Our Team

Amad Ebrahimi
Founder
Amad has worked in the eCommerce and online marketing world since 2002. He started as an eBay seller, then slowly graduated to building & marketing his own websites and consulting others to do the same.He founded Merchant Maverick out of frustration with all the misinformation and shady tactics that he encountered when trying to find a merchant account for his and his client's businesses.In his spare time he's usually outdoors exercising, trail running, kayaking, paddle boarding, and anything else that requires the sun, the ocean, or some dirt. If he's not outside, then he's probably reading a book…or two…or ten.
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Tom DeSimone
Writer, Managing Editor
Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Tom has written for Merchant Maverick since 2013 and currently serves as the website’s managing editor for payment processing content. His work is cited by publications including TechCrunch, Washington Business Journal, and Bank Advisor. Press seeking expert comments for stories related to credit card processing can reach him via LinkedIn for a prompt reply.
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Julie Titterington
Writer, Managing Editor
Julie Titterington is a writer, editor, and native Oregonian. She graduated from George Fox University in 2004 with a BA in Writing/Literature. Julie has appeared in a variety of industry publications, including YFS Magazine, PM Times, and SmallBizClub. For the last five years, she has specialized in SMB software and services, particularly project management, point of sale, and small business lending.
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Bianca Crouse
Writer
Bianca Crouse has been writing about business loans and finance for three years. In addition to Merchant Maverick, she has appeared in Startup Nation and Business.com, among others. She has a BA in English from George Fox University and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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Shannon Vissers
Writer
Shannon is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Shannon attended San Diego State University, graduating in 2005 with a BA in English. She is the former editor-in-chief of SteelOrbis, an online trade publication. Shannon has also published articles for Livestrong, eHow, Life'd, and various now-defunct blogs with names like Bit Candy and Sketchy Van (the early 2000s internet was a colorful, chaotic place).
Jason Vissers
Writer
Jason Vissers is a writer and cereal chef from San Diego. He graduated with a Political Science degree from San Diego State University in 2001. He's been writing about website builders, crowdfunding sites, online lenders, and credit cards for Merchant Maverick since 2015. Additionally, Jason can't eat raisins.
Chris Motola
Writer
Chris Motola is a writer, programmer, game designer, and product of NY. These days he's mostly writing about financial products, but in a past life he wrote about health care and business. He's a graduate of the University of Central Florida.
Melissa Johnson
Writer
Melissa Johnson has been writing about payment processing and mobile payments since 2014, and has been quoted in articles for Credit Karma and The Next Web, among others. She graduated from The University of Kansas in 2010 with bachelor's degrees in English and journalism.
Frank Kehl
Writer
Frank Kehl has been writing about merchant services, payment gateways, and international money transfer services since 2015. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State and a Juris Doctorate from the Ventura College of Law. After a long and enjoyable career of traveling around the world as an Air Force navigator, he’s comfortably settled down in the wine country town of Paso Robles in California’s scenic Central Coast region. He enjoys reading, photography, hiking, and numerous other outdoor pursuits.
Levi Bowers
Media Outreach Specialist
Levi Bowers is a lifetime Oregonian who graduated from George Fox University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. He worked as a writer who focused on merchant processor reviews for two years but transitioned to working with the public and media relationships team. Outlets seeking relevant info for SMBs and eCommerce companies can reach him via LinkedIn.
Chelsea Krause
Writer
Chelsea Krause is a writer who has specialized in accounting for two years. She has a BA in English & Creative Writing from George Fox University and studied at the University of Oxford as well. She has been quoted in Forbes and her work appears in Startup Nation, Small Business Bonfire, and Women on Business.
Liz Hull
Writer
Liz Hull is the Lead eCommerce Writer for Merchant Maverick. In her two years with Merchant Maverick, she has tested and reviewed over 40 eCommerce platforms and published two ebooks on the topic of online selling. Liz has also been published in Startup Nation and Home Business Magazine Online. Liz has a BA in English and Spanish from George Fox University.
Rose Holman
Writer
Rose Holman is a writer, blogger, and educator with an MA in Teaching from Western Oregon University. She has enjoyed writing for Merchant Maverick and educating SMB owners about the complicated (and notoriously sketchy) world of credit card processing since 2016 from her hometown of Portland, OR.
Wesley Kriz
Writer
Writing from the Pacific Northwest (read: the Best Coast), Wesley graduated from George Fox University in 2014 with a degree in History, then again from George Fox in 2016 with a Masters of Arts in Teaching. He has been writing about project management for 2 years, and keeps a running list of wacky software brand names; seriously, it's wild out there.
Matt Sherman
Writer
Matt Sherman recently walked away from a 14-year stint in the thriving print media industry where he spent the bulk of his time as the sports editor for a pair of weekly newspapers in suburban Portland, Oregon. He is the father to a pair of energetic boys and can easily be distracted by Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go.
Jessica Dinsmore
Customer & Administrative Support
Jessica is a California native though she grew up in the Willamette Valley. After high school she attended Portland Community College, and became licensed to practice real estate in 2007; she's also been a small business owner, and brings over two decades of personalized customer service experience to our team. As the first point of contact, Jessica is always ready to help our readers make smart business decisions.
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