Meet the team behind Sphere – visionaries, industry veterans and senior leaders with deep technology and payment expertise.

Andrew Rueff

Executive Chairman

Andrew has more than 25 years of experience in the legal, banking and financial technology sectors and has substantial experience identifying, structuring and negotiating strategic acquisitions, investments and partner alliances.

Steve Rizzuto

President & Chief Executive Officer

As chief executive officer, Steve shapes 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 TSYS/TransFirst and First Data.

Steven Neel

Chief Financial Officer

Steven brings 15+ years of corporate development in the payments industry with 10+ years investment banking experience to his role as chief financial officer.

Tom Bannon

Chief Operations Officer

Tom is an accomplished operations executive with 30+ years’ experience delivering a proven success model. He is responsible for driving the development and efficiency of the company’s business and service operations.

Anthony Lucatuorto

Chief Revenue Officer

Anthony is responsible for all sales and partner acquisition within Sphere's key verticals, serving markets throughout U.S., Canada and Australia. He has more than 25 years' experience in the payment processing industry having held executive-level roles at First Data and TSYS/TransFirst.

Curtis Bauer

Chief Product Officer

Curtis brings more than two decades of payment industry experience with a core focus on Product, Technology and Corporate strategy. He has held Senior Leadership roles at TSYS, TransFirst and Vantiv. He is responsible for identifying and executing on our Product strategy to help deliver growth by providing innovative solutions to our customers.

Daryl Seaman

Chief Information Officer

As CIO, Daryl oversees all aspects of new development as well as maintaining the integrity of production processing in a secure operating environment while providing world-class support services to our clients. Daryl is a 35-year veteran of the payments industry, having served in executive Information Technology roles at two of the largest acquirers, First Data Corporation and TSYS.

Andrew Immerman

SVP, Technology

Andrew is responsible for ensuring excellence in all solutions with emphasis on dependability, performance, and security. He leverages 20 years of experience in the development, deployment, coordination and operation of quality-driven, mission-critical technologies.

Lindsay Hudson

General Counsel

Lindsay is the General Counsel for Sphere. She provides oversight and guidance regarding all legal matters, corporate governance, and acts as corporate secretary to the company’s board of directors. Lindsay has ten years of experience in the electronic payments industry serving as in-house counsel to both TransFirst and TSYS prior to joining Sphere.

Dr. Heather Mark

Director of Corporate Compliance

Heather oversees internal compliance and security, building on the strong foundation to mature and evolve the program. Previously, she served in various senior leadership roles, most recently at a wholly-owned subsidiary of a global payment processor, card issuer, and merchant acquirer.

Andy Moorhead

Vice President Enterprise Sales

Andy is responsible for the operations of the sales team, base of current clients and executing a strategy for growth in both segments. He spent 10 years working for a major merchant acquirer and brings a deep payments background to further the efforts of the sales team.

Josh Connelly

GM, Vice President of SMB Sales

Josh is responsible for U.S. & Canada sales and relationship management for the SMB division. Over the past 15 years, within the financial products & services sector, Josh held various positions with industry leaders including TSYS/TransFirst, HSBC, and MBNA America Bank.

Ryne Natzke

Vice President of Strategic Accounts/Healthcare

Ryne is responsible for managing Sphere’s healthcare strategy and largest, strategic accounts across Sphere’s key verticals, including both large merchants and software partners. He brings more than 10 years of experience in the health IT world and has worked at or with many of the leading players in healthcare.

Don Apgar

Vice President Partner Sales

Don is a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience in the financial services and electronic transaction processing industries. In addition to leading sales teams in both regional and national markets for industry leaders such as First Data, Citigroup and Bank of America, Don has also held senior management and advisory roles with several start-up ventures and regional ISOs.

Claudia Benitez

Director of Human Resources

Claudia focuses on hiring, developing and retaining the incredible people at Sphere.

Gene Senecal

Director of Product Management

Gene is responsible for the strategy, planning and portfolio management of Sphere products and services. Gene leads the team that is responsible for all aspects of the product lifecycle functions and driving the innovation of new products providing customers with the most comprehensive, secure and trusted solutions.

Melody Hendricks

Marketing Director

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