Thomas C. Priore
Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Priore has served as Executive Chairman and founding member of Priority since August 2005 and recently assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in December of 2018. Under Mr. Priore’s strategic direction, Priority has emerged from a start-up organization to become the 13th largest merchant acquirer in the US and a leading provider of commercial payment solutions to major global institutions. Prior to dedicating his full time to Priority, he founded ICP Capital, a boutique investment banking enterprise that became a market leader in structured finance reaching over $20 billion in assets under management. From 1999 until 2003, Mr. Priore was with Guggenheim Securities where he founded the Structured Finance Trading and Origination business and managed its Fixed Income Sales and Trading division. Previously, Mr. Priore spent eight years in PaineWebber’s Fixed Income Sales and Trading department, rising to Vice President. Mr. Priore is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MBA from Columbia University. Thomas Priore is the brother of John Priore, Priority’s Vice Chairman.
John V. Priore
John Priore is the co-founder of Priority and served as Chief Executive Officer of Priority from August 2005 until assuming the role of Vice Chairman of the Board in December of 2018. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the payments industry. Prior to founding Priority, he was the Executive Vice President of Financial Systems at Ingenico, and also served in a variety of positions at other firms, including NOVA, First Data and American Express. Mr. Priore is a member of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), a legacy member of the Alpharetta Technology Commission and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Electronic Transactions Association. His commitment to the industry has helped propel Priority to be a leader in payments technology. John Priore is the brother of Thomas Priore, Priority’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman.
Matthew Kearney has been an Operating Partner at Rockbridge Growth Equity, LLC since March 2015. Mr. Kearney is responsible for driving a range of strategic and operational improvement and initiatives across the firm while also overseeing Rockbridge's media portfolio and advising on new media investments. During his time at Rockbridge, Matthew has overseen the successful sale of Triad Retail Media to WPP and the merger of the Rockbridge and Verifone petro media businesses to form "GSTV". Mr. Kearney now serves as the Chairman of GSTV. Prior to joining Rockbridge, Mr. Kearney served as Executive Chairman of Carlyle Talent Holdings, a Carlyle Group backed special payments company serving the advertising industry, from March 2013 to March 2015. Mr. Kearney also serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of Telenor Group, the Norwegian multinational telecommunications company (OSE: TEL) and has advised the board of M I Acquisitions. Mr. Kearney previously served as CEO of Screenvision, a cinema advertising and media distribution company. Mr. Kearney holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Manchester and an MBA from London Business School.
William Gahan is a risk management specialist focused on institutional fixed income asset management and debt capital markets. Most recently, from 2011 until 2017, Mr. Gahan was Managing Director at Benefit Street Partners, a credit-focused alternative asset management firm with approximately $25 billion in assets under management where he managed a strategic credit investment operation. Prior to his role at Benefit Street Partners, Mr. Gahan operated a proprietary credit trading portfolio at Greenwich Capital after a career in debt capital markets with Merrill Lynch, Kidder Peabody and Paine Webber. Mr. Gahan received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1988.
Michael K. Passilla
Michael K. Passilla has served as a director of Priority since June 4, 2019. Mr. Passilla served as Vice Chairman for JP Morgan Chase & Company from July 2016 until his retirement in June 2018, after serving as Chief Executive Officer of Chase Merchant Services from May 2013 to June 2016. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Evalon - US Bank, Inc. from August 2010 to April 2013, after serving as Executive Vice President of Global Business Development since August 2007. Mr. Passilla received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and an MBA from Northwestern University in 1995.