2018 CreditCon Speakers
Consumer Litigation Associates
Leonard Bennett received the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award. Leonard Bennett is a founding partner of Consumer Litigation Associates. He is a former board member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and serves on the National Consumer Law Center’s Partners Council and Public Justice. Bennett presented NACA’s Congressional testimony on the Fair Credit Reporting Act before the House Committee on Financial Services in 2003, 2007 and 2008. He is a contributing author of the NCLC’s Fair Credit Reporting Manual. Bennett has been a featured speaker for consumer law and other legal programs nationwide.
Julie Wooding is a Principal Consultant in the Scores group, and has been with FICO since 1993. She works with larger U.S. lenders to help them understand, use, and evaluate our FICO® Score solutions. In addition, Julie provides in-depth credit scoring training to regulators and lenders, most recently in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Mexico, Romania, the Philippines, and Qatar. Julie has experience in behavior and risk score development, and previously worked on the development of FICO® Scores for U.S. and Canadian credit bureaus. In her 23+ years at FICO, Julie also served as a strategy consultant, a role in which she worked with clients to develop, evaluate, and continuously improve their account management strategies. Julie holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. degree.
John Ulzheimer is a nationally recognized expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft. He is the President of The Ulzheimer Group. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry. He has served as a credit expert witness in more than 230 cases and has been qualified to testify in both Federal and State court on the topic of consumer credit.
Blaine was first elected to Congress in November 2008, and was re-elected in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. In the 115th Congress, Blaine serves as a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee Chairman of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. In addition, Blaine serves as vice chairman of the House Small Business Committee. As the Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is committed to representing the interests of the hard-working people by being a strong voice for them in Washington, D.C.
Former Ohio State Attorney General
Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is an active member of SAGE (Society of Attorneys General Emeritus) and the Democratic Attorney General’s Association. Dann filed a class action case against Ohio’s largest Foreclosure Mill Law Firm and has brought dozens of actions against Mortgage Loan Servicers and the Law firms that represent them under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act.
Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
For six years, Dick has been the Council’s Regulatory Affairs Advisor, assisting Better Business Bureaus across the country in their efforts to report and rate government actions brought against businesses. He is also a member of the task force that updated the BBB Code of Advertising. Dick is based in Arlington VA.
Previous to his work at the CBBB, Dick spent thirty-six years at the Federal Trade Commission. At the FTC, he held numerous staff and supervisory positions and managed dozens of investigations of deceptive advertising and marketing by companies selling consumer products and services.
Attorney at Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection – Division of Financial Practices
ADAM M. WESOLOWSKI is an Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (Division of Financial Practices) in Washington, DC. Mr. Wesolowski investigates and litigates consumer finance cases in enforcement of the FTC Act, the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule, the debt relief portions of the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and other laws enforced by the FTC.
Founder of CyberScout
Adam Levin is the chairman and founder of CyberScout and the co-founder of Credit.com. His experience as former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs gives him unique insight into consumer privacy, legislation and financial advocacy. He is a nationally recognized expert on identity theft and credit, and is the author of SWIPED: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves, a practical, lively book that is essential to surviving the ever-changing world of online security.
Derrick A. Harper
Mr. Derrick Harper Sr. A native of Swainsboro, GA, is an entrepreneur that has been able to successfully launch quite a few business models. With his flagship being Harper’s Trucking Co, he is also responsible for Founding The Credit Repair University, YULA (Young Urban Leaders of America), and the highly successful Point Boosters Co.(c).
His passion for systems and compliance is why lots of peers respect him. His success with this has led to him becoming one of most respected Credit Repair Experts in the industry. Now, he mentors and teaches business owners how to become successful credit experts in their fields, grow their business, while maintaining compliance. With holding multiple degrees from technology to law, he’s always had a thirst for knowledge without being restricted to one particular field of work. The only permanent title Mr. Harper accepts proudly is the term “Veteran”, because he is a Proud Air Force Veteran that has an insurmountable amount of love for this great country.
Attorney Robby H. Birnbaum was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was admitted to the Florida and Wisconsin Bars in 1999. He is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Florida and Western District of Wisconsin. Mr. Birnbaum is a member of the Broward County, Palm Beach County, Florida, Wisconsin, and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Telemarketing, Internet and Privacy Subcommittee that serves the American Resort Development Association. Mr. Birnbaum was a Finalist, selected for the 2006 Up & Comers Award, by The South Florida Business Journal. He focuses extensively on regulatory practices for credit counseling and debt settlement agencies, marketing and advertising regulation, and regulatory compliance.
Credit Admiral Software
Matt Listro is Co-Founder of Credit Admiral Software and a 21-year veteran of the Credit Repair Industry. Matt is a published author appearing in numerous publications including Yahoo Finance, Marketplace, and The Washington Business Journal. Matt’s expertise lies in the credit disputing process. Matt is passionate about uniting credit industry professionals and the sharing of credit knowledge.
Edward Jamison Esq.
Identity Theft Solutions LLC
Edward Jamison is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, the founder of CreditCRM and Identity Theft Solutions LLC. He is an attorney who is nationally recognized as an expert in consumer credit, credit scoring and identity theft. Edward has been featured as a credit expert on NBC, CBS, Fox, the Wall Street Journal, the Mortgage Market Guide, Mortgage Planner Magazine, the Mortgage Press, the Scotsman Guide, Broker Banker magazine and more.
Startup Credit Repair Business Training Center
Mark is the CEO and Founder of Startup Credit Repair Business Training Center, which provides Credit Repair Business Online Software, Credit Repair Training and Lead Generation Strategies for new and established credit repair business owners. He is also a certified credit consultant, marketing expert, credit repair & credit score trainer, and host of the radio show Who Else Wants Better Credit on Blog Talk Radio. Mark is also a diamond expert author on EzineArticles, with over 120 articles written in the area of credit repair and credit score. He was featured twice in Las Vegas Review-Journal and has recorded over 200 videos on YouTube. Mark just recently opened the Credit Repair Lead Generation Academy. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Criminal Justice, and currently resides in sunny California.
Credit Repair Lawyers of America
Gary Nitzkin is the founder of Credit Repair Lawyers of America. Gary has been practicing law since 1990 and suing the credit bureaus since 2008. Gary Nitzkin graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Business. He graduated from Wayne State Law School in 1987 and went on to become a certified public accountant.
Donna is Vice President of The National Association of Credit Service Organizations (NACSO). Donna has been in the Credit Industry for over 20 years and has been a recognized credit education expert. Donna also has served on the Congressional Committee Small Busienss Advisory Board.
New York University
Andrew Linderman is a writer, storyteller, and business coach based in New York City. He teaches storytelling at General Assembly and New York University, and is the founder of The Story Source, a consultancy that helps artists, business people and entrepreneurs tell compelling stories. His former clients include Google, American Express, Penguin Random House Publishing, and dozens of small businesses and startups around the world.
Dr. Pat Nanda
Dr. Pat Nanda, the Founder of CBD CREDIT, is a globally recognized authority in the field of credit. Dr. Nanda is a data scientist focused on the creation and/or customization of various scoring models for such companies as American Express, Bank of New York, Citibank, Tidewater, Mercedes Benz, SAFCO, Zales Jewelers, Capital bank, Yamaha, Nationwide Auto, Pelican Auto, Verizon, and hundreds of other large and small auto financiers, banks, credit unions, department stores, insurance companies, jewelry stores, telecom and other utility companies around the world, to optimize returns on their credit portfolios.
Magnolia Strategy Partners
Nick Owens is CEO at Magnolia Strategy Partners. MSP is a bipartisan government relations and corporate strategic consulting firm that brings together a team of seasoned professionals with both private and public sector experience.
Ari H. Marcus
Founding Member at Marcus Zelman, LLC.
Ari is the founding member of Marcus & Zelman, LLC, a consumer advocacy law firm. Ari’s practice solely focuses on litigating on behalf of consumers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act. Over the last two years, Ari has been certified as class counsel in numerous consumer cases, including several multi million dollar cases. In addition to litigating, Ari frequently speaks at events and seminars on issues such as Federal Jurisdiction, class actions, and consumer law.