Executive Team

Massimo Barone CEO and Founder

A Montreal born entrepreneur with over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience. Mr. Barone joined the technology sector in the late 90’s after leaving the family Restaurants and Hotel Concessions business. Initially leaving the industry to be part of one of the first online bank offerings by the Major 5 in Canada in the early 90’s, Mbanx, he realized the possibilities and immediately began focusing his interests in the alternative payments sector. This transition became the foundation for his technology expertise and start-ups throughout the 90’s and his success today at SmartCard Marketing Sys Inc OTC:SMKG.

During the past 25 years he founded three tech companies, each of which were successful in securing multiple series of investment rounds of capital, both from the private and institutional sectors. Additionally, all 3 tech companies were transformed from private to Public Co’s each within their first 2-3 years of inception.

Mr. Barone has developed a significant network of people, financial institutions and enterprises around the globe. He has also developed a significant reach into Asia & India.

Today Mr. Barone continues to develop and implement technology solutions for the Fintech & Retail marketplace. He is the Founder & CEO of SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc. (OTC:SMKG) a Fintech company with Banks, Telecoms & Retail Enterprises as customers. His also works with many start-ups to develop and commercialize service solutions.

Eric M. Sherb CPA

Eric is a CPA with over 11 years experience in accounting advisory, auditing and mergers and acquisitions. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has several years’ experience in mid‐size audit and consulting firms with clients in a variety of industries. Eric is the founder of EMS Consulting Services, which provides outsourced CFO services to private and public companies. Eric has extensive experience in SEC financial reporting, audit and IPO readiness, financial modeling and technical advisory. Eric graduated with a BBA from Emory University in Accounting and Finance.

Paolo Continelli - President & Founder

Mr. Continelli has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and a visionary in the payment and technology space. He has extensive experience in general contracting having grown into a family business, which he then took operational and sales control in the late 90’s and successfully tripled the sales and fleet of the company and later sold. Since then he got involved in the payment sector looking for a challenge and change. He has been involved in multiple start-ups from initial seed capital, concept to live production while working in global markets. During the past 10 years he has worked extensively with banks, telecoms and variety of businesses in Asia to implement payment applications., Mr. Continelli is currently responsible for business development in multiple markets for SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc.

Michele (Mike) Tasillo Finance Manager

Mr. Michele Tasillo, also known as Mike, serves as a Finance Manager of Smart Card Marketing Systems Inc. Mr. Tasillo was the Founder of Hybrid PayTech World Inc. (known as Freeport Capital Inc.), served as President and Chief Financial Officer until January 2014. He has been active as a Consultant and Educator for the past 20 years, specializing in ISO Certification Standards in the Urban Planning in the Construction Industry dealing with Municipal, Provincial and Foreign contracts. He also brings vast experience with project management, implementation and deployment of products. He served as a Director of Hybrid PayTech World Inc. (Freeport Capital Inc.) from November 19, 2009 to February 8, 2014.

Lee Tang - CTO

Mr. Tang graduates from Concordia University with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science is a seasoned senior IT consultant with more than 20 years of experience in IT and Telecom sectors. He worked with clients from various industries like FinTech, Pharmaceutical, Marketing, Retail, BPO, Nature Resources and International Trading. He held many important key IT roles and positions in his IT life, from Systems Director, to Data Center Architect, to VP of IT and Security, to CTO. His broad knowledge of different aspects of the IT makes him a great asset to any company.

Mr. Tang's extensive experience on new start-ups grants him to be an ideal partner to have on new ventures. He knows no single approach is the right one for every start-up company, the dynamic environment and limited resources of the start-ups make each one very unique and challenge. That's why Lee often finds creative solutions in order to satisfy the specific needs from business side, helping company to reduce TCO while maximizing ROI, paving the way towards success.

Dharmesh Vora - President Enterprise Solutions

Dharmesh Vora is a sales specialist with 15 years of experience in Technology & Consulting Industry. He is an International Trade & Business graduate with multiple diploma & PG in Electrical engineer & Management studies.

He has worked a proven trac record and has worked with global organizations like Franklin Covey and Antal International with extensive hands on training on global material offered by BlessingWhite, Mahaan Khalsa and Dr. Stephen Covey.

He is currently in the Indian subcontinent working closely with senior leadership teams, partners & distributors to identify the opportunities & challenges faced in the organization & design a best fit solution. 

At SMKG he has collaborated with major channels & institution like Mumbai Fintech Hub, Visa Net, Wipro, Compuage Ltd. enabling a wider reach through their network in SAARC, EU, Middle East & Africa region.

Gary Repchuk - President Asia

Mr. Repchuk has over thirty year’s management/executive experience and technical skills in Mobile Payments, Banking, Payment Processing, and Financial Technology complemented by a Master of Business Administration. An Operations Professional that utilizes the new technologies to deliver process improvement to global enterprises.

He previously led an innovative team of software development professionals that delivered a payment omni-channel ecosystem now processing for multiple Global Partners in the Airline, Telecom and Cryptocurrency industries. The middleware platform enabled the simultaneous management of Enterprises, Merchants, SmartPOS, Banks, Fintech’s and global processors. As a highly motivated executive and a collaborative negotiator, he successfully directs enterprise wide cross-functional projects, fosters new global relationships.

Previously carved out a unique strategy that has attracted the world’s largest SmartPOS manufactures to the VPI Mobile Laboratory that housed a payment switch, fintech gateway, and a certified key injection facility that doubled as an acquirer certification facility. Delivered a true All-In-One mobile payment platform that supports stand-alone and semi-integrated solutions and has captured the attention of national and international institutions interested in managing every aspect of their payment requirements.

Gina Lesli - Board Advisory

Gina commenced her legal career in Toronto practicing Securities Law and reviewing contests for clients. When Canada’s largest casino, Caesars Windsor, opened for business, she was appointed the first Vice-President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer in the gaming industry in Ontario, Canada. In this role Gina was responsible for overseeing and managing all legal and regulatory aspects of the Company’s operations including gaming, anti-money laundering and privacy law matters. Her role also included being a member of the Executive Committee and leading various departments including Purchasing, Internal Audit, Risk Management, and Compliance.

Gina is known for her ability to provide a business approach to legal issues and to develop creative solutions in an exceptionally fast-paced and newly emerging regulatory environment.  In doing so she supported customer service goals while maintaining compliance with the legal framework in a highly regulated industry.

Gina is Founder and President of Axepay Inc. a private company with proprietary business relationships servicing fintechs, banks, governments, enterprise and business (b2b, b2c, b2b2c) for a combination of services in the payments industry. She has experience in the payments industry as an entrepreneur in emerging markets including China, Vietnam, and the Philippines and with a bitcoin exchange in Hong Kong.

Throughout her career, Gina has developed and fostered positive relationships and communication with key stakeholders, clients, co-workers and various officials and government agencies and has been active in her community.  Gina was Chair of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Directors of the Windsor Essex County Development Commission, a member of the Odette Management Advisory Board at the University of Windsor and a member of the Board of Governors at St. Clair College.

Vinay Kotapati - VP Fintech

An experienced champion of new ways of working , help system Integrators and Customers to work out complex service needs, figure out ways to make it happen and deliver their desired outcomes .

He brings the thoughtful leadership, anchor and engagement differentiation to deliver operational excellence and shape-up value adding solutions that enables customers to meet their changing needs of the global landscape.

Competency Origins includes – Early induction working with Big Five consulting and major System Integration Companies on either side of Atlantic with subsequent high profile engagements spanning across Asia Pacific, EMEA and US regions for various clientele have enriched his learnings, strong consulting tool kit and stakeholder management skills.

His continuous quest of ideation & experimentation has also enabled him operating within the full context of new adoption to innovation outside of traditional IT consulting engagements resulted in successful collaboration with market makers, vast ecosystem of Start-ups, Fintech Accelerators, M&A's and venture capital firms .

Key Areas : Build Technology Practices in the areas of CRM, Testing , Remediate Material Weaknesses ( MW4 ) and establish Centre Of Excellence (COE), Process Improvements, Fintech Initiatives, M&A, Vendor Evaluations, Pre-sales Support, Strategy , Business Re-growth, Internal Audit, Enterprise Program / Project Management , Enterprise / Business Architecture ,Regulatory CCAR Reporting, Recover reputation within a weak SDLC, Project Delivery Execution & Excellence in achieving business re-growth and refocusing on emerging delivery models (Onsite/Offshore /Offsite).