Our Team

Our organisational culture is defined through our values, which are translated into specific goals for each area of our business. Our leadership team is committed to positively developing the culture within the organisation, particularly focusing on technology, innovation and customer service.

Marc Sternberg – Managing Director

Marc completed his tertiary education at the University of Cape Town, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting. He then passed the SAICA Audit Qualifying Examinations and qualified as a CA (SA) in 2001.

From 2001 to 2002, Marc ran Hypertrade/Louis Smiedt (a division of Excellerate Holdings Ltd) in the position of General Manager. Marc then moved to Sydney, Australia, where he was employed by Vodafone Retail in the position of General Manager from 2003 to 2005.

On his return to South Africa in 2005, Marc founded Spark ATM Systems, and has since then served as the company’s Managing Director where he continues to passionately motivate the company towards achieving its goals.

Russel Berman – Sales Director

Russel completed his tertiary education at the University of Cape Town, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Economics.

From 2000 to 2002, Russel was employed by Healthbridge (Pty) Ltd, a joint venture of Discovery Health, Medscheme and Dimension Data. Thereafter Russel joined Investec Private Bank in Cape Town in the capacity of private banker. Russel was one of the top 3 consultants in the country exceeding sales and revenue targets for 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Russel joined Spark ATM Systems in 2006 in the capacity of Sales Director. He manages a team of national Sales Executives, Account Managers and Business Developers who are responsible for developing customer relationships in their particular region.

Buks Hanekom – Technology Manager

Buks studied a BSC in Computer Science before joining BOE as a Systems Developer. He then worked for Blue Label Telecoms for eight years in Systems Development and joined Spark just after the company started trading in 2007. Buks has been responsible for developing and managing Spark’s in-house ATM network management and monitoring software suite, SparkPro, and continues to grow, develop and innovate the system on a daily basis.

Ryan Tzamtzis – Operations Executive

Ryan joined Spark in March 2011 to run the Human Resources function. He has a post graduate degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling. Ryan has over 10 years of Human Resource Management experience and also has experience in HR software design and development.

Ryan is also responsible for the Operations at Spark ATM, overseeing the company’s national network of ATM operations, including installations, maintenance, repairs and the customer support contact centre.