President and CEO
Since September of 2010, Tom Nichting has served as President and CEO of Planet Group Inc. Tom is responsible for the continued development and oversight of the entire organization and has orchestrated a complete reorganization to focus the Company on delivering strategic software solutions as comprehensive offerings to the marketplace.
Prior to joining Planet Group, Tom was President and CEO of Prairie Interactive Messaging where he spent four years overseeing all aspects of Prairie’s business operations. He brought extensive experience to Prairie, having previously worked for 13 years at First Data Corporation as President of First Data's Utility Services Division, Output/PlastiCard Division, First Data Solutions, Teleservices and Call Interactive business units. He began his career at IBM in various sales, marketing and finance roles.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Creighton University with a major in Finance and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Marc Harper provides oversight and guidance for the financial activities of the Company.
Prior to joining the team in 2010, Marc managed the Deloitte Tax's Private Client Services practice in Orange County, California. He was also previously a Managing Director of myCFO.
Marc is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Bar Association and the California Society of CPAs. In addition, Marc sits on numerous charitable boards in both Orange and San DIego counties.
Marc earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an option in professional accountancy from California State University Long Beach and a J.D. from Western State University College of Law.
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Sherry Magwire is responsible for all of Planet Group's information technology functions, and for technically supporting the Company's growing client base to drive growth and strengthen relationships.
Sherry is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in information technology and payment processing. She has successfully built and managed several information technology organizations, while spearheading technology strategy, product design and implementation servicing.
During her 15-year tenure with First Data, she held a number of senior-level positions, including senior vice president of information technology. She was also vice president of information technology for NMC, information technology site leader for Cabela’s, plus held technology with Commercial Federal Bank and American Charter Savings and Loan early in her career.
Sherry has associate degrees in applied science and computer programming from Southeast Community College and attended the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Vice President, Strategy
Art McGill joined the team in 2013. He is responsible for payment processing strategy and overall product development.
Prior to joining the team, Art was a member of the executive management staff at Leader Bank, a Boston-area community bank. During his tenure, Leader Bank grew from $250 M to $600 M in assets and increased residential lending from $200 M to $2.4 B. Prior to Leader Bank, Art worked at McCarthy Capital Corporation and Piper Jaffray.
Art received his B.S.B.A. from Creighton University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.