ePayResources Presents 2024 Payments Awards

ePayResources® presented three awards at its 28th annual conference, ePayConnect 2024, held March 11 - 13 at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando. The conference served as the official launch of the celebration of ePayResources’ 50th anniversary. 

Tim Thorson, AAP, CTP, Senior Vice President, Payments Risk, Regions Bank, was presented the Richard R. Oliver Leadership in Payments Award for his exemplary leadership in the advancement, implementation, and promotion of electronic payments. The recipient is a payments ambassador whose work has contributed to the efficiency, security, and growth of the industry. 

Tim’s impact on the payments industry is exemplified by his long-time leadership and service on multiple Payments Association boards, including ePayResources and its predecessor EastPay, and multiple terms chairing Nacha’s Rules and Operations committee, its Risk Management Advisory Group, and the AAP Blue Ribbon Panel. A champion of risk management, Tim is known as a patient mentor whose engaging and understandable approach has helped Payments Associations craft innovations that benefit their member financial institutions. 

“I am honored to receive this award, named for someone who was a role model for me and many of my peers throughout my career,” said Thorson. “I have truly enjoyed the opportunities presented by ePayResources and other industry stakeholders to work together in support of the growth and safety of electronic payments.”

The Innovation in Payments Award was presented to Booshan Rengachari, Founder and CEO of Finzly, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based financial technology company specializing in payments and banking solutions for financial institutions. This award honors an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated significant achievement in developing or implementing innovative payments solutions or technologies that facilitate industry adoption of emerging payments solutions, including RTP® and FedNow®. The recipient is a payments influencer who has broken ground inside or outside their organization to propel industry advancement. 

Booshan founded Finzly in 2012 with a vision of empowering financial institutions with a modern, core-independent alternative to help them stay competitive and relevant in the fintech-driven world of international banking and payments. Booshan serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Faster Payments Council, where he advocates for the implementation of secure and faster payment capabilities.

“I am very grateful for this recognition from ePayResources,” said Rengachari. “Finzly has grown from a humble beginning, and I am proud of the positive impact we have had on enabling innovation in the payments industry.”

Tim Quisenberry, AAP, President, ePayAdvisors, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tim has over 28 years of experience in the payments industry and joined ePayResources, then SWACHA, in 2006. Since that time his responsibilities have included directing the association’s member services, education, and marketing teams, and leading the advisory services subsidiary, ePayAdvisors (formerly SWACHA Services Corporation), for the last 16 years.

During his 18 years with the association, Tim has participated in numerous industry councils, committees, and workgroups, including the Federal Reserve Bank's Faster Payments Task Force, FS-ISAAC, and Nacha's Government Relations Advisory Group and Risk Management Advisory Group. Tim is a genuine and committed relationship builder who has supported the success of ePayResources’ member organizations through his passion for helping them understand the importance of building robust payment strategies and risk management controls.

Prior to joining ePayResources, Tim served as managing partner of a Richardson-based payments consulting firm and senior vice president for a payments software development firm. He is retiring effective April 1, 2024.

“I am deeply honored by this award,” said Quisenberry. “I’ve been very fortunate to work for an organization where I feel truly passionate about the mission and the value provided to our member financial institutions and businesses.”

About ePayResources: ePayResources® has been empowering financial institutions and businesses to be informed, compliant, and competitive in payments for 50 years. As an innovative Payments Association and a founding sponsor of the Center for Payments, we provide emerging and legacy payments expertise, professional development, and industry leadership through education, publications, compliance support, risk management, and advocacy. Our staff of nationally accredited payments and risk professionals provides situational analysis and response guidance on our Payments Answerline™ and keeps you informed of industry developments that impact operational processing, fraud detection, and your bottom line. Our subsidiary, ePayAdvisors™, provides payments audits, risk assessments, and consulting. Visit epayresources.org and follow us on X (@ePayResources_), LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Source: ePayResources

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