EPCOR Announces Payment Systems Award Winners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 23, 2012) – EPCOR® – Your Electronic Payments Core of Knowledge today announced the recipients of its Payment Systems Awards at the annual EPCOR Payments Conference – Fall 2012.

Debbie Howell and ACH Alert were formally recognized during the conference awards luncheon conducted at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. EPCOR CEO Ann-Marie Bartels, AAP presented the 2012 Marquis Award to Debbie Howell, AAP and the 2012 David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award to David and Debbie Peace, AAP, CEO and President respectively, ACH Alert.

Howell was acknowledged for her 30-year career at the Federal Reserve Bank where she worked with community and regional banks throughout the tenth Federal Reserve District to promote ACH origination and more efficient use of the ACH Network. Throughout much of her career, Howell was an advocate for EPCOR and its predecessor organizations.

ACH Alert’s A.L.E.R.T. risk and fraud mitigation service was recognized for its ability to provide Originators with instant visibility and control to stop unauthorized ACH credits and Wires from leaving a financial institution, effectively reducing account takeover attempts. In one year, the A.L.E.R.T. service has stopped approximately 20 million dollars in unauthorized ACH transfers.

The Marquis Award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or organization that exemplifies best practices in electronic payments implementation, expands awareness and utilization of ACH payments or contributes greatly to the mission of EPCOR. The David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award is presented to an individual or organization that has implemented innovative payments or risk management solutions.

About EPCOR® – Your Electronic Payments Core of Knowledge
EPCOR is a not-for-profit trade association providing electronic payments and risk management information, education, support and national industry representation to over 14 percent of all U.S. financial institutions. EPCOR’s purpose is to assist banks, credit unions and thrifts in maintaining compliance, reducing risk and enhancing the overall operational efficiency of electronic payments. EPCOR members include over 2,300 banks, credit unions, thrifts and affiliated organizations located in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For more information on EPCOR, visit

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