Seven Questions With Christian Solomine, Head of Enterprise and Government Sales, PayNearMe
Christian Solomine is SVP and head of PayNearMe’s enterprise and government sales. Prior to PayNearMe, Christian directed the North America Global Partner Program at Telefonica Digital, focusing on M2M solutions and helping lead global business development initiatives. Prior to Telefonica, Christian ran worldwide sales for Rogers Communications in Canada and directed sales at Jasper Wireless for their fleet management and consumer electronics practice. Christian has also directed the channel development activities of Earth Networks/Weather Bug and sold dynamic weather content solutions to the connected navigation space. Christian is a magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University’s College of Integrated Science & Technology and holds a Master of Science in Information Technology. He also holds an MBA from the Daniels College at the University of Denver.
What’s your #1 business priority for 2016?
Our 2016 goal is to grow our number of retail partnerships so that we can add more stores as payment locations, making it even easier and convenient for customers to make loan payments in locations close to where they live or work. We’d like to have at least one payment location within five miles for at least 95 percent of all people living in the U.S.
The leading characteristic of a financial services organization?
For PayNearMe, it’s our dedication to providing innovation, convenience and reliability to customers at a fair price.
Your top piece of advice for future financial services executives?
Don’t accept the status quo – your competition won’t.
When you were 20, what did you envision for your career?
I honestly had no idea at that point. I really just wanted to be in a job where I show up happy for work everyday and hoped to be in a position where I could make a difference for the organization that I work with.
The most unusual job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a laborer performing demolition services for decommissioned chemical facilities at Merck Pharmaceuticals. Sledge hammer and jack hammer fun in 90-degree heat!
Your favorite book or movie?
Stripes – a Bill Murray classic.
Favorite quote or motto?
“You can observe a lot just by watching.” Yogi Berra