About TSG

The Strawhecker Group (TSG) is a fast-growing analytics and consulting firm focused on the electronic payments industry. The company serves the entire payments ecosystem, from fintech startups to Fortune 500 companies. The firm provides its clients with advisory services, research and analytics to help them plan and execute their strategic initiatives. Based in Omaha, a recognized payments industry hub, TSG is an established leader in this high-growth, ever-evolving space.

TSG's Milestones

  • June 2006 / TSG Founded

    Kurt Strawhecker/Jamie Savant founded The Strawhecker Group (TSG)

  • June 2009 / Significant Transaction

    TSG closed its first significant transaction advisory offering in Pace Partners acquisition of Century Bankcard

  • April 2010 / TSG Award

    TSG awarded the Electronic Transactions Association’s Business Partner of the Year

  • July 2011 / AIM Launch

    TSG launched first industry-wide performance platform called Acquiring Industry Metrics (AIM)

  • April 2012 / NewsFilter Milestones

    TSG published 300th edition of NewsFilter, reaching over 25K subscribers

  • July 2014 / Global Expansion

    TSG expanded its global reach to companies based in five continents

  • Sept. 2015 / Expanding Reach

    TSG has now provided services to nine of the top 10 merchant acquirers in the U.S.

  • Nov. 2016 / GEM Platform Launch

    TSG launched industry-first Gateway Enterprise Metrics (GEM) platform, allowing gateways to benchmark their uptime, transaction time, and decline rates

TSG Team

We are proven industry leaders with extensive experience assisting companies with explosive growth periods, buying and selling, technology-driven strategies, and data-driven decision making.

Kurt Strawhecker

Managing Partner

Kurt cut his teeth in marketing followed by being First Data’s first “non IBM-type” management hire in the 1980s and created the division that introduced advertising into credit card statements (thanks a lot, Kurt).

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Jamie Savant

Partner & Co-Founder

Jamie has been in payments since the ‘80s and has been a payments Savant (pardon the pun) ever since – he was one of the first to identify and sell new business through what was then called “cybermalls” (now ecommerce).

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Mike Strawhecker


Mike runs TSG’s product lines and has affinity for his self-proclaimed coined adage “the data is the data”

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Ashley Blue

Executive Operations Specialist

Ashley’s positive attitude and creative apporach to business assists the TSG team, and its clients, in reaching their goals

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Alexandra Bruening, CPA

Director of Finance

Alexandra is an experienced finance professional managing all aspects of Finance

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Jared Drieling

Director of Business Intelligence

Jared has lived and breathed consumer spending and the payments industry his entire career and has been quoted in the NY Times, USA Today, and even discussed payments with The White House.

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Rich Eyberg

Senior Associate

Rich is a payments consultant specializing in merchant acquiring businesses, prepaid, and acquiring activities in the specialized oil and convenience store verticals.

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Chuck Fillinger

Senior Associate

Chuck has proven results working with merchants within all vertical retail and internet markets, vendor’s, gateway providers and acquirers, providing enhanced payment processing solutions on a national and global scale.

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Trevor Forbes

Director of Metrics

Whether digging through a massive Excel file, or forming squares and circles into an infographic, Trevor wears a lot of different hats for TSG and is known as its moral compass.

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Sanjay Garapati

Enterprise Data Warehouse Director

Sanjay has over 20 years of IT experience architecting and designing customized mission critical solutions and data warehouses for several large corporations, including Fortune 500 companies.

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Michael Goding

Senior Associate

Mike advises clients of TSG on business and negotiation strategy, with a focus on processing agreement terms and pricing issues.

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Cliff Gray

Affiliate Associate

Cliff is a leading authority on large-scale, high-performance payment system design, including network infrastructure, platform and software architecture, system security, and industry compliance.

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Susan Horne

Senior Associate

Susan assists banks, ISOs, processors and any other entity in the acquiring business with specific solutions to issues related to the payments industry.

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Josh Istas

AIM Director

Josh and the TSG AIM Database are one in the same: Industry-leading, logical, with endless possibilities

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John Jakobe

Market Research Analyst

John focuses heavily on keeping the pulse of the payments industry and has personally contributed to numerous TSG research projects

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John Kirkpatrick

Senior Associate

John brings more than 29 years of leadership experience developing and implementing complex global business strategies for companies of all sizes using his extensive knowledge of technology valuations, gateways, and back-ends.

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David Laferla

Chief Financial Officer

David has 40 years of executive experience in banking as well as extensive experience in finance, operations and project management.

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Peter Michaud

Dir. of Project Management

Peter is the “Ace of Payments Jeopardy” by possessing a broad knowledge of the industry.

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Andrew Nuss

Director of Marketing

Andrew’s passion is spreading the gospel of TSG to the masses – plus he gets paid to do it. His groundbreaking subliminal marketing tactics have led to drastic increases in sales (click here, buy now).

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Fernanda Reutzel

Market Research Analyst

Fernanda assists the firm on a variety of market research projects for large industry clients, including several Fortune 500 firms

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Bob Schmitz

Senior Associate

For the past two decades, Bob has provided his financial and project management services for M&A and Business Development groups within the Payments Industry.

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Raymond Sobczyk

Senior Associate

Ray has prepared value assessments, supported due diligence efforts, and advised buyers, sellers, and investors on over thirty potential transactions in the merchant acquiring and processing industry.

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Matt Sobczyk


Matt’s quiet demeanor brings tranquility to sometimes noisy data inputs

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Judith Tullius

Executive Operations Specialist

Judith has a strong sense for maintaining a tight bond in the workplace. Her charm, intelligence and witty sense of humor creates an inviting atmosphere for TSG’s employees and clients alike.

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Steve Vickers

Director of Revenue and Growth

Steve is the “Mad Scientist” of the TSG Lab, working on bringing new products and features to an already impressive solution-set.

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