NACHA Announces Opening Keynote for PAYMENTS 2016

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Josh Linkner Will Share Insights on How Leaders Can Decode the Entrepreneurial DNA

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Financial institutions of all types and sizes, solution providers who are changing the market, corporate decision-makers and government end-user customer organizations gather annually at the conference to network, learn and engage.

NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association® announced today that Josh Linkner, a four-time tech entrepreneur, hypergrowth CEO, New York Times bestselling author and venture capitalist, will serve as the opening keynote speaker for the PAYMENTS 2016 conference taking place April 17-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. PAYMENTS 2016 is the premier educational event for the payments industry.

During the opening keynote sponsored by VocaLink, Linkner will discuss the topic “Entrepreneurial Fire: Think and Act Like a Startup (Even If You’re Not)” and will show leaders and organizations how to embrace the creativity, grit and vision of a startup and then channel that approach to drive growth, efficiency and customer satisfaction.

“Josh Linkner will speak from a diverse set of experiences from which he has helped organizations drive innovation and performance,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “We welcome him to PAYMENTS 2016, and look forward to him sparking entrepreneurial thinking among payments professionals in his very unique way.”

Linkner, who started his career as a jazz guitarist, has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of more than $200 million. He is also a deeply experienced business leader and the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners, which has invested in and mentored more than 100 startups. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient.

Registration for PAYMENTS 2016 is now open. Financial institutions of all types and sizes, solution providers who are changing the market, corporate decision-makers and government end-user customer organizations gather annually at the conference to network, learn how to improve their bottom line and increase their competitiveness to move the industry forward.

Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman and Mathematician John Urschel will join Linkner as a PAYMENTS 2016 keynote. Urschel will discuss the dedication required for greatness during NACHA’s Payments System Awards Luncheon, sponsored by TD Bank, which recognizes outstanding innovative achievements in the payments industry.

NACHA currently is accepting nominations for the 2016 Payments System Awards, and all payments industry participants are invited to submit nominations through Feb. 28, 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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