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The people behind Payliance

Our management team is comprised of expert payment solution professionals that position our company to provide merchant-focused, technology-driven, and partner-friendly solutions.

John Cullen


Many merchants, both large and small count on Payliance to secure their cash flow in an efficient, reliable way. Payliance provides best-in-class solutions to payments and treasury challenges across several industries and implementation models. We are laser focused on serving our merchants.

Just as important is my role in creating opportunities for our team. We’re not punching a time clock, we’re getting after it. The reward is a fast-paced day and meaningful, career-advancing work for our team members. And the opportunity to work with like-minded people who get up every day working to create something better. We keep each other honest. If it’s not good enough we say it.

We’re serial entrepreneurs with a 20-year track record. 3 companies, 2 public exits with Payliance being the 3rd. We ran a PE fund and have done several buy-side transactions. I learned a ton from smart people at Accenture and JP Morgan Chase earlier in my career.

Steve Valachovic


I’m a co-founder of Payliance and serve in a sales leadership role. I operate every day with the belief that Payliance is successful when we support the success of our clients. That has to be true for our clients as companies and individuals. I spent my early career with a large consulting firm focused on strategy and operational reengineering. After that, it’s been all entrepreneurial. I’ve been part of three interesting and very diverse start-ups.  Three different industries, one consistent approach – passion for creating a great value for our clients and our people.

When not traveling to meet with Payliance clients, I live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and four kids.

John Gilbert


Every transaction matters.

I’ve spent my career designing, developing, implementing, operating and integrating financial software systems. I joined Payliance because of the shared vision to build something great. We know merchants rely on us as a key partner providing services that support their business and that drives us to exceed their expectations.

I’m an Ohio native, although I wish it had a beach and currently call Columbus home with my wife and two children. When I’m not thinking about payment processing, you’ll find me out training for the next Boston Marathon.

James Robinson

Product Director

As a part of the fintech community for over 15 years my experiences have helped to shape the perspective that focused product delivery leads to continued growth and success.  Our goal of delivering the best merchant experience is a team effort that starts with the right people, solid client collaboration and a clear organizational vision.  I think we hit the trifecta on all three at Payliance.  We make it a priority to not only incorporate our vision into the products and services we provide, but also rely on our merchants’ insights to drive towards a common goal.

On the personal side, my wife and I, along with our two daughters, reside in central Ohio.  I hold a degree in Management Information Systems from Miami University and an MBA from DePaul University.  Additionally, I have held a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since 2010 as I believe every good product delivery cycle begins with a good plan.

Steve Markosky


Steve joined Payliance in January 2022 after previously holding various finance leadership positions with other Columbus area organizations.  Steve is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelors in Economics.

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