The Leadership Team
Neil Rothenberg
Neil Rothenberg Chief Executive Officer
Neil has over 25 years of finance experience with a focus on the credit markets and working capital solutions for corporations of all sizes. During the mid-1990’s Neil was an investment banker at Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. and Prudential Securities Inc. He provided M&A advisory as well as debt and equity underwritings to corporations operating in the financial services sector.

In the late-1990’s Neil was recruited by CIT’s Merchant Banking Division. At CIT, Neil provided factoring loans, bank loans, mezzanine loans with warrants, and equity investments to private equity-owned corporations.

Starting in 2002 Neil joined the hedge fund industry as a portfolio manager of corporate credit, fixed income and distressed debt. He managed credit-based funds for Ramius Capital Group, an affiliate of Paloma Partners, and M.D. Sass.

Neil holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BA in Political Science from Emory University.

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William Christian, Ph.D.
William Christian, Ph.D. Chief Technology Officer
Bill Christian brings to Paygevity a long and varied career as a researcher, academician, and entrepreneur. When he joined Paygevity, Bill served as a technical leader within the U.S. Department of Defense. Over the course of his DoD career, he demonstrated significant leadership and expertise in managing agile, cross-functional, customer-focused teams to develop software, data science,

and machine learning/artificial intelligence solutions integrated into an enterprise system with worldwide deployments and support. His career highlights include numerous successes translating long-term enterprise objectives into short-term achievable actions.

Bill previously taught management science and computer programming in the James Madison University College of Business and has lectured as an adjunct professor in Computer Science at his alma mater, University of Maryland Baltimore County. While working on his doctorate, he founded two companies— and W Christian Consulting. The latter being a technology consulting practice that he’s maintained for the last two decades.

Bill earned a Ph.D. from Rice University with a specialization in Combinatorial Optimization or, as he says, figuring out the best combinations among thousands or millions of options. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

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Jeff Hunt
Jeff Hunt Chief Operating Officer
Jeff Hunt is the Chief Operating Officer of Paygevity, Inc. Jeff Hunt has had a long career in large consumer packaged goods (CPG) and entrepreneurial companies delivering increased sales and profits through strategic plan development, brand building, and transformational leadership in rapidly changing markets.

He has demonstrated success driving business growth for complex B2C and B2B businesses across multiple sales and distribution channels.

Jeff is a classically trained brand marketer with entrepreneurial drive, creating and executing marketing/business plans for over 20 years. He is skilled in projecting and delivering annual sales volume, margin imperatives, and profit objectives. In addition, he has expertise in brand management, new product development, supply chain management, consumer insights, and trade marketing.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from University of Illinois Champaign.

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Steve Matthews
Steve Matthews Senior Managing Director
Steve Matthews is Senior Managing Director at Paygevity. He has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, including originating and executing M&A advisory, public and private debt and equity capital raising transactions primarily in the financial services sector.


Steve worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  He also was the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of a private equity-owned consolidator for which he raised over $100 million of capital and completed 20 acquisitions.

Steve earned an MBA in Finance & Economics from Columbia Business School with Honors and a BS in Accounting Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University where he was a Presidential Scholar (Full Academic Scholarship) and Valedictorian.

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