Maxine Sweet, Vice President, Public Education, Experian North America
Maxine Sweet is vice president of Experian North America’s Public Education organization and leads Experian’s consumer education, community involvement and corporate responsibility teams. Maxine is responsible for helping consumers understand credit reporting and use credit wisely. She strives to protect the benefits of information use in a way that balances the interests of business with the concerns of consumers.
She has more than 34 years of experience in information services, holding both sales and operations management positions. In a prior assignment, Maxine was responsible for all aspects of consumer service, including the National Consumer Assistance Center in Allen, TX.
As editor of Ask Experian, a financial education advice column, she receives more than 3,000 questions per month from a large audience of grateful readers. She represents Experian in national education programs such as the JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy and LifeSmarts, both of which have the goal of reaching students with critical knowledge and empowering them to use credit wisely.
Maxine is a member of the board of directors of the JumpStart Coalition; Call For Action, a national consumer help organization; and InCharge, one of the nation’s leading credit counseling organizations. In her community, she has served on the boards of the Allen, Texas Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, Allen Community Outreach and United Way of Collin County.
She is a Certified Personal Financial Counselor, a graduate of Henderson State University in Arkansas and holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
Melinda Zabritski, Director of Automotive Credit, Experian Automotive
Melinda Zabritski is Director of Automotive Credit for Experian Automotive. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic development and marketing of all of Experian’s products and services specific to the automotive credit and lending industry. Throughout her career with Experian, Zabritski has overseen the marketing strategy for the development of Experian’s automotive credit vertical sales channel; she also has launched and managed numerous credit products geared toward automotive lenders and dealers. Additionally, she serves as Experian’s primary analyst and spokesperson regarding key automotive finance trends.
Prior to joining Experian in 2004, Zabritski held various product management and analyst positions at Equifax, where she managed and developed credit risk models and market trending and forecasting tools. During that time, she also was responsible for managing the business’s prescreen and account management product lines.
Zabritski holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz., and a Bachelor of Science in political science and urban government from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La