Irvine, CA, March 02, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Rescue One Financial CEO Bradley Smith is especially excited to attend the Orange County Business Journal’s 2016 Excellence in Entrepreneurship awards luncheon March 10.
Smith has been nominated to receive one of the awards, which the publication has given to just a handful of executives each year since 2002.
“While I’m extremely honored, my nomination actually reflects the dedication of our employees,” Smith said. “We have more than 70 financial consultants who work hard every day for our clients, helping them climb out of tough situations and into brighter futures.”
The past year has been a great one for Smith and his Irvine-based company. The Better Business Bureau of San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties recently named Smith to its board of directors, the first time a debt settlement company has ever been represented on the board.
Also, for the third straight year, Rescue One Financial was named to the Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S.
Rescue One Financial, recently ranked No. 12
on the Inc. 500
, was launched upon the thesis that Americans struggling with debt, who do not qualify for traditional credit products, are vastly underserved. Since 2008, banks were and are focused on extracting value from these consumers rather than on delivering value (especially credit card issuers). Rescue One offers unsecured consumer loans in 45 states and debt management programs in 31 states.
Smith’s financial industry experience is extensive. He started his 18-year financial services career on Wall Street where he worked with the largest retail advisory group at Merrill Lynch. His team was responsible for the largest Rule 144 trade in history, selling more than 5 million shares of Walt Disney stock. They also managed over $2 billion in concentrated stock positions. Smith later helped pioneer the restricted stock diversification business at Morgan Stanley.
Smith, who holds a BA in Economics from the University of Southern California, has authored a number of published articles and is a regular contributor to U.S.-based television and radio financial programs. He enjoys living in the area with his wife Carrie and their three children.