Jeff Shavitz is a finance expert, leader in merchant services, business development guru and celebrated best-selling author. In 2001, he co-founded Charge Card Systems, Inc. (CCS), a national credit card processing company based in Boca Raton, FL that grew to over 600 salespeople. In 2012, he sold CCS to Card Connect, owned by FTV Capital, a private equity firm rolling up merchant processing companies in the space. Jeff served as a consultant for 2 years to the senior management following the sale and in June 2017, First Data (one of the largest credit card companies in the world) acquired Card Connect for $750MM.
During his tenure in the payments space, his largest niche marketplace has been the healthcare industry including hospitals, solo practitioners, medical groups and associations (including for profit and non-profit). Prior to the merchant services industry, Jeff worked at Lehman Brothers in its investment banking division working on corporate finance and M & A work.
Jeff also enjoys writing. His first book, “Size Doesn’t Matter—Why Small Business is Big Business,” hit #1 on Amazon in the business and entrepreneurship categories. He has published five other business books plus one lifestyle book that he co-authored with his daughter called “Mom & Dad – I Promise I’ll Get Into College”. In addition to his books, he is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur Magazine and The Business Journals. He is also a columnist and a member of the Advisory Board for The Green Sheet, the leading trade publication in the payments and industry and a member of the First Data ISO Advisory Board and First Data President’s Council.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University and studied finance at the London School of Economics. He is married with three children, and his personal goal is to play the top 100 golf courses in the USA.