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For immediate release: January 17, 2012

Dallas Fed Establishes Corporate Payments Council

DALLAS—The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas today announced the establishment of its Corporate Payments Council as part of an initiative to enhance communication with area businesses on payment-related topics.

The Council is composed of representatives from businesses throughout the region and will provide the Dallas Fed with information on a variety of types of payments, including business-to-business, consumer-to-business and emerging payments.

The Federal Reserve Banks play a major role in the nation’s payments system through the distribution of currency and coin, processing of checks and electronic transfer of funds.

“Conversations with this council will help us understand market dynamics and advances in payment processing,” said Richard W. Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. “This is valuable input we are receiving from businesses in our district.”

Charter members of the council are:

Shawn Ahsan
Corporate Cash Manager
Baylor Health Care System
Dallas, TX

David M. Jenkins, CFA 
Asst. Corporate Controller
Baylor Health Care System
Dallas, TX

Richard Peck
Director of Corporate Finance
7-Eleven, Inc.
Dallas, TX  

David Seltzer
Vice President and Treasurer
7-Eleven, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Leah Koontz
Vice President and Controller
Southwest Airlines
Dallas, TX

Chris Priebe
Director, Accounting Operations
Southwest Airlines
Dallas, TX

Suzy Frank
Treasury Manager
Michaels Stores, Inc.\
Houston, TX

Cindy Iverson
Assistant Treasurer
Pappas Restaurants, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Dan Meziere
Atmos Energy Corporation
Dallas, Texas
Christy Petty, CTP
Vice President & Treasurer
Omni Hotels & Resorts
Irving, TX

Raymond C. Vines, CPA, CTP
Director - Treasury Operations
RadioShack Corporation
Fort Worth, TX

Greg Damianoff
Asst. Director
Admin. & Regulatory Affairs Div.
City of Houston, TX

Megan Rooney
Controller & Treasurer
San Antonio, TX


Media contact:
James Hoard
Phone: (214) 922-5307