The following individuals are regular contributors to the ProPay Blog:

Mark Johnson MBA, CPISM.  Chief Information Officer

Mr. Johnson has over 24 years in the information technology industry. Prior to joining ProPay in early 2008, he was Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Security Officer for one of the nation’s top-25 issuing and acquiring banks. His experience includes software development of financial systems for a multi-billion dollar organization, Director of Computer Science for a Salt Lake City-based Junior College, and Director of Technology Operations for FranklinCovey. He has also served in the United States Air Force as a statistician where he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Idaho State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Scott Nelson,  MBA, Vice President of Marketing

Scott is the Vice President of Marketing, ProPay, Inc. He has more than 25 years of product marketing and executive management experience in the high-tech industry. His career includes experience with ContentWatch, Inc.,, Nu Skin and WordPerfect/Novell. For the past 18 years he has held executive level management roles focusing on product management and marketing. At ContentWatch, through his online marketing efforts, the company achieved double-digit revenue growth in consecutive years. As the Vice President of Product Marketing at, became the number one trafficked genealogy site on the Web. He also played an integral role in turning into the Web’s #3 subscription service. Before joining Scott worked at WordPerfect Corporation and Novell, Inc. as the Vice President of Marketing, directing all marketing activities for the Business Applications Division and WordPerfect product lines.

Scott earned dual bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University in Marketing and Finance and an MBA from Colorado State University.

Dr. Heather Mark, Ph.D., CPISM/A CISSP, CIPP. Sr. Vice President Market Strategy

Dr. Heather Mark specializes in regulatory compliance, privacy and data security issues. She received a doctorate in Public Administration and Public Policy at Auburn University, where she also taught courses in Political Economy and American Government. Dr. Mark founded an information security company, which was acquired in late 2003. She has served on the Electronic Transaction Association’s Government Relations Committee and was the executive director of the Society of Payment Security Professionals. Dr. Mark has consulted with many companies on the issue of PCI DSS compliance and the myriad data security and privacy regulations facing organizations today. In 2007, Dr. Mark was named a “Mover and Shaker” in the Payment Card Industry by Transaction World Magazine. She has written several dozen articles for industry publications and has contributed a chapter on data security and privacy issues for How to Survive and Thrive in the Merchant Services Industry.  Dr. Mark has trained hundreds of individuals on information security, data and regulatory compliance issues in the payments industry.

Stanton Huntington, MBA, J.D. Corporate Counsel

Stanton Huntington is an Associate Legal Counsel for ProPay, Inc.  He specializes in issues surrounding allocation of risk and data breach liability.  He is a member of the Utah Bar and a graduate of the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.  Stanton also received a Master of Business Administration degree from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

Ryan Oakes, CPA, Sr.Vice President, Product Management

Ryan Oakes joined ProPay in 2005 as the Vice President of Product Management.  He has over 10 years of experience working with entrepreneurial companies focusing on financial services and technology.  Ryan began his career with Deloitte in Los Angeles in Assurance and Advisory Services.  He has also worked in the venture capital industry.   Ryan graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and an MBA from the Marriott School at Brigham Young University.  He is a Certified Public Account licensed in the States of California and Utah.

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