SureFire Commerce Inc. (TSE:FIR), a leader in e-
commerce payment services, announced the creation of its advisory
committee, comprising international experts in gaming and electronic payments,
to further strengthen the company’s business development team. The primary
responsibility for the committee will be to assist the company in completing
new partnerships and alliances in the areas of gaming and electronic payments.
Rory Olson, President and CEO of SureFire Commerce, has announced the
following members to SureFire’s Advisory Committee: Robert McMonigle, former
Executive Vice-President, Sales of International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT);
Frank Catania, ex-chair of the International Association of Gaming Regulators;
Charles Crawford, a renowned expert in the online payment processing industry;
Steve Shaper, former CEO of TeleCheck International Inc.; and Mitchell Garber,
SureFire Commerce’s Executive Vice-President of Business Development, who will
chair the committee.
“One of the first mandates for SureFire’s Advisory Committee is to
increase revenues through deeper penetration of the land-based gaming
industry, and participation in this industry’s online transition. The
international land-based gaming industry is valued as a multi-billion-dollar
industry that is currently seeing several of the biggest names announce their
intention to pursue online business activities,” said Olson. “Our advisory
committee members are an invaluable asset to SureFire Commerce. They bring
with them a world of contacts and expertise in fraud and risk management,
gaming, and payment processing.”
SUREFIRE COMMERCE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS BIOGRAPHIES
Mr. McMonigle is former Executive Vice-President, Sales of International
Game Technology (NYSE: IGT), one of the world’s largest gaming equipment
manufacturers. He is currently President of McMonigle and Partners, a gaming
consultancy firm in Las Vegas.
During his 15-year tenure at IGT, for which he continues to consult, Mr.
McMonigle held a variety of executive positions in sales and business
development and was responsible for negotiating contracts with hundreds of
major casinos in licensed jurisdictions worldwide. In his capacity as
Executive Vice-President of IGT, Mr. McMonigle oversaw the sales and service
offices in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Europe, Latin America,
and South America. Mr. McMonigle is currently President of the Association of
Gaming Equipment manufacturers, and is an associate member of IAGA
(International Association of Gaming Attorneys). Mr. McMonigle is a graduate
of Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor’s Degree in Business
Mr. Catania is an attorney, and a principal in Catania Consulting Group,
Inc. of New Jersey, a consulting firm with extensive experience in gaming
issues. He has particular expertise in compliance. A former Deputy Speaker of
the New Jersey General Assembly, he actively develops and directs the
implementation of lobbying, issues management, media relations, community
affairs, and government advocacy programs for all clients.
Mr. Catania is a former Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming
Enforcement (DGE), the regulatory and enforcement agency responsible for
maintaining integrity and trust in all Atlantic City gaming operations. As
division director, Mr. Catania was a driving force in updating the New Jersey
Casino Control Act.
Mr. Catania served as the chair and vice-chair of the International
Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) and was a co-founder and past chairman
of the Forum of American Casino Regulators (FACR). Prior to accepting former
New Jersey Governor Whitman’s appointment as Director of the DGE, he served in
the New Jersey General Assembly as Deputy Speaker. As a key member of the
general assembly’s leadership, Mr. Catania authored several key pieces of
legislation that were signed into law, including legislation that reduced the
state sales tax from 7% to 6%. Mr. Catania is a graduate of Rutgers College
and received his JD from Seton Hall University Law School.
Mr. Crawford, a renowned expert in the online payment processing and
prepaid value card industries, is former Executive Vice-President of Internet
Billing Company, one of the world’s largest processors of merchant Internet
payments. While with iBill, Mr. Crawford focused in the areas of strategic
planning, merchant underwriting and risk management, bank and industry
relations, and business development.
Previously, he was CFO and later CEO of Electronic Card Systems, Inc. in
Los Angeles, a pioneer in the processing of Internet commerce credit card
payments. That group of companies was on the Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest Growing
Private Companies list for four straight years. Mr. Crawford worked for many
years as a management consultant, preparing companies for financing and
commercialization of their technologies.
Mr. Crawford is a well-known speaker and writer within the credit card
industry and serves on the Education Committee and International Acquiring
Committee of the Electronic Transactions Association. He graduated from the
University of Nevada with a degree in political science.
Mr. Shaper, also a member of SureFire Commerce’s Board of Directors, is
the former CEO of TeleCheck International Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), a leading provider of cheque acceptance,
electronic payments, and collection services. While at TeleCheck, the company
grew from a regional organization to an international corporation of almost
half a billion dollars in revenue.
Mr. Shaper held numerous other senior management positions during his 13
years at TeleCheck, including COO and President of Sales and Services. Under
Mr. Shaper’s leadership, TeleCheck also became a world leader in risk
management, and developed a significant market share in the land-based gaming
world. Mr. Shaper holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rice University and
an MBA from Harvard in Production. He recently completed a term on Rice
University’s Board of Governors. Mr. Shaper currently serves on numerous
corporate boards and is active in church and civic organizations.
Mr. Garber is an attorney and is the Executive Vice-President of SureFire
Commerce in charge of Business Development. From 1991-1999 Mr. Garber was a
private practice attorney specializing in Gaming Law and represented land-
based licensed casinos and gaming equipment manufacturers, including IGT,
Anchor Gaming, Trump Properties, Casino Windsor (a joint venture then of
Caesars, Circus-Circus, and Hilton), Harrah’s, Bally’s, MGM, and numerous
others in areas ranging from casino debt collection, licensing, and
compliance, to new casino development.
Mr. Garber has been published frequently on the subject of Internet
gaming and is a well-known speaker on the topic as well. He is a member of the
Editorial Board of the Gaming Law Review, and an active member of the
International Association of Gaming Attorneys. Mr. Garber was principally
involved in starting the credit card processing business that is now the core
business of SureFire Commerce, and is responsible with his business
development team for the payment deals at SureFire Commerce since its
inception, including CIBC, points.com, Intuit, Network Commerce, and others,
as well as a number of Internet gaming processing deals that have put SureFire
Commerce in a leadership position in that area. Mr. Garber has a bachelor’s
degree from McGill University and a Law degree from the University of Ottawa.
ABOUT SUREFIRE COMMERCE
SureFire Commerce Inc. (TSE: FIR) is a global provider of secure online
payment solutions and e-commerce support, processing over $1.2 billion of
online transactions annually. The company specializes in payment solutions in
three core areas: Internet payment processing for online businesses and
licensed Internet gaming companies, bill presentment and payment processing
for physical businesses, and corporate b_lling solutions. SureFire Commerce’s
online payment solutions are marketed to consumers and merchants through
strategic partnership agreements with companies that have significant brand
recognition and distribution channels. SureFire Commerce is headquartered in
Montreal, Quebec, with offices in Hull, Quebec, and London, England.