Brendan Ross
Founder & PresidentDirect Lending Investments LLC
Brendan Ross is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Lending Investments, LLC, a private credit investment firm with a focus on financing specialty finance companies across asset categories including small business loans, business receivables, real estate, and consumer loans.

Mr. Ross was an early investor in fintech-enabled lending and has regularly been a voice for the industry at some of the largest fintech and lending conferences.

Prior to founding Direct Lending Investments in 2012, Brendan served as CEO of numerous companies, including ReserveAmerica, the world’s largest outdoor recreation reservation company, and local advertising leader Fanfare Media Works where he first encountered the challenges of extending credit to small businesses, overhauling the process by which approximately $50 million in credit was extended to more than 10,000 small business customers annually.

Mr. Ross graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with B.A.s in Economics & Sociology.