Ken Ruggiero is a veteran and tireless innovator in higher education finance with more than 25 years spent managing start-up through Fortune 1000 companies. Throughout his career Mr. Ruggiero has worked to improve access to higher education and he continues to be a passionate advocate for expanded financial literacy and transparency in the space. During his tenure at Goal Financial, from 2003-2007, the company originated more than $8 billion in student loans and became a top 10 student-loan provider. In 2008, Mr. Ruggiero founded Goal Solutions, a leading provider of asset management services in the education finance industry. Under his leadership as CEO, Goal Solutions has grown their service and product offerings and manages over $26B of assets. In 2016, he re-entered the origination space with the launch of Ascent Funding, a nationwide student loan provider. Mr. Ruggiero’s education includes: University of Massachusetts, B.B.A., and Columbia University, M.B.A.