Rich Zapata joined IOU Financial in July 2018 as Engineering and Technology Manager. Rich’s career prior to IOU spans 22 years in Technology, serving in a variety of industries and roles from Software Developer to Author to Instructor.
Rich holds a BBA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Information Systems. He also served in the United States Navy.
Rich’s responsibilities cover all things technology at IOU Financial, ranging from PCs to network to the industry-leading lending platform. He leads a very talented and motivated group of Software Engineers who develop, maintain and innovate IOU’s lending platform to match its technology with the needs of its business. Additionally, Rich is responsible for maintaining the highest level of security and integrity for IOU’s customer data.
When not at work, Rich enjoys spending time with his friends and family, gaming with his stepson, exploring new places around Atlanta and learning about new technology.
Rich’s two main mantras are “get it done” and “work smarter, not harder.” Both have driven him to make the best with the resources at hand, work efficiently around obstacles, and get the job done.