May 08, 2024

Nacha Announces Winner of 15 Under 40 Award

Payments 2024 May6-9 in Miami

Nacha is pleased to announce that Kara Ford, Industry Relations Manager at the Federal Reserve, was named the winner of Nacha's inaugural 15 Under 40 Award, recognizing outstanding young professionals shaping the future of the payments industry. The award presentation took place during the Smarter Faster Payments 2024 conference.

Ford stood out among an impressive group of nominees and finalists for her innovative contributions and leadership within the payments landscape. Attendees at this year’s Smarter Faster Payments conference were impressed with her dedication to creating a more accessible and efficient payments ecosystem.

"The future of the payments industry lies in the hands of talented individuals like Kara, and I look forward to talking one-on-one with her and learning from each other about how we can advance the payments industry," said Jane Larimer, Nacha President and CEO. "And I want to congratulate all the nominees and finalists. Their vision, dedication and commitment to excellence are driving forces behind the evolution of payments, ensuring a brighter and faster future for all participants and consumers."

Ford will have the opportunity for a one-on-one mentorship call with Larimer and will sit on next year’s 15 Under 40 Committee to choose next year’s finalists. Further, she will receive a complimentary registration to Smarter Faster Payments 2025.

The 15 Under 40 Award celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of young professionals under 40 who demonstrate exceptional leadership, innovation and impact within the payments industry. This year's finalists showcased diverse talents and perspectives, highlighting the industry's ongoing evolution and potential.

Nacha received nearly 100 nominations for this year's 15 Under 40. A panel of payments industry professionals narrowed the entrees to 15 finalists. Attendees at Smarter Faster Payments had the opportunity to meet the finalists in person and vote for the winner.