Ron Congemi has served as a member of the Board since February 2013. He is an active member of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s Payments Advisor Council and has served as a member of the board of Clearent LLC, a merchant processing company and as a consultant to the Acxsys Corporation of Canada; the operating arm of the Interac debit network of Canada. Ron was also a paid advisor to the Gerson Lehrman Group, a global advisory firm.
Ron served four years as CEO of First Data’s Debit Services Group encompassing responsibility for all debit and Star branded network services for First Data. Prior, he held title as Senior Vice President of Concord EFS, Inc. and President of Concord’s Network Services Group, with management responsibility for the Star network and financial institution processing.
Ron founded Star Systems, Inc., building it to be the largest ATM and PIN-secure debit network in the country during his 17 year tenure as President and CEO. Previously he held positions at Visa International including Manager of Card Products USA, General Manager Visa Australia and Manager of Member Development Visa Asia-Pacific Region. Ron began his career with Texas Commerce Bank in the information systems and bank card management divisions.
Industry positions also included Chairman of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association, Chairman of Star Systems, Inc., Chairman of TNS Canada and Chairman of Early Warning Systems, LLC.
Ron is the recipient of NACHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
After serving in the US Army, Ron received his degree from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.