041813 GTR_Optimal Payments Logo_300Optimal Payments Plc, a leading global online payment solutions provider, is pleased to announce that Neil Erlick, Optimal Payments’ executive vice president of business development, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). Mr. Erlick joins executives from Yahoo!, USA Today, CBS, ESPN, FanDuel, DraftKings and Advanced Sports Media.

The FSTA was founded in 1999 and represents more than 200 member companies in the growing fantasy sports industry, with a market size reaching an estimated 41 million players across North America. The association hosts two industry conferences a year, bringing together a network of experienced fantasy sports professionals including leading service providers, sports media organizations, researchers and professionals from every part of the industry.

“I am very honored, personally and on behalf of Optimal Payments, to serve on the board of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association along with this distinguished group of my industry peers," said Mr. Erlick. "The FSTA has served as an effective steward of the industry’s phenomenal growth and provides the vision and resources needed to take it to the next level.”

Mr. Erlick has been a key member of the Optimal Payments senior management team since 2000. In recent years, he has been tasked with the strategic development and marketing of online payment solutions for large-scale merchants. These comprehensive solutions include the implementation of online gateway services, merchant accounts, mobile and alternative payments and risk management services. Mr. Erlick oversees the company’s global mid-market sales teams and is also responsible for the company’s North American gaming initiatives and seeking new strategic partnerships. He previously served as senior vice president of business development, where he oversaw the company’s sales strategy with respect to the provision of payment services to online gambling operators.