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Executive Team

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  • Chad Deatherage
    Chad Deatherage
    President & CEO
  • Eli Smith
    Eli Smith
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Michelle Hausz
    Michelle Hausz
    CPA – Controller
  • Jason Rabago
    Jason Rabago
    Vice President of Sales
  • Lauren Vanegas
    Lauren Vanegas
    Client Relationship Manager
  • Tracy Sullivan
    Tracy Sullivan
    Financial Analyst

Chad Deatherage
President & CEO

Chad is a serial entrepreneur and founded Payment Savvy in 2011 armed with the goal of providing high-risk establishments with a pioneering and tailored payment processing solution that allows them to flourish. Having decades of knowledge in the financial services and debt recovery industries, he ensures every client receives the same level of expertise, resourcefulness, and strategic vision no matter the size of the organization. Always willing to push the envelope, Chad’s forward-thinking and leadership skills are responsible for Payment Savvy being on the map as an industry-leading payment processor.

Eli Smith
Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for keeping Payment Savvy running like a well-oiled machine, Eli has extensive experience with everything related to technology and financial services. Maintaining back-end operations efficient and productive isn’t his only strong suit, Eli is also a key component of our sales team and is in constant pursuit of perfection. In charge of ground-breaking partnerships, he is always on the lookout for the next innovative product offering for our Savvy clientele. Eli’s knowledge of the payment processing cycle and critical compliance standards ensure our customer base always has an educated and expert opinion if needed.

P: 214-504-2632        E: [email protected]

Michelle Hausz
CPA – Controller

Michelle is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience helping businesses achieve their financial goals. At Payment Savvy, she ensures our accounting operations run smoothly and assists with our financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures. Michelle ensures our company is protected against potential financial threats and weaknesses by implementing comprehensive internal controls and regularly conducting internal audits to confirm our financial condition is ever-growing in a positive direction

Jason Rabago
Vice President of Sales

With close to two decades of experience in sales and operations, Jason never hesitates to go above and beyond to meet our client’s expectations. He is our payment solution guru and attentively listens to a prospect’s current concerns to create a custom product offering guaranteed to check every want and need off the list. Reducing risk and increasing revenue is the name of Jason’s game and he loves providing solutions that substantially affect a company’s bottom line. Looking for an insight as to how your company can operate in a more streamlined manner? Reach out to Jason either at one his regularly attended conferences or give him a ring to discuss how Payment Savvy can elevate your business’ potential.

P: 214-239-3686       E: [email protected]mentsavvy.com

Lauren Vanegas
Client Relationship Manager

Charged with ensuring our prospects and customers always receive an A+ experience, Lauren comes to Payment Savvy with skill-set that is second to none. Having spent over a decade in the accounting realm, she diligently works to guarantee our clientele obtains excellent payment solutions and customer support. With additional experience in sales and marketing, Lauren’s well-rounded expertise makes her an invaluable part of our Savvy Squad. She is a regular staple at trade shows and conventions across the country, next time you see her – stop by and say hello! We promise she doesn’t bite!

P: 214-224-0989       E: [email protected]

Tracy Sullivan
Financial Analyst

As our resident “numbers guy”, Tracy is responsible for Payment Savvy’s financial planning, analysis and projections. With 20 years of accounting experience under his belt with various CPA and high technology firms, we look to him to ensure our fiscal future stays in the black. He is a highly regarded member of our team and we appreciate his hands-on approach and diligent attention to detail.  With Tracy we are able to apply innovative, practical and outcome driven financial strategies to take Payment Savvy to the next level.