As the co-founder and CEO of findCRA, Ben leads the company’s direction and growth through product design and development as well as securing strategic partnerships and investments. He works closely with the findCRA leadership team in managing day-to-day operations and supporting the company’s users, clients and partners in their community development research and outreach. With an immense passion for law and finance, as well as innovative cloud technologies, Ben leads the company with a visionary yet practical approach that has propelled findCRA to become a nationally recognized solution in the community reinvestment industry as it pushes for more effective and modern strategies and systems.
Before co-founding findCRA in 2013, Ben was a compliance analyst overseeing deposit operations at Republic Bank & Trust Company, the largest commercial bank headquartered in the state of Kentucky. Prior to this, Ben studied law for two years at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law School, where he developed extensive knowledge and skills in legal research, self-learning and business strategy.
Ben is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from the University of Kentucky.
Brian Waters brings over fifteen years of experience in regional banking compliance to his role as President and Co-Founder of findCRA, where he focuses on operations and sales as well as driving processes and marketing outreach. During his time in banking, he oversaw regulatory requirements in the areas of fair lending, HMDA, CRA, lending, deposit and BSA/AML for a multi-billion dollar regional bank with retail operations in six states and third party operations in all fifty states. He is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), certified Anti-Money Laundering Professional (AMLP) and Certified Controls Specialist (CCS). Brian is also an Advisory Board Member for LHOME, a CDFI serving Greater Louisville. He is a graduate of the ABA’s National Compliance School and holds Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Business Administration and English from Bellarmine University.
Harry Talamini joined the findCRA team in 2015 and oversees all aspects of the company’s web development and IT as the Chief Technology Officer & Lead Developer. Prior to his role at findCRA, Harry founded HelioTech LLC, a web development and technical services company supporting a diverse group of corporate clients. Harry holds a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in the same discipline from Miami University of Ohio.
Brooke Searcy focuses on educating and equipping nonprofits to tell their CRA Story, from understanding how CRA applies to their programs and services to becoming CRA Certified. Prior to joining findCRA, Brooke worked for Louisville Metro Government, where she oversaw the allocation of the city’s External Agency Fund Grants and other activities supporting nonprofits providing affordable housing and family services throughout the city and county. She transitioned from that role to the city’s Community Action Partnership division as a project manager focused on community development and revitalization efforts, including working with low-income families and empowering self-sufficiency. Brooke began her career in banking, working both in retail management and compliance at Republic Bank in Louisville. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications from the University of Kentucky.