Below are the WSAA board members. We are grateful for their contributions and involvement with WSAA.
SVP, Strategic Client Relations - Worldpay
Pat is a veteran of the electronic payments space with over thirty years’ experience working for, and with, the premier providers in the industry. He has held increasingly responsible positions with processors including Vantiv, First Data, and TSYS, in addition to leading the Direct Sales group at Humboldt Merchant Services. His business passions include building and leading world-class client-facing organizations, fostering team member engagement, enhancing client relationships, and managing strategic contract negotiations.
SVP, Merchant Services - The Independent BankersBank - TIB
Jason Putnam is the Senior Vice President of Merchant Services for TIB – The Independent BankersBank. For nearly 22 years, he has worked with Merchants, Financial Institutions, ISOs, ISVs, 3rd Party Vendors, and Software Providers to deliver solutions in the payment arena and grow strategic partnerships. Jason heads TIB’s in-house solutions for merchant services, including sales, merchant and bank support, and operations. Prior to joining TIB in 2015, Jason held a variety of positions in sales, sales management, client relations, and business development for SignaPay, First American Payment Systems, and Chase Paymentech. He has served on the board of the Western States Acquirers Association since 2009 and currently serves as the Vice President of the board.
Lane Conner is the Founder and CEO of Fuzse, a fintech organization which specializes in working with mobile app, custom software, and web development firms to bring more advanced solutions for easier e-commerce. The company’s technology empowers developers to create, enhance, and transform basic commerce solutions into true long-term revenue drivers for their platforms through world class gateway solutions. Conner founded Fuzse after several successful acquisitions and exits in the payment industry.
Prior to Fuzse, Conner was the founding employee and Vice President of Blue Star Payment Solutions, a Jerry Jones owned entity and sister company to the Dallas Cowboys. Blue Star was acquired through private equity from Providence Equity Partners in 2015. Prior to Blue Star, Lane was an executive at First American Payment Systems and Century Payments which sold to Bain Capital and WorldPay in 2013. Lane is a leader in the electronic payments industry, sitting on The Green Sheet Advisory Board and the Vice Chair of the Member Engagement Committee for the Electronic Transactions Association. He is also very engaged in giving back in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Lane is a Board Member of the SMU Mustang Club, a Board Member of Dallas based non-profit Bold Idea, a Mentor at startup incubator Tech Wildcatters, a Mentor at the SMU Emerging Leaders Program, a Mentor at the Cube - SMU, and is a Council Member and Member Engagement Committee Chair of The Mayors Star Council in Dallas.
Linda is a seasoned payments executive with extensive experience managing operations for domestic and international merchant acquirers. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of Merchant Acquiring Operations specializing in risk mitigation and regulatory compliance. Her successes are in building processes and procedures in risk management, compliance and business operations resulting in improved customer service levels and operational efficiencies. She currently serves on the Western States Acquirers Association Board and is a member of both the Merchant Acquirers’ Committee and Women Networking in Electronic Transactions. A frequent speaker and author of numerous articles including a contribution to C3ET’s book, “Credit Card Processing for Sales Agents”, Ms. Straub utilizes her extensive experience to promote education and awareness throughout the payments industry.
CEO, Managing Partner - oneSOURCE Business Advisors, LLC
WSAA President (2014-2016) and WSAA VP (2009-2013), Mr. Ayala currently serves as CEO and Managing Partner of oneSOURCE Business Advisors, a management and marketing consulting firm serving the electronic payments industry. Mr. Ayala’s former executive positions include; VP, Director of National Sales and Marketing at Moneris Solutions, VP, Sales and Marketing at 1st National Bank of Nevada and Arizona, and VP, Sales and Marketing at Humboldt Bank Merchant Services. With over 30 years of retail management and electronic payments experience, Mr. Ayala’s expertise includes; start-ups, marketing, branding, business strategy, POS technologies, operations, risk management, portfolio assessment, sales training, and 3rd party contract negotiations and technology integration. A bi-lingual Spanish speaker, Mr. Ayala earned his degree in Business Administration, from Humboldt State University; he enjoys serving on the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board and spending time with his daughter - Jessica, family, and friends...
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