Leadership Team

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Chris Dean
Co-founder & CEO
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Jim Brusstar
Co-founder & President
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Carlos Armas
Vice President of Technical Operations
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Remy Carole
Vice President of Product & Operations
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Mike Clarke
Vice President of Engineering
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Carrie Griffin
Founding Engineer
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Clarissa Horowitz
Vice President of Marketing
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Deirdre McClure
Chief Customer Officer
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Jeff Nowicki
Head of Bank Partnerships
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Martin Roberts
Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
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David Thompson-Brusstar
Head of Design
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Mark Vermeersch
Vice President of Strategy & Business Development
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Chris Dean

Co-founder & CEO

As CEO and Co-Founder of Treasury Prime, Chris is responsible for all aspects of Treasury Prime’s strategy, execution, and operations. Prior to launching Treasury Prime, he served as CTO of “API first” company Standard Treasury. When the startup was acquired by Silicon Valley Bank, he took on the role of CTO of API banking for SVB. Earlier in his career, Chris founded or co-founded software companies including Merced Systems (enterprise software), Kyluka (a consulting firm), and Benefitter (ACA-based health plan.) Chris started his career as technical staff in the Machine Learning Systems Group of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He studied physics at California Institute of Technology.

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Jim Brusstar

Co-founder & President

As President and Co-Founder of Treasury Prime, Jim oversees all aspects of product and engineering. Prior to founding the company, he served as Principal Software Engineer at Silicon Valley Bank, which he joined as part of the bank’s acquisition of Standard Treasury where he was the Founding Engineer. Prior to that Jim worked on the Facebook platform team where he built Facebook Login for mobile devices. He has also held engineering roles at Microsoft and SideCar. Jim has a B.S.E. in computer science and economics from the University of Michigan.

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Carlos Armas

Vice President of Technical Operations

Carlos Armas is vice president of technical operations at Treasury Prime. Prior to joining Treasury Prime, he spent more than a dozen years as a DevOps consultant with Roundtrip Networks, as well as teaching network monitoring and management to engineers across the globe as an instructor with NSRC (University of Oregon). He has also held engineering leadership roles at OpenTable and BabyCenter (of Johnson & Johnson), and has served as consultant to organizations including Consumer Health Interactive, U.S. Arthritis Foundation, and various ISP providers in Cuba. Carlos began his career leading network services for one of Cuba’s biotechnology institutes. He has a B.S. in computer engineering from University of Havana/ISPJAE.

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Remy Carole

Vice President of Product & Operations

Remy Carole is vice president of operations at Treasury Prime. He joined the company from design firm fuseproject, where he served as senior program manager on projects for clients including Tile, L’Oreal, and Herman Miller. Prior to fuseproject, Remy held engineering roles at Microsoft, Silicon Valley Bank and Loop. At Microsoft, he worked on the motherboard design for the Xbox. He also co-founded a booking platform for commercial kitchens, where he oversaw all design and software development. Remy has a B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Michigan.

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Mike Clarke

Vice President of Engineering

Mike Clarke leads Treasury Prime’s engineering organization. Mike joined Treasury Prime from application monitoring platform Sentry.io, where he founded the data analytics team that enabled compliance and go-to-market efforts. Earlier in his career, he served as founding engineer at “API first” bank Standard Treasury, where he built the API gateway for developers building on the platform. He also created compliance tools such as a risk service for checking targets against Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions lists. Mike stayed with Standard Treasury through its acquisition by Silicon Valley Bank, where he served as principal software engineer and later engineering manager. Mike has a B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Notre Dame.

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Carrie Griffin

Founding Engineer

Carrie Griffin is founding engineer at Treasury Prime. She joined the company from HealthMarkets Inc., where she led quality assurance for small employer and individual insurance marketplace web applications — a role that, similar to banking technology, involved navigating thorny compliance issues. She has more than 20 years of development and quality assurance testing experience and has served customers of a wide variety of API services, helping them to integrate APIs into their unique tools. Carrie has a B.S. in computer science from Brigham Young University.

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Clarissa Horowitz

Vice President of Marketing

As vice president of marketing, Clarissa is responsible for Treasury Prime’s marketing and communications. She joined Treasury Prime from BitGo where she strategized and executed the company’s transformation from security technology company to full-service digital asset financial services firm. Prior to BitGo, Clarissa was responsible for corporate marketing and communications at MobileIron where she was instrumental in taking the company public and its subsequent growth to annual revenue of more than $220 million. Clarissa has also held communication leadership positions at Google and leading communications firms Porter Novelli and Sparkpr. Clarissa holds a B. A. in history from the University of California Berkeley.

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Deirdre McClure

Chief Customer Officer

As vice president of customer success at Treasury Prime, Deirdre is responsible for customer success, support, and project management. She joined Treasury Prime from HealthMarkets, Inc., where she served as head of product for Benefitter, a platform for group insurance sales and enrollment. Prior to her work at HealthMarkets, Deirdre spent 20 years at TRW Automotive (now ZF) leading large-scale projects including ERP system implementations, moving an assembly line operation to a new country, Six Sigma business process improvements, and implementing global project management processes across IT. Deirdre studied mathematics at California Institute of Technology.

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Jeff Nowicki

Head of Bank Partnerships

As head of bank partnerships, Jeff brings over 10 years of experience helping community banks operate and thrive in today’s market while navigating their regulatory relationships and responsibilities. Jeff joined Treasury Prime from BankProv where he was Senior Vice President of Deposit and Product development where he built and grew programs in new markets like Crypto Currency and BaaS partnerships. Prior to joining BankProv, Jeff spent five years at Radius Bank (acquired by LendingClub) in various roles including leading the strategic partnership and micro-to-small business lines. Jeff has a B.S. in business administration from Endicott College and an M.A. in financial services and banking from Suffolk University.

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Sheetal Parikh

Associate General Counsel & Vice President of Compliance Solutions

With over 16 years experience practicing law and the financial services regulatory landscape, Sheetal works with Treasury Prime’s bank and fintech clients to develop compliance solutions and support them on regulatory compliance matters. Prior to joining Treasury Prime, Sheetal led the Legal and Compliance teams at Synapse where she oversaw legal analysis on new product development and product construct, commercial and vendor agreements and regulatory compliance. Previously, she served as Senior Director of Compliance and Regulatory Counsel for PLS Financial Services, as Vice President of Legal & Compliance for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and as part of the Securities and Commodities litigation group at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP. Sheetal has a B.A. in South Asian languages from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve School of Law.

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Martin Roberts

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Martin Roberts leads Treasury Prime’s legal department and advises the company on a wide range of legal and business matters. His prior roles include general counsel and then CEO of patent risk management solutions provider RPX Corporation, deputy general counsel of eBay and general counsel of Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life. Earlier in his career, Marty worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has a B.A. in English from University of Virginia, and a J.D. from University of Alabama School of Law.

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David Thompson-Brusstar

Head of Design

As head of design, David is responsible for Treasury Prime’s product experience, design systems, and brand. He joined Treasury Prime from government contractor Ad Hoc LLC, where he designed developer tools for the VA.gov web platform for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Previously, David worked as a product designer for the data catalog and governance platform Alation, where he led design efforts for their machine learning driven data curation tools. David has a B.A. in product design from University of Michigan.

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Mark Vermeersch

Vice President of Strategy & Business Development

In his role leading strategy and business development, Mark is responsible for Treasury Prime’s partnership and product strategy. Mark joined Treasury Prime from fintech lender Affirm where he led product across Anywhere Financing and the Virtual Card Platform and enabled core product partnerships. Prior to Affirm, Mark was general manager and product manager for Silicon Valley Bank’s API platform. Mark started his career in institutional and hedge fund investing before transitioning to product and adjacent roles in tech, including a stint at Google. Mark holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a M.A. in Product Design and Development from Northwestern University.

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