Michael Gokturk, Chief Executive Officer
Michael founded Payfirma and is responsible for ensuring the Company is always setting the trend in payments innovation, establishing and nurturing strategic relationships, and recruiting the best talent in the world. Prior to Payfirma, Michael founded VersaPay Corp and grew it to one of Canada's fastest growing companies before taking it public on the TSX. Michael has been honoured with numerous awards over his entrepreneurial career: Best Business Person of 2012, Top 40 Under 40 2011 and Fastest Growing Company in Canada 2009, to name a few. Michael advises many startups and serves on ACT Canada's Advisory Board.
Kalle Radage, President
Kalle leads Payfirma's teams and overall company execution as the President of Payfirma. Prior to Payfirma, Kalle held leadership roles in product development, marketing, and business development at Nokia, Oracle, and a start-up, Sabela Media, which was acquired by 24/7 Real Media in 2000. Kalle was also a Venture Capitalist at both BDC Venture Capital and Nokia Ventures. Kalle holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain and a degree in computer science from UBC in Canada.
Sunan Spriggs, Chief Operations Officer
Sunan leads Payfirma’s customer service and operations department, focused on delivering speed, efficiency and the best service to our merchants. Prior to co-founding Payfirma, Sunan was VersaPay’s National Operations Manager where she designed, developed and implemented Versapay's overall policies and procedures. Prior to VersaPay, Sunan worked with Deloitte & Touche’s Property Tax Services Group.
Jason Collinge, Chief Technology Officer
Jason runs Payfirma’s engineering team, responsible for the development and infrastructure including mobile applications, payment gateway, security, and compliance. Prior to Payfirma, Jason has run the development for numerous companies such as Business Objects, Orbital Technologies, and Colligo Networks.
Brad Brooks, Vice President of Sales
Brad heads Payfirma's sales team. Brad joins Payfirma after 8 years at Vivonet as their head of enterprise sales where he was a sales leader and consistently the top sales producer. Mr. Brooks is also recognized by his #1 radio show on CKNW focused on business and personal growth. He is actively quoted for his business acumen, appearing in media outlets such as CTV, Backbone Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, Toronto Star, and The Wall Street Journal.
Board of Directors
Ryan Holmes, CEO, HootSuite
Ryan Holmes is the CEO of HootSuite. Thought leader, dog lover and serial entrepreneur, he has redefined the face of social media - bringing Twitter, Facebook and other social networks out of the dorm room and into the boardroom. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009. Today, Holmes is an authority on the social business revolution, quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW Interactive Conferences.
John Rante, CEO & Founder, BluePay
Mr. Rante has been in the credit card payment industry since 1985 and is the CEO and Founder of BluePay. BluePay currently serves almost 30,000 merchants. The company has 95 employees in Chicago and New York, independent sales agents across the United States, and was listed as number 128 on the Inc 500 report of fastest growing US companies in 2010.
Adam Atlas, President, Adam Atlas Attorney At Law
Mr. Atlas heads North America’s top law firm advising on legal aspects of payments businesses. Atlas advises principally on matters of electronic transactions and merchant transaction acquiring law for about 400 US and Canadian merchant acquirers and is the Chairman of the Acquirers Association.
Lance Tracey, President & Founder, Peer 1 & Sutton Group
Co-founded Sutton Group, a Canadian Real Estate Franchise in 1983. Lance and Sutton have been early stage investors in many successful Internet startups over the years, including Look Communications, Internet Direct. His most recent exit is Peer 1 Networks selling to Cogeco Cable in 2013, where Lance was Chairman and Co-Founder. Lance is an active user and early adopter of technology both personally and through his businesses.
Marc Levy, CEO & Founder, Mosam Ventures
Mr. Levy is the founder and former CEO and Chairman of Norsemont Mining, which he grew from a market capitalization of $1 million to over $100 million in less than two years. He brings over 18 years of management and leadership experience in both private and public company businesses. He is also a Director of Lornex Capital, Prescient Mining, Sparrow Ventures and Mosam Ventures.