Steve is the CEO of ForwardLine Financial, a PE-backed lender helping America’s small businesses improve their financial health by providing transparent access to working capital loans. Prior to ForwardLine, Steve was the co-founder and CEO of Ascend, where he led a team in defining the next generation of lending through the use of behavioral economics and real-time data. The former head of marketing and business development at Intuit Financial Services (Mint.com and Quicken), Steve has also held senior executive roles at HSBC and Washington Mutual, and advised global financial services firms as co-founder of Sung Carlson Associates. He is actively involved on the regulatory front, including having served as an inaugural member of the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board. Steve holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and an M.B.A. from the Kellog School of Management at Northwestern University.