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WILMINGTON, Del. — For the first time, an organization has formed that will bring card processor Total Systems into the at the credit union card processing and portfolio market.

PartnersFirst, a subsidiary of the rapidly expanding $5 billion Western Alliance Bancorp., will focus heavily on partnerships with credit unions, community banks, associations and other groups to either start card programs or process their existing card programs or purchase their card portfolios to issue cards through agent relationships, according to Hal Erskine, a former MBNA executive. MBNA is now part of Bank of America.

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