CCG CATALYST - Key Persons


Alan Riegler

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant Alan Riegler is an acknowledged authority in financial services technology, operations, and products. He has guided clients in banking, insurance, credit, as well as, both established and startup vendors in creating, building, deploying and excelling at technology-based disruption of the established financial services industry. Throughout his 30+ year career, Alan has steadfastly focused on the introduction of new technology to deliver a positive payback. He has led initiatives to introduce and expand systems and solutions. Managed numerous conversions and migration of systems and solutions.

Ariana Vallejo

Job Titles:
  • Digital Production Consultant

Ed Nenichka

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant Ed Nenichka has been a leader in the industry for more than 30 years. With deep expertise supporting banks on multiple levels and through major transitions, he has managed the build-out and start-up phases of numerous banking products and services. Nenichka has broad operational experience managing system conversions and extensive experience in treasury and cash management. Expert advisory to guide banks and credit unions of all sizes through vendor technology evaluations. His knowledge spans hundreds of technology systems supporting the financial services industry.

Emily Lockwood

Job Titles:
  • Marketing Communications Consultant

Fabricio Teixeira

Job Titles:
  • Digital Architect
As Digital Architect, Fabricio Teixeira manages and maintains the digital infrastructure, providing support to all aspects of the firm's operations. With academic degrees in web development and computer programming, as well as communication studies, Fabricio has professional experience in graphic design and digital marketing. He is certified in multiple enterprise software products including Microsoft Office. He is knowledgeable in numerous programming languages, including JavaScript, C#, Java, PHP, SQL, and C.

Joe Spatarella - Managing Director

Job Titles:
  • Managing Director
Managing Director Joe Spatarella brings more than 30 years of experience in Commercial Banking, Treasury Management, Payments and Financial Technology. Joe has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of successful new digital banking strategies and products. He has a proven track record of leveraging emerging technologies and developing successful go-to-market strategies for financial institutions. Joe's career started in bank operations and commercial product management. He has a multi-dimensional view of the business with a thorough understanding of sales, marketing, product, operations and technology components, along with the ability to communicate issues and opportunities with a clear, concise and forward-looking perspective. Joe has previously held senior roles at Fiserv (a fortune 500 company) working within the Commercial Banking Solutions division, formerly known as Online Banking Solutions or OBS. In addition, Joe was a founder, principal and executive with four successful startup companies.

John M. Kagey

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant for CCG Catalyst, John brings over 20 years of banking and consulting experience to the firm. John manages, leads, or supports many of the firm's assessment, project management, and process engagements. John is an expert related to operational systems, digital channel operations, call center, payments, branch operations and various other areas of a bank. Knowledgeable in regulatory compliance and proven record of accomplishment implementing the necessary controls to ensure adherence to policies, procedures, and regulations.

John Macaluso

Job Titles:
  • Principal
  • Principal of Our Technology Strategy
As Principal of our Technology Strategy, John Macaluso has built a reputation within financial services as a trusted advisor to banks and fintechs. With over 30 years of proven leadership, John's experiences include all areas of information technology, business planning, innovative solution design & deployment, business & operational leadership and business & technology transformation. John advises a vast area of technology within financial services from fintech startups to established global financial institutions. Specialties include digital transformation to established core technologies. Previously, John held senior roles at Fiserv (a fortune 500 company) driving large-scale change from multi-channel to traditional and non-traditional banking services, national to international markets. Additionally, he served as a CIO for the MLB New York Yankees diving innovation and technology to major league baseball.

John Peckham

Job Titles:
  • Principal
As a Principal at CCG Catalyst, John Peckham has over 25 years as a trusted advisor to the financial services industry. John is a proven senior level executive, with demonstrated success directing business transformation and delivering impactful results within the digital, technology and fintech space. As bank consulting leader, John has guided clients in banking, fintech, insurance, credit, as well as, both established and start-ups in creating, building, deploying, and excelling at technology based "disruption" of the established financial services industry Before joining CCG, John held executive and board-level positions in a variety of companies. His banking experience ranges from community to top 100 banking institutions and has held several leadership positions in his tenure.

Kate Drew

Job Titles:
  • Director of Research
Kate Drew is the Director of Research at CCG Catalyst. Her decade of professional experience includes leading data-driven research projects, creating fintech industry thought leadership, and managing editorial content for publications including Business Insider Intelligence and The Value Line Investment Survey. At CCG, Kate spearheads client-facing research projects on fintech topics including open banking, digital channels, payments, lending, blockchain, artificial intelligence, digital wealth management, and others. She leverages quantitative data as well as conducts field study based on desk research, conference and event findings, and interviews with prominent industry leaders at fintechs, banks, and other financial and nonfinancial institutions. Her research brings voices into data and provides perspectives informed by real experience inside of financial services companies.

Kelle Steinecke - CMO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Marketing Officer Kelle Steinecke brings over 15 years of experience within the financial services industry. She has worked with alternative investment firms raising growth capital for income-producing private equity companies and real estate, including land banking. With her extensive executive experience, she has worked with numerous executive committees to create growth strategies, profitability improvements, management development, continuous process monitoring and improvements, as well as internal and external communications. In addition, she has managed the overall brand and marketing strategies for multiple investment management firms both on a national and global scale. Her work has been devoted to serving the clients as well as managing the brand identity of the firm and ensuring the success of the executive teams. Much of her work involves mentorship and supporting the careers of others. Kelle has provided leadership coaching from subordinate to C-Level staff at several firms over her career.

Kelsey Teske

Job Titles:
  • Marketing Communications Consultant

Lenny Smith

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
Lenny Smith is a Senior Consultant and has been a leader in the industry for more than 30 years. With deep expertise supporting banks on multiple levels and through major disruption, Lenny is a true problem solver, who rapidly identifies the root cause, finds the best solution, and drives forward to achieve the goals at hand. Lenny has broad operational experience unravelling bank challenges and managing change. Lenny is an excellent source for advice in technology management, design and implementation, conversions, core systems, and operational management.

Maggie Scarborough Spatarella

Job Titles:
  • Director of Research
  • Director of Research for CCG - Catalyst Consulting Group
Maggie Scarborough Spatarella is Director of Research for CCG-Catalyst Consulting Group where she supports research needs across the organization. She is an experienced financial services vertical market technology and product strategist with a deep and diverse background in primary market research, advisory, consulting, marketing, product marketing, as well as development, systems, and operations. Specialized areas include treasury management, small business banking, payments, core banking systems, trade services and the financial value chain. With an emphasis on break-through strategies, Scarborough's career centered on technology replacement and go-to-market (GTM) strategies for institutions, fintechs, and horizontal vendors. She has held leadership positions at FinServ Strategies, IDC, NACHA, and fintech vendors and product and IT positions at top tier, regional and community banks.

Malia Oliver - COO, SVP

Job Titles:
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Senior Vice President
As the Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Malia Oliver leads and manages the firm's operations and information technology divisions. With over 15 years in the banking and credit union industries, she has extensive experience in bank operations, consumer lending, mortgage banking and commercial finance. She is focused on executing the firm's business plans and objectives while managing processes both internal and external. Malia collaborates with the consulting and management team to develop and implement plans for the operations infrastructure of systems, processes and personnel designated to meet the needs of our clients.

Miranda Jenkins - COO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer ( COO
Miranda Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer (COO). As a financial professional with more than 10 years of experience, she has assisted and lead strategic planning, analysis, operational management, and technology development work in private equity and hedge funds in the US, Europe, and Asia. She has handled operations of various funds including cash management, hiring, staffing, strategic goal setting, budgeting, technology development, and planning and implementation. As COO, Miranda works with colleagues across the firm to execute on the overall vision and is responsible for the daily operation of the company. Her uniquely comprehensive background affords her to advise CCG Catalyst and its clients on operational and strategic initiatives.

Pat Valentino

Job Titles:
  • Principal & Chief Relationship Officer
Pat Valentino is a Principal & Chief Relationship Officer and brings over 30 years of financial services and technology experience in financial services ranging from multinational, community to credit unions. Specialties include strategic planning, technology systems, evaluations, contracts, omni-channel, digital experience and regulatory compliance. Pat has truly done it all in financial services, a banker, an examiner and successful executive in a Fortune 500 company.

Paul Schaus - CEO, Founder, President

Job Titles:
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Founder
  • President
  • Banker, Management Consultant, Strategist
Paul Schaus is the President and Chief Executive Officer. Throughout his successful career Paul has been a banker, management consultant, strategist, thought leader and strong advocate to the financial services industry. Paul has advised clients and led major engagements globally, from community banks to global institutions on strategy, business planning, tactical performance, profitability improvement, governance and management development. He has advised banks, fintech, credit unions, and financial technology vendors on business and technology strategies. Paul is frequently featured as a speaker at industry events, addressing diverse topics such as digital transformation, innovation, mergers & acquisitions, payments strategy, and the future of banking. He has written numerous columns for publications including American Banker and The Financial Brand.

Philip Ryan - CCO

Job Titles:
  • Director of Communications
Phil has covered banking and fintech as a journalist since 2012 and was one of the most widely read writers in the field of financial technology. He also served as the director of a fintech startup accelerator since 2015. In this role he advised startups on product, marketing, and strategy, as well as coached them on interacting with banks. He also consulted with financial institutions on their innovation strategies, and strategies for fintech engagement. Prior to these positions he was a web developer and journalist, and began his career at the start of online journalism in the mid-1990s.

Roman Nazarewycz

Job Titles:
  • EVP of Business Development
Roman brings over twenty years of credit union, bank and financial services leadership to CCG Catalyst with a strong background in business development and account management. He previously held senior leadership positions with QPS, CheckAlt and Sang Tech. An accomplished, dynamic executive with over twenty years of experience, including international business travel, in the credit union and banking industry with a primary focus on new business development, expanding market share, building revenue streams and relationship management. Roman possess a strong background and knowledge in core processing, credit/debit, ATM processing and risk and fraud management. Exceptional communicator, relationship builder, with a consultative sales style, exceptional problem-solving abilities with a keen needs-assessment aptitude. He aggressively identifies opportunities, develops focus and provides strategic solutions.

Scarlett Sieber

Job Titles:
  • Managing Director, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer Scarlett Sieber is one of the world's premier voices in financial services. She is among the industry's most sought-after speakers as a thought leader and innovator with expertise in driving organizational change at both startups and enterprises across the financial services and fintech ecosystem. Scarlett has been invited to speak at over 100 prestigious financial services and technology conferences globally, including Money20/20, Finovate, South Summit, and NASA's Cross Industry Innovation Summit. Scarlett's experience includes founding her own startup as well as working at banks such as BBVA, USAA, and Opus Bank. She is a leading fintech influencer, included on lists such as Top 100 Women in Fintech 2019 and Top 10 Fintech Influencers in the U.S. Scarlett also has deep experience in digital strategy and innovation implementation, making her a key asset to building cutting-edge programs for our clients.

Steve Madura

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Consultant / Marketing / IT
Senior Consultant Steve Madura brings over 30 years of experience in operational management. His career includes a proven track record of acquisitions and integration consolidations, cost reduction strategies, bank operations, program management, facilities planning, data imaging, and technological integration. Steve has extensive experience working at several financial institutions, from community banks to global corporations.

Tiana Brown

Job Titles:
  • Principal
Tiana Brown is one of the Principals at CCG Catalyst. She has more than 10 years of experience in client services, financial services, operations, and consumer and mortgage lending. Her financial services expertise is comprised of both internal and external engagements. She has strategically coached clients at the organizational, leadership and operational level. As Principal, Tiana's subject matter includes internal operations, business processes, as well as risk associated with payment and consumer lending processes and structure. Her consulting skills and her depth of knowledge of financial services affords her the ability to guide and work with banks and fintechs to execute strategic plans that result in successful and sustainable outcomes.

Tony Lazare

Job Titles:
  • Digital Technology Manager
  • the Digital Technology Manager
Tony Lazare is the Digital Technology Manager. He has 20 years of extensive experience overseeing all aspects of an IT department, including web development, internal development, database management and reporting, quality assurance, and release management. Tony is a dedicated leader with outstanding technical and management skills and a proven track record of success developing and executing IT