“I believe in our product and what it can do. It’s a better way to run your business.” — Paul Stemler
Paul is the President and Co-founder of Global Technology Finance, LLC. GTF was formed in 1998 because of the need to find better financing solutions, while Paul was the COO/CFO at Sarcom, a $700 million-plus national revenue provider of technology products and services.
Having been a solution provider, Paul knows the typical constraints of the Technology Partner and developed the GTF program. GTF has proven very successful in raising capital and lowering costs for its partners. GTF’s main focus is VAR, Logistic, Telecom, and Diversity Partners who sell and/or manage technology. Under Paul’s direction, GTF has funded now $10 billion, has secured 560+ vendor partner relationships and has financed 5,700+ end users.
Paul earned his BA from Colgate University (Honors Math/Economics), participated in the Oxford University and London School of Economics program, and has an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.
Richard Gallant, Co-founded GTF while employed as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Richard’s career began at Ernst & Young providing financial consulting services to small and medium sized companies and provided strategic divestiture advice to banks undergoing restructuring as a result of the financial crisis of 1988 – 1991 period. Post Ernst & Young, he worked in leveraged finance at JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse First Boston working with private equity firms and private and public companies in structuring and financing LBOs, providing M&A advice and executing IPOs and sell side M&A processes to help monetize client investments.
Richard earned his BA from Colgate University (economics) and a MS in Accounting and MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Richard currently lives in New England with his family and has business interests in the endoscopic repair industry. When not working, he is engaged in youth hockey and other activities.
As COO and CFO (since 1999), Steve Weislogel’s significant experience in finance, operations and CPA background as well as his disciplined risk based approach to transaction flow and processes, provide a basis for this market opportunity. He and his Columbus based staff are responsible for the relationships with GTF’s technology partners, vendor partners, financial institutions, outside auditors and management committee.
Prior to GTF, Weislogel was a risk advisor for Banc One Corporation. During his four years at Banc One, Weislogel served as a positive change agent where he was responsible for key risk areas including rate risk management, Y2K, national consolidations/ conversions, overdraft processes and data security. He also spent four years at Ernst & Young LLP where he was specifically chosen by management and charged with the responsibility of re-engineering the firms audit approach through the integration of people, processes and technology.
Steve earned his BS in Accountancy from Miami University. He is active in the local community and is engaged supporting his children’s sports and other activities.
As Vice President of Sales, Mark Barrett is a seasoned “C-level” executive with extensive financial, sales & operational experience. Accomplishments include acquiring and selling companies, restructuring financial and operational processes, implementing strategic financial solutions, managing key vendor and banking relationships, and establishing strategic direction (including sales strategies) for various companies.
Prior to joining GTF, Barrett served as the Senior Vice President, CFO & COO for AdvizeX Technologies, a leading information technology infrastructure solutions provider. As a 14-year veteran of AdvizeX, Barrett is known as a results-oriented executive with expertise in all financial, sales and operational areas of the business. Barrett led the management team through a leveraged buyout in 2005, and lead the due diligence process to sell the company to a strategic buyer in 2012. Mark began his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers where he advanced over 10 years to a Senior Manager role in the Business Assurance Audit Group. He gained extensive cross industry experience (including SEC reporting & compliance) in driving both financial and operational improvements for his clients.
Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and is a certified public accountant (CPA).
VP & General Counsel
As Vice President & General Counsel, Ken Rathburn is responsible for managing all legal aspects of the GTF business. Drawing on his broad experience in commercial finance, representing both lenders and borrowers in establishing senior secured and mezzanine credit facilities, he is able to offer creative solutions and move the transaction and the business forward.
Prior to joining GTF, Rathburn served as corporate counsel at BMW Financial Services, where he provided legal advice on contractual, regulatory and funding matters. He was also previously an attorney in the banking and finance practice group of the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP. Before entering law school, Rathburn spent time as a commercial banker, so he has seen many sides of the finance business.
Ken earned his BS from The Ohio State University (Economics) and his JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is active in his church, chases his young children around, and enjoys playing golf and tennis.
VP, Customer Credit and AR Management
As Vice President of Customer Credit & A/R Management, Al Kralik is responsible for helping customers reduce bad debt risk and lower DSO. He keeps watch over the AR accounts and helps managers resolve AR past due issues. In some cases, he monitors managers’ purchases and initiates payment to vendors.
Kralik has worked in the reseller business since 1986, employed at several companies including Basicomputer, The Future Now, Telxon and Sarcom. He was head of Credit and Collections and supervised up to 40 people. In each of these roles he helped develop and implement special programs for sales, staff and customers at each company to better understand and meet company goals.
Al earned his BA in Political Science from Kent State University. In his off time, he enjoys gardening, reading and all types of sports.