[KEYNOTE] Brock Blake
[KEYNOTE] James Celli
[KEYNOTE] Kirk Chartier
[KEYNOTE] Bruce Cook
[KEYNOTE] Sean P. Duffy
[KEYNOTE] Rob Frohwein
[KEYNOTE] Lily Harder
[KEYNOTE] John Hecht
[KEYNOTE] Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05)
[KEYNOTE] Kathryn Petralia
[KEYNOTE] Jennifer Tescher
Cathy is a partner in the Hanover, Maryland office. She assists national and state banks, investment banks, consumer and commercial finance companies, mortgage bankers, installment lenders and other licensed lenders in the development and maintenance of nationwide consumer and commercial lending programs. Cathy engages in credit due diligence on behalf of investors in Fintech firms, bank partnership platforms, small business lenders, merchant cash advance companies, consumer finance companies, title loan companies and payday lenders.
Cathy was the Assistant City Solicitor/Assistant State’s Attorney for the Department of Housing and Community Development, Code Enforcement Legal Section from April 2001 to January 2004.
Cathy also represented the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City in the civil prosecution and the State of Maryland in the criminal prosecution of owners of properties in violation of the Baltimore City Building, Housing and Zoning Codes, obtained search warrants to investigate possible violations of municipal law, provided technical assistance with press and public relations to the Director of the Code Enforcement Legal Section, and worked with communities and lenders on foreclosed properties to address complaints.
She was the Education Director, Advocates for Children and Youth from November 1999 – April 2001. Cathy was Staff Director for The New Maryland Education Coalition from November 1999 – April 2001. She was the Staff Attorney for The Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc. from January 1999 – November 1999 and was the Pro Bono Project Coordinator for the Bar Association of Baltimore City from August 1997 – January 1999. Cathy was also a Legal Writer for The (Baltimore) Daily Record from October 1995 – August 1997.
Cathy received her law degree in 1995 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from Fordham University in 1992.
Mr. Chan has extensive experience in originating and investing in a range of financial assets, focused on specialty finance transactions. Prior to joining Atalaya, Mr. Chan was a partner and co-founder of TTM Capital, LLC, an investment firm focused on acquiring and lending against portfolios of financial and other assets. Prior to TTM, Mr. Chan was a Managing Director and co-head of the Assets Group at D.B. Zwirn & Co. Previously, Mr. Chan was a member of the Principal Transaction and Principal Finance teams at Lehman Brothers, and worked on numerous securitizations across multiple asset classes at Salomon Brothers. Mr. Chan began his career as a consultant at Price Waterhouse, followed by an internal consulting and operations roles at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Chan received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.
Mark T. Dabertin is special counsel in the Financial Services Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Berwyn office. Mr. Dabertin has over 25 years of broad-based experience in financial services law and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Dabertin’s career includes extensive experience in banking, lending, safety and soundness, and anti-money laundering. His work in regulatory compliance at large financial institutions has been marked by innovations that resulted in fundamental structural changes to existing firm-wide compliance activities, including with respect to regulatory change management, risk assessments, and vendor management.
Bank examinations that Mr. Dabertin either managed or co-managed while working in regulatory compliance positions included exams focused on fair lending, data privacy, and add on products. For most of these examinations, he authored the bank’s written responses to any legal or regulatory issues cited in supervisory letters.
Mr. Dabertin is an officer of the Alternative Finance Bar Association and frequently handles transactional matters concerning merchant cash advance.
Carl is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Breakout Capital. Through a decade of work as an investment banker to the alternative finance industry, Carl identified market inefficiencies and widespread industry practices that made it extremely expensive for many small business owners to secure funding. Such capital also carried additional costs frequently not fully understood by business owners at the time of funding. Carl founded Breakout Capital in an effort to bring affordable and fully transparent funding solutions to small businesses with a wide range of credit profiles. Breakout Capital eliminates the hidden costs that have significantly raised the cost of capital to small business owners, enabling the company to offer an affordable solution tailored to each business. Prior to founding Breakout Capital, Carl worked as an Investment Banker at FBR & Co. and in the Corporate Strategies Group at Capital One Financial Corporation. Carl graduated from American University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics. Carl was recognized in the 2016 Trending 40’s list of D.C.’s top entrepreneurs under 40 years old and is a member of the Forbes Finance Council.
Rochelle Nawrocki Gorey
Peter W. Maynard, PhD
Gregory J Nowak
Mr. Purcell serves as a senior research analyst. His research focuses on specialty consumer finance (non-bank operated), financial and payment processing, consulting and information technology companies. His primary responsibility is to develop and maintain deep domain expertise in all non-bank financial services platforms in IT, payment and specialty consumer finance verticals.
Mr. Purcell currently serves on the Board of SCVNGR/LevelUp (www.thelevelup.com), a leading provider of mobile payments solutions, and is part of the managing committee of Veritec (www.veritecs.com), a provider of regulatory enforcement solutions for the financial services industry.
Prior to joining Continental Advisors, Mr. Purcell was Manager of Internet Marketing at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), a department he helped found. He also held analyst positions in the Trading Operations and Investor Services Divisions at the CBOE.
Mr. Purcell received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego. He is a member of the Emerging Leaders Council at the University of San Diego. He founded and co-directed the Drive for Breakthroughs, a charity golf outing, which in its 6 years of existence, raised nearly $2 million for the benefit of the Myelin Repair Foundation (www.myelinrepair.org). Mr. Purcell is active in many areas of medical research, namely Multiple Sclerosis and Child Food Allergy.
Kathryn L. Ryan
S. David Smith
Harry A. Strausser III
Avery Stone Fish
Prior to co-founding Hudson Cove in 2009, Mr. Wang spent two years in Merrill Lynch’s Structured Finance Group. Before that, he was at Goldman Sachs’ Fixed Income Division for two years, focused on distressed loans, specialty finance and special situation investing opportunities and four years in Goldman Sachs Asset Management responsible for risk management for all fixed income pooled vehicles across traditional and alternative asset classes. Earlier in his career, he spent three years at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust in the Global Loans Division.
Mr. Wang is a member of the Board of Managers at the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association. He is a board member on the Engineering Development Council at the Columbia School of Engineering. Mr. Wang is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Metropolitan Montessori School based in Manhattan.
He received a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia University.
I’m a founding partner at The Wheelhouse Group, an online and offline marketing agency. Among other things, a major focus for us is bridging that gap between online and offline marketing efforts in the consumer finance industry. I’ve been in marketing all of my career and have worked with hundreds of nationally recognized clients in nearly every state. I love to learn and test new approaches, channels, and creatives that keep pushing the baseline higher. In my job I get to learn something new from the people around me every day. I’m rarely the smartest person in the room, but I love being in a room full of smart people working together toward a common goal. I am fortunate to hang out with brilliant people every day who continue to keep us at the front of today’s marketing evolution.