Senior Vice President of the Petroleum Channel
William (Bill) Pittman is Senior Vice President of the Petroleum Channel. Pittman has more than two decades of experience in payment integrations, both as an executive and a software entrepreneur.
His first start-up company, GO Software, developed a PC-based payment processing software product called PCCharge. Pittman sold GO Software in 1999. PCCharge grew to become the industry standard for PC-based processing and was sold to VeriFone. Pittman’s second company, TPI Software, developed a payment gateway software product called Smart Payments Server, that is still used by many of the industry’s leading payment processors and ISOs. TPI Software was acquired by Hypercom Corp. in 2006.
Most Recently, Pittman served as a technical advocate at Sterling Payments for integrated software vendors (ISVs) and POS resellers by providing solution requirements such as system architecture, addressing best practices for transaction security, and developing documentation and educational programs for ISVs and POS resellers.
Prior to Sterling, Pittman was Executive Vice President of Technical Services at PowaPOS, where he ran the global technical services group. His executive experience also includes serving as Senior Vice President of Product Strategy for Ingenico’s ROAM Data, and as Senior Manager of Product Management at Amazon, responsible for the company’s internal and external global payment platform products.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE FINTECH INDUSTRY AND SOUND PAYMENTS?
I have been in this industry for over 20 years before the term Fintech came about. After I got my engineering degree, the PC industry started and I saw an opportunity developing PC software. I started off writing rental/POS software and then VeriFone invented the payment terminal. I figured I could do everything in software VeriFone did and add value to my POS software. So I started GO Software and wrote PCCharge to meet that opportunity. Sound Payments offers me the opportunity to continue to advance the industry with software and services.
WHAT IS YOUR FOCUS AT SOUND PAYMENTS?
Creating value and growing the business by seizing opportunities in this dynamic industry.
HOW DO YOU CREATE VALUE AND WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST?
You need to understand the industry today, where it is going tomorrow and use technology to make it happen. The industry is dynamic, technology is dynamic so the challenge is to align the two so they intersect at the same time. I enjoy listening to customers the most and seeing their excitement when you have exactly what they are looking for.
WHAT WOULD BE THE TOP TWO MOST INTERESTING PLACES YOU VISITED AND WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
I grew up living all over the world. I was born in Hawaii and lived in Iran and Thailand for several years. Then I had the opportunity to work for international companies that sent me all over the world. So I don’t have any one place or experience other than seeing my two children born.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TWO FAVORITE BOOKS?
I have always been a big fan of business/technology books so I don’t have two favorites rather a few such as “Only the Paranoid Survive”, “Crossing the Chasm”, “The Innovator’s Dilemma” and “Inside Steve’s Brain”.