Premier Merchants Group President Kurt Karjalainen is one of seven speakers chosen to participate on a panel at the 2019 ATMIA U.S. Conference Feb. 19-21 in Orlando, Fla. ATMIA stands for ATM Industry Association.

Karjalainen is part of a group presenting Next Gen ATM. Next Gen ATM is a concept of improving ATM functionality and new ways to make ATMs even more viable for the future. Karjalainen is joined by Wayne Malone (Global ATM), David Kozal (CFO of Payment Alliance Intl.), Devon Watson (CMO of Diebold Nixdorf), Rick Anderson (Wind River Systems), Marcel Ficken (Payment Redesign), and Aravinda Korala (CEO KAL).

Karjalainen became the sole owner of Premier Merchants Group, LLC in 2010. Over the last six years, he has helped Premier grow its ATM transaction count by over 400%.