Press Release March 4th, 2015

Last Edited Date: 05.20.2015 - 14:51


Merchant Services & Lawyers

The Sedona Professionals met March 4th at Red’s Restaurant in Sedona Rouge Resort.  Meetings are held at Red’s the first and third Wednesday of each month.  President Dr. Jenna Blasi opened the meeting.

Eric Meyers of NPS Merchant Services was our first presenter.  While based in Cottonwood, his company offers merchant services throughout Arizona, as well as in many other states in the US. The amazing and unique business model Eric developed called “Payments in Kind” sets him apart from other merchant services who offer credit card, electronic, and mobile payment services.  20% of his company’s gross revenue is set aside and donated monthly to community charitable organizations!  Each client gets to choose the charitable organization for the donation, while the rates they pay for merchant services stay quite competitive.  Eric developed this business model after spending 20 years in the merchant services field and finding something lacking.

Alma  Dumitru, an attorney with the law offices of Joseph Montedonico, specializes in all facets of Estate Planning. Her presentation was quite educational.  Alma said that for Arizonians, the Trust creation approach to Estate Planning is oversold, with some minor exceptions.  For most people, to protect their estate for inheritance purposes, what really is important is to make sure every holding, such as a bank account, a home, an automobile, has documented, designated, beneficiaries.  Alma also spoke about the importance of having a Durable Power of Attorney in place, so one’s financial affairs can be manage if one becomes incapacitated. Equally important is having a Final Disposition document and a Living Will.  Alma’s passion for helping people get their affairs in place was evident and she strongly emphasized that the best time to plan for one’s estate is while one is well!

Deborah Leatherwood, the owner of René Restaurant in Talaquepaque,  gave a most enjoyable personal presentation.  She was raised in the North Carolina, which instilled in her the grand Southern style of hospitality.  Both her parents were in the hospitality business.  Early on, she got to accompany her dad on his business trips and visited many noteworthy hotels.  While the love of the southern style of hospitality stayed with her, eventually Deborah moved westward and has especially enjoyed the progressive culture present in Sedona.