Leadership

Sam Zietz

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.

Randall Bast

President

Randall Bast has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive providing leadership and advisory services to both emerging growth and Fortune 500 companies. Randall began his career as a business and technology consulting professional and held senior management positions with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Cambridge Technology Partners. Some of Randall’s clients included Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Oakwood Homes, Ryder Systems, Florida Power Corporation, Burger King Corporation, SeaLand, J.C. Penney and the South Florida Water Management District.

In 1996, Randall founded Innovex Group and grew the company organically into a successful technology consulting practice with nearly 100 employees and numerous Fortune 1000 and emerging growth clients, including Citrix Systems, CBS SportsLine, TradeStation Group, Royal Caribbean, Precision Response Corporation and IVAX Corporation, among others. In 2000, Innovex Group was acquired by Citrix Systems (NASD: CTXS). As part of the acquistion, Randall became the Vice President of Worldwide Consulting Services and was responsible for developing a Global Services Practice to work with the Citrix Sales organization and Citrix Channel Partners. As part of that effort, he launched offices around the world.

After departing Citrix, Randall began working with other entrepreneurs as an advisor, private investor and board member. His primary focus has been on technology-enabled and emerging growth companies. In 2007, Randall was elected to the Board of Hostopia (TSX: H) and participated on both the Compensation Committee and the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee. In 2008, Hostopia was acquired by Deluxe (NYSE: DLX); he was instrumental in negotiating the deal. Randall continues to mentor other entrepreneurs and has participated on a number of other business advisory boards. Several of those entities have enjoyed significant business exits. Recently, he was named to the Board of Descrypto (OTC: DSRO), a diversified NFT and blockchain holding company focused on the Sports and Entertainment NFT and Blockchain Infrastructure industry.

Randall has also served on the Business School Advisory Boards for the University of Florida Graduate School of Business and the H.Wayne Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University. Randall serves on the President’s Council for the South Florida Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization.

Randall earned his Bachelor of Science and MBA from the University of Florida. He is an avid tennis player, golfer and boater and enjoys weekends on Hutchinson Island with his spouse.

Richard Feldman

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, Richard 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, Richard was the Vice President of Global Principal Investments Group, a Bank of America’s vehicle. There he invested over $115 million in capital, managed a portfolio of public and private investments worth over $1 billion in value, and advised on transactions worth approximately $400 million. He served as a Director of ELX Futures, L.P, NYSE Amex Options, LLC, and CHX Holdings and held buy and sell-side positions at Cruiser Capital, Painter Hill Partners, and Wachovia.

Richard received his B.S. in Economics from Vanderbilt University where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Brett Abish

Director of Global Operations

Brett Abish is currently the Director of Global Operations at American Bancard DBA Touchsuite. Brett held the position of Risk Analyst before taking over Touchsuite’s Risk and Compliance Department in 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 role of Financial Analyst where he was responsible for compliance reporting and financial projections.

In his 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.

Shelley-Ann Aregbesola

Senior VP of Operations

Shelley-Ann is a seasoned fintech executive with over 20 years of industry experience. She currently lends her comprehensive knowledge of the processing industry to managing operations at TouchSuite and consults on all aspects of the business from internal personnel to merchant issue resolutions.

Prior to Touchsuite, Shelley was the first employee of Charge Card Systems Inc. (CCS), and during her tenure at the company became the Director of Operations. With her help, CCS grew from a three-person company to a fully staffed operation, employing more than 500 sales representatives across the United States.

Following CCS’s sale to Card Connect in 2012, Shelley-Ann joined Card Connect as its Director of Operations (CCS Division.) She subsequently joined Swipely (now called Upserve) as its Processing Operations Manager and was later recruited by LexCharge to join its management team.

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Shelley-Ann moved to Florida in 1992. She completed her Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems at Miami Dade Community College and her bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Information Systems.