SWACHA Announces 16 New ACH Accredited Professionals in Celebration of AAP Recognition Day

Dallas, TX, February 11, 2012 --(PR.com)-- To celebrate Accredited ACH Professionals (AAP) Recognition Day on February 14, 2012, SWACHA, one of the largest not-for-profit regional electronic payment associations in the country, announced today 16 new AAPs.

The AAP accreditation is awarded once a year to those who pass a comprehensive exam on the intricacies of the payment industry and the ACH network. AAPs are widely recognized throughout the payments industry as subject matter experts with a higher understanding of the ACH network.

The new recipients of the AAP accreditation are:

Cassandra Ashford, Happy State Bank Amarillo, TX, Jane Ann Blaha, NewFirst National Bank, El Campo, TX LaTonya Bonner, Texas Dow Employees CU, Lake Jackson, TX, John Cogdill, First American Bank, Artesia, NM, Devin Jackson, Frost Bank, San Antonio, TX Cathy Jones, SWACHA-The Electronic Payments Resource, Dallas, TX Sara Leon-Mendez, RealPage, Inc, Carrollton, TX Kathy Macias, San Antonio National Bank, San Antonio, TX Elizabeth Marquez, Tradition Bank, Bellaire, TX Amy Monroe, Barksdale Federal CU, Shreveport, LA, Corey Moore, Texas Security Bank, Dallas, TX, Christina Nickerson, Texas First Bank, Texas City, TX Mary Oakley, Texas Plains Federal CU, Amarillo, TX Eve Orr, Frost Bank, Austin, TX, Deborah Prine, Guaranty Bank & Trust Co. of Delhi, Delhi, LA Shanna Sturgeon, Vista Bank Texas, Houston, TX.

“We are always excited to see a large group of SWACHA members join the ranks of AAP professionals,” said Dennis Simmons, AAP, president and CEO of SWACHA. “This is an honor that is reserved for the best and brightest payment professionals, and we would like to congratulate them on their hard work.”

Since its inception in 1993, the AAP accreditation program has certified more than 4,000 AAPs in the U.S.

For more information on the AAP accreditation visit www.swacha.org or call 214-438-4585

SWACHA-The Electronic Payments Resource®, is one of the largest not-for-profit regional payments associations in the country with approximately 1,100 members across the Southwest. SWACHA is the resource of choice for financial institutions and corporations in the areas of education, training, payments system risks and knowledge about electronic payments. For more information visit:

Web: www.swacha.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bringingpaymentstogether
Twitter: @SWACHA

About AAP Recognition Day

To raise awareness and highlight the importance of the AAP accreditation, NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association and the Regional Payments Associations celebrate AAP Recognition Day, an annual event that seeks to bring a higher profile to this significant achievement among payments professionals.

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