A Family-Owned and Operated Business Since 1992
Dedicated to Delivering Excellence in Processing Solutions to Merchants and Non-Profit Organizations Alike
Spire Payment Solutions was established in 2010 as a result of years of experience gained by our parent company, North Pacific Payment Services. North Pacific Payment Services was established in 1992 by William Ayres, Sr. and William Ayres, Jr. Their goal was to establish a company that would provide premier merchant services to businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Clients came to appreciate that North Pacific Payment Services took the time to understand their business needs first, and after that would craft a customized merchant services package that worked for them.
Meet the Office Managers: (from L to R) Rocky, Sophie, and Hans
Over the course of time, North Pacific Payment Services grew and established offices across the nation while always holding to its core values of providing correct pricing and outstanding customer service.
From its inception, North Pacific Payment Services recognized a growing need in non-profit organizations for a temporary solution for credit card processing at fundraising events. Most providers would supply the non-profit organizations with wireless terminals or terminals utilizing “Store & Forward” programming. These solutions were adequate, but there were always innate problems — including security issues, weak or inconsistent wireless signals, and challenges batching and closing “Store & Forward” terminals.
Eventually, the need for safe and secure credit card processing for non-profits was so great that Spire Payment Solutions was born.
Answering the Call to Assist Non-Profit Organizations
In 2009, Mark Ayres, the manager of the California office, began to wonder, “There must be a better way to help these non-profits process payments.” Countless credit card terminal solutions were considered and quickly discarded due to inadequacies and complications caused by PCI compliance.
A Better Way: Virtual Terminals
Out of frustration and after numerous dead ends, an early morning coffee meeting was scheduled between Mark and a prominent web developer, Dave Naves of Dave Works. Dave Works lists many Fortune 500 companies as clients. Listening to Mark and understanding how he wanted to assist non-profits with their fundraising, Dave promptly offered this observation: “Get your head out of traditional credit card terminals; step into the future and utilize the World Wide Web.” Armed with this inspiration, the Spire System was developed. A wonderful marriage was created through the union of netbooks connecting to the web via a wireless connection, a virtual terminal and a revolutionary web portal for the storage and processing of credit cards at fundraising events.
In the Spring of 2010, Spire Payment Solutions Launched
The Spire Payment platform was developed to be flexible in meeting the needs of small fundraising events, all the way up to the largest of gala events. Our system was also developed so that volunteers and people with little to no computer experience would be able to operate the system with ease. Better yet, the Spire Portal can virtually work with any software program on the market for the management and running of an event.
The Spire Payment Solution is truly a turnkey solution that is geared to make your fundraising event a success. The Spire Payment Solution allows you to focus on raising money and enjoying your event, while our system makes taking and processing those payments a breeze.
Spire Payment Solutions is an Elavon Payments Partner & Registered MSP/ISO of Elavon, Inc. Georgia — a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, Minneapolis, MN
Dear Friends at Spire,
This was a very successful tool! Great innovation.