PayIt Adds Jerod Sands, Adam Christensen, and James Ward to Executive Leadership Team

Leadership team expansion reflects PayIt’s continued growth in the $500B+ digital government market

Kansas City, Missouri,April 5, 2023 – PayIt, the leading SaaS provider of digital customer engagement and payments software for government, today announced the addition of Jerod Sands as Chief Financial Officer, Adam Christensen as Senior Vice President, Product, and James Ward as Senior Vice President, Public Sector. Sands, Christensen, and Ward collectively bring over five decades of leadership experience spanning payments and government technology.

These appointments will drive PayIt’s continued growth into the expanding government IT market, which is forecasted to total $588.9 billion in 2023, an increase of 6.8% from 2022, according to Gartner.

“We are pleased to add such talented executives as Jerod, Adam, and James to the PayIt team,” said PayIt founder and CEO John Thomson. “As we continue our growth trajectory and deliver our great customer experience to even more agencies and the residents they serve, I am confident that these leaders will be instrumental in PayIt’s next chapter.”

In his role, Sands will bring his 20 years of experience in finance and executive leadership to guide the financial strategy and operations of PayIt. Most recently, Sands was the Chief Financial Officer of BillGO and previously held leadership positions at companies including ACI Worldwide, First National Bank of Omaha, and KPMG. 

“I am excited to join PayIt at such a pivotal time in its growth journey,” said Sands. “Together with the leadership team, we will build upon our past successes and set ourselves up to continue to effectively serve and delight our customers and their residents as we efficiently scale and expand.”

Christensen joins PayIt with 20 years of executive product roles in payments and FinTech, and will lead the product and design functions for the company. Most recently, Christensen led core platform and risk products for Marqeta, and previously held leadership roles at BankSight, PayPal, Wells Fargo, and Siebel Systems.

“PayIt’s award-winning technology has already made a positive impact on the way our clients do business, and our product roadmap will continue to differentiate our offering and extend our lead,” said Christensen. “I’m pleased to join the company at such an exciting time, and deliver experiences that delight our customers and their residents.” 

Ward comes to PayIt with over 15 years of experience in public sector sales. In his role, he will lead sales and business development for PayIt. Previously, Ward has held leadership positions at organizations including Talkdesk, Genesys, and Avectra (now Abila). 

“PayIt is committed to solving our clients’ problems with technology, which is clear through the encouraging conversations I’ve had with our existing customers,” said Ward. “I’m looking forward to working closely with county, city, and state agencies, offering PayIt’s exceptional partnership as we work to achieve their ambitious digital transformation goals.”

Through cloud-native technology, PayIt’s platform simplifies doing business with government agencies of any size by consolidating hundreds of services and payments into one connected experience for residents. Launching in about 90 days, the PayIt platform can be configured to support nearly any workflow, integrates into any back-office system of record, and brings essential documents, receipts, and payment methods into a single resident interface — even across jurisdictions. 

Learn more about how PayIt is transforming the way government agencies serve people.

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