Board of Directors

Board of Directors & Management Team

Kevin Hodes – Chairman of the Board, President, & Chief Executive Officer

As owner and founder of Swypit, Kevin Hodes prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to what he considers, the “slimy world of credit card processing.” A former chef aboard luxury yachts, his craft brought him into contact with business professionals, dignitaries and politicians, enabling him to develop “street smarts of business super highways.” Intrigued, Mr. Hodes turned from the galley to launching a business consulting firm; a move that eventually led him to the world of credit card processing. The end result melded his expertise and personal integrity. As a Certified Payment Professional, Mr. Hodes has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and skills required to perform competently in today’s complex electronic payments environment. He is also a three-time Best-Selling Author, Executive Producer of the documentary, “Maximum Achievement: The Brian Tracy Story”, Executive Producer of the “Jay Abraham movie” and Executive Producer of the upcoming movie “Folds of Honor”. His business expertise is frequently sought out and he has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E, E!, and Bravo networks. Staying active in the community and giving back is important to Mr. Hodes, which is why direct profits from Swypit go back into many community organizations, with his primary focus being The American Fallen Soldiers Project.

Paul Williams – Vice-Chairman of the Board & Corporate Secretary

Paul Williams is CEO of Bison Financial Group, Inc. and has over 35 years of business experience primarily in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Williams has served as the Chairman, Vice Chairman, CEO or CFO of numerous companies operating in various industries, both domestic and international, including five publicly traded companies. He has helped open company offices in both Beijing and Moscow. Also, Mr. Williams is heavily involved in local, state and national civic affairs. He was appointed to three terms on the Board of the Texas Economic Development Council in Austin. In 2009, Mr. Williams was awarded the CFO of the Year Award for North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal. In 2007, Mr. Williams served as the Chairman of the Board for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and still serves on their Board and Executive Committee. Recently, he served two years on the advisory board of a North Texas bank. Mr. Williams graduated from Austin College in Sherman with a double major in Economics and Business Administration. He also graduated from the Institute of Organization Management in Washington, DC.

Christine Messner – Board Member

Christine Messner currently serves as the Business Development Manager, Woman Managed Business at PFS – a PFS Web, Inc. brand. In her professional sales career, she consistently exceeded annual sales goals, expanded into new territories and increased new business. Ms. Messner is known for her incredible networking skills and also her drive and determination, which she honed as a teenager while making the squad for the Women’s National Soccer Team. Ms. Messner resides in Allen, TX.

 

Malcolm Farmer – Board Member

Malcolm Farmer currently serves as the President and General Manager of the Texas Legends, the NBA G-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. Having been with the team since the inaugural season, Farmer has seen sales grow incrementally year after year, leading a staff that has been awarded first place in nearly every category for eight straight years. Mr. Farmer got his start in the sports industry as a manager with the Notre Dame men’s basketball team. In four seasons with the Fighting Irish, the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the Sweet-16. Prior to joining the Legends, Mr. Farmer was a part of the SMU men’s basketball staff. Mr. Farmer moved into the role of General Manager with the Legends in 2016. The Legends have been pioneers in the G League and in the sports industry as a whole, being one of the first teams in the league to sell a jersey sponsorship, the first in the league to have their own team foundation (Texas Legends Care), the first team to wear a different jersey at every home game (representing 24 different charities), and the first professional sports team to have a title sponsor of a foreign state (Chihuahua, Mexico). Under his leadership, the business office finished the 2017-18 season atop the league in every category and earned top 5 franchise (the first time this award has been given).

Karim Naguib – Chief Technology Officer

Karim Naguib is the President and Owner of Negma Business Solutions, Inc. in Farmers Branch, TX and is a Co-Founder of BKM Technology, Inc., the creator of the TekNow App, which is known as the ‘Uber’ of Technology Support. He started Negma in his garage and now owns and operates a 20,000 Data Center. Negma Business Solutions provides Swypit’s technology infrastructure and IT support services. Mr. Naguib is also responsible for providing strategic leadership, developing partnerships and the management of specified responsibilities and services to maintain client relationships. Prior to founding Negma, Mr. Naguib worked for Fujitsu, Ericsson, Carlson Worldwide, Dell and Microsoft and has worked in the Technology industry for over 27 years. Mr. Naguib graduated from UT Dallas and resides in Frisco, TX.

Sarah Hodes – Vice President & Treasurer

Sarah Hodes serves as Vice President & Treasurer and has been with Swypit since the company’s inception in 2001. Ms. Hodes is responsible for the financial administration of the company and oversees accounting, payroll, and vendor management duties. Ms. Hodes resides in Frisco, TX.

 

 

Michael Goldsmith – Vice President of Client Relations

Michael Goldsmith serves as Vice President of Client Relations and has been with Swypit since 2016. Mr. Goldsmith is responsible for day to day client management including business development, new client onboarding, and post-transaction administration. Prior to joining Swypit, Mr. Goldsmith spent 18 years as an owner/operator in the food service industry in the Little Italy area of Baltimore, MD. Mr. Goldsmith resides in Frisco, TX.

 

 

Brenda Mills – Director of Administration

Brenda Mills joined Swypit’s Team as Director of Administration in 2013. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Mills was a consultant in Portfolio Management and Bancard Residual Auditing for three years. Prior to that, Ms. Mills enjoyed a 12-year career with NPC/Vantiv (Now WorldPay) where she served in various positions including Vice President of Residual and Portfolio Management, Vice-President of the ISO Partner Program and various other positions. Ms. Mills attended the University of Louisville and has been a resident of Louisville, KY her entire life.

Maj. Andrew White – Government Relations Liason

Maj. Andrew White (US Army, Ret.) served 24 years in the United States Army before retiring in 2018. Maj. White is a project manager with an active Top Secret / SCI Security Clearance and years of management and leadership experience. A former Major (0-4) with expertise in supervising tasks related to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, security, environmental, safety, custodial and event coordination, Maj. White managed and performed all work related to the maintenance of five armory buildings. Maj. White’s career is supported by vast operational experience in the U.S. and Iraq, as well as a B.A. in History with a minor in Marketing from Roger Williams University.