Forte Wins Bronze in Two Categories of the Best in Biz Awards 2013

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Forte Payments awarded Small Company of the Year and Marketing Department of the Year.

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It’s very exciting to receive the award, and it motivates us to reach even further.

Forte Payment Systems has been named a bronze winner in two categories of the Best in Biz Awards for 2013: Small Company of the Year and Marketing Department of the Year. The Best in Biz Awards is the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

Forte is proud to announce this most recent achievement, especially following their sixth honor on the Inc. 5000 list this year. Forte has been providing innovative and dynamic electronic payment solutions for organizations of all sizes for over fifteen years, proving to be a valiant force in the industry. Forte made significant strides this year, merging their previous brands into one cohesive identity that demonstrates the company’s powerful abilities to transform and simplify payment processing. Previously ACH Direct, Federal Payments and Payments Gateway, the company was renamed Forte Payment Systems in March of 2013. Forte’s distinguished work in the industry, as well as their balanced and optimistic company culture, also helped secure this recognition.

“Earning the award has really rewarded and inspired our efforts,” says Jeff Thorness, CEO. “Everyone in the company has an extremely valued presence, and it is wonderful to be recognized for our diligent work this year in rebranding, organization and growth.”

Forte’s marketing department, who also received a bronze award this year, strategically aligned the new brand for its objectives in niche segments and multi-channel solutions. Invigorated efforts in digital outlets such as social media, a new blog and SEO initiatives helped establish and secure Forte’s authority as a leading industry expert. The team worked fervently to realign the brand and its campaigns, thoughtful of the evolving landscape of electronic payments and the needs of its users.

“The marketing team recognized the importance of a delicate and earnest approach to positioning the new brand,” says Jay Alsup, Director of Marketing. “It’s very exciting to receive the award, and it motivates us to reach even further.”

The third annual Best in Biz Awards program, focusing on companies based or operating in North America, was the most competitive in its history, with the highest number of awards submissions to date and the most distinguished judging panel yet assembled. More than 500 entries were received this year, from a wide array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and geographic regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2013 were determined by an independent panel of 51 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune and Inc. Magazine.

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2013, visit:

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

About Best in Biz Awards

Best in Biz Awards recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in three separate programs annually: North America, EMEA, and International. Entries are currently being accepted in the third annual Best in Biz Awards 2013 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) program, until the final entry deadline on January 24, 2014. Any organization from any industry operating in EMEA may enter any of the more than 50 company, department or team, executive and product categories. For more information about the entry process and categories in the EMEA program, please visit:

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