BayPay opens chapter in Arizona

Arizona has a long history as it hosts many leading global and startup financial payment companies.
Adding to the list is our very own chapter.
Making the lives and processes easier in this fast moving digital age.

Meet Our Chapter Leaders

ValleyFintech Pay is founded by a group of Phoenix area fintech and payments experts with hundreds of cumulative years of experience.

Meet our Chapter Founders and Charter Board Members:


Lanny Byers: Chapter President and led the initiative to start the chapter. He brings over 30 years of experience in the payments industry where he is recognized as an international thought leader in digital payments and loyalty programs. Currently he is the Chief Revenue Office of Vouchr, a fintech startup and is an advisor to a number of companies via his consulting firm Guerdon Solutions.

He brings a broad breadth of experience in FinTech and payments, from credit, debit, prepaid, stored value and faster payments. He was an early innovator in the prepaid card industry and has created and launched a number of startup businesses. He also has a number of issued patents.

He has worked at some of the leading payment companies in the world – Bank One (now JP MorganChase), Bank of America, Western Union, Mastercard, CGI and First Data/Fiserv.


Chris Storbeck : Chapter Vice-President. Chris is a senior executive with 15+ years comprehensive knowledge of payments, fintech, prepaid, stored value, enterprise software, and mobile sectors.

With a forward-thinking, solution-focused approach, his background of success includes achieving multimillion-dollar revenues, transcending new markets, and setting industry precedents. His skills include anticipating and interpreting market trends, building consensus and cultivating strategic vision to deliver forward-thinking solutions.

Storbeck is well-versed in the development of start-ups and global enterprises and has proven success in market expansion and revenue growth.


Sumit Arora: Chapter Board Treasurer. He is a Senior Vice President and the Head of Payments Ecosystem Enablement within Wells Fargo's Enterprise Payments Strategy group. In this role he is responsible for developing and executing strategies with payments industry bodies for bank's future payments initiatives, to help consumers and institutional customers move money seamlessly and securely.

Sumit joined Wells Fargo from Deloitte Consulting where he was an associate partner and a senior leader in Deloitte's payments practice, helping his clients navigate dynamic disruptive markets from delivering strategy to full implementation across the payments value chain. Prior to Deloitte, Sumit was Senior Principal Consultant at Atos Syntel.

Sumit is an author, speaker and contributor to numerous articles, papers, podcast, and conferences. He is a recipient of Business Elite's "40 Under 40" prestigious award, a program that identifies outstanding young Executives and Entrepreneurs in the world's business, visionaries, and innovators changing the way things are done. He is one of the distinguished elected Board of Directors at the U.S. Faster Payments Council.


Laura Weinflash: Chapter Board Marketing is a payments and fraud expert in the valley area most recently serving as vice president and product manager at Early Warning. In this role she focused on creating and delivering valuable solutions solving consumers, businesses through Zelle. Most recently, she launched the ability for billers to get paid on websites using Zelle. She led the development of Zelle Risk Insights to help Fls increase send limits while protecting consumers and businesses from frauds and scams. She is leading innovation relating to new opportunities for Zelle payments.

Prior to joining Early Warning, Laura was with Bank One Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase) in key leadership roles.

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