Speaking History

Speaker at Money20/20 2016
Speaker at Money20/20 2015
Speaker at Money20/20 2013

Session Information

Henry Helgeson

CEO & Co-Founder
Cayan
Speaking History

Speaker at Money20/20 2016
Speaker at Money20/20 2015
Speaker at Money20/20 2013

Session Information

As CEO and Founder of Cayan®, Henry Helgeson is responsible for driving the future vision of the company, ensuring that Cayan remains at the forefront of payments innovation.

After attending Marist College, Henry worked as an independent contractor selling terminals and printers 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 and currently sits 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.