STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Stewart A. Stockdale

Stewart A. Stockdale is Chairman & CEO of Rellevate.  He is responsible for the company’s vision, strategic planning, and business growth. He is also responsible for overall fiscal management.

Stockdale brings broad experience with world-class companies in the payments, financial services, and consumer products sectors. He was named one of the Top CEO’s of tomorrow by Bloomberg / Business Week.  Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of The J.G. Wentworth Company. J.G. Wentworth is a diversified consumer financial services company specializing in mortgages, structured settlements, payment systems, and personal loan options. There he stabilized, diversified and restructured the enterprise.

Previously he was President at the Western Union Company, where he ran Western Union’s Money Transfer and Consumer Payments businesses across five global regions (North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, Europe & CIS, Middle East Africa, and Asia Pacific). At Western Union, some of his successes included repositioning and turning around the U.S. Domestic Money Transfer and Consumer Payments businesses and returned them to growth after years of steep declines as well as launching the U.S. Prepaid Card business, delivering almost one million cards-in-force in the U.S. alone.

Stockdale also held roles such as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing & Product Management at MasterCard Worldwide, among other positions at leading multinational companies such as Simon Property Group where he launched and built the largest Visa Giftcard program in the United States, American Express, and Procter & Gamble.

Stockdale holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing from the University of Denver and completed The Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He resides in Darien, Connecticut with his wife and six children.

Greg Schneider

Greg Schneider serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Rellevate.

Previously he was Chief Information Officer for The J.G. Wentworth Company, a position he held since 2014. Prior he served as a consultant to SCA Promotions Inc., a marketing agency.

Greg was Senior Vice President, Marketing Information Management at The Western Union Company from 2008 to 2012. At Western Union he also led the prepaid card opportunity that yielded over 1 million cards.

Prior to these engagements, Mr. Schneider held senior leadership positions in consumer and financial services businesses, including Simon Property Group (built Simon Giftcard Program, which at the time was the world’s largest Visa giftcard program), Conseco and Banc One Corporation dating back to 1984.

He holds a B.B.A. with honors from Ohio University and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Mark Forster

Mark Forster is the Chief Innovation Officer for Rellevate and is responsible for on boarding large partnerships.  Mark is  a hands on  executive with a proven track record for driving growth, profitability and branding for a series of Fortune 500 companies in domestic and international markets. Responsibilities include sales, market research, brand strategy, portfolio strategy, and brand activation (sales promotion, merchandizing, events, etc.).  Astute strategist with extensive experience in planning for growth, identifying new business opportunities, and client interface.

Mark has spend over 20 years in senior management positions at WPP, the worlds largest Advertising and marketing company, including running Ford Motor Company South America and Global Vehicle Launches, as well as tier 2 and tier 3 North America Marketing (over a billion in marketing spend) other clients include Coca Cola, McDonald’s, P&G, Simon Malls, Range Rover.

He  has also lead profitable growth strategies by energizing sales of B2C and B2B business through entrepreneurial approaches, inspiring leadership, championing consumer/customer needs and disciplined execution.

Mark also has, over the last 20 years, bought, built and sold Dunkin Donuts, Dominos franchises

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing from the University of Bucknell. He resides on Mercer Island, WA.

Michele Sullender

She is one of the leading experts in the country on prepaid card products, named one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Prepaid.

Most recently as President of MCS Consulting LLC, she advised on financial services (emphasis on prepaid) to clients in the retail real estate industry and other financial service companies.

As the EVP of Product Marketing & Development at WeCareCard, a crowdfunding startup, responsible for multiple aspects of building the business.  From developing the crowdfunding platform, prepaid product to fraud / risk mitigation.

At InteliSpend (now Hawk Incentives, a division of BlackHawk Network) she was the VP of Marketing & Product Strategy. Lead the creation and execution of the overall prepaid product strategy, as they transitioned from one product / brand offering, to offering Visa, MasterCard and Discover.  Delivered customized incentive, promotional and expense management prepaid products to thousands of corporate clients.

Built and managed the Simon GiftCard Program as Vice President of Product Development & Marketing at Simon Property Group.  The Simon Giftcard program grew to the largest open loop gift card program in the country, with millions of cards per year, and over 100 card designs/products.  Also executed robust partnership experiences for companies to engage with billions of shoppers.  Experiential marketing programs with Visa, Microsoft, and the NFL. Licensing deals with highly valued brands such as Vera Bradley, Boston Celtics, University of Texas.  Cause Marketing- Introduced the first open loop gift card, The Susan G Komen / Simon Pink Ribbon Visa GiftCard.  Raised $2 Million dollars over the life of the program.

Michele graduated from Columbia College, and resides in the St Louis, MO area with her husband.

Chip Steppacher

Chip Steppacher Is the Chief Financial Officer for Rellevate. Previously, he was Managing Director, Regulatory Capital
Management Office, COO at JP Morgan. He is a senior financial executive with extensive experience leading businesses
through strategic acquisitions, new organizational capabilities and managing change. His proven success within global
wholesale banking and asset management organizations has included multiple start-ups, building new capabilities and
improving operating performance..

Chip held a variety of leadership positions with the Finance and Business Management teams within JP Morgan, Bear Stearns and Bankers Trust, with strong product and market expertise in Fixed Income, Equities and Commodities.

As Managing Director at JP Morgan, Chip was a trusted advisor and business partner with experience in cultivating effective relationships with Operating Committee members and was frequently requested by senior management to lead high priority, initiatives without disrupting existing business. He has demonstrated leadership through recruiting and managing a team of high caliber professionals, open and transparent communications, cultivating talent at all levels, and managing expectations.

Chip resides in New Canaan, Connecticut and with his wife and children.

Phil Harvey

Phil Harvey is Chief Revenue Officer for Rellevate and is responsible for driving revenue growth through the development and on-boarding of new customer relationships, and on-going account development for existing customers.

His career began at American Express, from which he went onto build and grow successful brands in the technology, hospitality and education industries.  He’s held c-suite and functional leadership roles with large, small, public and private companies. 

Phil’s an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the field of franchising. He’s developed, built, operated and sold franchises as a franchisor and franchisee. He’s held non-profit board roles and worked collaboratively with for-profit boards.

He has a lengthy track record of enhancing profitability, leading high-performance teams in highly competitive B2B/B2C service industries, driving revenue growth to boost enterprise value and create sustainable competitive advantage.

Phil has lived and worked abroad, studied at Ithaca College and Cornell University. He’s a guest lecturer at universities, delivers for-credit continuing education for professionals and is actively engaged in initiatives to eliminate youth homelessness.

Phil resides in Somerville, NJ with his wife and children.

 

Stephen Arndt

Stephen Arndt is a successful entrepreneur with 30 years experience as an owner/operator of numerous businesses he developed and scaled from inception. With an ear and eye for creative problem-solving, his first venture involved manufacturing operations and marketing development for a patented line of building restoration products. He sold his stake after 24 years of leadership with the company, and today those products are sold internationally by Dumond Global.

Stephen continued his entrepreneurial journey, creating and marketing a line of consumer wet wipes, presently owned by market leader Wipes Plus. His most recent venture involved developing a unique model for Urgent Care facilities who sought access for patients with complex chronic conditions. Stephen is a proven, proficient innovator, constantly launching new concepts and thinking big. He is passionate about problem-solving, seeing and devising big-picture strategy, and is dedicated to listening to the needs and challenges of those around him.

Originally from the Northeast, Stephen calls Denver home and spends his free time on the ski slopes providing instruction and volunteering for adaptive ski programs.

Robin Blunt

Career corporate marketing executive with global brand building experience at American Express, MasterCard, and Simon Property Group.
At Simon established and led the companies Retailer Marketing department engaging 4,500 retailers across 200 Simon Malls.

As VP Global Promotions at MasterCard responsible for building brand preference and cardholder usage through global marketing programs and promotions. First to leverage the iconic “Priceless” brand positioning in integrated promotions.

Supported American Express card usage in the Pro Sports and Performing Arts categories managing co-marketing relations with among others, Broadway and the NFL.

Chris Avery

Chris comes to Rellevate with a background in employee benefits, human capital management, financial sponsor due diligence and alternative funded health plans. Chris works with companies to provide voluntary and medical benefits to their employees, with the focus on retention and overall employee satisfaction.

Prior to his work in Benefits and Human Capital Management, Chris spent over 10 years working with Institutional Investors and HNW Families to manage their wealth and investment needs. Most recently with Citizens Private Bank, Chris built and managed a new territory as the bank expanded wealth operations into the tri-state area. Chris was a Chairman’s Club recipient (Top 1%) in 2016.

Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2007 with a BA in Political Science and Economics. Chris is a Certified Wealth Strategist and holds his Finra 7, 63, 65 and Life and Health licenses.

Donna Gutierrez

Donna Gutierrez is a business development partner for Rellevate. She’s an entrepreneurial and customer focused sales executive with 25+ years of experience in the payments, technology and corporate travel industries. She has a history of driving exceptional results through the development of high-performing teams and as an individual contributor. Donna began her career in sales at American Express where she earned a series of sales awards and leadership roles in the Corporate Services Division. She subsequently joined the start up sales teams at Expedia Corporate Travel, Concur and Capital One Commercial Card.

Donna’s specialties include B2B sales, sales management, building sales channels and business development. A graduate of Rutgers University, Donna is actively involved in philanthropic endeavors, including the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Streets of Paradise, a nonprofit group providing assistance to the homeless.

Donna lives in Sarasota, Fla., and enjoys traveling, exercising and spending time with family.

Mike Rothstein

Mike Rothstein has vast experience in the employee benefit industry, partnering with advisors, consultants along with their employer clients, ranging from small private organizations to large public companies. Mike’s background includes expertise in income protection products and significant exposure to voluntary benefits.

Over the course of his twenty-plus year career, he’s worked with four major insurance carriers covering many domestic markets. Mike has often been recognized as a top producer, and has trained, mentored many successful sales representatives.

Alex M. Holden

Alex M. Holden manages the website development and online presence for Rellevate.

Alex runs a digital marketing agency where they specialize in B2B business growth managing their websites and online presence.

Alex was previously a National Product Trainer with Constant Contact for over five years where he trained thousands of new customers on Constant Contact’s software. Working for a SaaS company, Alex was on the only team in charge of bringing in non-recurring revenue to the company.

Alex has partnered to deliver digital marketing training to SMBs with Microsoft, SCORE, SBA, and Chamber of Commerece’s across the U.S since 2011.

Alex is originally from Parker, Colorado and now resides in Seattle, Washington.

Jim Ou

With an eye for aesthetics and a can-do attitude, Jim’s creative brand and graphic solutions are limitless and tailored to meet each clients’ needs.

Jim’s more than 20 years of experience is both innovative and cross-disciplinary. In addition to his extensive graphic design portfolio, his experience includes branding, architecture conceptualization, interior design, 3D modeling and visualization, animation, video editing, web design, photography, illustration, and interactive/digital experience design. He has been responsible for many iconic designs, including multiple Best Western and Coca-Cola campaigns worldwide.

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