2020 Annual PacPay Members Meeting

In the best interests of everyone's health and safety, this year's Annual PacPay Members Meeting and upcoming in-person training are postponed until further notice. Please continue to look for updated information on the PacPay website.

We will do our best to keep you up-to-date as the situation under the pandemic develops. Please reach out to if you have any questions or concerns.

We wish everyone health and strength.

Earn a Free Ticket to Nacha's Payments Institute: WACHA's Scholarships Now Open for PacPay Members

Each year, WACHA awards several scholarships to our members with a total value of $8,000. To qualify to win, all you need to do is submit a thoughtfully worded essay to WACHA on why you think attending TPI (The Payments Institute) would benefit you and your financial institution. WACHA will review the essays and select the top three essays from the PacPay membership which we feel best express the individuals' desires to learn.

With three prizes, the odds of winning are very good, but don't delay! Qualifying ends on April 15, 2020. The winners will be announced at the 2020 Annual PacPay Members Meeting April 30th. Good Luck!

*Refer to the Eligibility Terms below for more information.

  • The winner will be awarded a scholarship to attend Nacha’s The Payments Institute (TPI) scheduled for July 26-29, 2020 at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, MA. The scholarship includes tuition, meals and a room, for a total value of over $3,000. PacPay will also reimburse the winner's airfare. If you are looking for a comprehensive look at the entire payments system, The Payments Institute (TPI) is the experience for you! 
    Learn more about Nacha's TPI
  • 1st runner-up will win a scholarship to attend the Payments University - Hawaii scheduled for November 3-4, 2020 at the Bank of Hawaii Center for Excellence in Honolulu, HI. Payments University is similar to Nacha’s TPI in that it also offers a comprehensive educational experience, only it’s condensed into two days of concentrated sessions designed to help you achieve a higher understanding of the payments system, regardless of your knowledge level, by offering both a “basics” and an “advanced track.” (Accommodations, airfare and miscellaneous expenses are not included.)
    Learn more about Payments University - Hawaii
  • 2nd runner-up will win a scholarship to attend their choice of Payments University - Hawaii scheduled for November 3-4, 2020 at the Bank of Hawaii Center for Excellence in Honolulu, HI, or PAR/WACHA's Electronic Payments Conference. (Accommodations, airfare and miscellaneous expenses are not included.)
    Learn more about PAR/WACHA's Annual Electronic Payments Conference

Download full scholarship details here. 

Eligibility Terms:  Essays are welcome from representatives of all PacPay-WACHA members. Applicants must submit an essay to WACHA via fax or mail by April 15th explaining how you will use this information to further your career in the payments industry. Each applicant must receive signed approval from a senior officer at their organization stating that the applicant is permitted to attend TPI and, if they should win, to accept the scholarship. Scholarship recipients will reside in accommodations provided by TPI and, therefore, cannot be accompanied by a spouse or dependents. Other accommodations are available at the applicant’s expense. Following their attendance at TPI, the winning applicant will also be required to submit to WACHA an essay summarizing their experiences at TPI for inclusion in an upcoming issue of this e-newsletter.

Many Thanks to 2019 Members Meeting Attendees, Congratulations to TPI Scholarship Winner

Mary Gilmeister 2019 PacPay Meeting 2019 PacPay Meeting Attendees Richard Watada 2019 PacPay Meeting
Mary Gilmeister
President & CEO, PAR/WACHA
Meeting Attendees
2019 PacPay Members Meeting
Richard Watada
Regional Sales Manager, FRB

Aloha PacPay Members,

On behalf of Pacific Payments Alliance (PacPay) Board, I want to thank those of you who were able to attend our Annual Conference on April 24, 2019 that was held at First Hawaiian Bank. We would also like to send a huge congratulations to our scholarship winner. Jason Smith from Bank of Hawaii earned a free ticket into NACHA's TPI this July. We know he will use the knowledge gained at TPI to add further value to his organization.

We hope that you found the conference informative and worthwhile. With this conference, we had a few goals in mind: provide an update on PacPay, educate our members on the latest of what’s happening in the payments industry and provide an opportunity to network with other PacPay members. Your presence helped to make this event a success and your attention, along with your positive outlook helped to make our time together both productive and fun.

We hope that our lively group of speakers provided in-depth insight as well as actionable information for you to take back and apply in your professional lives. I think the common theme from all of our presenters was the expectation of faster service from our customers, real time payments in the near future, and the increased fraud risk to our environment. Last year during our Payments University sessions, PacPay and WACHA worked together to bring our membership a new session we called Fraud Day that focused on national as well as local fraud risks in our business.

Stay tuned for more events put on by your PacPay Board as we navigate the trending risks as well as ensuring we don’t forget about the basics. You can do this by visiting us at


Jennifer Kuon
PacPay President