Our Leadership Team

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

~ Henry Ford

Dirk Wakeham

Dirk Wakeham

Chief Executive Officer

Dirk manages PayLease’s growing PropTech business, utilized by 12M residential units, more than 5,000 property clients, and over 30 partners. Prior to PayLease, Dirk held executive positions at several Vista Equity Partners-backed companies, including Lanyon and Kibo Commerce, as well as RealPage (Nasdaq:RP).

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker

Chief Product Officer

Stephen leads our product development organization, including Engineering, Product Management, Strategy, and Marketing. He’s held executive roles within the industry at MRI Software, Insightsoftware, and ShortTrack, and brings deep expertise to PayLease for building value and driving innovation.

Peter Boyes

Peter Boyes

Chief Financial Officer

With a combination of public and private Finance, Operations and Investment Banking experience, Peter leads PayLease’s efforts to accelerate revenue growth, improve profitability and drive operational efficiency across business functions.

Kirk Ziehm

Kirk Ziehm

Chief Operations Officer

Kirk leads PayLease’s Professional Services, Resident Support, Operations, and Client Success teams. Prior to PayLease, Kirk held similar leadership roles, most recently as SVP of Client Services at SeatGeek, and VP of Professional Services at Cvent, and other Vista Equity Partners-backed companies.

Nick Latz

Nick Latz

SVP, Marketing & GTM Operations

Nick leads PayLease’s Marketing and Go-To-Market operations teams, focused on building the brand, driving demand, and increasing resident engagement.  Prior to PayLease, Nick worked as a Director of Value Creation at Vista Consulting Group, the consulting and operating arm of Vista Equity Partners.

Kristin Runyan

Kristin Runyan

SVP, Talent

Kristin leads PayLease’s “People Operations,” including Talent Acquisition, Development & Training, Engagement, and Administration. A 2x author on Agile Methodology, and a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Kristin is passionate about people and helping them develop meaningful, value-driven careers.

Cole Bowman

Cole Bowman

VP, Sales

Cole leads the PayLease Sales motion guiding strategic initiatives that drive value creation for the company and its customers. Prior to joining PayLease, Cole held leadership roles in Sales and Operations at Minol and ADP.

Arda Ayvaz

Arda Ayvaz

VP, Corporate Development

Arda is responsible for cross-functional strategic initiatives, M&A due diligence and integration. Prior to PayLease, Arda was at Bain & Company focusing on strategic transformation initiatives and private equity due diligence.