North American Bancard CEO Named Executive of the Year in Best in Biz International Awards: North American Bancard, the Troy-based electronic payments technology provider, said last week that its founder and CEO, Marc Gardner, has been named the silver winner in the Executive of the Year category of the 2013 International Best in Biz Awards, a prestigious independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. With a mission to level the playing field for businesses of all sizes in regard to their ability to accept and process payments and gain access to critical business intelligence at the point of sale, Gardner drove the evolution of NAB’s product and service offerings, delivering the industry’s most aggressive rates and most inclusive programs for merchants of all sizes. With the founding of NAB subsidiary, PayAnywhere, in 2011, Gardner ushered in the mobile revolution, bringing to market the most comprehensive mobile point of sale solution available, backed by the 24/7 customer support that NAB is known for. With consistent year over year revenue growth, despite a down economy, Gardner has shown that investment in new technologies to help American businesses succeed is a winning bet. More than 150 public and private companies representing all sectors of the economy from more than 25 countries competed in this year’s International Best in Biz Awards program. Winners were determined based on scoring from a panel of 43 judges drawn from top-tier news, business, finance, and technology publications and media outlets from 18 countries, with all continents represented. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2013 International, visit North American Bancard processes more than $12 billion in electronic transactions annually for more than 155,000 merchants nationwide. For more information, visit

Beaumont Hospitals In Royal Oak, Troy Get Aetna Cardiac Care Institute of Quality designation: The Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy have been designated as Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Care Facilities for comprehensive heart and vascular treatment. Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care. In addition to the cardiac care designations, Beaumont has earned Aetna Institute of Quality designations for spine surgery (Beaumont, Royal Oak and Troy), total joint replacement (Beaumont, Royal Oak and Grosse Pointe), and bariatric surgery (Beaumont, Royal Oak). Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system with 1,726 licensed beds, more than 14,000 full-time equivalent employees and nearly 3,100 physicians, including 500 employed physicians in the Beaumont Medical Group and more than 2,600 private-practice physicians. In addition to its hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe, Beaumont has 54 community-based sites of care including medical centers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, family practice and internal medicine practices, five nursing centers, home care services and hospice. The Beaumont Research Institute has 1,100 active research studies with more than 82,000 participants. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Visit Beaumont on the web at


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