Building relationships within the tech community

The MAG offers the TECH community an opportunity for ongoing networking, learning, and engagement through participation in MAG committees, communities, webinars, and connecting with peers at the bi-annual in-person events and throughout the year.

Network and collaborate with other payments IT professionals while discussing shared challenges such as modernizing payment platforms, optimizing payment processes, combating fraud and increasing data security. The Tech Community brings together viewpoints across the top merchants in the country, leading technology providers and industry experts. Share your story and become a part of this community today!


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Tech Forum

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

The objectives of the Tech Forum event alongside our MAG conferences is to foster collaboration, provide tech-focused knowledge, and build relationships across merchants, their payments IT and business teams, and technology focused sponsors.

Tech-focused payment content:

  • Fintech
  • IOT payments
  • Architecture
  • Blockchain
  • Analytics
  • Agile
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Gateways
  • Data Science
  • Fraud Mitigation
  • Biometrics
  • Orchestration Layers
  • POS Hardware

Top 5 reasons to attend the Tech Forum

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, Mass Merchant, Petroleum/Convenience Stores and Small Ticket/Restaurant).

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.

Tech Forum Sponsorship

The MAG represents over 150 of the largest U.S. merchants which account for over $3.4 Trillion in annual sales at over 950,000 locations across the U.S. and online.

  • 10 out of the top 10 merchants
  • 19 out of the top 20 merchants

Tech Forum Sponsorship offers the opportunity to network and engage with the top retailers in the country. Conferences and webinar sessions are designed for IT professionals to provide attendees with the latest insights needed to understand and use new and emerging technologies in payments.

The Tech Forum Executive Advisory Council along with the support of Tech Forum sponsors will influence the payments technology topics relevant to the membership and included in these Tech Forum sessions. The sessions will discuss how these payments technologies can play a role in creating a more frictionless payments experience for consumers as well as supporting merchants delivering value added services as part of overall commerce.

Tech Forum Sponsor Benefits

Present content as a Tech Forum speaker. Presenters will be selected among Tech Forum sponsors with preference granted to Contributing Sponsors.
Increase brand awareness and visibility with key decision makers through speaking opportunities, conference signage and recognition prior and during event.
Extend your visibility with a complimentary exhibit booth.
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 $3.4 trillion in annual sales across physical & digital commerce.

Create new business connections with Tech Forum and MAG merchant member attendees from every vertical (eCommerce, Mass Merchant, Petroleum/Convenience Stores and Small Ticket/Restaurant).

Thank you Tech Forum Sponsors



Meet our Tech Forum Sponsors 

Accept payments across all sales channels
Let your shoppers use their preferred payment types, via a personalized checkout experience, online, in app, or in store, no matter where in the world they are.

American CryptoFed Inc (ACF) mints Ducat, a stable digital currency, which provides merchants zero cost payment acceptance with no hidden fees and incentivizes consumers with combined network rewards and sales tax relief of up to 16% on every transaction at participating merchants. For more information, please visit.

Provide the world’s best customer experience every day. Become essential to our customers by providing differentiated products and services to help them achieve their aspirations. We deliver an unparalleled standard of excellence in everything we do, staying focused on the biggest opportunities to be meaningful to our customers. From our innovative products to our world-class customer service, our customers expect the best—and our teams are proud to deliver it.

Blackhawk Network is shaping the future of global branded payments through the prepaid products, technologies and network that connect brands and people. Through collaborative innovations with partners, we enable security-minded solutions that increase reach, loyalty and revenue. 

Payment Solutions in a Digital and Connected World
The world is pushing toward a new kind of financial services experience – the kind that serves real people in an increasingly digital and connected world. Responding to this new demand is no simple task. Fiserv draws on deep knowledge and foresight to constantly look ahead for our clients, delivering solutions that work for today's realities and will take them into the future.

Products Designed with You in Mind
We provide banking and credit products that help people achieve their goals–from establishing good credit, to paying for a college education to consolidating debt. In payments, our networks connect banks, cardmembers and merchants around the world with innovative commerce solutions.

Ekata Inc., a Mastercard company, empowers businesses to enable frictionless experiences and combat fraud worldwide. Our identity verification solutions are powered by the Ekata Identity Engine, which combines sophisticated data science and machine learning to help businesses make quick and accurate risk decisions about their customers. Using Ekata’s solutions, businesses can validate customers’ identities and assess risk seamlessly and securely while preserving privacy. Our solutions empower more than 2,000 businesses and partners to combat cyberfraud and enable an inclusive, frictionless experience for customers in over 230 countries and territories.

Enterprise Payment Processing Solutions
Leverage the power of modern payments networks and infrastructure to deliver a frictionless, easy payments experience to your clients and customers while protecting your business from risk and fraud losses. 

Decisions in real-time for a seamless customer experience 
Forter's integrated fraud prevention platform combines predictive fraud research and modeling, merchant input, and our global merchant network, so you can focus on growing your business without worry.

InComm Payments is a global leader in innovative payments technology. Leveraging dynamic technology and proven expertise, InComm Payments delivers enhanced end-to-end payment platforms and emerging financial technology solutions that help businesses grow across a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, tolling & transit, incentives, mobile payments and financial services. By enabling omnichannel connections to an ever-expanding consumer base in an increasingly digital ecosystem, InComm Payments creates seamless and valuable commerce experiences across the globe. With more than 25 years of experience, over 500,000 points of distribution, 386 global patents and a presence in more than 30 countries, InComm leads the payments industry from its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Learn more at

J.P. Morgan provides merchant services that can help clients manage costs, drive sales, better navigate the omnichannel payment landscape, and enhance cash flow and the management of receivables. Simplified payments improve sales conversion rates, lessen shopping-cart abandonment, lead to repeat sales and increase customers loyalty. That means sustained growth and greater market share for you.

Kount, an Equifax Company, delivers real-time fraud prevention and account protection to enable personalized customer experiences for more than 9,000 leading brands and payment providers. Linked by award-winning AI, Kount’s Identity Trust Global Network analyzes signals from 32 billion annual interactions to personalize user experiences across the spectrum of trust — from ensuring frictionless experiences to blocking fraud. Quick and accurate identity trust decisions deliver safe payment, account creation, and login events while reducing digital fraud, chargebacks, false positives, and manual reviews.

Mastercard: Unlocking potential
We reshape the digital economy so everyone — individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses — can realize their ambitions.

Redefining the Customer Journey. Anywhere. Any way. AnyPAY.
The digital future of commerce travels through the sweet spot of our heritage. Personalized, flexible and innovative journeys happen because we provide secure digital connections, cloud-based services, global market insights, best-in-class hardware and standard-setting global and local payment expertise. Verifone is omnipresent in omnichannel – no matter where you are in the world, no matter where you are with your customer journey. We revolutionize commerce. We make it happen. Simply. Everywhere. Consumers want personalized experiences that let them shop where they want, how they want, when they want – on a digital device or in a store. We make it simple for brands to create their customer journeys through software applications we engineer with business needs and consumer lifestyles in mind. We make it possible by connecting merchants to our cloud-based suite of services that delight consumers and unleash business insights – key steps for developing newly imagined customer experiences.

everywhere you want to be 
Visa is a global payments technology company working to enable consumers, businesses, banks and governments to use digital currency. Visa connects people every day through innovative payment solutions. Helping improve lives and economies around the world. From advancing financial inclusion to helping in times of crisis, we're using our products, know-how and philanthropy to bring about positive change.

Exec Tech Leadership

  • Joshua Maletz
    Ford Credit
    Head of Engineering - Model e & Consumer Experiences
  • Prasuna Kolachina
    Delta Airlines
    Managing Director, IT
  • Virender Bhandari
    Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Advisory Engineer
  • Meg Bramlette
    Director, North America & EU Payment Acceptance
  • Kothai Senthil
    Albertsons Companies, Inc.
    VP, Head of Payments
  • Sree Pillai
    Best Buy
    Director of Engineering
  • Sorin Hilgen
    EG America LLC
  • Wes Sweet
    Vice President, Transactional Systems
  • Frank Liberio
    Restaurant Brands International
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Ed Dzadovsky
    Circle K
    VP Information Technology & Systems, N.A.
  • Jamie Henry
    Vice President Finance, Emerging Payments
The Merchant Advisory Group

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