Brendan Ross
Founder & PresidentDirect Lending Investments LLC
Brendan Ross is the founder and president of Direct Lending Investments LLC, a private debt investment firm with a focus on financing U.S.-based specialty finance companies across multiple asset categories including small business loans, business receivables, real estate, and consumer loans. A pioneer in uncovering opportunities and structuring investments, Brendan has directed the purchase of significant fintech-originated U.S. small business loans and is a recognized leader in the industry.

Prior to founding Direct Lending Investments in 2012, Brendan served as CEO of a number of companies, including ReserveAmerica, the world’s largest outdoor recreation reservation company, and local advertising leader Fanfare Media Works where he first encountered the challenges of extending credit to small businesses, overhauling the process by which approximately $50 million in credit was extended to more than 10,000 small business customers annually.

Brendan graduated with honors from Brown University with a double major in economics and sociology.