Allied Payment Network’s Jeffrey Harper Named President of Association for Financial Technology


Allied Payment Network (Allied), the industry’s most progressive provider of online and mobile digital payment services to community financial institutions (FIs), announced today that its Chief Revenue Officer Jeffrey Harper has been named president of the Association for Financial Technology (AFT), a national association devoted to the advancement of fintech companies and the U.S. financial industry through technology. The volunteer board of directors, which is made up of peer-elected industry executives, elected Harper to the position and installed him yesterday at the group’s Fall Summit in Sonoma, California. Harper, a 30-year fintech executive and business development leader, previously served for three years on the AFT board of directors, most recently as Program Chair.

The Association for Financial Technology is the industry’s premier resource for networking and professional development for those companies and executives serving U.S. FIs, including banks, credit unions, lenders and payment companies. Founded in 1972, the organization’s members represent virtually every area of technology, data or services needed to help FIs succeed in today’s dynamic marketplace.

Harper’s appointment as AFT President marks the second Allied representative to serve in that position, following Allied President Kelli Schultz, who served as board director from 2009 to 2014 and President in 2013. “AFT is the single most impactful organization driving the financial technology sector for FIs nationally. Gathering the brightest C-level minds in the space to collaborate on the challenges and opportunities our clients face drives real, tangible change in our industry,” said Schultz. “I’m delighted to see Jeff’s passion and dedication to community banking awarded with this prestigious honor.”

“Being a member of AFT and serving on the board has been the most rewarding and enjoyable experience in my professional career. I am humbled and honored to be selected by my peers as AFT President as the association celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022,” remarked Harper.


Allied Payment Network Named One of the Best Places to Work for Second Year

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Allied Payment Network, Inc. (Allied), the industry’s most progressive provider of online and mobile bill payment services to banks and credit unions, announced today that it has again been named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Financial Technology. Arizent and Best Companies Group created this annual survey and awards program in 2017 to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the financial technology industry in the U.S.; Allied was honored as a Best Place to Work for the second consecutive year.

Companies recognized this year operate in and serve companies and consumers in a wide range of financial services including banking and mortgages, insurance, payments and financial advisory.

“This year, the fintech industry became a larger and more important sector of our economy,” noted David Evans, chief content officer at Arizent. “This ranking helps highlight companies that have generous employee policies and positive cultures, and can help serve as a guide to job seekers in this competitive industry.”

“From the beginning, we at Allied have prioritized our employees and their work environment to make ourselves a best place to work.  By cultivating a positive, cohesive, and rewarding work environment, Allied attracts quality, dedicated team members to augment our success,” explained Allied founder and CEO Ralph Marcuccilli. “We are honored to be named to this list and will always strive to be a best place to work.”

To be considered for participation, companies must provide technology products, services, or solutions that enable the delivery of financial services. Companies must also have been in business for at least one full year and employ at least 15 people in the U.S. For more information on Arizent’s Best Places to Work in Financial Technology program, including full eligibility criteria, visit