Love at the ATM
by the ATM Industry Association
As part of its celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ATM and the 20th anniversary of the ATM Industry Association, ATMIA is "rolling out the red carpet" and highlighting industry players in a yearlong series of ATM-related recollections. The following story is the first of these.
If you have a special ATM memory of your own to share, please email it to Sharon Lane at ATMIA.
The ATM typically provides simple services such as cash access, account information and balance inquiries. However, keeping up with changing technology often means providing more advanced services such as charitable donations, bill payment, dynamic currency conversion and … love connections?
ATMs themselves might not be directly responsible for dispensing partners in love and life, but the ATM industry has certainly delivered. At least it has for ATM industry professionals Roger and Sherry Myers.
Roger and Sherry first met in May 2006 at the Tidel-NCR user conference and golf tournament in Dallas, Texas. Then, as now, Roger was the president of Switch Commerce and living in Dallas.
Sherry had recently relocated to Dallas to serve as director of marketing at Tidel. Their first encounter was on the day of the golf tournament, which also happened to be Roger's birthday. The pair had an instant connection.
"I remember because he just caught my eye," Sherry said in an interview. "I could tell he had a kind soul; it's what attracted me to him."
Roger and Sherry continued to run into each other at industry conferences — always sharing a laugh and catching up whenever they met.
But it wasn't until the Dallas Nautilus Hyosung user conference in 2008, when Sherry was working for the Discover-owned Pulse Network, that they finally exchanged numbers and began to talk regularly outside of work events. Despite Sherry starting work in Europe, they managed to stay in touch — mostly through phone conversations and the occasional conference.
"Our relationship is built on a strong friendship that flowed nicely into love," said Roger. "I married my best friend."
The couple didn't have their first real date until August 2010. While traveling home to Dallas, Sherry chatted with Roger on the phone. Since his home was in the general direction of her drive from the airport, Roger suggested that Sherry stop by to play a game of ping pong.
They spent the evening together, listening to country music and playing ping pong and pool. It didn't take long after that for the pair to realize they were meant to be, and the running joke became, "It's about time!"
Four months later, in December 2010, Roger took Sherry to Niagara Falls for her birthday — and to dinner at the Revolving Dining Room, a restaurant atop the 520-foot-tall Skylon Tower, which overlooks the spectacular scenery of the falls.
Roger had arranged with the manager to stop restaurant's rotation at 9 p.m. to provide a view of the winter fireworks over the falls. At the appointed time, the restaurant kitchen sent out a special desert featuring a miniature grandfather clock.
As Sherry opened the clock and discovered that its pendulum was actually an engagement ring, Roger got down on one knee and told her it "was about time" she became his bride.
At their wedding rehearsal dinner, Roger recreated the proposal scene with a fireworks display on the golf course outside their Dallas home.
Today Sherry works outside the ATM industry, helping her brother run the family business. But Roger can still share his work with her, confident in her knowledge of the ins, outs and people of the ATM world.
For Roger and Sherry Myers, the ATM and the ATM industry were truly matchmakers.
Here's hoping the ATM will continue to deliver love as well as cash far into the future!
Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ATM and the 20th anniversary of the ATM Industry Association by sharing your industry-related stories. Contact Sharon Lane, ATMIA global director of member services, viaemailor phone at +001-605-271-7371.
Topics: Associations / Conferences