Since 2016 these three concepts have provided the foundation on which Strike Acceptance is built. With the goal of building an industry leading motor vehicle finance company, these principles and the hard work of our team have made Strike one of the fastest growing automotive and powersports lenders in the country.
Specializing in non-prime credit, Strike's lending programs are focused on helping our customers establish or rebuild their credit. We understand the challenges that can adversely impact good people despite their best efforts. At Strike, we believe that the negative impact on a person's credit that results from a short-term setback should not create a long-term barrier to a second chance and building a better tomorrow.
From large franchise dealer groups to smaller local dealers who serve as the bedrock of their communities, Strike's goal is to help sell more cars, trucks, motorcycles, and ATVs to deserving buyers. Our distinct lending programs provide our dealer partners a financing channel to sell more vehicles by providing quality financing for their customers.
The heartbeat of Strike Acceptance is our people. Working at Strike is more than just a job. It's an opportunity for career development and financial security - all while making a difference in the lives of our customers. At Strike, we're not just building a company, we're building a culture - a team culture based in respect for each other and the rules of our industry. A culture that is open and honest. And a culture that rewards people for their ideas and performance.
Management at Strike has over 230 years of indirect non-prime auto and powersports finance experience. The team has worked together at different points in their careers and shares a common vision and positive team dynamic.
With over 25 years of auto finance experience, Steve spent the first 5 years of his career with GMAC. In 1999 he accepted a position at a sub-prime auto startup, United Auto Credit. In 16 years at UAC, Steve climbed steadily through the ranks and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2016. During his tenure at UAC, Steve played instrumental roles in growing the company to a portfolio of $1B and 1,000+ employees, completion of an IPO, and 6 securitizations. Steve left UAC in 2016 to start Strike Acceptance with a vision to leverage technology to minimize operating costs and maximize growth.
An experienced leader with over 20 years' experience in the financial services industry, Doug joined the Strike leadership team as COO/Chief Revenue Officer in 2022. Most recently serving as Head of Operations at Global Holdings LLC, Doug's previous experience includes roles as COO at Toyota Industries Commercial Finance; VP, Head of Auto Finance Customer Operations at Capital One Auto Finance; Senior Director, Head of Marketing Operations at Capital One Financial Services, Credit Card Division; and Director, Head of Subprime Marketing Strategy at Capital One Financial Services, Credit Card Division. Doug is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Mathematics and System Engineering.
David joined Strike Acceptance as General Counsel in 2022, bringing 35 years of experience as a practicing attorney. Spending the last 25 years in the area of financial services law, David most recently worked as a partner at the Bradley firm in their Banking and Financial Services Practice Group where he supervised national litigation and compliance projects as well as trying cases in a number of jurisdictions. David is licensed in the state of Texas and is Board Certified in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As the General Counsel for Strike, David's focus is on legal compliance and operations matters for the company.
Sergio brought over 20 years of auto finance experience to Strike when he joined the company in 2019. Starting his career at WFS Financial and later, Long Beach Acceptance, Sergio moved to United Auto Credit in 2008, where he managed the Dealer Compliance, Marketing, and Underwriting departments before joining Strike. At Strike, Sergio oversees the key aspects of day- to-day operations including portfolio servicing and collections, loan underwriting and funding, and the training and development of employees in these areas.
A 35-year consumer lending veteran, Neil spent 29 years advancing from entry level to executive leadership in automotive finance - Ford Credit (17) and United Auto Credit (12) - before moving into direct consumer lending as CAO for Heights Finance Corporation in 2015. Neil joined Strike Acceptance in 2020 following the sale of Heights. Neil brings deep experience in operations management, training, ancillary product management, project management, policy and procedure development, and corporate compliance to the Strike leadership team.
Jason joined Strike in 2019 with more than 8 years of auto finance experience at United Auto Credit and Mechanics Bank. Starting at United as an Executive-In-Training, Jason created a PMO framework for companywide project management and process improvement and oversaw critical business systems and technology efforts. Jason joined Mechanics Bank in 2017 as VP of National Business Systems Strategy, overseeing enterprise projects, critical process improvements, and automation efforts. Jason graduated Magna Cum Laude from USC with a B.S. in Business Administration.
A 20-year veteran of the auto finance industry, Alicia started her career providing administrative support at People's Credit. Seeking greater opportunity, she moved to United Auto Credit in 2003, where she excelled through positions in branch operations, operations management, and training and development. In the seven years prior to joining Strike in 2021, Alicia leveraged her talent and industry knowledge to drive process automation & efficiency and company growth through the adoption of dealer and customer facing technology, including implementation of a new LOS, dealer portal, and eSign for new loan origination.
With 20+ years' experience in Recruiting and Human Resources, Melissa has spent 13 years in the automotive finance industry. Melissa began her career in Staffing and quickly moved to Corporate Recruiting, Human Resources and Management with Ameriquest Mortgage and then United Auto Credit. Supporting Strike Acceptance in hiring and human resources since 2019, Melissa's focus is helping to build companies on the people side with long-term recruitment and retention strategies.
Steve joined the Strike Acceptance management team following the company's December 2021 merger with Fuel Capital Group, where he had been since May 2019. Previously, Steve served as Vice President of Sales at Auto Track and Division Manager of Sales and Marketing at United Auto Credit Corporation. Steve has over 20 years of experience in the motor vehicle finance industry overseeing sales and marketing operations across the United States.
With more than 16 years of auto finance industry experience, Brian joined the Strike Acceptance management team following the company's December 2021 merger with Fuel Capital Group, where he had been since September 2020. Brian previously served as Chief Credit and Risk Officer for United Auto Credit from 2008 through 2016. At UAC he played an integral role in restructuring the company's debt and taking the company private and was responsible for oversight of all facets of risk management, including process implementation, and risk monitoring and reporting for a portfolio of $370M. Brian previously served as Director of Risk Management for Westlake Financial Services. Brian holds both a CPA and an MBA.
Sean joined the Strike acceptance management team in November 2021, accepting the challenge of improving dealer and customer success by driving the transformation of the Company's technology strategy. Prior to joining Strike, Sean was the Principal Software Engineer at United Auto Credit for over 10 years where he led the development and implementation of large-scale system conversions, data warehousing, and the company's loan origination system. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Cal State Fullerton.
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