Henry Helgeson, President, Integrated Solutions for TSYS, is responsible for driving a true unified commerce strategy for all TSYS integrated offerings across all verticals. In addition to leading the overall product development strategy for the business, Henry also oversees all integrated channels, Propay, and National Accounts.
Henry was CEO and Founder of Cayan™, a payment technology company in Boston, MA, until they were acquired by TSYS in January 2018.
Helgeson started his career working as an independent contractor selling credit card terminals to small businesses. Intrigued by the payments industry and determined to find a lower cost solution for small businesses, Henry launched Merchant Warehouse (now Cayan) in 1998, the first company to provide easily accessible and affordable credit card processing services and equipment.
As customer needs evolved and new partnership opportunities arose, Henry expanded the company’s focus. He led the launch of Genius®, an industry-leading payment technology platform that now powers payment acceptance at thousands of leading retailers and businesses throughout the U.S. and he continues to drive expansion of the Genius platform as well as new product offerings and value-adds.
Henry is involved in numerous industry associations, having served on the Board of Directors for the Retail Solution Providers Association (RSPA) and is a member of the Electronic Transactions Association’s (ETA’s) Mobile Payments Committee. He has spoken at numerous events and conferences including ETA, Money2020, RSPA Retail Now, SXSW and PYMNTS.com. In 2012, he received the ETA Member of the Year Award, recognizing his contributions to the future success of the industry and he has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s (BBJ’s) “40 under 40” list.
In April 2018, Henry was recognized as the ETA Distinguished Payments Professional of the Year.