Gary sums up what motivates him quite simply with, "I love making a difference, this is my passion!" He's focused on adding value, or solving problems for customers in ways that others can't, won't or don't and has an impressive track-record of success by pioneering business innovations that do just this.
In 1996 Gary co-founded WildCard Systems. Based in Sunrise, Florida, WildCard Systems pioneered the technology and services required for banks and others to offer a new kind of payment card – a network branded (cards operate through Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover) prepaid card. While the consumer experience for these cards is identical to "credit" or debit" cards, these special purpose prepaid cards aren't attached to a checking or savings account. Corporation use these cards to make incentive payments, offer rebates or rewards, deliver insurance claim payments and payroll. Cash benefits are made available to citizens by local, state and the federal government for social benefits like unemployment compensation and court-ordered payments as well as tax refunds. And finally, consumers are able to use these cards as gift cards, as an alternative to travellers checques when travelling abroad, as an alternative to a bank account, for teens, for online shopping and budgeting or for remittances or money transfers.
When WildCard Systems was acquired In 2005, 7 of the 10 largest US banks were customers of WildCard Systems, as were over 30 banks around the world and numerous Fortune 1000 companies. eFunds Corporation purchase WildCard Systems for $262 million.
After the sale, Gary continued to work for the Chairman of eFunds and was on the executive team that sold eFunds to Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS) for $1.8 billion in 2007. When eFunds purchased WildCard Systems just 27-months prior their market cap was $900 million. At FIS he continued as a part-time advisor through 2009 while expanding his volunteer activities and personal investing.
In fact, while working as a part-time advisor to FIS in 2009, Gary and Sasha began the planning for Funderdome, which opened in June 2010.
Additionally, Gary co-founded two other businesses. The first was Wave Crest (www.wavecrest.gi), a venture-capital backed payment technology company and principal member of Visa and MasterCard in Europe. And the second was Adaptive Payments (www.adaptivepayments.com), a Fort Lauderdale based company that has a patent-pending technology that uses the EFT (electronic funds transfer) network and mobile devices.
Gary's also a Founding Director of, and the past-Chairman of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association ( www.nbpca.org ), a founding and current director of the Center for Financial Services Innovation ( http://www.cfsinnovation.com ) and Gary's been an Industry Advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Payment Card Center since 2005. Also, in 2010, Gary was awarded the Industry Achievement Award his accomplishments in the prepaid industry.
In 1987 Gary graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a bachelor's degree and worked in the hotel and retail industries prior to co-founding WildCard Systems.