Who We Are

LoanBuddy was founded in 2018 by Alex Bottom and Ryan Inman to establish a new financial technology platform with a focus on providing solutions to Advisors and helping their clients optimize student loan debt.

Alex Bottom
Alex Bottom
Co-Founder
 

I'm proud of the accelerating growth at LoanBuddy, now with 200+ Financial Advisors, that we call Members, who track and monitor over $150 Million of student loan debt on our platform. Our first beta users logged into a primitive beta in May of 2018 and we have gained tremendous insight from our community as we continue to build more features for them. I am on the Economics Leadership Council at my alma mater, the University of Southern California.

Ryan Inman
Ryan Inman
Co-Founder
 

By day, I’m a flat fee-only financial planner at Physician Wealth Services, where I work exclusively with physicians and their families. By night, I write a finance blog for physicians and host the Financial Residency podcast. I created LoanBuddy so I could give my clients better advice in a more efficient manner.

Krešimir Lešić
Krešimir Lešić
Senior Software Engineer Dev Lead
 

I'm happy to say that I am involved in this great story since its beginnings and proud to be helping so many people with their student debt. It all started with a few graphs and a simple NSLDS file that evolved into a powerful platform. My primary roles as a Dev Team Lead span from system architecture, integrations and coordination of our team to new features delivery. My goal at LoanBuddy is to make sure that our Members/Users can do their job faster and with ease, so they can optimize their student loans with an Advisor or with self-service tools.

Luka Vidoš
Luka Vidoš
Senior UX/UI Designer
 

Proud to say that I have been with LoanBuddy since the beginning, and was glad to have had such a positive reception to our beta release in May 2018 and even more excited about where we are today. As design support and product manager for dev team responsible for UX/UI Design and Frontend Development, I am also working on the growing functionality of LoanBuddy to accommodate for the accelerating growth. That also includes working on improvements and new features on all front(end)s of LoanBuddy - marketing, blog pages, and application redesign - making sure our users have an awesome experience with our tech.

Dujam Krstulović
Dujam Krstulović
Software Engineer
 

I'm glad to be part of the LoanBuddy family since the beginning and happy to be helping our users/clients to successfully reduce their student debt with our tools. As a Software Engineer, my goal is to prepare everything for our users so they can enjoy the high quality LoanBuddy features. Besides increasing the performance of the dashboard, I've been working on integrations with our newest partners to improve data flows and logins within LoanBuddy. Additionally, you may recognize me as Mr. Tourism Croatia 2015 but now they call me Mr. LoanBuddy.

Ken Nagdev
Ken Nagdev
Product Manager
 

I have over 15 years experience leading products at startups, large scale companies, and everything in between. I was immediately attracted to LoanBuddy and its mission. By now most realize the problem that is the student loan crisis in America. I’m happy to put my skills to work on this platform and help borrowers best manage their student debt. We have a lot of great ideas and hard work to do – we’re just getting started.

Rebecca Maurer
Rebecca Maurer
Video Education Partner and Consultant
 

She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Stanford Law School. She currently runs a legal practice focused on all aspects of student loan law. She consults with Financial Advisors through the AdvisorBuddy program.

Mark Veksler
Mark Veksler
Jr. Product Designer
 

I am a Sophomore at University of Southern California, studying Arts Technology and the Business of Innovation at the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy. My background is in Product Design, Business Marketing, particularly in creating a seamless user experience. At LoanBuddy, I am working on improving the product and creating a great experience for our customers. Along with that, I am working on creating a consistent online presence for LoanBuddy.

Danielle Kaiser
Danielle Kaiser
Marketing Intern
 

I am a senior studying Public Policy at the University of Southern California. I have a passion for public service and bettering the lives of those around me. I strive to use my education and experience to create beneficial change for those in need.