Founder & Co-CEO
Founder & Co-CEO
A Stanford Business School graduate, Andrew Housser is an entrepreneur and financial services industry expert. Andrew co-founded Freedom Financial Network (Freedom) in 2002, and has led the company as its co-CEO from its founding days as a Silicon Valley start-up in a spare bedroom with two founders, to its position today as a leader in the consumer finance / fintech industry, with nearly 2,000 employees and annual revenue of more than $500 million.
Freedom and its subsidiaries, Freedom Debt Relief, Freedom Financial Asset Management, FreedomPlus, ConsolidationPlus and Bills.com have been recognized as leaders in multiple areas, with multiple showings on the Inc. 500 list, as well as the Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hot 100 companies list. Andrew, together with his co-founder, Brad Stroh, was named to the Silicon Valley 40 under 40 list by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California. Most significant to Andrew is that Freedom has been named one of the Best Places to Work in both the San Francisco Area and the Phoenix Area multiple times, including earning the number one spot in the Phoenix area in 2016. Andrew sits on the board of directors of the American Fair Credit Council (AFCC), and has played an instrumental role in promoting strict but fair regulation and legislation for the debt relief industry.
Andrew lives in Northern California where, outside of work, he spends time with his wife and 3 young children. He is a part-time angel investor, who sits on the board of directors of several startups, as well of the board of trustees of two independent schools. He speaks regularly to entrepreneurship classes at Stanford Business School on topics including formation of new ventures and managing growing enterprises.
Andrew started his career in investment banking, working for Salomon Smith Barney in New York City, and left that to do private equity investing with Littlejohn & Company in Greenwich, CT. He received his MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and received a BA summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.