Our mission is to make financing for life’s most important moments more accessible and convenient than ever before


We're a team of techies, statisticians, designers and finance experts that believe financing should be available for the most important purchases in life, so that you can pay over time. This financing should be simple, flexible and convenient, with fair rates and clear terms. The process should be 100% online and accessible from any computer or mobile device, and it should provide instant feedback and financing offers with the click of a few buttons. And, if questions arise, you should be able to call and immediately speak with a real person.

Our team is working hard to achieve that goal. Promise Financial was founded in 2014 to provide a financing option for the most important purchases in life – the ones that rarely occur and will be remembered forever. We're building a new type of consumer lending platform that combines technology, analytics and unique products to make life event financing convenient and accessible.

Whether you’re shopping for the perfect engagement ring, planning a beautiful wedding, preparing for a baby, moving into a new home or celebrating another major event, we strive to be your trusted financial partner. The most important moments in life start with a Promise, and we look forward to working with you.

Welcome to Promise Financial.

Meet Our Team


Jorge Calderon

Jorge Calderon

Chairman

Jorge is the Chairman of Promise Financial. He has 20 years of banking experience focused on structured finance and financial institutions, and has held senior management positions at Deutsche Bank including Global Head of Financial Institutions and Global Head of Debt Capital Markets. Jorge holds an MBA from Stanford and engineering degrees from M.I.T. and U.C. Berkeley.

Bob Huth

Bob Huth

Senior Advisor

Bob is a Senior Advisor of Promise Financial. He is the former President & CEO of David’s Bridal, a leading national specialty retailer of bridal apparel and accessories, where he spent over 15 years. Mr. Huth holds an MBA from Pace University and a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Brad Vanderstarren

Brad Vanderstarren

Co-Founder | President & CFO

Brad co-founded Promise Financial to bring proven credit products to new distribution channels, increasing consumers’ access to great credit products during the most important moments of their lives. Prior to Promise Financial, Brad advised and invested in financial services businesses. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (Canada), where he studied finance and mathematics.

Josh Jersey

Josh Jersey

Co-Founder | CEO

Josh co-founded Promise Financial with the vision of offering a better financing option for engaged couples, one that brought together cutting-edge financial technology with a dedicated focus on the needs of brides and grooms. Prior to Promise Financial, Josh worked with a range of financial services companies as an investor and a consultant. He is a graduate of Princeton University.

Yaw Joseph Etse

Yaw Joseph Etse

Chief Technology Officer

Yaw is the Chief Technology Officer of Promise Financial. He has a passion for building large modular enterprise applications. Yaw was previously in various lead software development and technology management roles at American Express, Conde Nast and IAC. He is a graduate of Cornell University and a big fan of music, yoga and travel.

Jean-Paul Ndong

Jean-Paul Ndong

Chief Credit Officer

Jean-Paul is the Chief Credit Officer of Promise Financial. He is an experienced risk management executive with a great passion for innovation in consumer lending. Prior to joining Promise Financial, Jean-Paul worked for 13 years at American Express, both in the US and in the UK. He is a graduate of HEC Paris.

Ijaz Mohamed

Ijaz Mohamed

Director of Operations

Ijaz is the Director of Operations at Promise Financial. Prior to joining Promise Financial, Ijaz worked in various roles at American Express and in management at CLB Financial Services. Throughout his career Ijaz has developed, and maintains, a strong customer focus. When not working, Ijaz enjoys spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors.

Gerard McGeary

Gerard McGeary

Director of Business Development

Gerard joined Promise Financial with a professional background that includes startups, financial services and consulting. He is passionate about fundamental transformations in how consumers and businesses access products and services. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Harvard University. Outside of the office, Gerard enjoys pop culture, cooking and karaoke.

Jan Bialostok

Jan Bialostok

Sr. Software Engineer

Jan joined Promise Financial as a Software Engineer to pursue his passion for developing disruptive technologies. Prior to Promise Financial, Jan worked as a web developer and data analyst at New York Network Management. Jan is a graduate of Cornell University and Fullstack Academy of Code.

Bryan Chu

Bryan Chu

Software Engineer

Bryan is a Software Engineer at Promise Financial. Prior to joining Promise Financial, Bryan held various roles at the financial information and services company, Markit, specializing in SQL Development. Bryan is a graduate of Binghamton University and Fullstack Academy of Code.

Aashritha Marepalli

Aashritha Marepalli

Operations Associate

Aashritha joined Promise Financial to explore her interests in finance, business operations and event planning. She is a graduate of NYU Stern with prior experience in portfolio management at an investment firm and business development at multiple startups. Outside of work Aashritha pursues her passions for dance, TV shows and dessert escapades.

Mark Waldron

Mark Waldron

Software Engineer

Mark is a Software Engineer at Promise Financial. Prior to joining the team, he worked as an IT technician and has a passion for all things tech, including network security and system administration. Mark is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College and Fullstack Academy of Code.