Board of Directors

 

Adam Levin

Adam Levin, Chairman

IDT911 and Credit.com, Founder

Adam K Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years experience in personal finance, privacy, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is Chairman and founder of IDT911, Chairman and founder of Credit.com and serves as a spokesperson for both companies.

Adam is an expert on personal finance, credit, identity management, fraud and privacy. He writes a weekly column which appears in Huffington Post and ABCNews.com, as well as other major media outlets such as Yahoo!, AOL, MSN, and Business Insider. He is a frequent guest on television, and has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business News, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, CBS Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and scores radio stations throughout the country. His own show, Credit Line with Adam Levin, ran on KFWB in Los Angeles. Adam’s passion is to educate consumers on personal finance, identity management and privacy issues.

During the time he served as Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, he was responsible for over 40 laws and regulations, and considered one of the most important voices in the consumer protection arena in the United States consulting with state and federal regulatory agencies on issues ranging from federal product recalls and enforcement of gasoline price controls to small business protection.

His thought leadership drives the vision for Credit.com and IDT911, which he co-founded in 1994 and 2003 respectively. Now in its 10th year, IDT911 has become one of the largest identity theft education and resolution, identity management and data breach response companies in the country. It has a client base of 500 institutions and 600,000 small businesses. On an enrollment basis, over 10 percent of the households in the United States (some 17.5 million) participate in one or more of its resolution, life stage management or breach response programs.

Over the last 20 years Credit.com has become one of the most respected credit education and consumer advocacy companies in the nation. More than 12 million consumers visit Credit.com each year. Its award winning free Credit Report Card has drawn rave reviews from consumers, personal finance experts and the media. Adam and his team of nationally recognized credit experts produce content which is carried daily by most of the major media outlets in America.

He is president of the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, which has been a strong supporter of financial literacy, higher education and the arts.

He has an AB in Political Science from Stanford University (1971) and a JD from the University of Michigan, School of Law. He was twice nominated to run for the U. S. House of Representatives from his home state of New Jersey. He now lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Adam’s speaking topics include a broad range of personal finance topics, such as how to turn your your credit and identity portfolios into résumés – and not rap sheets; the benefits and perils of credit; the continuing struggle between convenience and security online; privacy issues from smartphones to smart homes; the growing peril of medical ID theft; and the inevitability of identity theft including ways to minimize your risk of exposure and develop a personal culture of monitoring and identify effective damage control programs.

Adam Levin

Herbert Pardes, M.D., Board Member

NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, Executive Vice Chairman of the Board

Dr. Herbert Pardes left the position as President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and became Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Nationally recognized for his broad expertise in education, research, clinical care and health policy, he is an ardent advocate of academic medical centers, humanistic care and the power of technology and innovation to transform 21st-century medicine.

Under his leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian became one of the most highly regarded and comprehensive health care institutions in the world. The Hospital is top-ranked in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report.

An outspoken proponent for academic medicine, children’s health education, mental health issues, access to care and information technology in medicine, Dr. Pardes is a regular guest on national television news programs and contributes opinion pieces appearing in the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers. He is active at the state and federal level, supporting legislation to help hospitals provide quality health care while balancing today’s economic realities with making the best possible medical care available to all who need it.

Prior to joining the Hospital in 1999, Dr. Pardes served as Vice President for Health Sciences at Columbia University and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. A noted psychiatrist, he served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and U.S. Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan administrations, and was also President of the American Psychiatric Association.

Herbert received his medical degree from the State University of New York in Brooklyn and completed his residency in psychiatry at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, with additional psychoanalytic training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. 


Adam Levin

David H. Cohen, Ph. D, Board Member

Vice President and Dean, Faculty Emeritus for Arts and Sciences at Columbia and Professor Emeritus, Neuroscience in Psychiatry and Alan H. Kempner Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Columbia

After twenty years as an academic research scientist, David H. Cohen served as Provost at Northwestern University in the early 1990s and moved to Columbia University in 1995 to serve as Vice President and Dean of the Faculty for Arts and Sciences until 2003 and as Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry until 2008.

He is currently Vice President and Dean of the Faculty Emeritus for Arts and Sciences at Columbia and Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience in Psychiatry and Alan H. Kempner Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Columbia. Dr. Cohen has served on the board of directors of Zenith Electronics, KLi Corporation, Learning Sciences Corporation, and as an advising partner to Knowledge Investment Partners. He currently serves on board of Eduventures,Inc. Oaktree Educational Partners, Inc., and Thuris Corporation. 

In addition, Dr. Cohen has served on the board of directors or trustees for various not-for profit organizations, including the Columbia University Press, the Research Libraries Group, Trevor Day School, The Grass Foundation, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He has served as a consultant for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the National Academy of Sciences. His major elected offices include President of the Society for Neuroscience and Chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Beginning in 2009, Dr. Cohen began serving as Provost of the University of the People, a recently launched on-line, not-for-profit global university.

David received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  

 

Bill Tait, Board Member

Humana, Corporate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships (retired)

Prior to retirement, Bill Tait held the position of Corporate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Humana. He was responsible for the strategic direction of Humana’s overall portfolio of corporate sponsorships. These include the Humana Challenge, the PGA TOUR, The Clinton Foundation, and The First Tee.

Prior to this position, Bill was the Vice President of Sales and Market Operations.  He was responsible for Humana’s overall Commercial Lines of Business.
 
Since joining Humana in 2002, Bill has introduced a broader consultative selling model and implemented a consistent field sales strategy and structure for all Commercial Lines of Business.

Under Bill’s direction, Humana has successfully diversified their overall membership mix and financial balance, introduced new consumer focused product offerings, effectively focused the organization on cross selling our entire product portfolio and integrated several specialty and worksite acquisitions into one strategic selling organization.

From 1997 through 2001, Bill served as President of CIGNA Healthcare's Mid-Atlantic region, covering six states and the District of Columbia. In this role, Bill was responsible for health care operations, sales, marketing and finance. Previously, Bill served for 21 years with Aetna, most recently as President and General Manager of the company's Metro New York market.

Bill has a bachelor’s degree in business administration finance from Drexel University.

John Bishop, Board Member

The Motorists Insurance Group, Chairman, Former CEO

John is Chairman of the Board of The Motorists Insurance Group, which is an affiliated group of twelve property, casualty and life insurance entities doing business in 17 states with more than 4,000 independent insurance agents.

He joined Motorists in 1972 and progressed through a series of field marketing and home office management positions. In 1995 he joined the Group’s senior executive team and was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2000, and was elected CEO and Chairman of the Board in 2001.

During John’s tenure as CEO, The Motorists Insurance Group more than doubled in size and now ranks among the top 25 mutual property and casualty insurance organizations in the U.S.

John has been actively involved in numerous civic and industry organizations. During his career he has served as Chairman or President of the Ohio Insurance Institute, the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, the Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, and the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies, and on the board of the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation and the Central Ohio United Way. In September he was elected 2013-2014 Chairman of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC).

During his career John has been honored to receive numerous awards, including: “Industry Person of the Year” and Presidential Citation from the Professional Insurance Agents of Ohio, the “Ohio Businessperson of the Year” by The Ohio State University professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and “The Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation.

In 2011, Ohio Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor/Insurance Director Taylor asked John to serve as Co-Chairman of the Ohio Insurance Industry Resource Council. The primary purpose of the Council is to attract new talent and grow jobs, within the financial services industry across the state.

John is also serving on the leadership committee of the President’s Cup International Golf Matches, which will be held in central Ohio in October of 2013.

John is a graduate of Ohio Northern University and currently serves as Chairman of the University Board of Trustees. He holds both the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) professional insurance designations.

He and his wife, Shirley, who were high school sweethearts, reside in Powell, Ohio and are the proud parents of two adult sons, daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

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