The First Associates management team offers a unique combination of experience, expertise and passion for providing high-touch service. Click on the images to view their biographies.
Chief Executive Officer
David Johnson is First Associates’ CEO. He also serves as a Principal with Clearpath Advisors. Prior to joining the firm, he was SVP of Corporate Development at Memec LLC and he worked at McKinsey & Company and Bain & Company, working with Global 500 clients across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He earned a BS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Executive Vice President
Larry Chiavaro has over 20 years of progressive experience in the consumer finance industry. Most recently, he developed the BPO Loan Servicing Business for CSC, working with banks, investment banks, finance companies, and credit unions on a national level. Prior to CSC, Larry created and managed a national wholesale sales force for NovaStar Mortgage, and held leadership positions at Household/HSBC Auto Finance and GE Capital, where Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of General Electric, recognized him for his record-setting production. Larry is a graduate of the GE Management Institute and GE Six Sigma program.
Chief Technology Officer
Jerry Corvino brings more than three decades of strategic information technology and operations expertise to the firm. He served as Oracle's CIO in the late 1990s before becoming the CIO and COO of ZiLog, Inc, a supplier of application-specific embedded systems-on-chip solutions for industrial and consumer markets. He was later the CIO for Memec, a global semiconductor distributor that’s now part of Avnet (NYSE: AVT). Prior to Oracle, he was the CIO for AT&T Microelectronics and VP of Corporate Information Services for Amdahl, an information technology company specializing in IBM mainframe-compatible computer products that was ultimately purchased by Fujitsu. He earned a BS from Boston College.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Stephanie Jimenez has over 25 years of leadership experience for financial services companies. Prior to joining First Associates, Jimenez served as Director Operations at Capital One where she established an in-house offshore operations center in the Philippines. She also designed and implemented new product launches for key co-brand partnerships. Previously, Stephanie served as Vice President of Global Projects and Operations at HSBC, where she was responsible for the oversight and implementation of offshore operations for the company’s North American business. She earned a BS degree from Austin Peay State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
Vice President of Finance
Kristin Dunn has more than 20 years of experience in both accounting and operational management. Immediately prior to joining the firm she served as SVP, CFO at Pierce Education Properties, where she oversaw all accounting and finance-related activities for more than 40 limited partnerships and LLCs. Previously, Kristin was VP of Finance at Red Mountain Ventures and ACC Consumer Finance, Assistant Controller at LPL Financial Services, and Controller at Household Automotive Finance Corporation. She earned a BS from San Diego State University and is a California CPA (inactive).
Scott Scharman, President and CEO of Tetra Financial Group, a Salt Lake City-based equipment finance company, assists First Associates with strategy and capital markets. Prior to founding Tetra, he held various management positions within the equipment finance industry. Scott earned a BS in business management from Utah Valley University and an MBA from Westminster College.