MAG’s Annual Conference and Tech Forum will both take place September 10-13, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

Industry-leading speakers will focus on the latest payments-industry trends in payments.

Tech Forum Attendees:  The 2023 Annual Conference Tech Forum will dive deeper into the technology of payments while continuing to connect merchant IT professionals and their business partners with technology sponsors through technology-focused educational sessions and engaging networking events.

Continue to check this webpage as planning continues and more information becomes available. We look forward to connecting with you!


Registration for the Annual Conference and Tech Forum will open June 13.

We look forward to you joining us for a dynamic lineup of speakers, discussions on the latest payments-industry topics, and robust engagement opportunities.

  • June 13 - Registration Opens for Annual Conference and Tech Forum
  • August 10  - Early Bird Deadline
  • August 10 - No Refunds for Cancellations Deadlines, all events
    • Annual Conference
    • Tech Forum
  • August 24 - No Transfers/Substitutions
    • No changes to different individuals from company (Annual Conference & Tech Forum)
  • September 1, 12:00pm ET - Annual Conference & Tech Forum Online Registration Closes
  • Payments professionals representing cross verticals who want to drive positive change in the payments industry.  
  • Payments operations or payments technology subject matter experts willing to share knowledge.  
  • New payments professionals looking to gain a foundational knowledge of payments and the ecosystem.
  • Online registration for the Annual Conference and Tech Forum will close on Friday, September 1.
  • You must be registered for the conference to attend any of the Annual or Tech Forum programming. 
  • Registration grants access to education sessions, general sessions, and sponsor breakout sessions as well as the exhibit area.
    • MAG offers Merchant-Only sessions that are restricted to MAG merchant members and guest merchants.

Registration Fees

Merchant Members Registration Fees

  • All MAG merchant members are eligible to attend both Annual Conference and Tech Forum. Current MAG Members receive 5 complimentary registrations that can be used for either event.
  • If you are not a merchant member of the MAG and wish to attend a conference, please contact Kristi Simonett, Director, Membership Engagement and Sponsorship Programs for options and the process to attend.

The number of complimentary registrations for MAG conferences are based on your sponsorship level.  View MAG Annual Sponsors and levels.

Annual Sponsors Registration Fees

Exhibit Hall Passes

Use promo code EXHAC231009 when registering to secure the $100 Exhibitor Set Up/ Tear Down Only pass.
Use promo code EXHSTAFFAC231009 when registering exhibit booth staff registration fee of $800.

  • Prospective Merchant Pricing
    • Complimentary passes are available for first-time attendees, limit 2 total per company, and include access to the Annual Conference and Tech Forum agendas
  • Prospective Sponsor Pricing
    • Registration is $3,000/person: includes access to the Annual Conference and Tech Forum agendas
If you are not a merchant member or a sponsor of the MAG and wish to attend a conference, please contact Kristi Simonett, Director, Membership Engagement and Sponsorship Programs for options and the process to attend.

Tech Forum

The MAG Tech Forum is aligned with the MAG bi-annual conferences and designed specifically for payment IT professionals. Technologies in payments continue to evolve at a rapid pace. The Tech Forum provides education and networking opportunities among merchant technology professionals and leading technology providers focused on innovative uses of new payment technologies.

The objectives of the Tech Forum event alongside our MAG conferences are to foster collaboration, provide tech-focused knowledge, and build relationships across merchants, their payments IT and business teams, and technology-focused sponsors. This collaboration and networking further support the MAG's Payments Technology goal of influencing the technologies used in the payments ecosystem to better align with the needs of the merchant community.

Connect with IT professionals at the Tech Forum and payments professionals at the MAG conference events representing over 150 of the largest U.S. merchants which account for over $4.8 trillion in annual sales across physical and digital commerce.
Create new business connections with Tech Forum and MAG merchant member attendees from every vertical (eCommerce, Airlines, Department Stores, Mass Merchant, Grocery, Hospitality, Hotels Petroleum/Convenience Stores, Small Ticket/Restaurants).

Presentations are available on current industry topics that your business peers across the retail community are grappling with in their companies. Join the strategic discussions and learn best practices for today’s rapidly changing payments environment.

Access to industry experts who provide the latest insights and innovative uses of new payment technologies twice a year through panel and keynote sessions, as well as within the exhibit halls at in-person events.

Beyond the in-person meetings twice a year, participate in the MAG webinar series, online learning, MAG committees, and Community of Practice (COP) efforts offered throughout the year. Want to get even more involved? Be a panelist at one of our upcoming events and share your perspective with fellow merchants.


Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

The MAG 2023 Annual Conference & Tech Forum will offer a variety of opportunities to show your support for the MAG and gain additional exposure as you showcase your brand to conference attendees.

As a MAG exhibitor and/or Conference sponsor, merchants will:

  • Recognize your company brand, products, and services
  • See you as a supporter and partner in the payment’s community
  • View your company as a relevant solution to current or future payment needs

REMINDER: You must be a current MAG Annual Sponsor in good standing to be an Annual Conference and/or Tech Forum Conference sponsor. View the MAG Annual Sponsor Listing here. Link to MAG Sponsorship page

Review Conference Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

View the Annual Conference and Tech Forum Sponsorship Guide here.

Important Deadlines

July 7, 2023

  • Deadline to sign up as a MAG Annual or Tech Forum Sponsor
  • Deadline to sign up as an Annual Conference or Tech Forum Conference Sponsor and/or Exhibitor

Visit the Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Selection Portal to create your user credentials. You will then be able to review the interactive exhibit floor plan, select your booth, and/or your conference sponsorship opportunity.

Exhibit personnel who will staff your booth must be registered for the conference and can register using one of the three options below:

  • Standard Sponsor registration using either a comp or purchasing a full conference pass.
  • $100 Exhibitor Set Up/Take Down Only*: EXHAC231009
  • $800 Exhibit Booth Staff Pass for Annual Conference & Tech Forum**: EXHSTAFFAC231009

*Grants access to the Exhibit Hall for set up on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 8am-5pm ET and take down on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 5:30pm – 9pm ET. This pass will not allow access to other conference elements including the general or education sessions.

** This pass will not allow access to other conference elements including the general or education session. This pass is for those who will only be staffing your booth but will not be attending sessions.

Annual Conference and/or Tech Forum sponsorships and exhibits will not be guaranteed or promoted until payment has been received.  We encourage you to submit your payment as soon as possible.

Once your conference sponsorship and/or exhibit selection is made and approved, a MAG Staff member will reach out for payment. Due to proximity to the conference, preferred payment is via ACH/WIRE. If you’d like to pay with ACH/WIRE, contact MAG Staff, Amy Sellheim Payment can also be made by check. Please make your check payable to "Merchant Advisory Group" and mail to the address below

Merchant Advisory Group
4248 Park Glen Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416

*If your company would like to purchase lead retrieval licenses for the MAG Annual Conference exhibit hall, payments will be processed via credit card directly in the Exhibitor and Sponsorship selection portal.

Though your booth is complimentary, you must visit the Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor website to make your exhibit booth selection.

Please let us know by July 7, 2023, if you will not be utilizing your exhibit space.

Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Questions: Contact Jennifer Mammele.

Interested in Becoming a MAG Annual Sponsor?  Contact Kristi Simonett.

Learn More


Thank for you being a valued MAG partner and agreeing to share your expertise and insights with our conference attendees. 

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2023 Annual Conference and Tech Forum Sponsors

Annual Conference Sponsors

The Merchant Advisory Group

Driving positive change and innovation in the payments industry that serves the merchants interest through collaboration, education, and advocacy.