Meet the CRBF Advisory Board

The Coalition for Responsible Business Finance (CRBF) is an advocacy and education platform for businesses that provide alternative capital for small businesses. CRBF benefits from active engagement with policymakers by coalition members. CRBF also values input from a group of small business and finance experts who serve on its Advisory Board. 

CRBF Advisory Board Members

Robert Cook  Robert is a partner at Hudson Cook, a law firm he started with Tom Hudson.  The firm has grown in size and reputation over the past 20-years and now serves clients in all aspects of financial services law and policy. 

Rick Eckman   Rick is a partner at Pepper Hamilton and over the past 12-years he has served as Chairman of the law firm's Financial Services Practice Group.  Rick founded the Delaware Entrepreneurs' Forum and serves on the board of the Delaware Innovation Fund. 

Sam Graziano  Sam is the co-founder and CEO of Fundation, one of the nation's leading on-line small business lenders that offers conventional and fixed rate term loans to businesses nationwide for working capital and business expansion.  Sam is a seasoned financial services executive and an entrepreneur with extensive experience with businesses across the financial services sector.  

Karen Kerrigan   Karen is the President & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, an advocacy, education, and research organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship.  Karen was a major driver for the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Start Up Act (JOBS Act) and is a sought after authority on crowdfunding and start-up challenges for entrepreneurs. 

Todd McCracken  Todd is the President of the National Small Business Association (NSBA), an advocacy organization that continually supports policies to make financing more accessible to small businesses.  NSBA was established more than 75-years ago and its 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S.

Jim Salters   Jim is President of The Business Backer, an Enova International Brand (NYSE: ENVA), which has provided more than $320 million in financing and 10,000+ transactions in all 50 states since it was established in 2007.  The recipient of numerous national awards including the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, The Business Backer focuses on building a trusted advisor relationship with small business owners.

Holly Wade  Holly is the Director of Research and Policy Analysis at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The Research Foundation regularly examines the concerns, opinions, and positions of small business owners and serves as a resource for leaders who want to craft policy solutions for the small business community. 

Chris Walters  Chris is a Senior Director at the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), an organization of lower and middle market private equity funds and investors who provide capital to small and medium sized businesses nationwide.