2021 CreditCon Speakers

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Francis Creighton

President & CEO CDIA – CDIA Credit Data Industry Association

Francis Creighton was named President & CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) in May 2017.

Before joining CDIA, Francis was Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at the Financial Services Roundtable. A long-time veteran of Capitol Hill, he previously served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. Prior to that he was Vice President and Chief Lobbyist at the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he worked on affordable housing and other issues important to the real estate finance industry.

Recognized as a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper, Francis has made appearances in several trade, national and international print, television and radio outlets, such as American Banker magazine, PBS’s NewsHour and Fox Business.

Francis holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, where he is an adjunct faculty member. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

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Anthony Galie

Master Sales Trainer

Recognized as one of America’s 30 Hottest Speakers! Anthony is an author, international speaker, and trained psychotherapist. Anthony has given thousands of speeches to Fortune 500 audiences such as Walmart, Ford, Southern Bell, Sprint, Pfiser, Comcast, Fedex, Prudential, and GE just to name a few. Anthony is going to show you how to achieve the unthinkable by putting scientific practices to work in your business and personal life.

Merrill Chandler

Merrill Chandler

CEO GetFundable.com

Former Co-Founder of Lexington Law Firm. Merrill is a compelling, knowledgeable, and internationally-renown keynote speaker.  In 2016, after a meeting with FICO CEO Will Lansing, Merrill signed an NDA and was authorized to meet with personal and business FICO score data scientists, and ask 100 optimized questions to better his ability to help borrowers accomplish their funding goals. Using Merrill’s knowledge of borrower behavior profiles, FICO scoring metrics, and lender underwriting requirements he developed a process to “optimize” a consumer’s credit profile and borrower behaviors to improve their “fundability”.  GetFundable.com utilizes this revolutionary technology, Fundability Optimization™, to help thousands of borrowers become more fundable and access the capital they need to grow their businesses.

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John Ulzheimer

Credit Expert

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 385 cases and has been qualified to testify in both Federal and State courts on the topic of consumer credit. John is the author of four books about credit and has been quoted thousands of times by the national media on credit related topics

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Robert Stevenson

Experienced Business Authority and Author

Robert is a bestselling author and global speaker. Robert is the author of Raise Your Line, and How to Soar Like An Eagle In A World Full Of Turkeys. Over 2 million people have benefited from his powerful, practical, compelling and thought provoking programs. Robert has spoken to over 2500 companies throughout the world. He has shared the podium with such renowned speakers as former President George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Tony Robbins, Tom Peters and former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Robert delivers high-energy programs that can help any company or person achieve higher levels of excellence.

Maggie Cook

Maggie Cook

Homeless to Millionaire

Maggie is a Latino woman who grew up in an orphanage. Maggie took $800 and started a salsa company. Four years later she sold it to Campbell’s for $231 million. From homelessness to success, she can inspire your teams, leadership, and organizations. Hear how Maggie managed her personal credit and business credit to fuel the growth of her company. You won’t want to miss this amazing and inspirational success story!

Richard Hudson

Richard Hudson

Managing Partner at Ignite Consulting Partners

As Managing Partner at Ignite Consulting ,Richard provides compliance consulting to data furnishers who want to be Metro 2 compliant.  He has been a panelist with Credit Data Industry Association Metro 2 Task Force speakers at other finance conferences.   Richard has over a decade of experience with Metro 2 reporting and e-OSCAR. In addition to Metro 2 compliance, Ignite also provides consulting services for data furnishers on how to handle consumer disputes and has analyzed thousands of dispute letters on behalf of data furnishers.  Although he currently advises data furnishers, his philosophy is that there is only one side in this endeavor and we’re on it together.  The consumer’s side!

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Steve Reger

Senior VP | Consumer Direst and SmartCredit

After 26 years with TransUnion, Steve retired as Trans Union’s Senior Director for Consumer Services and Fraud Victim Assistance in 2015, overseeing 200+ agents and support staff. Steve is a leading authority on credit reporting, financial crimes, identity theft, synthetic identities and credit repair. He is regularly called upon by law enforcement and bank investigators to assist with investigations. In 2012 he was recognized by the Director of the FBI for his invaluable contributions to a multi-year investigation of complex synthetic identity fraud. Steve is a P.O.S.T. certified trainer for the State of California and has led hundreds of presentations to consumers, banks, law enforcement and other government agencies on the subject of credit reporting, credit monitoring & financial crimes. At TransUnion Steve was responsible for the oversight of consumer initiated FCRA litigation brought against TransUnion and most expert witness testimony. Steve has testified or been deposed in more than 600 court cases throughout the United States. Steve has been interviewed by numerous leading newspaper, magazine and electronic print media including MSNBC, Reader’s Digest, Money Magazine, Kiplinger, New York Times, Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune. He has appeared in both television and radio segments.

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Steve Palmieri

Founder | Pre Litigation

Steven Palmieri got into credit repair in 2008 and today runs the number 1 brand for credit repair pre-litigation disputes products. 

Early in Steven’s credit repair career, there were several things that he did which laid the foundation for the Credit Repair Pre-Litigation Disputes movement. First, Steven read a consumer protection law book called Fair Credit Reporting by the National Consumer Law Center which laid out the entire framework of how credit bureaus, debt collectors, and financial institutions are supposed to operate. Second, he purchased the training manual for the industry standard of how to report accurate data. This manual is called the Credit Reporting Resource Guide and the industry standard data format is called Metro2®. And finally, Steven went on a journey to find a lawyer with whom he could work in tandem to help his clients sue credit bureaus and data furnishers for not conforming to their own industry standard for accurate credit reporting.

Today, Steven Palmieri has the number 1 training course for CRO’s to learn credit repair pre-litigation disputes.  He also just launched Palmieri System which is the first pre-litigation disputes software.  This software helps CROs and attorneys run next-level credit repair practices.

For more information, you can visit https://stevenpalmieri.com/

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Ty Crandall

CEO Credit Suites

Ty serves as the CEO and Founder of Credit Suite. Ty Crandall is an internationally known speaker, author, and business credit expert. With over 16 years of financial experience Ty has become the authority in business credit, business credit building, business credit scoring, and business credit repair. Ty has been booked for speaking engagements in many states across the United States and as far away as Singapore.

Ty is the author of one of the most popular books on business and personal credit building named Perfect Credit. Ty has also written one of the best-selling business credit books Business Credit Decoded. In addition, Ty has written hundreds of published articles relating to business credit improvement, business credit scoring, business credit law, and numerous topics relating to business credit building. Ty and his business credit knowledge have also been featured on countless radio and TV programs.

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Robby Birnbaum

Partner – Greenspoon Marder Law Firm

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.