Sphere Launches at Money20/20 – Company leading evolution in integrated payment solutions with technology-driven commerce platform that’s fully flexible with existing business systems
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 23, 2018) – Sphere, a premier provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, makes its debut this week at Money20/20. Founded by executives from some of the largest payment companies and backed by Waud Capital Partners, Sphere delivers a technology-forward integrated commerce platform that makes it easier to securely connect with customers and facilitate their payment transactions. With the recent acquisitions of TrustCommerce and Anovia Payments, Sphere now enables customers within healthcare, parking, education and other key industry verticals to securely accept payments via any omni-channel environment and integrate into enterprise core systems for a seamless, simple and frictionless experience.
“Our name, Sphere, truly reflects our commitment to providing continuous, integrated commerce solutions that are secure and completely surround our customers’ existing business systems,“ said Steve Rizzuto, chief executive officer of Sphere. “We are committed to transforming payment technology by focusing on simple, highly integrated, client-centric solutions across diverse vertical industry ecosystems.”
Powered by TrustCommerce, the leading provider of secure payment processing, Sphere’s end-to-end technology-driven solutions offer businesses of all sizes the confidence of knowing transactions are safe, secure and backed by best-in-class customer service. Sphere delivers secure integrated payment solutions to enterprises and merchants across the United States, Canada, and Australia.
According to Andrew Rueff, executive chairman of Sphere, the technology and software platform combined with the experience of the executive leadership team is what sets Sphere apart from its competitors. “Sphere is truly guided by proven industry leaders and visionaries,“ said Rueff. “The reputation of our senior leaders and their existing relationships in key verticals, in tandem with our intuitive software platform, make Sphere the trusted partner for all commerce activity.”
To learn more, visit www.SphereCommerce.com.
Sphere, through the acquisitions of TrustCommerce and Anovia Payments, is a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments, security software, payments gateway and merchant acquiring products and services. Sphere serves a variety of companies from large, complex enterprises to small local businesses across a range of end-markets, including healthcare, restaurant, retail, parking, education, transportation, and insurance. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Orange County and Dallas, Sphere is a Waud Capital Partners private equity company.
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Payments Industry Veteran Lucatuorto Will Be Responsible for All Sales and Partner Acquisition in the Small Merchant Business Segment.
Nashville, Tenn. (August 3, 2018) —Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, hired payments industry veteran, Anthony Lucatuorto to lead the integrated small merchant business (SMB) segment for the company as Chief Sales Officer, SMB. Supporting the company’s integrated payments strategy, Lucatuorto will be responsible for all SMB sales and partner acquisition within the company’s key market verticals, serving markets throughout U.S., Canada, and Australia.
“We are thrilled to have Anthony join the team. His leadership and experience in the industry will be key in cultivating new partners and growing our small merchant customer base,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere. “Anthony is well-respected in the industry and has a longstanding history of sales achievement and we look forward to the positive impact that he can bring to our organization.”
“Anthony’s 25 years of experience in serving small and large businesses will enhance Sphere’s ability to bring leading edge software and payments services to our clients,” said Andrew Rueff, Executive Chairman of Sphere. “The addition of Anthony to the executive team of Sphere demonstrates our commitment to building a top caliber team to lead our company through the next phase of growth and expansion.”
Lucatuorto has more than 25 years of experience in the payment processing industry having held executive-level roles in strategic planning, financial management and sales leadership. For nine years, Lucatuorto was President of Referral Partner Sales and Financial Institutions at TSYS/TransFirst Holdings Corp. Prior to his time with TSYS/TransFirst, Lucatuorto held tenure at First Data for 14 years. He served as Senior Vice President of Sales for the Revenue Sharing Alliance Group and led the growth of its sales division with the signing of more than 70 bank partners.
Sphere, is a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments, security software, payments gateway, and merchant software services. Sphere serves large, complex enterprises, mid-size businesses, and small local businesses across a range of vertical end-markets, including healthcare, transportation, education, insurance and non-profit. Sphere provides payments technology that integrates into business management software platforms of its clients, enabling them to process highly secure and compliant transactions integrated with their core business software. Sphere supports businesses across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
TrustCommerce Releases New PCI Validated Point-to-Point Encryption Solution Integrated with Epic EHR
TC Safe™ is integrated with electronic health record software to safeguard cardholder data and reduce PCI scope.
SANTA ANA, California, June 27, 2018 — TrustCommerce®, the leading provider of secure electronic payment acceptance and risk management solutions, is pleased to announce that TC Safe™, our PCI Validated Point to Point Encryption (VP2PE) solution, is integrated to Epic Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. TC Safe provides healthcare organizations with the strongest available payment security technology as well as maximum PCI scope reduction.
TC Safe™ safeguards credit and debit card payments by encrypting all cardholder data within PCI PTS SRED certified hardware. Cardholder data is encrypted at the point of interaction (POI), encrypted again and passed directly through the TC Servers until received by TrustCommerce and decrypted within our secure VP2PE environment. No clear-text cardholder data is accessible in the device, in transit, or within a merchant’s system. Encrypting at the point of interaction makes sensitive information undecipherable and useless to hackers.
- Protects point of sale transactions from the POI, immediately encrypting cardholder data.
- Seamless integration into Resolute and Welcome for a smooth patient payment experience.
- Maintains existing Epic workflows.
- Eases the burden of PCI compliance.
- Keeps PCI data out of other systems.
TC Safe™ is validated as compliant with the Payment Card Industry Point-to-Point Encryption Standard (PCI P2PE), a set of rigorous technical and operational requirements and guidelines. TC Safe can be viewed on the PCI SSC P2PE Solutions site of approved solutions:
As part of the validation requirements, TC Safe uses only PCI PTS SRED certified hardware, such as those implementing Ingenico’s On-Guard P2PE technology. Device support includes Ingenico Group smart terminals and ID Tech SRED devices.
TrustCommerce has released a new whitepaper, which includes a challenging use case that demonstrates the value of a VP2PE solution within healthcare environments. Download the whitepaper here. To learn more about TC Safe VP2PE, call 800.915.1680.
TrustCommerce has been integrated with Epic for more than 15 years, supporting over 200 mutual clients. TrustCommerce solutions are fully integrated to Resolute, Welcome, MyChart, and Willow Ambulatory. The integration supports Epic-hosted and client-hosted environments as well as Epic Connect implementations.
A veteran and innovator in the industry, TrustCommerce offers a comprehensive suite of payment solutions with a focus on security, data protection, and risk mitigation. Featuring PCI Validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE), tokenization, EMV, and hosted payment pages, TrustCommerce solutions assist partners and clients with reducing the cost and complexity of PCI DSS compliance. Whether accepting payments in a card-present or card-not-present environment, TrustCommerce solutions protect transactions and reduce risk. To learn more about TrustCommerce, and its full breadth of products and solutions, visit
Industry leader Dr. Heather Mark, Ph.D., CCEP, CAMS joins TrustCommerce, bringing over 17 years of expertise in regulatory compliance, privacy, and data security issues within the payments industry.
SANTA ANA, California, July 16, 2018 —TrustCommerce®, the leading provider of secure electronic payment acceptance and risk management solutions, is pleased to announce Dr. Heather Mark has joined the company as Director of Compliance. Dr. Mark specializes in regulatory compliance, privacy, and data security issues within the payments Industry.
As Director of Compliance, Dr. Mark will oversee internal compliance and security, building on TrustCommerce’s strong foundation, to mature and evolve the program. She will work closely with the Product Teams to ensure compliance and security is included at every step in the development process. Further, Dr. Mark will unify the compliance and security efforts at both TrustCommerce and its sister company Anovia Payments. This dedicated focus further demonstrates TrustCommerce’s proven commitment to the soundness of their payment infrastructure and to being a safe and secure partner for their clients.
“I have had the pleasure of working on and off with Dr. Mark for almost 20 years, she is someone who clearly understands the intricacies of compliance and risk management, as represented throughout her distinguished career,” said Rob Caulfield, Chief Executive Officer of TrustCommerce. “We are pleased to welcome her to the TrustCommerce team.”
“TrustCommerce has always been a leader in the areas of security and compliance,” said Dr. Mark. “As such, I’m proud to join the company to lead its efforts in those areas. I look forward to contributing to TrustCommerce’s continued leadership and to bringing value to our partners and clients through our dedication to doing things the right way.”
Previously, Dr. Mark served in various senior leadership roles, most recently at a wholly-owned subsidiary of a global payment processor, card issuer, and merchant acquirer. Dr. Mark has consulted with many companies on the issue of PCI DSS compliance, and positioning their products and services relative to the compliance obligations of the Payment Industry.
An accomplished author, Dr. Mark has written more than 60 published articles. Further, she is a sought after public speaker on variety of topics including payment processing, data security, privacy and regulatory compliance. Dr. Mark has served on the Electronic Transaction Association’s Government Relations Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Merchant Acquirers’ Committee (MAC). She holds a doctorate degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University.
A veteran and innovator in the industry, TrustCommerce offers a comprehensive suite of payment solutions with a focus on security, data protection, and risk mitigation. Featuring PCI Validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE), tokenization, EMV, and hosted payment pages, TrustCommerce solutions assist partners and clients with reducing the cost and complexity of PCI DSS compliance. Whether accepting payments in a card-present or card-not-present environment, TrustCommerce solutions protect transactions and reduce risk. To learn more about TrustCommerce, and its full breadth of products and solutions, visit www.TrustCommerce.com.
Industry veteran Rizzuto brings more than 20 years of executive experience in electronic payments leadership.
Nashville, TN, July 20, 2018 —Sphere Payments, LLC, a leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, is pleased to announce Steve Rizzuto has been named Chief Executive Officer of Sphere Payments. Andrew Rueff will remain as Executive Chairman.
In 2017, Waud Capital Partners acquired and combined TrustCommerce and Anovia Payments, creating Sphere Payments. Sphere Payments provides integrated payment solutions for enterprise customers and medium to small merchants in healthcare, education and transportation, as well as other select verticals. The company’s solutions deliver a comprehensive single source for simple, secure, frictionless payment processing and advanced security technology.
“I am excited to have Steve Rizzuto assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of Sphere Payments,” said Andrew Rueff, Executive Chairman of Sphere Payments. “Steve is a proven leader and has a long and established career of leading successful integrated payments and technology growth strategies while providing best in class services to his customers. Steve’s leadership capabilities are a perfect fit for the next phase of Sphere Payments evolution as we build the company into a world class integrated payments company within key verticals.”
As Chief Executive Officer, Rizzuto will shape the strategy of Sphere, while providing operational expertise as the company builds upon its leading technology and products in the integrated payments sector. He brings more than two decades of executive experience serving the electronic payments industry in organizations such as TransFirst, TSYS, and First Data.