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Board of Directors

Louis Hoch, Director, CEO and President

Louis Hoch has more than 19 years of management experience 14 of which at a senior executive level of public companies. Louis is an expert in payment processing and service bureau operations. In additions to his duties as the CEO of FiCentive, Louis remains responsible for all operations and strategy for Payment Data Systems, Inc. in his role as Vice-Chairman, President and COO and co-founder.  Louis previously co-founded Billserv, Inc., the industry leader in Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment, where he was the company’s President and COO. Billserv reached a peak market cap of over 500 million while on NASDAQ national market exchange.  Billserv is now owned by American Express.  Louis has held various key management positions with U.S. Long Distance (NASDAQ:USLD), Billing Concepts (NASDAQ:BILL) and Andersen Consulting (NYSE:ACN).  Louis holds a BBA in computer information systems and a MBA in international business management, both from Our Lady of the Lake University. Louis is currently a director on the advisory board for Our Lady of the Lake University Business School. He is also an executive lecturer in the school's weekend MBA program. He is a board member of San Antonio Children’s Museum. Louis holds inventor status on U.S. Patent 7,021,530 “System and method for managing and processing stored-value cards and bill payment therefrom”. He has other published patent pending applications which are all related to the payment processing industry.

Michael Long, Director

Michael is the Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Payment Data Systems. Michael previously co-founded Billserv, Inc., the industry leader in Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment, where he was the company’s Chairman and CE0. Michael Long has more than 30 years of senior executive management and systems development experience in six publicly traded companies, as well as operating a systems consulting business. Michael was previously vice president of information technology at Billing Concepts, the largest third party billing clearinghouse for the telecommunications industry. Michael's career experience also includes financial services industry business development for Accenture (Andersen Consulting) and several executive positions in publicly traded telecommunications and financial services companies. He has conducted studies for several hardware and software companies, which resulted in strategic decisions that led to improved market share and high growth.

Peter Kirby, Ph.D. SPHR CM, Director

Peter Kirby has distinguished himself in professional and community activities in a career that spans 35 years. He is an accomplished public speaker and has provided consultative services to Fortune 100 firms. His expertise in the fields of management, decision making and human resources has been recognized by the numerous times his work has been published. He has been a director on many university advisory councils and boards and has served on many charitable committees and foundations. Peter is currently a retired professor of management at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.


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