Chief Executive Officer
Scott Rutledge is the Chief Executive Officer of The Phoenix Group, a point of sale distribution and logistics management company. He founded the company in 2001 and has guided the growth and development of the company since. The Phoenix Group has grown to become the nation’s largest independently owned point of sale distribution and logistics company in our market. Previously, Scott General Manager of The Horizon Group, a point of sale equipment distributor. Scott holds a BBA from The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
Jill L. Albitar, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Albitar currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of both The Phoenix Group and FoxPaw, Inc. where she directs a shared service team in the development of the financial organization, support of the operational units, and reporting of financial results. Prior to these positions, she oversaw the internal control development of PBF Energy during its transition from a development stage entity through initial operating years including its IPO and first year of Sarbanes Oxley compliance.
Ms. Albitar previously served as Vice President and Controller of the Armstrong Companies where she developed a financial organization from the entity’s development stage through to continuing operations including installing systems, developing staff and controls, reporting formats, and serving as a key member of the executive management team. Ms. Albitar’s earlier experience includes Director of Finance for Silgan Plastics managing the Accounting and Internal Audit functions, Director of Premcor Refining improving the efficiency, accuracy, and cost effectiveness of various financial functions for 10 years, and as a consultant for BP Oil reorganizing and developing a troubled financial department. Her initial professional experience includes 5 years as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Albitar carries a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from The University of Akron and a Master’s of Business Administration from The University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Ms. Albitar is a fully licensed CPA in the State of Ohio.
VP, Strategic Accounts
Originally from Nebraska, Liz got her start in the payments space with First of Omaha Merchant Processing in 1994. Once relocated to Sacramento in 2002, she quickly found an Account Executive position with Vital Merchant Services which became wholly owned by TSYS. During her eight years with TSYS, she managed a team of Account Executives and Salespeople as well as the Operations Teams, for a period of time. The Phoenix Group purchased this division from TSYS in October 2010 and Liz became a part of the TPG Executive Team. Since her tenure at TPG, the strategic sales revenue has increased 300% over the past five years. Relationship building, hands on client management and perseverance are some of the tools contributing to this success!
Vice President of Sales
Wally Sebastian is a St. Louis native. Wally joined The Phoenix Group in 2008. Over the past 8 years, he has been promoted 3 times, to his current position of Vice President of Distribution Sales. With each promotion new personal and company goals were created and achieved. The Phoenix Group has seen 100% growth in sales under the current sales management team. Wally’s success can be attributed to his commitment to building and maintaining relationships. Formerly, Wally was an insurance broker, owning and operating 2 locations in the St. Louis, MO market for 13 years. He sold his book of business in 2008 and joined The Phoenix Group.
Vice President of Operations
Mike joined The Phoenix Group in April of 2011 as the Repair production manager. In his first two years in this role, Mike and his Repair production team successfully supported sales growth with a 66% increase in production while producing a quality rating of over 99%. With this type of growth, additional opportunity was presented so in December of 2013 Mike directed the opening of The Phoenix Group’s first off site Repair and Deployment Production facility located in Troy, MI. On the Campus of North American Banccard, this off site TPG Repair production team serves solely to one of the industry’s largest ISO’s with their everyday requirements of point of sales repairs, refurbishment of equipment and assist with daily deployments. Now approaching its third year of operations this Production Facility continues to grow annually and exceed both production and quality goals. In the fall of 2015 Mike was promoted to Operations Manager with TPG. In his current role as Operations Manager at The Phoenix Group, Mike Coyne directs a team of managers that are responsible for all daily operations of the Deployment and Encryption Department, Shipping and Receiving and the Repair Production Department. In addition managing the continued growth of The Phoenix Group’s off site Repair Production facility in Troy, MI on the Campus of North American Bancard.
Mike’s previous experience was with Hartland Automotive as District Manager in the St. Louis market from 2004-2011 managing up to eight Retail locations. Focusing on District financials per location, process improvements and exceeding company goals of sales and customer Service. Earlier career experience was with Automation Services-Process Controls International for twelve years, 1992-2004, as Warehouse and Logistics Manager.