US Payments Forum Elects 2018 Steering Committee, Recognizes Members for Outstanding Contributions in 2017

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Payments Forum and its leadership are making significant impacts in advancing the progress of payments technologies that help protect the security of, and enhance opportunities for, payment transactions within the U.S. To propel the organization and its mission forward, the U.S. Payments Forum announced today its 2018 Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee members elected for 2018-2019 are:

  • Steve Cole, Vantiv

  • Kara Gunderson, CITGO Petroleum

  • Scott Haney, Woodforest National Bank

  • Kathy Hanna, Kroger

  • Art Harper, PSCU

  • Manish Nathwani, SHAZAM

  • Nick Pisarev, G+D Mobile Security

  • Joseph Vasterling, Best Buy

The full U.S. Payments Forum Steering Committee is:

  • Steve Cole, Vantiv
  • Jesse Lee, Wells Fargo – Vice Chair
  • Kristy Cook, Target - Chair
  • Oliver Manahan, Infineon Technologies
  • Karen Czack, American Express - Secretary
  • Manish Nathwani, SHAZAM
  • John Drechny, Walmart
  • Jesse Pamperin, McDonald’s
  • Melanie Gluck, Mastercard
  • Nick Pisarev, G+D Mobile Security
  • Kara Gunderson, CITGO Petroleum
  • Tom Pouliot, Unionpay
  • Scott Haney, Woodforest National Bank
  • JC Raynon, PayPal
  • Kathy Hanna, Kroger
  • Ellie Smith, Discover
  • Art Harper, PSCU
  • Jamie Topolski, Fiserv
  • Marie Jordan, TSYS
  • Joseph Vasterling, Best Buy
  • Linda Horwath, JCB
  • Bob Woodbury, FIS/NYCE
  • Simon Hurry, Visa Inc.

The Steering Committee manages the Forum and guides the priorities and plans of the organization and its working committees – ATM; Card-Not-Present Fraud; Communication and Education; Mobile and Contactless Payments; Petroleum; Testing and Certification; and Transit Contactless Open Payments. Some of the key working committee activities that the Steering Committee oversees include identifying and providing guidance on issues, developing best practices for implementation of payments technologies, providing market education, and creating deliverables such as white papers and webinars for industry stakeholders.

“Part of what makes the U.S. Payments Forum such a successful organization is the constant and active participation from our members representing all segments of the industry – issuers, merchants, acquirers, processors, domestic debit networks, industry suppliers and global payment networks,” said Randy Vanderhoof, director of the U.S. Payments Forum. “The Forum’s leadership is integral in guiding the success of the organization, and its diverse cross-industry makeup helps to give the Forum a balanced voice and allows us to better address the needs of the entire payments ecosystem.”

For more information about the Steering Committee and its members, visit

U.S. Payments Forum Member Recognition
Each year, the U.S. Payments Forum recognizes the top individual contributors and publishes the Honor Roll, identifying the individuals who were leading contributors and participants in the Forum projects and activities. The 2017 Honor Roll was compiled based on committee leadership, project leadership, project participation and meeting contributions from January through December 2017.

“The Forum working committees and steering committee make significant contributions to the payments industry – publishing educational resources and providing guidance on the implementation of new payments technologies,” said Kristy Cook, Director of Payment Acceptance Technology at Target and the Forum’s Steering Committee Chair. “This work could only be accomplished through the tremendous commitment of the many individuals who participate in and contribute to Forum projects. We thank all of our members for their contributions and for their enthusiastic participation in projects that make a difference for the industry, and the member-elected committee chairs, who devote their time and expertise to lead Forum activities.”

The full listing of the Forum’s 2017 top contributors and honor roll is available at

U.S. Payments Forum Meeting in Orlando
The U.S. Payments Forum’s next in-person members-only meeting will be held on March 26-29, 2018 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Attending members will also have access to the Secure Technology Alliance’s 2018 Payments Summit and the ICMA Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO, being held in conjunction with the Forum event. U.S. Payments Forum members will register through the Forum and will be able to use their U.S. Payments Forum registration codes for registration to the full conference.

In addition to participating in member-only sessions such as those at the December member meeting, U.S. Payments Forum members get year-round access to:

  • Exclusive market statistics from global and domestic payment networks
  • First-hand payments implementation experiences and best practices from merchants, card issuers, acquirers
  • And the opportunity to participate in focused working group projects tackling key emerging payments technology implementation issues

For membership details, visit

About the U.S. Payments Forum
The U.S. Payments Forum is a cross-industry body focused on supporting the introduction and implementation of new and emerging technologies that protect the security of, and enhance opportunities for payment transactions within the U.S. The Forum is the only non-profit organization whose membership includes the whole payments ecosystem, ensuring that all stakeholders have the opportunity to coordinate, cooperate on, and have a voice in the future of the U.S. payments industry.

Megan Shamas
Montner Tech PR