Thomas E. Simonson, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Simonson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Merit Consumer Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merit Financial Solutions, Inc. Tom provides the required entrepreneurial skills and insight to identify key business opportunities and then develops the implementation plan for our key growth strategies. Tom leads the Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Merit Consumer Services, Tom was General Manager of the Technology, Consulting and Systems Integration Division at Unisys Corporation. Tom was responsible for the worldwide go-to-market plan, global sales organization, customer satisfaction and field operations. He had full P&L responsibility and $1.7B in top line revenue.
Prior to Tom’s position at Unisys, he was the EVP of Mainline Information Systems, a privately held IT solutions company. Before joining Mainline, Tom spent the first 21 years of his career at IBM, starting as a Marketing Representative in the Financial Services Industry and then progressing through their worldwide management development program. He held a wide variety of executive roles, including several global positions where he was responsible for diverse aspects of IBM’s business including Hardware, Software, Services and the Channel. During his last five years, Tom was a member of IBM’s Senior Leadership Team, a group comprised of their most senior executives on a global basis.
Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Drexel University.
Ryan McKnight, Chief Financial Officer
Ryan McKnight is Chief Financial Officer of Merit Consumer Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merit Financial Solutions, Inc. Ryan is responsible for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the company. His duties include the management of accounting, information technologies, investor relations, tax, and treasury departments. He oversees the finance operations of four subsidiary companies. He is responsible for ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. He a member of the Executive Committee.
Ryan has a strong and diverse background with 20 years’ experience in accounting and auditing functions. He has served as controller for a variety of industrial segments, including manufacturing, distribution, and the energy sector. He started in public accounting, gaining invaluable experience with audit and internal control reviews. Ryan also owned his own firm providing finance, accounting and tax advisory services for small business owners.
Ryan is active in civic affairs and has served as Treasurer and Board Member for Camp Fire Green Country and has been a Volunteer Mentor for Thunderbird Youth Academy.
Ryan is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Megan Carr, Director of Operations
Megan Carr is the Director of Operations of Merit Consumer Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merit Financial Solutions, Inc. Megan oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and the customer flow from enrollment through completion of services. In addition, she identifies system issues, creates reports, monitors work flow and adjusts assignments of employees. She advises on staffing decisions, process strategies, designs letter campaigns, and tracks business performance.
Megan has over a decade of experience in the financial services field, with five of those years in supervisory roles. She is an experienced Training Manager. and has performed as a Collections Manager for a major national collection agency. Prior to collections, Megan worked in advertising for ten years, including time at TV Guide and Cox Media group.
Megan is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Business with a specialization in Business Administration, and is set to graduate in 2020.