Vancouver, BC - March 18, 2022 — Bench, a leading bookkeeping and tax advisory fintech platform, is pleased to announce that Dan Weckend has joined the company as Vice President, Strategic Partnerships.
“We are thrilled to have Dan join our team,” said Chris Berry, Senior Vice President, Revenue and Operations at Bench. “Dan brings a wealth of fintech experience from companies like Shopify, where he led in the development and growth of financial solution integrations for small businesses. As we continue to invest in our product as a leading accounting services provider, our integrations with fintech and vertical platforms have become incredibly important. We know that Dan’s leadership will make a big impact as we head in this direction.”
Dan is an experienced leader who has built his decade-long career in fintech partnerships at high-growth companies. Prior to joining Bench, Dan was Head of Financial Services Partnerships at Shopify, where he led product partnerships and expanded financial service offerings to include business lending, money management accounts, and card issuance. Dan also held Director positions at Paysafe and Digital River World Payments (now Worldline).
“Bench is at such an exciting stage of growth. As we expand Bench’s core competencies, it’s the right time to accelerate our product partnership strategy,” said Dan. “At Shopify, I was passionate about solving big challenges for small businesses. Bench is well positioned to make everything from bookkeeping to tax filing more approachable for business owners. Our embedded solutions will further reduce complexity, meeting them on whichever partnering platform they choose for managing their business finances.”
As an integral part of Bench’s executive team, Dan will continue to improve the customer experience through partner platforms. “The opportunities for Bench are endless,” said Dan. “We’ve seen rapid growth in areas like the creator economy. Bench allows entrepreneurs to focus on the hustle. At the click of a button, they can get the financial insights they need to run their business.”
Dan believes that strong teams are inclusive, community-led, and have a passion for solving problems. These core principles will guide Dan as he leads Bench’s Partnerships team through a critical stage of growth.
Bench is the world’s largest bookkeeping services and tax advisory platform with 12,000 U.S. based clients supported by 700 employees affectionately known as Benchmates. Pairing its intuitive software and financial products with a dedicated accounting team, Bench combines the convenience and efficiency of modern technology with the expertise and time-savings afforded by a professional service. Bench has raised over $100 million in funding to-date from renowned investors such as Bain Capital, iNovia Capital, Altos Ventures, Contour Ventures, Bank of Montreal, Sage and Shopify. Follow @Bench or visit https://bench.co/