Focus on FinTech

South Mountain Merger Corp. is a newly incorporated blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. While we may pursue an initial business combination in any sector, we intend to focus our efforts on businesses in the financial technology segment of the broader financial services industry, where we believe our management team’s expertise will provide us with a competitive advantage.

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Chuck Bernicker

Chuck Bernicker LinkedIn Profile

Chief Executive Officer
  • Over 30 years experience in financial services, financial technology and retail banking.
  • Served as Chief Financial Officer of CardConnect, which merged with FinTech Acquisition Corp., a former SPAC, in July 2016 and was subsequently acquired by First Data in 2017.
  • Most recently provided consulting services to private companies that were evaluating mergers with SPACs, as well as to SPAC sponsor teams.
  • Served as Executive Director of Heartland Payment Systems.
  • Held various leadership roles at Bank of America, Commerce Bancorp and eCount.
  • Former Member of the Card Operations Risk Executive Council for Visa.
Nick Dermatas

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Chief Financial Officer
  • Most recently acted as VP, Finance at First Data.
  • Served as SVP, Finance at CardConnect, which merged with FinTech Acquisition Corp., a former SPAC, in July 2016 and was subsequently acquired by First Data in 2017.
  • Former Associate at Carousel Capital, a private equity investment firm.
  • Former Analyst at Edgeview Partners (now Piper Jaffray), an advisory firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Robert Metzger

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  • Board member for WageWorks (NYSE: WAGE) and USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT).
  • Senior Advisor for MissionOG, a growth-equity firm in Philadelphia.
  • Previously served as a Board member for JetPay Corporation until their acquisition by NCR in December 2018.
  • Former Partner at William Blair where he served as Head of the Technology and Financial Services Groups.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Illinois Gies College of Business.
Douglas Pauls

Douglas Pauls

  • Board member for BankUnited (NYSE: BKU), Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT) and Global Atlantic Financial Group Ltd.
  • Most recently served as CFO of BankUnited from 2009 until his retirement in 2013.
  • Previously served as EVP, Finance for TD Bank.
  • Held several leadership positions with Commerce Bancorp, including CFO (2002-2008) and Chief Accounting Officer (1995-2002), prior to their acquisition by TD Bank.

Corporate Governance

Nominating and Corporate Governance Charter


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