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Best of Business - October 2012

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BUSINESS of 2 0 1 2 Kevin Hodes Meridian Payment Systems WHILE IT GOES without saying, turning a profit is a necessary element of success in business; there is something truly outstanding about a company that recognizes the importance of giving back to the community. This year, we applaud Meridian Payment Systems for their unselfish resolve to enrich the Frisco community. Meridian Payment Systems President Kevin Hodes says his company is an independent sales office to the third largest merchant service provider in the country, NPC. "We offer a product that nobody really thinks about too often, but it is a necessary evil. As probably one of the most profit-eating parts of any business, we offer them a service to pay less to process their credit cards while getting incredible service." While he has built a successful business as one of NPC's largest sales offices in the country, processing billions in credit card payments each year, Mr. Hodes chooses to devote a significant amount of time and energy to the betterment of his community. "A number of years ago I was approached by one of my customers who said I needed to join the Chamber of Commerce. At first I thought, I don't need to join the chamber. My whole business is referral and I like being anonymous." Still, with the prodding of his customer, Mr. Hodes joined the chamber. After attending his first meeting, his thinking quickly changed as he learned about the Chamber's leadership training program. "I applied for Leadership Frisco Class 14, and since, I have gotten way more involved in the city itself." Some of Mr. Hodes' involvements include acting as Chair OCTOBER 2012 GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY of the Frisco Sister Cities Committee and Vice-Chair of the Downtown Advisory Board. "I'm looking to get involved in other boards within the city right now," he says. An alumnus of Frisco's Citizen Police and Fire Academies, Mr. Hodes says there are many aspects of the city that need volunteer work, and he is determined to leverage the flexibility of his work schedule and his resources to maximum usefulness for the community. His company website lists sponsorships Mr. Hodes has provided for organizations, including the American Fallen Soldiers Project, Boy Scouts of America, Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Miracle League of Frisco and several local businesses. Mr. Hodes says joining the Chamber of Commerce is important not only from a business-building standpoint, but from a community-building standpoint as well. "I would say it's not a sprint, it's a marathon. It takes time to build relationships with individuals. Once they get to know that you're serious about helping them and the community, they are more likely to work with you. My business is developed on relationships, and I'm looking to develop long-term relationships with my customers so they know I'll be there when they need me. I really enjoy helping others in the community and that includes helping customers not be taken advantage of. Everybody deserves to be treated the same, whether they do a small amount of business or a tremendous amount of business. I never forget where I came from. We're all born broke and we're all going to die broke, but in between, we can all enjoy life, and that includes helping other people." FRISCOSTYLE.COM 31

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