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What is AerPass?

AerPass is a mobile payment system that allows users to transact in a completely secure and hassle-free environment built atop the decentralized blockchain ledgers that ensure immutability and transparency of the highest order. The key to the power of the platform is the smart wallet that makes smarter, faster, better, cheaper, and safer payments a reality. Transactions on the platform take place between verified identities, which leads to confidence in payments and secures the information of the trading parties.

Our Services

Make Payments

AER Smart Tokens For Low-Cost Transactions
AerPass powers low-cost transactions through its native AER tokens based on the NEM blockchain. The platform allows conversions from local fiat currencies to AER and vice versa through the AWALA exchange. AerPass provides for frictionless payments like never before.

Receive Money

Smart Wallet Technology
The smart wallet technology in AerPass is very user-friendly, allowing people globally to benefit from the blockchain technology. AerPass is payments made smarter, better, faster, more secure, and of course, cheaper.

Manage Finances

One-Click Transactions
AerPass enables one-click transactions on e-commerce portals. No need to enter passwords or other information. It’s just approve and go on the AerPass network. It’s really that simple and user-friendly. These features, in combination with our smart wallet technology and AER Smart Tokens allows for you to manage your finances in a frictionless manner, while keeping abreast of all transactions.

Our Benefits

With our convenient and mobile friendly payment systems, identity protection, and ability to democratize the industry, there are numerous benefits to using AerPass.


Convenient & Mobile-Friendly
All payments can be made securely and conveniently through the use of mobile phones – the key to the power of AerPass. The application can be used both online and in the real-world wherever credit and debit cards are accepted.


Our AER smart tokens for low-cost transactions coupled with our one-click transactions makes making and receiving payments fast and simple, getting rid of unnecessary delays while also increasing security.


Identity Protection
One of the core strengths of the AerPass platform is the identity assertion protocols that ensure no sensitive data is ever sent to remote servers for validation of payments, which instead use a Multi-Party Authentication procedure requiring all users to be verified. AerPass is identity made simple.


AerPass Executive Bios

Mike Donnell

Mike Donnell

Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Donnell is a CEO with a 20 year track record of leading public and private telecommunications and software businesses, ranging in size from start-ups to companies with $725M in revenue and over 2,500 employees. He is the former CEO of Cellular One, which was sold to AT&T for $3.6B, the former CEO of New Global Telecom, a hosted VoIP services company, which was sold to Comcast, and the former CEO of venture backed and publicly traded companies eSoft, ZI, and Sutus. He is also the former Regional President of PageNet.
Jess Taylor

Jess Taylor

Founder, President, Chief Operating Officer
Taylor is a founder of numerous projects with 20 years of experience in technology and media businesses ranging in size from start-ups to industry leaders, with projects ranging in scope from micro-budget to mega-budget. Taylor is the co-inventor of the AerPass multi-party authentication and secure transaction technologies, the founder and CEO of Relevance Media and iVote Mobile, and the former President of Ethereal Entertainment. He is also a former producer at eMotion Pictures, T3Media (Wazee Digital), and Globeville Studios.
Howard Person

Howard Person

Founder, Chief Revenue Officer
Person is an executive with 20 years of experience managing, acquiring, and placing business development assets valued in the billions of dollars throughout the United States. He is President & CFO at Relevance Media, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at iVote Mobile, and Principal at HP Real Estate Holdings & Business Development Consulting.  Formerly, he was Vice President of Investments at Acacia Capital, and Vice President of Acquisitions at Amberwood Development.
Harry Sorensen

Harry Sorensen

Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Sorensen is a senior software engineer with over 20 years of experience designing and developing enterprise systems for technology giants. He is the co-inventor of the AerPass multi-party authentication and secure transaction technologies, and a Senior Consultant to NREL, United Launch Alliance, and Lockheed Martin. He is a former senior software engineer at Sun Microsystems and a former senior software engineer at Lockheed Martin.
Jeff Kern

Jeff Kern

Co-Founder, VP Business Development
Kern is an executive with over 25 years sales leadership. He has been responsible for budgets up to $35M, and has managed and motivated national sales teams, handling 15 offices across the US. He is the former Director of Business Development at Relevance Media and iVote Mobile, former VP of Business Development for Brave St. Productions, and former Media Executive with Univision, Gannett, and Paramount/Viacom. He has an MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
Justin Roszelle

Justin Roszelle

VP Software Development
Roszelle is a senior software engineer with 18 years of experience designing and developing full-stack systems for notable Fortune 500 clients such as Sony Pictures, Sony Vaio, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Western Union. He is the chief architect and developer of AerPass applications, wallet, and online services, and the founder of Peloton Digital & Zellebook, a personal services industry business management platform.  He a former co-founder & CTO at Sirvo (human resources for the restaurant industry) and Active Junky (online marketplace for sports gear).
Jose Paternostro

Jose Paternostro

VP Global Sales
Paternostro is an executive with over 20 years in international company management, acquisitions, consulting, strategic planning, investment evaluation, and advising. He maintains high end contacts in numerous industries with specialization in Latin American and the Caribbean. A Gaming industry veteran, Paternostro sits on the board of MGS, a major casino operating company in Colombia, and was formerly Director Latin America of Octavian Systems.  He has also held key senior management roles at Dow, Exxon, and Coca-Cola, and has led successful ventures in Colombia, Panama, the Caribbean, and Italy.
Kurt Hoeven

Kurt Hoeven

Board Member
Hoeven has decades of experience managing businesses in every stage of development, and was formerly CEO of Blue Ocean Holdings. His extensive corporate management experience includes eight years at Hewlett-Packard and the May Company, after which he focused his consultation on emerging companies undergoing significant transformation and/or growth. Hoeven began advising technology case manufacturer OtterBox in 2001 and served as its CFO during a period of rapid growth. In 2011, he became OtterBox’s Global CFO and a board director. Hoeven received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Economics.


AerPass Advisor Bios

Mayur Moudhgalya

Mayur Moudhgalya

Blockchain & Payment Advisor
Mayur is a blockchain visionary with proficiency in all aspects of the payment industry and retail, with broad exposure to compliance, regulations and PCI assessments and audits. He has a proven track record of setting new benchmarks in structuring technology teams, strategic planning to deliver complex projects, establishing a winning team culture and exceeding client expectations.

He has in-depth knowledge of systems design for blockchain, and a fundamental understanding of cryptography and achieving EAL assessments. He is also known for strong business analytics skills and as an avid listener and learner.

Roman Krywulych

Roman Krywulych

Blockchain & Exchange Advisor
Roman is a cryptocurrency and finance professional. He is the Senior Risk Manager at Celsius Network, a crypto lending and borrowing platform which just completed a $50 million ICO. Roman was an instrumental part of the ICO, designing the tokenomics and revenue distribution models as well as working on fundraising and business development efforts. Prior to joining Celsius, Roman worked at Nasdaq, where he used advanced data analytics and automation tools to build out and improve Nasdaq’s consolidated risk system. The solutions Roman implemented perform credit analysis, generate alerts, and execute risk calculations in an automated fashion for Nasdaq Fixed Income (an electronic Treasuries trading platform for high-frequency traders), the OMX Nordic clearinghouse, and Nasdaq Treasury’s in-house liquidity portfolio.

Roman is an avid crypto trader and has been investing and attending meetups in the space since 2014. He holds a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Lehigh University.

Brian Carlton Byrd

Brian Carlton Byrd

Market Strategy Advisor
Brian is on a mission to make companies’ employees feel appreciated, happy and engaged and to give customers the best shopping experience in the world.  This includes strategy, product development, seller relationships and group and business partnerships.  Past duties included wireless network strategy, strategic partnerships, infrastructure design and implementation of business plans.

Mr. Byrd was an Investment Banker at Bear Stearns & Co. in New York. He also has experience in the wireless industry at McKinsey & Company where he focused on advertising effectiveness and customer retention.  Mr. Byrd has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from Morehouse College.

Ed Bassett

Ed Bassett

Network Security Advisor
Ed is a senior Cyber Security and Risk Management subject matter expert with over 32 years of experience in all aspects of security and privacy program architecture, design, management, and operations. His experience spans Financial Services, Government, Health Care and other industries and includes risk management, program planning, application and software security, security assessments and audits, and security operations. He built and led a global security consulting practice specializing in security strategy, assessment and testing, and managed security services. He has been the principal advisor to many Fortune 500 and government clients on information systems security, responsible for securing their critical information assets for e-commerce transactions, sensitive health records, and classified military communication. Ed is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Clarkson University where he earned a degree in computer science.
Nina Nichols

Nina Nichols

Blockchain Project Advisor
Nina is a blockchain expert, entrepreneur, and marketing & research industry veteran for nearly 30 years.  She is the founder of Global Women in Blockchain (GWB) an international umbrella organization designed to activate and accelerate the powerful partnerships of women to lead in the education, development, and promotion of blockchain technologies. Nina is a leader at the Global Blockchain Summit and is the co-founder of ClueChain, a blockchain solutions provider and consulting agency dealing with smart contracts, ICOs, AI, IoT, AR and other new technologies. She is also the founder of Resolution Research & Marketing, a full-service market research agency in Denver, CO which focuses on new technologies.
John A. Ward III

John A. Ward III

Banking System Advisor
John is a banking industry veteran with over 4 decades of experience leading world-class institutions.  He currently sits on numerous boards and is active in the financial technology sector.  His stellar leadership record includes the following positions:

  • Chairman and CEO-Doral Financial
  • Chairman and CEO-American Express Bank
  • President-American Express Travelers Cheque Group
  • Executive Vice President-Chase Manhattan Bank
  • CEO-Chase Bankcard Services
  • President and CEO-Chase Personal Financial Services

Specialties: Credit Risk Management, Sales Management

Harlan Milkove

Harlan Milkove

Blockchain Technology Advisor

Harlan Milkove is a product-minded software engineer and veteran startup founder. He has led initiatives across several ventures to launch flagship products via individual contribution and by forming high caliber teams.

His most notable venture, Reonomy, has secured $40MM in funding (Primary, Softbank, and Bain Capital) and has recently expanded its research platform for real-estate professionals nationally.  Harlan also developed early software infrastructure for Coinsetter (acquired by Kraken) and Tradeblock. Prior to that, he led a team to distribute financial news at FactSet, whose equity research application is used by the world’s top financial analysts.

Harlan has expertise as a developer of full-stack web applications, and cloud-based data processing systems. He is also a student of the Design Thinking and Lean Startup product development paradigms.

Ramadan Ameen

Ramadan Ameen

Deployment Strategy Advisor
Ramadan is experienced in developing strategic initiatives, overseeing supply-chain logistics, and securing funds for capital intensive projects.

Ramadan was a fundraising relationship manager at BlackRock where he supported the firm’s relationships with strategic institutional clients by providing a link between the firm’s resources and the relationships with sovereign wealth funds, central banks, national pensions and supranationals across BlackRock’s product spectrum.

Ramadan is also founder of a logistics startup focused on China market entry and supply-chain advisory in Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen. Prior to his career in the private sector, Ramadan served eight years as an officer in the US Air Force where he was responsible for overseeing engineering construction, infrastructure and base planning, project management, and logistics planning across deployed, domestic and international bases as well he served as a political-military advisory at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.