Our Executive Team

Max Cohen

Founder & CEO

For over two decades, Max has been a conscientious social entrepreneur, technology visionary and business leader. He has founded, built and successfully exited multiple companies in his career. Max holds a strong belief in using technology and education, allowing affordable options to empower economically independent individuals who in return contribute to the improvement of his or her community. The companies he has founded have been based on traditional business principles, but with a keen eye towards enterprises that have a positive social impact. Max is dedicated to changing the world one card at a time.

Mark Carlson

Co-Founder & President

Mark is former Vice President and Chief System Architect for Visa, Inc. He is a sought after solutions architect in the payments industry, with a distinguished 22 year career at Visa, Inc. Mark has spent the last three decades building large scale, high-availability, high-performance, secure processing platforms. He is a financial services thought leader listed as an inventor on 250 plus global patent filings. A partial list can be found here:

Patrick Stan

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

A former Vice President of Visa Inc., charged with turning business requirements into pragmatic technical implementations across a diverse mix of organizations. While at Visa, Patrick managed numerous applications which interacted directly with millions of consumers. Additionally, he managed Visa’s research and development group, which resulted in a number of successful new services being introduced to the market.

Chito Manansala

Chief Technology Officer

Chito is a key reason over 2 billion people can instantly pay with a Visa card. As Chief System Architect at Visa, Inc., he designed the communications system at the heart of VisaNet — a worldwide network of shops, ATM’s, banks and websites that handles 130 million payments every day. After leaving Visa, he served as Director for Enterprise Mobile Development at Sabre, the company behind the online travel agency Travelocity and CTO of Motivity Labs, a software development company.

Daniel Jones

VP Sales and Partner Development

Daniel is an acclaimed veteran in escalating company growth by sourcing, securing and optimizing high-impact, high-profit strategic partnerships. He has successfully executed major strategic partnerships with numerous F500 companies in technology, finance and media most recently as VP of Strategic Partnerships for Trov, Inc. Daniel’s initiatives have laid the foundation for company valuation, user acquisition, user experience and revenues. Daniel is also a gifted team leader having led partner development and sales organizations at fast growth companies for the last twelve years.

Gary Bender

Chief Strategy & IP Officer

Gary is the former Head of Intellectual Property, Product Strategy and Relationship Management at Visa. He built and managed the global Visa IP program where he was responsible for evaluating all new payment technologies and platforms. Gary has spent his entire career working with small and large businesses to capture and develop new technologies across nearly all technology and industry segments, more recently focusing on payments and financial services.

Chee Chu

VP Finance and Corporate Controller

Chee is a senior leader with 20 years experience in finance, IT investment, and venture capital. His extensive and diversified career ranges from startup company in enterprise software, venture capital, to large payment industry with Visa. For more than a decade at Visa, he helped manage the 9 figure IT capital budget that contributed to the success of VisaNet today.

Eric Tamke

VP Product Deployment & Management

Eric has been deploying critical infrastructure and applications since 1995 when he started working in the field of what were then the emerging technologies of Ethernet and Internet Protocol. Since that time he has been involved in a number of firsts with systems deployed in financial services (including at VISA) and telecommunications worldwide and secure wireless technologies in the US DoD. He also remains actively engaged in cyber-security, and the evolving field of the Internet of Things.

Pocket Teller Advisors

Todd Davis

CEO Lifelock - Strategic Advisor

A pioneer in recognizing identity fraud as a serious consumer issue, Todd helped found LifeLock in 2005 and has led the company from a startup to a successful, publicly traded company serving over 3 million customers with revenues of $476 million in 2014. In 2014, Lifelock was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of its Best Places to Work.

Shawn Hassel

Co-Founder, Advisor & Series "A" Outside Director

Shawn has been Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal LLC since 2001. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, he served as a Director of Arthur Andersen's corporate finance and turnaround division for seven years. He has over 20 years of experience as an interim manager and financial advisor to both debtors and creditors. He serves as a Director of FINCA International Inc. the world’s largest micro lending organization.

David Farca

Hispanic Outreach / Foreign Relations Advisor

David Farca is president of ToH Design Studio that operates in six cities in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. A successful entrepreneur and social leader, David was recently appointed President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Board of Directors by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. David has led and served on many community boards including the Arizona Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee, The American Heart Association, the Barrow Neurological Foundation, and many more.

Jay Petkunas

President, COO Wolff Company - Investor Relations Advisor

Jay is a Managing Partner and oversees the company’s operations, transaction management, finance, accounting, tax, treasury, human resources and investor relations functions. Prior to joining The Wolff Company, Jay was a global operations executive at Akamai Technologies, a NASDAQ 100 company. He was also a management consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Arthur Andersen.

Alex Brigham

Founder of the Ethisphere Institute - Ethics Advisor

The Ethisphere Institute is the world’s most recognized authority in the research, rating and certification of corporate and institutional ethics, anti-corruption and sustainability efforts. Alex speaks frequently on the topic of corporate ethics, sustainability, anti-corruption, corporate citizenship and how such matters correlate to a company’s financial performance, regulatory track record and consumer and stakeholder perception.

Alan Powell

Agent of Record Multicultural Firm

SPC (small business concerns), SBE (small business enterprise), DBE (disadvantaged business enterprise), VOSB (Veteran owned small business), MBE (minority business enterprise).

As CEO of AP & Associates, LLC Alan is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on multicultural content creation and leveraging brands connections with multicultural audiences. AP has created strategic alliances with Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms and private equity to bridge the gap between mainstream and urban customers clients that include NASCAR, Harley-Davidson, and Coca-Cola.

Deron Bocks

Banking Industry Advisor

Deron Bocks has extensive experience developed over a 25-year career in Corporate and Investment Banking. He spent a decade as the Founding President and Chief Operating Officer of two separate nationally chartered financial institutions, UMB Bank of Arizona in 2003 and SunBank NA in 2007.

Paul Walker

Utilities, Community Outreach & Public Policy Advisor

Paul brings over 15 years’ experience in regulatory affairs and lobbying at a regional, state and national level. He is an expert at interpreting complex regulatory policies, rules, and political dynamics in utility, energy, water, Indian gaming and financial service sectors.

Lori Breitzke

Compliance and Prepaid Advisor

As founder of E&S Consulting, Lori’s commitment to “Perfecting Payments” has led her and her associates to be regarded as leading experts in the payments, banking, retailing and POS industry sectors. Lori is co-founder and co-chairman of the Prepaid Financial Crimes Task Force of the National Branded Prepaid Card Association and a member of the ETA Technology Committee. Lori is a member of numerous industry groups.

Ken McElroy

Education and Financial Literacy Advisor

Ken is the author of the bestselling books The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing, The Advanced Guide to Real Estate Investing, The ABC’s of Property Management, and most recently his book on entrepreneurship: The Sleeping Giant. A champion and advocate for financial literacy, Ken has spoken worldwide at top industry events.

Stuart Tapper

Financial Services Industry Advisor

Stuart has spent his business life working in Real Estate and as an entrepreneur. Since 1996 Stuart has been the operating partner in Unbank Company LLP in Minnesota. Unbank is a Financial Services company that serves mainly the unbanked or under banked. Since 2000 Stuart has been on the Board of Directors of Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA), serving on the executive committee for the last 5 years. Stuart has extensive knowledge in the Financial Service Industry.


Pocket Teller is financially powered and strategically guided by a group of well respected private equity investors. Our investor group is committed to advancing sustainable, disruptive innovations to serve our target demographic. We are fortunate to enjoy a vibrant, open and productive relationship with this strong investor syndicate, as we work to bring our innovative products and services to market.
As a testament to our unwavering conviction and belief in serving this demographic, we have invested in ourselves, both professionally and personally. We prosper together with our investors as we strive to develop a robust and thriving business, that not only yield returns, but also enhances economic inclusion and prosperity. The success of our company and the commitment of our team is at the heart of our strategy to deliver returns to our investors and value to our customers.