Long Beach - The Bank of the Pacific recently announced the certification of Tarra Eldred as an Accredited National Automated Clearing House (NACHA) Association Professional.

This was accomplished through intensive training, followed by a comprehensive exam demonstrating knowledge of the electronic payments network. The exam is only offered by NACHA once a year in October.

NACHA is a reliable and efficient nationwide, batch-oriented electronic funds transfer system which provides for the inter-bank clearing of electronic payments for participating depository financial institutions. Automated clearinghouse payments include payroll direct deposits, government benefits such as Social Security, tax refunds, as well as direct payment of consumer bills including mortgages, loans, utility bills and insurance premiums.

"This is an extremely tough exam, and we're proud to have one of our employees receive this recognition," CEO Dennis Long said.

According to Long, Eldred's accreditation will create a more efficient, secure, and reliable ACH Network within the bank, and also is proof of the bank's commitment to having expert knowledge in the processing customers' electronic payments.

Eldred has been employed at The Bank of the Pacific since 1992 when she started her career as a proof operator. She has continued to master new skills and acquire a broader understanding of electronic payments.

Eldred lives in Long Beach with her husband, Ray, and her two daughters.

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