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Welcome to Talus.
We’re here to help you grow profits, optimize operations, and build a better business.

Talus is a technology-first company with a heavy emphasis on client support. Our team strives to stay ahead of the curve by providing products and services that help you run your business more efficiently today, while giving you the competitive edge you need for the future.

About Us

Meet Our Leadership Team

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Kim Fitzsimmons

Chief Executive Officer

Kim comes to Talus with 25 years of payments experience in several leadership roles that include J.P. Morgan, Cynergy Data, and First Data. In addition to those leadership roles, Kim’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to start, grow, and exit from her own payments business, EFS Card Services. She has installed this entrepreneurial spirit and drive into the core of the Talus brand where her chief aim is to help both Talus clients and Talus Solutions Consultants build wealth through their business ownership.

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Richard Parrott

VP of Risk & Compliance

Richard brings with him 25 years of experience in the Payments industry working in Leadership positions at ISO’s, Processors and Discover Card. Richard is also a former President of the Merchant Acquirer Committee (MAC) and current board member of MAC. He was also a board member and member of several other trade associations including: Electronic Crimes Task Force, Electronic Transaction Association, Merchant Risk Council and International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.


Chris Dierks

Chief Financial Officer

Chris has been with the Talus for over eleven years and has over twenty-five years of financial experience with medium sized service companies. Prior to Talus, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Atlantic Aviation, on operator of fixed base operations around the country. During his tenure with Atlantic, the company grew, due to acquisitions and internal growth, from eight locations and $100 million in revenue to 41 locations and over $390 million in revenue.


Scott Paape

SVP of Sales & Operations

Scott brings a unique look to the payments space from his deep experience holding multiple executive roles at both PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Innovation, strategy, and core team development through a lean mindset are foundational to Scott’s business philosophy. The voice of the customer drives Talus’ routes to market, product innovation and customer experience.


Danny Shir

VP of Corporate Operations

Danny is a seasoned senior leader with extensive experience in the areas of Operations, Risk, Technology, and Strategic Planning. His past stops include Americash LLC, American Express, Modern Bank, Israel Credit Cards Ltd. Outside of Financial Services, Mr. Shir co-founded two companies, a shopping platform, based on proprietary image recognition technology, and a micro-social network with image editing technology.


Leslie Lee

Director of Human Resources

Leslie joined the Talus Leadership Team in 2014 after successful careers with AutoNation and Hard Rock Cafe. Utilizing large corporate experience with dynamic and people-centric strategies, Leslie’s objective as a human resources leader is to create a high-energy work environment that drives productivity, rewards performance and encourages empowerment through our amazing people. She values Integrity, Commitment and Respect which is exemplified through her work and long-standing professional affiliations.


Cindy Thompson

VP of Client Services

Cindy oversees customer service at Talus where her number one priority is to keep improving the quality of service provided to all of Talus clients. Before joining Talus over 10 years ago, directed operational development and client support with Nestle Toll House Café by Chip as VP of Operations and Support, which followed almost a decade of strategic call center leadership at Comdata Regulatory Compliance.


Chad Vanags

Chief Marketing Officer

Chad joined Talus in February of 2017 to build out the online and offline environments that provide more value to Talus clients, prospects, and Solution Consultants than any other payment processor in the industry. Before joining Talus, he helped multiple online businesses build automated sales and marketing systems and partner programs that improved customer engagement, retention, and revenue.

Our Investors & Board Of Directors

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Alvarez & Marsal Capital is a separately capitalized organization offering private, alternative asset investments that is closely associated with the consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal Holdings, LLC(“A&M”). A&M is a privately owned, independent, global professional services company that leverages an industry-leading group of experienced operating executives who help businesses improve performance, solve problems and unlock value for stakeholders. Alvarez & Marsal Capital currently has $3 billion under management and actively invests in both buyout and growth capital opportunities.

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Juna Equity Partners is a New York City based middle market private equity firm focused on non-control equity stakes. Seeded with an anchor investment from Ardian, Juna has ~$450 million of capital under management. Juna is currently investing out of its 2016 vintage Juna Equity Partners Fund I in direct private equity deals.

Mike Odrich

Managing Partner & Founder, A&M

David Perskie

Partner, A&M

Rob Haisch

Partner, A&M

Patrick Kocsi

Founder & Managing Partner, Juna

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