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Leadership Team

Edgars "Edz" Sturans
CEO & President

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Edz (pronounced "edge") Sturans joined BillingTree as CEO and President in September 2014, bringing a proven track record of leadership and results. Edz has been a visionary in the Accounts Receivables Management (ARM) Industry since 1998 and has extensive experience in business development and customer relationship management. Prior to joining BillingTree, Edz was President of CR Software where he successfully grew the business by over 450% and facilitated the company's 2012 sale to FICO®, where he most recently served as VP of Global Product Services.

Earlier in his career, Edz's entrepreneurial spirit led him to the hospitality/restaurant business where he spent fourteen years owning and operating multiple restaurants in Michigan and Vermont. During this time, his leadership proved both creative and effective - from managing people on the front lines to providing successful financial results. His move to software development within the ARM Industry was prompted by his interests in management and technology stemming from his own business needs and a drive for new business challenges.

At BillingTree, his primary role is to lead the company's growth through continued expansion including furthering electronic payment adoption and technology within ARM, Auto Finance, Healthcare and complementary verticals. He oversees the strategic direction of BillingTree, is active in day-to-day operations of the company and provides oversight on all key initiatives.

Edz holds a degree in Linguistics from Western Michigan University. Follow Edz on Twitter @BTreeCEO

Richard Knowles
Finance

Richard KnowlesRichard Knowles has been serving BillingTree as the company Controller and effective August 2012 as Vice President of Finance.  His primary responsibility is managing the company's budgeting and financial reporting.

Prior to joining BillingTree, Richard spent time in the finance departments at a number of multi-billion dollar companies including Safeway and KB Homes. He is a CPA, holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and received a degree in Psychology from Purdue University.

Chad Probst
Sales

Chad ProbstChad has been a consultative sales professional for the past 14 years working within the transportation, software, and payment processing markets. He started with BillingTree in 2003 and rejoined the company in 2007. He is currently the VP of Sales and is responsible for the sales and top-line revenue.

Prior to rejoining BillingTree Chad led sales initiatives as Senior National Account Manager for Webex, an entity of Cisco.

He received a Bachelor of Science from Millikin University.

Dave Yohe
Corporate Marketing

Dave YoheWith over 24 years experience in marketing and advertising, Dave Yohe heads up BillingTree's corporate marketing team. Responsibilities include Marketing, Lead Generation, Advertising, Tradeshows, Public Relations, Marcom, and Branding. Additional focus is spent on Analyst Relations and New Market Penetration.

Dave joined BillingTree in February 2010 after a multi-year leadership role with online fraud detection and prevention firm the 41st Parameter. Dave has also successfully led marketing teams for Infusionsoft and JDA Software, gaining over 13 years of Software Technology marketing experience within the Financial Services, Retail, e-commerce and CRM verticals.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona.

Melissa Kirk
Technology

Melissa KirkMelissa joined BillingTree in 2012 as Vice President of Technology. Melissa brings over 13 years experience in systems and software development, project management, audit and compliance. Melissa currently manages all business technology, telecommunications, wide area networking, local area networking, desktop support, information security, disaster recovery planning, compliance and software development functions.

Melissa previously served as Vice President of Technology for Equity Analytics LLC (a subsidiary of Bank of America Corp.) and as Manager, Product Development at Gradient Analytics, Inc.

Melissa received her BIS Degree from Arizona State University.

Joseph Bonilla
Product Management

JosephAs BillingTree's Product Director, Joseph manages the product roadmap and go-to-market activities with the firm's product partners. Joseph brings over 20 years of experience in the payments industry.

Prior to BillingTree, Joseph managed product marketing for Insight.com and also held various product management positions for companies including Magtek, TrustCommerce and TSYS.

Joseph earned a Business Management and Information Services degree from University of Phoenix.

Bill Kumberger
Product Development

Bill KumbergerAs BillingTree's Director of Product Development, Bill oversees the company's IP including deliverirng enhancements and developing new technology products for the firm. Bill brings over 10 years of experience in software development and the payments industry.

Prior to BillingTree, Bill held various software development positions for companies including Intel, Perficient, Heartland Payment Systems, amazon and more.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley.