When two California clearing houses teamed up in 1891 to form the California Bankers Association, Western Payments Alliance was born. The special committees formed at that time to address with projects of statewide interest to its members were the foundation for the committees we have in place today.
Over the past 125 years, we have expanded our geographic footprint, continuing our strong commitment to member service.
1876 & 1887
The San Francisco and Los Angeles clearing houses were established to provide payments-related services to the region.
The San Francisco and Los Angeles two clearing houses joined together to form the California Bankers Association. Special committees were formed to deal with projects of interest to their members.
A special committee on Paperless Entries (SCOPE) was formed to consider the possibilities of using computer entries to replace paper checks and deposit slips between members.
The Special Committee on Paperless Entries was converted into the California Automated Clearing House Association (CACHA), providing the first operational ACH in the United States.
The San Francisco and Los Angeles Clearing Houses merged to form the California Bankers Clearing House Association.
CACHA’s expanding membership led to renaming the association Western Payments Alliance, or WesPay.
Western Payments Alliance and The California Bankers Clearing House merge, bringing together their check and ACH expertise.
WesPay divests check clearing services to The Clearing House.
The association expands its service territory on 01/01/2011 with the merger of the Northwest Clearing House Association (NWCHA). The new organization retains the name WesPay and was expanded by 180 members in Washington and Alaska and three professional staff.
The association expands its service territory on 01/01/2014 with the acquisition of assets and staff of Viewpointe’s Regional Payments Association Services. The combined service area of the new organization is home to 25 percent of the nation’s population covering twelve Western and Mountain states and Pacific territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, northern New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, as well as American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
WesPay is a membership-based Regional Payments Association providing electronic payments information and resources to over 1200 member financial institutions, e-commerce companies, payment technology providers, and other organizations supplying payments-related services throughout the Western, Mountain states, and Pacific territories.