Scott is an original founder of Student Choice and formerly served as the CUSO's Executive Vice President before ascending to the role of President/CEO. He has more than 20 years of experience in the credit union industry, including more than 16 years at Callahan & Associates. During his tenure at Callahan, Patterson led numerous business initiatives, including development of the popular Peer-to-Peer and CUAnalyzer.com financial performance analysis ventures, as well as the launch in 1999 of the CreditUnions.com website as a premier information resource for credit union professionals. In addition to his leadership role with Student Choice, Scott serves on the boards of two technology development CUSOs.
As the Chief Development Officer and SVP, Jim combines his more than 25 years of lending and financial experience to help credit unions learn about, and successfully enter, the private student lending market. Before joining Student Choice, Jim held leadership positions at Overture Technologies, a leader in marketing and decisioning tools within the private loan space, Citibank's Student Loan Corporation where he helped launch their private student loan program, and Sallie Mae. Jim got started in lending as a mortgage loan originator and managed a Chicago banking branch, now owned by Chase. This industry and financial expertise allows Jim to collaborate and help credit unions structure sustainable solutions for new and existing Gen Y members.
With 25 years of financial institution experience Melissa focuses on the success of Student Choice through both internal and external channels. This includes product development and enhancement, managing vendor relationships, and overseeing daily operations. Before taking on the role of Chief Operations Officer, Melissa led Client Relations and worked directly with clients and schools while also managing client facing vendor relationships. Prior to joining Student Choice in 2008, Melissa spent almost 18 years in the credit union industry working as the Vice President of Business Development for 4 years at Smart Financial CU in Houston, TX, and 13 years with Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union in Tampa, FL.