TransFirst’s senior executives bring more than 250 years of combined experience in the payment processing industry, with specific expertise in specialized sectors of the business. Their collective motivation, enthusiasm and insight make them uniquely qualified to lead TransFirst’s 1000+ employees and serve our valued customers.
John Shlonsky is president and chief executive officer for TransFirst. He brings almost two decades of experience in the financial industry, where he has been responsible for sales, operations, technology and finance within leading U.S. payment processing and financial services organizations.
Shlonsky joined TransFirst in 2006 as president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, Shlonsky was president of merchant services for First Data Corporation, where he had responsibility for all business units, including alliances, as well as Card Services International, TASQ and Concord. He spent 11 years at First Data and held various leadership roles during his tenure. Shlonsky also served in financial management roles within Smith Barney, Chadbourne & Parke, and Grumman Data Systems.
Shlonsky earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University. He has served on the Board of Directors for several American Red Cross local chapters. He resides on Long Island, New York, with his wife and two sons.
Mark Travis joined TransFirst as senior vice president and chief financial officer in October 2001. In this role, he is responsible for the financial management of the company, including reporting to the company’s owners, managing external and internal financial reporting and financial decision support to its business units. In addition, Travis manages the reporting and relationships with the company’s lenders, banking requirements and manages its relationships with its bank sponsors into the Card Associations.
Travis has more than 28 years experience in financial management. Prior to joining TransFirst, he served as part of Electronic Data Systems’ CFO group for more than 18 years. He served in a number of senior financial roles, including assignments as assistant corporate controller and chief financial officer for EDS’s business in Asia Pacific for five years, based in Hong Kong. In addition, he held the senior financial role for the company’s business in Australia/New Zealand, the healthcare business and the company’s business in North and South America. Travis has more than eight years international business experience, including driving the financial establishment of the company’s operations in six new countries including the formation of six joint ventures.
Travis, who completed his CMA certification in 1991, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in finance from the University of North Texas in Denton. He has served as a mentor for the Dallas Menttium Program, was a member of the University of North Texas Accounting Advisory Board and currently is a member of a Dallas-based CFO roundtable.
Andrew Rueff, TransFirst’s Chief Administrative Officer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Secretary of the Board, joined the company in February 2000 and was
a key player in the successful recapitalization of ACS Merchant Services that established TransFirst as an independent, private company. Based in the Company’s executive offices
in Dallas, Rueff is responsible for all of TransFirst’s acquisitions and strategic corporate investments, legal, human resources, compliance, facilities management and he is Secretary
of TransFirst’s Board of Directors. As the senior officer for Corporate Development, he is primarily responsible for developing and executing the Company’s strategic acquisitions and
investments, including the alliance strategy.
Rueff has more than 20 years of experience in the legal, banking and payments sectors and has substantial experience in identifying, structuring and negotiating strategic acquisitions,
investments and partner alliances. Prior to joining TransFirst, he served as vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Atlanta-based transaction processing company Nova, and in his
career he has negotiated and played critical legal and financial roles in the structuring and financing of more than 100 transactions involving acquisition, alliances and recapitalizations
in the payments, banking, healthcare and transaction services markets.
Rueff earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Tennessee. He also holds a doctorate degree in law from the Cumberland School of Law
at Samford University. He is a member of the Gehrson Lehman Council and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Steve Cadden, TransFirst’s president of shared services and chief operating officer, joined the company in 2007. With more than 20 years of industry leadership experience, he focuses on identifying and implementing key technologies and processes to maximize performance for TransFirst’s customers, while enhancing the operational efficiencies between each of the core business units. He oversees the company’s efforts to streamline operations for the entire merchant lifecycle from new account boarding through ongoing merchant support. Cadden is also responsible for credit and risk management, as well as boarding operations, merchant support, retention, pricing management and creation of a shared sales support function.
Cadden held previous positions as senior vice president for project management and vice president for telesales, cross sales and retention for TransFirst. Along with the executive team, Cadden was responsible for orchestrating the successful 2008 launch of the company’s 16,759-square-foot telesales facility in Aurora, Colorado. Prior to joining TransFirst, Cadden served as vice president and COO of sales for the First Data Commercial Service Revenue Sharing Alliance (RSA) group. In that position, he directed the operation of the sales program for its nearly 1,500 team members. He is a talented business entrepreneur who owned and operated a successful, multi-location retail business that was sold in 1999.
Cadden earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech University. He resides in Broomfield, Colorado, with his wife and two children. He enjoys golfing, running and skiing in his spare time.
Brian Seims is senior vice president of portfolio management at TransFirst. With more than 25 years experience in the merchant acquiring industry, he oversees the company’s portfolio management, including relationship management, pricing strategy and merchant retention.
Prior to joining TransFirst, Seims was a senior vice president at First Data, responsible for the revenue sharing alliances with major financial institutions. In 20 years at that company, he was instrumental in developing the bank alliance programs with major banks, including Wells Fargo, PNC and SunTrust Bank. He also oversaw new business development and direct sales, strategic planning and marketing, contract negotiation, profitability management and client management.
Seims received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Long Island University’s C.W. Post College in Greenvale, New York, and an M.B.A. at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He resides on Long Island with his wife and three children.
Kathy Tuite brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, financial services and technology to her position as TransFirst’s senior vice president of marketing. She is the top-level officer for oversight of the company’s multiple marketing channels, including online marketing, e-commerce, acquisition and product positioning with direct responsibility for strategic development, media mix execution and revenue growth.
Prior to joining TransFirst, Tuite held senior vice president positions with Vertrue, a direct marketing company, where her responsibilities focused on the development of new business, product and online strategies to facilitate growth of both business-to-business and direct-to-consumer marketplaces. She has also held senior executive positions in the financial services and banking industries.
Tuite holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Marist College. She sits on the Board of Directors for several startup businesses. She resides with her husband and two children in Westchester County, New York, where she is actively involved in fundraising for several local organizations.
It is with heartfelt sadness that we at TransFirst announce the loss of our friend and colleague Rich Aiello. Those of you who were privileged to work with Rich know that he was a true payments industry expert and a mentor who led by example and shared his knowledge generously. As senior vice president of the Strategic Investments Group at First Data, Rich oversaw all merger, acquisition and joint venture activities. Later he brought this expertise to Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), where he identified new business opportunities, trends and initiatives. It was from WCAS that Rich came to TransFirst, where, as chief of staff to the president and CEO, he made invaluable contributions toward the company’s current and future development, including its evolution into a full-service payment processing provider. In addition, Rich sat on the boards of directors of Paycom and Global Collect. We will all miss Rich — his contributions made TransFirst a stronger company and we are all better people for having known him.
A seasoned industry executive, Steve Rizzuto brings more than 25 years of sales and business management experience serving the electronic payments industry. In his role with TransFirst, he leads the company’s Commercial Services division, which includes integrated VARs (value-added resellers), referral partners in major commercial vertical segments, as well as full P&L
responsibility, partner implementation, sales integration
and client management. In addition, he manages the independent agent network of relationships. Today, the Commercial Services client portfolio exceeds 400, totaling more than $12 billion in
annual sales volume. The success of the division in 2011 led to the acquisition and integration of two major ISO clients, Solveras, Inc. and US Merchant Services, Inc. He was previously responsible for further developing and expanding TransFirst’s direct field sales alliance presence and telesales team.
Prior to joining TransFirst, Rizzuto led numerous sales organizations at NaBanco Merchant Services and First Data Corporation. He has been responsible for more than 1,200 field sales
executives in support of more than 35 bank partner programs. Rizzuto has been an integral contributor for integrating various sales divisions as a result of acquisitions and mergers, including Brown Foreman, C.E.S. and Concord. He holds a bachelor’s degree in appliedeconomics and M.B.A. in management from Hofstra University.
Anthony Lucatuorto is senior vice president of sales for TransFirst. With over 20 years experience in the merchant acquiring and credit card industry, he is responsible for leading direct sales, which is comprised of “feet on the street” sales, online sales and all telesales operations.
Prior to joining TransFirst, Lucatuorto served as senior vice president of sales for the Revenue Sharing Alliance Group, comprised of more than 1,200 field and telesales executives at First Data Corporation. During his 14 years at First Data, he led the growth of the bank sales division with the signing of more than 70 bank partners. Also while at First Data, he served as senior vice president for cross sales, retention and ISO sales. In addition to his career in sales, Lucatuorto has held leadership positions as Alliance General Manager and Controller for First Data, along with various strategic planning and financial management roles within American Express and MasterCard International.
Lucatuorto received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and an M.B.A. in finance from Pace University in New York. He serves on the Board of Directors for the SADS Foundation, an organization that raises awareness and supports the families of children and young adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities. He resides in Long Island, New York, with his wife and three children.
Carl Mazzola is president of TransFirst’s Health and Public Services Integrations. With
more than 25 years of experience in the merchant acquiring industry, he is responsible for
managing and advancing the health, non-profit and public sector segments to the forefront
of the transaction processing and payment technologies industry. Specifically, he works to
increase vertical presence, build new key partnerships, improve and leverage existing industry
partnerships and streamline resulting merchant initiatives to maximize value of the TransFirst
systems, sales and service resources.
Prior to joining TransFirst, Mazzola served as executive vice president for Bank of America
Merchant Services where he led Sales, Portfolio and Relationship Management, Product and
Marketing. Mazzola also spent 20 years at First Data Corporation leading several different
business divisions including the company’s Revenue Share Alliance Group and TeleCheck
Services, as well as key general manager positions aligned with large financial institutions.
Mazzola received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University
in Ohio and an M.B.A. in business management from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio.
He resides in Cleveland with his wife and two daughters.
Marla Knutson, president of TransFirst’s Financial Institutions division, joined TransFirst in April 1999. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the division’s operations, including developing and implementing business growth strategies and industry partnerships and managing all national sales and distribution points. Knutson has more than 25 years experience in the banking and financial services industry. Having worked with local, regional and national players in the industry, she has developed a keen understanding of the competitive marketplace.
Prior to joining TransFirst, Knutson served as national sales manager and vice president for agent banks in the Merchant Services division of Chicago-based Harris Trust and Savings Bank. In this position, she successfully increased sales volume and played a key role in the development of the division’s five-year business plan. Before working with Harris Trust and Savings Bank, she served as a merchant product specialist for Norwest Card Services, where she managed all vendor relations, researched new processing methods for merchant transactions and coordinated the company’s marketing efforts. Knutson earned her bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in marketing at Iowa State University. Currently, she serves as president of W.net (Women Networking in Electronic Transactions).
Craig Page joined TransFirst as chief information officer in April 2013 and in this role he is
responsible for the technology leadership of the company. Page focuses on identifying and
implementing strategic technologies and processes to maximize performance for TransFirst’s
business capabilities. He is a seasoned professional with more than 35 years of technology
experience practiced around the world and over 25 years in the credit card and merchant
processing industry. He is an expert at creating and implementing business and technology
strategies that exceed company objectives.
Page has been a key technology leader in his roles at Fortune 500 companies such as First
Data Corporation, Citibank and Boeing. Most recently he was the owner of ACPage Consulting
and COO/CTO and co-founder of the MeNetwork mobile marketing/mobile search provider.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy with a minor in business
administration from the Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Page has served on a
number of company boards along with memberships in various industry forums.
Page is an inspirational leader, operational manager and mentor and was named a “Top CIO
to Watch” by CIO Magazine while at First Data Corporation. His sense of humor, expertise and
knowledge has enabled him to build great teams and support a variety of business needs.
Page is a highly motivated executive whose people skills and ability to problem solve make
him a valuable asset to TransFirst.
I am extremely happy with TransFirst! The Transaction Express saves me hours a week with the ease of transactions and the up-to-date reporting. The service team is knowledgeable and eager to help. The best part, though, is the savings. Patrick made it so easy to switch merchant accounts. I wish I would have done it years ago!
- Specialty Autoplex | Arlington, TX
Two key things here. #1 – This program has saved me hundreds of dollars a year, and #2 – the service. The last time I called my question was answered in one simple phone call. We didn't take credit cards for a long time due to the expense ... I am so glad I took the time to listen when you came in because this is so much better.
- Restaurant Owner | Palm Bay, FL
TransFirst has done everything they said they would do, and they do it every month with service and savings. We are saving very big dollars each month, so we are very happy with the service.
- Police Benevolent Association | McDonough, GA
I'm writing to thank you for the superb customer support you've offered us in the setting up of our account. Your prompt replies to my questions, even through your illness, speaks very well of your organization and your own sense of responsibility. I would ask you to kindly forward this note to your supervisor, because I want him/her to appreciate your 'above and beyond' approach to your clients.