Base Commerce exists in order to deliver a seamless meshing of relationships and technology.

While our expertise is in the payments industry, our focus is on successfully collaborating with our partners and using advanced technology to facilitate lasting value for them.

Our History

Established in 2008

Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Base Commerce was founded in 2008 as Phoenix Payments by two veterans of the automated clearing house (ACH) industry, John Kirchhefer and Brian Bonfiglio. Their company Check Gateway was not actively pursuing credit card processing business and they wanted to have an entity focused on that area.

The company grew slowly for a number of years based on the efforts of a single salesperson. In 2012, Kirchhefer and Bonfiglio brought in two business development managers who were experienced in the credit card processing space, and also moved what was still called Phoenix Payments into its own facility. In the same year, the company had the opportunity to acquire a competitor called Teledraft. Staff, technology, and a portfolio of merchants (some for Check Gateway and others for Phoenix Payments) were part of the transaction and fueled rapid growth.

In 2013, Phoenix Payments changed its name to Base Commerce and hired its first CTO to drive the enhancement of its offerings. As the exponential increase in its client base continued, Base Commerce was named to the Inc. 500 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies at number 23. It was on the list again in 2014 at number 60.

  • 2001

    John Kirchhefer joins First American Payment Processing (ACH Processor).

  • 2002

    Brian Bonfiglio joins First American Payment Processing.

  • 2004

    John & Brian purchase First American Payment Processing.

  • 2005

    First American Payment Processing changes the name to Check Gateway.

  • 2008

    Phoenix Payments is formed to process credit cards.

  • 2012

    Teledraft (competitor) is acquired. Portfolio now belongs to Check Gateway.

  • 2013

    Changed the name from Phoenix Payments to Base Commerce.

  • 2015

    Merger of Check Gateway and Base Commerce.

  • 2018

    Expands to Jacksonville, FL with new office to support Sales.

Our DNA

The fundamentals of better business

Driven

We are relentless in our efforts to develop ever-better technology and processes to serve our clients. We continually ask “What’s next?” of ourselves and our industry.

Responsive

We listen carefully to the needs of our partners and respond with solutions designed to meet them. We work hard to maintain our reputation for providing service that goes "above and beyond."

Dedicated

We are committed to building strong, genuine relationships with customers and industry partners. We understand the power of a handshake in a digital world.

Transparent

We are open and honest about the work we do for our clients. If issues arise, we accept responsibility and work tirelessly to correct the problem.

Meet our executive team

Brian Bonfiglio

President / CEO

John Kirchhefer

CAO / CCO

Alex Sidel

ACH Division President

David Schoenecker

CMO

Brian McQuaid

VP & General Counsel

Timothy Hills

CSO

Ed Dean

VP of Operations

Krisi Cullotta

VP of Underwriting, Risk, & Compliance

Michelle Hall

Senior Director of Relationship Management

Matt Gauer

CFO

Kathy Azzarelli

VP of Finance

Ryan Murphy

Chief Systems Architect

Jeffrey Scheller

VP of IT

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