Marla Knutson of TransFirst® Elected W.Net President

Hauppauge, New York (January 31, 2012) – TransFirst®, a leading provider of secure transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies, is pleased to announce that Marla Knutson, president of the company’s Financial Institutions division, has been elected president of the Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (, the leading professional organization for women in the electronic transactions industry.

Knutson will serve as president for the organization’s 2012 operational year, working with a 14-member board of directors that oversees the group’s networking and outreach activities. holds LINC (Local Interest Network Circle) networking and educational meetings where members come together to exchange ideas, insight and career development tips. The organization also holds an annual Career Development & Leadership Summit. members are senior executives who work in all areas of the electronic transactions industry, including merchant acquiring, card issuing, processors, stored value, loyalty, check and ACH.

“I am so proud to have been elected by my industry colleagues to serve as president of,” says Knutson. “With all the changes that have taken place in the electronic payments industry during the past couple of years, it’s extremely important for all of us who work in the business to strengthen our networks and continue to benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience. I look forward to working with the board and with the members this year and I thank them for their confidence in me.”

“Marla has provided outstanding leadership at TransFirst and I am confident that she will do the same for,” says John Shlonsky, TransFirst president and CEO. “All of us are proud of her for this accomplishment and appreciate her ongoing contributions to the industry.”

About TransFirst (

A leading provider of secure transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies, TransFirst offers innovative products and services designed with financial institution, independent sales organization, healthcare, e-commerce, government and merchant customers’ unique needs in mind. By collaborating with our customers and utilizing strong industry knowledge, we help them grow their businesses. Founded in 1995, TransFirst continues to attain significant market share and world-class expertise in growing and profitable industry segments. Built on a platform of personal service, customer commitment and flexible pricing, TransFirst is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, and has operations facilities in Aurora, Colorado; Broomfield, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; Overland Park, Kansas; Nashville, Tennessee; Arlington, Virginia; Cypress, California; and executive headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Company-wide, TransFirst currently processes approximately $30 billion in annual sales volume for more than 175,000 merchants and financial institution partners. For additional information, please call 800.745.2659 or visit

About The Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (

The Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions ( is the premiere electronic transactions organization dedicated solely to women in the field. From its very beginnings and through today,’s goal has been and remains a simple one, to provide a forum to inspire and empower women in the electronic transactions industry through networking opportunities, mentoring programs and the overall promotion of women in the industry by enabling them to maximize their potential and position them for greater success. In short – to teach women in the payments industry how to be stronger and more powerful female leaders. members are CEOs, presidents, senior managers, emerging leaders and women from all levels in the electronic transactions industry. membership spans across all facets of the electronic transactions industry to include: merchant acquiring, card issuing, processors, retailers, stored value, loyalty, check and ACH. is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible.



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