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Why Priority Your Business Is Our Priority

Our People

Priority is large enough to provide the processing, products and services that merchants need to effectively manage payments and grow their businesses. But we're small enough to get to know our clients and care about their success. Our size means we can also be agile in responding to customer requests or concerns - for example, our 4 Rings and Resolve service standard that calls will be answered by a qualified individual within four rings.

Every member of Priority's management team has a long history in bank card processing, averaging 20+ years each. Together, we have knowledge of every aspect of the industry, and definite ideas about how service and efficiency can be improved. We have taken that inside knowledge of the industry and expanded our reach to provide exciting technological innovations that resonate with today's merchants and reflect the way they want to do business. Merchants want next generation solutions that are easy to use, effective, and economical. Priority delivers all that with style.

We care about the broader community as well. In addition to making contributions ourselves, we also developed Project Give Back, to help organizations establish new sources for fundraising.


Priority Payment Systems PDX Leadership

Michael Hass - President, Priority Payment Systems PDX

Michael is a veteran electronic payments professional, starting with US Bank in 2004, and he is now leading the Priority Payment Systems PDX office. Prior to working in the payments industry, Michael was an e-commerce and technology executive with over 14 years of leadership experience in both private and public companies. He has a hands-on, lead by example approach to management, and he is motivated to see others succeed.

A native of Canada, Mr. Hass has focused his career on improving business and technology processes, increasing efficiencies and yielding better results from his teams. He founded Priority Payment Systems PDX to provide fair and honest pricing to merchants and to aid them in the electronic payments industry by educating, empowering and helping them grow their businesses. Mr. Hass sets and implements the core strategic vision for Priority Payment Systems PDX.


Priority Payment Systems Corporate Management Team

The heart of our business is our elite team of executives, each individual dedicated to the same high standard of integrity, responsiveness and professionalism. Every member of our management team has a long history in the bank card processing business, averaging 20+ years each. We're using that knowledge to provide innovative, next generation solutions, and we stand behind every transaction with world-class service and support.


John V. Priore - President/Chief Executive Officer

John V. Priore has been dedicated to the bankcard industry since 1992. Prior to the founding of Priority Payment Systems, he was Executive Vice President of Financial Systems for Ingenico, an international developer of credit and debit card point of sale equipment.

He moved to Ingenico after five years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Indirect Sales for NOVA Information Systems (now known as Elavon), the third largest processor in the U.S. While at NOVA, Priore developed and supported the company's national ISO/MSP program and community bank program as well as the Association Marketing and Costco Merchant Services business units.

Prior to joining NOVA, Mr. Priore was a Divisional Vice President for CardService International, and had also worked with First Data Corporation/Card Establishment Services as a district manager. He began his bankcard career as a territory manager with American Express/Travel Related Services. He has served on the Ethics Committee for the Electronic Transaction Association.

Mr. Priore is one of the founders of Priority Payment Systems and currently serves on Priority's Board of Directors.


Richard J. Harris, Jr. - Chief Operating Officer

Richard Harris began his career in the merchant acquiring industry in 1991, serving in such roles as general management, product management, financial analysis and operations.

Prior to the founding of Priority Payment Systems, he was Chief Operating Officer for Cornerstone Payments Systems, a subsidiary of Verus Financial, now operating as Sage Payment Systems. He has served in lead roles within First Data Corporation, including Unified Merchant Services and Wachovia Merchant Services. He started in the industry after being selected in a nation-wide search for an executive internship by National Bancard (NaBANCO) in 1991. Mr. Harris is a native of Savannah, Georgia and a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

One of the founders of Priority Payment Systems, Mr. Harris oversees all aspects of the operations, including client services, fraud prevention, credit underwriting, account implementation, commissions, vendor relationships and settlement. Additionally, he manages merger and acquisition activity and sits on the Priority Payment Systems Board of Directors.


Sean M. Kiewiet - Chief Information Officer

Sean Kiewiet is a computer and technology scientist specializing in financial data systems design and corporate security. Since 1995, Mr. Kiewiet has been employed by top technology firms delivering products or services directly to the finance and banking markets.

He was Director of Technology for Cornerstone Payment Systems prior to the founding of Priority Payment Systems. During his career he has traveled extensively, deploying a variety of advanced technologies for banks and lending institutions across the U.S. and in Mexico, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. He is an expert on financial data security and "Common Body of Knowledge" security practices.

One of the founders of Priority Payment Systems, Mr. Kiewiet is responsible for all facets of Priority Payment System's technology development and corporate security, including the development of Priority MX, PCI certification and the management of all hardware and software needs.


Bruce E. Mattox - Chief Financial Officer

Bruce Mattox entered the merchant acquiring industry in 1996. Prior to joining Priority, he was a Senior Finance Manager for GE Capital's card issuing and retail finance business.

Mr. Mattox moved to GE from his position as Controller and Director for the First Data Merchant Services and Wachovia Bank Alliance. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Divisional Controller for Wachovia Bank of Georgia's card issuing program. During his career, Mr. Mattox has been responsible for controllership of commercial loan portfolios, regulatory reporting, treasury and bank funding operations, business mergers and acquisitions and new product initiatives.

Mr. Mattox is a licensed CPA in the state of Georgia, a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and is certified in Six Sigma process management.

At Priority Payment Systems, Mr. Mattox is responsible for all financial aspects of the company and provides fiscal guidance as part of the executive management team.


Edward R. Alba - Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships

Ed Alba has been creating successful marketing and sales programs for a variety of industries and corporations since 1995. He has worked with some of the top brands and marketing agencies in the country. His list of previous clients includes Anheuser-Busch, BellSouth, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Kodak, Blockbuster Video, Subway, Chicago Bulls & Bears, Lbi, and many more.

Mr. Alba's responsibilities have included business development, creative direction, marketing strategy, online and offline marketing, client services and overall operations. His marketing experience is now leveraged for one of the fastest growing bank card processors in the business.

Part of Priority Payment Systems' management team, Mr. Alba is responsible for all marketing and strategic partnerships/sales for the company. He also works closely with Priority's ISOs and agents to provide marketing support and assist with their business development.


Duayne L. Haskett - Vice President, ISO/Agent Business Development

Duayne Haskett entered the merchant acquiring industry in 2001. Prior to the founding of Priority, he was the Director of Credit Underwriting for Verus Financial, now operating as Sage Payment Solutions. Duayne's responsibilities included underwriting and new account boarding for the combined Sage/Verus owned companies including Network 1, Cornerstone Payment Systems, Bankcard USA, and Community Merchant Services. Duayne was instrumental in developing and managing their underwriting processes.

Prior to 2001, Mr. Haskett worked in card issuing and consumer banking at both Providian Bancorp and Wells Fargo Bank.

One of the founders of Priority Payment Systems, Mr. Haskett manages third party sales relationships at Priority Payment Systems and has focused his efforts on recruiting and developing high quality third party sales channels.


Sheila W. Hernandez - Vice President, Merchant Operations

Sheila Hernandez has been in the bankcard industry since 1985. Prior to the founding of Priority Payment Systems, she was Vice President of MSP Relationship Management for NOVA Information Systems (now known as Elavon). She began her tenure at NOVA in corporate training, coming to the company as a result of the acquisition of PMT Services in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Hernandez has also served as Vice President of Operations at TermNet Merchant Services and as a sales representative for SouthTrust Bank.

One of the founders of Priority Payment Systems, Ms. Hernandez is responsible for sales training, account implementation, special services and retention.


Thomas J. Liney - Vice President, Client Development

Tom Liney began his career in the payment industry in 1985 with National Bancard (NaBANCO). Prior to joining Priority, he held an executive level position within RBS WorldPay (Lynk Systems) where he oversaw nine departments. Mr. Liney was responsible for all customer facing operations including customer boarding, customer and technical support, service quality and industry relations and has served on numerous association committees. Mr. Liney holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.

At Priority Payment Systems, Mr. Liney is responsible for development of new revenue opportunities for Priority Payment Systems and its customers.


David M. McMiller - Vice President, Sales

David McMiller began his career in retail management in 1980. Prior to joining Priority, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at USBank's NOVA Information Systems (now known as Elavon) operating unit. There he oversaw all project management and portfolio conversion activities related to company mergers. He was also responsible for NOVA's human resources, training and facilities departments. He joined NOVA in 1996 as Vice President, Human Resources, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1998. He assumed responsibility for NOVA's program management office in 2001, and managed the integration of the USBank and NOVA operating businesses, and was named Executive Vice President in 2004.

At Priority Payment Systems, Mr. McMiller is responsible for strategic sales and services. This includes the recruitment and development of partners, building business solutions to meet their needs, and managing the ongoing relationships.