Members of our nationwide sales leadership team drive the success of our restaurants, helping small businesses achieve their dreams through increased revenue, comparative market data, and fast cash financing when they need it most.
Steve joined Rewards Network as President in 2018, overseeing the Sales and Partnerships functions and serving in a general leadership position in support of the CEO, Senior Leadership Team and organization at large.
As a growth leader, Steve brings a strong background and deep experience in the fields of e-commerce, finance, banking, and technology, translating into the successful businesses he built at PayPal and before that, Citigroup. At PayPal, Steve served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Steve served as Vice President and General Manager of Global Distribution in which he led a global team responsible for partnership with technology platforms and marketplaces.
Prior to PayPal, Steve served in a variety of executive roles at Citigroup, in both the Credit Card and Retail Banking businesses.
A native of New York and graduate of Duke University and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Steve spent his early career in the Marine Corps and remains active in veteran’s causes. In 2014, he was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s “40 under 40.”
Steve currently resides in Northern California with his wife and three children.
Vice-President of Sales – Central Division
Mike Cicek is Vice-President of Sales for Rewards Network’s Central Division and is responsible for planning and executing strategies with a team of Regional Managers that focus on growing business, coaching/developing the sales teams, and providing a revenue growth solution for restaurants.
Mike has been with the company for over a decade of time, continually drawn to the challenge of his role and the mutual respect for the people he is responsible for and works with every day. Prior to Rewards Network, Mike worked in technology sales, with a focus on data applications for businesses.
Mike’s vision of leadership is founded in a belief in work ethic and team culture. Team work is all about having a common goal for success, and the path to that success is through activity and self-discipline. Whenever possible, Mike is out in the field with his Regional Managers and Account Executives, working with new hires and supporting his team in client meetings. It takes everyone working together to build on company and client success.
Vice-President of Sales – East Division
Mitchell Hipp is Vice-President of Sales for Rewards Network’s East Division, responsible for driving growth across 10 states while leading a talented team of Regional Managers who oversee more than 40 sales representatives in the field. He oversees increased merchant acquisition and retention, as well as recruitment of top sales talent, training and development of sales leaders, budgets, performance management, and delivering exceptional support to the hospitality industry.
Prior to Rewards Network, Mitchell has had a long history of helping restaurants succeed and grow, focusing on marketing and financial support that allows restaurant owners to do what they do best. He was VP of Sales at Vector Solutions, as well as Director of Sales at LivingSocial, running their outside sales teams. Mitchell also launched the pilot program in their restaurant division for Card Linked Offers nationwide, opening major markets.
Above all, Mitchell believes that anything can be accomplished when a positive, fun work environment is paired with individual talent and effort.
Regional Sales Manager – New York City
Andrew Cucinotta is Rewards Network’s Regional Manager for the Big Apple — New York City itself — and believes in motivating his metropolitan team to not just exceed their goals, but to challenge their creativity and improve on best practices across the board.
Andrew came to Rewards Network because it had everything he was looking for in a company: it’s a fast-paced environment where you face challenges to the status quo daily and are encouraged to constantly innovate. In turn, the company constantly innovates to deliver the tools we need to succeed into our hands. Prior to Rewards Network, Andrew spent years scaling sales in the SaaS industry, focused on products in both retails and payments space.
If you give your best every day, Andrew says, he will guarantee you success — and make sure you have fun doing your job, too.
Regional Sales Manager – South Florida
Jennifer Gonsalves is Regional Manager for Rewards Network’s South Florida region, and works with her team of Account Executives and Account Managers to meet with and sign the best restaurants from Miami to Tampa. Out in the field herself most days, Jennifer devotes time to coaching her team and helping them achieve their goals.
In fact, Jennifer came to Rewards Network because of the people and leadership at the company — dedicated professionals who help restaurant owners realize their dreams. Our marketing vehicles allow restaurants to grow revenue and access millions of potential customers they would not be able to reach otherwise. Prior to joining Rewards Network in 2018, Jennifer lead remote sales teams for LivingSocial and Xceligent Commercial Real Estate Data Solutions.
The most important thing Jennifer imparts to her team is accountability. We are in this together — each person with a responsibility to contribute to the whole — and win or lose as a team.
Regional Sales Manager – Central States
Jane Langdon is Regional Manager for Rewards Network’s Central States region, which includes Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Her personal philosophy on leading her team of Account Executives and Account Managers is to lead by example. After an early morning (4:30 am!) work-out, Jane is out in the field coaching her team, near and far.
A 24-year veteran of Rewards Network, Jane doesn’t think of her role as Regional Manager as a job, and no one she works with is just a number. She’s stayed with Rewards Network because when you’re surrounded by the best corporate and sales team in the business, you don’t leave it.
Focusing on what you can control, building confidence, and maintaining integrity — that’s the secret to Jane’s success and the success of her sales team.
Regional Sales Manager – Southern California
John Lawes is Rewards Network’s Region Manager for Southern California, encompassing the counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside. He manages a team of 12 Account Executives and four Account Managers, responsible for all aspects of sales strategy, revenue management, client acquisition and retention, and sales capability in support of the restaurant community in SOCAL.
John brings extensive sales leadership experience, having lead his teams to effectively grow both revenue and market share, at all of his previous companies. Entering his twentieth year in sales, John previously held sales management roles at BlueList, LivingSocial, The Onion, AutoTrader, and Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch. Achievements include multiple President’s Club winnings as a both a manager and an individual contributor at several past companies. John went to CEO Club as a manager after his first year at Rewards Network.
Regional Sales Manager – Gulf States
Jay Lovelace is Rewards Network’s Regional Manager for Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and North Florida: the Gulf States. He is committed to helping grow revenue at restaurants, nightclubs, and bars in the region, through coaching a team of dedicated and high-performing Account Executives and Account Managers. His management style is that of a player coach in the field leading the way.
Jay came to Rewards Network in 1993 as an Account Executive, and worked to build teams as a Sales Trainer, before growing into the Regional Manager role. Jay has stayed with Rewards Network for over 25 years because the company continuously grows and adapts to the stay competitive in the market. No one else has an exclusive rewards program that can finance and market restaurants. Prior to Rewards Network, Jay was a buyer and equipment/supply specialist for Sysco Foods.
The most important aspect of leadership for Jay is the ability to improve existing standards to optimize the personal performance of his team members. Jay works diligently to help his sales team achieve (and exceed) their goals, as well as optimize their income.
Regional Sales Manager – Texas
Tad Miller is Regional Manager for Texas, splitting his time among Austin, San Antonio, and Houston to coach and support Rewards Network’s “Team Texas” directly. His enthusiasm for coaching his sales team — while consulting with some of the best restaurant owners in the country — is unparalleled.
From his start in 2012, Tad has been an outspoken advocate for the value of the marketing he and his team provide. His experience at Rewards Network has not only been the most enjoyable of his career, but it’s also been the most rewarding. Prior to joining Rewards Network, Tad worked with Texas Motor Speedway, working closely with the first team of employees and responsible for selling naming rights, signage, and corporate advertising at the facility.
Tad brings to his sales team — and the Rewards Network’s sales leadership team as a whole — a positive attitude and clear path that leads to the personal growth and success of every team member. The restaurant business is a fun and challenging business. But Rewards Network’s product is a win/win for everyone involved. And as Tad says, “It’s pretty easy to remain positive in those conditions.”
Regional Sales Manager – Mid-Atlantic
Tina Myers is Regional Manager of the Mid-Atlantic states for Rewards Network, working with and coaching Account Executives every day to be incredible sales people and better understand the marketing and financing products available. She helps her team of executives and Account Representatives seek out sales opportunities and close more deals through ride-a-longs and 1:1 training in the field.
From day one, Tina was excited about the opportunity presented by Rewards Network, describing the marketing it provides as “bigger picture” for the restaurant industry. To be able to invest your hard work in the success of a restaurant, helping them succeed and expand their reach, is a great feeling. Prior to joining the sales leadership team at Rewards Network, Tina was a salesperson for Sysco Foods and US Foods.
With over five years of experience herself as an Account Executive, Tina is able to share her hard-learned best practices and coach her team with real life scenarios. She understands the challenges, as well as the opportunities, that arise daily, and believes in congratulating even the smallest steps in the process. Her knowledge and experience is key in helping new Account Executives get to the next level of success more quickly.
Regional Sales Manager – Southeast
Lisa began her career at Rewards Network as an Account Executive herself, selling in the Raleigh, NC market. Eventually she transitioned to the Regional Manager role and now achieves success through her team’s results. Prior to Rewards Network, Lisa was the National Director of Training for a national wine distributor and importer, combining her love for sales with her knowledge as a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Sommelier.
Lisa’s passion for coaching means her team of dynamic sales professionals always have her all in growing Rewards Network’s stable of restaurants.
Regional Sales Manager – Midwest
Carrie Settle is Rewards Network’s Midwest Regional Manager, responsible for supporting her sales team and helping regional restaurants achieve their business goals. Every day, she’s out in the field with her team, meeting current and potential restaurant clients, as well as working behind the scenes to ensure merchants have the best experience possible with Rewards Network.
Carrie came to Rewards Network for its great company culture and the ability to turn her passion for the restaurant industry into the ability to have a positive impact on the fortunes of small and medium-sized businesses. There’s nothing better than seeing a team member or restaurant thrive. Before joining Rewards Network, Carrie was an event planner with a restaurant group in Louisville, Kentucky, worked at her family-owned food business, and for American Express Corporate Card.
When it comes to success for her team, Carrie believes that enthusiasm and support are the keys to helping people reach their goals. Passion for what you do (and a bit of swagger) is what will take you far.
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