Senior Vice President
American Financial Services Association
President and CEO
Heights Finance Corporation, AFSAPAC Chairman
AFSA Board Chair, President
1st Franklin Financial Corporation
Executive Vice President
American Financial Services Association
President and CEO
Chairman of the Board Heights Finance Corporation, AFSA Education Foundation Chairman
President & CEO
American Financial Services Association
Editor in Chief
Comedian and Celebrity Impersonator
Chair of Labor Employment Practice Group,
Severson & Werson
Data Protection Officer/Vice-Chair of Financial Services Practice Group,
Severson & Werson
Director of the Office of Innovation
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
Co-Chair, State Attorneys General Practice, Cozen O’Connor
CFE, Fraud Control Manager, Toyota Financial Services
2018 Chairman, NADA
Vice President and Co-Practice Leader, Charles River Associates
Principal, Public Policy Law Practice, Washington, DC.
Co-Chair, State Attorneys General Practice, Cozen O’Connor
Director, Fraud & Identity Market Planning, LexisNexis
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for TrueCar
Co-Founder and President at Fair
Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Walden Media
Screenwriter, Anchor Media
Paul Watkins is the Director of the Office of Innovation at the Bureau for Consumer Financial Protection. In this role, he oversees the Bureau’s efforts to facilitate innovation, competition, and consumer access within the markets for financial products and services. Watkins was previously the Civil Litigation Division Chief at the Arizona Office of the Attorney General where he managed the state’s litigation in areas such as consumer fraud, antitrust, and civil rights. In Arizona, he drafted and advocated for legislation establishing the first FinTech Sandbox in the country. Previously, Watkins practiced at Covington & Burling LLP in San Francisco, and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Palo Alto, California. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College and Harvard Law School, and a former clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Chris Stinebert is president and chief executive officer of the American Financial Services Association, a national, Washington, D.C. - based trade association for the consumer credit industry. AFSA provides advocacy to educate policymakers and protect access to credit and consumer choice.
AFSA members provide over $360 billion in credit to consumers and small businesses each year. Founded in 1916, the association’s members offer consumers with many kinds of credit, including direct and indirect vehicle financing, traditional installment loans, mortgages, non-vehicle sales financing and payment cards.
The financial services industry is highly regulated at both the federal and state levels. Therefore, government affairs and advocacy—legislative, regulatory and judicial—are major association activities. AFSA also focuses on professional development through conferences & expositions, investor forums, and leadership development programs at the University of North Carolina and Mercer University.
Mr. Stinebert joined AFSA on November 1, 2006. Previously he served as president and chief executive officer of the Arlington, VA-based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), which represents the interests of manufacturers, lenders, and communities that produce, sell, finance and purchase factory built homes. Prior to joining MHI in 1998, he was president and chief executive officer of the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) based in Herndon, VA.
Mr. Stinebert has 30 years of knowledge and experience in managing national trade associations with key highlights in government affairs and advocacy; strategic planning and implementation; technical standards and regulations; and economic and statistical data collection.
A graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, Mr. Stinebert currently serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100 which is comprised of 100 CEOs of leading trade associations.
Bill and his federal government relations team have enhanced AFSA’s presence in the political debate affecting a number of issues that impact member companies’ ability to offer affordable credit options to American consumers. He has been called on to sit in the hot seat at the witness table in congressional hearings and has served as an industry spokesman on a number of pressing topics.
Bill came to AFSA in 2004 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he headed the congressional relations office. Prior to joining HUD, Bill was director of legislative affairs for BGR Holding, LLC, where he worked as a lobbyist for Haley Barbour, who went on to become governor of Mississippi. While on Capitol Hill, he served as tax counsel and legislative director for Rep. Jerry Weller of Illinois, as well as a senior legislative assistant with Rep. Charles Canady from Florida.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Steubenville, a master’s degree from Dominican House of Studies, and a law degree from The Catholic University of America.
Jay Newton-Small is the co-founder of Memory Well, an online platform that empowers caregivers to provide compassionate, empathic care. She is a former Washington correspondent for TIME and is the author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works. Newton-Small writes about everything from Washington politics to foreign policy and national trends. She has covered stories on five continents for TIME from conflicts in the Middle East to the earthquake in Haiti to the Scottish independence movement and the Charlie Hebdo and Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. She has covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns for TIME, as well as Congress and the White House. She has written more than half a dozen TIME cover stories and contributed to dozens of others. She has interviewed numerous heads of state, including Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, as well as senators, governors and foreign dignitaries.
Before TIME, Newton-Small was a reporter for Bloomberg News, where she covered the White House, Congress and the 2004 presidential campaign. She is a regular contributor on MSNBC and CNN, and continues to contribute to TIME.
Newton-Small received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a double B.S. in International Relations and Art History from Tufts University. She was a 2015 Harvard Institute of Politics fellow and is a 2016 New America fellow. The daughter of two United Nations diplomats, she grew up abroad, living in such places as Asia, Africa and Europe. She is fluent in French.
Brad Noel serves as the senior vice president for Republic Finance, a consumer financial services company operating in eight states.
Brad started in the finance business in 1979 in the Twin Cities working for Community Credit as an assistant manager and working his way up to District Supervisor. He then moved on to Associates First Capital where he started two divisions.
Brad then joined Wells Fargo Financial Services as vice president, sales and was quickly promoted to senior vice president of sales, growing the division to over $30 billion.
Brad then joined Marine Credit Union as chief operating officer and prior to joining Republic was CEO of Sun Loan.
Brad has been on the AFSA Independents Board for two years and has been an active member of AFSA for the entirety of his career. He currently serves as the AFSAPAC Chair and President of the National Installment Lenders Association.
Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal, is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, at The Heritage Foundation. Moore, who also was a member of The Journal’s editorial board, returned to Heritage in January 2014 -- about 25 years after his tenure as the leading conservative think tank’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs from 1984 to 1987.
As Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Heritage, Moore focuses on advancing public policies that increase the rate of economic growth to help the United States retain its position as the global economic superpower. He also works on budget, fiscal and monetary policy and showcases states that get fiscal houses in order. "One of the projects I’m going to be working on is how President Obama has discredited liberal ideas more than anyone,” Moore said in an interview with The Foundry upon his return to Heritage. “Everything he’s done has been such a massive failure — from the [economic] stimulus to health-care reform to bailouts to green energy.
Moore’s early career was shaped by three people who had a profound influence on him: Julian Simon, the late Cato Institute scholar; Edwin J. Feulner, a co-founder of Heritage; and Art Laffer, the economist best known for the Laffer curve. “What makes them so great is they were willing to take on the conventional wisdom. They were subject to a lot of criticism for doing that,” Moore told The Foundry. “Those are the real change-makers.”
Moore calls his creation of the Club for Growth the defining moment of his career. The organization, which he left in 2004, helps elect conservative members of Congress (including Heritage President Jim DeMint when he first ran for Senate). Moore next founded the Free Enterprise Fund before joining The Wall Street Journal. As senior economics writer for the newspaper’s editorial board, he covered Washington policy debates and state issues.
“Because I’ve been a consumer of think tank material and policy research, I think I have a pretty good sense of what reporters want and how to get it to them in the way they want it,” Moore said. “Being timely — and not just offering opinion but giving them the facts and data is really critical.”
Moore, who grew up in New Trier Township, Ill., received a bachelor of arts degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a master’s of arts in economics from George Mason University.
Francis C. Lee is President and Chief Executive Officer of First Tower LLC, a consumer financial services company that owns and operates consumer finance branches and two insurance companies.
Franc’s father, Jack R. Lee, purchased 12 Tower Loan locations in 1972. Franc began working at Tower Loan as a part-time employee at the age of sixteen, assuming various responsibilities within the company while attending high school and college. Franc received a B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from Mississippi State University in 1989. Upon graduation, Franc returned full-time to Tower Loan as Marketing Director, Human Resources Director, Field Liaison to Headquarters, Supply Procurement, and Head of Acquisitions. Franc became President and CEO in 1999, growing the company from 77 locations to over 200 today.
Mr. Lee is the founding President of the National Installment Lenders Association, past President of the Mississippi Consumer Finance Association and currently serves as Chairman Elect of the American Financial Services Association. In 2010, the Jack R. Lee Chair of Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance at Mississippi State University was formed where Franc actively works with Dr. Tom Miller to further the work of the chair. He also helped form the Institute of Market Studies at Mississippi State University. Franc and his wife, Shirley, live in Brandon, MS, and have two sons.
As chair of the firm's Labor & Employment practice group, Ms. Nelson specializes in labor and employment litigation, advice, and counseling, representing employers in a wide variety of issues arising within the employer/employee relationship. Ms. Nelson counsels employers on internal harassment and discrimination investigations and presents on-site seminars for clients on sexual harassment and related issues. Ms. Nelson also has experience litigating employment issues (with extensive experience in civil law and motion practice). Ms. Nelson also has extensive litigation experience in the areas of ADA, evictions and habitability issues concerning bank-owned properties, creditors’ rights, receivership, attachment and bankruptcy. Ms. Nelson is very active in a number of professional associations. Ms. Nelson is currently a member of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Business Law Section. She is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and a former member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. She has been a panelist at a number of seminars and programs organized by such associations as the Continuing Education of the Bar, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the American Bar Association.
Danielle is in charge of the American Financial Services Association’s State Government Affairs Department, which manages state legislative and regulatory issues for members across a broad spectrum of the consumer credit industry, including payment cards, vehicle finance, traditional installment loans and mortgage lending / servicing. State Government Affairs is in constant development of talking points, briefing materials, white papers, a multitude of 50-state surveys, municipal tracking and other issues management materials. The Department also provides Activist Watch, a monthly snapshot of financial services-related activities of prominent activist groups. AFSA engages in direct advocacy at the state level, as directed by its membership. AFSA State Government Affairs provides its members with regular ongoing reporting on new and moving legislation through direct intelligence and AFSA*track, the Association’s legislative tracking system. State Government Affairs also facilitates ongoing subcommittee discussion on priority industry issues.
Danielle acts along with her federal colleague as counsel to the Association, and is responsible for the Payment Card and Vehicle Finance sections of the Law Committee.
Prior to joining AFSA in 2003, Danielle was Director of Government Affairs and Legislative Counsel for credit card issuer Metris, where she headed up all political affairs for the company, quadrupled PAC participation, and created the Company’s new law compliance program. Prior to Metris, she was associate with two Washington, D.C. law firms – Venable LLP and O’Connor & Hannan LLP, where she represented banks and major U.S. financial institutions, lobbying on their behalf in Congress on consumer privacy, credit reporting, bankruptcy, telemarketing, antitrust, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and other legislative initiatives. She also assisted Fortune 500 corporations in various industries with government ethics compliance.
Danielle holds a B.A. in Politics and Government from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., and earned a J.D cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland (inactive), Washington, D.C. and Minnesota. She is based in Minneapolis.
With two decades of experience in the automotive industry, Laurence Dixon is a well-respected expert on vehicle valuations. He leads a team which delivers data-driven insights on the used vehicle market for the automotive industry, financial institutions, businesses, and consumers.
Mr. Dixon is well-versed in the analysis of wholesale and retail transaction price data, as well as the market fundamentals that dictate used vehicle price performance. Daily, he analyzes data to not only determine what is happening in the automotive industry, but more importantly, why it’s happening. He has presented at numerous conferences on used vehicle pricing and his findings have been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Car and Driver Magazine, and Automotive News.
Dixon joined NADA Used Car Guide in 1997 as an analyst and rose to the role of director following the 2015 acquisition of NADA Used Car Guide by J.D. Power. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Frostburg State University.
Jeanne Rankin is Associate Vice President of Sales for the Americas for Bersin by Deloitte, a leading Research organization for HR, talent and learning executives. Bersin by Deloitte is part of Deloitte Consulting, LLP. In this role, Jeanne is responsible for developing and retaining Bersin research subscribers to help clients drive business results through Bersin Research and Deloitte professional services.
She is dedicated to helping organizations engage the hearts and minds of their employees through genuine leadership, while equipping them with the critical skills to positively impact the customer experience – internally and externally. She has over 21 years of experience in training, assessment, sales leadership and business development in the human capital space. She has extensive experience leading virtual, multi-generational, cross-functional and intact work teams.
In addition to Jeanne’s work in the corporate arena, she is hugely passionate for developing our future generation of employees. She dedicates her personal time to coaching, mentoring and developing students in the local school system.
Jeanne holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree from University of Florida.
Scott J. Hyman resides in Severson & Werson’s Orange County office, and is the Firm’s the Data Protection Officer and Vice Chair of the Firm’s Financial Services Practice Group. He is a member of the Texas and California bars, and is committed to representing financial institutions, primarily national banks, automobile finance companies, loan servicers. He has extensive experience defending individual and class actions brought under state and federal Truth-in-Lending laws, unfair competition laws, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Mr. Hyman has obtained defense verdicts and judgments on behalf of automobile finance companies and business in both state and federal court. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and represents financial institutions in all aspects of consumer transactions, risk management, litigation, and compliance.
Mark Scarpelli is president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia in Antioch, Ill., and co-owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Fox Lake, Ill. Scarpelli is 2017 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents Metropolitan Chicago's franchised new-car dealers on its board of directors.
Steve Kapusta is the Vice President of Specialized Asset Management and is the primary executive responsible for all aspects of Ally remarketing and loss mitigation which includes the SmartAuction platform. He was originally involved with vehicle pricing when SmartAuction launched in 2000 offering Ally off-lease vehicles. Through Kapusta’s leadership SmartAuction has grown from humble beginnings to an industry leading digital platform that has sold over 5.3 million vehicles for thousands of dealers, nearly 100 physical auctions, and numerous commercial consignors.
Kapusta has nearly 30 years of business experience with Ally. Prior to his current role, he has served in roles of increasing responsibility in the Controller’s Group, Finance, Treasury and Remarketing teams.
Ian McKendry is the Congress reporter for American Banker. He previously covered the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., anti-money laundering and cybersecurity. Before joining American Banker he was an economic reporter for Market News International. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.
Elizabeth Dexheimer covers financial regulation and Congress for Bloomberg, writing for the Terminal, the website, and BusinessWeek. She appears regularly on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio. She was previously based in New York, covering Wall Street and the banking industry. She has worked in crisis communications and media relations at Burson-Marsteller and has also worked at CNN. She graduated from Kenyon College and received her Master's in Journalism from Northwestern.
Victoria Guida covers bank regulation and the Federal Reserve for POLITICO Pro, the policy side of the Washington publication. Before switching to the financial beat, she spent years covering international trade negotiations with Europe, China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she majored in journalism and political science.
Ginger Gibson is a correspondent in Washington for Reuters covering business and lobbying. She covered the 2016 presidential election for Reuters. Prior to joining Reuters, Ginger was senior political writer for the International Business Times. She covered the 2012 campaign and Congress, including the fiscal cliff and 2013 government shutdown, for POLITICO. Previously, she covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for The Star-Ledger and state government for The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in political communication.
Stanley L. Butler joined Heights Finance in July of 2003. Since then he's held increasingly senior positions within the organization including Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, as well as his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the financial services industry, as well as extensive experience as an executive in the manufacturing sector. Butler began his career with the national accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick. He then spent 10 years with Westinghouse Federal Bank, where he served as Executive Vice President. While in that role, he was responsible for growing the banking franchise to support the mortgage opportunities of Westinghouse, a Fortune 50 company. Butler then gained valuable experience in manufacturing and was promoted to CEO and President of Hagerty Brothers Co., a supplier to Caterpillar. He was also the Business Manager for Advanced Technology Services in Peoria, Ill. While in these positions, he focused on gaining market share through excellence in the global marketplace. At Heights Finance, Butler oversees a business that boasts over 500 team members in six states and more than 100 offices. Butler is active in AFSA Leadership on the Board of Directors, AFSA Independents Section Operations and Regulatory Compliance Committee, founding member.
Doug Ekizian is a Director in the Consumer Finance Group within PwC’s Banking and Capital Markets practice, and a member of PwC’s automotive finance leadership team.
He has a broad range of experience helping clients solve complex business issues related to business strategy and transformation, operational risk management, process optimization and standardization, and regulatory readiness and compliance. As a significant contributor to PwC’s thought leadership, Doug is at the forefront of industry trends including behavioral analytics, customer experience, retention and segmentation, and new technology entrants to auto lending. Doug has over 15 years of both captive and non-captive experience and, before joining PwC, spent the majority of his career in operational leadership roles in credit, collections, and risk analytics.
Doug earned his MBA and BA degree in Economics from Pepperdine University.
Mr. Timothy L. Stanley joined Heights Finance as President and Chief Executive Officer in April of 2003. Mr. Stanley has been Chief Executive Officer and Director of Pioneer Financial Services, Inc. since October 2014 and December 2013 respectively and serves as its Vice Chairman of the Board. In 2010, he added Chief Operating Officer (COO) of MidCountry Financial Corp. (“Company”) to his duties. In 2016, he was named President and CEO of Company and became a Director. With more than 35 years of experience in the consumer finance industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization. He spent 23 years with Wells Fargo Financial and held a variety of positions in branch operations, marketing, client services, and technology during his tenure, including Senior Vice President of the Information Services Group. In addition, he spearheaded the creation of the Global Learning and Development group, becoming its Corporate Vice President, and was a three-time recipient of the prestigious Wells Fargo Leadership Award. He has received the highest award presented by the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), the Distinguished Service Award, and was also honored with the AFSA Outstanding Independent Award.
Meg Novacek is the Executive Director of Business Development North America for Argus Cyber Security. Immediately prior to Argus, Ms. Novacek served as a consultant specializing in automotive embedded system development and automotive cybersecurity. Ms. Novacek was employed by FCA US LLC (Chrysler) for several years, variously serving as the Global Director of Vehicle Cybersecurity, the Director of Software Quality, and Director of Powertrain Systems among other positions. Ms. Novacek earned her BSE in Materials Engineering at the University of Michigan, and an MS in Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Becky Igo is a Regional Vice President with Allied Solutions. She has been in business development for over 35 years working with many financial institutions. Her focus is on risk management services including, insurance tracking, insurance claim recoveries and insurance products for the auto finance industry.
Denis Brosnan was named president and chief executive officer of DIMONT in July 2015. He brings more than 15 years of executive leadership experience in technology and technology-enabled services firms for the financial services industry. Prior to joining DIMONT, Brosnan served as the chief executive officer of Prommis Solutions, one of the largest national providers of technology-enabled default-related processing services to the mortgage industry. During his tenure, the company experienced significant growth, filed for an IPO and became recognized as a quality-focused, socially-responsible service provider.
Prior to joining Prommis, Brosan was a founding co-partner of E-A-G Consultants LLC, a strategic consulting firm focused on the mortgage and financial services industries. Brosnan began his professional career as a practicing attorney, representing mortgage servicers in lender liability, foreclosure, and bankruptcy eviction actions for a number of years. Brosnan was also a Captain in the JAG Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years, serving both stateside and overseas.
Brosnan holds a B.S. degree in Management from Clemson University and a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina.
A master mimic of more than 200 voices, Little continues to impress with a touring schedule throughout the United States and Canada.
U.S. Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, both George Bushes and Barack Obama…Rich Little has a voice for every administration.
Infamous for his skewering of political figures, Little has charmed, amused, intrigued and gotten the best of politicians from here to his native Canada. He entertained at both of Reagan’s presidential inaugurations and got to know the Reagans very well during that time. President Reagan used to tell Little, “You do me better than I do.”
A professed classic movie buff, he’s particularly fond of doing Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart, but Little has also latched on to baby boomer-friendly characters, such as Paul Lynde, Kermit the Frog, Andy Rooney and Dr. Phil, to name a few.
Some of his favorite current impressions are of stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. “They’re easy to do,” he says. “They are larger than life.”
Little says, “An impression is what you think a person sounds like. It could be an exaggeration or a cartoon. It’s your impression. I think of an impersonation as more of an exact copy. Knowing the person personally is not important; it’s knowing the speech patterns and mannerisms [in order] to imitate the person the way the public sees him.”
It took him seven years to perfect Frank Sinatra, but only several minutes to mimic Dr. Phil.
The son of a doctor in Ottawa, Little started his “career” at the age of 12 when he answered back to his teachers in their own voices. Observing the teachers in action was infinitely more fun than paying attention to class work. To get dates, he’d find out a girl’s favorite actor, then call her up imitating that actor’s voice. Then when Little showed up, he’d say, “Sorry, Cary [Grant] can’t make it.” This stopped when a girl told him her favorite was Lassie.
Little’s first appearances were in a small club in Canada. “I got booked into this place in Quebec, and when I started my act, I discovered that no one in the audience understood English. It was strictly a French-speaking audience.” He figured he was dead until an inspiration hit him. “I did walks – Jack Benny’s walk, Bob Hope’s walk, John Wayne’s walk. They all walk the same in any language,” he recalls.
Impressions came in handy to Little while working as a disc jockey and talk show host. During one April Fool’s Day marathon, he had “Jimmy Durante” emcee the morning show, “Julia Child” do a cooking show and “Elvis Presley” host a teenage show. Like the infamous 1939 broadcast of War of the Worlds, 500 autograph-hungry Elvis-believing fans besieged the station, thinking the King was really there. When they found out it was Little, the fans started throwing things at him.
Still in his early 20s, Little was discovered while working in the United States. His friend, singer Mel Torme, then on the musical team of CBS network’s The Judy Garland Show, asked him to make a tape. Instead of the usual impressions, Little did voices nobody did, including Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Dennis Weaver. Garland thought it was great, particularly his James Mason, and Little was signed to the show.
Appearances on TV variety shows starring Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Glen Campbell and Dean Martin followed, as well as on series such as Laugh-In, The John Davidson Summer Show and as a regular on The Julie Andrews Show. Little also had his own variety show in the 70s and was the star of the TV show KopyKats. Little was a guest host early on for The Tonight Show, hosting 12 times. He quickly became a household name sitting in one of the Hollywood Squares and went on to do The Muppet Show.
Named “Comedy Star of the Year” by the American Guild of Variety Artists, Little was the perpetrator of nine comedy albums and three HBO comedy specials, as well as the Emmy-award winning specials Rich Little’s Christmas Carol with “W.C. Fields” as Scrooge, “Humphrey Bogart” as one of the ghosts and “Paul Lynde” as Bob Cratchit.
One of his appearances on HBO was as Johnny Carson in the movie The Late Shift, which dealt with the race to succeed Carson on The Tonight Show. Little has appeared on the daytime soaps The Young and the Restless and Santa Barbara. He has made dramatic guest shots on Fantasy Island, Chips, Murder She Wrote, Hawaii Five-O, MacGyver, Police Woman and Mannix.
In a GQ magazine fashion spread, Little was pictured as Richard Nixon, Jack Nicholson, Cary Grant, George Burns, Ronald Reagan and Humphrey Bogart. In an Oscar pre-cast of ABC’s Primetime (with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson), he spoofed classic movies, proposing how they would end with different casts, starring Little as “Dr. Ruth” for Scarlett O’Hara and “Arnold Schwarzenegger” for Hamlet.
Little’s expert impressions have also been used seriously, such as the time he stepped in for stars that were unable to do their own re-dubbings on soundtracks. David Niven’s vocal cords were gone due to illness in his last film, Curse of the Pink Panther and Peter Sellers himself was gone by the end of The Trail of the Pink Panther, so Little provided both voices for these films. The television series Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer needed voice-over narrations on three shows, but star Stacey Keach was unable to do them. Little was called in to finish the job. He also did Gene Kelly for a Christmas special when Kelly lost his voice; and more recently, Ernie Borgnine for the animated Cranky’s Miracle after he passed away.
His greatest fear? A sore throat. “Other people get a cold and they just get a cold. I get a cold and John Wayne gets a cold, Orson Welles gets a cold, Nixon gets a cold and Truman Capote gets the sniffles. I get a cold and it’s all over.”
In June 1998, Little’s star was added to the Canadian Walk of Fame to go along with his current stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Palms Springs Walk of Fame and Las Vegas Walk of Fame; one of the few, if not the only celebrity to achieve all four.
In 2003, Little wrote a one-man play entitled, Jimmy Stewart and Friends in honor of this beloved actor and dear friend. The story of Stewart’s amazing big screen career, his military record and his family life, including many celebrity impersonations, was met with rave reviews during a decade of touring at performing arts centers.. He’s hoping to have it made into a television special in the near future.
A little known fact about Little is his other talent as an artist. He started sketching when he was young, drawing his family and friends. To date, he has drawn around 100 pictures of all the celebrities and politicians he imitates, and portrays several of these life-like charcoal sketches in his shows.
In January 2010, Little became a United States citizen and was sworn in, with a suggestion from the judge to do it as John Wayne! His wife at the time, Marie, also passed away that year. Little later created the Marie and Rich Little Foundation, in honor of his wife, which focuses on helping children, the homeless and animals in need. Rich is also very supportive of Wounded Warriors and causes for the armed services. He proudly has two daughters: Bria and Lyndsay, and a beautiful granddaughter, Alaina. Little has been married four times. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. When not working, he spends most of his time with his one-eyed cat, T-Bo.
Mat joined OneMain (formerly Springleaf Financial) in 2013 and his current role is Vice President and Senior Managing Director of Risk. His responsibilities include strategy and analytics for servicing, collection and recovery as well as loss forecasting and loan origination oversight. Prior to joining OneMain, he spent 15 years in consumer banking with MBNA and Bank of America where he held various leadership roles in operations, strategies and analytics.
Mat serves on the Board of Directors for the Delmarva chapter of the America Red Cross and volunteers as a coach his county’s youth lacrosse program. He and his wife, Jessica, have three young children and live in Maryland.
Stephen F. Hayes is editor in chief of The Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times bestsellers: Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President and The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. He is a regular Fox All Stars panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier.Before joining The Weekly Standard, Hayes was a senior writer for National Journal's Hotline. He also served for six years as Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. His work has appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, Salon, National Review, and Reason. He has been a commentator on CNN, The McLaughlin Group, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN. Before becoming editor in chief, Hayes long served as a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and DePauw University, Hayes was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Douglas Merrill is the founder and CEO of ZestFinance, a Los Angeles-based financial technology company that uses machine learning and data science to help companies make more accurate credit decisions. As the former CIO and VP of Engineering at Google, Douglas oversaw all aspects of internal engineering and technology, and drove multiple strategic efforts, including Google’s IPO auction in 2004. He also served as COO of New Music at EMI Group, as SVP of Infrastructure and HR Strategy at Charles Schwab, and as an Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation. He holds a PhD in cognitive science from Princeton University, and is the author of “Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff Out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right.”.
Scott is responsible for Consumer Response's relationships with industry and their trade associations, working to ensure engagements with these stakeholders align with Bureau priorities. Before joining the Bureau in 2011, Scott worked at the FDIC's Division of Resolutions and Receiverships where he was certified in FDIC Claims Regulations. Prior to his service with the FDIC, Scott was a banker and mortgage lender for more than 20 years. His management level experience includes residential construction lending, consumer and mortgage loan underwriting and wholesale/correspondent mortgage banking.
Ginger has been President of 1st Franklin Financial Corporation since 2001. She is also the owner of The Learning Tree Academy, a pre-school and after school child care center.
Ginger has served on the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) Independents Section Advisory Board since 2006, and is the current chair. She also serves as the current chair of the AFSA Education Foundation and Stephens County High School Work-Based Learning Committee, and as chair of the Northeast Georgia CASA. In addition, Ginger is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and serves the Disadvantaged Kids Network. Previously, she served on AFSA’s Professional Development Committee and NICCM Board of Governors.
Ginger holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia and is an active member of First United Methodist church of Toccoa, Ga.
Lori Kalani is a pioneer at counseling clients through these complexities and has taken attorneys general representation from a distinctive area and turned it into a nationally recognized legal practice, while still treating each client like it is her only one. Lori Kalani is the co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, but her path to building a unique practice area focused on AGs and regulatory agencies was self-directed and varied. It started when she managed DISH Network’s federal and state relationships as a top in-house counsel, one who took it upon herself to visit the AGs and their staff in all 50 states to understand how and why they worked the way they did. Strategic, direct interaction with AGs has proven highly successful for many of Lori’s clients. It is this uncommon approach that truly sets her apart and has enabled her to successfully counsel clients through business transactions, investigations and disputes with government agencies. Her role with DISH Network evolved into the establishment of a State Attorneys General Practice with a global law firm that she later moved to Dickstein & Shapiro and finally to Cozen O’Connor. Lori’s business-minded approach, and extensive legal, political and policy experience, makes her a highly regarded lawyer and advocate where it counts – in state capitols and in Washington, D.C. Her knowledge, especially in the areas of finance, disruptive technology, gaming, social media, telecommunications, retail, transportation, and dietary supplements, allows her to serve as a trusted liaison between general counsels and state AGs, bridging the gap between the goals of the state and the business community. Whether it is consumer protection, environmental and regulatory inquiries, investigations or litigation, Lori and her team have the skills to make a difference. Lori has been recognized for her pioneering role as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The 2016 edition of Chambers USA notes that Lori "possesses far-reaching experience of advocating for clients in sensitive investigations and disputes" and describes her as a "consummate professional who is laser-focused on the issues that are of interest to her clients. If you have a problem with an Attorney General or want to avoid one, she is a go-to hire." Lori is the co-editor of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Report blog, the go-to resource for issues relating to AGs.She is actively involved in AG organizations and programs throughout the country, including serving as an advisory board member on the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) Alliance Partnership and the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia’s Law Firm Advisory Committee. Lori is a member of the firm's PAC Governance and Shareholder Compensation Committees.
Scott Has been employed by Toyota Financial Services (TFS) for over 30 years and in his current position as Fraud Control Manager for 10 years. In this capacity he manages a high performing team of Fraud Investigators with dual objectives of detection/prevention in originations and recovery/loss mitigation on the back end. Scott is a believer in education, training, and collaboration between the auto finance industry and law enforcement and DMV’s in order to fight fraud. Partnering is critical not only to detect fraud but to help law enforcement enforce penalties against the fraudsters. His Fraud Team conducts regular training sessions within the TFS organization and Toyota/Lexus dealerships to improve fraud awareness in the credit approval process. Scott is former Chairperson of the Auto Finance Coalition, (AFC), which is a sub-committee of the IAFCI and serves as a platform for members to collaborate in sharing information to help fight fraud. He is a graduate of Portland State University, where in addition to getting his degree he played varsity basketball. As a sideline while working for TFS, he previously worked as a referee for men’s NCAA basketball.
Wes Lutz is president of Extreme Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, RAM Inc. in Jackson, Mich. He has been a Chrysler dealer since 1976. Lutz is 2018 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents Michigan's franchised new-car dealers on its board of directors. He previously served on the NADA board from 2001 to 2004. (Term: February 2013-January 2019).
Mr. Baines has more than 20 years of diversified business, economic, and quantitative analysis experience. He is a leading expert in the retail automotive industry, consumer finance, and indirect lending and has testified on related issues. Mr. Baines has assisted numerous indirect lenders design and implement fair lending monitoring programs. He has assisted numerous manufacturers on issues related to the distribution and sale of automobiles, including complex class action litigations alleging diminution of value, breach of contract and discrimination. Mr. Baines has assisted manufacturers and their captive finance arms in dealer disputes related to dealership failures, terminations and add points. Additionally, he has worked with legal counsel for manufacturers and the captive finance arms facing potential enforcement actions by the DOJ, CFPB and FTC. His work has generally involved analysis of economic and financial condition, development of financial and econometric models, evaluation of financial performance, the evaluation of consumer credit lending practices, the study of underlying information systems, and the migration and development of large analytic databases. This work has been performed for the purpose of improving financial management and reporting, evaluating financial and operational decisions, and determining liability and damages in adversarial proceedings. Mr. Baines has a BA Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MS Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Frank Salinger runs a boutique law practice that helps financial services companies and trade associations unravel legislative and regulatory knots that impede business. Frank has spent forty years building strategies to shape public policy and providing political insight to corporations, financial institutions, and trade
associations. His expertise in consumer finance, industrial banks, trade association management; and his experience as a legislative staffer, operationsoriented
financial services lawyer, chief corporate compliance officer, corporate executive, and outside director of an FDIC-insured bank gives him a real-world
overview of policy challenges facing business. Frank created the first government affairs and lobbying function for both a national trade association and a publicly traded diversified financial services holding company where he also founded the federal political action committee where he raised over $700,000. Before establishing his law practice, he headed the government relations department for a leading issuer of MasterCard® consumer and small business payment cards where he also served as chief corporate compliance officer and directed the Community Reinvestment Act function. Frank formerly headed the government relations programs for the American
Financial Services Association and the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association. A frequent speaker on financial services, political and lobbying issues, Frank
has presented at American Bar Association meetings in Chicago, New York, London, and Washington, DC. He has addressed groups including: Association
of Finance Banks of Argentina, Japan Association of Finance Houses, Manufactured Housing Institute, Merchant’s Research Council, National
Association of Industrial Bankers, National Home Equity Mortgage Association, National Association of Consumer Credit Administrators, Women Impacting
Public Policy, Women in Government Relations, as well as state banking and financial services associations throughout the country. He has been quoted or featured in the American Banker, National Journal, Roll Call, and numerous trade publications. His book, Letters From The Swamp: Essays on Politics From 9/11 To Trump, is
available as a free download on iTunes.
Bernie represents clients in complex state and federal legal matters. Under Bernie’s leadership, the State AG Practice has become the country’s largest and premier practice devoted to resolving State AG disputes. Bernie’s work typically involves cases of first impression, matters having public policy implications and/or a governmental interest, and complex litigation. He routinely counsels major private sector clients on a wide range of matters involving state attorneys general and also has represented states in significant policy disputes against other states and the federal government. Representing a variety of Fortune 100 companies in industries such as financial services, telecommunications, technology and software, retail, energy, automotive, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture, Bernie advises clients in navigating and successfully managing AG scrutiny and oversight in investigations, settlements, and litigation. Bernie is the co-editor of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Report blog, the go-to resource for issues relating to AGs. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked Bernie in its top-tier bands since 2011 and described him as “the leading practitioner in the country” who has “cornered the market” in representing clients before state attorneys general. The 2016 and 2017 Chambers USA editions noted that Bernie is “the dean of the state attorney general world” and “receives acclaim for his legislative and litigation practice, handling state Attorney General focused public policy and government interest matters. During his tenure, he has acted on an extensive array of Attorney General investigations and litigation matters across the USA, and offers an unparalleled depth of expertise in this area.” Throughout the course of his career in chairing a state AG practice, Bernie has litigated or favorably settled multiple billion dollar cases and other high-stakes matters involving all 50 states; successfully shepherded multibillion-dollar mergers through the state AG approval process; litigated multiple first amendment cases; and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Bernie’s legislative practice has included conceptualization and responsibility for enactment of the Patent Term Restoration Act; legislation authorizing Medicare to pay for the pneumococcal vaccine; federal childhood lead poisoning legislation; the Foreign Patent Licensing Act; the Federal Patent Policy legislation; transgenic farm animal patent issues; a Subchapter M tax issue for a mutual fund; federal escheat legislation for 31 states; preemption of local sales taxes; and federal boxing legislation. As a former trial attorney and special counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly, Bernie’s government experience provides an additional valuable perspective to his current client work. As counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly from 1971 to 1977, Bernie was responsible for drafting the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act of 1976 and developing and executing the legislative strategy that overcame two filibusters prior to its enactment. Bernie was credited with “mastermind[ing] the strategic efforts while at the same time providing the technical and parliamentary expertise required for passage of” the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
Kimberly White leads market strategy for fraud and identity solutions, with a focus on identity proofing at onboarding and new account opening scenarios. She is responsible for understanding market needs across global commercial markets, developing solutions to meet those needs on the product roadmap, and communicating the portfolio strategy to the market place. Kimberly White has over 20 years of experience in global market strategy in the area of fraud and identity management, product management and corporate finance. She is active in a number of broader industry initiatives, including membership within the University of Texas’ Center for Identity and the Open Identity Exchange. She has authored numerous blogs and is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topics of synthetic identity fraud and linking physical and digital identities. She received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School concentrating in Marketing.
Steve Greenfield is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for TrueCar. In this role he is responsible for the long term strategy of the company, shorter term company resource allocation, acquisitions and partnerships.
Previously, he was Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, LLC, an automotive digital technology product and advisory firm that worked to identify and solve huge pain points in the automotive industry. Products included CarLingo, CompetitorPro, and VINFactor.
Prior to Automotive Ventures, Steve served as AutoTrader.com’s Vice President of Product Management. Steve was responsible for the online user experiences on AutoTrader.com’s website and mobile devices, advertising products for automotive manufacturers and dealers, as well as their advertising management platform.
Earlier in his career at AutoTrader.com, Steve was Vice President of Business Development. In this role, he managed AutoTrader.com’s business development initiatives, including the establishment and execution of the company’s acquisition and partnership strategy. During this tenure, Steve oversaw the acquisitions of vAuto, Kelley Blue Book, HomeNet Automotive, and VinSolutions.
Before joining AutoTrader.com, Steve served as Manheim’s Director of international Development. In this role, he worked to develop opportunities for Manheim’s overseas investments, including new ventures in Dubai, Istanbul and Beijing.
Steve held several other positions at Manheim, including Director of Strategic Analysis and Manager of Sales/Operations.
Greenfield began his career at Manheim in Canada in 1999 as the Technology Manager at Toronto Auto Auction, where he oversaw the marketing and sales of password protected technology products to automotive manufacturers and dealers.
Very early in his career, Steve started, owned and operated a comic book store in downtown Toronto, before selling it to go back to school.
Greenfield is a graduate of York University (Toronto) and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
In his spare time, Steve serves as President of the Emory Entrepreneur Network, an affinity group of Emory University. He also serves as Chairman of Community Consulting Teams (CCT) Atlanta, a non-profit providing pro-bono management consulting services to small Atlanta-area non-profits. Steve also serves on the Boards of the Emory University Alumni Association and Safe Kids Georgia – part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For fun, he likes to ride his motorcycle on the racetrack.
Georg Bauer is the Co-Founder and President at Fair, a Santa Monica-based company pioneering the Cars as a Service (CaaS) model. The Fair app provides consumers a fully digital experience, with the freedom and flexibility to return the car at any time. Previously, Georg spearheaded innovation for Tesla’s financial services business in the EU and APAC regions in over 20 markets. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Global Financial Services for BMW Group where he led the fleet management business. He has also served as the CEO of Mercedes-Benz Credit in the US, while guiding the company’s financial services efforts on a global scale.
As Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Walden Media, Naia Cucukov has a passion for identifying inspiring projects and helping them grow into movie magic. A native of southern New Jersey, she grew up loving film and ultimately discovered her passion for production while receiving her B.A. in
Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. Like many entertainment executives before her, Naia started in Hollywood as an assistant at CAA followed by a post at Legendary Pictures. She then made the transition into the role of Creative Executive at Bold Films followed by the opportunity to work with Sir Richard Branson as the Director of Development at Virgin Produced. While at Virgin, Naia oversaw all creative programing for the Virgin Produced Channel onboard Virgin Airlines and co-produced the award-winning short film Departure Date, the first film shot on a plane and edited while 35,000 feet in the air. Since
her start at Walden Media in 2013, Naia has hit the ground running, cultivating a diverse slate of films. On behalf of Walden she has overseen production for: The
Giver, based on the bestselling book by Lois Lowry; Universal and Working Title’s Everest, based on the true story of the 1996 Everest disaster; Disney’s
The BFG, a Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel; and A Dog’s Purpose, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and based on the bestselling novel; Sony Animation’s The Star, told from the perspective of the animals in the manger and Lionsgate’s Wonder, based on the bestselling middle grade novel, directed by Stephen Chbosky, which has grossed over $300 Million Dollars Worldwide. In 2019, she will oversee a slate of films including the live action Dora the Explorer movie with Paramount, and the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey, with Amblin and Universal Pictures. She has also been instrumental in Walden’s push into television, acquiring the rights to Ann M. Martin’s beloved Babysitters Club Series, and setting up shows with various networks and streaming sites. Additionally, Naia volunteers with Reading to Kids and the Brown UniversityAlumni Organization, sits on the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) Board and Templeton Foundations Film Steering Committee and is an active member of Women in Film and TIME’S UP. She spends her free time with her Miniature Dachshund, Sharky.
Adele is a screenwriter for TV drama series and film. Most recently she wrote the screenplay adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.) A Malaysian native of Chinese descent, she came to the States at 19 and graduated from Emerson College, Boston. She has written and produced multiple primetime TV dramas, including One Tree Hill, Private Practice and Lethal Weapon. She also mentors writers through CAPE's New Writers Fellowship and is a judge for the WGA’s Writers Access Project. Currently she is developing a drama series for FOX and writing a screenplay for Disney Feature Animation.