Systems and Information Technology

Ben Cappel

Co-Founder, Chief Software Architect
New York

Ben first joined Acupay’s predecessor, Bondholder Communications Group, in 1997 while studying physics and math at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY – and participated in the founding of the firm when the company started out in a high-tech business incubator on the university campus. Taking on the technical helm of the company, he was integral to its rapid growth into a global financial restructuring and corporate actions execution firm with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. Ben architected some of the earliest implementations of on-line technology in the corporate actions space, facilitating numerous well-known multi-billion dollar transactions. Ben, along with Bob Apfel, was recently awarded U.S. patents for a number of Acupay’s innovative technologies, with international and other patents pending.

Ben is an avid Star Trek fan, collects decades-old R/C cars, and loves chess when he can find someone willing to play.

+1 212 422 1222

Stephen Pugliese

Systems Lead Developer
New York

Stephen joined Acupay in 2011. He has both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from C.W. Post Long Island University. Stephen works on the design and development of Acupay's web systems. He also researches new technologies to keep Acupay ahead of the curve.

In his free time, he loves experimenting with Node.js and Responsive Design. He has various projects/apps such as AlternateSideNYC, his blog and blogging platform called Mely. When he is not programming, he also loves sports.

+1 212 510 4392

Christopher Smith

Systems Backend Developer
New York

Chris joined Acupay in December 2015 and focuses on front and back end development of Acupay’s web systems. He graduated from SUNY Rockland with an A.A.S in Liberal Arts and worked in Pension Implementation for three years. In August 2015, Chris made his transition into the world of coding through General Assembly, a web development boot camp in NYC.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys watching Game of Thrones and discussing theories regarding the story, following his favorite sports teams, and cooking.

+1 212 510 4384

Matt Morrisey

Fullstack Developer
New York

Matt joined Acupay in early 2016 after taking a web development bootcamp in NYC. He graduated from University at Buffalo with a B.S. in chemical engineering, worked in manufacturing for 2 and a half years, but decided to make a switch to the tech world. Matt works on the front end development of Acupay's web systems.

When Matt isn't at work, he loves to workout, play video games and ping pong, all while listening to country music.

+1 212 510 4389

Thorpe Thompson

Director of Information Technology
New York

Thorpe joined Acupay sister company BondCom in July 2004. He currently holds the title of Director of Technology for both Acupay and BondCom and has previously studied a Bachelors degree in Computer Programming at Roberts Walsh: Union, New Jersey. Prior to this he studied Music at Wagner College: Staten Island, NY.

Thorpe is responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and augmenting our enterprise Computer Systems, Network Infrastructure, and public internet presence.

+1 212 422 4370

Elliot Yang

Information Security Analyst
New York

Elliot joined us in 2011. He has completed a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a MCSE. He previously earned a BA in Economics at State University of New York, at Buffalo, NY.

Elliot is responsible for information security policy development and maintenance; design of security policy and awareness activities; monitoring compliance with IT security policy and applicable law; and coordinating investigation and reporting of security incidents. Working with the Director of Technology and Director of Development to monitor and assess business continuity and disaster recovery program, perform network penetration tests, maintain vulnerability countermeasures and IT risk assessment.

He speaks Korean fluently.

+1 212 422 4391

Frank Le

System Administrator
New York

Frank joined Acupay in March 2017. He graduated from University of Houston in 2012 with a Computer Information Systems degree and worked for a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for over 6 years.

Frank is responsible for basic systems administration, regular maintenance and monitoring tasks, network security, user account management, server and PC support, and documentation; he also works closely with the Development Team and directly with users remediating server, network, and desktop issues.

+1 212 510-4397