About ClearGage - Advanced Healthcare Payment Solutions


ClearGage, LLC is revolutionizing the way healthcare providers do business. By developing innovative healthcare payment solutions and financial services that employ revenue cycle technology that are HIPAA and PCI compliant, we’re doing our part to bring proven retail payment solutions to the healthcare market and simplify the process of calculating and collecting patient payments.


Our mission is to enhance the consumer’s quality of life by providing flexible and ethical payment solutions that enable them to receive and pay for the healthcare products or services they need or want.

Healthcare payment solutions for Everyone. Everywhere. Everyway.™


ClearGage was formed by a team of seasoned executives from the healthcare, employee benefits technology, and payment processing industries who recognized the imminent need for healthcare payment solutions that embrace a retail mentality. Our team is committed to supplying the healthcare industry with the most advanced, ethical and results orientated patient payment processing technology available.

ClearGage leadership CEO and Founder Chip Hunziker

Chip Hunziker
CEO and Founder

In addition to being a founder and the principal architect of ClearGage, Chip has over 25 years of experience in the health care, financial services and employee benefits industries.

From 2006 to 2009, Chip was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Motivano, Inc a leading provider of employee benefits technology with responsibility for the management of their national sales force and distribution channels as well as oversight of corporate marketing initiatives. He also served as the Healthcare Practice Leader for Verus Card Services, Inc, one of the largest credit card and payment processors, with responsibility for developing electronic commerce and payment solutions surrounding consumer directed healthcare initiatives. From 1990 to 2004, Chip held a series of senior leadership positions in the healthcare industry and served as President of Healthy Connections, a venture backed disease management entity, and of Biomedical a 23 million dollar multi-site home infusion and medical equipment company. Other positions include Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Housecall Medical Resources, a 230 million dollar publicly traded provider of alternate site healthcare services.

Chip received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

ClearGage leadership COO and Co-Founder John Zdanowicz, Jr.

John Zdanowicz, Jr.
COO and Co-Founder

In addition to being a ClearGage Co-Founder, John serves as the organization’s Chief Operations Officer. With over 20 years of executive leadership experience in payments technology, financial services and healthcare, John is responsible for driving operational excellence and setting the cadence for product design and development for the organization. In this role, John is responsible for all aspects of implementations, client and patient engagement, account management, training, and product development.

Prior to founding ClearGage John was the Executive Vice President of Operations at Motivano Inc. (2006-2010), a leading provider of employee benefits and financial services technologies, where he was responsible for all operational facets of the organization. Prior to Motivano, John served as the Director of Solution/Service Delivery at WildCard Systems (from 1999-2006), the pioneer in prepaid card issuance and processing. John was instrumental in the growth and success of the company, spearheading efforts in areas of customer service, process improvement, strategic planning, and solution development. John worked extensively with the executive leadership team in support of key client relationships and revenue/budget initiatives in advance of WildCard Systems acquisition by eFunds in 2005.

John received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance (’94) and an MBA in Decision Information Systems/Competitive Strategy (’99) from the University of Florida.

Along with his wife Sarah and two children, John enjoys organic gardening, camping, fishing and wildlife rescue/rehabilitation. John is an active community volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors/Treasurer for a local Charter School and is part of the wildlife rescue/rehab team at Owls Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife.

ClearGage leadership Chief Technology Officer Jim Connor

Jim Connor
Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer at ClearGage and a member of the ClearGage team since 2011, Jim is responsible for all aspects of the company’s technical infrastructure, information security, and software development.

Jim brings over 20 years of experience in the payments, financial services, web application development and gaming technologies. Having worked in almost every facet of IT, Jim brings a unique perspective to ClearGage, ranging from software development, hardware design, multi-tier server infrastructure and information security.

Prior to joining ClearGage, from 2007-2011, Jim was the Senior Architect and Security Officer with Caxiam Group, a boutique software application development company. From 2002-2006, Jim worked for Electronic Arts where he served as the technical lead for the central online team responsible for bringing Xbox Live to EA Sports. From 2001-2002, Jim worked as a senior software developer at WildCard Systems, delivering reliable, secure and scalable prepaid payment card programs for Bank of America, CitiBank, and Wells Fargo.

Prior to WildCard Systems, Jim served 11 years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program, graduating top in his class in the most rigorous academic program available at the time.

Jim carries both a CISSP and HCISPP certification.

ClearGage leadership General Counsel and  Chief Compliance Officer K. Travis Berry

K. Travis Berry
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Travis Berry is ClearGage’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He serves on the company’s executive team and oversees all legal affairs, including corporate and regulatory compliance. Travis joined ClearGage in May of 2017 from Sage, a global technology firm listed on the FTSE 100. At Sage, he served from 2008 to 2017 as Senior Corporate Counsel where he was responsible for advising on legal matters involving Sage’s North America payments, payroll and software divisions. Prior to joining Sage, Travis worked from 2005 to 2008 as a litigator for a regional law firm, and from 2000 to 2005 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. While serving as an Assistant Attorney General, he was responsible for investigating and litigating against corporate entities for civil violations of Florida’s consumer protection laws.

Travis is a Florida native and received his B.A. from the University of Florida in 1994 and his J.D./M.B.A from the Stetson University College of Law in 2000. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2000. Travis is an active member in the community and serves on the Board of Trustees for AMIkids Tampa.

ClearGage leadership SVP Finance Rick J. Goepfert Jr.

Rick J. Goepfert Jr.
SVP Finance

As Vice President of Finance and Controller at ClearGage, Rick’s responsibilities include management of the accounting, financial, investment and risk aspects of the company as well as human resources. Rick has 17 years of experience in the payment processing industry, beginning his payments career in 2000 with Verus Card Services where he was a key financial team member until its acquisition in 2006 by The Sage Group PLC, makers of Sage Software, for 325 million dollars. Rick remained with Sage Payment Solutions until 2013 serving as Vice President, Controller and then later as Vice President, Finance. Today, Sage Payment Solutions is one of the largest merchant account processors in the payments industry and supports hundreds of thousands of e-commerce, retail and wholesale businesses throughout the US. Prior to his work in the payments space, Rick spent seven years working as an accountant in the publishing industry.

Rick is a certified public accountant and received his BS in Accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Away from work, Rick enjoys working out, occasional rounds of golf and coaching his two children in soccer. Weekends are spent with his wife Mary while shuttling his children between athletic events.

ClearGage leadership Vice-President of Operations Michael Lemonds

Michael Lemonds
Vice-President of Operations

Michael is the Vice-President of Operations and has been with ClearGage since 2010. He has more than twenty years’ experience in management which includes ten years as the manager of a retail business and more than five years with a large manufacturing facility. Michael worked for an international call center company as Training Manager, with responsibilities including planning and implementing large training ramps and program implementation at both new and existing company locations in the U.S., Canada and India. He also implemented and managed an education program for young adult refugees in a United Nations refugee camp in the Philippines. Michael received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Along with his wife Barbara, Michael enjoys hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.

ClearGage leadership Vice President of Sales Philip Head

Philip Head
Vice President of Sales

Philip Head is Vice President of Sales at ClearGage. He has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the payments processing and financial services industries with responsibilities for developing, managing and executing worldwide sales strategies, channel partnerships, sales teams and call center operations. Most recently Philip held the position of Vice President of Inside Sales for Bluefin Payment Systems where he was responsible for developing an inside sales organization in charge of inbound/outbound sales of technology products/financial services technology to B2B Fortune 500 companies and small to mid-sized businesses. He has also held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales for Intrix Technology where he was responsible for managing sales strategies. Philip led a 40-person sales team at Accelerated Payment Technologies, a provider of integrated payment solutions for small and medium sized businesses, which was recently acquired by Global Payments for more than $400 million. Prior to Accelerated, Philip directed North American sales for First Funds, a cash advance company. Earlier, he led the call center operations for EMS (Electronic Merchant System).

ClearGage leadership Vice President of Risk Management and Underwriting Dione Hodges

Dione Hodges
Vice President of Risk Management and Underwriting

Dione Hodges serves as Vice President of Risk Management and Underwriting at ClearGage. Dione has over 12 years of experience in financial technology and risk management. He is responsible for client onboarding and ongoing financial loss mitigation.

Prior to ClearGage, Dione led the underwriting and risk management functions as the Senior Director of Risk Management at Sterling Payment Technologies until their acquisition by EVO International. Prior to Sterling, Dione was the Investigations manager at Royal Bank of Scotland dba Worldpay, leading both the investigative and card brand compliance teams.

Dione attended State University of New York while honorably serving in the US Army as a Criminal Investigator. Dione has attained certification from the following associations; Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist and Electronic Payments Certified Payments Professional.

Dione is an Advisor for the Merchant Acquirers Committee and an active member of the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task force.

ClearGage leadership Vice President of Business Development Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson
Vice President of Business Development

Steve Johnson is Vice President of Business Development. With over 20 years of experience in the health care and healthcare IT industries, Steve’s role at ClearGage is to drive new business in the large physician office, Ambulatory Surgery Center, clearinghouses and the hospital/health system space. Additionally, Steve works with developing our channel partners and resellers and supporting their efforts.

Prior to joining ClearGage, Steve was a Regional Vice President of Sales for Holon Solutions, driving sales of the Holon eco system and interoperability products into health systems, clearinghouses, payers and large self-insured employers. Prior to Holon, Steve was in various sales and sales management roles with companies such as SRS, Aprima and Allscripts providing Practice Management, EHR, Revenue Cycle, PACs and EDI solutions to Ambulatory physician groups as well as to the hospital market. Steve was also a Regional Sales Manager at Millbrook, a leading provider of Physician Practice Management software. He led a large sales team at Millbrook from pre-acquisition through the acquisition process with GE Healthcare and continued to lead his top performing team after the acquisition.

Steve received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in 1990.

Steve has been married to Sherri for 27 years and has two boys. Steve likes to spend time with family and in the outdoors enjoying baseball, golf and duck hunting as well as promoting youth sports as a volunteer coach and board member on various youth athletic associations.


January 24-28, 2018
Yankee Dental Congress
Booth #2042
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Yankee Dental Congress is New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the highest quality dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and resources. With nearly 27,000 dental professionals in attendance from across the U.S., Yankee Dental Congress is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country.

January 26-28, 2018
Dead Chiropractic Society 11th Annual CalJam
Booth #18
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
California Jam is the #1 chiropractic education and natural health seminar with over two dozen expert speakers and a rock n’ roll show playing throughout the weekend!

February 3-7, 2018
VMX: Veterinary Meeting and Expo
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
VMX, formerly the NAVC Conference, presents top-tier continuing education from world-renowned presenters, unparalleled professional development and networking, diverse exhibits and exhilarating events in one centralized campus. The NAVC, as your not-for-profit veterinary community, couldn’t be more proud to serve YOU and strive to exceed YOUR expectations at the inaugural VMX event.

February 22-24, 2018
Booth #707
The DeSoto Savannah
15 E. Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401
2018 Annual Users Meeting


Headquartered in Tampa Florida, ClearGage is a rapidly growing healthcare payments technology company providing innovative patient payment solutions to the healthcare industry. We are always looking for top tier talent to join the ClearGage team. Email us at employment@cleargage.com


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