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

Elliot Ganz

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.

Bram Smith

Former Executive Director – LSTA

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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.

Steve Miller

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.

Linda Filardi

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.  Linda is a member of the Loan Syndicated Trading Association’s Primary Market Committee and the Practicing Law Institute faculty on Going Private Transactions.

About the LSTA


The BLC is an affiliate organization of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA). Since 1995, LSTA has been the leading advocate for the U.S. syndicated loan market, fostering cooperation and coordination among all loan market participants, facilitating just and equitable market principles and inspiring the highest degree of confidence among investors in corporate loan assets. The LSTA promotes a fair, orderly, efficient and growing corporate loan market and provides leadership in advancing and balancing the interests of all market participants.

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