LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 1, 2017 — (Business Wire) — PaymentAlliance International (PAI), thenation’s largest, privately-held ATM provider, is pleased to announce that ChiefPayments Advisor Donna Embry has been honored with the Distinguished Payments Professional Award for 2017 from Women in Payments. Presented at a dinner last night inconjunction with the Women in Payments U.S. Symposium at theRitz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, the Distinguished PaymentsProfessional Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of a woman who hasserved as a role model while contributing greatly to the overall positive imageof the payments industry.
“I am deeply honored to be recognizedamong the elite roster of 2017 award recipients by Women in Payments,” saidDonna Embry, chief payments advisor for PAI. “These women are the leaders oftoday and the creators of tomorrow, laying the groundwork for new andinnovative payment technologies throughout our industry,” added Embry.
“Donna Embry embodies the keyelements our awards program strives to spotlight,” said Kristy Duncan, founder and chiefexecutive officer of Women in Payments. “She is a well-known payments leader who innovates, mentors and is aterrific ambassador for our industry,” added Duncan.
“Donna Embry is an incredibly talentedand respected businesswoman in payments who truly loves this industry,” statesJohn J. Leehy, III, president and chief executive officer for PAI. “Throughouther illustrious career, she has readily given both time and talent to thebetterment of our industry and is certainly deserving of this award,” addedLeehy.
Embry’s payments industry careerspans an amazing 50 plus years with companies such as Citizens Fidelity, PNCBank, Vital Processing Services, Financial Alliance Processing Services, and forthe past 11 years Payment Alliance International. No stranger to industryrecognition, Embry was profiled as an industry leader by The Green Sheet in 2005,received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Midwest Acquirers Association(MWAA) in 2009, was recognized by SourceMedia as One of the 20 Most InfluentialWomen in Payments in 2013 and 2014, and received the ATM Industry ChampionAward from the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) and Distinguished PaymentsProfessional Award from the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) in2016.
Currently, Embry serves thepayments industry as chairwoman of ETA’s professional development group; boardmember of the Northeast Acquirers Association (NEAA); and as a member of theFederal Reserve Faster Payments
task force, ATMIA EMV Migration andWithdraw Cash Wednesday committees, National Automatic MerchandisingAssociation (NAMA) education committee and ETA mobile payments council.Frequently quoted in industry publications, Embry is a sought-after conferencespeaker and mentors ETA’s Young Payments Professional (YPP) programparticipants.
Embry previously was a foundingmember and served on the board of directors of Quest ATM Network; president andboard member of the Midwest Acquirers Association (MWAA); advisory board memberfor SourceMedia publications; chairwoman of ETA’s body of knowledge workinggroup for Certified Payments Professional (CPP) accreditation; and a member ofETA’s program planning, awards and recognition, and education committees.
About Womenin Payments
Women in Payments is a growing network of women across the global paymentsecosystem striving for gender parity. We connect and empower like-minded womenthrough career development, education and community building in Canada, the UnitedStates, Australia and the United Kingdom today, with plans to launch in manymore markets globally. We celebrate the accomplishments and expertise ofwomen payments professionals, giving them a platform to have their voices heardin the push towards diversity and gender parity in payments. Women in Paymentswas founded in 2012. For more information, please visit womeninpayments.org.
About Payment Alliance International (PAI)
PaymentAlliance International (PAI) is the nation’s largest, privately-held ATM providerand offers processing and maintenance services, equipment sales and support,and unique ATM branding opportunities. PAI also offers industry-leading,revenue-generating, value-added solutions and customized partner programs that increase customer profitability, reduce operational expense andmaximize uptime. Payment Alliance International is headquartered in Louisville, Kentuckywith offices around the country. For more information, please visit GoPAI.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.