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					offices to gain substantial market share in the Tampa-St.          Its dedication to customer service and technological
Petersburg area as well as a significant presence in the           development has helped position Commerce Bank
central and western parts of Florida. This acquisition             Merchant Services as one of the best credit card proces-
made Huntington the sixth-largest bank in Florida.                 sors in the United States.

In 1999, Huntington Merchant Services’ new Business                Humboldt Bank Merchant Serv i c e s
Service Center opened. Also during that year, Huntington
                                                                   Humboldt Bankcorp
completed its consolidation of operations and moved to a
new Business Service Center at Easton Town Center in               Ranking in Relation to First Data Alliance: 20
the northeast quadrant of Columbus, Ohio. This new
state-of-the-art facility allowed Huntington to consoli-                         Humboldt Bank Merchant Services, head-
date four operations centers into one and provided scala-                        quartered in Eureka, Calif., was launched in
bility in systems and services.                                                  1993 to provide businesses with high quali-
                                                                   ty, competitively priced credit card processing. Humboldt
                                                                   Bank Merchant Services employs 115 professionals sup-
BB&T Merchant Serv i c e s                                         porting a network of independent sales organizations
Branch Banking & Trust Co.                                         throughout the U.S.
Ranking in Relation to First Data Alliance: 18
                                                                   Humboldt Bank Merchant Services supports 65,000 mer-
              BB&T Corp., headquartered in Winston-                chants who accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express,
              Salem, N.C., is a fast growing, highly prof-         Diner’s Club, Discover and JCB cards. In addition, the
              itable financial holding company. Its bank           division provides funding for 700 ATMs nationwide that
subsidiaries operate 800 branch offices, and BB&T ranks            are owned and operated by ISOs.
second in market share in North Carolina, third in South
Carolina, sixth in Virginia, first in West Virginia, eighth
in Georgia, seventh in Maryland and fifth in Washington,           M e rchant Services Inc.
D.C.
                                                                   Merchant Services Inc.
BB&T’s operating strategy distinguishes it from other              Ranking in Relation to First Data Alliance: 21
financial holding companies. BB&T’s banking sub-
sidiaries are organized as a group of community banks,                          Merchant Services Inc. (MSI) is one of the
each with a regional president, which allows decisions to                       premier credit/debit card processors serving
be made locally, close to the customer. This also makes                         the market today. Founded in 1989, MSI
BB&T’s customer service more responsive, reliable and              provides services to businesses across the nation. It is
empathetic.                                                        dedicated to quality service, state-of-the-art
                                                                   software/hardware and client satisfaction. It notes that its
                                                                   experienced team of bankcard professionals is available
Commerce Bank Merchant Services                                    24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Commerce Bancshares
Ranking in Relation to First Data Alliance: 19
                                                                   TransFirst
               With more than 30 years of card-acceptance          TransFirst
               experience, Commerce Bank Merchant                  Ranking in Relation to First Data Alliance: 22
               Services has developed an array of products
and services that have helped merchants streamline their                        TransFirst (formerly ACS Merchant
payment-processing systems, from electronic authoriza-                          Services) was founded in 1995 by the sen-
tions and debit card processing to Internet-based report-                       ior management team of one of the top 25
ing options such as Moneta and an electronic gateway,              bankcard processors in the nation. The TransFirst staff
SurePay, that gives Web sites the ability to process finan-        and management are among the most experienced in the
cial transactions.                                                 bankcard processing industry.
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