About Us
Buzz Points is an innovative rewards program that rewards consumers for choosing local businesses over national chains, and for banking with a local community bank or credit union. The localized rewards program is a win-win-win for customers, community financial institutions and locally owned businesses.
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Meet Our Talented Team
Headshot of Dwayne Spradlin Dwayne Spradlin
CEO, Board Member

Dwayne is a dynamic leader with substantial experience in technology driven and high growth organizations. As the former CEO of the Health Data Consortium in Washington DC, the former CEO of InnoCentive Inc. and President of Hoovers (a Dun & Bradstreet Company), Dwayne has a strong history of driving innovation, growth and revenue. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago as well as a BA in Applied Mathematics.

Headshot of Cisco Sacasa Cisco Sacasa
CFO

Cisco brings more than 18 years of financial and operational experience to Buzz Points, Inc. Previously, Cisco held various leadership roles at Dell, Inc., Diageo PLC, Deloitte & Touche LLP and Assurant Solutions. He graduated with a Bachelors of Accounting and a Masters in Accounting from Florida International University, an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Georgia.

Headshot of Stuart Cook Stuart Cook
CTO

Stuart comes from Monitise, where he held the role of EVP, Global Head of Product. He was responsible for the Product from an early start up with 30 employees and grew to over 1,500 people. Stuart drove the product roadmap and major partnerships that enabled 2,500% revenue growth over five years. These contributions helped Monitise to be ranked 4 years running as one of Britain's 50 fastest-growing tech companies in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 from 2011 to 2014.

Headshot of Will Andrews Will Andrews
SVP of Client Services

Will brings a background in technology and marketing to Buzz Points. Previously, he worked at Accenture in the data architecture group and as the Brand/Merchandising manager at Dell, where he was responsible for driving over $800 million in revenue. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he focused on Marketing.

Headshot of Tom Snyder Tom Snyder
SVP Sales & Marketing

Tom brings significant experience to Buzz Points as a senior sales executive. Most recently, Tom acted as the Executive Vice President of Sales Marketing and Distribution at BancVue, a software retail solutions provider for community financial institutions, based in Austin. He led a new business team of 15 regional vice presidents and was responsible for sales strategy, process development and implementation, including the execution of sales plans to expand the sale of BancVue's portfolio of products and services.

Headshot of Lydia Hattrup Lydia Hattrup
VP of Marketing

Lydia brings a background in branding, product and database marketing to Buzz Points. Previously, she worked at PGi in the online marketing group and then at Alen Corp where she developed the brand strategy and go-to-market initiatives that drove a 23% YOY revenue increase for the specialty retailer. Lydia received her BA in Business and Economics from Wheaton College in Illinois and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Headshot of Daisy Olivera Daisy Olivera
VP Human Resources & People Operations

Daisy brings more than 20 years of comprehensive human resources management experience focusing on growth and change in dynamic small, medium and large-sized businesses. Her philosophy is to align the Human Resources strategy with the strategic goals of the organization and promote a culture of innovative, accountable, ethical, and high performing team members.

Headshot of John Pugliese John Pugliese
Chairman of the Board
John is currently President of Motors Management Corp., Inc., a company that provides management oversight and direction to one of the top 100 active dealership groups in the country. John has been on the Board of Directors for Provident Bank since 2013, and the Board of Directors for Team Capital Bank since 2010. He's also served as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Metropolitan New York, as well as on the Board of Regents for St. Peter's College, where he earned a B.S. in Marketing in 1981.

Headshot of Jeffrey Citron Jeffrey Citron
Board Member

Jeff is the Managing Partner of KEC Holdings and is considered a technological pioneer and industry leader. Throughout his career he has used distributive technologies to transform industries ranging from electronic trading to financial services and telecommunications. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors at Vonage. Also a passionate philanthropist, Jeff and his wife founded the Charles Lafitte Foundation in 1999. CLF focuses on four primary causes: children's advocacy, education, medical research and initiatives, and the arts.

Headshot of Scott Booth Scott Booth
Board Member

Scott is a Special Advisor to Lead Edge Capital. Scott is also the founder and manager of affiliate Eastern Advisors. With over twenty years of technology investing experience, Scott's focus is on early-stage venture capital. Prior to Eastern Advisors, Scott was a portfolio manager at Kingdon Capital. Scott received an M.I.A. from Columbia University's School of International Affairs and a BA in History from Holy Cross College where he was awarded a Watson Fellowship.

Headshot of David Norton David Norton
Board Member

David serves as EVP of Analytics & Consumer Insights at MDC Partners. Recognized by several industry organizations for his transformative work on behalf of brands, David was named 2010 Chief Marketer of the Year by CMO Magazine and is a recipient of Loyola University's prestigious Lattanze Award. He graduated with a BS in Finance from Boston College and has a Masters in Technology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Wharton School of Management.

Headshot of Judith McGuire Judith McGuire
Board Member

Judith serves as EVP of Product Management for PULSE where she provides strategic direction for new and existing products, directs activities related to PULSE product development and management, and oversees development and implementation of PULSE's network pricing strategy. She has an extensive background in the payments industry, having worked at First Data Corporation for more than nine years in multiple roles, including Product Development and Marketing. Judith hold a BA in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

Headshot of Daniel Mica Daniel Mica
Advisor

Daniel is a former U.S. congressman and recently retired as President and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the leading trade association representing the nation's 9,000 credit unions and credit union leagues in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Florida Atlantic University. He also holds an honorary law degree from Barry University, Florida.

Headshot of Lloyd Devaux Lloyd Devaux
Advisor

Lloyd serves as Chief Operating Officer of BankAtlantic Bancorp. Prior to joining BankAtlantic, he was Senior EVP and Chief Information Officer for Union Planters Corporation. Lloyd graduated with an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, where he finished first in his class. He also holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo. In 2010, Lloyd graduated from the Harvard Business School's Owners/President/Managers (OPM) program.

Headshot of Ellie Wheeler Ellie Wheeler
Advisor

Ellie is currently a Senior Associate at Greycroft Partners, a digital media VC in NYC and LA. She is also a cofounder of Venturing Hoyas, an organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship at Georgetown University. Ellie began her career in growth equity investing at Summit Partners in Boston. Since then, she has spent time at Cisco Systems, Inc., DN Capital and Lowercase Capital. She received an MBA at Harvard Business School, focusing on digital media, technology, and investing.

Headshot of Jeff Parkinson Jeff "JP" Parkinson
Advisor

JP is a member of the Corporate Development team at KEC Holdings where his responsibilities span the entire spectrum of KEC Holdings' investment activities. Prior to KEC, JP was an Associate at Z Capital Partners, a distressed-for-control private equity firm. JP began his career as an Analyst at Citigroup and earned a BBA in Finance with distinction from Texas Christian University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.

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Our Investors
Our Partners

Buzz Points has built strategic alliances with the following organizations to create greater value and integration opportunities for community banks and credit unions.

The professional network for bank and credit union professionals, Buzz Points is proud to be part of a growing community and to provide rewards and marketing best practices to CBANC members.
Providing credit unions with access to high quality products, services, and technologies, Buzz Points is the only rewards program that is a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider.
As an IBAT Associate Member, we are proud to be a member of a team of banks that are committed to supporting and investing in their local communities.
Buzz Points partnered with mobile app developer, Malauzai Software, Inc., to provide clients with a seamless integration of the Buzz Points user experience with the cardholder's mobile banking app.
Buzz Points and PULSE provide the benefit of a rewards program integrated with the payment technology of PULSE, a network with a reputation of exceptional service, value and innovation.
Buzz Points is the exclusive rewards program in the Symitar VIP program. This means that we have streamlined the implementation process for credit unions that run a Symitar core platform.
By combining Buzz Points' community-focused rewards and marketing platform with Xtend's successful member awareness strategies, the partnership creates new opportunities for participating credit unions.
Buzz Points supports community banking through ICBA Corporate Associate membership.