JW Epply, CEO
JW Epply has been a senior executive for over 10 years, during which time he has met and exceeded growth and revenue goals in exceedingly difficult verticals. Epply is recognized as an efficient, dynamic leader with a strong background in sales and sales process, management, and organizational strategy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Wyoming, and is an accredited Certified Payments Professional (CPP) from the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA).
In his free time, JW is an avid and talented skier both on water and on snow.
Peter Kusner, VP Sales
Peter Kusner possesses an extensive background in sales and sales management, and brings that experience to Connected.co to lead the sales division. From 2005 to 2015 Mr. Kusner was the president of NetCash LLC which was an EU and US internet payment service provider (IPSP) specializing in high risk credit card processing. From 1994 to 2003 Mr. Kusner was the president of The Wireless Outlet a nationwide pre-paid wireless company that had over 4000 points of distribution and was one of Verizon Wireless’s and Alltel’s largest pre- paid resellers in the country. From 1999 to 2014 Mr. Kusner was the president of MyEsuite/Mywifination, a national internet and WIFI company that provided high speed internet access to municipalities and apartment communities in Ohio, Texas, Florida and Minnesota. Mr. Kusner holds a B.A. in advertising and journalism from The Ohio State University.
While away from the office, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Andy Chong, VP Finance
Andy Chong has a keen interest in financial markets and began his career working in asset management with Wilshire Quinn Capital, followed by UBS Paine-Webber. He parlayed this experience into a decade-long year career with DHD Media, a high-risk payment processor, where he moved up the ranks in the Accounting Department. Today, Chong is the VP of Finance for Connected.co, utilizing his hands-on experience in the online payments industry to help guide the firm’s financials and support investor relations. Chong has a Bachelor’s Degree in Macroeconomics from UCLA.
Andy’s personal interests include hiking, camping and spending time with Friends. Andy recently announced his engagement to be married.
Gary Cann, Risk Management
Gary Cann spent most of his career as CFO for two entrepreneurial companies, Landmark Theatre Corp. and DHD Media. When Cann joined Landmark, it operated 22 screens in 5 states. During his tenure the company grew to over 150 screens in 10 states through mergers, acquisitions, new leases, and new construction. Cann designed and implemented accounting, film programming, and advertising software which controlled expenses enabled the company to grow with limited increases in overhead. While with DHD Media, a high-risk payment processor, Cann’s responsibilities evolved from CFO to Risk Management. In addition to his financial duties, Cann designed highly successful fraud detection schemes when credit card processing on the Internet was in it’s infancy. Mr. Cann holds an MBA from UCLA and began his career as a CPA with an International CPA firm.
Outside of work, Gary enjoys family time, world travel, great food and personal investing.