Our Leadership Team

  

Braven Imai

Chief Executive Officer / President

Braven joined Swift Prepaid Solutions in 2002 and has led Swift as its Chief Executive Officer to experience 10x growth since 2007. He has more than 25 years of diverse business experience across Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial startup environments.

Braven started his career as a C.P.A. for the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen specializing in the manufacturing and healthcare industry sectors. From there, he accepted a position in Operations Management for Sam Zell's M & A roll-up holding company, Great American Management & Investment, where he focused on business process re-engineering and profitability improvement for over twenty portfolio companies.

Braven spent close to ten years at Fortune 100 Baxter Healthcare and its public spin-off company Allegiance/Cardinal Healthcare in Corporate Treasury, Finance, New Product Development and various Sales/Marketing and management capacities. In 1999, he co-founded PocketCard Inc., one of the first dedicated processing companies of prepaid Visa® programs. He helped raise approximately $20 million in funding and led the Company's 100 employees as its Chief Operating Officer.

Braven holds an M.B.A. (Masters of Management) in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. 

Brian Levin

Chief Financial Officer

In 2000, Brian joined Swift Prepaid Solutions in the Accounting and Network Administration areas and was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer in 2007. He leads all aspects of Swift’s Finance, Accounting, Vendor Operations, Compliance and Network Infrastructure departments. Brian has more than 20 years of diverse business experience as a management consultant and entrepreneur.

Brian started his career as a benefits consultant with a leading Accounting and Information Technology consulting firm. After several years of benefits consulting, he accepted a position as a financial management consultant for Gibson and Associates, focusing on streamlining costs and increasing margins in the manufacturing sector for Fortune 1000 organizations.

Brian graduated from Drake University with a degree in Accounting and Actuarial Sciences and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Doug Haines

Chief Revenue Officer

When Doug joined Swift Prepaid Solutions in 2018, he was already a seasoned leader in payments with more than 14 years of experience in the prepaid industry. As Swift’s Chief Revenue Officer, Doug is responsible for revenue-related strategy, initiatives and results.

Doug has a long track record of driving sales and business development by helping clients accelerate growth and achieve lift through payments. Previously, he served as Vice President of Sales and Key Account Management at Wirecard North America. He’s held similar leadership positions at Citi Prepaid Services and Ecount.

Doug holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.

Gordan Redzic

Chief Technology Officer

Gordan, who joined Swift in 2018, is a technology leader who brings extensive experience with mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), SaaS, cloud computing, location-based services, and quality assurance to his teams.

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Gordan is responsible for strategy, initiatives and results in the areas of technology and product development. Before joining Swift, Gordan served as Vice President of Product at Sleep Number. There he was responsible for SleepIQ, the company’s smart sleep platform, and the development of the company’s smart bed technology. Gordan has also held senior leadership positions at Paylocity, NAVTEQ and Motorola.

Gordan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s degree in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

LILY RAMIREZ

VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Lily joined the sales group at Swift in 2007. Today, she serves as Swift’s Vice President of Business Development, responsible for the organization’s overall reseller and B2B client relationships. Lily educates and trains Swift’s reseller partners on the prepaid industry, Swift’s product set and sales strategy. She leads internal teams to drive growth of the existing client base, and continually breaks down barriers of traditional B2B interactions.

Lily brought with her to Swift many years of rebate and promotions experience. She began her career with Continental Promotions Group, the largest rebate promotions company in the world at the time, serving in various customer and client-facing roles. Lily was promoted to a management role and led teams working with some of the largest companies in the world including Costco, Dell and Motorola.

JOE KOOIMA

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Joe joined the sales group at Swift in 2006. Since then, Joe has championed and promoted several new product launches and now serves as Vice President of Sales, responsible for the organization’s overall direct sales growth and strategy.

Joe came to Swift Prepaid Solutions with several years of diverse business experience as a sales consultant, entrepreneur and team leader. He started his career as a sales consultant with a large privately held service company in the Midwest, Anderson Solutions. After consistently exceeding expectations in Chicago, Joe was promoted and moved to St. Louis to develop the St. Louis market and integrate the business and sales operations of a company acquisition. While in St. Louis, he was responsible for developing and training a sales team, increasing market share, and leading the back office team.

Joe graduated from Trinity Christian College with a degree in Business and Management.

Sebastien (Seb) Van Schalkwyk

Vice President of Client Services

As Vice President of Client Services, Seb leverages his extensive marketing, strategy and operations experience in support of Swift’s clients across the globe.

At Swift, Seb directs the Account Management and Implementations efforts by rolling up his sleeves and working closely with his teams. Previously, Seb served as Marketing Director at VIGA, where he led all marketing activity for the company's B2B and B2C lead generation and lifecycle marketing initiatives. He’s also held key marketing positions at Betsson Group and Research Now, where he first partnered with Swift to deliver prepaid rewards.

Seb holds a marketing degree from Macquarie University and has earned a Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, Marketing Strategy and ACIM from The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

TRACY MONSON

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING, TRAINING & EDUCATION

As Vice President of Marketing, Training & Education at Swift, Tracy oversees employee and client training, process development/improvement, and marketing of Swift’s products and services. Tracy translates Swift’s goals and spirit into daily operations.

Tracy has over nine years of experience in payments. She began her career at Solutran, one of the largest electronic payment solutions providers in the U.S., and returned to her home state of Illinois in 2010 to join the Swift team. As an Account Manager at Swift, she managed program implementations, developed client relationships and became involved in operations as the business grew. Tracy was promoted after demonstrated success in her role as an Account Manager, and led the Account Management teams from 2013 to 2018.

Tracy graduated summa cum laude from Valparaiso University with degrees in English, Spanish and Creative Writing.

REBECCA (BECKY) FOSTER

Controller

As Controller, Becky acts as steward for client resources and ensures that Swift’s financial reporting is accurate, timely and actionable.

Before joining Swift in 2017, Becky distinguished herself as a supervising auditor at one of Chicago’s top CPA firms, and before that, as a consultant and strategic partner for Boston Scientific, a biotech company.

Becky is a certified public accountant. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

MAGGIE O’TOOLE

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PARTNER OPERATIONS

As Senior Director of Partner Operations, Maggie strengthens Swift’s relationships with processors, issuing banks, associations and card manufacturers.

Under her leadership, Partner Operations continues to expand Swift’s global reach by bringing together vendors to drive multi-currency offerings, integrating prepaid rewards with the latest in platform support and security, and staying compliant with regulations and marketing requirements.

Originally from Poland, Maggie worked in international payroll management for Celergo before joining Swift as an Account Manager in 2013. She was promoted to her current role in 2015.

Maggie holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from National Louis University and is pursuing a Leadership M.B.A. at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

OLGA SPIVAK

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Olga joined Swift as Senior Director of Human Resources in fall 2017, with 14 years of experience in acquiring top talent and retaining engaged, aligned employees.

Before joining Swift, Olga was with an industry leader in marketing technology. This background informs her work at Swift, where she also evaluates and implements new tools for staff efficiencies, as well as increased workplace productivity, connection and loyalty.

Olga has an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in human resources from Devry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management. She holds a Certificate in Professional Human Resources and is an Associate Certified Coach, having received training in professional guidance and goal achievement.

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