Bill Katafias, Chief Executive Officer
Bill Katafias is the Chief Executive Officer of CRB Auto, responsible for developing and leading the organization’s strategic initiatives. With more than 29 years of Auto Finance experience, in both field operations and executive management in large corporate environments, Bill is an established leader in the industry. He is known for his ability to set strategy, teach, drive results, manage risks, execute, and provide oversight and operational excellence.
Bill joined CRB Auto after 23 years with Wells Fargo Dealer Services, where served in a number of leadership roles throughout his tenure. Most recently Bill held the position of Executive Vice President, National Production Manager. In this role, he managed all aspects of their business including retail production, oversight of national and regional dealer partners, centralized direct lending operations, and the decentralized regional business center model of Indirect Auto (including sales, credit, loan origination, high-risk collections and operational risk management). He began his career with Ford Motor Credit Company in Portland, Oregon, holding various positions that included collections, customer service, credit and wholesale operations. His career has also included positions at Ford New Holland Credit, Westcorp Financial/WFS Financial, and Wachovia in auto finance management and leadership roles.
Bill holds a Master Degree from the University of Portland (Oregon) and received his Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. He serves as a Board member for Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Tutoring Program, JSerra Catholic High School, and is very active in many communities and youth athletic programs.
James Ponzo, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Jim Ponzo serves as CRB Auto’s Chief Operating Officer, where he oversees originations, collections, risk, business systems, project management and servicing operations.
Jim joined CRB Auto in March, 2011, as the Director of Risk, and was instrumental in the launch of the auto platform at that time. Jim has an extensive background and more than 25 years of experience in the auto finance industry. Before joining CRB Auto, he served as the Vice President, Portfolio Management for subprime auto lender ACC Consumer Finance and as Assistant Vice President, Collection Strategy for Westlake Financial Services. Prior to that, Jim worked at Hyundai Motor Finance Company where he was the National Manager for Portfolio Risk, with active responsibilities in risk management, portfolio servicing, audit, compliance, project management and business systems. Jim began his career at WFS Financial in a variety of operation and risk-related roles.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting at the University of La Verne (California).