Originally One of Our Lowest-Rated Providers
Also known as “Talus Payments,” Talus Pay is a Dallas, Texas-based merchant account provider that was originally created as a DBA of Future Payment Technologies, one of the worst merchant account providers we have reviewed. Future Payment Technologies was itself created as a DBA of Crescent Processing Company and Park Central Company, two other providers with poor reputations. Talus also launched an enterprise-oriented DBA called Celerus Payments, but it has since retired that brand. Talus Pay is technically a registered trademark of FPT Operating Company (possibly short for “Future Payment Technologies Operating Company”), and the Talus Pay website currently states the following:
“AMCP Payments Intermediate Company LLC is doing business as Talus Pay, Talus Payments, Prolific Business Solutions, LTD Merchant Services, MSP Consulting, Granite Payment Alliance, Philadelphia Processing, City National Bank Merchant Services and Merchant Bank Partners.”
This means those dealing with Talus are likely dealing with an arm of AMCP Payments Intermediate Company LLC, and it is not yet known what the level of sharing of people, information and contracts is between the various branches of AMCP.
Under New Ownership
In December 2016, Talus Pay (then known as Future Payment Technologies) was purchased by two private equity firms named A&M Capital Partners and Juna Equity Partners. A company representative has stated that the new owners changed the name from Future Payment Technologies to Talus Pay due to a trademark dispute. The new owners also created Celerus Payments as a way to market directly to enterprise-level organizations, but they decided to retire the Celerus Payments brand in mid-2017 and focus solely on Talus. Talus Pay is now the only brand that the company plans to sell under, and there are no plans to change the company’s name in the future.
Putting the Past Behind Them
As part of their commitment to developing the Talus Pay name, the new ownership team has taken a number of steps intended to distance Talus Pay from the negative reputations earned by Crescent Processing Company, Park Central Company, and Future Payment Technologies. David Kesler and Jon Frankel, the previous owners of Crescent Processing and its affiliated brands, are no longer executives at Talus Pay. In fact, most of Future Payment Technologies’ previous management team has moved on to a new company called “Clearwater Payments“ (clearwaterpayments.com). Talus has retained a few members of that original ownership group—most notably CFO Chris Dierks, director of HR Leslie Lee, VP of client services Cindy Thompson, and director of sales operations Daniel Carleton—but the company’s new executive team mostly consists of industry veterans and non-industry hires who have no prior affiliation with Crescent Processing Company.
Headquartered in Texas
Like its predecessors, the company is headquartered at 12712 Park Central Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75251, even though its website currently previously listed an address at a P.O. box in Richardson, Texas. Talus Pay is a registered ISO/MSP of Synovus Bank, Columbus, Georgia, and a TSYS reseller. Kim Fitzsimmons is the current CEO of Talus Pay, and she was hired in July 2020.
Talus Pay Review Table of Contents
- Costs & Contract: Talus Pay offers a three-year contract with an early termination fee of $295 or liquidated damages, whichever is greater.
- Complaints & Service: Talus Pay has received more than 50 public complaints.
- BBB Rating: Talus Pay has an “A+” rating and has received 41 complaints and 263 reviews since its profile was created in February 2017. The company has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 2017.
- Sales & Marketing: Talus Pay hires independent sales agents and has received a moderate number of complaints about its sales practices.
- Rates & Fees: How Merchants Got The Best Rates With Talus Pay