Aspire adds Two new Advisory Board Members / by David Fry

SOURCE: Aspire Financial Technologies Inc.


February 28, 2017 11:00 ET

Aspire Financial Technologies Announces Two New Advisory Board Appointments

 Toronto-based FinTech company announces new Advisory Board appointees, bringing a wealth of expertise in Securitization & Structured Finance, and Technology Company Operating and Investing.

TORONTO, ON--(February 24, 2017) –Aspire Financial Technologies Inc. (“Aspire”), announced today that it has appointed two new members to it’s Advisory Board, with immediate effect.  Joining existing Advisory Board Member and former Head of Markit Canada Craig Marthinsen, are Kristi Leo and Brice Scheschuk.   

“We are pleased to welcome Kristi and Brice to the Aspire Advisory Board”, said David Fry, CEO and Co-Founder of Aspire. “The addition of these two respected experts in their fields, brings a wealth of knowledge, relationships, and industry insight to Aspire”, David said. 

“Kristi and I worked together in the past on several structured finance transactions at Deutsche Bank, and I have a great deal of respect and admiration for her strong intellect, insights and determination.  She brings to Aspire a very broad toolkit of ABS expertise, deal knowledge and institutional relationships, and along with her current SFIG involvement, a considerable amount of industry knowledge and forward thinking.”

Representing one of Aspire’s longer-standing shareholders Globalive Capital on the Aspire Advisory Board is Brice Scheschuk.  “Since last March when Globalive became a shareholder of Aspire, Brice has been active in working with Aspire to help us execute on our growth plan.  He’s been a constant source of valuable insight and advice for me and Aspire, and we wanted to recognize and continue this with an Advisory Board appointment for him”, David said.

About Kristi Leo.   As founder and President of Boulder Advisors, Kristi has established a hands-on, best in class advisory firm delivering full-service, comprehensive advice and strategic solutions to the structured finance industry, specializing in consumer and commercial finance companies and their investors.  Boulder Advisors has advised on debt and capital raises of more than $2.2 billion for consumer finance companies and investments by large private equity firms and hedge funds.   Prior to founding Boulder Advisors in 2013, Kristi was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank NY, where she held several leadership roles within Global Markets.  Most recently, she served as Co-Head of the U.S. Structured Finance Origination and Banking Group and Head of the Unsecured Consumer Asset team.  Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 1998, Kristi worked as a public accountant at PriceWaterhouse.  Kristi earned her B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University.  


About Brice Scheschuk:  Brice is the CEO of Globalive Capital, CFO of Pragmatic Solutions, past CFO of WIND Mobile and past CEO of Globalive Communications. He has twenty (20+) years’ experience building and operating companies and led the capital raising and due diligence efforts at WIND Mobile and Globalive Communications. He obtained his CA designation at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Selected current and past board and advisory positions include Cranson Capital, Espresso Capital, Findev (TSX: TNG), Globalive Communications, iLookabout (TSX: ILA), OutsideIQ, Partsroom, Plaza Ventures, Pitchpoint Solutions, Pragmatic Solutions, Samba Days/Rewards, SceneDoc, Varicent Software, Web Host Industry Review, WIND Mobile, World of Angus and Zoocasa.


About Aspire

Aspire is a Toronto-based financial technology company focused on accessing, unlocking and empowering lending data through advanced data and technology solutions.  Led by Co-Founders David Fry and Mark Lecker, the Aspire team is comprised of highly skilled and experienced financial services experts and software engineering talent.  Aspire’s inaugural product, the Aspire Gateway platform, provides high-powered data, analytics, reporting and risk infrastructure to Originators, Investors and Banks in the lending arena.  Aspire aims to significantly reduce costs and increase efficiency for these user groups using a robust 21st century technology infrastructure.  Aspire will be attending the SFIG ABS West Conference in Las Vegas Feb. 27-March 1, as well as exhibiting at the world’s largest FinTech lending conference, LenditUSA at the Javits Center in NY, on March 5-7. 


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For more information, please contact:
David A. Fry, CEO
Aspire Financial Technologies Inc.
ph: 647.317.7180