SHAZAM Announces New Advisory Council

posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Company News

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 21, 2021) — SHAZAM, Inc., a nationwide provider of financial services to community financial  institutions, announced the recent formation of the SHAZAM Advisory Council designed to foster discussion and explore trends in the financial services industry.

The 16-member group is comprised of senior staff from community banks and credit unions. At the forefront is the opportunity for SHAZAM to gain a deeper understanding of client strategies and goals to better help them reaching those objectives.

“The formation of the SHAZAM Advisory Council opens doors to partner with our clients on forward-thinking solutions that align with their strategies, which in turn supports our mission to strengthen community financial institutions,” said Kevin Christensen, senior vice president of market intelligence and data analytics. “SHAZAM’s fortunate to have our clients, who are experts, serving as advisors and guiding peer-led discussions to identify opportunities.” 

Clients are at the heart of SHAZAM’s decision making. In 2020, with a renewed commitment to strengthen our existing bridges/relationships to clients, an annual client engagement survey was launched as an avenue for financial institutions to weigh in on features most important and valuable to their business. The advisory council was born from that engagement and is another important step in deepening our relationships.

A message to the new members of the SHAZAM Advisory Council from Paul Waltz, SHAZAM president and CEO: “I’m thankful for your time, grateful for your engagement and commitment to this council, which is intended to give yet more voice to our clients, helping direct our work and our priorities. It’s important to us to hear from people doing such great work to keep community financial services strong in our local communities across the country.”

SHAZAM welcomes our new members:

Citizens Bank & Trust, Lake Wales, FL                     Chad Tagtow, CIO

First Bank Yuma, Yuma, AZ                                       Paula Headington, VP/Controller 

FNBC, Ash Flat, AR                                                   Michael Burris, CFO

Labette Bank, Altamont, KS                                       Nicholas Borror, CIO

Bank of Advance, Advance, MO                                Harold Miles, President/CEO

Auburn State Bank, Auburn, NE                                Seth Bingham, VP/Technology

Lake Central Bank, Annandale, MN                           Bryan Bruns, President/CEO

First Bank, Clewiston, FL                                           Andrew Couse, COO

TrailWest, Lolo, MT                                                    Kate Templeman, COO

Conway National Bank, Conway, SC                         Ford Sanders, EVP

Endurance Federal Credit Union, Duncan, OK         Chris Bower, President/CEO

Horicon Bank, Horicon, WI                                        Mark Nelson, EVP

Community 1st Credit Union, Ottumwa, IA                 Mark Franke, COO

TS Bank, Treynor, IA                                                  Kevin Forristall, President

First Southern, Marion, IL                                          John Dosier, President

Westby Co-op Credit Union, Westby, WI                   Kevin Hauser, President


About SHAZAM        
SHAZAM pioneered the PIN-debit point-of-sale transaction, still used worldwide today. We’re the only nationwide independent, member-owned debit network, processor and core provider supporting community banks and credit unions. Since we don’t answer to shareholders, we can reinvest profits in technologies our clients need as they serve the next generation of consumers. SHAZAM ensures our clients have the products and services they demand and expect in a cost-effective way. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Iowa, we’re a leader in payments and financial technology, with a simple mission: Strengthening community financial institutions. Visit us today at


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