ETA CPP Review / Agent Program

Course review, Q&A

Friday, May 12
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: South Pacific D

Donna Embry

Chief Payments Advisor
Payment Alliance International
Louisville, Kentucky

As of 2016, Donna Embry has 50 years experience in the payments industry and currently serves in a Strategic Development capacity for Payment Alliance International (PAI). Her prior executive positions include Executive Vice President, Product and Marketing for Vital Processing (TSYS Acquiring) and Senior Vice President, Electronic Banking for PNC Bank, as well as Chief Operations Officer for PNC’s former division, CFC Financial Services.

Embry authored the first ETA publication, "The Encyclopedia of Terminology for the Acquiring Industry", developed and taught the inaugural Introduction series of classes for ETA University. She is currently chair of the ETA Body of Knowledge working group, a member of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force, on the education committee for NAMA, the ATMIA EMV Migration Committee, the ETA Mobile Payments Council, and Board Member of the NEAA.

In addition, she was a founding member and served on the Board of Directors as Chairman for the former Kentucky-based Quest ATM network. Embry served as the President of the Midwest Acquirers Association (MWAA) in 2013 – 2014 and served on their Board of Directors from 2008 – 2012. She also serves on the Advisory Board for ISO & Agent.

In October, 2005, she was selected as The Green Sheet’s profiled industry leader and in July 2009 she was awarded the MWAA "Lifetime Achievement Award" for Payment Industry Professionals. In both 2013 and 2014, she was recognized as “One of the 20 Most Influential Women in Payments” by SourceMedia. Embry has a BA in foreign languages from the University of Louisville. In 2016 ETA named her as the "Distinguished Payments Professional"


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Pamela McKinley

Senior Product Manager
Louisville, Kentucky

Pamela G McKinley is a Senior Product Manager at Vantiv. She has worked in the payments industry for the last 21 years focusing on Product Developement and Product Management. She has worked on all types of products ranging from PC products, e-Commerce product, Mobile products and Reporting products. She has worked at several Acquirers: NPC, Bank of America, Moneris and Vantiv. She is a Certified Payments Professional.


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Sebastian V. Alongi

VP of Corporate Development
US Merchant Systems
Tracy, California

Sebastian Alongi
VP of Corporate Development at U.S. Merchant Systems
CPP & Member of the ETA Career Development Committee

Started my career in the industry back in late 2010 as an ISA. In January 2011 I joined the USMS team as VP of Strategy and D/COO and for about 2 years, I was the Senior Project Manager in the Company. In December 2012 I took the role of VP of Sales, where I managed three major sales channels, plus the departments of Sales Support and Agent Acquisition. During this time, I surpassed the company's forecasted quotas every simgle month and increase the number of accounts from 100 to over 300 accounts per months. We had the best revenue in a decade and by doing so, contributed on generating the means for USMS to invest money in creating other subsidiary companies. In April 2014, I became the EVP and CPO for USMS and it subsidiary company, As part of this project I was instrumental on creating an audio visual training university and delivery platform and I lead the formation of a B2B Merchant Marketplace, inclduing vetting partners, getting the right products, negotiating terms and most importantly making sure, we added great VAS for our members. Additionally, I opened and run a Call Center project, which was instrumental to the EMV implementation for USMS. During this period of time, I rolled out many different payment products and processing relationships, managing all aspects of each project. Then in October 2016 the CEO, needed me as his right hand person again and promoted me to VP of Corporate Development to help him re-enforcing all systems within the company and tackling major projects and opportunities, including creating a new sales process and managing the Sales and Marketing team.


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Lori Breitzke

E&S Consulting LLC
Atlanta, Georgia

As founder of E&S Consulting, Lori’s commitment to “Perfecting Payments” has led her and her associates to be regarded as leading experts in the payments, banking, retailing and POS industry sectors. Lori is co-founder and co-chairman of the Prepaid Financial Crimes Task Force of the National Branded Prepaid Card Association. Lori is also a member of the ETA Risk and Fraud Committee, ETA Technology Committee, ETA Prepaid Legal Group, co-chair of the US Payments Forum Communication and Education Committee and was awarded the EMF Honor Roll 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Lori is also on the Financial Coalition for Exploited Children and is a TSYS n>genuity journal writer. 
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Jacob Bennett

Chief Risk Officer
National Merchants Association
Temecula, California

Jacob Bennett is the Chief Risk Officer at National Merchants Association, responsible for making credit decisions on high-risk and high-volume accounts as well as developing and maintaining internal policies to mitigate risk. He also oversees the association’s risk monitoring and fraud analysis program, including the Chargeback Control Platform™ (CCP).

A leader in the payments industry, Mr. Bennett is a member of the Merchant Acquirer’s Committee (MAC), the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Professional Development Committee, and is an ETA Certified Payments Professional™. He has more than 10 years of bankcard industry experience.

A Certified Payments Professional, Mr. Bennett is a regular speaker at payments industry conferences and trade shows, including the ETA’s annual Transact event. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics.


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Lindsay Sugarman

Tradeshow and Events Manager
National Merchants Association
Temecula, California

Lindsay Sugarman is the Tradeshow and Events Manager at National Merchants Association and is responsible for planning, budgeting, and onsite project management of company participation in industry trade shows, conferences, and events, including private parties, meetings, user conferences, and related events.
Ms. Sugarman previously served as Marketing Assistant and Copywriter during her career at National Merchants Association. She is an Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Certified Payments Professional, serves on ETA’s Professional Development Committee and was named to ETA’s Young Payments Professional Program.
Ms. Sugarman holds a Bachelor’s degree from High Point University and is a notary public.


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Holli Targan

Attorney, Partner
Jaffe Law
Southfield, Michigan

Holli Targan is an attorney and partner at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, where she is Chair of the Jaffe Payments Practice Group. She is a past President of the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), a past Chairman of the ETA Certified Payments Professional Commission, a Founder and Board Member of Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Merchant Acquirer’s Committee (MAC).

Holli represents payments industry companies, including payment facilitators, ISOs, banks, ATM networks, and fintech companies on compliance, contract drafting and negotiation, and portfolio and company purchases and sales. She is a frequent speaker at conferences on payments topics, and authors the Payments Law blog:

Holli has been honored as a Most Influential Woman in Payments and Best Lawyer in America, and has received numerous other industry awards and honors.


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Georgia Stavrakis

VP Merchant Compliance
Heartland Payment Systems
Jeffersonville, Indiana

Georgia Stavrakis is Vice President of Merchant Compliance at Global Payments with over seventeen (17) years of compliance, risk management, and underwriting expertise. Georgia is currently the President of MAC, Merchant Acquirers’ Committee, 2017-18 chairman of the ETA’s Risk, Fraud, and Security Council, ISA/Internal Security Assessor, and a CPP/Certified Payments Professional.

Georgia received dual Bachelors of Science degrees from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; graduating Summa Cum Laude.


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Relationship Management


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