Our Mission and History

Our mission is to help our clients optimize financial results from managing credit, cash application, collection, trade promotion, and deductions using advanced, intelligent automation and streamlined processes. We were owned by and our history is interwoven with Creditek, founded by our Chairman as the dominant force in A/R management until its sale to a multi-national, and later with Credit2B, transformational technology for credit decisions divested in 2018.  The experience and subject matter know-how refined by our management team through hundreds of client engagements in credit, accounts receivable, collections, and billions of dollars in deduction management, has been applied to the next advance, Carixa Cloud Suite, designed and informed by our team's profound industry experience.

  • We have 100% USA operations, software development, cloud hosting, and client services.
  • We are subject matter experts deeply committed to excellence in order-to-cash and accounts receivable.
  • Our Carixa Cloud Suite is modular, advanced order-to-cash automation for large to mid-market companies.
  • We innovate and customize to solve client needs.
  • We are easy to deal with ...and if we promise, we deliver.

Our aim is to accelerate cash flow and profits with technology and expert services for each client while eliminating low-value paper-shuffling with workflow automation. Please contact our executive team for a brief feasibility discussion.

 

Senior Leadership

Industry specialists. Functional experts. Solutions-minded technology. Trusted partners.

Clients love dealing with us.

Smyyth's leadership has extensive backgrounds in business process outsourcing (BPO) and cloud software, for B2B Accounts Receivable - Credit, Collections, Deductions Management, and Cash Application, and always working cross-functionally to serve our clients' best interests throughout the entire revenue cycle.

Kristen Metzger - Chief Executive Officer Smyyth LLC

Kristen is responsible for Smyyth's Solutions business. She is an expert in enterprise accounts receivable and revenue cycle optimization. Before Smyyth, Kristen served as Sr. Vice President Operations for Creditek, the leading BPO firm in order-to-cash, where she managed A/R operations for numerous Fortune 1000 companies, including CPG and Pharmaceutical, and earlier with Accenture Strategy and Business Architecture.  Kristen received a BA in Economics from The University of Vermont and has an MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Shyarsh Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Carixa (Smyyth Technology LLC)

Shyarsh is responsible for Carixa, Smyyth's order-to-cash cloud technology business. From 2012 to 2018, he was CEO of Credit2B.com, another Smyyth company, which was a leader in B2B credit decision automation until its sale to a strategic acquirer.   Most recently, he served as President of Wellaware, an IoT leader for industrial assets and operations. Earlier in his career, he was Corporate Development Officer at Global Compliance, and Leader, Strategy and Business Development for Dun and Bradstreet, and held solutions leadership roles at IBM. Shyarsh has degrees from the University of Bombay and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

John Metzger - Chairman

Prior to founding Smyyth and  Carixa, John was Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Creditek Corp., from start-up to the singular leadership position in A/R BPO, and to its ultimate sale.  John’s earlier career positions were as Director of Credit, VP of Distribution and Logistics, and Executive Vice President Global Operations in the consumer goods industry, as well as leading a logistics consultancy. Credit2B, another leading fintech company that he founded for automated business credit decisions, was acquired by a strategic acquirer in 2018. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Frank Boni - Vice President - Managed Services and Client Operations

Frank is responsible for client and accounts receivable services operations. Prior to joining Smyyth, Frank had more than 20 years of experience in commercial receivables management, credit, and collections, including serving as Director of Operations and Sales Support for NCO Financial Systems, Inc. Earlier in his career, he served in management capacities with Dun & Bradstreet RMS, and Payco GAC Corp. Frank has a B.S. in Business Administration from Hofstra University.

Andrei Afanassenkov - Chief Technology Officer

Andrei has been a strategic resource to the Smyyth companies since 2006 including leading the development team for Carixa, Smyyth’s modular credit-to-cash automation platform. Andrei has deep experience in FinTech and enterprise technologies, computer simulation, and 3D modeling, and holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bryansk University. He leads Smyyth's infrastructure and software development activities.

Joseph D'Apolito, Chief Financial Officer

Joe is responsible for finance, corporate planning, and shared service functions for several Smyyth companies. He has over twenty years of management experience in finance, accounting, and administration with large and mid-sized businesses. Earlier in his career, CFO and V.P. Underwriting for PHHC, Director of Health Care Reform at Emblem Health, and CFO of a $5 billion unit of Anthem, as well as the CFO of Empire Roofing. Joe is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in Finance and Accounting.

Karen McCann - Vice President, Operations and Adminsitration

Karen has 20 years of experience in operations, data management, software administration, and customer service, including serving as Director of Client Services with Creditek, a leading outsourcing company, and as a customer services executive in the telecom industry. In addition to managing Smyyth's operations and client services, Karen is the implementation manager for Carixa, the company's remarkable cloud order-to-cash automation.

Frank Buck - Director, Product

Frank is responsible for Carixa Cloud Suite product management, and he joins the Carixa team with deep experience in invoice-to-cash automation. Previously, he served in senior product management roles with Avalara, a tax compliance software company, Billtrust, an invoice-to-payments company, and Sungard Availability Services. He has early-career experience with FedEx Ground and Amazon fulfillment. Frank has a B.A. Sociology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Burns - Manager, Client Services

Susan is responsible for managing client engagement from implementation to ongoing data operations and user experience. She was previously a Sr. Business Analyst with Pilat HR, a SaaS provider of human capital solutions for Fortune 100 clients, and earlier was a finance and accounting system administrator for AIG. She is a skilled and certified project management professional.

Tom Materasso -Director, Solution Development

Tom's focus is on AR Automation Solutions and has 25 years of experience in both managing and developing systems to automate credit-to-cash operations. His roles with Smyyth have included product and onboarding management for Smyyth’s Carixa cloud platform. Tom previously served as Account Executive for Sage-Intact, Project Manager-BPO F&A for Accenture, Sr. Project Manager for SunGard, and Director of Client Services for Creditek. He has an MBA from Pace University.

Kim Zablocky - CEO and Chairman, Retail Value Chain Federation, and Advisory Board

Associated with Smyyth since 2002, Kim is Chairman of the affiliated Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF.com), the leading advocate for retailer-supplier trading partner synchronization that champions initiatives to increase industry-wide productivity, profitability, and growth. Kim is well known for his expertise in customer financial services and serves as an advisor in matters concerning the retail and distribution industries. Kim holds a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York.

Anna Costello
Anna Costello, Ph.D., Advisory Board

Anna is a Professor of Accounting at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business prior to which she was an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Costello received her Bachelor's and MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Costello's research investigates how information asymmetry between buyers and suppliers impacts the terms in long-term supply contracts, and studies how trade credit between supply chain partners influences firm-specific and market-wide risk. Her research has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and The Accounting Review.