PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J.—Feb. 9, 2017—The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a global trade association for card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers, announced today that global economist Daniel Altman will be the keynote speaker at the 27th annual Global Card Manufacturing and Personalization ICMA EXPO.

The trade show takes place March 27-30 at the Renaissance Orlando.

Altman, an internationally bestselling author, is widely hailed as one of the most perceptive long-term economic forecasters in contemporary society. He masterfully examines power structures, cultural patterns, and complex data in order to illuminate the underlying trends that make our global economy tick.

“ICMA is pleased for the opportunity to present global economist Daniel Altman, a data scientist and respected author, as the keynote speaker of the 27th annual ICMA EXPO. His depth of knowledge in economics, coupled with thought leadership, is unparalleled when following patterns across history and understanding deeply ingrained factors in economies that enables him to provide quintessential forecasts that paint a clear picture of today’s global realities,” said Jeffrey Barnhart, CEO and president of ICMA. “Altman will be providing ICMA EXPO attendees with a fearless, fresh perspective into the economic trends that shape us our daily lives, ultimately offering members a path forward for future growth and success across the global marketplace.”

An experienced data scientist, Altman devised a ten-year forward-looking simulation of crime and interventions during his stint as an economic advisor in the British government. More recently, he founded North Yard Analytics, a consulting firm specializing in sports data that serves as a vehicle for his evaluation and forecasting of performance by players and teams. He now works with some of the biggest soccer clubs in the world to improve recruitment, tactics, and financial planning.

With his broad range of knowledge and expertise in the field of analytics, Altman is known for sharing insights on diverse topics including delving into the risks inherent in emerging economies, how factors such as elections and oil prices shape economic trends, and the role a booming China plays in the current global economy.

The 2017 ICMA EXPO will be held March 27-30 at Renaissance Orlando in Florida. The ICMA EXPO is being co-located for the second consecutive year with the Payments Summit run by the Smart Card Alliance (SCA), a multi-industry association working to stimulate adoption of smart card technology and advanced payment technology, to create a synergistic experience for the industry.

The events will include a joint exposition and opening general session, as well as separate educational tracks on card manufacturing and personalization trends and  emerging payment applications and new technologies involving mobile and transportation payments. ICMA and the SCA will also hold separate networking events for attendees and organization members.

Explained Barnhart, “With the future in mind, our card industry members will have diverse, contemporary and unique opportunities to explore at the 2017 ICMA EXPO in Orlando.”

Barnhart continued, “As always, attendees will be invited to educate, learn and network while gaining valuable insight on card manufacturing and issuing trends and new technologies in security and payments as well as market forecasts.”

The global card industry generated $26.5 billion in revenues in 2015, equating to the production of 35.1 billion cards worldwide. 2016 data will be released soon.

To register for the ICMA EXPO, visit www.icmaexpo.com.

To learn more about the benefits of ICMA membership, visit www.icma.com.


About ICMA

Based in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, ICMA is a nonprofit association of card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and related industry participants. With 225 members globally, ICMA acts as a resource for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental issues of cards. More information is available at www.icma.com.