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Synergent PowerPay to offer payment processing solutions

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WESTBROOK, Maine (2/6/08)--Synergent has partnered with PowerPay to offer credit unions in New England payment processing solutions. PowerPay will provide credit card, electronic payment, gift and loyalty card and other payment processing to credit unions with the Synergent Card Services program. PowerPay offers payment acceptance; credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards; business-to-business and government purchasing cards; petroleum cards; electronic check verification; and standard, high-speed and wireless point-of-sale solutions, said Rebecca Higgins, PowerPay card services manager. Synergent also announced that it is offering ATM Capture, which accepts checks and cash items without deposit envelopes. The ATMs scan the items and the amount while imaging both the front and back of the checks. Synergent is a subsidiary of the Maine Credit Union League.

Buckingham Sheahan to keynote Discovery Conference

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MADISON, Wis. (2/6/08)--Authors Marcus Buckingham and Peter Sheahan will keynote CUNA Mutual Group’s 2008 Discovery Conference, scheduled for June 18-21 in Hollywood, Fla. Buckingham is the author of “Strengths Revolution” and has been profiled in national media, including The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Sheahan is the author of “Generation Y: (Thriving and Surviving) with Generation Y at Work” and “FL!P.” Buckingham will deliver the opening address and Sheahan will deliver the closing. Registration for the conference has opened, with a $250 early bird discount available to those who register before March 5. The four-day conference includes 55 sessions of future-focused topics for credit union professionals. For more information, use the links.

Webinar to feature Top Eight CU Security Tips

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MADISON, Wis., and MILFORD, Conn. (2/6/08)--CUNA Strategic Services and Perimeter eSecurity will host a free webinar on credit union security Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. CST. The webinar, “Top Eight CU Security Tips,” will provide eight steps that credit unions can take to mitigate network risks. Perimeter will discuss how layers of protection within the network can control threat exposure and defend against the latest attacks. For more information, use the link.

JMFA announces contract cost reduction service

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BAYTOWN, Texas (2/6/08)--John M. Floyd and Associates (JMFA) has partnered with Discovering Money in Networks (DMi Networks) to offer Contract Cost Reduction Service. DMi has saved its clients $24 million since its 2003 inception, according to JMFA. The service provides financial institutions, including credit unions, with advice on pricing, service, support, and terms and conditions related to proposals, contracts and agreements on their processing and technology services. The goal of the service is to lower contract costs and increase service levels. The negotiation services include: ATM/debit card processing contracts, check vendor contracts, core data processing contracts, Internet banking contracts, telecommunications contracts, and image/item processing contracts. JMFA, a CUNA Strategic Services provider, is a consulting firm and provider of overdraft privilege programs. It services 2,000 financial institutions in the U.S. and Central America.