A payments expert with more than 20-years of industry experience, Matt is a sought after speaker at regional acquirer associations and noted author. Prior to his role at Direct Connect, he served as Sage Payment Solutions’ Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining Sage, Mr. Clyne was General Manager of U.S. for Optimal Payments. Prior to joining Optimal Payments, he held various positions at TeleCheck, a division of First Data Corp. He serves on the advisory board to ISO & Agent trade publication and has been published regularly in industry trade journals. Mr. Clyne received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and his Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Bauer College at the University of Houston in 2002.