Tommy Kato’s life has been a bit of a whirlwind over the past few years. In that time, he has transitioned from developing commercial properties for retailers and Fortune 100 companies to founding and becoming the CEO of Merchant Hub; a multi national payment processing company with offices throughout the United States, Brazil, Milan and London. When asked what his main priority for Merchant Hub was, Tommy replied, “My number one priority is being able to offer our customers something that’s going to be the most beneficial to them and something they can offer to their customers that’ll be really beneficial to both of them.” This has indeed been the case because in Merchant Hub’s fifth year it has continued to grow 200% annually with plans of expansion across South America and Europe.
If this wasn’t an already lengthy resume, Tommy also finds time to play professional polo in major events such as the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo and being involved in several note worthy charities like the No Child Hungry in Miami, Florida. Being a young entrepreneur isn’t always easy, “I’m typically on the plane once or twice a week”, Tommy explains, when describing how he juggles business and fatherhood. When asked about his experience of being invited to play alongside his Royal Highness Prince William and Prince Harry on Fathers Day in England, Tommy replied, “It was a nice friendly game; great experience to be around the guys.” Although, Tommy makes it look easy we should note that getting your pony to gallop in line with the ball, pass it to a teammate and finally attempting to make a goal is one of the reasons why the sport is arguably one of the most challenging. We’re excited to see what Tommy has in store for the future of Merchant Hub as well as his future as a professional polo player.