Jim Tousignant

CEO, Founder

Jim Tousignant is the CEO and founder of FinTech Studios. Jim has extensive experience and a proven track record in fast-growth start-ups in the internet and financial services markets. He has been an entrepreneur for more than 30 years and has been involved with more than a dozen startups. During his career, Jim has raised more than $300 Million in capital and has personally closed sales of more than $1 Billion of FinTech products and services with leading global financial institutions.

Rich
Taylor

SVP, Co-Founder

Rich is a senior executive with a broad background in Financial Services, Technology, Relationship Management and Product Management. Rich has 15 years of account management experience working with brokerage clients negotiating contracts, managing client projects, and acting as the senior level contact between ADP Brokerage Services and client firms, and 8 years of development experience starting as a junior programmer progressing to Senior Director of Development managing up to 21 developers working on various back office brokerage applications.

Kevin Barresi

CTO, Co-Founder

Kevin Barresi is co-founder, EVP, and CTO of FinTech Studios, the former CEO of Iubble Inc. and a technology-centric entrepreneur with a passion for building successful teams, products and businesses.

At FinTech Studios, he helped build the company from an idea to a successful business rooted in a highly performant, secure and efficient technology and product infrastructure. He is known for his innovative work in technology and holds several awards, including an Edison Patent Award for his contributions to data analytics and data visualization. Mr. Barresi holds a B.Eng and M.Eng. in computer engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he is recognized as a "40 Under 40" alumnus and an Entrepreneur in Residence.

Steve Grill

Senior Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Compliance Management (LRCM)

Steven serves as FinTech Studios Senior Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Compliance Management (LRCM) Solutions since he joined the company in 2019. Steven is a Data Science Executive inventing and building ground-breaking solutions in business and regulatory intelligence with a focus in regulatory, compliance and risk groups in the financial services domain.  Steven has been a senior executive on Wall Street for over 30 years, including various Managing Director roles at J.P. Morgan Chase, Chief Architect of HSBC’s investment bank, CIO of Finaccess, and other executive roles including at Citibank and Salomon Brothers. Steven has been leading research projects for many years in information architecture and high-performance computing, and holds several patents in knowledge graphs, modeling and no code solutions (code generation).

Derek Schnure

Chief Financial Officer

Derek serves as Chief Financial Officer and has had responsibility for FinTech Studios’ Finance and HR areas since he joined the company in 2019.He has extensive experience working in financial services technology and trading operations organizations and startups. Prior roles include IT CFO for Wealth Management Americas Technology at UBS, VP of Finance and Administration at Trading Cross Connects, IT Finance Manager at ICAP, and Senior Operations Manager at BrokerTec Futures Exchange. Derek earned his M.B.A. at the University of Michigan and his B.S. in Finance at Rutgers University.

Partner Companies

Advising Partners

Gerry Mintz

Strategic Advisor

Gerry Mintz is a highly strategic business leader and advisor with extensive experience in the FinTech and B2B information and enterprise software businesses.

In his long career as an operating executive, he has successfully grown companies, both organically and via acquisition, on a global scale. He was CEO of PE-backed PerTrac Financial Solutions, a global provider of data and analytics for hedge funds and their investors. Before that, he held divisional President/CEO responsibilities at several large companies, including Thomson Financial and Reuters. He was Chairman & CEO of FAME Information Services, a PE-backed “Big Data” enterprise software and services company. Prior companies include EJV Partners, Telerate and Hewlett Packard.

Philip Brittan

Strategic Advisor

Philip Brittan has worked in the FinTech industry for over 30 years as an entrepreneur, CEO, CTO, business leader, innovator, Board member, and adviser.  Philip founded and managed 4 software start-ups: FX options specialist Fenics (now part of BGC), financial risk management software developer Spheresoft, Droplets which developed expansive IP foundational to the interactive Web, and most recently Crux Informatics, a data delivery and engineering platform and managed service for the financial industry and which is backed by Goldman Sachs, Citi, Morgan Stanley and hedge fund Two Sigma.

Philip has an AB degree in Computer Science from Harvard, where he focused on AI/NLP.  He is a certified Financial Risk Manager and a PADI SCUBA Rescue Diver.  He grew up on a ranch in Montana and is passionate about outdoor sports and making music.

Jon Robson

Financial Technology Investor

Jon Robson is an entrepreneur and growth-driven business leader in the financial information industry. Jon has a successful track record in both building start-ups and leading global multinational companies, driving significant revenue expansion for market data content, risk solutions and analytics software, and pioneering electronic trading technology for global Capital Markets.  Jon was Founder and CEO of MoneyLine Telerate, CEO of Reuters America, President of Thomson Reuters Enterprise Division, CEO of NYSE Technologies, President of First Derivatives plc, and President of DXC Luxoft‘s Capital Markets division.  He has served on the boards of MLT, ICAP plc, First Derivatives plc, Privitar, Omgeo, Fixnetix, and The Partnership for New York.

Andy Brown

CEO, SandHill East

Andy Brown currently serves as CEO of Sand Hill East, LLC, which provides strategic management, advice and marketing services to emerging companies. Mr. Brown is also a member of the boards of directors of Guidewire inc. a public traded company in the PNC insurance business, Zscaler, Inc., a publicly traded company providing cloud security services, Pure Storage, Inc., a publicly traded software-defined data storage solutions company, LMRKTS LLC, a company providing FX and Swaps compression utilities, Moogsoft, a next generation AI-Operations company, Skyhive, a company providing Digital Reskilling & Education.