Chief Production Officer (CPO)
Brian Brizard previously served as the Principal and Founder of 3AB Funding Co. Prior to joining 3AB, Mr. Brizard was with Sallie Mae Home Loans for five years, where he served as President of the home lending group and Vice President of the parent SLM Corp. He helped develop Sallie Mae’s multibillion-dollar retail branch network and wholesale channel which originated and serviced loans in 43 states. Mr. Brizard founded Pioneer Mortgage in 1991, and grew the company from a small mortgage broker to a multi-state mortgage lender with more than $1 Billion in annual volume. Pioneer Mortgage was named an Inc. 500 Company in 1999 and 2002, in recognition of its exceptional rate of growth. He led the sale of Pioneer to Sallie Mae in 2003. At Pioneer, he served as President and CEO, and built an exceptional and talented sales force. Under his leadership, Pioneer’s originators were frequently recognized as top producers in the mortgage industry's annual volume surveys.
Mr. Brizard’s professional career has included working with several innovative and successful companies in mortgage, real estate, title insurance, and technology. He served as Board Member and CFO for Online Tech, where he helped lead a sale of the firm to News Press Gazette Company in August 2012. He remains active as a board member of several portfolio companies of 3AB.
Mr. Brizard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University at Sacramento and an MBA with Finance Concentration from Wayne State University in Detroit.