Joshua C. “Josh” Johnson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mariner Finance, LLC, a company that he co-founded in 2002. Under Josh’s leadership for over 17 years, Mariner Finance has grown from a single branch in Maryland to more than 500 branches in 23 states. This growth has been fueled by strategic, organic growth and the acquisition of several regional consumer finance companies, including Pioneer Credit, Personal Finance Company and Regency Finance.
Josh has over 25 years of executive level experience in the consumer finance business, including a previous CEO role with Rose Shanis Financial Services. Josh literally grew up in the business, first working in the summers and after school for his grandfather at Johnson Financial in Bel Air, Maryland.
Josh is the Chair of the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) board, and he has served in numerous leadership roles over the past decade, including Treasurer of the AFSA board, Chair of AFSA’s Independents Section board and various roles in the AFSA Education Foundation.
Josh and his siblings cofounded Jeffie’s Choice, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to serving the needs of food banks across the footprint of Mariner Finance. Jeffie’s Choice is operated 100% by volunteers and generously funded by Mariner Finance employees.
Josh received a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University and currently resides in Bel Air, MD.