Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Sam Zietz is the founder and CEO of the financial technology company TouchSuite® and its affiliated companies. In 2015, Sam was a recipient of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Florida; He has served on the judges’ panel for the annual program since 2018.
Under Sam’s leadership, TouchSuite has been the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, most recently named 17th on the list of “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2018, TouchSuite was named “Business of the Year” and one of the “Fastest Growing Technology Companies” by the South Florida Business Journal. The company has appeared on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500” list of the fastest growing private companies in America eight times. In 2017, the South Florida Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth named TouchSuite “Emerging Growth Company of the Year.” Florida Governor, Rick Scott, presented Sam with the Governor’s Business Ambassadors award that centered on TouchSuite’s growth and significant contributions to Florida’s economy.
Sam has appeared on the South Florida Business Journal’s list of “Power Leaders,” for the last five years. Zietz was recently named one of South Florida’s Ultimate CEO’s by the South Florida Business Journal. Zietz was recognized in 2017 as the top CEO in Palm Beach County receiving the Apogee Award.
Zietz sits on the board of several educational and entrepreneur-focused organizations, including the Palm Beach chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Chief Executives Organization (CEO), Florida Council of 100 and the Orange Bowl Committee. He speaks regularly at professional events and universities, has testified before Congress on Entrepreneurship and given a TED talk on achieving success through the entrepreneurial path.
Sam is an active speaker, mentor, and sponsor of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) which teaches students the process of starting and running a real business over the course of a full academic year. He is also an active angel investor with numerous investments under management.
Prior to Touchsuite, Zietz was a corporate attorney specializing in Structured Finance with the New York-based law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. Before Skadden, he worked in the Business Tax Planning Department at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Sam earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan then went on to receive his JD from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida where he graduated first in his class. Mr. Zietz later earned his LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Chief Corporate Development Officer
Richard Feldman has over 15 years of corporate development, private equity, and investment banking experience with a focus in the Fintech and Financial Services sectors. Before joining TouchSuite, Feldman served as Director of BGC Partners’ (NASDAQ: BGCP) Strategic Transactions Group. He anchored numerous high profile, high reward transactions including partnerships with Heat Energy, Remate Lince, Epsilon Networks, and Wolf and Hurst. Prior to BGC, Feldman was the Vice President of Global Principal Investments Group , a Bank of America’s vehicle. There he invested over $115 MM in capital, managed a portfolio of public and private investments worth over $1 B in value, and advised on transactions worth approximately $400 MM. Feldman served as a Director of ELX Futures, L.P, NYSE Amex Options, LLC, and CHX Holdings. Feldman has also held buy and sell-side positions at Cruiser Capital, Painter Hill Partners, and Wachovia. Richard Feldman received his B.S. in Economics from Vanderbilt University where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jeremy Brooks comes to TouchSuite with decades of experience in international business and brand development as a marketing and sales executive. Prior to TouchSuite, Jeremy worked with Bonne Santé Group and was co-founder of Strayboots, an icon in the corporate teambuilding and human capital engagement market. Jeremy was also the co-founder of Public Reputation, a location-based listing services and reviews company that he successfully exited in late 2018. At Elephant Group, Inc. DBA Qology and now Centerfield, Jeremy Brooks was Senior Vice President Global Brand Management and was responsible for building and managing brand partner relationships and call center operations which provided services for companies such as Comcast, Verizon, Clear, GE and ADT. Additionally, Jeremy served as Vice President of International Business Development for Intellidyn Corp. with operations in New York and Florida providing database and direct marketing services. He has extensive and proven expertise in consumer products and business services across North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Executive Vice President of Sales
While he officially joined TouchSuite as Executive Vice President of Sales in 2017, Forst had already been working with our team as an agent since 2014 as CEO of East Payment Solutions (EPS), a merchant services provider based in Rockville, Maryland. Forst has worked in all areas of the merchant services industry, specializing in sales training and management. He has overseen hundreds of agents during his time with multiple processing companies including Innovative Merchant Solutions, Electronic Payments and Heartland. In 2009, Forst founded EPS, a company that he grew to over 150M in annual processing volume by the time he joined TouchSuite. In his current role as TouchSuite’s EVP of Sales, Forst is focused on building both TouchSuite’s inside sales team and outside agent sales program through a strong infrastructure that includes offices throughout all of the U.S. and Canada.
Director of Global Operations
Brett Abish is the Director of Global Operations at American Bancard DBA Touchsuite. He graduated from Indiana University in 2014 and earned two separate Master Degrees shortly after. Since that time, Brett held the position of Risk Analyst before taking over Touchsuite’s Risk and Compliance Department in mid-2019. Brett was promoted to his current position of Director of Global Operations as he now overseas all underwriting, risk monitoring, compliance, business intelligence, development and satellite office operations. Previous to Brett’s employment at Touchsuite, he held the roll of Financial Analyst where he was responsible for compliance reporting and financial projections. In Brett’s free time, he enjoys expanding his already broad knowledge of computer science and database management. The depth and diversity of Brett’s background makes him well equipped to handle the pressure and importance of Touchsuite’s global operations processes and protocols.
Chief Strategy Officer
Farshad Tafazzoli has served in numerous executive positions across the financial services, financial technology/FinTech, manufacturing & distribution, MLM/Direct Sales, and software development industries. He is an entrepreneur and impactful operator with experience operating hyper-growth businesses, start-ups, crisis management, acquisitions, and turn-arounds. Farshad Tafazzoli has a successful track record of general management experience with p/l responsibility to extend businesses to new customers and geographies across numerous industries. Dynamic leader that leverages experience across numerous industries to anticipate change and introduce innovation. Farshad received his BA in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.