ABOUT AGMS

AGMS has been successfully challenging the antiquated methodology of the payment processing industry since 2003 with revolutionary ideas, groundbreaking marketing concepts, and an entirely fresh perspective bringing a complete reversal in fundamental philosophy of how business owners are treated and represented. Here are just a few examples:


ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

Teresa Madrigal

Our Founder's Story...

After just two years of college Teresa Madrigal opted instead to pursue a career in marketing at the young age of 20 years old. This proved to be a great decision on her part as she excelled and soon earned well in excess of a million dollars. She decided to invest in herself and founded an international marketing business of her own. She later sold that business, retiring shortly before her 30th birthday with no expectations of ever working again.

Several years into early retirement a friend and former business associate who had witnessed Teresa’s marketing skills asked if she would consider consulting with her new employer who was struggling in the merchant services industry. After much consideration Teresa reluctantly agreed to help her friend, only to quickly discover an appalling amount of deception and dishonesty perpetrated by her employer.

She swiftly began researching the industry in hopes of finding a processor with higher standards. Her hopes were soon dashed as in the process she found the vast majority of business owners were very unhappy with their services and disliked their processors because of these same despicable tactics. It became obvious to her the industry had become overrun with Merchant Service Providers (MSP) that cared more about their commission checks than the success of the businesses they serviced! This made complaints and contract cancellations commonplace.

2010 - 2011: Teresa Madrial, Woman of the Year

She was amazed not one of the thousands of MSPs nationwide offered businesses products, services, or advice to help their owners market their businesses, increase their profits, and ensure their success! Once Teresa discovered the entire MSP industry was consumed with sleazy sales tactics and all-consuming greed with little to no concern for the struggling business owners, she knew her proven marketing skills combined with her compassion for fellow business owners would allow her to create a new and different MSP! An MSP that could capture a large part of the 4.4 trillion dollar annual U.S. credit card processing market.

Teresa Madrigal with President Bush

Avant-Garde Marketing Solutions, Inc. (AGMS) is the end result of Teresa’s passionate quest to provide business owners nationwide with an honest, ethical, and supportive MSP. The number of awards and accolades Teresa and AGMS have received since its inception in 2003 has been simply amazing. From receiving an award for being "The Fastest Growing MSP" to having the honor of being selected by the United States Congress, as "Business Woman of the Year" for her success with AGMS! Above all, however, her greatest reward is knowing AGMS is saving and protecting countless businesses and their owners from being scammed by excessive fees, inflated rates, despicable salespeople, and dishonest MSPs. AGMS: a revolution is underway in the processing industry!

Teresa received the “Business Woman of the Year” award and was invited to Washington, D.C. to receive her award and have dinner with President George W. Bush. The following year, Teresa was selected as “Honorary Chairman” of the United States Congressional Business Advisory Council, and invited to speak before Congress to share her views regarding current business affairs in America.

She was inducted as an elite member of the “Who’s Who” Registry of Executive Professionals a year later, and also received the Congressional Business Advisory Council “Order of Merit” award for her success with AGMS. Teresa has been recognized, along with AGMS, for excellence in the merchant service industry, and she was honored by Cambridge “Who’s Who” as “Business Woman of the Year! She was selected by the board of directors of the National Association of Professional Women as “Professional Woman of the Year” for 2010/2011; for demonstrating excellence & dedication within the merchant service industry!

FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

ABOUT OUR STAFF

AGMS Staff

Our knowledgeable, well-trained corporate staff is comprised of loyal employees who possess a sincere passion for problem solving as well as a strong desire to help others. These skills, combined with their solid work ethic and a genuine team spirit gives AGMS the unmatched ability to provide our clients with the best Merchant Service experience, period!

The AGMS Team has extensive experience working with a wide-range of businesses; from a sole proprietor starting their first location to Fortune 500 companies with many locations and multiple accounts. Unlike our competitors who outsource virtually all aspects of their business, AGMS handles all aspects of our business ourselves. From programming terminals and POS Systems, to downloads, updates, upgrades, fulfillment, customer service, and technical support as well as developing innovative products and services exclusively for our clients, every aspect of our business is handled "in-house" by the AGMS Team!

All AGMS Team members attend regular training sessions as well as continuing education seminars for both their personal and professional development in addition to participating what often seems like endless industry updates.

AGMS IS THE UNDISPUTED LEADER
IN THE MERCHANT'S SERVICE INDUSTRY

ABOUT OUR LEADERSHIP

Teresa Madrigal

TERESA MADRIGAL

Josh Hogan

JOSH HOGAN

Rayanne Ragle

RAYANNE RAGLE

Cinthia Montoya

CINTHIA MONTOYA

Mayra Smith

MAYRA SMITH

Stephen Campbell

STEPHEN CAMPBELL

Sam Madrigal

SAM MADRIGAL

Eduardo F. Yumet

EDUARDO F. YUMET

Joanna Sheehan

JOANNA SHEEHAN

Frances Deutsch

FRANCES DEUTSCH

Jennifer Ratliff

JENNIFER RATLIFF

Pete Sorgich

PETE SORGICH

Audrey Sawaya

AUDREY SAWAYA

Jamie Killeen

JAMIE KILLEEN

Alex Sarabia

ALEX SARABIA

Dan Deggett

DAN LEGGETT