MARK CRAGER

Principal & Founder

San Francisco

Mark is a results-driven senior executive with extensive payments industry experience working collaboratively with finance, product and marketing to design and implement product solutions. He has a proven track record of moving a product from concept to full commercialization in consumer and B2B environments. Mark is an influential leader and negotiator with effective business and people development skills focused on a consultative and solution-based business approach in complex matrix structures. In addition to leading Next Stage Partners, Mark maintains a Member Board Advisor position with StartX, the Stanford University incubator for Fintech startups and other growth industries.


PARTNERS

San Francisco

Mark Crager

Noreen Connor

Atlanta

Stef Anderson

Chicago

Pat Albright

Houston/New York

Justin Walker

Denver

Jody Pearce

STEF ANDERSON

Partner, FI Development

Atlanta

Stef is a loyalty and payments expert with over 18 years of success creating, re-engineering, commercializing and managing loyalty and payments offerings. Prior to joining NSP, Stef drove adoption of new payment methods, technologies and related services among banks and credit unions at Visa. Stef has managed consumer loyalty offerings at SunTrust and Merrill Lynch, led the international expansion of the Corporate Travel Payments offering at Bank of America, and founded and operated Loyegy, a loyalty consultancy. In his role as Partner with NSP, Stef is responsible for developing strategy and revenue for our Financial Institution clients.


PARTNERS

San Francisco

Mark Crager

Noreen Connor

Atlanta

Stef Anderson

Chicago

Pat Albright

Houston/New York

Justin Walker

Denver

Jody Pearce

JUSTIN WALKER

Partner, Fintech Development

Houston

Justin is a highly adaptable executive with extensive leadership experience across industries and functions. In the payments arena, Justin spent six years at Visa Inc. as the Head of North American Partnerships and led the establishment of over 40 joint ventures between Visa and global financial institutions. More recently, Justin has been focused on building companies within the emerging shared and membership-based economies. Additionally, he has the distinction of having worked and excelled in a variety of company environments and cultures - from the Fortune 100 ranks to early stage startups. Justin's approach is grounded in a strategy-first paradigm with an unwavering eye towards concrete deliverables.


PARTNERS

San Francisco

Mark Crager

Noreen Connor

Atlanta

Stef Anderson

Chicago

Pat Albright

Houston/New York

Justin Walker

Denver

Jody Pearce

JODY PEARCE

Vice President, Technical Sales

Denver

Jody Pearce is a Technical Sales Executive with Next Stage Partners, focusing on payment technology and product implementation aspects with our clients. Prior to joining Next Stage Partners, Jody held multiple roles at Visa, Inc. where she established her credentials as an expert in debit and commercial payments. She has participated in several of the largest debit card conversions, designed technology and product solutions for routing optimization, worked as a regulation expert to help clients navigate through the Dodd-Frank Amendment and worked with issuers to develop adoption strategies for innovation including contactless, EMV, mobile, tokenization, card controls.


PARTNERS

San Francisco

Mark Crager

Noreen Connor

Atlanta

Stef Anderson

Chicago

Pat Albright

Houston/New York

Justin Walker

Denver

Jody Pearce

PAT ALBRIGHT

Vice President, Fintech Sales & Integration

Chicago

Patrick brings extensive strategic expertise in growing new business organizations, with focus on building long-term strategic partnerships, as well as branding, mobile and eCommerce marketing. Patrick’s expertise is in building new revenue streams in both the B2B and the B2B2C distribution channels. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors, an investor and advisor to public and private financial technology firms.


PARTNERS

San Francisco

Mark Crager

Noreen Connor

Atlanta

Stef Anderson

Chicago

Pat Albright

Houston/New York

Justin Walker

Denver

Jody Pearce

NOREEN CONNOR

Vice President, Product Marketing & Training

San Francisco

Noreen is a marketing professional with broad experience including payments, mobile, consumer goods, retail, and financial services. She has a proven track record in creating new teams and functions, and driving design and messaging for new products. Noreen is a versatile leader with talent for driving cross-functional collaboration and alignment. She is skilled at quickly learning new industries and technologies, analyzing complex problems, and synthesizing recommendations for executive audiences.


PARTNERS

San Francisco

Mark Crager

Noreen Connor

Atlanta

Stef Anderson

Chicago

Pat Albright

Houston/New York

Justin Walker

Denver

Jody Pearce

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