Tannon McCaleb
Managing Director

As Managing Director, Tannon McCaleb brings to Banister an impressive track record of more than a decade in executive search and recruitment, as well as corporate business leadership, at the intersection of finance and technology.

His diverse experience and innovation leadership in this fast-emerging “fintech” sector – particularly payment and transaction processing – make him an invaluable resource to Banister clients in banking/financial services (both merchant acquiring and card issuing), merchant-direct services, and technology provider businesses, as well as their private equity owners and consultants.

Tannon understands, first hand, how technology solutions are built, marketed, sold and supported – as well as the leadership and technical skills critical to their success -- most recently as Chief Operations Officer for PayKings/Merchant Payments Acceptance Corp. (2016-2017) and Clear Payment Solutions (2013-2014) and, earlier, in Strategic Market Development for Spectrum Merchant Services (2003-2004) as Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development for U.S. Merchant Systems (2002-2003) and VP Domestic Agent Bank Sales for First Data (1997 -2002).

He has shaped thought leadership across the fintech sector in leading retained executive search and recruiting that target bright minds with fresh perspectives in emerging, market-disruptive new fintech technologies and services for both banks and merchant organizations. He has successfully identified, recruited and placed board members, CEOs, COOs and CFOs, as well leaders in business development, product development, sales, technology, operations and risk/compliance.

His leadership skills functional expertise spans data and payment processing, e-commerce, mobile/tablet and cloud payment solutions, digital loyalty programs, geo-location digital marketing, sales engines, fraud detection and prevention, chargebacks and prepaid solutions.

Among his search/recruiting leadership roles: Director of Merchant Acquiring Executive Recruiting for ISO and bank clients with Impact Payments Recruiting (2014-2016), ownership of QSR Technologies, an executive recruitment firm for payment processing and sales positions in the merchant acquiring industry (2007-2017), and Retained and Contingency Recruiter for CSH Consulting (2004-2007) and co-founder of Cardgigs.com, a payments industry dedicated job board (2008-2014).

Earlier in his career, Tannon worked extensively with and for banks and other card issuing organizations, including First Data Merchant Services, several regional banks, and Discover Card Services.