The story of CardFlight is simple: We saw a problem that needed fixing and we sought out to fix it. Mobile businesses were growing rapidly in 2013 (and still are) but mobile payment options weren’t. The ones that existed were difficult to use, and we wanted to change that.
Over the next five years, our team grew to 38 people and we built an easy, safe and secure mobile point of sale platform for merchants and merchant partners. A simple, agile and easy-to-use mentality is at the center of all the tools we build for our reseller and small business partners, from our SwipeSimple product suite to our Software Development Kit. We arm merchant service providers and small businesses with the technology they need to accept, track, and grow payments anywhere they are.
We have over 50,000 small business end user customers, including merchants in all 50 states, and have 10 of the top 30 merchant acquirers in the U.S. as our customers. That means we have tools that work for a variety companies, making accepting payments as easy, profitable and sustainable as possible for our clients and their users.
Founder & CEORead Bio
Founder & CEO
Derek Webster, a credit card and global payments leader and entrepreneur, is the Founder and CEO of CardFlight. At CardFlight, he and his team are delivering the latest in payment technology and mobile point-of-sale solutions for merchant service providers, banks, and independent sales organizations.
Prior to founding CardFlight, Derek was the Founder and CEO of LocalBonus, a credit card-linked loyalty network, which rewarded consumers for purchases they make at local businesses. Earlier, Derek was an Engagement Manager at Oliver Wyman where he led C-level strategy projects for some of the leading global payment networks and retail banks. He also helped launch E*TRADE’s credit card business, where he personally led all product development and product marketing efforts for the operation.
Derek has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, where earned his BS in Finance, International Business.
Chief Technology OfficerRead Bio
Chief Technology Officer
Peter Wagener, a software development expert, is Chief Technology Officer of CardFlight. As CTO, Peter is in charge of CardFlight's overall technical strategy and ensuring the company stays on the leading edge of the industry. He previously served as VP of Engineering.
Prior to joining CardFlight, Peter served as Director of Applications at Conductor, where he helped grow the Engineering team from 10 to 50 engineers in multiple locations. He led the team in creating a software development and delivery process enabling Conductor to increase the platform’s scale by 10x while also increasing functionality. Previously, Peter was VP of Social Media Technology at Bank of America, where he spearheaded the company’s initial Facebook and Twitter-enabled communication platforms.
Peter holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
SVP, Strategic PartnershipsRead Bio
SVP, Strategic Partnerships
Marla Knutson, a payment veteran specializing in banking and financial services, is SVP of Strategic Partnerships at CardFlight, where she is responsible for the development of existing partnerships and the addition of new resellers.
Prior to joining CardFlight, Marla was President of TransFirst’s Financial Institutions division, where she was 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. Marla has more than 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, and over that time has worked with numerous local, regional and national players. She has served on the board of the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) and is also a past president of Wnet (Women Networking in Electronic Transactions). In 2007, ETA awarded Marla as their Member of the Year for her contributions to the payment processing industry.
Marla holds a BS in Finance with a minor in Marketing from Iowa State University.
VP, Business DevelopmentRead Bio
VP, Business Development
Natalia Leonardis, an established merchant acquisition expert in the global payments industry, is VP of Business Development at CardFlight. She brings over ten years of payments industry experience to the team, including business development positions at Nationwide Payments and MSI Merchant Services. Natalia joined CardFlight in 2013 as the Business Development Manager.
Natalia is currently Chair of the Membership Engagement committee of the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the trade association for the payments industry. Natalia is also an Advisory Board Member of the Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet). In 2014, Natalia received the Wnet Emerging Trendsetter award.
Natalia earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Marketing from Western New England University. In her free time, she enjoys working with and advocating for local dog rescue organizations.
VP, FinanceRead Bio
Jason Fishman, a leader in finance and strategy, is VP of Finance at CardFlight. He oversees many aspects of the rapid growth at CardFlight — from accounting, billing, financial planning and analysis — to supply chain management, sales operations, and data analytics. Jason joined CardFlight in 2015 as the Manager of Finance and Strategy.
Before joining CardFlight, Jason worked at Techstars, a startup accelerator that invests in and mentors early-stage tech companies. He advised startups on go-to-market strategy, financial planning, and other strategic topics. Before Techstars, Jason worked as a Senior Consultant at Baker Tilly, a professional services firm in Washington, D.C., where he managed global government contracting clients across the technology, health care, retail, and information management industries.
Jason earned a BS in Finance and International Business from the University of Virginia. He’s also a diehard Boston sports fan who for some reason has chosen to locate himself in the enemy territory of NYC.
VP, MarketingRead Bio
Janet Frasier, an accomplished sales, marketing, and channel distribution strategist, is VP of Marketing at CardFlight. She is responsible for evolving the brand and story of SwipeSimple, the company’s payment solution for small business, while also scaling marketing efforts and driving product and feature releases through CardFlight’s nationwide sales channel.
Before joining CardFlight in 2019, Janet worked in channel sales and marketing for a number of communications technology companies including Western Multiplex, 3Com and U.S. Robotics. Janet has also worked as an executive for nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts of Utah and the Natural History Museum of Utah, where she transformed the organizations and retooled marketing, audience expansion strategies, and capital campaigns. While at the museum, Janet helped lead the successful strategic marketing efforts to create a shared vision, resulting in the construction of a new building to showcase Utah’s natural history.
Janet earned a BA in English from UCLA. She is an active volunteer in cultural and charitable activities.
VP, PeopleRead Bio
Nate Meagher, a people services expert with over 13 years of experience growing teams at startups, is VP of People at CardFlight. In that position, Nate is responsible for strategic employee initiatives, including facilitating growth, promoting positive organizational change and supporting an upbeat company culture. Nate is skilled in change management, cultural development, leadership, talent acquisition and executive coaching.
Before joining CardFlight, Nate created and managed the people operations for startups Animoto Inc. and Jibe Inc. While at Jibe, Nate helped expand the organization by 120 employees in 15 months. During his tenure at Animoto, he was part of the founding team and responsible for growing the organization’s people operations in NYC, San Francisco and Singapore.
Nate holds a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of Washington and is a SHRM-SCP.
Senior Director of Application DevelopmentRead Bio
Senior Director of Application Development
Paul Tower, an experienced software engineer and mobile app expert, is Senior Director of Application Development at CardFlight. He oversees the technical implementation of SwipeSimple, the company’s payment solution for small business, across the mobile and web platforms and manages a team of software engineers.
Before joining CardFlight in 2013, Paul was a mobile engineer for Unpakt, an online marketplace dedicated to taking the confusion out of hiring movers through clear and upfront pricing. Unpakt received coverage in The New York Times, TechCrunch, CNBC, Forbes, CNN, and others.
Paul earned BS degrees in Sociology and Communications from Virginia Tech.
Senior Director of EngineeringRead Bio
Senior Director of Engineering
Jesse Angell, a payments industry veteran and experienced infrastructure and software engineer, is Senior Director of Engineering at CardFlight. He has been an engineer with the company since 2015. He oversees the engineering teams that build CardFlight’s back-end financial processing platform, handle certifications with processors, and build and maintain the production infrastructure. Previously, he was Director of Security and DevOps at CardFlight, where he led teams to securely move money for more than 50,000 merchants across the United States. Shortly after joining the company, Jesse led a successful EMV certification project between CardFlight and a large payment processor.
His previous payments industry experience includes co-founding PaymentSpring in 2012, a credit card processing solution for small businesses and non-profit organizations. While at the company he founded, Jesse also served as Chief Technology Officer. PaymentSpring was acquired in 2015 by a publicly held financial services company.
When off-duty, Jesse flies airplanes. He’s a certificated commercial pilot and flight instructor. If he is not in the air, he's probably boating with his black Labrador Retriever.