challenges resulting from COVID-19 and changing federal and state guidelines, orders and legislation.
“Our mission work gained resonance during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we launched a new committee to help the industry understand key issues, share best practices and educate elected officials and regulators. We believe Transaction Alley Talks will broaden our reach on key industry issues,” said ATPC Executive Director H. West Richards.
The ATPC COVID-19 Task Force, which quickly formed in March in response to member requests, held virtual meetings that included presentations and informational sessions with the likes of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger, legal insights from the law firm of Holland & Knight and facility health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. The ATPC also hosted a joint COVID-19 Task Force and Cyber Council presentation on COVID-19’s impacts on national cybersecurity, which included Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury David Lacquement and U.S. Secret Service Assistant Director Michael D’Ambrosio. The virus dictated that these sessions be held remotely, as were the past two ATPC Board of Directors meetings, which featured speakers including U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA11), Georgia Lieutenant Governor Jeff Duncan, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA2) and Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11).
“The virtual taskforce and board sessions worked well and were positively received, but we lost the ability to include our larger community in these critical conversations,” said Royal Cole, the ATPC Board of Directors Chair and Executive Vice President, Financial Institutions Payment Solutions at FIS. “These online meetings proved our role as a vital clearinghouse of relationships and ideas, while also highlighting the need for a new virtual series that allows us to reengage the members, sponsors, partners and influencers who would usually attend our in-person sessions but were excluded from “mission-critical” COVID-19 conversations and board meetings,” Cole added.
The ATPC Transaction Alley Talks Series
The ATPC will leverage its influence and relationships to create a virtual speaker series that brings together the payments and fintech ecosystems for critical conversations and provide onramps to immediate programmatic and policy action. These hour-long sessions (moderated by Mr. Richards) will feature regularly scheduled keynote sessions and periodic issue-based programs that provide real-time access and insights on topics like financial inclusion, industry diversity and inclusion, COVID-19, cybersecurity, speaker profiles and more.
About the ATPC
The ATPC was created to protect, promote and preserve the interests of this critical Georgia industry through proactive public relations and government affairs activities. Current activities include federal government relations, state government education (in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio), PeachPay and the Transaction Alley Cyber Forum. For more information, visit ATPC’s website, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.