ETA Launches Payments Industry Advocacy Program at Strategic Leadership Forum

ETA Launches Payments Industry Advocacy Program at Strategic Leadership Forum

Record-Setting Event Features Address from Former Congressman Bart Stupak

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Electronic Transactions
Association (ETA), the trade association of the global electronic payments
industry, has kicked off this year's annual Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF)
in Scottsdale, Arizona. Today's event, the largest in ETA history, will
include the launch of ETA's new political engagement program, The Voice of
Payments™, as well as the newly formed ETAPAC. Former Rep. Bart Stupak
(D-Mich.) will be the luncheon's featured speaker.

"The complicated world of government regulation is one of the biggest
challenges ahead for the payments industry," said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA.
"ETA's Voice of Payments™ gives ETA members the tools to advocate for the
innovative American companies that are driving the world's best electronic
payments system."

Mr. Stupak's remarks will focus on the importance of making the voice of the
payments industry heard in Washington. With his expertise gained from 18 years
of service in Congress, 16 of which were spent on the House Energy and
Commerce Committee, Mr. Stupak brings a unique perspective to the payments
industry's ongoing engagement with policymakers.

The launch of The Voice of Payments™ is part of ETA's broader enhanced
legislative outreach efforts. Among increased advocacy efforts on behalf of
members, ETA has also launched a political action committee, ETAPAC; they have
also doubled government relations staff and registered a lobbyist to increase
their reach on Capitol Hill.

ETA's new advocacy program comes at a time of explosive growth for the
association. In the past year, ETA has expanded its membership to include more
than 540 of the world's largest payments companies. New members include all
four national wireless carriers, major technology companies, and the leading
mobile wallet ventures and companies that are driving advances in payments

ETA's SLF is the payments industry's premier executive networking event.
Keynote speakers include First Data Corporation's Vice Chairman Ed Labry and
Heartland Payment Systems' CEO Bob Carr.

For media inquiries, contact Meghan Cieslak, 202.677.7406 or

About ETA
The Electronic Transactions Association is an international trade association
representing more than 500 companies that offer electronic transaction
processing products and services. ETA's mission is to advance the payments
industry profession by providing leadership through education, advocacy and
the exchange of information.

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