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Meet our 2016 Speaker Faculty



Marcie Belles

Vice President, Auto Finance News

Marcie D. Belles joined Royal Media Group in 1996. Marcie spent 17 years covering auto finance, most recently as managing editor of Auto Finance News.

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Michael A. Benoit

Partner, Hudson Cook, LLP

Michael Benoit is the Chairman of Hudson Cook, LLP and a partner in the firm’s Washington DC office. 

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Charles Bradley

President & Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. Read More
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Marcelo Brutti

Chief Risk Officer, Hyundai Capital America

Marcelo Brutti is a Chief Risk Officer at Hyundai Capital America oversees the Consumer and Commercial Risk Management and Credit departments. 

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Charles Einhorn

Assistant Vice President, World Omni Financial Corp.

Charlie Einhorn is Assistant Vice President, Strategy and Digital Initiatives at World Omni Financial Corp.  He is responsible for leading the organization’s strategic function as well as guiding the company’s efforts to integrate with digital retailing solutions in the marketplace. 

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George Ewing

Vice President Sales, Strategy & Development, Flagship Credit Acceptance

Dr. George Ewing is the Director of Sales Strategy and Development at Flagship Credit Acceptance, a national independent auto finance company headquartered in Chadds Ford, PA.

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Scott France

President, Loan Portfolio Servicing

Scott France is President of LPS (Loan Portfolio Servicing), an Innovate company. LPS helps auto lenders, banks, credit unions, dealer groups and investors effectively service their consumer vehicle loans.

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Duane Freeman

National Sales Executive Consumer Vehicle Lending, Bank of America Dealer Financial Services

Duane Freeman is the National Sales Executive for Bank of America’s Consumer Vehicle Lending Dealer Financial Services, which provides financing and the full range of consumer banking services to dealers in the automobile and recreational vehicle industries across the United States.

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Calvin R. Hagins

Deputy Assistant Director for Originations, CFPB

Calvin, a recognized industry expert, comes to the Bureau with over 25 years of experience in federal supervision related to risk management practices and processes, compliance management systems, fair lending, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) & general consumer protection issues.

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Colin Hector

Attorney, Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Financial Practices

Colin Hector is an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Financial Practices.  

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Stuart Holmes

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer,

Stuart Holmes is Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer for, the company that is reinventing auto loans by putting consumers completely in control of the loan process.

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JJ Hornblass

Executive Editor & Publisher, Auto Finance News.

JJ Hornblass founded Royal Media in 1995 and oversees all aspects of the New York-based diversified information company, which includes media services, a consultancy, and an accelerator for fintech startups.

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Jeff Hutcheson

Founder & Managing Partner, AUTOPAY

Since 2000, Mr. Hutcheson has been managing automobile loan portfolios and creating portfolio management and liquidity strategies for and with financial institutions around the country. Along with his partner, Seth Meyer, Mr. Hutcheson established AUTOPAY in 2007.

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John Hyatt

Executive Vice President, Dealer Services, U.S. Bank

John Hyatt is the executive vice president of U.S. Bank Dealer Services, which provides comprehensive financial services for automotive, recreational and marine vehicles throughout the United States.

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Charles Jones

Head of Dealer Financial Services, SunTrust

Charles “Chuck” Jones is the head of Dealer Financial Services for SunTrust.  In this role, Chuck oversees indirect auto lending programs in 22 states and the District of Columbia as well as all 50 states for Marine and RV for SunTrust’s Consumer Lending division.  

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Steven Jones

Director of Retail Credit Policy, Comptroller of the Currency

Steven has been an examiner with the OCC since 1985. During that time, he has supervised banks across the entire spectrum from community banks, to midsize banks to large banks.

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Ken Lenneman

Vice President of Digital & Marketing, GM Financial

As Vice President of Digital and Marketing at GM Financial, Ken Lenneman is defining, building and implementing cross channel digital marketing.

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Jonathon Levin

Chief Executive Officer, Turner Acceptance Corp. Read More
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Robert Reveal

Principal, EY Read More

Joseph Pendergast

AVP, Consumer Lending, Navy Federal Credit Union

Joe is the Assistant Vice President of Consumer Lending at Navy Federal Credit Union, overseeing the underwriting, processing, and servicing areas of a $16 billion direct auto and signature loan portfolio. 

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Larissa Padden

Editor, Auto Finance News

Larissa Padden is Editor of Auto Finance News, AFN’s sister publication: Powersports Finance, and is in charge of editorial content for the Center for Auto Finance Excellence.

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Richard J. Porrello

Executive Vice President & Director, Auto Finance Huntington Bank

As director of auto finance at Huntington Bank, Richard J. Porrello oversees an organization of 180 professionals serving more than 3,900 dealerships across 21 states in the Midwest and New England. 

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Colleen Poynton

Vice President, Core Innovation Capital

Colleen is a Vice President at Core Innovation Capital, where she covers consumer and small business credit, next gen payments, retail savings and investment, and insurance.

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Gerry Quinn

V.P. of Business Development and Strategy,

Gerry began his career in auto finance with Ford Motor Credit from 1988 – 2005 where he held various roles of increasing responsibility in Australia, Europe and the U.S. After two years with Chase Auto Finance, Gerry joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in 2007.

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Chas Roscow

Director, Vehicle Lending & Agent Banking, State Farm Bank

Chas Roscow is State Farm Bank’s Director of Vehicle Lending.  State Farm Bank originates direct auto, marine, RV, and power sports loans in 48 states through their network of 18,000 State Farm agents.

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Toby Russell

President, Shift Finance Read More
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Tim Russi

President, Auto Finance, Ally Financial Inc.

Tim Russi, President, Auto Finance – Ally Financial Inc. He is responsible for developing the strategy and driving the performance of the auto business.  

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Scott Schauer

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Risk Officer, Pelican Auto Finance LLC Read More
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Craig Schleicher

Senior Manager, Consumer Finance Group, PwC

Craig Schleicher is a Senior Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Consumer Finance Group (CFG), and a member of PwC’s digital/marketplace lending and auto finance leadership teams. 

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Jon Seward

Deputy Chief in the Housing & Civil Enforcement Section, Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Jon Seward is currently a deputy chief in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

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