NFL Player John Urschel to Keynote PAYMENTS 2016

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Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman and Mathematician to Discuss the Dedication Required for Greatness during NACHA’s Payments System Awards Luncheon; Call for Nominations for 2016 Awards Now Open

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Achieving greatness is an appropriate theme for the Payments System Awards luncheon..during which we will recognize award winners who have reached the highest degree of achievement in the development, implementation and advancement of electronic payments.

NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association® announced today that NFL player John Urschel will keynote PAYMENTS 2016, the premier educational event for the payments industry, which will take place April 17-20 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Urschel will keynote the 2016 Payments System Awards Luncheon, which will recognize outstanding innovative achievements in the payments industry. Registration for PAYMENTS 2016 is now open and NACHA is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Payments System Awards.

During this year’s awards luncheon sponsored by TD Bank, Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Urschel, who was dubbed “The Smartest Athlete in the NFL Draft” last year and nominated for Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” in 2013, will discuss his upbringing and the life situations he had to face and overcome for him to understand the formula for greatness.

“Achieving greatness is an appropriate theme for the Payments System Awards luncheon at PAYMENTS 2016 during which we will recognize award winners who have reached the highest degree of achievement in the development, implementation and advancement of electronic payments,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA.

“Personal and professional dedication and commitment will surely resonate throughout the conference as Urschel’s own accomplishments both on and off of the football field will no doubt inspire conference attendees to do their part to propel the payments industry forward,” Estep said.

A former All-Conference offensive lineman at Penn State, Urschel is one of the most unique and well-rounded players in the NFL. He earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematics after three years at the university, a Master’s degree in Mathematics after four years, and another Master’s degree in Math Education after five years – all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, teaching an undergraduate calculus course, and authoring a 32-page paper that was published in a prestigious scientific journal.

NACHA also will recognize 2016 Payments System Awards recipients at the luncheon. The George Mitchell Payments System Excellence Award, named after former vice-chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve George Mitchell, an early proponent of electronic payments, honors an individual or organization that has shown superior leadership in the development, implementation or advancement of electronic payments.

The Kevin O’Brien ACH Network Award, named in honor of the late Kevin O’Brien, NACHA’s 1999-2000 chair, recognizes best practices in ACH participants’ efforts to maintain or improve the quality of ACH services and/or the integrity and reliability of the ACH Network.

All payments industry participants are invited to submit nominations for the 2016 Payments System Awards. NACHA is accepting nominations through Feb. 26, 2016. For more information about the awards and to access the nomination form and submission guidelines, visit

About PAYMENTS 2016
PAYMENTS 2016, which is taking place April 17-20 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona, is a proven, well-respected, and powerful event that provides attendees with the latest research, industry pilot results, insights, trends and forecasts to support and drive payments innovation. Information is delivered through interactive educational sessions and workshops with renowned speakers from financial institutions, corporations, government agencies, legal and regulatory bodies, consulting and research firms, service providers and more. Content is organized along six newly identified tracks— ACH: Now & Next; Surety: Rules, Regs & Risk; Impact: Trends & Technology; Strategy: Plan & Position; Experiences: Corporate & Consumer; and Buzz: Disrupt & Debate – to address the topics of today that are impacting the payments space. In addition, a dynamic exhibit hall of industry leaders features top products and services shaping the future of payments. Registration is now open. To learn more about PAYMENTS 2016, visit

NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association
Since 1974, NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association has served as trustee of the ACH Network, managing the development, administration and rules for the payment network that universally connects all 12,000 financial institutions in the U.S. The Network, which moves money and information directly from one bank account to another, supports more than 90 percent of the total value of all electronic payments in the U.S. Through its collaborative, self-governing model, education, and inclusive engagement of ACH Network participants, NACHA facilitates the expansion and diversification of electronic payments, supporting Direct Deposit and Direct Payment via ACH transactions, including ACH credit and debit payments, recurring and one-time payments; government, consumer and business transactions; international payments, and payments plus payment-related information. Through NACHA’s expertise and leadership, the ACH Network is now one of the largest, safest, and most reliable systems in the world, creating value and enabling innovation for all participants. Visit for more information.

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