- Mike Gaburo - Chief Executive Officer
- Eric W. Ohlhausen - EVP Business Development
- Scot Brands - Chief Financial Officer
- Hal Ramakers - EVP Product & Marketing
- Lynn Cherry - EVP & Chief Compliance Officer
Mike Gaburo was named CEO of Brightwell Payments in November, 2015. Gaburo has a 20-year track record of growing and scaling technology-enabled businesses. His expertise in leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses has driven sustained growth in revenue, margin, EBITDA, and stock price. Gaburo is skilled at building strong teams and leading them to sales and service excellence. Prior to joining Brightwell, Gaburo served as COO of Paycor Inc., a provider of payroll, HRM and workforce management SaaS to more than 30,000 businesses. As COO, Gaburo led Paycor to a 4x increase in revenue and an 8x gain in EBITDA. Prior to joining Paycor, Gaburo served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Vice President, Cleanroom Resources Division at Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a global provider of business services.
Gaburo is a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Gaburo also earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a named a Baker Scholar.
Eric Ohlhausen was named chief financial officer of Brightwell Payments, formerly Prepaid Solutions, upon the acquisition of the company by private equity firm Navigation Capital Partners (NCP). Ohlhausen had partnered with NCP in order to target acquisition opportunities in the electronic transaction and payments sector and was an integral player in identifying and completing the acquisition. Ohlhausen was a partner and principal in Elkmont Group, LLC, a firm founded to pursue new business ventures and business acquisition opportunities in conjunction with venture and private equity capital.
Prior to Elkmont, Ohlhausen was a founder of Epic Capital Partners, a boutique M&A advisory firm specializing in buy-side and sell-side engagements for clients in a range of industries. Ohlhausen also was SVP of Corporate Development for Caredata.com, an online syndicator of healthcare content and healthcare information business applications. At Caredata.com, Ohlhausen oversaw twelve acquisitions to propel company growth from $2.5 million annual revenue to $45 million. Ohlhausen began his career as a commercial lender for NationsBank (Bank of America) and co-founded LeadX, an online business lead exchange that was a forerunner to today's social networking sites such as LinkedIn.
Ohlhausen holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Virginia and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma national honor society. Ohlhausen earned an M.B.A. with Distinction from England's Manchester Business School and studied on exchange at the M.B.A. program of the International University of Japan.
Scot Brands is an accomplished corporate financial executive with proven success in helping development stage companies grow and prosper. His background includes positions as Chief Financial Officer or other senior financial executive of companies grown from start-up phase to approximately $30 million in revenue prior to sales to entities such as WorldCom, Inc. (now Verizon), Gryphon Investors (a private equity firm with over $900 million under management), and McLeod, Inc. (a publicly traded regional telephone company). He has additional expertise in start-up entities, corporate legal management, human resources, as well as pricing and financial planning.
Brands is a Georgia Licensed CPA and Georgia Licensed Attorney.
Hal Ramakers has more than 20 years of experience in product development, product management, process improvement and technology with small Fortune 500 companies. He specializes in change management from a process and personnel perspective to create organizations that are scalable and focused on company objectives, values and core initiatives.
Prior to joining Brightwell Payments, Ramakers served as the SVP of Technical Operations for LandAmerica Credit Services. While at LandAmerica, Ramakers was responsible for product development, product management and technical operations for the $60M company.
Lynn Cherry has more than 12 years of prepaid experience, including an extensive background in payroll cards focused on BSA/AML and OFAC compliance in addition to Regulation E.
Prior to joining Brightwell Payments, Cherry served as the VP of Compliance and Risk Management for Skylight Financial, a subsidiary of NetSpend Corporation. Prior to assuming responsibility for Compliance, Cherry filled several operational roles in the areas of information security, product, settlement and reconciliation, and marketing. She began her professional financial services career at Wachovia Bank, which is now Wells Fargo Bank.
Cherry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Shorter University. She is a graduate of the American Bankers Association (ABA) Graduate School of Compliance Risk Management and is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM).