We're All in This Together

We're All in This Together
Kari Hartley Director of Member & Administrative Services Merchant Advisory Group
Jul 1, 2020

We’ve heard the phrase “we’re all in this together” numerous times recently, and it’s comforting to know we are connected, and we can help each other through this unsettling time. Similarly, we’re all in this together is the foundation of why and how the MAG was formed and what makes MAG so special.  

The MAG’s mission of driving positive change in the payments industry that serves merchants’ interests through collaboration, education and advocacy has united members and sponsors and nurtured an amazing partnership. This has created a strong sense of community and a belief we truly are all in this together. Even now, with COVID-19 impacting every single merchant, MAG is the resource merchants remain connected with, drawing help and support from across our network as we learn from each other. 

This collaboration helps MAG provide a wealth of resources to help stakeholders stay on the cutting of edge of payments issues with the best education, networking and resources.  


The payments world continues to change rapidly, and MAG’s complimentary webinars and resources provide valuable education on a wide array of topics from contactless payments and debit routing to understanding the cost of payments acceptance and developing a comprehensive payments strategy. Previous education sessions can be found in the Member Resources section of our website.

Additionally, some education sessions have been formatted into short, easy to consume audio recorded modules. This is a great option to share with your team!  Watch for more sessions to be added!

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

The unique value of MAG’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) makes SIG sessions highly interactive and some of the most popular sessions MAG offers for members. SIGs currently consist of 4 merchant verticals:

  • Mass Merchant
  • eCommerce
  • Petroleum/Convenience Stores
  • Small Ticket/Restaurant 

All SIG sessions are led by MAG members and focus on issues and topics selected by members. Currently, smaller, more specific groups are being established to focus on subscription billing and travel & entertainment.  All SIG meetings offer robust dialog on issues merchants in payments face today.  Connecting with your peers on this level is invaluable to your role within your company. 

Tech Forum

MAG’s Tech Forum has been an exciting new addition alongside our MAG conferences that fosters collaboration, provides tech-focused knowledge, and helps build relationships across merchants, their payments IT and business teams, and technology focused sponsors.  It also offers an opportunity for ongoing networking, learning, and engagement throughout the year through participation in MAG committees, communities, webinars, and connecting with peers in between the bi-annual in-person MAG events.

Contact Kari Hartley or Kacie Paine for more information or to get connected!

Communities of Practices (COP) 

MAG recently started several Communities of Practice (COPs) with merchants and other payments stakeholders to address targeted issues/opportunities. These COPs are small groups and usually short term in duration.   COP objectives focus on advocating for change within the payments ecosystem and/or educating merchants on changes that may impact their organizations.  Current (and past) COP’s include:  Debit Routing, EMVCo, Petro Fraud, Cryptocurrency, 8-Digit BINs, and Card on File.  

Don’t miss out on valuable tools such as the “Merchant Readiness Guides” which have been created for 8-Digit BINs and Card on File! For more information, go to our COP webpage or contact the MAG.  

More Members. More Education. More Networking.

MAG currently has 163 active members. MAG has the top 10 merchants and 19 of top 20 merchants as members. According to Stores Magazine’s latest publication of the Top 100 merchants.

If you have connections to merchants who are not members and may be interested in learning more about MAG, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kari Hartley.

The Merchant Advisory Group

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