First Annapolis Announces Three Promotions to Principal

January 17, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND: First Annapolis Consulting, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Emily Boese, Erik Howell, and Casey Merolla to Principal effective January 1, 2017.

Emily Boese focuses on the firm’s Merchant Acquiring Practice, advising acquirers and large merchants with payment acceptance strategies. Emily joined First Annapolis in 2002 and has been instrumental in the expansion of the firm’s acceptance-related advisory services. Emily’s clients include leading acquirers, major merchants, point of sale software vendors, gateways, banks, card networks, and emerging payments companies.

Erik Howell advises our European clients on card issuing and acceptance matters. He joined First Annapolis in 2001 in our U.S. office before transitioning to Europe in 2008, where he has played an important role in the growth of our European client base. His clients include card issuers, merchant acquirers, retailers, networks, and other payments companies across Europe.

Casey Merolla is a member of our Payment Strategy and Innovation team.  She advises clients on enterprise payments strategies with expertise in debit and prepaid products. She joined First Annapolis in 2005 and has played a pivotal role in the growth of First Annapolis’ fraud, EMV, and mobile payments capabilities.  Her clients include leading financial institutions, payment networks, prepaid specialists, and technology providers.

About First Annapolis

First Annapolis is a management consulting and M&A advisory firm focusing on the financial services industry, particularly in payment-related products, services, and delivery. Our clients include U.S. and international financial institutions, payment networks, service providers, retailers, affinity groups, manufacturers, trade associations, and government agencies. We offer a full range of services including strategy development, program management, portfolio/risk management, strategic sourcing, and implementation support. First Annapolis also offers a suite of specialized M&A advisory services to complement our consulting practice. For more information, visit, LinkedIn, and @FirstAnnapolis.

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