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Maria Smith

California State University at Los Angeles | degreeLevelSelect

About Me

Contact me at: 777msmith@gmail.com or 909-446-2485

"Building financial growth through partnership, solid infrastructures and flawless execution"

I am an accomplished Financial Executive with 20+ years of Fortune 100 experience across multiple disciplines including consumer financial services (e.g., co-branded cards, gift cards, debit), consumer payments acceptance, rewards program management, finance, accounting, decision support, business development and deal negotiations. I help companies connect their business needs in payments, loyalty program, and financial services with the right approaches, partnerships, and solutions.

In my current role and as part of Corporate Treasury I oversee consumer payments acceptance relationships globally (e.g., processors, facilitators and acquirers). Led business term negotiations and successful migration to largest domestic acquirer resulting in significant annual cost savings to the enterprise. I evaluate new payment methods and recommend approach based on specific parameters.

I believe the payments industry is at a crossroads where consumer experience, meets innovation meets entrepreneur expectations. Such an exciting time in our business!

KEY CONTRIBUTIONS:
• Financial Management, Accounting, Technology Expertise
• General Management Experience
• Financial Planning | Internal Controls | Compliance
• Merchant and Consumer Perspective
• Consumer Payments | Co-branded Payments | Gift Cards
• Payment Industry Changes | Consumer Expectations vs. Fintech Priorities
• Collaborative Leader | Team Development
• Business Development | Deal Negotiations
• Easily "Translate" Between Tech World and The Real World
• Relationship Management | Consensus Building
• Accountable | Reliable |Sincere | Honest | Smart | Tech Savvy

SPECIALTIES:
Consumer Payments; Business Integration; Product Development; Cobranded Cards; Loyalty Program Management and Accounting; Financial Reporting; Operations Integration; Merchant Services

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