Marc Gardner is founder, president, and CEO of North American Bancard Holdings, LLC. (NAB), a multi-faceted payment solutions provider dedicated to delivering the latest payments technology with the highest level of customer service. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, NAB ranks as one of the industry’s top 10 acquirers and was also named 2014 ISO of the Year at the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Star Awards.
From a small office in Michigan in 1992, to an established ISO, NAB processed over $36.2 billion in 2016. Under Gardner’s leadership, NAB now employs over 1,000 people, with an additional 3,000 plus independent agents located across the country. Today, North American Bancard continues to expand both organically and through strategic acquisitions.
Over the years, Gardner has been recognized for his success as an entrepreneur, and for his contributions in helping to grow the economies of metro Detroit and Michigan. In 2015, Gardner was named the Best of MichBusiness’ CEO of CEO’s Award, from the Michigan Business and Professional Organization (MBPA). Ernst & Young recognized Gardner as the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Central Great Lakes region. Gardner was also named the silver winner in the Executive of the Year category of the 2013 International Best in Biz Awards, and was honored at the 2014 Crain’s Detroit Business Salute to Entrepreneurs Awards. Additionally, Gardner was a guest speaker at the 2009 Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.
An active philanthropist and avid supporter of the arts, Gardner serves on the Board of Directors at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) and provides philanthropic support to numerous organizations, including: AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Friendship Circle, Detroit Public Television, Cranbrook and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Gardner received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin.