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Patrick Fitzgerald
In Memorium FOUNDER
Patrick Fitzgerald was the Founder and Visionary of Fleet Financial, a National Finance and Insurance Marketing firm that specialize in Auto Refinancing; marketing to and qualifying customer leads for our Banks and Credit Unions. Together, the business employs more than 125 people who invent, build and deliver innovative financial solutions that improve people’s lives. Prior to founding Fleet Financial, Patrick began his career holding various positions in the Finance and Insurance departments for dealerships in the Midwest and East Coast. Specializing in prime, non-prime, and subprime financing. In 2006 Patrick then started and managed two independent auto dealerships that specialized in creative financing options for its customers. Combined the dealerships averaged between 60-80 units per month with 90% of the customers utilizing their financing options. In 1994, Patrick founded SMI Logistics, a furniture distribution company based in Northern California. As President and CEO, he built SMI to one of the largest commercial furniture warehousing and distribution companies in the Bay area, servicing well-known clients including Ikea, Roche Bobois, Polo Ralph Lauren and Costco. He also developed a proprietary software application to help increase efficiencies and cost savings. Some of the core technology from this application are still being utilized by furniture delivery companies throughout Northern California to this day. His efforts resulted in annual revenues exceeding $1.2 million per year. Patrick was in a tragic cycling accident on August 21st, 2014 and peacefully passed away on August 26th, 2014 surrounded by family and friends.

Nancy Fitzgerald serves as the President & CEO for iLendingDIRECT. In her role, Nancy leads the management team and drives execution of the company’s business plan. She also fosters relationships and develops partnerships with national and international companies to help provide their employees and members with quality financial services. She has also held positions in Fleet Financial’s Marketing and Fleet Lease departments. Prior to joining Fleet Financial, Nancy held positions in network news for over 10 years as a reporter/anchor for ABC, Fox, CNN, CW, and Entertainment Tonight. A former Miss Canada, Nancy hosted, produced and edited her own Emmy-Nominated television show, “American Woman Television” for 8 years. Nancy has also won a NATOA for the half-hour special “Dateline Aurora – Organ Donation.” Nancy earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Degree in Broadcast and Print Journalism from the University of Colorado.

Nicholas Goraczkowski serves as the Senior Vice President of Sales for iLendingDIRECT. In his current role, Nicholas is the main leader of iLendingDIRECT’s Sales Team. Recognizing there is more to a credit application than numbers on a page, he mentors the Sales Team to realize the importance of understanding every customer’s situation. Before joining Fleet Financial, Nicholas worked in the financial services industry for 15 years. In that time, he created successful client relationships, drove sales growth, and provided award-winning sales leadership in highly competitive markets, which resulted in him receiving the national Who’s Who under 30 award. His expertise in building new business, creating ideas, securing customer loyalty and forging strategic partnerships with key clients is helping to change Fleet Financial’s Sales Team and customer’s lives while earning their trust. He will continue to lead Fleet Financial to become one of the pioneers of change in the Financial Services industry while still staying rooted in family values. Nicholas earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver.


Tony Leonard serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance & Accounting for iLendingDIRECT. In his role, Tony will utilize over 20 years of progressive experience in accounting, finance, and business. Prior to joining Fleet Financial, Tony held a position as CFO for a $50 million plus revenue company with 900 employees. He has overseen the accounting for over a billion dollars in assets, including many nationally recognized brands including Elways – DIA, Wolfgang Puck, Caribou Coffee, Ben and Jerry’s, Smash Burger, Shell Oil, and Great American Tire. Tony earned a MBA in Finance from the University of Denver and is a licensed CPA in Colorado.