Gary Stern is chairman, and founding president and chief executive officer of Asta Funding. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives that align business requirements, improve operational efficiencies, and deliver growth.
Prior, he was vice president, secretary, treasurer and a director of Asta Group, the company’s predecessor company. During his nearly 40-year career, Stern has obtained substantial experience in consumer credit analysis and receivables collections with particular knowledge and experience in financial management and collections.
Stern earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Herbert H. Lehman College.
Louis A. Piccolo is a director of Asta Funding, Inc. since 2004. In addition to these duties, he currently serves as a paid consultant to Asta.
Since 1998 Piccolo has owned and operated Piccolo Business Advisory, Inc., a management consulting firm specialized in the turn-around management of companies which are financially underperforming or are in operational and financial distress. Prior to founding the firm, he served as the CFO of the US operations of Alfred Dunhill of London, Inc. and the CFO of I. Miller/Rayne Delman Shoes, Inc. Piccolo began his career at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG).
Piccolo graduated magna cum laude with a BBA, and with distinction with an MBA, from Pace University. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the NY State Society of CPA’s, The National Association of Corporate Directors and The University Club of New York.
David Slackman is an independent director of Asta Funding, Inc. since 2002 and serves as chairman of the Compensation Committee and chairman of the Special Committee of Independent Members. He formerly served as lead independent director.
Slackman is a 40-year career veteran of the banking industry, most recently serving as founding president of the New York Market of Commerce Bank (now TD Bank), until his retirement in 2008.
He currently serves in a consulting capacity to Sterling National Bank (and its predecessor, Provident Bank) as chairman of the NYC Advisory Board. Since 2015 he has served as president and CEO of the New York League of Independent Bankers, a non-profit trade group. In prior years, Slackman was employed as an officer at Atlantic Bank of New York, The Dime Savings Bank of New York, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Brink's Incorporated.
Slackman has served on numerous charitable boards and supported many such organizations. He is particularly proud of his honorary membership in the New York City Police Department's Honor Legion. He is an active member of the Friar's Club in New York City, and is a proud US Army veteran of the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery.
Timothy Bishop has been a director of the Company since July 2018. Mr. Bishop's experience includes serving Southampton College for 29 years, leaving the position of Provost in 2002 to make his first-ever run for office, when he was elected to represent New York’s 1st Congressional District in one of the closest elections in the nation. He was re-elected to the House of Representatives five times.
Congressman Bishop graduated from Southampton High School and holds a BA in History from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Long Island University.
During his time in Congress, Mr. Bishop served on the House Budget Committee for 4 years, and served as either the Vice-Chair or Co-Chair of the Democratic Budget group for all twelve years he was in Congress.
Additionally, Mr. Bishop served as the budget officer for Southampton College for approximately 22 years, which strengthens the Board’s collective qualifications, skills, and experience.
Mike Monteleone is a retired audit partner formerly with KPMG LLP for 40 years. While at KPMG LLP, Mike was an SEC reviewing Partner.
Mike has extensive experience serving large multinational clients. His experience includes financial statement audits performed in accordance with PCAOB Standards, SEC reporting, mergers/acquisitions/divestitures, reorganizations/restructuring, and other technical and reporting matters.
Mike is a licensed certified public accountant in the states of Virginia, New Jersey and New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York and New Jersey State Societies.
Mike earned a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Pace University.
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