Leadership

Lisa R. Lersner, President and Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Lersner has over 25 years of financial services experience in the areas of general, financial and operational management. She most recently held the role of CFO of a Registered Investment Advisor with both a specialty finance and asset management platform. Lisa’s career focus has been in managing the strategic, financial and operational activities of growing companies. Her experience includes creating the infrastructure and developing the market position of several businesses, executing the purchase and sale of entities and portfolios and securing and structuring complex financing facilities. Lisa previously held the roles of President, CFO or COO of several entrepreneurial and rapidly growing specialty finance firms. She began her career working in the vendor and commercial finance divisions of Citicorp North America and Chrysler Capital. Lisa holds a BS from the University of Utah.

David Damon, Chief Financial Officer

David brings extensive leadership and management experience in accounting, finance, business, and control matters, having over 25 years of financial services industry experience. As CFO, David is responsible for all finance and accounting matters, including internal and external financial reporting, financial planning, analysis, and budgeting, capital structure and treasury, and operational accounting. David will focus on building out the finance function and play a significant role in developing and executing strategic growth plans, including business, financing, and operational enhancement initiatives. Prior to joining Advantage Funding, David spent nineteen years at the Royal Bank of Scotland and its broker/dealer arm, RBS Securities, in a variety of roles, including as a Director and Heads of Financial Reporting & Advisory, Finance Controls, and General Accounting Teams. Prior to RBS, he worked at Credit Lyonnais, and Ernst & Young, lastly as a Manager in its Financial Services Assurance Group. David received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he later also earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, International Business Management, and Accounting.

Joseph C Deriu, Chief Operations Officer

Joe applies his background in high-production, technology-enabled environments to continually improving the already excellent operational structure that supports our clients. As COO, Joe focuses on streamlining our operations and increasing the efficiency of our systems. Prior to joining Advantage Funding, he served as vice president of First Data Corporation, where he led technology-strategy and application-development programs and processes in support of the company’s global credit-risk organization. Throughout his career, he has specialized in operations and technology working in a variety of industries including leasing, payments, direct marketing, travel services, real-estate operations and insurance. Joe received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and management information systems from the University of Buffalo.

Kristian

Kristian McCausland, Head of Sales

Kristian is driven to expand our business by enhancing our existing sales structure and looking for additional opportunities to develop the Advantage Funding name in the broader vehicle finance marketplace.

Kristian joined the business from our parent; Macquarie Group in July 2015 and spent his first 6 months  within the business gaining understanding of our business and marketplace whilst supporting our Sales and Credit channels. He has over 15 years’ experience in the asset finance marketplace in Australia across private & public enterprise fulfilling a number of critical roles in building businesses.