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As you’ve heard us say before, we 're firm believers in the idea that a company is only as good as its employees. Not only are our employees highly qualified professionals, but they’re also pretty interesting people who work hard and play harder. On occasion, we like to single out some of the more unique folks and profile them here on our blog. With that said, let’s learn about Access CFO Mr. Mark Holland, who is equal parts number cruncher and mega-athlete.

Companies don't thrive as long as Access has (nearly 30 years) without smart financial management. It isn't as sexy as our discount programs or merchant funded rewards, but it is just as responsible for the success of our company and personal prosperity of our 150+ employees. Fiscal responsibility is a hallmark of Access' leadership team (the company has no debt and is self-funded), and a lot of that has to do with Mark Holland. In our offices, the CFO is a rock star.

Access Development and Zions Bank are proud to announce the release of the Zions Cash Rewards mobile app, a portable savings resource for Zions Bank Visa credit and debit cardholders. Consumers will find both local and national deals in categories like dining, shopping, hotel, golf, automotive, and more.

The app offers two different types of merchant discounts: “show your phone” coupons and card-linked offers. “Show your phone” mobile coupons are redeemed by presenting your mobile phone at the point of sale, and cash back rewards are earned by making a qualifying transaction with a Zions Bank Visa card at a participating merchant. The cash back reward is then automatically deposited back into the user’s account.

With the help of this app, consumers can easily and conveniently access savings of up to 50% to merchants they shop at every day. These merchants can be found by category, GPS location, maps, recent searches, or a user-designated favorites list.

This new Zions Cash Rewards mobile app comes at a time of huge growth for the mobile coupon industry and is, as a result, of great value. Over 53% of consumers who own a smartphone or tablet plan to use those devices in their holiday shopping.

Just as intriguing is this statistic that Javelin Strategies & Research unearthed: mobile coupons were listed by consumers as the benefit most likely to sway them to use a smartphone-based payment system. Mobile wallet developers may want to take notice.

We want to give a big thank you to Juniper Research and Javelin Strategy & Research for allowing us to use their statistics in our press release.

The full text of the release is below. Contact us today or leave a comment if you'd like more information about the Zions Cash Rewards mobile app.

We are excited to announce that the Alabama Farmers Federation has added the “Everyday Extras” discount program to their member benefits. This new partnership brings the Federation's members over 185,000 savings at local and national businesses.

We’re firm believers in the idea that a company is only as good as the people it employs. Access’ success is the result of highly-qualified professionals working together and bringing unique personality characteristics to the office. On occasion, we’ll highlight some of the people behind the scenes that make our company what it is. Because he’s a little shy, we had to coerce Travis Isaacson into enlightening us with some of his expertise.

Something that makes Access unique is our culture of “intrapreneuring,” or the idea that our employees can create and run with unique ideas or product innovations. Anyone in the organization can take the helm of a project or even create one from scratch. It’s how our director of organizational development became our in-house mobile guru.

Today is February 29, and in case you've been hiding under a rock or are the Jodie Foster character "Nell," you're probably aware that today is a Leap Year day. In a perfect world, you'd be able to choose what you did with this day and it'd be a true free day. We asked marketing assistant Ashley Autry to help us poll some of our hardest working members, educators, to find out what they would do with a free, no-strings-attached 24 hours.