IOU Financial builds on post-pandemic success with new leadership structure

New CEO Robert Gloer lays the groundwork for major growth through innovation

ATLANTA, Aug. 4, 2021 /CNW/ - IOU FINANCIAL INC. ("IOU" or "the Company") (TSXV: IOU), a leading online lender to small businesses (, announced today a series of appointments and new hires to complete its leadership team.  CEO Robert Gloer announced the new structure as part of the Company's plan to maximize its exposure to the economic recovery.

"IOU's new management structure lays the groundwork for growth and innovation," said Robert Gloer, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are moving quickly to implement innovative new products, distribution models and technology solutions to scale the business and create value for all our stakeholders."

Gloer, who co-founded IOU Financial in 2008 and previously held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on June 10th; his appointment was announced as part of IOU's annual financial results published on April 29th, 2021.

Under the new structure, the Company's entire operations are streamlined under four areas of strategic focus:

  • Strategy (overseeing sales, marketing and product innovation),
  • Operations (overseeing technology, client services, and processing),
  • Finance (overseeing financial operations, treasury management and reporting), and
  • Risk Mitigation (overseeing underwriting, compliance and collections).

Gloer added: "Each of the leaders named today is highly capable and understands our clear mandate for change, and I look forward to partnering with them as we transform our business for the future." 

IOU Financial welcomes the following new team members:

  • Carl Brabander joins as Executive Vice President of Strategy
  • Jason Stevens joins as Vice President of Loss Mitigation
  • Sam Abolgar joins as Vice President of Finance (US)

IOU Financial congratulates the following team members on their new roles:

  • Madeline Wade is appointed Executive Vice President of Operations
  • Stewart Yeung is appointed Executive Vice President of Finance
  • Jeff Turner is appointed Executive Vice President of Risk Mitigation
  • Richard Zapata is appointed Vice President of Engineering
  • Lori Haygood is appointed Vice President of Compliance

The following leadership team members continue in their current roles:

  • David Kennedy continues as Chief Financial Officer
  • Joshua Zickefoose continues as Vice President of Sales and Strategy

"With this team in place IOU Financial has never been in a better position to achieve rapid growth through innovation in the areas of technology, products and distribution," Gloer concluded.

These new IOU Financial leadership roles are effective immediately.  In other recent news, IOU has announced that they emerged from the pandemic in a strong cash position and shown strong quarter/quarter growth in originations, earned an award for "Achievement in Finance" from the American Business Awards®, and announced the repurchase of $1.9M in convertible debentures.

About IOU Financial Inc.

IOU Financial Inc. is a wholesale lender that provides quick and easy access to growth capital to small businesses through a network of preferred brokers across the US and Canada. Built on its proprietary IOU360 technology platform that connects underwriters, merchants and brokers in real time, IOU Financial has become a trusted alternative to banks by underwriting US$898 million in loans to fund small business growth since 2009.  IOU trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol IOU (TSX.V: IOU), and on the US OTC markets as IOUFF.  To learn more about IOU Financial's corporate history, financial products, or to join our broker network please visit

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Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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