Meet The Team

We are Passionate about Payments

David Kesler

Chairman and CEO

As Chairman and CEO, David Kesler guides the strategic direction and business development for Clearwater Payments. David’s corporate finance and entrepreneurial leadership background positions him perfectly to assist the company in its growth and make Clearwater the preeminent provider of EBP services.

Prior to Clearwater Payments, David founded and served as CEO of a large full-service merchant processor and grew the organization to more than 40,000 clients and over $2 billion in processing volume. David’s experience also includes 14 years with Bear Stearns’ Dallas office, where he was a Managing Director in corporate finance, with an emphasis on information processing.

David received his BA in Economics from Baylor University.

Michael Neri

Bob Wilson

EVP, Chief Revenue Officer

As EVP and CRO, Bob Wilson directs all client and channel partner activities, including sales, marketing, strategy and vertical market expansion efforts for Clearwater Payments.

Bob brings more than 35 years of experience in payments, treasury services and sales/product management. Most recently, he was the SVP Merchant Services Executive for Bank of America overseeing the Bank of America Merchant Services (BAMS) joint venture with First Data. Prior to BofA, Bob served as the chief revenue officer for Fiserv’s Biller Solution Division and chief operating officer of BillMatrix (acquired by Fiserv). Prior to joining Fiserv, he was a senior vice president at JP Morgan (where he led enterprise payment strategy, e-commerce initiatives and sales/product for their Consumer Payments division) and Wachovia (where he was head of their Global Treasury domestic and international product management).

Wilson earned his bachelor degree in Business Administration and Economics from High Point University and is a high honors graduate of the BAI Graduate School of Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Bob Stephens

Bob Stephens

Chief Operations Officer

As the COO for Clearwater Payments, Bob Stephens focuses on overall operations, marketing, branding, revenue implementation and strategic growth initiatives across Clearwater Payments.

Previous to Clearwater Payments, Bob was at Fiserv (a global organization with more than 14,500 clients and 21,000 associates worldwide), where he led their technology strategy and I.T. organizations for the Biller Solutions group of products and services. Prior to Fiserv, Bob served as chief technology officer for BillMatrix (acquired by Fiserv), where he managed their technology organization and was a catalyst for the company’s explosive growth.

Bob has an extensive background in high-volume, complex transactions processing systems, electronic billing and payments solutions, and brings a wealth of knowledge in corporate strategy, technology team leadership, and the execution of process improvement initiatives that are aligned to all business goals.

Sunnye Goldston

Sunnye Goldston

Compliance Officer

As Compliance Officer, Sunnye Goldston leads the internal processes for promoting and ensuring Clearwater Payments’ compliance with regulations, company policies and contracts and directly oversees security management, risk management and all internal complaint reporting programs.

Sunnye brings a wealth of knowledge and has an extensive background managing product and client implementations, production & customer support while adhering to various regulations and compliance programs. 

Prior to Clearwater Payments, she was Director of Product Management and IT Operations with Fiserv. While there, she provided direct product support for the electronic bill payments solution within the Biller Solutions group, including founding the Technical Account Management team and continued Biller implementation support. Her attention to detail and customer-centric demeanor led to her serving as a key stakeholder in developing Biller Solutions’ first offshore team and set of processes within the bill payments business unit in Pune, India.

Prior to Fiserv, she was Director of Client Implementations with BillMatrix (acquired by Fiserv), where she had direct oversight for all bill payment implementations.

Vince Hufford

Vince Hufford

VP, Product Development

As VP of Product Development, Vince Hufford brings to Clearwater Payments more than 25 years of technical product design and development, with 10 years in the electronic payment space. He has an extensive background designing and implementing complex, integrated solutions in a variety of industries, including financial services, real estate, construction, and education.

As a leader for numerous technical teams at Clearwater Payments, Vince is responsible for the performance, security, integrity, accuracy and flexibility in Clearwater Payments’ transactional and back office applications and systems.

Prior to joining Clearwater, Vince led various product development and client implementation teams at BillMatrix (now a Fiserv company) and Fiserv.

Vince holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University.