Our
History

How We Began

Back in 1888, the manager of a textile mill in Columbus, Ga., learned that one of his young workers had nowhere safe to store her money. What did he do? He built her a bank.

That bank became a trailblazer. In 1959, it introduced one of Georgia's first bank credit cards. In 1983, that bank spun out as Total System Services, Inc.® — later renamed TSYS® — as a new company to offer payment solutions that put people first.

And today, that company continues to renew itself with each passing year. More than three decades later, we touch hundreds of thousands of businesses and millions of consumers through our payment tools for credit, debit, prepaid, mobile, chip, healthcare and merchant acceptance. We now have a presence in more than 80 countries, on five continents.

We've grown from our roots as a local hometown bank into a global payments leader, but our focus — unlocking opportunities in payments — remains unchanged.