Forte Payment Systems Makes the Inc. 5000 for the Sixth Year in a Row

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Making the cut demonstrates vibrant innovation and significant vitality in the payment industry.

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It serves as a confirmation of the way we provide solutions that really work for people, and we aim to continue building with cultivated intention.

This year marks the sixth year in a row that Forte Payment Systems, previously ACH Direct, has been awarded the prestigious honor of making the Inc. 5000. The exclusive ranking is determined by measures in revenue growth from 2009 to 2012. Making the cut demonstrates vibrant innovation and significant vitality, earmarking the chosen as pioneers in their industries.

The Inc. 5000 awards only the nation’s fastest-growing private companies that prove the accelerated growth indicative of truly inspirational business. “Make no mistake: The Inc. 5000 was harder to get into this year than ever in its history,” stated Inc. editor in chief Eric Schurenberg of the highly competitive selection process. Forte can boast a purely organic three-year growth rate of 83%. The bootstrapped company has grown simply by re-investing the profits back into the company and without using any debt, financial leverage or acquisitions to artificially boost rates. Forte now shares the honor with other major players like Zappos, Pandora, Clif Bar and Patagonia.

Forte has transformed certain industries and the terrain of their processing, opening up new possibilities for accepting payments. Through an integrated partnership with, the way people donate is dramatically changing. Now individuals and non-profits can simply set up a fundraising page through the dedicated platform, allowing them to swiftly accept online donations and share their inspiring stories. “Working with Forte has helped us renegotiate a previously cumbersome donation process. Our clients have very special, important causes that deserve an efficient payment solution. With our combined efforts, everyone now has the chance to make an impact without a hassle,” says of Tom Serres, Founder and Chief Rally Officer, “It’s absolutely made a world of difference, and that’s just what our website aims to help others do.” Further information on partnering with Forte can be found at

While awards and honors are not the paramount factor in company success, they provide solid indicators of viable future growth and express, frankly, a job well done. “We are proud to receive the honor yet again,” states Jeff Thorness, President and CEO of Forte. “It’s incredibly exciting to achieve such rapid growth in this highly competitive industry. It serves as a confirmation of the way we provide solutions that really work for people, and we aim to continue building with cultivated intention.”

Read more about Forte’s ranking on the Inc. 5000 here and follow the company on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Forte Payment Systems

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Allen, Texas, Forte Payment Systems is a leading provider of innovative electronic payments solutions devoted to the vigorous advancement of the industry’s ecosystem. They offer unique and scalable enterprise-class solutions that readily adapt to changing business needs through an optimized suite of services including credit card processing, ACH/eCheck origination and fraud prevention. Forte’s mission is to serve organizations of all sizes looking for a superior payment processing platform by reducing transaction costs, mitigating risk and increasing efficiencies with ever-thoughtful, consistent care. For more information, visit

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