Agreement Express Partners with F1 Payments

Austin, Texas-based F1 Payments will leverage technology from Agreement Express to enhance its merchant underwriting and onboarding processes. Agreement Express’ client onboarding software platform, which the company demonstrated at FinovateFall 2016, will enable F1 Payments to automatically underwrite merchants in under 15 minutes, and offer them a seamless, digital alternative to the traditional onboarding experience. F1 will also benefit from Agreement Express’ enterprise-level APIs and integrations for secure connections to acquirers and proprietary systems.

F1 Payments President Chad Anselmo connected his company’s mission to accelerate the process for all participants in the business payments ecosystem with the decision to partner with Agreement Express. “Adding Agreement Express to our tech stack allows us to provide a unique, seamless and secure underwriting and onboarding experience for our clients and partners,” he said, “all of which results in increased levels of merchant acquisition and brand loyalty.”

“It was evident from our first conversations that F1 was hyper-focused on providing partners and customers a seamless, secure and efficient experience during the underwriting and onboarding process,” Agreement Express Senior Account Executive Brandon Yttri said. He praised the company’s “customer-centric approach to partnership” and called F1’s decision to select Agreement Express’ platform as “a concrete demonstration of (F1’s) dedication to providing relevant and innovative resources that fuel growth for clients and partners.”

A registered ISO of Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio, F1 Payments offers merchant processing, chargeback management, consulting, and other financial services. Founded in 2017, the firm leverages a diverse payments technology ecosystem to increase business velocity and provide frictionless connections for its clients and partners.

Headquartered in British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Agreement Express’ partnership news comes just a month after the company reported that it was working with payments-as-a-service provider Zift to improve merchant underwriting and onboarding at the Spanish Fork, Utah-based firm. This spring, Agreement Express announced a collaboration with Paya Services that made the company’s check and ACH offerings available via the Agreement Express Unified Application.

Agreement Express began the year with a major C-suite onboarding of its own, appointing former Zywave CEO and founder Dave O’Brien as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mike Gardner, who founded the company in 2001 and had served as CEO, will transition into the role of Chief Strategy Officer, as well as continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.

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Agreement Express Signs Deal with Independent Financial Partners

Account onboarding specialist Agreement Express recently inked a large contract with Florida-based Independent Financial Partners (IFP).

The deal comes in advance of IFP launching its broker-dealer technology that will allow advisors to run their business on their own. IFP will leverage Agreement Express’ Automated Broker Transitions platform. The technology will enable advisors to digitally pre-populate new account forms. Once clients sign the form and it has been approved by the compliance team, the account will automatically be opened at one of IFP’s four custodians: Pershing, Charles Schwab, Fidelity or TD Ameritrade. Overall, Agreement Express will help transition clients in a matter of days instead of months, will provide a complete audit trail, and will minimize human form-filling errors.

“Generally, hybrid RIAs don’t have the latitude or financials to be able to implement expensive technologies that otherwise would positively impact advisors’ businesses,” said IFP CEO William Hamm. “On the other hand, independent broker-dealers not only have control of their own destiny, but they are also able to better control and enhance their revenue lines. As such, IFP has been able to invest in systems to support the advisor experience we’ve always wanted to provide.”

Founded in 2001, Agreement Express helps financial services companies create and manage a consistent onboarding experience across channels, as well as leverage consumer data to create a personalized user experience. In addition to its Automated Broker Transitions Platform, the company also offers Risk Scorecard for Payments Underwriting and One-Click Merchant Onboarding.

At FinovateFall 2016, Agreement Express debuted the newest version of its wealth management offering, an onboarding solution that helps advisers interact with clients in a nonintrusive, compliant manner. Earlier this spring, the company received an undisclosed amount of funding, boosting its total to more than $1 million. Among the company’s clients are National Bank of Canada, Questrade, and M&T Bank. Mike Gardner is CEO.

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Agreement Express Lands Funding from Frontier Capital

Account onboarding specialist Agreement Express received its second round of funding today. The growth equity investment comes from Frontier Capital, which pulled the funds from its $700 million Frontier Fund V closed in 2017. The amount of today’s round was undisclosed, but boosts the Canada-based company’s funding over its previous $1 million raised.

The funds are aimed to help Agreement Express accelerate growth by expanding sales and marketing efforts, hiring more employees, and bolstering technological innovation efforts. As part of the deal, Richard Maclean, co-founder and managing partner at Frontier, along with Frontier’s Managing Partner and Vice President, Dave Pandullo, will join the Agreement Express board.

In a statement, Agreement Express CEO Mike Gardner highlighted on the company’s growth since it was founded in 2001, attributing it to the company’s replacement of complexity with simplicity. “We feel the optimal time has come to take Agreement Express to the next level, and are excited to work with the talented and well-respected team at Frontier as our partner in the next phase of our journey as a growth company. We believe their experience helping transition SaaS businesses such as ours into market leaders will help us propel our innovation and enhance value to our customers in their race to digital sustainability, differentiation, and enhanced profitability, ” Gardner said.

Agreement Express helps financial services companies create and manage a consistent onboarding experience across channels, as well as leverage consumer data to create a personalized user experience. At FinovateFall 2016, the company debuted the newest version of its wealth management offering, an onboarding solution that helps advisers interact with clients in a nonintrusive, compliant manner. Among the company’s clients are National Bank of Canada, Questrade, and M&T Bank.

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Finovate Debuts: Agreement Express Helps Advisers Offer Nonintrusive Onboarding

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Onboarding software provider Agreement Express helps wealth management firms, payments, and insurance companies create and manage a consistent onboarding experience across channels for all of their product offerings.

At FinovateFall 2016, the company demoed the newest version of its wealth management offering, an onboarding solution that helps advisers interact with clients in a nonintrusive, compliant manner. The new release improves the customer experience by helping firms gather and re-use existing client data instead of requesting the same information multiple times, which causes friction and deteriorates the client experience.

In his demo on the FinovateFall stage, Agreement Express CEO Mike Gardner opened by depicting the difficulty advisers have in getting solutions up-and-running quickly, saying, “At Agreement Express, we unite advisers, clients, back office teams, and compliance … in one platform that allows transformation in just two weeks.” He later noted the software is made to work quickly even for large firms.

Company Facts

  • Founded in 2001
  • Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Working with Global Payments and M&T Bank
29615085762_a907570331_kCEO Mike Gardner and Account Exec Andrew Grocholski demoed Agreement Express at FinovateFall 2016

screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-4-10-26-pmAfter his presentation at FinovateFall, we conducted an interview with Mike Gardner, Agreement Express CEO, to gather more information about the company and its future plans.

Finovate: What problem does Agreement Express solve?

Mike Gardner: Agreement Express solves the problem of slow, inefficient, paper-based client onboarding in financial services. Because it’s such a huge problem, FIs usually go one of two routes: reducing the scope and only solving one piece of the project, or trying to solve the whole thing in one go with a massive BPM project that takes a couple of years to go live. Agreement Express is onboarding software that financial institutions can implement in just a few weeks, and gives them the data and flexibility they need to iterate and configure their process on an ongoing basis. It’s essentially building the perfect path as you go, enabling firms to receive immediate value and get in the fast-paced technology race, without the risk of trying to predict the future and get it all right without consulting meaningful data.

agreement-express-product-screenshot-1Agreement Express document management screen

Finovate: Who are your primary customers?

Gardner: We service key financial institution markets globally, primarily wealth management, payments, banking, and insurance. In those markets, we serve Fortune 1000 companies and top industry leaders such as Global Payments, Elavon, M&T Bank, National Bank Correspondent Network, Questrade, and more.

Finovate: How does Agreement Express solve the problem better?

Gardner: Agreement Express does two things that sets it apart from the competition: it solves the entire client onboarding problem from front to back office, and enables firms to go live in weeks, not months or years.

Our platform solves more of the problem in less time, and allows users to configure and iterate on an ongoing basis. This allows firms to realize tremendous value right away, and lowers the risk of trying to get everything perfect in advance and delaying time-to-value for a year or more.

Finovate: Tell us about your favorite implementation of your solution.

Gardner: We are proud of the work we’ve done with all of our clients, but one that comes to mind is Global Payments, one of the largest merchant acquirers in the world. By consolidating all of their merchant onboarding processes into Agreement Express, they were able to increase application return rates from 40% to 100%, and virtually eliminate back-office data entry. It was exciting to watch such a large institution make so much digital progress in a short time.

agreement-express-product-screenshot-3Agreement Express adviser workspace

Finovate: What in your background gave you the confidence to tackle this challenge?

Gardner: We work with some of the largest global merchant acquirers, which gave us the confidence that we could successfully help Global Payments make a significant digital transformation.

Finovate: Where do you see Agreement Express a year or two from now?

Gardner: On our current trajectory, we’ll be continuing our global expansion, opening new offices around the world. We’ll be continuing to make Agreement Express accessible to the entire financial services enterprise, from the largest firms to the smallest partners in their network. Typically, software is either made for big or small companies, but Agreement Express will be used by the whole ecosystem for a completely integrated client onboarding experience.


Check out the video of Mike Gardner (CEO) and Andrew Grocholski (Account Executive) demoing Agreement Express at FinovateFall 2016.