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Meet The RapidAdvance Executive Team

RapidAdvance’s Executive leadership team has all worked on the front lines of business.  They know what it takes to manage a company – small and large – through good times and tough times, and can help entrepreneurs implement smart strategies to help their companies grow:

Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown - Chief Executive Officer

Jeremy Brown calls on his 20+ years of first-hand management experience running small and mid-sized businesses across service industries including retail, construction and technology, to deliver funding solutions to small businesses throughout North America. Prior to joining RapidAdvance, Jeremy served as the COO of a national audiovisual service company with 50 locations in North America and 200 employees.  He also served as CEO of a commercial construction contractor with 500 employees and worked as the President of a retail computer company.  Jeremy speaks as a leading voice on small business at industry events and contributes articles on alternative funding.

Jeremy is a CPA and holds a degree in Economics from Duke University.

A life-long resident of DC, Jeremy enjoys golf, working out, and going to sports events with his three sons, and most importantly loves working with his wife every day at company headquarters.

Joseph Looney

Joseph Looney - Chief Operation Officer and General Counsel

Armed with an abundance of financial services and technology experience having specialized in compliance for banks, credit unions, consumer finance companies, credit card issuers and investment banks, Chief Operation Officer and General Counsel Joseph ‘Joe’ Looney oversees the information technology infrastructure and compliance functions at RapidAdvance. Joe optimizes the technology that informs the very human decision-making around customer lending, and manages the compliance function towards ensuring that merchants, business and banks partnering with RapidAdvance can access safe, secure funding.  Joe acquired this skill-set at one of the nation’s top financial services law firms, Hudson Cook, LLP, where he specialized in financial services compliance.

Joe is an avid golfer and loves playing rounds with his kids.

Mark Cerminaro

Mark Cerminaro - Chief Revenue Officer

Mark Cerminaro is responsible for all revenue-generating functions, overseeing sales, marketing and business development. Mark’s focus is to work directly with the CEO and other senior executives to craft and communicate the company’s vision, develop and implement revenue strategies across all channels; monitor the strategy during execution and manage to both short and long term revenue growth.  Mark has a background as an investment professional as a former Financial Advisor & Associate Branch Manager with Morgan Stanley, managing over $200 million in personal and corporate assets. Mark earned a B.A. from Georgetown University where he was a student athlete recruited to play quarterback for the Hoyas.

Mark has spent his life involved with small businesses.  From working in them while growing up in NJ; to advising business owners on investments; to helping them access the capital they need to grow. He is an avid sports fan and loves spending time with his wife and two sons.

Kurt Haufler

Kurt Haufler - Chief Financial Officer

Kurt Haufler oversees the finance, accounting and business analysis functions at RapidAdvance.  With over 20 years experience driving profit and loss improvements and maximizing assets, Kurt brings a complimentary blend of operational finance, accounting, strategic planning, and transactional proficiency gained through work for companies as wide-ranging as start-ups to Fortune 500 firms, across industries. Prior to joining RapidAdvance, Kurt was a key finance executive that lead multiple functions within telecommunications firm LightSquared.  He helped transform that once small private company into a public company that raised nearly $3 billion in equity and debt financing during that time period, and a force in the telecom industry.  Kurt will leverage his experience with scaling companies to help RapidAdvance implement strategies to achieve its growth objectives.

Kurt holds both a B.S. in finance and marketing from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Kurt enjoys participating in several sporting activities as well as spending time with his family and attending his children’s sporting events.

John Swigart

John Swigart - Chief Marketing Officer

John Swigart is responsible for overseeing all marketing functions at RapidAdvance.  John has expertise developing and executing direct marketing programs across a wide range of media and building high performing direct marketing teams.  Prior to joining in January 2014, John held senior executive positions at Esurance, where he was Chief Marketing Officer from 2003 – 2013 and VP of Finance from 2000 – 2003.  During John’s time leading marketing at Esurance, the company grew from $50 million in annual revenues to over $1 billion.  Esurance was acquired by Allstate in 2011 and is the third largest auto insurer on the Internet.  John has a BA in Economics from Haverford College.

John lives in Northern Virginia, and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

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