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Membership News: The Power of Connections (MAG Quarterly- Volume Seven, Issue Two)

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By Kari Hartley, Director of Member and Administrative Services, Merchant Advisory Group

June 6, 2019

The MAG values the power of connection and it’s evident in the atmosphere at our conferences, the collaborative conversations of our merchant SIG groups, and so much more.  We hear frequently from our merchants and sponsors that feeling connected, a sense of knowing you are where innovative ideas are being shared, is what makes the MAG a valuable business resource. Everyone at the MAG is passionate about helping each other navigate this wild world of payments. 

Whether you are new to payments or a seasoned veteran, we hope you feel the connected spirit that our long-time attendees have cultivated and why the MAG is the place to be for merchants and sponsors in payments! 

The 2019 Mid-Year Conference experienced significant growth enabling the MAG to connect even more people than previous Mid-Year events. 
MYC19 Growth

  • Attendance increased by 19% from 2018’s Mid-Year Conference; the total attendance reached 525 with half of the attendees consisting of merchants. Here’s what some of our merchant attendees had to say:

    “The event was well organized and I felt very welcome as a first time guest attendee. The sessions were very informational. The vendor interaction was informational and I was never approached with a "hard" sell speech. I will definitely attend future conferences.”
    ~ MYC19 Merchant Attendee
  • Content/sharing knowledge and networking rank among the top reasons merchant attendees invest their time to attend MAG conferences.  The Merchant vertical round table (aka SIG) discussions are always a top priority for merchants to attend.  The MAG provides ample opportunities to connect with peers.

    “The education is great, however, what is likely even better are the knowledge transfer from the SIGs and the networking opportunities to meet with all the card brands and various payments related vendors. It’s hugely beneficial as one-stop shopping.” 

    ~ MYC19 Merchant Attendee

    “LOVE the small ticket/restaurant SIG! This is the most valuable thing I get out of the entire conference!” 
    ~ Small Ticket Merchant attendee

sixtWe look forward to connecting with you all at the 2019 Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sept. 17-19, 2019!  Be sure to watch your MAGMail for registration information, the agenda and who’s attending.  You won’t want to miss this conference! 

Please join us in welcoming MAG’s newest members and sponsors who joined since our March newsletter.  Additionally, we have wrapped up our member renewal for 2019 and we now have 144 active merchant members.

If you are not yet a MAG member or sponsor and want to know more, please contact Kari Hartley for information on benefits and dues.