Elavon Invests in Atlanta Community and the Future of Business Innovation with Georgia Tech’s Denning Technology & Management Program Alliance

Monday, February 2, 2015 11:22 am EST

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"We are born with an innate desire to problem-solve, which can translate into innovation. One way to activate the creativity of employees is to develop an environment where problem-solving is encouraged"

As part of its ongoing investment in innovation, Elavon, a leading global payments provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), proudly supports Georgia Tech's Steven A. Denning Technology & Management (T&M) Program as a Corporate Affiliate. The Denning T&M Program is housed in the Scheller College of Business.

The Program creates alliances with Corporate Affiliates and offers a selected group of undergraduate students from the Colleges of Business, Computing, and Engineering, the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary team challenged with developing solutions to Affiliates’ business challenges. It creates successful, cross-functional leaders in technology and business-related fields by building upon Georgia Tech's outstanding program and curriculum.

John Stanford, Corporate Relations Manager, Georgia Tech's Steven A. Denning T&M Program, stated, “Elavon is a unique Corporate Affiliate as they have taken the one-on-one approach. They offer their time and talent to mentor our students using real business scenarios, face-to-face meetings with high-level colleagues, and overall life skills training. By exposing our students to executives and change makers they will learn a culture of mentorship, which will change lives.”

Recently, several students from the Program interned at Elavon as part of the company’s “Grove” team that is focused on mobile payments and innovation. Students associated with Elavon’s capstone project have been especially impactful. A seven month-long engagement, the capstone project provides students with a specific business challenge and asks them to evaluate and develop innovative recommendations to solve the problem. Last year’s capstone team produced a tablet-based, sales automation tool prototype for the US-based sales team. The idea was the genesis of the sales automation tablet solution that Elavon is now building.

“We are born with an innate desire to problem-solve, which can translate into innovation. One way to activate the creativity of employees is to develop an environment where problem-solving is encouraged,” said Marianne Johnson, executive vice president and global head of product and innovation at Elavon. “Through our work with the Denning T&M Program, we are investing in the future of the next generation that will shape the business environment.”

About Elavon ( www.elavon.com ): Elavon is wholly owned by U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and provides end-to-end payment processing solutions and services to more than 1.3 million customers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico. As the #1 provider for airlines and a top five provider for hospitality, healthcare, retail, and public sector/education, Elavon’s innovative payment solutions are designed to solve pain points for businesses from small to enterprise-sized.

Elavon’s Media Contact:

Cara Crifasi 
Corporate Communications 
+1 303-268-2412  
Cara.Crifasi@elavon.com

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