NACHA councils elect chairperson for Council for Electronic Billing and Payment + two more

NACHA announced the election of chairpersons for three of its councils for the 2012-2014 term: The Internet Council (TIC), Council for Electronic Billing and Payment (CEBP), and Electronic Check Council (ECC).

These NACHA’s Councils are incubators for new ideas, developments, and solutions in the payments industry, said Janet O. Estep, NACHA president and CEO.

Who, what is NACHA?

Never heard of NACHA? NACHA stands for National Automated Clearing House Association. Nacha manages the development, administration, and governance of the ACH Network. The ACH Network is for the electronic movement of money and data in the US.

The ACH Network serves as a safe, secure, reliable network for direct consumer, business, and government payments, and annually facilitates billions of payments such as Direct Deposit via ACH and Direct Payment via ACH.

As a not-for-profit association, NACHA represents more than 10,000 financial institutions via 17 regional payments associations and direct membership.

Council for Electronic Billing and Payment (CEBP): Chris Huppert

The Council for Electronic Billing and Payment (CEBP) promotes the adoption and use of consumer, business and government billing and payment programs and services across multiple delivery channels.

Through three annual meetings, CEBP provides an open forum for education, resource development, solution innovation, research, and the exchange of information about developments and trends in the electronic billing and electronic payment industries. For more information, visit

Chris Huppert:

  • is senior vice president in the wholesale Internet and treasury solutions group at Wells Fargo Bank,
  • renews his role as chairperson for the CEBP.
  • has 30 years of experience in the payments industry
  • serves as a member on NACHA’s rules and operations committee.
  • is also active in many industry groups and has been a member of the CEBP steering committee since 2006.

The Internet Council (TIC): Deborah Matthews

The Internet Council (TIC) advances electronic commerce over open networks by enabling digital business in a straight–through, secure, and cost effective manner. Three annual meetings afford council members opportunities to enrich their payments systems knowledge and stay current on emerging marketplace trends. The Council’s focus includes WEB and TEL ACH applications, mobile payments, authentication issues, data security, alternative payments, and emerging payment technologies. For more information, visit

Deborah Matthews will take the role of chairperson for The Internet Council. She:

  • is director of payments strategies at ProfitStars.
  • has been a member of the Internet Council steering committee since 2004
  • has been actively involved in several other NACHA and industry councils.
  • previously served as vice chairperson, marketing and education communications coordinator, and WEB/TEL work group leader for TIC.

The Electronic Check Council  (ECC): Angie Smith

The Electronic Check Council (ECC) brings together key industry participants and payments experts from the ACH and check worlds to promote better understanding and increased adoption of check electronification, including ACH check conversion and truncation, as well as image exchange. Members design, propose, monitor, and advance solutions to process paper checks electronically and address issues such as payments convergence, mobile device-based check conversion, business check conversion, deposited check truncation, trends in consumer check use, and ACH rules enhancements for electronic check entries. For more information, visit

The Electronic Check Council as its new chairperson Angie Smith. She:

  • is senior manager of education at Viewpointe,
  • has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry.
  • serves on the Board of Regents for NACHA’s Payment Institute
  • actively participates in various industry work groups.
  • has been a member of the ECC steering committee for four years.

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