2019 Annual PacPay Members Meeting

April 24, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM HST
First Hawaiian Center
Pookela Room, 6th Floor

Join your colleagues at PacPay's 2019 Annual Members Meeting to hear the latest on PacPay’s initiatives for 2019, updates from PAR/WACHA and the Federal Reserve Bank, along with the latest payments trends. This event is open exclusively to PacPay members, and is offered at no charge.

Meeting attendees must be registered. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! 

WACHA will be announcing scholarship recipients at the meeting - one who will receive free registration to NACHA's The Payments Institute. PacPay members are encouraged to apply, and don't delay! Qualifying ends April 12, 2019.  Submit a thoughtfully worded essay to WACHA on why you think attending TPI would benefit you and your financial institution. WACHA will review the essays and select the top three essays which we feel best express the individuals' desires to learn. Learn more about the scholarships here.

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2019 Annual Meeting Agenda

7:45 am – 8:30 am 

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Breakfast provided by First Hawaiian Banker’s Club

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Opening Remarks
James Kaneshiro, First Hawaiian Bank, PacPay Marketing Advisor

Year in Review
PacPay Board of Directors

9:00 am – 9:15 am Break
9:15 am – 9:45 am

NACHA Update
Debbie Barr – Senior Director Network Rules Process and Communication

9:45 am – 10:15 am

FRB Update
Richard Watada – Regional Sales Manager, FRB

10:15 am – 10:45 am ACH Audit
ACH Audit Rule change for 2019
Mary Gilmeister – President & CEO PAR/WACHA
10:45 am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 11:45 am

Data Analytics in an ACH File
In this session you will learn about the hidden gems and what to look for in DDA transactions.  Also understand the competitive trends and hear from an institution who is leveraging this data to develop a more complete competitive landscape and understand the risks of losing deposit and loan growth as interest rates increase. 

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Closing Remarks
Jennifer Kuon– Bank of Hawaii, PacPay Board President

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking Opportunity

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Thank You to the Attendees of the
2018 Annual PacPay Meeting

Aloha PacPay members,

On behalf of the Pacific Payments Alliance (PacPay) Board, I want to thank those of you who were able to attend our Annual Conference on May 19, 2018 at HASR Bistro.

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 and our new education partner WACHA, 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 and positive outlook helped to make our time together both productive and fun.

We hope that our dynamic 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 and real-time payments is the future. Questions to consider for your institution: should we be partnering with new technology companies such as The Clearing House and Zelle, or will the changes coming in same day ACH from the FRB be sufficient? In either case, this trend toward faster payments will require changes in our operations and create new ‘opportunities’ for increased fraud and risk in our payment systems. Are we ready for this?

We will be addressing this and more. Stay tuned for upcoming events put on by your PacPay Board and more educational opportunities by visiting us at www.pacpay.org.


Jennifer Kuon
PacPay President

Mary Gilmeister at 2018 PacPay Meeting
Mary Gilmeister (WACHA) speaking at the 2018 PacPay Meeting

Mike Isaacs at PacPay Meeting
Mike Isaacs (Juniper Payments) speaking at the 2018 PacPay Meeting

Peter Davey at PacPay Meeting
Peter Davey (The Clearing House) speaking at the 2018 PacPay Meeting

PacPay and WACHA Announce the Payments Institute Scholarship Winner at the Annual Meeting

NACHA’s Payment Institute - July 22-25, 2018, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

2018 PacPay Scholarship Winner Celine SmaleWith an incomparable curriculum and unequalled professional development experience, at the Payments Institute (TPI) you will increase your payments competency and develop life-long professional relationships. Powered by a diverse faculty of leading industry experts who capitalize on adult education techniques, you will master complex concepts and obtain insights and tools to apply them to your workplace. WACHA is pleased to offer a scholarship to this great event valued at $3,315.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, the candidates submitted an essay detailing what value they would receive by attending NACHA’s TPI. The essays were voted on by the Education Chair of PacPay and the WACHA team. We are happy to announce this year’s winner is Celine Smale.
Pictured above, left to right: Wilma Kanda, Jennifer Kuon, Celine Smale, Mary Gilmeister, and James Kaneshiro

Mary Gilmeister, President of WACHA states, “We believe in high quality education and are happy to offer scholarships to those individuals who want to grow their knowledge in the payments landscape. We encourage more individuals to submit essays for next year.”

PacPay, the Federal Reserve Bank and WACHA will also be hosting Payments University in Oahu with a variety nationally known speakers and similar course offerings to TPI. This year’s event will be held November 6th and 7th. We are also pleased to be adding a new event, Fraud Day on November 5th.