Ben Brashen | President & CEO
CardTapp wouldn’t be what it is today without Ben’s sales leadership or his challenges to rapidly innovate, test, and iterate on new products and features. Before serving as President and CEO of CardTapp, Ben had a successful mortgage career and a media company where he produced and hosted radio, including Richard Sherman’s Celebrity Softball Game. Ben lives in Kirkland, WA with his wife and two children who are all very big Seahawks fans.
Ryan Leopold | Executive VP of Corporate Accounts & Co-Founder
Along with running CardTapp’s corporate and enterprise accounts, Ryan is a mortgage industry speaker, author, and real estate investor. As a top producing loan officer from 1998-2012, Ryan closed over $700 million successful mortgage transactions. He credits his success as a former originator to his unique marketing approach and commitment to strategic partnerships. With his roots in the mortgage industry, Ryan now focuses on the ever-growing trend of mobile marketing as a way to help fellow professionals stay better connected, earn more referrals, and build deeper relationships with their partners, clients and prospects.
Dustin Swisstack | Chief Technology Officer
Dustin came to CardTapp from ACT! where he was the Development Director and Lead Software Architect. While at ACT! he designed, developed, and lead development teams on over 50 product releases including desktop, mobile, localized and web products. He’s responsible for every technical working function of the CardTapp app family, leveraging over 20 years of web and app development experience. When Dustin’s not coding he’s on the ice either playing or coaching ice hockey. He lives in Mukilteo with his wife and kids.
Pascal Pinck | Chief Customer Officer
Pascal has led a wide variety of teams and projects in the software industry thanks to his experience in product development, customer support and professional services. Most of all, he is passionate about helping customers grow their business in order to create economic opportunity for themselves and their communities. Pascal holds an MBA from Portland State University in Oregon. He lives in Bellevue with his wife, two children and a small army of pets.
Gary Arnold | Chief Revenue Officer
Gary brings 15+ years of experience defining and penetrating domestic and international markets, building successful organizations and exceeding goals. He has worked for some of the top companies such as GoDaddy, Hibu, and Amazon leading successful teams across Sales, Marketing and Product Management. Gary earned an MBA from the University of Washington and is an avid Huskies fan. (Go Dawgs!) When Gary is not working, he’s tackling a home handyman project, playing with his dog Hana, or braving the task of teaching his teenage daughters to drive.
Mark Taylor | Chief Finance Officer
Mark Taylor leads finance and operations for CardTapp. He joined the team with over 10 years experience leading PE/VC backed companies where the special focus is on lean and nimble operations supported by growth stage ‘Accelerator Capital’ fundraising. As CFO for Benchmark Capital and Firstmark Capital backed global online gaming platform startup Meteor Entertainment, Inc., Mark led Meteor from its IP acquisition seed round, through Series B investments by Nvidia and Canyon Creek Partners with an IP acquisition exit to Nvidia and Chinese and Italian gaming conglomerates. Prior to his Private Equity focus, Mark was technology division CFO for a series of Fortune 500 companies while each was experiencing dramatic annual growth. Of particular note, Mark led the Microsoft Online Services division from its startup phase through to its break-out growth phase generating in excess of $120M annual revenues. Mark holds an MBA with a focus on high growth company management and is certified in Lean Six Sigma process development.
Board of Directors
Mike Crill | Board Member
Mike has sat on over 30 boards for public and private companies and advised over 100 startups. As an advisor, Mike focuses on funding strategy, corporate governance, go-to-market strategy, board and executive compensation, and contracts. He began his work in startups as a CFO where he served over 75 companies in that capacity. In his current role, Mike manages Atlas, the nation’s largest venture accelerator and advises startups.
Ian Morris | Advisory Board Member
Ian is a seasoned chief executive, board member, and strategic advisor with a track record of creating high growth, high performance internet and SaaS businesses. As a CEO, he has delivered high returns for investors through both ends of the business cycle. With 9 years experience in managing a public company board, Ian has had successful fundraising efforts including an 18x over-subscribed IPO, selling Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR) for $380m.
Gary Flake | Advisory Board Member
Gary is the former CTO of Search & Data Science at Salesforce, which bought Clipboard, Inc., of which he was the founder and CEO. Gary received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and then went on to receive his PhD from the University of Maryland. Gary currently resides in Seattle, WA and serves as an advisory board member.
Edward Yim | Advisory Board Member
Edward Yim is the founder and CEO of Full Beaker Inc. and an active angel investor. He has advised and invested in more than 15 companies in the last few years, including Cheezburger (icanhascheeseburger.com, failblog.org, failbook.com), Minted.com, Bonanza.com and Heatmax (acquired by Kobayashi Pharm Co Ltd) and others. He has been a board member for several companies including Cheezeburger, Minted.com, Capability Healthcare and ClassifiedAds.com. Edward also serves as a Tech Stars mentor to early stage technology companies in the Seattle area. Edward received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Keith Tibbles | Advisory Board Member
Keith has been a leader in the mortgage profession for over 15 years, running Cobalt Mortgage as president for over 13 years. He has deep roots in the Seattle area and is a University of Washington graduate.
Ernie Gehre | Advisory Board Member
Ernie is a seasoned mortgage professional and served as the Vice President of Sales for Cobalt Mortgage. Ernie now serves as the Regional Manager for Caliber Home Loans in Kirkland, WA.
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