April 20, 2011 - EPCOR® - Your Electronic Payments Core of Knowledge announced the recipient of its 2011 Marquis Award. The Montgomery County Treasurer’s Office, located in Dayton, OH, was recognized during the awards luncheon at the EPCOR Payments Conference – Spring 2011 in Columbus, OH. The award was accepted by Montgomery County Treasurer, Carolyn Ricefrom EPCOR CEO, Ann-Marie Bartels, AAP at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.
Two Marquis Awards are presented annually by EPCOR 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 the Association.
The Montgomery County Treasurer’s office received the Marquis Award for expanding awareness and utilization of ACH payments; specifically in regard to its noteworthy commitment to increase payment options and services to its local citizens. As the fifth largest county in Ohio, Montgomery County has consistently been at the forefront of innovation and service to local taxpayers. Faced with a growing demand for efficient, cost effective payments processing, the office launched its internal decision engine for scanning and processing checks for ACH conversion and X9 image deposit. The Treasurer has also made significant investments to educate staff seeking to become experts in the payments industry. In 2007, Melissa Kramer, from the Cash Management division, became the first Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) in the State of Ohio be actively employed in county government in this role.
Ms. Rice frequently speaks to other County Treasurer’s and their staff regarding the innovative methods with which her office is using the ACH Network, in-house conversion, merchant services, web-based payments and bill consolidation. As a result, many counties are looking to the example Montgomery County has set in the broad selection of payment options it provides to citizens and investigation expansion of their payment services.
“I am honored to accept the Marquis Award. I am incredibly proud of my team for their willingness to embrace new technology and adapt our processes so that we can better serve our citizens,” said Rice.
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% 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 www.epcor.org