PayNearMe began in 2009 with the goal of giving cash users the same convenience that debit and credit card users enjoy when paying bills and making online purchases. Today, we offer a network of 28,000 retail locations such as CVS, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, ACE Cash Express and Fidelity Express, where consumers can make cash payments for everything from utilities and child support payments to bike share membership.
Businesses and government agencies including Greyhound bus, the IRS, Comcast, California Department of Child Support Services, Grameen America and Oportun trust PayNearMe technology to digitize their cash collection process, reducing the headache of traditional cash and money order acceptance.
Danny Shader founded PayNearMe in 2009 after a long history of building innovative, high-growth companies. Prior to PayNearMe, he led Good Technology, Inc. a wireless software company that was acquired by Motorola in 2007. Before Good, Danny co-founded Accept.com, one of the first person-to-person payments providers, which Amazon acquired in 1999.
As CTO of PayNearMe, Kurt Thams ensures that our payment system is both innovative and reliable. He has architected and built numerous electronic payment systems at startups and for Fortune 500 companies. His works include systems for international money transfer, electronic checking, credit, and prepaid debit. As CISO, Kurt ensures our enterprise is secure. PayNearMe is an ISO 27001 organization, SSAE-16/SOC 1 compliant, and meets the security and reliability requirements of multiple state and federal agencies.
Steve Capps is our chief innovator. As an expert in user interface design, he is relentless about making our products and services easy to use. He was a member of the original Macintosh team, key designer of Apple Newton, and an Apple Fellow. Steve is named on 65+ patents that span toys, musical instruments, hardware and software.
Michael Kaplan has over 15 years of experience in mobile and payments technology, and leads PayNearMe’s merchant processing business. Prior to PayNearMe, he led teams at Good Technology, Motorola, and most recently, Jasper Wireless, where he was responsible for strategic partnerships, solution engineering and carrier integrations globally.
Scotty Perkins oversees PayNearMe’s retail operations initiatives. He is responsible for the original business design and operation of the company’s financial systems, and is currently responsible for the company’s compliance programs as well as operations and technical integration with PayNearMe’s retailer partners. Prior to PayNearMe, Scotty worked for Good Technology, building the company’s revenue capture and reporting systems while working closely with major U.S. wireless carriers.
Michael Tibbott leads the engineering team at PayNearMe, and was one of the company’s first developers. Michael has a track record of pushing the envelope. From GRiD (first laptop computer) to Apple’s Newton (helped define the PDA), Classifeds2000 (profitable e-commerce web site sold to Excite in 1998), and LivePlanet (integrating web, TV and reality with Project Greenlight), Michael is known for building and managing engineering teams that ship fast, reliable and accurate software.
John Minor leads the product and support teams at PayNearMe. Prior to PayNearMe, John managed network products for Jasper Wireless and worked at Motorola, where he helped the company launch its first Android phone. He began his career at Good Technology, where he served as director of technical account management and escalations.
Brenda Swiney, CPA and CMA, leads PayNearMe’s finance and business operations teams. She is experienced with building the infrastructure, policies, and processes of private companies, preparing them for the disciplines needed as a public company. Prior to PayNearMe, she has done similar work successfully at private companies that were subsequently acquired by multi-nationals such as Lucent-Alcatel, Motorola, and EMC, as well as Good Technology, after it was divested by Motorola.
Kunal Kumar oversees PayNearMe’s entry into new business segments and opportunities. Prior to leading the platform services business at PayNearMe, Kunal served as GM of the company’s loan repayment business. Previously, he focused on clients in the financial services sector as a strategy consultant at Booz & Company and has served as a domestic policy fellow at the Clinton Foundation.
Christian Solomine leads PayNearMe’s sales and merchant processing business. Most recently, he directed the North America Global Partner Program at Telefonica Digital, focusing on Machine-to-Machine(M2M)/IoT solutions and helped lead global business development initiatives. Prior to Telefonica, Christian ran M2M worldwide sales for Rogers Communications in Canada and directed sales at Jasper Wireless for their fleet management and consumer electronics practice.
Allison Amadia serves as PayNearMe’s general counsel. Prior to PayNearMe, she was executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance office, and corporate secretary for Extreme Networks, Inc.
Allison has also held senior legal roles at Novell, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company and VeriFone, Inc. and has headed her own law firm, representing public and private technology companies such as Portal Software (acquired by Oracle) and Good Technology (acquired by Motorola Mobility), among others. She holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and a BA in Political Science from University of California at Davis.
Kristina Campbell is PayNearMe’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining PayNearMe she was an executive at Green Dot Corporation where she recently served as the General Manager of GoBank, a mobile and online checking account. Previously, Kristina was a management consultant at Bain & Company and an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Stanford University.
Richard Kang leads PayNearMe’s consumer channel through Prism Money, the company’s financial management and bill pay product. Prior to joining PayNearMe, he served as SVP and GM at Green Dot Corporation, leading their foray into the lending industry. His prior fintech experience also includes a role as CEO and co-founder of mobile financial services startup Wipit Inc. Richard holds an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.