2023 will be one for the record books. Not only does it mark another dynamic year in payments, but it also serves as the 50th anniversary of NEACH, a milestone we are proud to celebrate. Back in 1973, we became one of the first payment associations, providing guidance and support to financial institutions (FIs) before Nacha even existed. As the years have gone by, we have grown our offerings to keep pace with developments in the payments industry.

It’s incredible just how far we’ve come. Consider, for example, that in 1973 the first mobile call was made in an experiment, and today, we seamlessly move billions of dollars via mobile devices—just one breakthrough in our elite history. With that prestigious evolution in mind, we wanted to mark our anniversary with “NEACH’s Top 10” milestones that celebrate our successes over the years.

Throughout all of this change, we have been proud to consistently serve as the primary source of electronic payments knowledge, education, and leadership in New England, a mission we continue to advance today. But we wouldn’t be who we are and where we are without the trust and support of all of you, our members. So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do in support of NEACH and to advance payments.

This is a year for celebration, and we are literally rolling out the red carpet at PMC 2023. When you join us this year for our fully in-person event you will be greeted with a red carpet entrance complete with a step and repeat wall and magic mirror photo booth. Then join us in the payments museum to see and celebrate some of our industry's achievements. Hear from a lineup of speakers who continue to move and shake the payments landscape. Join us for a 70s-themed reception as we look back to the early days of NEACH and celebrate how far we have come. Cheer on the recipients of our NEACH Excellence in Payments awards, and participate in our 50 years, 50 prizes activities. We've even invited a renowned mentalist to join us to help us get the creativity flowing. 

For now, I’ll simply close by saying, happy 50th birthday, NEACH! Your years look good on you.

Sean Carter, AAP, NCP
President & CEO