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Joseph Pappano

Former Co-CEO
Sightline Payments

Joseph Pappano is the former Co-CEO of Sightline, a payment processing company that focuses on the gaming and hospitality industries. With over 25 years of experience in the payments industry, Pappano brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role at Sightline.
Education
  • University of Akron
  • Ohio

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Pappano, the former Co-CEO of Sightline, has had several notable achievements in his career such as developing and launching the Play+ platform, a prepaid card and mobile app that allows players to fund and manage their accounts at gaming properties. 

He also played a big role in creating partnerships with major gaming operators in North America, including Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International and Penn Entertainment. 

At Sightline, Pappano he was responsible for overseeing the company's strategic direction and operations, as well as developing new business opportunities and partnerships. 

AWARDS

In 2021, while under Pappano’s leadership, Sightline was named the best ‘Payment Solution of the Year’ at the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas. 

In 2021, Pappano was also shortlisted by the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas for the ‘American Executive of the Year’

EMPLOYMENT

Prior to joining Sightline in December 2020, Pappano held senior executive positions at several leading payment processing companies, including Global Payments, First Data Corporation and FIS. He has a proven track record of building successful businesses and driving growth through strategic partnerships and innovative solutions. 

During his impressive career, Pappano worked with Vantiv for over 10 years, as SVP and Managing Director, and as SVP of Merchant Sales. He also spent three decades serving as Worldpay Gaming’s VP of Merchant Sales. 

Furthermore, Pappano spent almost 18 years working with the Fifth Third Bank as the VP as well as the Director of Merchant Sales. 

“People use their phones the majority of the time and as of last year, the mobile phone became the main screen for the majority of the population. It’s a solution (cashless payment) whose time has come, and which folks have warmed up to, and that’s one of the things today’s on-demand consumer really wants” Joseph Pappano

Interviews and public speeches

In July 2021, Pappano talked to GI’s Tim Poole about cashless gaming and the impact Covid-19 had on accelerating the need for it. 

In November 2021, Pappano and several other payment specialists talked to Gambling Insider, providing expert insights related to contactless payment solutions. 


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