Daena Sprafka Named Q3 2022 Duffy Leadership Award Recipient

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Celero is pleased to announce that Daena Sprafka is the 2022 third-quarter recipient of the Duffy Leadership Award.

Celero created the award to honor Michael P. Duffy, an innovative fintech leader and long-time mentor to many members of its leadership team. This peer-driven award celebrates the individuals who exemplify the core values of excellence, respect, and humility. 

In the third quarter, no one has shown greater commitment to Celero’s winning value proposition than Daena, our Vice President of Financial Institution (FI) Relationships.  As the company continues to grow its bank channel for distributing bundled financial technology products to small and mid-sized merchants, Daena has provided critical leadership to keep our FI relationships strong and productive.

“Daena is the ultimate example of our values here at Celero,” said company founder Kevin Jones. “She’s tireless, answers every call, is fearless when navigating tough situations when they arise, and she’s just so accountable for the preservation and well-being of our client relationships.”

“What I’m most impressed with is her ability to listen to our partners, take feedback, and lead improvements to our processes and services. She’s responsive and intelligent, and we admire her drive, dedication, and her embodiment of the Celero spirit.”

The Michael P. Duffy Leadership Award is based entirely on peer nominations. This coveted honor is awarded to individuals who go above and beyond for their teams. 

Following in the tradition of past Duffy Award Winners, Daena will attend the third annual Duffy Leadership Summit in 2023. This multi-day event is a celebration of Celero’s top performers, as well as an opportunity for team building and professional development. It brings together the highest achievers across all departments, plus all of the 2022 Duffy Award winners, for an event featuring presentations from keynote speakers, live entertainment, delicious food, and more.

As with previous Duffy Award winners, Daena will also receive a commemorative plaque that will serve as a reminder of her hard work and fearless innovation.