Bruce M. Rodgers
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Bruce M. Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Rodgers owned Business Law Group, P.A. (“BLG”) and served as counsel to the founders of LM Funding, LLC, the company’s predecessor and wholly-owned subsidiary. Mr. Rodgers was instrumental in developing the Company’s business model prior to inception. Mr. Rodgers transferred his interest in BLG to attorneys within the firm by means of redemption of such interest in BLG prior to the Company going public in 2015. Effective February 1, 2022, BLG transferred the Services Agreement with the Company to BLG Association Law, PLLC in which Mr. Rodgers is a 50% owner. The assignment of the Services Agreement was necessitated by the death of the principal attorney and owner of BLG.
Mr. Rodgers served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of LMF Acquisition Opportunities Inc a Nasdaq listed special purpose acquisition public company from December 2020 to October 2022. Mr. Rodgers is a former business transactions attorney and was an associate of Macfarlane, Ferguson, & McMullen, P.A. from 1991 to 1995 and a partner from 1995-1998 and was an equity partner of Foley & Lardner LLP from 1998 to 2003. Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mr. Rodgers holds an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University (1985) and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida (1991). Mr. Rodgers also served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1985-1989 rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Surface Warfare Officer. Mr. Rodgers is a member of the Florida Bar and holds an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Rodgers brings to the Board of Directors considerable experience in business, management and law, and because of those experiences and his education, he possesses analytical and legal skills which are considered of importance to the operations of the Company, the oversight of its performance and the evaluation of its future growth opportunities. Furthermore, his performance as Chief Executive Officer has indicated an in-depth understanding of the Company’s business. On November 11, 2022, Mr. Rodgers was appointed to the board of directors for SeaStar Medical Holdings Inc (“ICU”), a publicly held medical products company traded on the Nasdaq market (“ICU”).
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Russell has served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company since November 2017. Since 2016, he has provided financial and accounting consulting services with a focus on technical and external reporting, internal auditing, mergers & acquisitions, risk management, and CFO and controller services. Mr. Russell also served as Chief Financial Officer for Mission Health Communities from 2013 to 2016 and, before that, Mr. Russell served in a variety of roles for Cott Corporation from 2007 to 2013, including Senior Director of Finance, Senior Director of Internal Auditing, and Assistant Corporate Controller. Mr. Russell’s extensive professional experience with public companies includes his position as Director of Financial Reporting and Internal Controls for Quality Distribution a previously listed publicly held company traded on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange (“QLTY”) and as Danka’s Director of Reporting from 2001 to 2004 a previously listed publicly held office imaging company traded on both the London Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange (“DANKY”).
Mr. Russell served as Chief Financial Officer and as a director of LMF Acquisition Opportunities Inc., which was a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company that has been trading on the Nasdaq since January 2021 until its merger with SeaStar Medical Holdings Inc (“ICU”) on October 28, 2022. Mr. Russell also served on a part-time basis from December 2019 until February 2022 as Chief Financial Officer of Generation Income properties Inc. (“GIPR”), which is a publicly traded real estate company traded on the NASDAQ market.
Mr. Russell earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master’s in tax accounting from the University of Alabama, a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of South Florida, and a Master’s in business administration from the University of Tampa. On November 11, 2022, Mr. Russell was appointed to the board of directors for SeaStar Medical Holdings Inc (“ICU”), a publicly held medical products company traded on the Nasdaq market. On March 1, 2020, Mr. Russell was appointed to the board of directors for Trident Brands Inc. (“TDNT”), a publicly held consumer products company traded on the OTCQB market. Mr. Russell was also Chairman of the Hillsborough County Internal Audit Committee and a member of the Committee from September 2016 to April 2021. He was reappointed to the Committee in September 2022.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Duran currently serves as Vice President of Operations of the company and joined the Company in March 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Duran served as Operations Manager of Business Law Group, since 2008. Mr. Duran holds a Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate and Finance from Florida State University.
Vice President - Strategy
Mr. Taylor currently serves as Vice President of Strategy of the company and joined the Company in February 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Taylor served in a variety of different roles in the real estate industry. Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Director of Crypto Strategies
Mr. Liebel currently serves as Director of Crypto Strategies of the company and joined the Company in September 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Liebel served as an analyst for Pursuant Capital. Mr. Liebel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Tampa.