EPCOR Awards



Payment Systems Awards

Be recognized for your achievements! Each year, EPCOR recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding leadership, innovation and excellence in the development, implementation or advancement of electronic payments and risk mitigation solutions with The Marquis Award and/or The David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award. The awards are presented at the EPCOR Payments Conference – Spring and Fall.

All EPCOR members, including depository financial institutions, affiliates and associates, and their affiliated organizations, are eligible nominees. We invite your nominations via the official nomination form. You can even nominate yourself!



Nomination Process

For additional information about nomination criteria and background information, please download the PDF.

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Download the official Payment Systems Awards nomination form and submit your nominations today.

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Hall of Fame

The EPCOR Hall of Fame recognizes payments professionals or organizations that have received a Marquis Award, The David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award, Distinguished Service Award or TPI Scholarship.



David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award

The David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award is presented to an individual or organization that has implemented innovative payments or risk management solutions. This award is named after the late David P. DeMarea, longstanding EPCOR Director and Senior Vice President of ARVEST Bank Operations.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award honors EPCOR members who have served as a volunteer and have made significant contributions to furthering the mission and purpose of the Association.

Marquis Award

Established in 1990, the Marquis Award is presented to individuals or organizations that exemplify best practices in electronic payments implementation, expand awareness and utilization of ACH payments or contribute greatly to the mission of the Association.

The Payments Institute (TPI) Scholarship Recipients

EPCOR awards two TPI scholarships annually, the John P. Borden Payments Scholarship and the Anthony Cope Payments Scholarship. Hosted by NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association, TPI is an intensive educational experience providing attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest advancements, products, services, processes, applications and risk in all payments systems – ACH, cards, checks and wires.

EPCOR TPI scholarships are named in honor of two individuals who exhibited leadership, foresight, determination and commitment to the early development of their associations and the ACH Network.

John P. Borden was President of Mid-America Payment Exchange and The Greater Kansas City Clearing House Association. Mr. Borden was instrumental in advancing the ACH Network, establishing one of the first Regional Payments (ACH) Associations in the country and launching the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA).

Anthony Cope was President of The Ohio Educational Credit Union, Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Cope was an early adopter of ACH in its formative years and served his industry and the ACH Network for many years as an Association leader and proponent of electronic payments technology.



Award Winners

2015

  • 2015 Distinguished Service Award - EPCOR Payments Conference - Spring 2015

    The award was given to Marcus Wannemacher.
    Wannemacher, formerly of Corporate One Federal Credit Union and long-standing EPCOR Director, was acknowledged for encouraging all credit unions, regardless of their size, to engage with their regional payments association, embrace the ACH Rules and conduct their annually-required ACH Rules Compliance Audit.

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference - Fall 2015

    The award was presented to Carroll Monden, AAP, Treasury Management Operations Manager, First United Bank & Trust of Durant, Oklahoma.
    Monden was recognized for his support of EPCOR and the association’s annual Payment Systems Update seminar, ensuring that the payments professionals of Durant, Oklahoma would have access to local payments training. He launched his own marketing efforts and continues to send personalized communications to bankers in the area to ensure the longevity and viability of the program.

  • David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award - Spring 2015

    The award was given to The Bank of Kentucky.
    The Bank of Kentucky was recognized for its comprehensive risk underwriting and risk management program for Third-Party Senders. Through astute attention to detail and risk management protocols, The Bank of Kentucky has demonstrated to regulators that the bank is proactive in managing the risks associated with and providing unique and beneficial services to its 18 Third-Party Sender customers. Scott Laferty, Cash Management Lead and Amy Roberts, Risk Officer accepted the David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award on behalf of The Bank of Kentucky.

  • David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award - Fall 2015

    The award was given to Suresh Ramamurthi, Chairman, CBW Bank.
    Alan Deines, EVP, CBW Bank, accepted the award on behalf of Ramamurthi who was recognized for revolutionizing the $12 million CBW Bank in Weir, Kansas, a small community of roughly 680 residents. Through many innovations guided by Ramamurthi, CBW Bank is now offering services not available at even the nation’s largest banks, including instant payments to any bank in the U.S., direct remittance transfers abroad, specialized debit cards and a software systems that almost instantly rates the risk of any transaction by looking at 20 to 40 factors.

2014

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference - Spring 2014

    The award was given to Corporate One Federal Credit Union.
    Corporate One Federal Credit Union was recognized for its Sponsored EPCOR Membership Program in which the organization sponsors EPCOR membership for its over 180 member credit unions with less than $20 million in assets, and provides an annual copy of EPCOR’s ACH Audit Workbook, free ACH Origination training for Executive and Operations staff and ACH Origination Tool Kits to each of its credit union members.

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference - Fall 2014

    The award was presented jointly to Carrollton Bank and St. Louis Community Credit Union.
    Carrollton Bank and St. Louis Community Credit Union were recognized for creating a unique partnership that allows them to provide greater access to affordable financial services, increase lending and expand financial education to the local underserved and Low and Moderate Income (LMI) population of St. Louis, Missouri.

  • David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award - Spring 2014

    The award was given to Michele Bertoia of The Huntington National Bank.
    The Huntington National Bank was acknowledged for completing a full risk review of The Huntington National Bank’s Treasury Management Suite of 28 products, which included a Risk Assessment of each product that identified and documented gaps and solutions as well as the development of a centralized program for process standardization and guidance around product risks.

  • David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award - Fall 2014

    The award was given to NBC Oklahoma.
    NBC Oklahoma was acknowledged for how they are utilizing the FedACH Risk®-RDFI Alert Service to provide timely information on ACH activity to their corporate customers, which in turn helps ensure the customers are protected from unwanted transactions.

2013

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference Spring 2013

    The award was given to Pulaski Bank.
    Denise DeRousse, Senior Vice President, Banking Operations accepted on the company's behalf. Acknowledged for its progressive program to serve the unbanked and underbanked consumers in the St. Louis region. The bank also hosts free workshops that address such topics as budgeting, college financing, home buying, wise use of credit, savings and investing, and identity theft in an effort to educate consumers.

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference Fall 2013

    The award was given to Fifth Third Bank.
    Recognized for its Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Mobile (eBus & eBus II) program which provides financial advice and guidance to low-income, underserved areas.

  • David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award

    The award was given to Paycom.
    Tom Budd, Banking Manager accepted the award on the company's behalf. Paycom was recognized for its cutting-edge payroll software as well as its comprehensive ACH Risk Management Policy that addresses client due diligence practices for the on-boarding of new clients, in addition to their promotion of Direct Deposit via ACH.

2012

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference Spring 2012

    EPCOR President Jerry Woessner, AAP, was formally recognized for his contributions to the payments industry.

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference Fall 2012

    The award was presented to Debbie Howell, AAP

  • David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award

    The award was presented to ACH Alert

  • Distinguished Service Award

    The award was presented to Michael S. Spafford

  • Anthony Cope TPI Scholarship

    The award was presented to Ashley Smith, Bankers Bank of Kansas, Wichita, KS

  • John P. Borden TPI Scholarship

    The award was presented to Patricia Tillson, Merchants Bank of Indiana, Lynn, IN.

2011

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference Spring 2011

    The award was presented to Montgomery County Treasurer's Office.

  • Marquis Award - EPCOR Payments Conference Fall 2011

    The award was presented to Brotherhood Bank & Trust.

  • David P. DeMarea Payments Innovation Award

    The award was given to Debbie DeMarea.

  • TPI Scholarship

    Kimberly Craig, Corporate One Federal Credit Union, Columbus, OH.

    Kactus Kelly, Kansas State Bank, Manhattan, KS

2010

  • Marquis Award – Mid-America Payments Conference 2010

    The award was presented to Commerce Bank. Senior Vice President, Michael S. Spafford accepted on the company's behalf.

  • Marquis Award – Payments Summit Conference 2010

    The award was presented to Dollar Bank Vice. President of Corporate Operations and Risk Management, Harold Reidenbaugh accepted on the company's behalf.

  • TPI Scholarship

    Jason West, AAP, Credit Union of America

    Jill Garber, AAP, Lake City Bank

2009

  • Marquis Award

    APEX-ACH, a program of U.S. Central Federal Credit Union

    The award was accepted by Cynthia Simpson, Program Manager & Becky Dunster, Assistant Vice President

  • Marquis Award

    Mike Tiapale, AAP, Senior Payments System Consultant, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

  • Distinguished Service Award

    Duane Fager, President, CoreFirst Bank & Trust Co.

  • TPI Scholarship

    Toni Martin, AAP, MasterCard Worldwide

    Tricia Longo, AAP, Salin Bank & Trust Co.

2008

  • Marquis Award

    Nebraska State Treasurer's Office

    The award was accepted by Michelle Raphael, Treasury Management Director

  • TPI Scholarship

    Jennifer Wilson, AAP, Springs Valley Bank & Trust Co.

    Tracy Stewart, AAP, Bankers' Bank of Kansas, N.A.

    Lori Ann Coyle, Metropolitan National Bank

    Tricia Wells, AAP, Fifth Third Bank

    Kristel Goins, AAP, Fiberglass FCU

2007

  • Marquis Award

    Sandy Jensen, AAP, Cash Management Officer, Empire Bank

  • TPI Scholarship

    Kathleen Barnes, AAP, Your Community Bank

    Michael Schumacher, AAP, Douglas County Bank

    Cindy Chastain, AAP, Bank of Cave City

    Melissa Kramer, AAP, Montgomery Co. Treasurer

    Wendy Brown, Commercial & Savings Bank

2006

  • Marquis Award

    Wendy Wishon, AAP, Senior Vice President, EPCOR

  • TPI Scholarship

    Kim Orth, Bank of Oklahoma

    Diana Acuff, AAP, First Federal Bank of Arkansas

    Amy Hatfield, AAP, BMI FCU

    Chat Coats, AAP, Corporate One FCU

2005

  • Marquis Award

    American National Property and Casualty Companies (ANPAC)

    The award was accepted by John McCaskill, Director of Underwriting Systems, Project and Support

  • TPI Scholarship

    Polly McCord, Peoples Bank

    Lisa Shrigley, AAP, Nationwide Bank

    Laura Eischen, Bank Liberty

    Leslie Ewing, Stockmans Bank

    Pamela Kibler, Edward Jones