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NAC Breaks Records With Vegas Show, ATM Association Continues To Grow

Posted On: 12/13/2017

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LAS VEGAS -- The National ATM Council has wrapped up another successful annual conference for the U.S. retail ATM industry. The young organization, which hosted its 5th annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas, Oct. 10-12.  NAC 2017 – ATMs Across America – saw an increase in attendance by both ATM deployers and exhibitors. The record-breaking numbers continued a trend that is indicative of the association's growing importance in the industry.

According to post-event reports, the trade show, which was held at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, featured a sold-out trade show with the most booth spaces ever at the NAC annual event, and also achieved the largest single gathering of U.S. ATM ISOs and IADs recorded by the organization. While attendance at each of the association's annual trade shows has grown in size by double digits, show officials noted that this year's show represented the largest growth to date. This year's attendee increase nearing 600 participants showed a more than healthy growth spurt from last year's 400 attendees.

"I attribute this hallmark growth to multiple factors, including the work NAC has been doing for the industry on issues such as fighting unwarranted bank account closures and adverse state and local legislative and regulatory proposals, continued advocacy in Washington and regarding EMV implementation, and of course NAC's ongoing federal litigation and recent victory before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has allowed our class-action antitrust case to proceed to trial," said NAC executive director Bruce Renard. "I also attribute a large part of the show's success to the excellent ongoing support we are receiving from our industry leading NAC 2017 sponsors, who have actively helped us promote this year's conference and exposition."

In addition to offering an expansive trade floor and an intensive workshop and seminar educational program that ran through the show, NAC presented a trio of awards to longstanding NAC board members for their contributions to the work of the association on behalf of the U.S. Independent ATM industry. Receiving special 2017 Board Officer Awards for their important and lasting contributions to NAC and the U.S. retail ATM industry were Mike Powell, founder/chief executive of First Regents Bancservices (Nashville, TN); Patrick Conner, founder/chief executive of ATMPartMart.com (Westlake Village, CA); and Tim Baxter, chief executive of Swypco LLC (Bellville, TX).

As show organizers noted, this year's event also attracted a sizeable number of new first-time conference attendees. "Lots of people came for the first time and signed up to become NAC members right at the door, when they first came in or right after the show," said NAC board chair, George Sarantopoulos, Access One Solutions (Brooklyn, NY). "The word is getting out how NAC genuinely and actively represents and works for the independent/retail side of the business. We're not just a trade show; we're really fighting for the small business and entrepreneurial interests that are at the heart of our segment of the U.S. ATM industry."

The National ATM Council will go back to Las Vegas for its next conference in fall 2018. Visit www.natmc.org.

SEMINAR SUCCESS: NAC chairman George Sarantopoulos, Access One Solutions (Brooklyn, NY), and his wife, Heidi Chan, Access One CFO and NAC conference committee member, look over the full house turnout of a convention seminar.