LendKey Technologies
Cincinnati, Ohio

Overall Rank: 87
Category: Lending
Category Rank: 11


  • Top Fintech Company of 2023
  • Top Fintech Company of 2022


LendKey is solving a complex challenge to improve lives with lending made simple – by helping financial institutions compete and provide a delightful customer experience in the digital age, while providing borrowers with the simple, transparent, digital borrowing experience they have come to expect and desire. LendKey works with hundreds of credit unions and banks to conduct their education and home improvement loan programs.

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Key Products

Private Student Loans

Helps customers achieve dreams of higher education with a low rate student loan.

Student Loan Refinancing

Helps customers save thousands by refinancing their student loans to a lower interest rate. Lendkey’s lenders offer multiple repayment options.

Home Improvement Loans

Key Executives

Vince Passione, CEO & Founder

Vince is the founder and CEO of LendKey, the market’s most advanced lending platform and network, and a veteran technologist for financial services companies. Before LendKey, Vince was the COO of DealerTrack, the nation’s first and largest automotive credit portal. He has also been the President of Ameritrade’s Institutional Client Division, the CEO of OnMoney.com, the CTO of Citigroup’s US Consumer Bank and a Business Unit Executive at IBM. Vince received his B.S. from Polytechnic University.

Mike Stallmeyer, COO, CFO & Co-Founder

As COO & CFO, Mike is responsible for all financial management, lending operations, credit and risk analytics, and client service. He brings 20 years of experience across financial services. Previously, Mike worked for a number of global organizations in investment banking, fixed income structured finance, portfolio management, and capital markets—including UBS where he served as Executive Director of the Investment Bank and as Vice President at Credit Suisse. Mike began his career in banking at Fifth Third and received his BA in economics from Duke University.

Michael Hawkins, Chief Technology Officer

Mike has decades of experience in software engineering and product management in the complex, and highly regulated markets, of finance and healthcare. He leads LendKey’s engineering team—creating a seamless experience that gives borrowers the experience they want and puts forward the best version of our lending partners. Before LendKey, Mike served as CTO of SoMoLend, a crowdfunded startup based in Cincinnati. He is the lead author of four patents in adaptive workflow, resource prioritization, and UX.

Keith Frank, Chief Information Security Officer

Keith is the Chief Information Security Officer at LendKey and leads his team to develop and implement leading security initiatives that prioritize data loss risk, enhance business performance, and strengthen business offerings. Prior to LendKey, Keith worked as Business Information Risk Manager at Conduent and Director of Information Security at Xerox Services.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Computer Animation from Ohio State University and holds a CISSP certification.

Corporate Responsibility

Lending Hands

Lending Hands enables dreams through volunteer efforts, supporting neurodiversity in the workplace and autism awareness. LendKey’s internship program promotes neurodiversity in the workplace by partnering with local schools to recruit individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, high functioning autism, ADHD, and other learning differences. Vince Passione, LendKey’s CEO and Founder, continues to lead efforts towards providing opportunities to people with disabilities as chairman of The Adaptive Sports Foundation.

Giving Back to the Community

LendKey’s focus on the community isn’t limited to its business model built around working with community lenders. For years, LendKey has made giving back to the community a top priority. In both New York and Cincinnati, LendKey partners with local high schools to give students on the autism spectrum and with learning challenges the opportunity to come work as interns in the office and learn about technology. LendKey’s service-first approach doesn’t stop with business—it also means treating people with kindness and caring about the communities in which it operates.

Customer Insights

“It seemed like the easiest process! I enjoyed the one-on-one feedback and assistance from all the loan counselors. Their process has a lot of automation and they called you and helped you each step of the way.” – Jennifer, University of Maryland


“You offered a lower rate, had pretty good reviews, and were recommended by others, which made me trust you.” – Kelsey, University of Portland


“They seemed to have the most reasonable rates and everyone I talked with was very professional and seemed like they were on my side.” – Gerald, University of Pittsburgh