Executive Leadership

Mark Ripplinger, President & CEO

Mark RipplingerMark has been leading Everlink’s broad portfolio in the highly competitive payments solutions business since October, 2007. Under Mark’s leadership, Everlink has transformed into a leading, highly diversified and highly respected Payments Solutions provider. Everlink offers a comprehensive suite of innovative and integrated payments solutions and services within six discreet Lines of Business, serving credit unions, banks and independent sales organizations (ISOs) and connecting financial institutions, retailers and cardholders world-wide.

During his career Mark has held key executive positions in several leading companies including: VP Technology & CIO with the Canadian Payments Association (Ottawa, ON); Senior VP & CIO with ATB Financial (Edmonton, AB); VP & CIO at Crown Life (Regina, SK); Vice President of Systems with Co-operators Financial Services (Guelph, ON); Partner with Sierra Systems (Calgary, AB); Business Development Executive with EDS (Calgary, AB); Solutions Development Manager with Cisco Systems (Calgary, AB); and Director, Sales & Marketing with CDSL/CGI (Mississauga, ON).

Mark completed a Bachelor of Administration with Distinction at the University of Regina as well as a graduate certificate program in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a present and past member of numerous boards of directors, industry associations and charitable organizations and is a frequent speaker at trade conferences and management groups across North America.

Darlyn Thompson, Vice President Client Support Services

IMG_2999 (1)Darlyn has extensive knowledge and experience in electronic payments and customer service within the credit union system, and works with clients to resolve problems and manage the delivery of Everlink services. As Vice President, Client Support Services, Darlyn is responsible for all client support teams – including online and offline system support. This integration provides stable and repeatable processes for production implementations, certifications and service management, and problem resolution.

In addition, the CSS Division is positioned to process your requests with a sense of urgency while maintaining consistent messaging. Most importantly, Darlyn is able to manage client-facing issues because of the complete oversight and adherence to process. Darlyn has a proven track record of working effectively with clients, ensuring their interests are her top priority.

Bryan Beattie, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing

Bryan BeattieBryan has held a number of previous positions within Everlink since he first started with the company in 2006. His latest was as Senior Account Executive responsible for Western Canada and the Prairies Region, a position he held since 2013. During his time with Everlink, Bryan has been instrumental in fostering close relationships with credit unions and financial institutions across Canada and introducing several of Everlink’s new innovations to its client base.

Bryan is an honours graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree.

Carlo Tuzi, Vice President, Technology & Operations

Carlo Tuzi Carlo joined Everlink in January 2006 with the acquisition of the CGI electronic processing business. Carlo has been appointed Vice President with responsibility for the programming teams supporting our data centre operations and infrastructure.

Carlo is a 26-year veteran in the electronic transaction processing environment and was responsible for the switching operations with CGI Services to Credit Unions business unit, and formerly with Co-Operators Data Services Limited (CDSL).

Carlo’s expertise is highly regarded within the technology services industry having earned this recognition from his many years of contribution to the national credit union system and Interac Association. During his tenure he participated in the initial launch of Interac® Debit and the migration of the Interac SCD service to the IMN platform, and he continues to provide direction and support to various Interac technology projects.

Carlo is a graduate of the Humber College Data Processing program.

Duane Gomes, Vice President & Controller, Finance

Duane Gomes Duane Gomes joined Everlink in February 2007, and was appointed Vice President Finance and Controller in October 2008. In this role, he is responsible for the development of all financial strategies and policies, and the delivery of financial reporting, treasury, budgeting and taxation.

Duane’s financial background is extensive. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science with Administration from Wilfred Laurier in 1992, and obtained his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 1996. Duane also solidified his financial acumen with a Certificate in Financial Analysis and Investment Management from the University of Toronto in 2005.

Prior to joining Everlink, Duane has held Financial Management and Controller positions at Ventana Clinical Research (now INC Research), Leo Pharma Canada, Triversity, Hummingbird and Rand Technologies.