Who We Are

Jeff McKay - C.E.O.

JEFFREY MCKAY.  President, Fortress Payment Technologies.   Jeff is a 30 year veteran of the card payments industry and has been involved in the ATM equipment vending industry since 1983, in addition being one of the original pioneers in the California privately owned pay telephone arena.  Together he and his former financial partner, football legend Y.A. Tittle, installed and operated over six-hundred pay telephones inCalifornia.  Jeff was also the first to own and vend ATM/Scrip equipment and was among the first in the industry to provide free credit card terminals to merchants in exchange for credit card processing. Jeff has bought and sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of credit and debit card portfolio's.


Jeff brings vast expertise to this venture having spent the past thirty years actively involved in the Credit card processing and Scrip vending industry,  Mr. McKay is past president of U.S. Cash Exchange, Inc. at one time the nations largest ATM Scrip company and most recently was the president of Pacific Communications, Inc. a small publicly traded company specializing in a wide variety of products including payphones, ATM Scrip machines, Internet Kiosks, long-distance and prepaid calling card sales, and Web site development and management. 


In addition to Y.A. Tittle, Jeff’s current and past business associates include Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, Howie Long, The Bee Gees, Dick Clark, Pete Rose, Andre Tippet, the Indy Racing League (IRL), and Hollywood Gift Baskets. Mr. McKay is also active in local and statewide politics, having recently completed his third term in office as a city councilman and serving as President of the Central Valley California League of Cities.  Jeff is married with two children and currently sits on a local school board. 

Joe Radest - C.O.O.

JOE RADEST, Executive Officer, Fortress Payment Technologies, started his career in card payments in 1998 working for the industry giant First Data. Since FDC, Joe has worked with other notable processors – TSYS, Global Payments and Chase Paymentech. 


Over 8 years ago, Joe branched out on his own, providing complete payment acceptance technology solutions, affording business clients the ability to securely transact payments without having sensitive data touching their environment.  In addition to Fortress Payment Technologies, Joe is an equity partner in two other Fin Tech companies  - 1 Step Technologies and Payix Holdings, educational committee Member of Fin Tech Atlanta and serves on two boards.  He lives in Atlanta with his wife and has three children, youngest two in college . 

Lisa Constable - Administration Director

Cristal Martinez - Credit/Risk

Cory Radest - POS Deployment

Kathryn Shipley - Partner Relations

Dianna Milam - Quality Control

Nathan Lewis - Client Relations


Anna Gomez - Customer Service 

Andrew Towber - Credit/Risk 


1020 15th Street

Modesto CA 95354

(209) 275-1455

East Coast:

130 Governors Square, Suite A

Peachtree City, GA 30269

(470) 592-8484