Leadership - TGUC Financial

Russell Bryant

Founder and CEO

Russell Bryant is Founder and CEO of TGUC Financial, Inc. (TGUCF). a Minority-Owned Fintech platform that originates loans for consumers. Prior to founding TGUCF, Russell founded and still currently runs The Go Urban Companies, Inc. (TGUC). a financial services advisory firm that provides unique solutions for investors and debt management companies looking for business development expertise and creative capital deployment opportunities with high yield returns. Russell has sold performing, distressed and bankruptcy portfolios in excess of $500 million while helping his clients maximize asset deployment opportunities and returns. From 2005-2008 Russell ran Go Urban.net a website and prepaid debit card platform reaching the financially underserved African American community. Russell worked with Meta Bank, Palm Desert National Bank and MasterCard to create Go Urban Prepaid MasterCard. From 2002-2005 Russell ran Bryant Enterprises, LLC., a real estate investment firm. He built the company from zero to a seven-figure real estate portfolio in approximately three years. Right out of college Russell co-founded the startup Velocity Services, an IT consulting firm providing services for small and mid-sized businesses. In two short years Russell helped grow revenue from zero and sold the business.

In 2020 Russell founded The Go Urban Foundation a 501(c)3 with a mission to positively impact the lives of disadvantaged youth and underserved populations.  Russell earned his B.S.B.A. (Entrepreneurship) from Reinhardt University in 1999.

Randy G. Traub

Chief Credit Officer

Randy G Traub serves as TGUC Financial’s Chief Credit Officer, bringing over 30 years of retail, indirect and home equity lending experience to the team. Prior to joining TGUC, Mr. Traub held consumer lending executive positions with IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, Members’ Auto Solutions and USA Financial Services overseeing loan originations, underwriting, business development and loan servicing. Mr. Traub received his Bachelor of Business in Finance degree from Western Illinois University.

Bruce L. Christensen

Chief Commercial Officer

Bruce Christensen serves as TGUC Financials’ Chief Commercial Officer. In this position, he works in the home improvement industry to develop relationships with new and existing contractors and help them achieve success by funding more loans on our platform. He oversees marketing, sales, and general business services activities as well as recognizes the challenges, nuances, and growth opportunities that are constantly arising in the industry and utilizing this knowledge to help home improvement companies. Previously, he consulted as SVP Strategic Development and Initiatives at Service Finance Company, LLC where he focused on the development of adjacent markets and opportunities for continued growth. He was also extensively involved in identifying and working with new markets, new industries, new initiatives, and new products. Prior to this, he was SVP And General Manager Home Improvement Products at Synchrony Financial where he led growth strategies for Synchrony Financials’ $13 billion payment solutions platform. Overall, he has over 30 years of experience with matrix management, sales, client relationships, forecasting, strategic marketing, and operations.

Brandi Hickson

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Brandi Hickson is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TGUC Financial. She is responsible for managing all brands, distribution channels and deployment of sales and marketing for our contractors and homeowners. She oversees the development and implementation of strategic sales and marketing plans based on company goals and clients needs that will promote sales growth and customer satisfaction for the organization.Ms. Hickson leverages several decades in sales and marketing with an emphasize in the financial market and FinTech space.  She is a double graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelors in Finance and a Masters in Education.