Meet Our Local Team: Management, Merchant Support, and Sales

Sal DiDonato

Chief Executive Officer

Bank card expert Sal DiDonato began his career as a ISO/Agent for a First Data company where he grew and processed a portfolio to over $100 million in less than 5 years.

Angelo Mendola

President & Chief Operating Officer

After spending years in banking, marketing, and infrastructure management, Mendola saw a need for transparent and reliable payment processors and thus, founded Priority Payments Local with long-time friend and business partner, Sal DiDonato.

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Jack Vincent Zahra

Executive Vice President, Sales

Jack plays a key role in the growth and development of strategic partnerships and ISO relationships, secures new business, and manages the Miami office.

Pavlos Dimitroulakos

Vice President Operations

With over 13 years experience in restaurant and entertainment management, Pavlos understands the struggles workers face when processing payments and leads his Support and Operations Teams in providing responsive and knowledgeable service.

Nadine El-Keshk

Assistant Vice President of Client Services

Nadine joined Priority with over six years of combined sales and operations experience between working in retail management and staffing. On the day to day, Nadine oversees operations support and risk management, which includes working with merchants to accept credit card payments.

Julene Lauro

Executive Assistant

When travel arrangements need to be made, meetings need to be scheduled, contact lists need to be maintained, contracts need to be prepared, and more, we can count on Julene. She keeps the office stocked and running smoothly while providing constant support to senior management.

Kelly Mead

Executive Assistant

Kelly supports our company executives by screening visitors, answering and routing calls, preparing reports, and sorting and distributing incoming correspondence.

Marisa Sanfilippo

Director of Marketing and Strategy

This award-winning marketing professional has worked with businesses small through large to help them improve brand recognition and grow revenue prior to joining our team. In addition, she is a published writer whose work appears on,, Social Media Today, and elsewhere.

Theresa Leo

Administrative Assistant

Theresa is a whiz at managing high volume phone calls and ensuring merchants are assisted in a timely fashion with the knowledge they need to move forward. In addition to her reception duties, she coordinates filing, supply ordering, mailings, and more.

Michele Alex

Administrative Assistant

This former Wall St. shark joined our team ready to juggle and route merchant inquires and assist our executives with data entry and list building. In addition, she welcomes visitors and directs them appropriately, monitoring log books and maintaining security best practices.

Doug Mocik

Vice President, Sales

Doug joined our team in 2015 with over two years experience in account management, previously working for the nation’s leading IT provider. In his role at Priority, he serves as resource and support system for our Merchant Executive Team.

Paul Basile

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Paul uses his 15+ years experience spent on Wall St. to source, develop, and nurture strategic partnerships that are in-line with the company's vision. One of his specializations is CBD payment processing.

Andrew Pollina

Business Development Manager

After building a million dollar business in sales with the assistance of 30 of his employees, Andrew was ready for a new challenge. Today, he works with more than 20 our outside sales partners to help streamline the way they accept and deliver payments.

Frank Eisenband

Merchant Executive

Raised in the car business, this charismatic Merchant Executive followed his dream of working on Wall St. prior to joining our payment processing company team where he uses his instinct and financial savvy to generate new business and develop relationships.

Anthony Bilotti

Merchant Executive

With over 20 years of sales experience combined in financial markets, automotive, sponsorship sales for federal government events, and PEO sales for large and small companies, Anthony uncovers the needs of business owners in order to recommend the best payment technology solutions.

Victor Lastorino

Merchant Executive

This merchant cash advance expert has spent the past several years of his career assisting merchants in the finance and technology industries. He understands that for some businesses not having proper funding can lead them to going out of business, thus, he works directly with them to get fast MCA approvals and the best rates on their card processing.

Josh Amato

Director of Treasury

Josh joined Priority in 2017 as a graduate of Montclair State University with a B.S in Mathematics and a concentration in Statistics. In his role at Priority Payments Local he is responsible for financial oversight, company data, sales analysis, and account management.

Matthew Witkowski

Director of Operations, Strategy

When our prospective merchants need a proposal on how we can save them money on their credit card processing rates, Matthew and his team analyze what they are currently paying and generate savings plans. In addition, he is the mastermind behind our CRM system that supports our partners and agents.

Nick Golding

Operations Specialist

Nick is a key player on our Payments Technology Team who specializes in POS systems and online gateways. On any given day he can be found meeting with merchants on-site for equipment installs or on the phone with merchants ensuring that their technology is running properly.

Kristian Gomes

Implementations Specialist

Tech expert Kristian implements new equipment builds and educates merchants on how to properly use their equipment. In addition, when merchants have equipment technology questions or need further training, Kristian is one the company’s go-to sources.

Hristos Dimitroulakos

Operations Specialist

Hristos knows the ins and outs of our payment terminals and is the mastermind behind programming and customizing all applicable terminals prior to them reaching merchants. When merchants need assistance with their terminals, they can rely on him and his team for prompt support.

Tina Hutterer

Client Services Specialist

Tina is a natural when it comes to providing merchants with knowledgeable, helpful, and prompt customer service (and it helps that she has spent more than 6 years in the industry). On the day-to-day, she ensures merchants are PCI compliant, develops pricing proposals for prospects, and helps onboard new merchants.

Noely Baez

Client Services Specialist

When merchant applications come in, Noely diligently works to quickly submit them and earn approvals from our Underwriting Team. In addition, she manages chargebacks, fighting on behalf of our merchants to get their money back, thus saving them money and time.

About Priority Payments Local: A Top Payment Processing Company

Priority Payments Local is a team of real people, knowledgable people, and responsive people who help merchants across the United States streamline the way they accept and deliver payments.

Sometimes that may mean helping them upgrade their poor-performing fintech.

Other times it means putting them on a new pricing structure to save them thousands of dollars each month on their payment processing fees.

And sometimes, it means something completely different, but we take the time to get to know our merchants, provide them with the best possible payment processing solutions and service, and earn their trust.

Because of this, we have been able to expand outside of NJ to help merchants from the east coast to the west coast.

Get to know the faces behind this top payment processing company - Priority Payment Systems Local or Priority Payments for short.

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How Priority Payments Local Came to Be: Payment Processing in NJ

Seeing the value in the merchant services industry, longtime friends and business partners Sal DiDonato and Angelo Mendola formed Priority Payments Systems Local, a payment technology and payment processing company. The two started out in a small one room office on Broad St. in Red Bank, New Jersey quickly expanding to a multi-story building on Monmouth St. The year was 2013, a time when Red Bank was gaining popularity.

Due to the demand for a reliable payment processor so that merchants could securely and quickly accept credit cards, debit cards, ACH, cash, and check payments, in 2017 Priority opened a second office in Miami, Florida with childhood friend Jack Zahra. Over the years, the trio has worked with various partners such as Green Payments in Asbury Park, NJ to build independent offices that provide credit card payment processing and fintech to merchants across the USA.

Overview: Credit Card Processor Products and Services

We don't just provide you with the fintech to accept credit card payments and other types of payments, we provide you with the processing services too. In select cases, get approved for next day funding - a rep will be able to let you know if your business qualifies.

• 24/7 USA based customer support
• POS systems (point of sale systems)
• Payment terminal machines
NFC payments (contactless payments)
Mobile payment solutions
• Online gateways
• Merchant cash advances

Priority Payments, Local & Nationwide Credit Card Processing: Our Mission

The philosophy that contributes to our success comes straight from our owners and is simple: customer service is No. 1. Every year since inception, we have earned the prestigious Premier President’s Club Award for excellence in service, technology, and pricing, always putting merchants' needs at the forefront of everything we do.

The heart of our business is our elite team that is dedicated to the same high standard of integrity and professionalism. Due to our excellent customer service, even if your business is located on the other side of the United States, you can still feel like you're getting local credit card processing.

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