Meet the Team: Alan Quinn, EU Sales Support and Product Manager

Our team at talech is as diverse as they come. Spanning the globe from Boise, ID to Dublin, Ireland, our employees have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. We are musicians, knitters, and basketball players. We’ve worked as waiters at chain restaurants and in tech support. But despite our differences, we all have one thing in common: our journey has brought each of us to talech.

Check out our “Meet the Team Series” each month to find out some fun facts about our team and learn more about what they do at talech. This month’s edition features Alan Quinn, EU Sales Support and Product Manager.

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Q. What is your name, title, and location?

A. Alan Quinn, EU Sales Support and Product Manager in Dublin, Ireland.

Q. How long have you been at talech?

A. 3 years.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. The Shawshank Redemption.

Q. What is your favorite part about working for talech?

A. The positive reaction I get from our partners and customers when I show them how our product works.

Q. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

A. A full Irish Breakfast….check out what it looks like here: Full Irish Breakfast Example

Q. Do you have an office nickname? If so, what is it?

A. Most people just call me by my surname, Quinn or Quiny.

Q. Before working at talech, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A. I previously sold new German and Japanese cars to the US military in Mannheim, Germany to the troops based all across Germany, Belgium, Italy, Croatia and the UK.

Q. What three traits define you?

A. Enthusiastic, problem solver, and imaginative.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. 

A. I have traveled to 35 different countries in the world and counting. 🙂

Q. Where is your hometown?

A. Galway, Ireland.

Q. What is your favorite sports team?

A. Manchester United.

Q. What is the most recent app you’ve downloaded on your phone?

A. Airbnb (although I had installed it previously, I delete it when I am not using it).

Q. What does a typical day look like for you?

A. A general mix of demos, speaking to sales reps from various partners, testing new features and hardware, training our partners and helping the team with issues.

Q. Tell us about the best vacation you have ever gone on.

A. My partner Yvonne and I once went on a trip to Jordan and Egypt. In Jordan we went to Amman the capital, the ancient city of Petra (one of the New 7 wonders of the world), the Dead Sea and finally camped with the Bedouin’s in the red sands of the Wadi Rum (of Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia fame). We then went on to Egypt where we visited the city of Aswan where we went the temple of Abu Simbel. Following that we went on the cruise of the Nile all the way to Luxor where we visited the valley of the kings and temple of Karnak. And finally we visited Cairo and went on a camel back tour of the Great Pyramids of Gisa. I am leaving out lots here but it was an incredible vacation!

Q. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? 

A. Travelling, playing guitar, golf (when I can) and going to see the Republic of Ireland play in the Aviva Stadium.

Meet the Team: Blake Schellbach, Partner Sales Channel Manager

Our team at talech is as diverse as they come. Spanning the globe from Boise, ID to Dublin, Ireland, our employees have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. We are musicians, knitters, and basketball players. We’ve worked as waiters at chain restaurants and in tech support. But despite our differences, we all have one thing in common: our journey has brought each of us to talech.

Check out our “Meet the Team Series” each month to find out some fun facts about our team and learn more about what they do at talech. This month’s edition features Blake Schellbach, Partner Sales Channel Manager.

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Q. What is your name, title, and location?

A. Blake Schellbach, Partner Sales Channel Manager at talech in Scottsdale, AZ.

Q. How long have you been at talech?

A. Coming up on 1 year here!

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. That’s a loaded question, I could possibly narrow it to top 10 if you were really twisting my arm…they are (in NO specific order): Tropic Thunder, Just Friends, Heavy Weights, MacGruber, Van Wilder, Hot Fuzz, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wet Hot American Summer, Ave Ventura, Super Troopers.

Asking me to choose between these, is simply asking too much.

Q. What is your favorite part about working for talech?

A. A place where people actually enjoy their job – is there anything better than being around that type of community?

Q. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

A. Well I would say grilled chicken, some type of rice, an assortment of veggies and fruits, various cheese and a flavored drink of some sort. I would need a massive amount of different seasonings so I could change-up the rice and chicken regularly. Probably an assortment of condiments to keep things interesting. I suppose last would be garnish… eventually I would eat that too just to change up the monotony of my original selection.

Q. Do you have an office nickname? If so, what is it?

A. Yes, “Jimmy Boombox”.

Q. Before working at talech, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A. In my younger years, I would pick up sticks and return them to the woods whence they came. Stick pickin’ was all the rage when I was 10. I actually got a penny per stick, not bad money since the sticks were plentiful. That’s when my older friend Leroy told me about breaking the sticks in half, then turning them in, to get two pennies. Now was Leroy morally wrong, yes – but no one knew how to double their profits quicker than ol’ Leroy.

Leroy eventually opened his own ice cream/sub shop in our small town. I worked there during my sophomore year – that was probably my most unusual job – because the town did not have a large enough population to support the endeavor.

Q. What three traits define you?

A. Workaholic (the good kind), aggressive/passive (somehow at the same time), and over-thinker.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. 

A. I once worked at a Sports Camp in Maine (summer after high-school) teaching basketball to kids that were only 4-6 years younger than me. Parents paid over $20k/summer to send their kids there. I got this job after a 5 minutes phone conversation…despite the fact that in High School:

I played an average of 2 minutes per game….

in the State’s weakest conference…

for a team that was dead last…

and had a graduating class of less than 60 kids.

I had a blast!

Note* I got better/taller/more athletic in college.

Q. Where is your hometown?

A. Rush City, Minnesota – home to the first all-you-can-eat Buffet! (claims not substantiated)

Q. What is your favorite sports team?

A. Unfortunately  – Minnesota (Wolves, Twins, Vikings, Wild)

Fortunately – Minnesota Lynx

Q. What is the most recent app you’ve downloaded on your phone?

A. The Zendesk Support App – so I can view support tickets without my computer.

Q. What does a typical day look like for you?

A. Get-up at 4:25am -> go to gym -> play basketball/lift until 7:00am -> drive to work -> answer emails, work on projects, get on sales team calls -> lunch -> figure out issue and get satisfying relief, helps sales reps learn about product -> bug Joy with product questions -> go home around 4pm – 5pm -> eat -> hit the treadmill -> binge some TV and mess around with work stuff -> go to sleep around 10ish -> rinse/repeat.

Q. Tell us about the best vacation you have ever gone on.

A. Would have to be my most recent to Hawaii for my golden B-day in November/December. I climbed the Ha’iku Stairs in Oahu, in a covert 3am effort – also climbed the wrong mountain first, nearly fell trying to go back down. Then I was swept off rocks in Maui and slammed against them, which left me stuck in bed for the rest of the trip since I had cuts & punctures all over and my knee was banged up pretty bad. Bandaged myself up and saved the cost of a hospital trip (thank you Army NG medic training).  Watched 4 seasons of Friends while I recovered.  Good fun all around.

Q. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? 

A. Playing Basketball

Watching Sports

Slowly teaching myself to write in Ruby and then to Java

Hiking mountains (since I am in the desert)

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talech + BOI Payment Acceptance: Helping Irish merchants run their business better!

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We’re excited to announce a partnership with BOI Payment Acceptance (BOIPA)i, Ireland’s fastest growing merchant acquirer. As part of the partnership, BOIPA will offer talech’s point of sale solution combined with BOI POS solution software, hardware and payment acceptance solution.

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Pictured are Brian Cleary, Managing Director of BOIPA (left) with Anthony Keane, Head of European Partner Sales at talech (right)

Irv Henderson, CEO and Co-Founder of talech says, “talech is thrilled to be partnering with BOIPA. This referral partnership will allow us to grow our customer base and provide both companies the opportunity to offer complete end-to-end solutions to Irish merchants. I was instantly impressed with BOIPA’s dedication to providing world-class customer service which is a top priority for both of our companies.”

BOIPA is especially impressed by talech’s unbeatable tech, backed up by the proactive development team in Silicon Valley who is continually working on bring new functionality to market. Managing Director Brian Cleary says, “talech has been a really positive partner for our business. Their technology is bringing enterprise-grade EPOS functionality to SME’s at a very competitive entry price and is backed up by a local support team and an evolving product road map. Customer service is at the heart of our business and our success, and in talech we have found a partner with a shared desire to put the customer first. I look forward our continued growth in the months and years ahead.”


i BOIPA, a marketing alliance between the Bank of Ireland and EVO Payments Inc. brings together Bank of Ireland’s understanding of what Irish businesses need and EVO’s expertise in creating innovative payment solutions.

Meet the Team: David M. Rossetta (DMR)

Our team at talech is as diverse as they come. Spanning the globe from Boise, ID to Dublin, Ireland, our employees have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. We are musicians, knitters, and basketball players. We’ve worked as waiters at chain restaurants and in tech support. But despite our differences, we all have one thing in common: our journey has brought each of us to talech.

Check out our “Meet the Team Series” each month to find out some fun facts about our team and learn more about what they do at talech. This month’s edition features David M. Rossetta, Sales Engineer.

Q. What is your name, title, and location?

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A. David M. Rossetta, Sales Engineer, Boise, ID.

Q. How long have you been at talech?

A. 4 years.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. Butterfly Effect (Yea, I know.).

Q. What is your favorite part about working for talech?

A. The people I work with are what make it fun. We argue. We debate. We have productive conversations… all in the name of trying to make our best product. When you find a family dynamic like this in the work place, it makes it impossible to hate your job.

Q. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

A. Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza (thin crust). Preferably from Pizza My Heart.

Q. Do you have an office nickname? If so, what is it?

A. DMR. It’s my initials, and there were 2 David’s in the office for the first 2 years, so DMR helped clear up a lot of confusion. Even after the other David is long-gone… the DMR name continues.

Q. Before working at talech, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A. I wouldn’t call it unusual or interesting, but I did used to work in tech support in the cell phone industry… Interesting stories how people ruin their phones.

Q. What three traits define you?

A. Depends who you ask… Creative, Sarcastic, Adventurous.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. 

A. I’m ALWAYS able to pick the slowest check out lane at Costco. It’s apparently my gift.

Q. Where is your hometown?

A. San Jose, California.

Q. What is your favorite sports team?

A. I don’t really watch sports, but I’d say Edmonton Oilers is the team I’m most excited to watch and support.

Q. What is the most recent app you’ve downloaded on your phone?

A. HQ Trivia.

Q. What does a typical work day look like for you?

A. It varies day to day. I do a lot of demos and write KB articles. After my coffee or Red Bull of course.

Q. Tell us about the best vacation you have ever gone on.

A. Went to the Bahamas for a week and stayed at Atlantis Resort. I loved it because I was able to hang out on the water slides, go scuba diving, go walking with sharks, and hang out in an endless river.

Q. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? 

A. I have a bunch of hobbies outside of work. I actually moved to Idaho so I’d have more time and freedom to go get lost on 4×4 trails in my Montero. However, I couldn’t live without bodies of water nearby so I continue visiting the lakes/rivers to jet ski and wake board. Those are my biggest passions.

Meet the Team: Chelsea Burnham, Product Support Lead

Our team at talech is as diverse as they come. Spanning the globe from Boise, ID to Dublin, Ireland, our employees have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. We are musicians, knitters, and basketball players. We’ve worked as waiters at chain restaurants and in tech support. But despite our differences, we all have one thing in common: our journey has brought each of us to talech.

Check out our “Meet the Team Series” each month to find out some fun facts about our team and learn more about what they do at talech. This month’s edition features Chelsea Burnham, Product Support Lead.

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Q. What is your name, title, and location?

A. Chelsea Burnham, Product Support Lead, Scottsdale, AZ.

Q. How long have you been at talech?

A. 1 year.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. Harry Potter, Goblet of Fire is my favorite.

Q. What is your favorite part about working for talech?

A. Collaborative teams, the meritocracy type of environment, and all of the motivated team members and leaders.

Q. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

A. Tacos.

Q. Before working at talech, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A. Actually, I worked for Red Lobster as a Hostess.

Q. What three traits define you?

A. Compassionate, Perceptive, and Gregarious.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. 

A. My nickname as a child was “Crash” because I was/am extremely uncoordinated and fell all of the time.

Q. Where is your hometown?

A. Mesa, Arizona.

Q. What is your favorite sports team?

A. Arizona Diamondbacks.

Q. What is the most recent app you’ve downloaded on your phone?

A. HBOgo, to catch up on Game of Thrones.

Q. What does a typical work day look like for you?

A. A typical work day is usually a day full of working with each and every team member to successfully resolve customer’s questions or concerns, with some laughs and morale building thrown in to the mix. Mainly, my day consists of creating balance and structure to a fast-paced environment.

Q. Tell us about the best vacation you have ever gone on.

A. Best vacation I’ve ever been on, was a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, where it was nothing but sushi, snorkeling, and relaxing. Best vacation of all time!

Q. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? 

A. Knitting, Netflix enthusiast, and I love spending time with my son, fiancee and two dogs.

talech Testimonial: Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Anderson County

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Here at talech we are on a mission to help merchants run their businesses better. In this edition of “talech testimonials” we interviewed Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Anderson County to learn more about their business and why they chose talech as their POS.

talech: “Good morning! Thanks for speaking with us today. Can you tell us a little bit about your business?”

HFH: “Sure. My name is Cory Lundeen and I am the manager of Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Our Habitat ReStore is 12 years old. We sell furniture, home decor, building supplies and more. These items are sold to the general public at a fraction of retail prices, with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.”

talech: “How often does ReStore get new items to sell?”

HFH: “Daily! We receive donations every day that we are open. And we sell the items that come in very quickly. We have 120 transactions per day and a growing customer base!”

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talech: “Wow! We can see why you needed a reliable POS that was easy to use.”

HFH: “With the increasing sales and transactions, we knew we needed to streamline our business and find a system everyone could learn very easily. User friendliness and reporting functionality were actually our two main decision factors.”

talech: “So user friendliness and reporting functionality are what ultimately made you choose talech as your POS?”

HFH: “Yes. And it helped that I learned the entire system in 15 minutes! I knew that if I could pick it up that quickly, training the staff to use the system would be a breeze.”

talech: “What benefits have you enjoyed from purchasing talech’s POS?”

HFH: “I love the fact that talech is super responsive when we have a suggestion for improvement or need a bug fixed.”

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talech: “Happy to hear that! Does that mean that you would recommend talech?”

HFH: “Absolutely! I have already recommended talech to at least 25 of our business partners. The system can be tailored to fit your exact business, the reporting features are very insightful, and the ease of use makes it easy to learn the entire system. We highly recommend talech!”

talech: “Thank you! We really appreciate the kind words!”

For more information about how talech’s POS can help your business run better, click here

To find out more about the Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Anderson County, click here

Meet the Team: Anthony Keane, Head of EU Partner Sales

Our team at talech is as diverse as they come. Spanning the globe from Boise, ID to Dublin, Ireland, our employees have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. We are musicians, knitters, and basketball players. We’ve worked as waiters at chain restaurants and in tech support. But despite our differences, we all have one thing in common: our journey has brought each of us to talech.Anthony Keane

Check out our “Meet the Team Series” each month to find out some fun facts about our team and learn more about what they do at talech. This month’s edition features Anthony Keane, Head of EU Partner Sales.

Q. What is your name, title, and location?

A. Anthony Keane, Head of EU Partner Sales – Located in Dublin, Ireland.

Q. How long have you been at talech?

A. Just over 2 years.

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. The Green Mile.

Q. What is your favorite part about working for talech?

A. The Team – The culture in talech is the very best I have ever been part of.

Q. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

A. Dublin Coddle Casserole.

Q. Do you have an office nickname? If so, what is it? 

A. None that I know of.

Q. Before working at talech, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A. In my teens I worked in an bar on the Spanish island of Lanzorote.

Q. What three traits define you?

A. Honest, hardworking and optimistic.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. 

A. I’m really afraid of strong winds. 🙂

Q. Where is your hometown?

A. Dublin, Ireland.

Q. What is your favorite sports team?

A. Liverpool FC.

Q. What is the most recent app you’ve downloaded on your phone?

A. MapMyRun.

Q. What does a typical work day look like for you?

A. I’m a partner manager so I rarely have a typical day. Generally I start and end my days by speaking to our Bank Partners. Making sure they have all the tools they need to sell talech. We work so closely with these teams that most are now friends so its really a day of chatting and helping out our friends.

Q. Tell us about the best vacation you have ever gone on.

A. Thailand and Bali. I spent 3 months travelling Thailand with my wife for our honeymoon and we ended the trip in Bali.

Q. What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? 

A. I follow my team Liverpool FC in my spare time and enjoy watching movies.

talech Testimonial: Me’s burgers and brews

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Mother-daughter duo Kathy Cropp and Emily Tomlinson have always been avid readers. So, in 2015 when they opened Me’s burgers and brews in Danville, Virginia, both women knew they wanted to tie their love of books into their new gourmet burger and craft beer restaurant. They decided to decorate with antique typewriters, name their burgers after authors, and feature each author’s book cover on their famous wall of authors. According to Kathy, “Our burgers, which are named after some of our favorite authors, change with the seasons along with the rest of the menu. As new burgers are named, new authors and a corresponding book cover decorates our wall.”

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Changing their menu quarterly keeps things current and fresh and requires them to have an easy to use POS that can keep up with their needs. As their business began taking off, Me’s burgers and brews quickly realized their current POS system wasn’t adequate for their changing needs. They knew they needed a new system to run their business better and began a search. Kathy and Emily’s local banker introduced them to talech and they were instantly impressed. Kathy recalls, “We felt talech had all of the things that we were looking for. Plus, we had a local representative introduced to talech by their local banker that supported us in the Elavon processing. I was thrilled that talech was Apple iPad based for service and checkout at the tables and offered solid reporting of business metrics. And the staff loves that talech’s POS is easy to use.”

StaircaseNow that they’ve been using the system for the last few “chapters” of their business, they both agree that they would recommend talech to other fellow restaurant owners. “We highly recommend talech. One of things that we are most impressed by is the fact that they are always adding depth to the product and continually want to improve and become an even better product.”

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talech’s iPad POS has successfully helped Kathy and Emily run their business more effectively while they focus on what they do best: making delicious burgers and serving up specialty brews! Because as Virginia Woolf wrote in A Room of One’s Own, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

For more information about how talech’s POS can help your business run better, click here.

To find out more about Me’s burgers and brews, check out their website.