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Find the complete 2018 NEAA Agenda Here!


PayFac Educational Seminar

Tuesday, January 30th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Payment Facilitator (PayFac) is the hottest topic in the payments industry. Spawned by companies like Square, Stripe and Etsy, PayFac’s have opened the door to anyone who wants to offer merchant processing using sub-merchants. This means that you do not have get a MID for each merchant but can instead board merchants under a master MID of a PayFac that is sponsored by a bank. Sound easy? It can be, but with every process comes risk, liability, rules and operational obstacles.  NEAA is hosting a PayFac education session that will be conducted by Holli Targan and Deana Rich. In this session you will learn everything you need to know about being a PayFac and if it is the right business move for you.

Catapult 2018

Tuesday, January 30th 3:00pm - 5:00pm

This is the NEAA’s own Innovation competition. Four finalists will compete in a lightning fast presentation and Q&A in front of Investor judges. The winner will receive $1,000 plus a free booth at the ETA’s Transact18 Next Payments Zone. Come join the fun and root on what may be the next big thing in payments.

Keynote Address: "The Magic of Inner Selling - Discover the Magnetic You"

Wednesday, January 31st 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Dr. Steve Taubman has dedicated his life to showing people in high pressure jobs how to thrive through their challenges. He's written extensively on the application of contemplative practices in the stressful workplace and has spoken throughout the United States on mindset mastery for goal-oriented professionals.

Having endured crippling anxiety and low self esteem early in life, Dr. Taubman made it his mission to understand the nature of happiness and the remedy for emotional turmoil. His search led him to neurology, holistic health, mindfulness, positive psychology, and hypnosis. Each of these disciplines is represented in Dr. Taubman's system for living a balanced life, free of neurosis and rich in accomplishment.

Dr. Taubman continues to enrich his understanding of the science of happiness and its impact on success. Most recently, he's partnered with mental toughness expert, Steve Siebold, to deliver high impact programs on the psychology of performance to business professionals worldwide. He's also proud to have just released his third book, Buddha in the Trenches about developing unshakeable performance under pressure.

When not writing or speaking, Dr. Taubman enjoys spending time with his dog, Woody, in and around his home on the beautiful Burlington, Vermont waterfront.

2018 NEAA Payment Bowl - State of Acceptance: Cash Discounts

Wednesday, January 31st 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Unique to NEAA, this session is a deeper dive into the hottest products in payments. Last year we looked at EMV from a point/counterpoint of issues. This year we take on Cash Discount and other Cash programs for ISO’s and acquirers. We will hear from program providers, ISO’s, Mastercard and others that can give us insight and expectations on these hot products. This session will close out our 2018 NEAA sessions and is one not to miss.

Send all speaker suggestions and/or seminar topics to Donna Embry, via donnae@gopai.com