Kiosk Association Three Key Members to Advisory Board

By | December 16, 2015

Crane, ARCA, and OptConnect join Kiosk Industry Group

Kiosk Industry Group, the Kiosk manufacturer and vendor trade association, officially announced today the appointment of three key members to its Strategic Advisory Board.  The key members include Crane Payment Innovations cash and coin acceptance based in Toronto, ARCA, a cash automation company based in Mebane, NC and OptConnect , a division of Grant Victor and provider of 3G and 4G wireless. They will provide strategic guidance to the Group in its direction and focus in currency, cash and coin, transactions and M2M transactions for the kiosk industry.

“The announcement comes at a very exciting time for the self-service payment industry,‚ÄĚ said Craig Keefner, Founder of the Kiosk Industry Group.¬† ‚ÄúWhether in retail or banking and finance this type of acceptance and automation for customers is a key differentiator.¬† Over 50% of transactions are in currency in the market and added complications and implications of EMV are still being sorted out.”.

With 2015 most likely the busiest year ever in transactional kiosk deployments and design, these additions demonstrate the Trade Association’s commitment to promoting and marketing self-service and automated transactions to the greater marketplace and internationally.¬†

The representatives for the appointees to the Strategic Advisory Board bring diverse and substantial experience in automation, transactions, connectivity and leadership.

OptConnect is represented by Wayne VandeKraak.   Wayne is Director of Business Development and has over 20 years in the industry. OptConnect is North America’s leading provider of managed service wireless connectivity for ATMs, Kiosks, Digital Signage and other custom applications. OptConnect revolutionizes the way machines communicate, providing for fast and secure connectivity, cost savings, and greater reliability. OptConnect offers end-to-end managed service providing customers with the greatest level of service and uptime. Visit

Crane Payment Innovations¬†is represented by Bassam Estaitieh. Bassam is Director of Marketing with Crane.¬†Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) is the combination of Crane Payment Solutions and MEI Conlux Holdings (‚ÄúMEI‚ÄĚ).¬†CPI, along with Crane Merchandising Systems, forms the Merchandising Systems business segment of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products.¬†CPI serves over 100 countries, and has one of the world‚Äôs largest installed base of payment systems.¬† Visit¬†

ARCA is represented by Brian Honeycutt, OEM Product Manager. ¬† Since 1998, ARCA has been committed to helping people control and streamline cash operations in bank branches, retail stores and self-service kiosks. By focusing on technology and services, ARCA delivers thoughtful solutions to make transactions simpler, more efficient and more secure. Today, ARCA provides the largest selection of cash handling devices of any manufacturer in the world.¬† To learn more about ARCA’s innovative culture and commitment to our customers, please visit¬†

About Kiosk Industry Group
Kiosk Industry Group is based in Denver Colorado and serves as a qualified marketing network for the entire kiosk industry. In March in Vegas is the Self-service pavilion will be held in conjunction with the DSE digital signage show. The Group with its strategic sponsors and members has begun the manufacturer and trade association for kiosks. Please visit 

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Craig Keefner is the editor and author for Kiosk Association and kiosk industry. With over 30 years in the industry and experience in large and small kiosk solutions, Craig is widely considered to be an expert in the field. Major kiosk projects for him include Verizon Bill Pay kiosk and hundreds of others.