William E. Fisher


Mr. Fisher is an experienced investor, senior executive and public board member.  Mr. Fisher is the founder of Treetop Ventures (www.treetopventures.com), an angel investment firm located in Omaha, Nebraska.

He serves on the board of several private companies in addition to FTNI that includes D3 Banking, Prism Technologies, LLC., Prairie Cloudware, Inc., and Simple Insurance LLC.

He is an experienced public company director having also served on the public boards of Bank of America’s Merchant Processing Business (NASDAQ: BAMSI); TriZetto, Inc., a leading health care IT provider (NASDAQ: TZIX:); West, Inc., a leading technology-driven communication services provider; Hypercom, Inc., a leading provider of point-of-sale technology (NASDAQ: HYC); and Transaction Systems Architects, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIW) a leading provider of software payment technology. Mr. Fisher was the founder of TSAI. Prior to founding TSAI, Mr. Fisher was employed by First Data Resources in a number of roles.

Mr. Fisher holds a BS in Management from Indiana State University and an MBA from the University of Nebraska.

Kurt M. Matis

President & CEO

Mr. Matis brings over 20 years of financial and operational management experience to the company. Prior to founding FTNI, Mr. Matis was a co-founder of L&M Energy Partners, LLC., where he designed and rolled-out the company’s Automated Contract Tracking Software utilized by customers throughout the U.S. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Matis was the Chief Financial Officer of R.J. Thompson Holdings (RJT), which was acquired by TD Waterhouse. Before his time at RJT, Mr. Matis worked for Data Transmission Network Corporation (DTN) as Director of Finance.

Mr. Matis received his B.S.B.A from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with majors in Finance and Banking, and his MBA from Creighton University, for which he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Mr. Matis holds a CPA certificate with the State of Nebraska and is a member of the AICPA and the Nebraska Society of CPAs.

Brian Grier

Chief Technology Officer & Director

Mr. Grier brings over 20 years of software engineering experience in the financial services transaction processing environment to FTNI. Most recently Mr. Grier worked as an independent consultant for American Medical Files, LLC where he helped develop a medical payment processing system to allow direct payments between insurers and medical providers.

Previously, as Vice President of Software Development for R. J. Thompson Holdings (RJT), Mr. Grier was responsible for the client trading software and back-office interface development. Mr. Grier was instrumental in RJT being named as one of Forbes’ magazines “Best of the Web”.

Prior to this, Mr. Grier was one of the founders of InfoComp International, Inc. InfoComp developed a variety of enterprise level applications for its clients, including Securities America and Fahnestock Viner Holdings, a New York-based full-service brokerage.

Mr. Grier received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Nebraska College of Engineering and Technology.

Greg T. Sloma


Mr. Sloma is currently the President of G.O., Inc., a privately held real estate company. From 2004 through 2006, he was the President and CFO for SpeedNet Services, Inc., a privately held Wireless Internet Provider. Prior to SpeedNet, Mr. Sloma held various positions at Data Transmission Network (DTN), a publicly traded electronic information company. During his ten plus years at DTN, his positions included Vice Chairman, Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining DTN in April of 1993, Mr. Sloma spent 17 years at Deloitte & Touche, specializing in tax consulting. Mr. Sloma also currently serves on the board of West Corporation (NASDAQ: WSTC).

Mr. Sloma received his J.D. degree, cum laude, in Business and Tax Law from the University of Nebraska in 1976, and a B.S.B.A. degree, cum laude, in Accounting from Creighton University in 1973. He is a CPA.

Vance Gardiner


Vance Gardiner has been employed for Tetrad Corporation since 1989. He is responsible for corporate investment objectives, venture capital investments, strategic and financial planning, and tax planning and compliance.

From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Gardiner was Project Manager with Union Pacific railroad in the Planning and Finance Department primarily focused on strategic acquisitions and dispositions.

Mr. Gardiner holds a B.S. in Business-Finance from the University of Utah.

D. Wayne Kehrli


Mr. Kehrli recently retired after forty years in the commercial banking industry. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Kehrli was a regional President with Mutual of Omaha Bank following its acquisition of Nebraska State Bank in 2007.

Prior to its acquisition, Mr. Kehrli held the position of Chairman of the Board, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Nebraska State Bank in Omaha, Nebraska for twenty-five years. Prior to joining Nebraska State Bank, Mr. Kehrli served in an executive officer capacity with two other community banks in Nebraska. He has also served on many boards during his career.

Mr. Kehrli graduated cum laude from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska in 1968.

Chris Thompson

CHIEF Operations Officer

Mr. Thompson brings over 20 years of operational experience to FTNI. Prior to joining FTNI Mr. Thompson was Trading Manager of Freedom Investments, Inc., a discount brokerage firm located in Omaha, Nebraska. In May of 1999, he joined R.J. Thompson Securities, Inc. as Trading Manager heading up all trading operations for the brokerage firm. In August of 2001 until May 2003, he was Vice President of Operations of R.J. Thompson Securities, Inc. and became a director of RJT.

Mr. Thompson ran the operations of a retail restaurant franchisor, Daddio’s USA, Inc. from May 2003 until January 2006. This entailed day-to-day operational responsibilities and ensuring the employees and/or franchisees had all necessary supplies and training prior to opening new stores.

From January 2006 through December 2008, he headed up the operations of American Medical Files LLC, an online medical payments processor. During his tenure with AMF, Mr. Thompson helped design a completely online 835/EOP/EFT Remittance Hub as well as provider and payer desktop products.

Lyle T. Knox

Vice President, Client Relationships

Mr. Knox brings over 35 years experience in the financial services industry to the FTNI team. Prior to joining FTNI, Mr. Knox spent nearly 25 years with ACI Worldwide, a leading provider of electronic payments software doing business in over 80 countries. Mr. Knox most recently served as Vice President of Latin American Operations for ACI Worldwide, where the company operates directly and through a network of partners. Previously while with ACI Worldwide, Mr. Knox served in a variety of customer facing management roles in both sales and customer care.

Prior to joining ACI Worldwide, Mr. Knox began his career at Ameritas Insurance Corporation. While at Ameritas, Mr. Knox was instrumental in leading the implementation of a variety of technology tools to support their distributed sales and marketing organization.

Mr. Knox received his B.A. degree in mathematics from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Zac Robinson

VICE PResident, Sales & Marketing

Zac Robinson joined FTNI in 2014. As the Vice President of Sales & Marketing, he is responsible for leading FTNI’s marketing, lead generation and business development efforts.

Prior to joining FTNI, Mr. Robinson spent eight years in the corporate marketing department at CSG International, most recently as Sr. Manager, Corporate & Digital Marketing. In this role, Mr. Robinson founded CSG’s global digital marketing practice. He was responsible for working cross-functionally with CSG senior executives to launch the company’s social media and blogging strategies, as well as orchestrating CSG’s lead management process across four international regions.

Robinson began his career with Prairie Voice Services (purchased by CSG in 2007) where he managed lead generation and qualification, ultimately assuming marketing leadership responsibilities within the CSG corporate marketing team for the newly-acquired line of business post-acquisition.

Robinson received his B.S. in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). He was also a member of the UNO Men’s Basketball team, earning academic all-conference honors twice during his career and remains the program’s all-time leading three point shooter.

John Karhoff


John Karhoff joined FTNI in 2015. During his time at FTNI, he has held positions within every role of the sales organization. Currently serving as the Director of Sales, he is responsible for the ongoing growth and development of FTNI’s sales team and operations, as well as revenue generation and customer acquisition.

Prior to joining FTNI, Mr. Karhoff began his career in the competitive field of recruiting where he developed a successful sales resume and caught the eye of FTNI’s executive management team. Upon joining the FTNI Sales team as a Solution Sales Representative, Karhoff quickly became a top-producer and was tapped for management responsibilities. Karhoff has lead the FTNI Sales organization to consistent year-over-year growth and record-setting production each year since assuming the responsibilities of managing FTNI’s day-to-day sales operations in 2016.

Karhoff received his B.S. in Journalism, with a Business Minor in Marketing from the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). He was also a member of the UNO Men’s Basketball team, earning academic all-conference honors four times, and still ranks in the top-15 all-time career leading scorers in program history.