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Industry Veteran to be Recognized at FinTech South for Decades of Leadership and Innovation


ATLANTA, GA -- April 17, 2018 – Accomplished and distinguished entrepreneur, Tripp Rackley, will receive the FinTech Lifetime Achievement Award during FinTech South, the Southeast’s largest event dedicated to financial innovation. Nominated by previous recipients of this distinction, Rackley was selected for his impressive career building and growing successful businesses.  

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During his more than 25-year career, Rackley founded multiple companies, driving leadership, strategy, vision and direction. Beginning in 1995, he launched his first company, nFront, Inc., the pioneer of internet banking, taking it public four years later.  In 2005, Rackley again pushed the boundaries of financial services, technology and innovation by founding Firethorn, the first mobile payments company. Establishing partnerships with the two largest carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, to deliver mobile payments to the consumer market, Firethorn was acquired by Qualcomm in 2007.

 In 2011, Rackley founded Experience, an award-winning mobile technology company that empowers fans to personalize their live event experience. It was selected as a winner of the Sports Business Award for Best in Sports Technology and for Best in Mobile Fan Experience. His fourth and latest endeavor, Clutch, is a technology platform that provides a subscription vehicle offering for the entire automotive industry – from consumer, to dealer to manufacturer. The company’s technology is powering flexible subscription access for dealer groups across the country, as well as automotive manufacturers including BMW Financial Services, Mercedes-Benz USA and Porsche North America.

“This prestigious award honors the industry leaders who have played significant roles in establishing Atlanta as the global fintech hub it is today,” shares Susan O’Dwyer, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Community Relations for Aprio, and Chairperson of the TAG FinTech Lifetime Achievement Award. “Joining an impressive list of industry titans in the FinTech Hall of Fame, Tripp is highly respected for his decades of leadership in the industry, and his many contributions to the success of our business community. We welcome him into the FinTech Hall of Fame, and look forward to serving alongside him for many more years to come.”

FinTech South, hosted by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), is taking place May 7 – 8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The two-day conference will join the industry in an exchange of insights, innovations and trends fueling tomorrow's financial tech industry. Panel discussions, innovation spotlights and interactive break-out sessions will cover a variety of topics, including Security, Regulations, Blockchain & Crypto, AI & Big Data, Commerce & Retail Payments and Banking & Lending. For additional information on sponsorship opportunities and to register to attend, visit



About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 35,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG's mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia's technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.

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