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Brand Press Release 2014 Most Influential Women in Payments Honored by PaymentsSource

  • March 17 2014, 12:00am EDT

March 17, 2014, NEW YORK, NY – PaymentsSource, the leading information resource for news, trends and analysis in the payments industry, has honored 20 payments executives as this year's Most Influential Women in Payments. The women honored in this feature were selected by the editors of PaymentsSource as standouts for their significant achievements, exceptional leadership, and promotion of innovation in the industry.

The complete annual ranking, now in its 2nd year, is available at payments and will be featured in the April special report of its sister brand, American Banker.

PaymentsSource will celebrate the accomplishments of these executives on April 22 at an honoree panel discussion and reception, held during the 26th Annual Card Forum & Expo at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, hosted by American Banker and parent company SourceMedia.

“The payments industry has experienced a surge of innovation and new technology in recent years, and has been shaped as much by outsiders as it has by forces from within,” said Daniel Wolfe, editor in chief of PaymentsSource. “Among those at the forefront of this change are twenty women who have reached impressive heights in a traditionally male dominated industry, playing a vital role in helping their organizations stay ahead of the curve.”

PaymentsSource's 2014 Most Influential Women in Payments are (in alphabetical order):

  • Vickie Brown (First Data)
  • Elizabeth Buse (Visa)
  • Ann Cairns (MasterCard)
  • Sabrina Chin (Walmart)
  • Donna Embry (Payment Alliance International)
  • Janet O. Estep (NACHA)
  • Annmarie "Mimi" D. Hart (MagTek)
  • Pamela Joseph (U.S. Bancorp)
  • Linda Mantia (RBC)
  • Jennifer Miles (VeriFone)
  • Diane Offereins (Discover)
  • Linda S. Perry (Linda S. Perry Consulting)
  • Sandra Pianalto (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)
  • Ginger Schmeltzer (Fiserv)
  • Jennifer Shasky Calvery (Fincen)
  • Melissa Smith (WEX)
  • Susan Sobbott (American Express)
  • Valerie Soranno Keating (Barclaycard)
  • Holli Targan (Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss)
  • Colleen Taylor (Capital One)

“All have risen through the ranks and taken on responsibilities for an industry that is redefining the very way we handle money. Digital currency, wearable technology, products that are reaching new categories of consumers – the world of payments has become a fast-moving place, making the successes in the industry all the more worth honoring,” noted Wolfe.

SourceMedia’s portfolio of other honors and events for women include American Banker’s prestigious “Most Powerful Women in Banking” annual ranking and gala; Traders Magazine’s “Wall Street Women Awards”; the Women Advisors Forum, a nationwide series of networking and educational events and an online community for wealth management professionals from SourceMedia’s Investment Advisory Group; and the “Freda Johnson Award”, honoring trailblazing woman in public finance, presented at The Bond Buyer’s annual Deal of the Year Gala. The common goal of these events is to honor women’s achievements in traditionally male-dominated fields; to create communities of successful women that foster mentoring and professional development; and to highlight success through diversity in the financial services industry.

About PaymentsSource

PaymentsSource, a leading provider of payments focused news, technology, trends, analysis, and education needed by professionals to navigate the dynamic payments industry. delivers unparalleled coverage in all aspects of the cards and emerging non-card payments market for banks, credit unions and merchants. We bring together a community of innovators, beyond Payments and Financial services, through our network of related publications which include and

About SourceMedia

SourceMedia, an Investcorp company, is a business to business media and marketing solutions company serving the financial industry and the related fields of professional services and technology. SourceMedia offers its clients and subscribers professional information services, industry-standard research, data applications, in-depth seminars and conferences, and specialized marketing services.