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Robert Paisola

Rob's work at Western Capital builds on 15 years of success in the consumer and commercial debt collection industry, including 4 years with ITT Consumer Financial Corporation, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rob is a recognized expert in the business of debt collection, turnaround management, and is a motivational speaker on the subject of debt collection worldwide.Rob has lead numerous distressed collection companies to renewed profitability. With a client list spanning the globe, Rob has been instrumental in the direction and leadership that has set Western Capital apart from the crowd. He grew the company's North American sales operation from $2 million in revenues to more than $27 million in under a year. During Rob's tenure, Western Capital has been selected as as one of the "10 Coolest Companies in America." Rob attended Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah and is currently a member of the American Collectors Association, The Commercial Law League and is a circuit lecturer for the International Association of Credit and Collections.

Kathryn Watkins
COO and President

Kathryn joined Western Capital in 1999, having previously served in key management positions with ERS Consulting. As vice president of sales at ERs, Kathryn guided a force of salespeople in 1998 to sales revenue exceeding $250 million. Under her leadership, this publicly held company became the leading provider of network security and management tools to small and medium-sized companies. Kathryn also served as vice president, Europe, and vice president, Eastern sales, for ERs During Kathryn's tenure, total company revenues grew almost 40-fold, from $25 million to $990 million.

David A. Antwerp

David is a 15-year veteran of corporate financial management. He joined Western Capital in 1999 following 4-1/2 years at Powerpoint Technologies, a $200 million publicly traded diversified gaming technology company. At Powerpoint, Dave held various positions in finance and audit, advancing to chief financial officer in 1997. He was a key player in the organization's financial turnaround, culminating in the 1999 sale of the company. Dave's earlier experience includes 3 years in financial positions with Martin Marietta Astronautics Group and 6 years with Blythe and Associates of New York.

Russell Powell
Vice President of Customer Service

Russ joined Western Capital in June 2000 following a successful career with American Premier Holdings. While with APH, Russ spent two years managing supply and manufacturing operations in the US, followed by a two year stint in Brazil leading the company's expansion. As it evolves into a global operation, Russ directs and manages all aspects of Customer Service at Western Capital.

Justin Staub
Vice President of Worldwide Sales Operations

Justin joined Western Capital November 1999 and served as a Collection Manager until November 2000 when he was promoted to vice president. His responsibilities include forecasting revenue and expenses, business and sales planning and formulating sales operations procedures. With an extensive background as a Financial Administrator, Justin was a senior manager at American Premier Holdings, a computer sales company, from 1998 to 1999.

Lisa Hall
Vice President of International Operations

Joining the ranks of Western Capital in April 2000, Lisa brought with her more than 16-years of experience at some of the world's premier firms including Delta Airlines, STS Travel and Raster Ops Computer Corporation. Lisa has been named employee of the year at STS and is a leader in her industry.As VP of sales for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America at RasterOps, she drove the business from $80-million to $260-million in annual sales in two years. She also served as Vice President of world wide marketing and alliances and Vice President of Sales for North America for STS.

Jared DeHeart
Vice President of Development

Jared brings to Western Capital extensive experience in computer research and product development gained at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Bell Labs. At Bell Labs Research, which he left in 1998 to join Western Capital, Jared developed a first-generation Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line Internet Access System, a breakthrough for high-speed consumer Internet access over existing phone lines. At Lucent, Jared was a lead developer in the redesign of AUDIX, the company's highly successful voice-messaging product. He also took part in the introduction of several innovations in voice-message networking topologies. At AT&T, he was a principal architect for an operations support system (the world's largest at the time) designed to accommodate 1,000 support technicians simultaneously.

Philip J. Hardy
Director of Legal & Risk Management

Phil was brought on as corporate counsel to Western Capital in June 2000. Since 1986, he has held a number of senior management positions in government and private industry. From 1994 to 1998, Phil was a partner in Hardy and Associates Lawyers, where he specialized in litigation. From 1998 to 2000, Phil was the senior vice-president, legal and risk management for American Premier Holdings. Phil has Arts and Law degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Clay Hutchinson
Vice President of Field Sales

A veteran of the debt collection market, Clay joined Western Capital in 2000 after serving as a collection manager for two years. The bulk of his career was spent at American Premier, where he not only sold computers but also managed the company's health industry marketing and sales training programs. Two start-ups benefitted from his expertise in Sales and Marketing and he was the senior director of APH's New Media Division. More recently, Clay founded and ran a successful sales consulting business, the Improved Performance Group, focusing on improving sales productivity while lowering the cost of sales in technology businesses. Clay attended The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brett Anderson
Vice President of Business Development

Brett has almost 10 years experience in the collection industry. Prior to joining Western Capital in March of this year, Brett served as president of BAJ Consulting Services, a CRM consulting firm he founded in 1997 that specializes in strategic business, partnering and marketing consulting. Anderson has also served as senior vice president of marketing and business development at CF Industries where his last position was as senior director, marketing and business development. He started his career at AT&T as a C & UNIX software engineer. He has a BA in mathematics and computer science from Rutgers University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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