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By: Josie Heskje on June 16th, 2019


GreatAmerica Honored with Two 2019 Global MPSA MPS Leadership Awards

em>Company Takes Home Awards for ‘Best MPS Professional Services Provider' and is Joint Winner of ‘Best MPS Industry Collaboration'

Austin, Texas, June 14, 2019 — GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation is pleased to announce it has been awarded two 2019 Global MPSA MPS Leadership Awards. The Company was recognized as ‘Best MPS Professional Services Provider'. The company was also honored as one of five companies to jointly be awarded The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) Award for Best MPS Industry Collaboration. The five winners for the collaboration award include: Epson America, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation, PrintFleet, Synnex Corporation and Simac. These were two of the six awards announced at the ceremony which took place at the 2019 BTA Gateway to Success event in Austin, Texas on June 14th at the Fairmont Hotel. MPSA President, Tawnya Stone, emceed the ceremony.

"It is a true honor to be recognized for two MPSA Awards; especially in such esteemed company as those with which we collaborated with, this past year, including Epson, PrintFleet, Synnex and Simac," stated Jennie Fisher, senior vice president and general manager, Office Equipment Group, GreatAmerica Financial Services. "There is still opportunity in managed print and industry collaboration is a rising tide that lifts all boats, so to speak, in order to seize that opportunity," she added.

The new program, branded Cornerstone, features a cloud-based portal that allows Epson resellers to write MPS contracts in a completely automated fashion. Resellers can use Cornerstone to help develop and sell print agreements that integrate solutions from reputable industry leaders, including PrintFleet for device management and GreatAmerica Financial Services for monthly billing.

GreatAmerica has deployed their technologies in a way that allows integration of their billing and financing capabilities with the Cornerstone program. The Cornerstone portal communicates with GreatAmerica systems throughout the entire life of a contract – from credit approval, to the digital signing of a contract, and even through the invoicing process, billing customers for supplies as they are shipped.

A judging panel of experienced industry leaders was selected from the MPSA membership and led by members of the MPSA Executive Committee.

The 2019 Global MPSA MPS Leadership Awards winners are:

Best MPS Professional Services Provider: GreatAmerica Financial Services

Best MPS Industry Collaboration: Epson America, GreatAmerica Financial Services, PrintFleet, Synnex Corporation, Simac

Best Independent MPS Provider: Scantron Corporation

Best MPS Infrastructure Provider: Supplies Network

Best MPS Innovation Award: Ingram Micro

Best MPS Software Provider: Tigerpaw Software

The MPSA Awards were first held in 2010 to honor companies in our industry that have excelled in managed print related areas. GreatAmerica has been recognized with an MPSA Award each of the six years the MPSA has held an awards event.

About GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation
GreatAmerica is one of the largest independent small ticket national commercial equipment finance companies in the U.S. and is dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, and dealers be more successful and keep their customers for a lifetime. A family-owned business, GreatAmerica was established in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992 and today is organized into seven business units. It has a staff of over 550 employees with offices in Georgia, Minnesota, and Missouri. Our commitment to understand the office equipment industry has positioned us as the unparalleled leader in single invoice solutions (MPS, Managed IT, and other specialized billing options). We also offer innovative non-financial services to help our dealers evolve their businesses. www.greatamerica.com

About the Managed Print Services Association

The Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the MPS industry. Its focus is on the development of standards, education, and industry guidelines that unite the different segments of the industry and bring value to all those participating. For more information about benefits and memberships, visit http://yourmpsa.org/Membership or contact us at info@yourmpsa.org.

Josie Heskje

Josie Heskje is Director, Strategic Marketing for the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica Financial Services. Using over 20 years of marketing experience, she helps guide the strategic marketing direction of the Office Equipment Group, and is responsible for the marketing and public relations planning and execution for the business unit. She is the current Marketing & Communications Chair of the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) and was awarded a 2018 Global MPSA MPS Leadership Award for "Outstanding MPS Contribution" for an individual. She was also named an industry "Difference Maker" in ENX Magazine in both 2015 and 2017.

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