News Release: Palmer and Cummings Earn APRP Accreditation

May 3, 2018 (Beloit, WI) – Blackhawk Bank is pleased to announce that Linda Palmer, Vice President – Operations and Jennifer Cummings, Assistant Vice President & Deposit Operations Team Leader recently passed their exams to earn the title of Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP). The APRP is an accreditation earned through the NACHA – the Electronic Payments Association.

Palmer and Cummings began studying for their APRP exam in January 2018. Cummings stated that during that time, they attended numerous webinars and read through “a great deal of materials.” This was the inaugural year for the APRP exam, consisting of six key areas: Fundamentals of Payments Risk Management, Payment Systems, Payments Risk Policy & Governance, Payments Risk Management Systems and Controls, Physical and Information Security, and Regulatory Environment.

According to NACHA, “An APRP is an individual who has demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of risk management strategies, concepts and mitigation techniques within the payments ecosystem.”

“We are extremely proud of the time, effort and commitment put forth by Linda and Jennifer to reach this milestone,” said Phyllis Oldenburg, Senior Vice President – Technology & Operations. “Their APRP accreditations keep Blackhawk Bank at the forefront of emerging security and technological advances.”

About Blackhawk Bank

Established in 1881, Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners for 137 years. The Bank operates eight full service banking centers in Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin and in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois. The Bank also operates a Business Banking Center in Elgin, Illinois and a Mortgage Processing Center in Roscoe, Illinois. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at  Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association is the steward of the ACH Network – one of the largest, safest and most reliable payment systems in the world. The ACH Network creates value and enables innovation by universally connecting all U.S. financial institutions, and moving money and information directly from one bank account to another. Learn more about NACHA at