The Business Loans Coalition is temporarily governed by a four-member Board of Directors. The board members will serve two-year terms and will be selected by the Coalition’s primary member, the LSTA. One of the board seats will be subject to independent election by the BLC’s broader membership when its initial term expires.
The Coalition will establish a full nine-person Board of Directors, including the four initial members, by the end of 2020.
Meet the Board
General Counsel and Chief of Staff – LSTA
Since 2005, Elliot Ganz has managed all legal issues and co-headed LSTA's government policy and advocacy efforts. In 2018 Elliot was appointed to the additional role of Chief of Staff, responsible for managing the LSTA’s staff and leading its strategic initiatives.
Former Executive Director – LSTA
Bram Smith was the Executive Director of the LSTA from 2008 through 2017. Prior to joining the LSTA, he worked for Bear Stearns for five years where, among other duties, he managed the Loan Capital Markets and Sales effort.
Managing Director – Fitch Solutions
Steve is a managing director at Fitch Solutions where he manages several leveraged finance product lines including Covenant Review, LevFin Insights and CapitalStrcuture. He has been involved in creating news and data tools for leveraged finance players since 1990. Steve has played a vital role in several successful ventures in the financial information and technology arena.
Senior Director and Associate General Counsel - Capital One Bank
Linda Filardi is a Senior Director and Associate General Counsel at Capital One Bank, where she is responsible for the Commercial and Industrial Business. Linda served as the Vice Chairman of General Electric’s Political Action Committee (“GE PAC”); and has received numerous business and legal awards for her work on the GE PAC and in the Sponsor Finance Group.
Former Managing Director – Crescent Capital
Matthew was responsible for the $5B CLO business at Crescent Capital for 10 years. During part of that time, he was also the Chairman of the LSTA’s CLO Committee and was heavily involved in the LSTA’s ultimately successful efforts to overturn the CLO Risk Retention legislation, as well as other matters important to the Bank Loan and CLO communities.
Former Senior Managing Director & Group Head - Voya Investment Management Senior Loan Group
Dan founded Voya’s Senior Loan Group in 1995 and retired from the business at the end of 2020. Dan has been actively involved with the LSTA since 1995. He served on the LSTA Board for six years, as well as on the Board of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers (the “IACPM”) for four years.