Predatory Lending or Loans of Last Resort?
November 26, 2018
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Agenda Alexandria will take a look at both sides of the issue with a panel of experts:
Jack Murray is president of FixMedia, an Alexandria-based marketing firm that helps people who need money find online lenders. A native of Alexandria, he currently lives in Lorton. He has a bachelor of arts in communications from University of Dayton. Before co-founding FixMedia, he worked in sales and management for CBS Radio and Radio One.
Joel Bassam is director of marketing at Easterns Automotive Group, a used-car dealer that specializes in the subprime auto loan market “where your job is your credit.” A native of Springfield, Va., he currently lives in Reston. He has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Mary Washington.
Erin Witte is assistant attorney general in the Predatory Lending Unit of the Consumer Protection Section. A native of Vineland, N.J., she currently lives in Vienna. She has a bachelor of arts in law and justice from Rowan University and juris doctorate from Geroge Mason University. Before joining the Virginia attorney general’s office, she worked for Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC doing consumer-protection litigation focused on used-car dealers and predatory lenders.
Jay Speer is executive director of the Virginia Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization in Richmond that runs a predatory lending hotline and advocates for policy change in the General Assembly. A native of Philadelphia, he was raised in Pittsburg and St. Louis and has lived in Virginia since 1976. He has a bachelor of arts in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a juris doctorate from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.
Moderated by: Michael Lee Pope
What:Agenda Alexandria: Loan Sharks or Lenders of Last Resort?
Where: Hermitage, 5000 Fairbanks Ave, Alexandria VA 22311 When: Monday, Nov. 26 2018
Time: Reception starts at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm Cost: $5 at the door, optional dinner for $32
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