Executive Leadership

Focus Technology Group’s success is rooted with a unique blend of expertise in fraud detection, internal bank auditing, compliance and core banking systems. All externally facing employees are required to obtain professional accreditations. The team has deep domain expertise and includes:

• Certified Fraud Examiners

• Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists

• Certified Internal Auditors

• Certified Fraud Specialists

• Banking Software Architects

• The creator of the first turnkey bank Computer Assisted Auditing Tool

• The creator of a major core banking system and the internationalization of another

• Recognized Industry Leaders in Banking Fraud and Core Banking Systems

FTG is composed of software developers who know their subject matter and who can write software; not individuals trying to learn an industry.

Charles W. Thiel (CIA, CFE, CFS) - Chairman of the Board

Before forming Focus Technology Group and its predecessor Company Shatswell, MacLeod Software Group in 1985, Charles Thiel’s prior experience included forming and running for three years a successful systems consulting company in New York City. Prior to that, Charles worked in management capacities for over 20 years with several Fortune ‘100’ Companies’. During his time with each of these organizations, Mr. Thiel’s primary responsibility was the start-up and direction of new departments which involved extensive travel in the U.S., Europe and the Far East. Charles organized and managed the first corporate wide Information Systems Audit Department for a large financial institution and a major research based pharmaceutical company; a corporate wide Systems Evaluation and Fraud Control Department for a large financial institution, including their international banking subsidiary, and a bank consulting profit center for another large financial institution.

Charles has built a team of fraud experts and technicians to architect and develop the company’s products which include Fraud Shield™ for prevention and detection of check and deposit fraud, ML Shield™ for detection of money laundering and terrorist financing, Kiting Shield™ for detection of kiting, Fraud Wizard™ for detection of Insider/Employee fraud and BancAudit™ a computer assisted auditing tool. Mr. Thiel has been a frequent guest lecturer for professional, educational, and commercial institutions including AMA, ABA, BAI, and New York University. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Fraud Specialist and a Certified Internal Auditor.


Janet Dickson-Thiel - President

Janet Dickson – Thiel, President of Focus Technology Group, guides the overall progress of the company. She works closely with each of the three teams – Client Services, Technology and Marketing and Sales – to assure communication and prioritization of cohesive product and marketing planning.

Janet joined FTG in 1986 as Marketing Director. During her 22 year tenure, she has planned and organized trade shows, speaking engagements, advertising schedules, web site management, mailings, the new ‘inFocus’ News Letter and the new Focus Technology Group web site. She also supervised collateral design, booth design, and worked with an advertising agency to further the Focus Technology Group image and importance in the market place.

Management of Focus Technology Group’s day to day financial planning required playing a part in and maintaining knowledge of product design, functionality and production. Years of working in FTG’s sales area give Janet knowledge of the company’s clients and many product end users.

Ms. Thiel has a background in US and European Marketing and Design. She worked in the design marketing area for several large US and European Department stores while at a New York based buying office. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee where she graduated Summa cum Laude.


David Burke - Chief Technology Officer

David has been with the company since day one, and has designed, developed and maintained all the company's tightly integrated products. He is a true industry leader in both banking systems and fraud analytics. His design and customer focus have set the tone for all technical developments within FTG.


Jason Liu (CAMS, CFE ) - Manager Product Services

Jason Liu, Manager of Focus Technology Group’s Product Services, is responsible for management of the various product lines including product demonstrations, implementation and set up, end user support and training, consulting services, customer requests and needs for all FTG products. His team participates in product testing, is responsible for creating and updating user documentation, and participates in product functional design.

Prior to joining FTG in 2005, Jason had obtained extensive banking industry experience and had served in an AML compliance role with a major regional bank.

Jason graduated from Northeastern University, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

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