Systems & Information Technology

Dr. George McKevitt

Chief Technology Officer
New York

Dr. George McKevitt joined the team in October of 2018 and is responsible for oversight of all company technology, including product development. He joins Acupay with more than 25 years of technology and management experience, including more than 12 years building and manufacturing SaaS companies and 7 years as a CTO. He has worked in multiple industries including financial services, engineering, travel and hospitality, and insurance.

George holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science as well as degrees in Physics and Business. He is an avid college sports fan, primarily of Rutgers and the Big 10. Other interests include a small obsession with golf as well as enjoying science fiction and technology.

+1 212 510 4367

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

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

Matthew Smalling

Senior Manager of Technical Operations
New York

Matt recently joined Acupay in August of 2019. He currently holds the title of Senior Manager of Technical Operations and has holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology / Business from Hofstra University.

Matt brings with him a variety of experience in Public / Private Virtualization technologies, along with Enterprise experience with Storage, Networking and Windows administration, which will greatly help the Operations Team with its transitional phase into Public Cloud Technologies.

+1 212 510 4375

Venkat Akella

Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
New York

Venkat joined Acupay in August 2019. He has over 10 years’ experience in testing and is responsible for implementing and developing Quality Assurance processes, practices ensuring our software is well-tested and delivered with high quality. He holds a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from The City College of New York, USA and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University, India.

Venkat borrows his QA principle from the MTA: “If you see something, say something." He loves to travel and read books and keep up on latest software trends and technologies when not QA-ing.

He is fluent in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

+1 212 510-4389