Brian NicholsCEO

Brian Nichols is the founder and CEO of Sky Systemz. Brian is a McGraw-Hill author of "Taking Charge with Value Investing (2013)" and former fund manager who founded Sky as a spinoff of his former analytics company. “Sky is the greatest investment of my life because there is such a great need for medium sized businesses who want personalized service and cloud based software but need help to adopt. We are serving such a massive need.” Brian and his wife Natalie live outside Lexington, KY and have been married for 15 years and have two children. Nichols is a philanthropist, angel inventor, and enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and working with small companies to grow their business larger.

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John TraceyCFO

John Tracey is a business leader in a broad range of finance disciplines with significant achievements in sales growth, operational cost reduction, cash flow improvement, investment management and profit expansion. John has been crucial to Sky Systemz as it has grown from a startup to leader in the cloud POS arena.

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Natalie NicholsDirector of Operations

Natalie is originally from Pikeville, KY and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Walden University. “We have been blessed, but it wasn’t always like this. Sky was created to better our communities and those around us. It’s grown bigger than we ever expected. Every night we’d dream, but also talk about these plans; plans that have turned into action- this business.” In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with Brian and her boys, Austin and Christian. She also enjoys singing, travelling, Chinese food and Kentucky Wildcats and Alabama football.

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Mike MalottChief Product Officer

“I was drawn to Sky Systemz because I loved the idea of being part of a startup. It’s given me the opportunity to head up campaigns and product launches and work with an engaged team to help small and medium sized businesses.” Mike is responsible for the design and development of Sky's software programs. Malott and his team provide product and technical support to our customers while also using customer feedback to dictate our development roadmap. Malott is an essential part of our team who started his career with Sky Systemz after graduating with a bachelor's degree in business informatics as a data and research analyst. He quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the most important pieces to our unprecedented success. In his free time he enjoys anything outdoors; camping, hunting, four wheeling and football.

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Steve BuggSales Director

Steve Bugg manages all of the company’s account managers who are responsible for more than 1,000 business customers and the 100 plus we acquire each month. Steve is developing the reseller and partner distribution network to provide training and professional support to individuals and companies around the nation that are now selling and offering Sky Systemz service to their business customers. You can contact Steve if you are a business owner in the greater Lexington, KY area interested in using Sky or if you are interested in selling/referring Sky services to merchants elsewhere in the U.S. at steve@skysystemz.com

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Jason RothermundChief Sales Officer

Jason is a Lexington native, and attended Campbellsville University on a full athletic scholarship, before transferring to the University of Kentucky. Jason joined the Lexington Police Department in 2005 where he served in many roles at the rank of Officer, Detective, and Sergeant. In 2014, Jason was elected as President of the Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge 4, where he served for 6 years. During his tenure as President, Jason oversaw and assisted with various legislative efforts, and served as the chief negotiator for the FOP during the collective bargaining process with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government. Those negotiations led to the expeditious ratification of a new agreement which enhanced pay, benefits, and working conditions for the police officers of the Lexington Police Department. Throughout his career, Jason has served on various executive boards and task forces at local, state, and national levels. In 2021, Jason retired as a Sergeant in the Bureau of Special Operations supervising the Canine Unit. Jason joined the Sky team in September of 2021 as the Head of Corporate Development and has quickly moved into the role of Chief Sales Officer. In this role Jason will be developing and leading our newly structured sales team as we begin growing on a national level!

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Jessica NewsomeExecutive Dir. of Merchant svc.

Jessica is from Pikeville, Kentucky and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University She likes to spend time with Family, travel, go to concerts and events. She came to Sky due to the great opportunity with a company that has great growth potential. In the demands of owning a business there are some things you don’t have time to worry about and if there is something a Merchant has a question about, Jessica makes sure we can provide the answer to solve the issue as quick as possible so you can focus on what matters most-the customer.

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Dr. Michael CarrMktg. & Advertising Dir.

Mike is from the Cincinnati, OH area and has a Ph.D. in Business Administration & Marketing Management. “I was drawn to Sky because of my entrepreneurial spirit. There’s just something special about building a business as you go. Fewer barriers and a lot of outside the box thinking.” His marketing experience includes 20 years in the entertainment industry, and 5 years in retail as a private consultant. Additionally, Mike is an adjunct instructor of Marketing at the University of Cincinnati facilitating online graduate level courses including Marketing for Managers, Marketing Ethics and Marketing Strategy. When he isn’t doing marketing, he is a nationally recognized performing artist known as OMEB (One Man Electrical Band).

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Andrew RiceDirector or Customer Success

Andrew attended Kentucky Christian University where he played baseball and received a degree in Business Administration. Andrew started at Sky in July 2020 in the role of Support Coordinator. Over the last year and a half, Andrew has created Sky’s formal support team and been a key player in ensuring the success of our merchants. In November, Andrew was promoted to the role of Director of Merchant Success. This new role will oversee the Support, Fulfillment, and Cloud Servicez teams. The goal of the new Merchant Success group is to ensure that the onboarding process for new merchants is seamless and that current merchants receive fast and accurate support that exceeds all expectations. Andrew has enjoyed working with and getting to know so many of our merchants that he looks at them as extended family.

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Joey StoneRegional Sales Mgr.

Joey Stone manages all of the merchant accounts in our Eastern Kentucky region, a 75 mile radius that consists of 100s of business customers that surround Pikeville, KY. While also providing customer service and on-site support, Joey is developing the resell and partner distribution network to provide training and professional support to individuals and companies around the nation that are now selling and offering Sky's service to their business customers.

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Adam RamirezRegional Sales Mgr.

Adam is a graduate of Houston County High School in Erin, TN, where he currently resides with his wife, Sarah, and his three children. Sky Systemz gave me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and into my calling. I used to regret waking up for work and now I get to do something I truly enjoy. Adam is the sales manager for all of Tennessee.

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Randy PartonRegional Account Mgr.

Randy is from Marion, IL, where he likes to hunt, fish, and ride motorcycles. He was drawn to Sky Systemz when he met Brian Nichols and saw the vision of what we could accomplish as a team in the payment industry. Our customer service is second to none and we have very close working relations with our merchants that truly set us apart from many other processing companies and we are always looking to improve our product.

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Slade RansdellSR Account Mgr.

Slade is from Harrodsburg, KY and attended High Point University receiving a BS Biology, Chemistry Minor. After two years at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine he withdrew to pursue a career with Sky Systemz. “Building out the online stores and carry out-delivery services for our hometown restaurants during the lockdown was really rewarding. I really think we helped them navigate the turbulence of transitioning through the various COVID regulations.” In college, Slade started a philanthropy initiative with his fraternity that raised about $50,000/year for disabled veterans. Slade’s academic research has also been published regarding “long bone nonunion” with UK’s orthopedic department.

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Sawyer RansdellSr Account Mgr.

My name is Weston Sawyer Ransdell. I am a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and currently live in Lexington, KY. I joined the Sky Systemz marketing team because of its unique hybrid nature. Providing businesses with the synergy of functional payment processing and innovative cloud-based technology just makes sense for businesses of any kind. When I’m not sharing the Sky Systemz platform, I enjoy exercising and water sports.

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Don KatzmanAccount Manager

Don has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Hanover College. The reason he chose Sky was because it was an opportunity that challenged him, and he likes the culture of friendship and success. He enjoys playing softball, golf, and chasing around his granddaughter.

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Misty PorterAccount Manager

Misty is from Smithland, KY. She is married and the mother of three grown children. “The very first business I signed with Sky saved over $1500 a month! They are a small business in a very SMALL town. They were thinking, “how could they save money to stay afloat?’ Our services have helped them tremendously” When Misty isn’t saving our customer money she enjoys hiking, Jeep rides and is a Second Regional Basketball Official for the State of Kentucky.

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Kyle HendricksAccount Manager

My name is Kyle Hendricks and I was born and raised in Sullivan, Indiana. The opportunity to work for a company like Sky that helps local businesses was just too good to be true. That’s why I joined Sky, to bring big business savings and growth to my home state, to businesses I have supported my whole life.

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Cheryl FrasureOperations Audit Mgr.

Cheryl Frasure is an Operations Audit Advisor and has been with Sky Systemz since the beginning! She is a 2000 graduate of Pikeville High School and has most recently completed a Master’s Degree from the University of Pikeville. Cheryl says, “Sky Systemz has allowed me to not only excel in my career but also the chance to learn so much about the industry and work alongside the most brilliant people in the world! Sky Systemz has given me so much to be thankful for and I feel very lucky to be a part of such an amazing team. We are doing BIG things at Sky and I love being a part of it!” In her free time, Cheryl likes to travel, spend time with her family and is always up for learning something new!

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Mikelle RobinsonSoftware Developer

Mikelle is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. She trained in Software Development at CodingCareer and is certified in Management Essentials with Harvard Business School. “As a software developer, I appreciate the open and collaborative environment of Sky. Every team member’s voice is valued in the process of innovating our product, resulting in the best possible user experience for our customers.” In her free time she loves trips to the museums, especially during her annual trip to Washington, D.C. Of course as a Bostonian, she loves supporting her New England Patriots!

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Braxton BradshawSoftware Engineer

Braxton graduated from Mercer County Senior High School. About Sky, he says: “SkySystemz has given me a golden opportunity to express my creative ability, and apply my leadership skills. I don’t believe I would have such an opportunity with any other company, they recognize the potential in me.” He enjoys gaming, reading, and working out. He also enjoys investing into cryptocurrency, and has begun learning a few programming languages.

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Brandon SteeleHead of Cloud svc.

Brandon is a 1997 graduate of Danville High School. About Sky Systemz, Brandon says: “”Sky offered me a chance to bring my knowledge of various tech skills and put them to good use. The Sky isn't the limit!” When he has down time, he likes to play games on his PC, hike and camp.

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Michael FollmerInstall and Recovery Specialist

Michael graduated from Mercer county senior high school, and attended Harrodsburg Vocational school where he studied Website and graphic design. He chose to work for SKY because he wanted to further his career and create a better life for his children. He enjoys spending time with friends and family.

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Tristan DawahareInventory Manager

Tristan has an Associates in Science Degree from Bluegrass Community and Technical College “I was intrigued at the opportunity of helping an up and coming company reach new heights, while working in such a well structured and friendly work environment.” He enjoys spending time with family, watching sports, playing video games, and being outdoors.

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