Stevan C. Berardo, former executive vice president of Vital Processing Services, has joined the consulting firm of Carmody & Bloom Inc. as a principal.

Carmody & Bloom, which opened in 1981, specializes in card payments and electronic funds transfers.

Mr. Berardo has been in the payments business for 25 years. As vice president and general manager of Visa U.S.A.'s Merchant Bank Services -- once the largest provider of point of sale processing services for merchant-acquiring banks -- he was a member of the executive team that brought together Visa and Total System Services Co. to create Vital Processing Services in Tempe, Ariz.

Before working at Merchant Bank Services, Mr. Berardo was vice president and general manager of McDonnell Douglas Payment Systems Card Services.

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