Our team has a solid history of successfully introducing new services for business-to-business and consumer markets. We rely on experienced advisors who have built and sold a multitude of companies in real estate development, multifamily, mortgage finance, payments, data storage and analysis, and internet systems and security, among others specialties.
Richard Calmas brings 25+ years experience in financial analysis, manufacturing, consulting, and real estate management and development to his role as Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Neighborhood Pay Services. He is responsible for corporate strategy, business development, and systems operations. Prior to launching NPS, Richard was a private real estate developer in the Boston area and President of a privately-held multifamily property company serving outlying areas. From 1990 – 1997, he served as Director of International Marketing for the COMDEX computer trade shows, specializing in development of exhibitor programming and strategic sales alliances. He helped launch the COMDEX-Israel Connection, and supported sales and programming for COMDEX Europe and Asia. For COMDEX parent company, The Interface Group, Richard evaluated acquisition opportunities in the gaming industry throughout the U.S., complementing his work at Arthur Anderson Consulting in the mid-1980’s, where he evaluated opportunities in the insurance and applied technology fields. Richard is active in local and national politics and serves on the National Board and Massachusetts Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and as a member of the board of the Middle East Forum, and the Jewish National Fund. He earned his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Rich Levitan has 25+ years of extensive experience in the development and management of distribution partnerships in the financial services industry with a focus on program and product development for credit challenged and underbanked consumers. Prior to joining Neighborhood Pay Services, he served as a Managing Director and a Limited Partner of the Kessler Group, the premier strategy, consulting, marketing and investment-banking firm in the payment products industry. At Kessler, Rich helped to develop and manage the relationship and directed marketing activity for several of the industry’s largest distribution partnerships and their partner banks including MBNA, HSBC, Bank of America, and American Express. He led the company’s international expansion in Australia and multiple European markets and helped originate over 10 million new customer relationships across hundreds of endorsed and non-endorsed partnerships.
Rich received an A.B. from Dartmouth College. He is involved in a variety of non-profit organizations and has served as a board member of the New England Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Association, co-chaired annual events for the Joslin Diabetes Center, served as an advisor to Black Carpenter, a youth empowerment program selected by the United Negro College Fund for their national UNCF 2011-2012 “Empower Me” Tour, and recently helped to establish TextLessLive More, a youth-led national awareness campaign to end distracted driving.
Ellen brings 25+ years marketing communications experience with Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial companies to her role in strategic planning and marketing and sales support for Neighborhood Pay Services. She is also responsible for brand positioning, outbound marketing and digital networking as well as coordination of partner programs. Ellen has held senior management positions for marketing communications firms serving such clients as GlaxoWellcome, Bausch & Lomb, Avon Products, Heinz USA, AT&T, The House of Seagram, among others. She actively supports numerous health, civic and arts organizations throughout the Boston area and currently holds board positions for Silent Spring Institute, a leading research and advocacy group dedicated to identifying links between women’s health and the environment. For the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Ellen chairs the Women’s Cancers Advisory Committee, serves as a member of the Trustee Advisory Committee and the Foundation Board, and helped launch Grateful Nation, a web-based community outreach platform that raised more than $1 million in its pilot year through a micro-gift and event strategy. Ellen was appointed in 2006 to the Massachusetts Commission on the State of Women, where she served for two years. She received her B.S. from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.
Bill Stout has 25+ years experience in financial services, real estate finance, capital markets and business development. Prior to joining Neighborhood Pay Services, he spent the majority of his career at Sun Life Financial where he was Vice President in charge of the US mortgage division where he oversaw the servicing of a $5 billion commercial mortgage portfolio and annual production of $1.2 billion of commercial mortgages. He also initiated and led $1.7 billion of profitable structured mortgage sales. More recently Bill was a principal responsible for new business development at Coventree Capital, a Canadian investment bank specializing in securitization that was the largest non-bank issuer of asset backed commercial paper in Canada. He was also a Senior Managing Director at Market Shield Capital where he co-developed a multifamily finance program intended to become a public REIT implementing a patented finance method.
Bill earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Northeastern University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Bill has been involved in various charitable organizations and is currently teaching English as a Second Language as part of the Framingham Adult ESL Plus program.
Evan comes to NPS from sales in the automotive field, where he contributed to financial planning and sales strategy for the Colonial Automotive Group, a chain of New England car dealerships. He also worked for the Mass Transportation Authority in information technology services. At NPS Evan is responsible for client on-boarding and day-to-day client contact and staff training as well as overseeing of resident response protocols. Evan also plays an integral role in development of NPS enrollment and website services. Evan has B.S. from Boston College in Economics and History.