Here are 11 Essential Networking Opportunities for Payments Pros at TRANSACT

The payments technology industry is built on lasting partnerships, strong connections and savvy networking. At the base of it, the old adage rings true: it’s all about who you know.

At TRANSACT, the world’s largest payments technology event, thousands of payments industry professionals from across the ecosystem and around the globe gather to chart a course for the future of payments. TRANSACT is where payments leaders to get business done.

TRANSACT attendees can make the most of their time next week in Las Vegas by making sure they attend all the high-level networking opportunities the show has to offer. Here are 11 essential networking opportunities TRANSACT attendees can’t afford to miss:

11. TRANSACT Golf Tournament at TPC Summerlin Las Vegas, sponsored by SecurityMetrics. Monday, April 16
The home of Tiger Woods’ first professional victory, TPC Summerlin is one of the premier private courses in the world and host of the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospital for Children Open each October. But the beautiful desert course isn’t just a great place to show off your stroke during TRANSACT. Link up with key partners, new prospects and old friends to kick off the show.

10. The Executive Lounge, sponsored by Wells Fargo – Show Floor
The Executive Lounge is reserved for the C-suite at TRANSACT. Located on the show floor and accessible by invite only, it’s the perfect setting for industry leaders to catch up, make critical introductions and network while enjoying special amenities and a comfortable break from the show floor. If you’re on the list, remember to take advantage of this key tool for the industry’s top echelon.

9. TRANSACT First-Time Attendee/New Member Reception, sponsored by National Merchants Association. Wednesday, April 18 – 5:00–6:00 pm – Exhibit Hall, Booth 404
This reception is designed specifically for first-time attendees and new ETA members to get connected. If you’re new to the show, or this is your first year as an ETA member, you won’t want to miss this chance to mix over a cocktail on the show floor in National Merchant Association’s exhibit booth.

8. ETA CPP & YPP Recognition Luncheon. Tuesday, April 17 – 12:00-1:00pm – Exhibit Hall
ETA Certified Payment Professionals are invited to join the new class of ETA Young Payment Professional Scholars, sponsored by Discover, at this luncheon on the show floor. Meet and form lasting business connections with fellow ETA CPPs as we honor your commitment to the payments industry.

7. Young Payments Professionals Reception. Wednesday, April 18 – 5:00-6:00pm – Exhibit Hall
ETA Young Payments Professionals Scholars program, a sponsored by Discover, honors 10 young payments professionals who are changing the payments industry. Join the 2018 ETA YPP Scholars class and their network of other young professionals for a reception in the Discover Lounge on the show floor.

6. Payment Facilitator Reception, sponsored by NMI. Wednesday, April 18 – 5:00-6:00pm – Exhibit Hall
Look at recent industry press and at least one trend is clear: software partnerships and payment facilitators are changing the game. Partnerships are key. All PayFacs are welcome at this reception on the show floor, and TRANSACT attendees interested in meeting PayFacs should be sure to add this to this reception to their agenda.

5. Wnet Networking Reception. Wednesday, April 18 – 5:00-6:00pm – ETA Membership Lounge
Wnet (Women’s Network in Electronic Payments) is hosting this reception in the ETA Membership Lounge on the TRANSACT show floor. Join Wnet leaders, TRANSACT speakers, ETA members and other TRANSACT attendees to learn more about Wnet and make critical connections.

4. ETA Membership Lounge – Show Floor.
ETA is the only membership community serving the payments ecosystem. With over 500+ members, ETA members drive the future of the payments industry. Staffed by ETA expert staff, the membership lounge gives ETA members a chance to connect with thousands across the ecosystem. Non-member? Stop by and learn more about what being an ETA member can do for your payments business.

3. Exhibit Hall Opening Reception, sponsored by Paysafe. Tuesday, April 17 – 5:00-7:00pm – Exhibit Hall
The TRANSACT exhibit hall is a 50,000 square foot hub of payments and networking activity. Over 200 payments tech companies will be demonstrating the latest and greatest in new innovations. But before all of that starts, plan to join in on the official kick-off of this TRANSACT. Featuring an appearance by IndyCar racing driver Zachary Claman DeMelo and Paysafe’s No. 19 Honda Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar, this opening reception will feature fast-paced networking that could put your payments business in high-gear.

2. Visa President’s Dinner and Star Awards Gala. Tuesday, April 17 – 7:15 pm cocktail reception, 8:00 pm Dinner and Awards Presentation.
The Visa President’s Dinner & Star Awards Gala is our tribute to the payments industry — and your chance for top-shelf mingling and networking. It’s an evening devoted to celebrating individuals and companies that have made a significant difference in the payments industry — through innovation, business practices, advocacy, or contributions to the association. The event will feature a cocktail reception where you can network with ETA’s first-ever Forty Under 40 class as well as hundreds of top echelon payments leaders. The event is one of the top events of the TRANSACT week and a must-attend event of the year for payments pros – make sure you secure your ticket.

1. All-Attendee Party, sponsored by Bank of America Merchant Services. Wednesday, April 18 – 7:00-9:00pm
It’s the biggest party in payments. Join ETA at the House of Blues club in Vegas for an all-out celebration of the payments industry, featuring musical guests Love Shack and top-notch refreshments. Plus, after two jam-packed days of networking, educational sessions, exhibit hall tours, receptions and meetings, this is an excellent chance for ETA attendees to make those lasting business connections and make your mark on TRANSACT this year. We look forward to seeing you there!

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