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Michael Berman
Founder & CEO

Michael Berman has been practicing law for over 10 years. Mr. Berman was General Counsel for Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded information technology company on the NASDAQ. Mr. Berman has worked as general counsel for Tecniflex, Inc. and Imagic Corporation. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Communications, and holds a J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee. In law school, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Law Review, and won the National Evidence Moot Court Competition. During Mr. Berman’s legal career, Mr. Berman has obtained extensive experience in managing agreements and working with information management systems.

Kimberli Sheets
Executive VP/Sales

Kimberli Sheets has over 22 years of combined experience in the banking and financial services industries. Prior to her work at Network Contract Solutions, Ms. Sheets was Chief Sales Officer of the Eastern Region Bancvue Ltd. From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Sheets served as Vice President and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Goldleaf Financial Services, where she launched new products and implemented strategic revenue generating networks and partnerships with alternative financing providers. Ms. Sheets has worked in banking industry in multiple capacities, including work in savings and loan, national banks, and community banks, and her last bank industry position was Regional Vice President for Union Planters. She attended the Omega School of Management as well as the Omega School of Sales and Marketing, and she is AIB certified in Retail and Commercial Banking.

Heather Caruso
Executive VP/Paralegal Operations

Heather Caruso has over 15 years experience in providing paralegal services in multiple industries including technology, manufacturing, financial services and the federal government. Prior to working with Network Contract Solutions, Ms. Caruso was a paralegal for Asurion Corporation; Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc. and Lord Corporation; and a Case Administrator for Michelin North America, Inc. Ms. Caruso was also a legal assistant with the U. S. Attorney’s Office, assigned to the Drug & Violent Crimes Task Forces. Private law firm experience includes Wyche Burgess Freeman and Parham, PA. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She also graduated with honors from Greenville Technical College with an A.A. in Public Service (Paralegal Studies).

Brian Hiatt
Executive VP/Technology

Brian Hiatt has over 20 years in IT Management with over 10 years in executive IT management. Prior to his work with Network Contract Solutions, Mr. Hiatt was Chief Information Officer at Drivers Select in Dallas, Texas. Prior to Drivers Select, Mr. Hiatt served as Chief Information Officer of Private Business Inc. Mr. Hiatt has worked as Chief Technology Officer for Tecniflex, Inc. and Imagic Corporation as well as COO, CIO, and CTO of several other companies. As co-founder and Chief Information officer of Collectorpro Software, Inc. since 1992, Mr. Hiatt has significant entrepreneurial experience as well as experience in startup, turn-around, public/private, and rapid growth companies. Mr. Hiatt received a degree in Business Management in 1979 from Chattanooga State College and has multiple technical certifications.



Tom Black
Tom Black is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Tom Black Center for Selling. Mr. Black is the author of the book, The Boxcar Millionaire. Tom Black is an entrepreneur who has founded, purchased, sold, and taken companies public. Mr. Black served as Chief Executive Officer of Imagic Corporation, a Nashville-based check imaging software company, and Tecniflex, Inc., a check processing equipment maintenance and servicing company. He had previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Private Business, Inc., which provides an accounts receivable financing solution to community banks from 1991 until 1998, prior to the company's initial public offering.

Carl Brasser
Carl Brasser is currently the Chairman of Enhancement Services, LLC. He is also a Partner of Green Ideas Group. Prior to these positions, Mr. Brasser was Chairman of Goldleaf Technologies, Inc. Mr. Brasser was one of five founders of Private Business Inc. (PBI) in 1991, which grew its sales to more than 1,700 financial institutions nationwide and revenues in excess of $60 million. Carl was previously a partner in Madison Financial Corporation, which subsequently became FISI-Madison Financial. Both companies successfully sold and marketed products to more than 7,000 financial institutions and millions of customers nationwide. Prior to partnering with Madison Financial Corporation, Carl held a senior position in the association/group marketing division of CNA Insurance. Carl’s experience marketing products through financial institution channels spans more than 25 years.

Joyce Cook
Joyce Cook is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of International CyberTrans, (ICT) LLC, an electronic transaction processing company, now with sales offices in 10 states. Prior to ICT, Joyce Cook founded IMA Payment Systems in 1986 and served as CEO and President until 1999. Under her tenure, IMA grew from a small startup business to a nationally recognized and successful sales organization in the electronic credit card transaction industry. Also, Ms. Cook currently serves on the Atlanta Federal Reserve Advisory Council. Ms. Cook was one of the founders and past president of the Electronic Transaction Association, a national association for the electronic processing industry with over 3,000 members. A Chattanooga native, Ms. Cook graduated with a BS Degree from University of Chattanooga.

Scott Craighead
Scott Craighead is currently the Chief Financial Officer for National Distribution & Contracting, Inc., a national medical supplies distribution company. Previously, Mr. Craighead served as Chief Financial Officer of Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc. Mr. Craighead is a certified public accountant and with almost ten years of public accounting experience as a senior audit manager with both Ernst & Young LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Craighead graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

David B. Dunn
Dr. Dunn, Vice President-ZHealth, oversees physician coding and manages ZHealth operations. He also participates as a regular instructor for ZHealth educational programs and recently coauthored the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Coding Reference in Dr. Z’s Medical Coding Series. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he completed his M.D. at the University of Texas, San Antonio, his surgical residency at Scott & White, and his vascular surgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. A diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Dunn is also certified in Vascular Surgery, managing his own private surgical practice for over a decade. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Dunn also serves on the National Advisory Board for the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders).

Jim Fitzsimmons
Jim Fitzsimmons is the Chief Executive Officer of Ingram and Associates and has more than 22 years of experience in the area of healthcare financial services-the last 15 in senior executive roles. Jim co-founded Ingram & Associates with Brent Teveit in 1998, and has been instrumental in growing the business and building a staff that now includes over 200 healthcare financial specialists. Jim's primary responsibilities include overall business direction, sales and direction over Ingram's accounts receivable services operations. Prior to co-founding Ingram & Associates, Jim was the Division President of IPN Network, LLC, a Nashville-based company that managed the business offices for 22 hospitals. Jim was in charge of more than 300 employees and $3 billion in receivables for IPN clients. Jim also spent several years at First Data Corporation as a senior executive responsible for the development and management of an accounts receivable management division. Jim has particular expertise in a wide range of healthcare financial services, reimbursement management, customer relations, sales, marketing, and mergers & acquisitions.

William G. Heim
Mr. Heim is currently a Director of 3T Solutions. From 1999 until 2007, Bill served as President and CEO of 3T Solutions, an issuing, tracking, reconciliation firm. Under Bill's leadership, 3T formalized the 'total solution' of customized software, hardware and service and the three distinct channels of distribution. Before joining 3T, Bill served as President and CEO of Bankers Resource Group. From 1985 to 1997, Bill was employed by Cendant, where he held various positions including managing director of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Hugh Nystrom
Mr. Nystrom is currently the Director of Program Operations and Development for Childhelp's Tennessee programs. Before his nonprofit service, Hugh worked for fourteen years for the Walt Disney Company in leadership positions in sales, marketing and resort management. Mr. Nystrom graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and is a recognized leader in the Knoxville community.


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