Meet the Leadership Team


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 (1994) and a BA in Political Science from Emory University (1989).



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—HoustonCycling.com 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).



Jeff Hunt is the Chief Marketing 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.



Melissa Goldsmith spent the last 20 years as a senior financial services professional working at several global investment banks as well as a startup venture. She held leadership roles in interest rates, cross asset, and macro sales at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan over the course of her career, and was a top 3 producing salesperson in the Fixed Income division. Melissa’s clients are large Fortune 100 global financial companies including money-center banks, hedge funds, investment managers and pensions.

Additionally, Melissa has experience turning a fintech concept into a fully functional trading platform and helped design, implement, and execute a client on-boarding process that grew a company from an idea into a marketplace. She also serves as a TAP Advisor, where her background enables her to provide strategic, results-oriented consulting to small businesses pro-bono.

Melissa is a financial product expert adept at building and managing key strategic relationships and creating and executing revenue generation strategies. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she graduated as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University.

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Gerrit was born and raised in Indonesia and the Philippines. His first career was in science and medicine during his twenties and thirties. In his forties, he grew into leadership roles in healthcare delivery, both on the hospital side and the physician side. Now in his early 50’s, he has returned to his first love, entrepreneurship, having participated in the founding of 5 organizations in a little more than 5 years. Along the way, he earned a Ph.D in the surgical treatment of breast cancer, and received national recognition for military service in Afghanistan. He lives in Belgium and works globally.

Gerrit is a Harvard Business School graduate through the elite Program for Leadership Development. He holds a Ph.D degree in clinical medicine from Maastricht University, a general surgery qualification from Nijmegen University, and a medical doctor degree from Erasmus University. His pre-medical studies were in theoretical physics at Valparaiso University.