It is easy for any organization to say that our people make the difference.  Very few can deliver on that promise and even fewer can offer the experience, professionalism and dedication to be the best that the Atlantic’s Sales organization provides.  

When we were putting together Atlantic we interviewed bankers from across the region, the one message we heard over and over was “we use to have a good merchant services rep when we started with the company, but they left and things have just not been the same”.  That won’t happen at Atlantic.
All of our Sales Managers are junior partners in our business and are fully vested in their merchant portfolio.  Since Atlantic Merchant start in 2005 we have had zero Sales Manager turnover. Yes, that is correct, everyone who has been invited to join our sales team is still with Atlantic and thriving.  That stability provides great dividends to the merchants and our bank partners.

Since we have Sales Managers who average over 15 years in the industry we can offer multiple authorization networks, settlement networks, gateways, etc. to our customers.  This allows us to always provide the best solution for our merchants. Not all merchant service companies can say this, let alone deliver on it, because a young, inexperienced sales staff just does not have the knowledge and experience to handle all of the nuances in the payment business.


Michael Criscitiello

Sales Partner


Michael is a Sales Partner for Atlantic Merchant Services in the Southeastern Virginia and Eastern North Carolina area including Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland along with the outer Banks of North Carolina. Michael received a BS degree from East Carolina University. Michael Lives in Virginia Beach, VA

Ben Tyler III

Sales Partner


Ben is a life long resident of Central Virginia and has been in the payment industry since 1998. Ben gets great satisfaction from helping his customers grow and helping keep the cost down on accepting electronic transactions. Ben specializes in our computer based value added products.

Dan Violante

Sales Partner


Dan is an '02 graduate of Radford University. Dan, his wife, and their three children are lifelong residents of the Richmond, Virginia area. Dan joined Atlantic in 2010 after spending many years in the mortgage and banking industry. Besides Richmond, Dan also covers the Hwy 360/460 corridors.

Jim Stewart

Sales Partner


Worked with small business for over 30 years first with bookkeeping systems and for the last decade merchant services. Married with one daughter and two dogs. Started his career in Atlanta Georgia and have worked in the Richmond Virginia market for over 25 years. Jim's favorite hobby is golf.

South Carolina

David C Lee

Sales Partner


David Graduated UNC Wilmington in 1989. Worked for Lorillard Tobacco from 1989 to 1996, a subsidiary of Fortune 500 Loewe's Corporation, Since 1997 David has been in the payments industry serving Financial Institutions and their Business Customers in Charleston area. David is married and has 2 children.

Keith Barker

Sales Partner


Keith graduated from Purdue University in 1996. For the past 20 years Keith has called Myrtle Beach home and is married with 2 children. He has worked in the payments business since 2003. My work allows me to enjoy being part of a great community by working with Local Businesses.

Jimmy Cooke

Sales Partner


Born & raised in Columbia, SC Jimmy graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2000. For the last 17 years, he has been in the financial transaction business. Jimmy says the most rewarding part of his job is having the ability to help people with a great solution, great service and at a great price. Jimmy is married with 2 children and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.

Troy R. Lowder

Sales Partner


Born and raised in Columbia, SC. Troy graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined Atlantic Merchant Services in 2013 as a sales manager. Troy currently resides in Chapin, SC with his wife and two boys. He enjoy boating, youth sports and outdoors.

Russell Baker

Business Analyst


After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Russell served 10 years in the United StatesArmy in various leadership positions. Since joining Atlantic Merchant, Russell has served as a business analyst assisting Atlantic’s Sales Partners and merchants. Working with strategic partners, Russell helps ensure that the right products are deployed to help merchants maximize revenues while minimizing cost. Russell resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC with his wife and four children. He continues to serve his country with the Army Reserves in North Charleston, SC.

North Carolina

Jeff Parker

Sales Partner


Jeff was raised in western New York. Upon graduation from SUNY New York in 1992, Jeff moved to North Carolina and settled in Wilmington in 2001. He has been in the payments business since 1997. Jeff spends his spare time relaxing at the beach and spending time with his two teenage boys.

Scott Chappell

Sales Partner


Scott was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. Scott has been in the Payments Industry since 2000. Scott graduated from University of North Carolina – Wilmington in 1993 with a degree in Marketing. Scott enjoys spending time in the Western NC Mountains and hiking with his family.

Lawrence Sarmiere

Sales Partner


Lawrence grew up in Williamsburg, VA. He graduated from Elon College in 1993 with a Bachelor Science Degree in Business Administration. After college he started with First Virginia Bank & has continued to work exclusively in the payments business. He resides in Raleigh, NC with his family.

Will DeShong

Sales Partner


Will, born in Goldsboro, NC holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from North Carolina State University. Will has lived in the Chapel Hill area since 1999 and has worked in the Payments Industry since 2001.

Rebecca Barbee

Sales Partner


Rebecca resides in Winston Salem NC with her husband. What she loves about her job is all of the different business owners she has the opportunity to meet and assist. She has been known to say " Merchant services, itself, isn't always thrilling, it's the business owners that make this job fun"!

Meg Moore

Sales Partner


Meg has a BA in Business Administration from UNC-Charlotte. She has lived in the greater Charlotte area for over 30 years and has over 25 years experience in the payments industry. She has been married for 27 years and has 3 sons. Meg’s success comes from helping her customers and developing good working relationships!

Paul Kiker

Sales Partner


Paul has 21 years in the payments industry. He graduated from Appalachian State University in 1996 with a BSBA in Marketing and a minor in International Business. He is married to Tina and has two sons Holden and Davis.

Lisa C Velasquez

Operations Manager


Originally from Southern California, I have lived in NC since 1996. I am married with two children and 3 grand-children who also live in NC. I have been serving banks and customers in Merchant Services and Business Form industry since 2000.


Chris Clear

Sales Partner


Married with 3 daughters, Chris has lived in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia over 40 years. After attending Radford University, his professional career includes over 14 years in the payments industry. Chris says he loves helping business owners grow their business!

Laura Poeltl

Sales Partner


Laura is a Knoxville native and graduated from UT in 1987. She has worked with business owners, banks and CPAs for over 30 years and has been in the payments industry since 2005. Laura is married with 2 teenagers and 3 dogs. She enjoys travel, reading, "lake time" and being a steadfast Vol fan.


Michael Harley

Sales Partner


Born in Columbia, Maryland, Mike is a graduate of Stockton University. Mike has lived in Baltimore since 2001 and is married with 3 children. Mike has been in the payments industry since 2001. Mike says the best part of his job is meeting new clients and offering the best payment solutions that fit their needs.

West Virginia

Stephen Petitto

Sales Partner


Steve Petitto has been an Atlantic Merchant Service Sales Partner for six years. Steve worked in the Banking Industry for 23 Years as a Cash Management Representative for Huntington Banks and as a Commercial Lender for Chase Bank.With his wife Cecilia they are life long residents of Bridgeport, WV.


Mark Aubin

Sales Partner


Mark Aubin has been in the Payments Industry since 1995. Mark attended St. Petersburg College in Clearwater Florida and has now made Grand Rapids Michigan his home since 2004. Mark enjoys providing personal service and crafting solutions that ultimately improve his customer's bottom line.


Amalia (MOLLY) Forina

Sales Partner


Started her career in the Merchant Service industry in 2004. Molly serves the San Antonio market and surrounding areas. Molly says the best thing about her job is the variety of people she meets and serves, as well as discovering all the interesting and unique businesses in the area. Born in Cuba, Molly is fluent in Spanish.
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