The MAG 2019 Mid-Year Conference Provided Timely Education and Broke Records!

The MAG 2019 Mid-Year Conference held February 25-27 at the Marriott Harbor Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, FL drew record attendance with 592 attendees, a growth of 34% from the same event in 2018. Presentations accessible to all attendees, can be found here. Education presentations and the Merchant-Only polling results are available in the Member Only area of the website. You must login to view. Once logged in, click on “Use Our Resources,” “Member Resources,” “2019 Mid-Year Conference Presentations and Polling Results.”

As an added benefit to MAG members we will provide a conference summary as well as the SIG reports for your internal use and this will be available in the coming weeks. The MAG produces the conference summary to provide insight to what MAG members are talking about, what they are advocating for and what information you will be able to bring back to your organization.

Visit the MAG website to view the 2019 Mid-Year Conference final attendee list, presentations, program and sponsors. Mark your calendars for the 2019 Annual Conference September 17-19 in Scottsdale, AZ!

The MAG is already busy planning for the 2019 Annual Conference and we are excited to announce our Keynote Speaker Jason Dorsey. Sponsored by MAG Annual Sponsor Discover, Jason Dorsey is the #1 Gen Z, Millennial, and generations speaker and researcher. He is President of The Center for Generational Kinetics, which delivers research, speaking, and consulting for more than 180 clients annually. Jason works closely with leaders around the world to separate generational myth from truth by using original, data-driven research to explain generational behaviors. He has appeared on over 200 TV shows including 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Today Show and has led research on four continents and keynoted events from India and Egypt to Chile, Finland and all 50 U.S. States. The MAG along with Discover look forward to welcoming him in September. Get a sneak peek of Jason Dorsey here. Watch for more information to come.

Online Registration Opens in June!

Contactless 3.0
By John Drechny, CEO, Merchant Advisory Group

We all remember the promises when contactless was first issued over a decade ago on cards in the United States - it was going to revolutionize the checkout process. Read the Full Article

Payment Standards - Relevance to Merchants?
By Laura Townsend, SVP Operations, Merchant Advisory Group

Standards in the payments industry are designed and published by various bodies. Often the day to day engagement with those standards organizations requires a level of technical expertise. However, it is of critical importance to ensure business intelligence is layered on top to influence the technical design. Retailers, financial institutions, and service providers alike that deliver experiences to their customers must engage in the evolution of payment standard design. Your customers are worth it. Read the Full Article

What's up in Washington: 2019 Kicks Off with a Partial Government Shutdown and New Congress
By Beth Provenzano, VP Public Affairs, Merchant Advisory Group

2019 began with a partial government shutdown, and Congressional leaders reached a deal with President Trump in February to keep the government open and add security along the border. While those negotiations took place throughout the first several weeks of the year, Congressional leaders made committee assignments, paving the way for new Chairmen and Ranking Members to begin setting their agendas for the 116th Congress. Read the Full Article

Protecting Your Most Valuable Currency - Data
By Kim Sullivan, Vice President and General Manager, NCR Payments

With fraud losses in the U.S. reaching a staggering $24.B in recent years, merchants undoubtedly understand the importance of prioritizing and maintaining laser-sharp focus on cybersecurity to avoid becoming another data breach statistic. Read the Full Article

Dispute Management in the Frictionless Age
By Rick Lynch, SVP Business Development, Verifi, Inc.

Let's face it. Technology has spoiled us to the extent that things we couldn't conceive as possible are now part of everyday life. Read the Full Article

We are pleased to announce the following new members and sponsors have joined since December 2018:


  • 14 West/The Agora Companies
  • ADT Security
  • Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC)
  • Digital River
  • Meijer, Inc.
  • Panera Bread
  • U-Haul
  • Whataburger

View a complete listing of MAG Members


Silver Sponsor

Certegy Payment Solutions (Certegy) is a leading provider of payment risk management and services to retailers and financial institutions in North America. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, Certegy's services utilize proprietary authorization systems, algorithms, and a risk assessment decision-making platform to provide customers with check warranty and verification/self-risk services.

Silver Sponsor

The Electronic Payments Association is the steward of the ACH Network, one of the largest and most reliable payment networks in the world. We develop tools for merchants like our Direct Deposit App, and offer consultative services through our Elevation consulting group.

Silver Sponsor

Cross-border e-payment specialist, PPRO Group, (PPRO) removes the complexity of international e-commerce payments by acquiring, collecting and processing an extensive range of local payment methods for Payment Service Providers (PSPs) under one contract, through one platform and one single integration. PPRO supports international payment methods across 175 countries, allowing PSPs to expand their merchants' e-commerce reach, arrange hassle-free collection and achieve higher conversion rates.

Silver Sponsor

The Path To Faster Payments Ubiquity Starts With You. Do you want a hand in shaping the future of the nation's payments system? The U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC) is a new membership organization established so Americans can safely and securely pay anyone, anywhere, at any time and with near-immediate funds availability. FPC members use private-sector approaches to address issues that inhibit adoption of faster payments, and enable end users to reach each other in ways as seamless and transparent to them as mobile texting. The FPC gives members an edge in navigating the evolving faster payments landscape. Focus on the larger goals of safety, security and adoption of all faster payments. Opportunities to broaden their reach and leverage investments across a much broader base of transactions. Safe forums for dialogue governed by strong antitrust guard rails.

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