NACHA Excellence In Payments Award



NACHA Excellence in Payments Awards

The NACHA Excellence in Payments Award honors an individual or organization that has shown superior leadership and accomplishment in the development, implementation or advancement of domestic or international electronic payments.

The recipient of the NACHA Excellence in Payments Award will be announced on May 1 during the NACHA 2018 Payments Awards Luncheon, sponsored by TD Bank. All finalists should plan to attend the luncheon to accept the award if selected.

The deadline for 2018 entries is now closed.

Who is Eligible?

Any individual or organization that has demonstrated superior leadership in the development, implementation, or advancement of domestic or international electronic payments is eligible for this award. There are no restrictions as to who can be nominated for this category, other than NACHA, Regional Payments Assocations and their employees are not eligible for this award. All organizations, whether small or large sized institutions, are encouraged to apply and are graded separately according to scale.

Application Process

Nominations are to be submitted between September 2017 and Feb. 16, 2018 using the simple application form on the award entry page. NACHA will acknowledge receipt of your submission on a landing page with additional information. If you have questions about the application process, please contact NACHA by phone at 703-561-3931.

Review Process

A team of industry experts will review nominations during a two-three week evaluation period, grading each submission against a rigorous standard designed to assess innovation, quality, industry impact and measurable outcome to determine advancement.  

Nominees will be notified as to whether their submission is selected as a finalist during the week of Monday, March 12. At this point, finalists will need to submit additional materials for the public voting phase of the awardee selection process by Monday, March 26. Online voting is open to the public to select the award's winner from April 2-27.

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Excellence Award Timeline

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

All nominations are due for preliminary judging.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Finalists are selected.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Additional, supporting presentation materials from finalists are due for online public voting page.

April 2-27, 2018

Finalists are announced and voting takes place to decide which finalist receives this year's award.

Tuesday, May 1, 2017

Award is presented.