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Peter Palumbo is a Senior Consultant for Samaha & Associates, Inc. With more than 33 years of industry experience, Peter is well-versed working with financial institutions and ATM, Debit, Credit Card providers as well as Online Banking / Mobile providers. Peter uses his industry experience to serve as a resource for provider searches, including RFP creation, price and contract negotiation and project management.
Prior to joining Samaha & Associates, Inc., Peter was Senior Manager at PULSE/Discover Financial Services. His business development responsibilities included bringing on new network and processing clients. He has worked with international financial institutions and franchises throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions for global ATM acceptance of Discover, Diners International and PULSE, ATM and Debit cards. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Discovers Presidents Plate.
Prior to joining PULSE, Peter transitioned into the home banking industry accepting the position of a Strategic Account Executive. He assisted financial institutions to maximize wallet share, increase customers/members, retain best customers/members and lower cost ratios via online channels. Before joining PULSE, Peter accepted the position of vice president of client relations at Concord EFS/Star (now First Data).
Peter spent his prior 13 years at EDS’ Consumer Network Services Division (now Fiserv). There he was responsible for business development (domestically and globally), and client services management, working as an implementation project manager, account executive and conversion consultant.
His career began in 1985 when he accepted a position working a large California Savings and Loan institution where he specialized in cards, ATMs and payments.
Peter lives in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. and believes in giving back to his community and fighting for those he proudly represents. He is a certified Trained Advocate for Mended Hearts and Little Mended Hearts. These nonprofit organizations provide hope for heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Additionally, he serves on the Patient Advocacy Network working with state and congressional legislators.
Peter enjoys rocking out to the tunes of the Eagles and is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers. Additionally, he is an avid fan of television crime shows and CSPAN. The latter allows him to keep pace on U.S. legislative events.