Emerging Trends in Commercial Payments Highlighted at the NAPCP Annual Conference this April in Atlanta

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Speakers slated to take a fresh look at a myriad of payment vehicles and discuss the impact of mobile, EMV/Chip & PIN, and Prepaid options on commercial payment strategies.

The NAPCP is extremely valuable for providing information on the emerging trends within the Commercial Card industry. Greg Domaracki, PNC Bank

The National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (http://www.napcp.org) released its Annual Conference program this month with significant content focused on emerging trends in commercial payments. Presentations led by end-user program managers and industry experts will give hundreds of attendees the vital perspective they need to evaluate and apply today’s payment tools. The conference is scheduled for April 16-19, 2012, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The best registration rates are available through March 2, 2012.

Keynote presentations, led by Lee Wetherington, Director of Strategic Insight, ProfitStars and Claudia Swendseid, Senior Vice President, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, will highlight the evolution of business-to-business payments and new opportunities for improving ease and control while reducing costs. They will also discuss the impact of mobile payments and EMV/Chip & PIN on Purchasing Card programs. Dr. Richard Palmer, respected industry expert, will lead a session that summarizes findings from a recent RPMG Research Corporation Travel Card Survey. Additional sessions focus on trends and the broad application of a variety of payment vehicles: Declining Balance, Fleet, One Cards, Prepaid, electronic payables and ACH.

"The NAPCP is extremely valuable for providing information on the emerging trends within the Commercial Card industry, best practices for card programs, and opportunities for networking with peers and providers," says Greg Domaracki, VP and Sr. Product Manager, PNC Bank. "As a leading issuer of commercial cards, and an NAPCP Partner Sponsor, PNC supports the relevant, year-round efforts of the association that continues to educate us all." PNC is sponsoring Lee Wetherington's keynote address on Tuesday, April 17.

The NAPCP is expecting 700 attendees from the public and private sectors, interested in the educational sessions, product and technology demonstrations, and a vibrant Exhibit Hall filled with leading solutions providers. In addition to a roundtable discussion session, attendees will be able to participate in interactive “hot topic discussions” and Q&A periods built into every session.

Organized networking events, including receptions in the Exhibit Hall, an NAPCP Members-Only Event, the Industry Networking Luncheon and an opportunity to meet with some leading providers one-on-one encourage ongoing discussions.

The conference program, schedule, list of participating providers and attendee organization list are all available from the conference website at http://www.napcp.org/2012. A direct link to the Omni Hotel reservation system ensures the NAPCP group rate through March 16, 2012. For questions about registration or hotel, please contact the NAPCP at (952) 546-1880 ext. 4.

About the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP)

The National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP) is a membership-based professional association committed to advancing Commercial Card and payment professionals and industry practices worldwide. The NAPCP is a respected voice in the industry, serving as an impartial resource for members at all experience levels in the public and private sectors. The NAPCP provides unmatched opportunities for continuing education and peer networking through its Annual Conference, Regional Forums, webinars, website, newsletters and weekly communication. The association sponsors research and publishes timely and relevant white papers, survey results and other documents. The NAPCP certifies professionals through the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential program (http://www.napcp.org/cpcp). Please visit http://www.napcp.org to learn more about Commercial Card and payment programs in general, the value of membership, current member demographics, upcoming events and benefits of becoming a year-round partner sponsor.

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