Experience: Jack has been a CEO in the financial services industry for 32 years, including at EF Hutton Indemnity, Capital Risk Management and Cordia Bancorp. He has started five new companies including Purefy since 2014, centered on the idea of simplifying and reducing financial risk. He served as Chairman of Bank of Virginia from 2010 to 2016 and stepped down recently to run Purefy.
Jack launched his finance career on Wall Street, where he quickly established himself as an innovator and leader in the early years of the U.S. derivative markets. After his selection as CEO of a new E.F. Hutton subsidiary, Jack built the most profitable line of business in that firm, and then became CEO of the largest home mortgage lender in New England.
Jack graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served as a United States Army Ranger and infantry commander in the 82d Airborne, and holds degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Interesting Facts: Jack has lectured at the Library of Congress and written extensively on Alain Locke, father of the Harlem Renaissance and the first African American Rhodes Scholar. Jack is a visiting professor at George Washington University and also contributes as a member of the all-volunteer Defense Business Board in the Pentagon.
Experience: Bill brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience to the Purefy team. He has successfully built and sold multiple in demand finance and technology businesses. His most recent company, Cology, was the technology and services backbone for over 400 of the nations fastest growing private student loan programs. A passionate advocate for building trust through transparency, Bill seeks to change the way business is done by setting new examples for efficiency, awareness and fun. Bill oversees growth and new partnerships at Purefy.
Interesting Facts: Bill is a certified chef and culinary school graduate with a strong desire for adventure. He has swam Alcatraz twice, reached the summit of Mt. Whitney during a winter storm and completed many triathlons - including an Ironman. Currently topping his bucket list is to successfully row across the Atlantic.
Chief Technology Officer
Experience: Everett is our chief architect and leads a team of developers to oversee, build and launch a multitude of systems. Everett has been with us from the start, building Purefy's very first website, and recently joined the team on a permanent basis as our CTO. He is the founder and CEO of Practiced Strategies, which was acquired by Purefy. He is also the former co-founder and CTO of PlanServe Data Systems, acquired by SunGard and operated by FIS.
Everett has been architect and lead developer on numerous cloud-based projects across a wide variety of enterprises including governmental, not-for-profit, small business, and Fortune 500 customers. While most of his accomplishments have been in the area of financial technology integration, Everett also has a passion for making technology widely available and affordable to NGO's and non-profits.
Everett's formal training was in ministry, graduating from Texas Bible College in 1985. He has since volunteered his time to serve in various pastoral roles, and is now the Founder and Executive Director of Life Discovered and Christian World Business Exchange.
Interesting Facts: Everett resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his wife and three daughters and covets any opportunity to put on a pair of waders and walk a trout stream.
VP of Business Operations
Experience: Brian brings a wealth of student loan experience to the Purefy program, having held management positions in marketing, operations, and IT during 8 years at Campus Partners, a leading student loan servicer. His roles have included the originating, consolidating, and servicing of private and federal student loans.
Brian earned his M.B.A. degree from Wake Forest University's School of Business. He also received a B.A. degree from Emory University in Economics.
Interesting Facts: Brian is an avid baseball fan, and hopes to one day see a game at every Major League and Minor League ballpark. In the fall, he can be seen traveling to college football stadiums across America.
Experience: Bethany's background includes working for startups, corporations, and ad agencies. Her area of expertise is digital communications and marketing strategy. As Marketing Director with Purefy, Bethany runs our blog, social media, and PR.
Bethany graduated from University of Kentucky (Go Cats!) with her B.B.A in Marketing.
Interesting Facts: Bethany has lived in 6 different states and enjoys taking spontaneous weekend trips to explore new cities. She is a Memphis native and volunteers with St. Jude Research Hospital. She follows Kentucky Basketball when they are winning which, according to her, is always.
Experience: Michael brings financial and operational experience from his past 7 years spent on Wall Street. He served as Head of Trading at Clovis Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund, and prior to that worked in Equity Sales and Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He graduated from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina where he was a member of the Men's Lacrosse team.
Interesting Facts: Michael loves to spend time hunting with friends and family. He is excited to be back in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, where he's enjoying the little things like being able to drive to work.
Experience: Kelsey's background includes several jobs and internships in the music industry, most recently at Insound in New York City doing social media/marketing and running the White Label program. She also has experience in customer support, financial services, and both print and broadcast (radio) journalism.
Kelsey graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Print Journalism.
Interesting Facts: Kelsey is an avid music fan and record collector. She has seen her two favorite bands 16 and 12 times, respectively. She also recently adopted a 3-year-old Corgi mix named Reggie.
Experience: Shannon is a proven sales leader and has a background in real estate, financial services, and customer support. Most recently at Citibank in New York, she consistently ranked in the top of her department for sales and providing excellent customer service. At Purefy, Shannon manages communications logistics, project implementation, and helps out customers in all stages of their refinance.
Interesting Facts: Shannon is an avid sports fan and in the off season, can be found waiting for football season to start to cheer on her Redskins.
Experience: Melissa's role at Purefy includes project management, keeping the team organized, and tasks running smoothly. Her expertise is providing the guidance and solutions companies need to grow their business with her excellent communication and organization skills. Melissa started her career in corporate finance before moving overseas where she spent five years living in both in China and Hong Kong while traveling various cities across Europe and Asia. Melissa's global perspective helped to shape her problem solving abilities and commitment to better communication in the workplace.
Melissa has been in a leadership role for a wide range of web projects and client types including small businesses, non profits, and government. Melissa manages projects with clear, efficient communication of expectations to keep projects on time and on budget.
Interesting Facts: She resides in Hawaii with her husband of five years, daughter, and three dogs. When not managing projects, she can be found with a camera in hand. While abroad, she started her own photography business and took online courses to earn her Associates Degree and plans to continue pursuing a higher education.
Senior Lead Developer
Experience: Rio is Purefy's senior lead developer and is responsible for making sure everything works as it should. Rio provides front and back end web development and solutions to make sure that Purefy is always on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Rio is also the lead analyst for our team and is an expert at tracking and analyzing data to make the most of our systems. Rio is skilled at making sure all of our systems are running smoothly and that all customer data is secure.
Rio completed degrees at Kirkwood Community College and Montgomery County Community College focusing on Communications and Computer Information Systems.
Interesting Facts: Rio is an active member of his community and brings people together through his love of board games. When not playing games or working on what's next for Purefy, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time outdoors. He is originally from Semarang, Indonesia and immigrated to the United States at 16 years old. He now calls Cedar Rapids, Iowa his home with his wife and two children.
Purefy is a national online lender offering student loan refinancing. We started in 2014 as a product launch from a community bank and today we are a growing company with offices in Washington, DC and Richmond VA. Our mission is to help college graduates and parents get out of student debt faster. We offer low interest rates and 5, 8, 12 and 15-year terms to student loan borrowers who have earned their degree and launched their careers.