American Transaction Processors Coalition Launches; Meets with Congress | Executive Profile | ATLANTA TREND
The American Transaction Processors Coalition (ATPC) formally launched in November after months of planning and recruitment, naming H. West Richards as its first Executive Director. Tony Catalfano, CEO of WorldPay, US, was elected its first Chairman of the Board.
The coalition will work to support the interests of the transaction processing industry to Congress, the White House and the state of Georgia.
Founding 2013 members include WorldPay, InComm, Brightwell Payments and Hunton & Williams, with several more to be announced for 2014. In just a month, founding members and ATPC staff have held introductory meetings with Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle; new Department of Economic Development chief, Chris Carr; members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation; candidates for governor and U.S. Senate; and staff from the office of Governor Nathan Deal. The ATPC will hold a formal kickoff event – and announce its newest members – during the group’s Atlanta based statewide launch during the 2014 Georgia General Assembly in January.
The group has also obtained the full support of the state of Georgia’s delegation to Congress. On December 10th and 11th the group traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent the interests of “Transaction Alley” to Georgia’s Congressional Delegation. Senior executives representing WorldPay, InComm, FIS, Ingenico, Brightwell Payments, Raymond James and Hunton & Williams visited the Capitol for two days of meetings. This trip began a dialogue between Congress and the industry regarding the importance of transaction processing to Georgia and to thank the delegation for its suppport. Congressman Tom Price addressed the group during a Luncheon at the Republican Congressional Club, commending the members for their engagement and encouraging each attendee to recruit other companies to lend their voice to industry legislative efforts and insure progress on critical issues.
The ATPC delegation will return to Washington early in 2014 to discuss specific legislative and regulatory issues, calling upon Georgia members of Congress and key House and Senate committee leadership to support the industry.
By Nicholas Andrade
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