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Women Returning to the Workforce Through Payments with Samantha Ettus of Park Place Payments: Ep 68

The payments industry offers many unique opportunities for professionals from all kinds of backgrounds. On this episode we focus in on how payments is helping one important group… women who have rejoined the workforce after having or raising children. Scott is joined by Samantha Ettus, who has recently launched Park Place Payments, a women-owned company fundamentally changing the lives of people seeking opportunities to reenter the workforce and revolutionizing the payment processing...


Economy, Environment, and Financial Reform with David Clarke of Positive Money: Ep 67

It’s no secret that the global economy and the environment are two important umbrella topics these days. The multitude of important challenges under these categories are worthy of discussion.... especially because payments businesses and fintechs can offer many solutions to help both consumers and our global future. Some say that we need to think even bigger, and look at how some of our very financial systems are structured. Enter our guest this week, David Clarke, who is the Head of Policy...


Approaching Security and Compliance in Payments with Darrel Anderson of Conformance Technologies: Ep 66

Whether you’re considering individual merchants accepting cards from customers, or ISOs building portfolios of merchants, using tech tools and processes to manage security issues and compliance is crucial. On this week’s show, Scott is joined by an expert guest who has spent his fintech career working on solutions for these kinds of challenges, including his latest venture. Darrel Anderson is the President and CEO of Conformance Technologies, a company offering compliance, security, and...


Exploring B2B Payments with Kurt Knackstedt of Troovo: Ep 65

Business to business payments may not get the same amount of coverage as other areas in the payments world, but they are just as important! When it comes to B2B payments though there are challenges that need to be navigated, as enterprise payments in particular, are susceptible to fraud, unnecessary labor costs and potential errors. Our guest this week is Kurt Knackstedt who is the CEO of Troovo, a technology company focused on virtualizing and removing manual intervention within...


Reviewing Credit Cards the Right Way with Brooklyn Lowery of Ep 64

These days, consumers make so many decisions based on ratings and reviews… and it’s no different when it comes to credit cards. But how do you determine what the top credit card is, and how can you trust online reviews? Our guest this week is Brooklyn Lowery who is the Senior Manager & Site Editor for, a website that aims to provide useful resources, tools, and reviews for credit cards. Brooklyn had much to say about how the site works, remains unbiased, and what consumers...


Rethinking Company Card Usage with Andrew Jamison of Extend: Ep 63

Sharing the company credit card with employees and contractors is inherently insecure... Extend Payments and our guest Andrew Jamison have a new way of approaching it. Find show notes and more at:


Merchant Service Industry Success Strategies with Marc Beauchamp of Bankcard Life: Ep 62

No matter if you’re a field sales representative, sales manager, issuer, acquirer, ISO, agent, or connected to merchant services and payments in some other way… a sustainable career and being a part of a lucrative business is the goal. Still, the road to true success in this industry is often winding and not always easy. Fortunately, there are folks out there who have seen a lot of success and are willing to share their wisdom, such as our guest this week, Marc Beauchamp. Marc has worked...


Regulatory and Business Challenges in Crypto and Cannabis with Joshua Radbod of Avantpay: Ep 61

There are many industries that present incredible financial opportunities for businesses and professionals, but legal status and regulation of them are still murky. This presents unique challenges, especially when it comes to two monster industries… cannabis and cryptocurrency. One way to help navigate these challenges is to bring experts and businesspeople from around the industry together, which is what our featured guest and organization this week is doing. Scott is joined by Joshua...


Payments Technology and Integrations with Ryan Hallet of Payroc: Ep 60

These days, having success in the world of payments is impossible to achieve without understanding, and embracing technology. Specifically, payments integrations are crucial as so many ISVs, ISOs, Agents, and beyond recognize the power of it for merchants and consumers. But what are some of the key things to consider when approaching technology, integrations, and payments? To cover this and more Scott was joined by Ryan Hallet, Chief Marketing Officer at Payroc, which drives commerce for...


Ep 59: Financial Counseling for Consumers with Jim Triggs of Money Management International

On this show we turn our focus to a side of the payments and finance spaces that isn’t covered enough but is so important… the realities of consumers having financial struggles. Fortunately, there are many out there who are working to help individuals tackle their financial challenges. Jim Triggs is the Senior Vice President of Operations from one such organization called Money Management International or MMI, which strives to change how America overcomes financial challenges; one person,...


Ep 58: Using Fintech to Revolutionize the Web with Stefan Thomas of Coil

Financial technology offers boundless opportunity for innovation… and with cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, instant payments, and more it’s never been easier to re-think existing systems. On this show, Scott is joined by a Stefan Thomas who has founded a company, Coil, that aims to completely revolutionize the way the web works. Stefan has a deep background in fintech…introducing millions of people to Bitcoin, and was in charge of the technology for the third largest cryptocurrency...


Ep 57: Talking Credit Cards and Travel Rewards with Jason Steele

On this episode we’re talking all about credit cards from the consumer side, with a special focus on travel rewards. Scott is joined by Jason Steele, who is a journalist and a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of credit and credit cards. Jason’s work has been featured at mainstream outlets such as Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, and Business Insider. Jason’s also well known within the community of travel rewards enthusiasts as the Senior Points and Miles Contributor for The Points Guy...


Ep 56: Payments for High Risk Industries Ineligible for Credit Card Processing with Jordan Friedman of Zodaka

Some industries are too high risk for credit card processing, yet merchants with legal businesses (such as those in states with legalized Cannabis) still need to process payments. Jordan Friedman, CEO of Zodaka joins Scott to discuss his company's solutions. Find show notes and more at:


Ep 55: The Present and Future of Cryptocurrencies with Joel and Travis of the Bad Crypto Podcast

We're once again covering the world of Cryptocurrencies on this episode of PayPod: The Payments Podcast. Scott is joined by two crypto enthusiasts, Joel Comm and Travis Wright. Joel and Travis host their own wildly popular show, The Bad Crypto Podcast, and had much to say about the philosophy behind crypto, where it is today, and where it's going. Find show notes and more at:


Ep 54: Marketplace and P2P Lending with Peter Renton of Lend Academy and LendIt

Sometimes there’s a need that can only be met when technology and innovation come together at the right time. On this episode, we talk about one fintech industry that has grown by leaps and bounds… marketplace lending, or P2P lending. Our guest today is Peter Renton, who is the founder of Lend Academy and Co-Founder of LendIt Conference LLC. Lend Academy the leading news and educational resource for the marketplace lending industry and has been instrumental in bringing businesses and...


Ep 53: Digital ID and Verified.Me with Greg Wolfond of SecureKey, Stevan Lewis of Sun Life Financial, and Franklin Garrigues of TD

Scott discusses the revolutionary new digital ID service in Canada offered by SecureKey, Verified.Me. He is joined by Greg Wolfond (CEO of SecureKey), Stevan Lewis (SVP Digital Transformation at Sun Life Financial) and Franklin Garrigues (VP Digital Channel at TD). Find show notes and more at:


Ep 52: Loyalty Rewards Programs and Mobile Payments with Bryan Leach of Ibotta

These days any business can rest assured that consumers enjoy loyalty rewards programs and the convenience of mobile apps and payment options. The trouble is, there are countless loyalty rewards programs out there which can be difficult to manage. As for mobile payments, in some places (specifically the US), adoption has been slow going. Fortunately there are companies leading the charge to simplify the consumer experience when it comes to rewards while pushing mobile payments forward. Our...


Ep 51: Investing, Wealth Management, and Fintech with Ron Carson of Carson Group

Welcome to another episode of PayPod! On this latest episode, we’re taking a high level look at the world of fintech from the investment and wealth management perspective. Technology has had a tremendously positive impact on so many areas of the financial world, and the best companies are continually innovating. Our guest this week has much to share on this topic. Scott is joined by Ron Carson, who is the founder and CEO of Carson Group, which serves financial advisors and investors. He...


Ep 50: Stablecoins and Payments with Amiya Diwan, Bryan Guy, and Kory Hoang of Stably

We have covered cryptocurrencies, bitcoin, ethereum, and the blockchain extensively on this show… yet one of the biggest issues that many professionals in the world of payments and fintech continue to raise is that of volatility. Volatility makes cryptocurrency adoption in traditional financial and commerce spaces incredibly challenging. Fortunately stablecoins offer potential solutions to this problem, and that’s what Scott explores with several guests this week. Scott is joined by three...


Ep 49: Mobile App Security, UX, and Authentication with Sherif Samy of Entersekt

Digital security is crucial to so much in modern life, and the worlds of payments, fintech, and mobile technology are no exception. Whether you’re a consumer just using your phone to complete a purchase or sign into your bank, or a business developing apps and other digital solutions that will work with sensitive data… having the best approach to security and authentication is a must. Fortunately there are great organizations out there fighting the good fight and pushing digital security...