Charles B. Bernicker is our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since February 2019. Mr. Bernicker most recently has acted as a consultant to the International Money Express Inc. (NASDAQ: IMXI) management team in connection with their merger with FinTech Acquisition Corp. II in July 2018. From 2012 until it was acquired by First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) in July 2017, Mr. Bernicker was the Chief Financial Officer of CardConnect, which merged with FinTech Acquisition Corp., a former SPAC, in July 2016. From 2010 until 2012, Mr. Bernicker was an Executive Director of Heartland Payment Systems, a merchant acquirer and payment processor. From 2008 until 2010, Mr. Bernicker was a Senior Vice President of Fraud Strategy for Bank of America and, prior to that, Mr. Bernicker held several leadership positions with Commerce Bancorp, prior to its acquisition by TD Bank NA in March 2008. Prior to joining Commerce Bancorp, from 2000 until 2004, Mr. Bernicker was the Chief Financial Officer of C/Base Inc, dba eCount, a stored-value card issuer. Mr. Bernicker was also a member of the Card Operations Risk Executive Council for Visa/USA. Prior to that, Mr. Bernicker was a member of the audit group in the Philadelphia office of Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. Bernicker holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Delaware. Mr. Bernicker was selected to serve on our Board of Directors due to his significant experience leading and growing companies as an executive in financial services, financial technology and retail banking.
Robert L. Metzger is a Director Nominee. Mr. Metzger is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business and has served as the Director of the Investment Banking Academy since August 2015, and as the Director of Honors Programs since January 2016. He has served as a member of the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors of WageWorks, Inc. (NYSE: WAGE) since February 2016, as a member of the Audit Committee and Board of Directors of USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT), Inc. since December 2016 and as a member of the Audit Committee and Board of Directors of JetPay Corporation since November 2017, prior to their acquisition by NCR (NYSE: NCR) in December 2018. Since 2016, Mr. Metzger has served as a senior advisor at MissionOG, a venture capital firm. Mr. Metzger was a Partner at William Blair & Company, L.L.C. from January 2005 to December 2015 after joining the firm in 1999, and since January 2016, he has been employed as a Senior Director at the firm. He served as the head of the Technology group between January 2011 and January 2015 and of the Financial Services Investment Banking Group between April 2007 and December 2015. He also acted as Chairman of the firm’s Audit Committee from January 2013 to December 2015. Prior to joining William Blair & Company, L.L.C., he worked in the Investment Banking Division of ABN AMRO Incorporated from 1997 to 1999, in the Financial Institutions Group at A.T. Kearney, Inc. from 1995 to 1997, and in Audit and Audit Advisory Services at Price Waterhouse from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Metzger graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Strategy in 1995 from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Metzger was selected to serve on our Board of Directors due to his significant financial and leadership experience.
Douglas J. Pauls is a Director Nominee. Mr. Pauls has over 30 years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting, internal controls, and financial reporting for public companies, including most recently senior roles with financial institutions. Mr. Pauls served as Chief Financial Officer of BankUnited, Inc., a bank holding company, from 2009 until his retirement in 2013. From 2008 until 2009, Mr. Pauls served as Executive Vice President of finance for TD Bank, NA following TD Bank’s acquisition of Commerce Bancorp, Inc. in March 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Pauls held several positions with Commerce, including serving as its Chief Financial Officer from 2002 until its acquisition by TD Bank and its Chief Accounting Officer from 1995 to 2002. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pauls was a senior manager in the audit department of Ernst & Young in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently a director of BankUnited, Inc. (NYSE: BKU), where he serves as the Chairman of the Risk Committee, Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT), where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited, where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Pauls holds a BA in Economics from Dickinson College and serves on Dickinson’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Pauls was selected to serve on our Board of Directors due to his extensive experience in the financial services industry and his leadership roles at various public companies.
Nicholas Dermatas is our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary. Mr. Dermatas most recently served as a Vice President of Finance at First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC). From 2012 until it was acquired by First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) in July 2017, Mr. Dermatas was the Senior Vice President of Finance of CardConnect, which merged with FinTech Acquisition Corp., a former SPAC, in July 2016. From 2009 until 2011, Mr. Dermatas was an Associate of Carousel Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm that invests in companies headquartered in the Southeastern United States. From 2007 until 2009, Mr. Dermatas was an Analyst at Edgeview Partners, now Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC), a middle-market advisory firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Dermatas holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.