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Kevin Walker

Head, Education Loans,
LendingTree
Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker

Head, Education Loans,
LendingTree

Biography

Kevin Walker started his career by founding a language school in Russia. He was then an early employee at student loan pioneer, First Marblehead (now Cognition Financial), where he led a unit that developed custom student loan programs at dozens of colleges. He later led the company’s marketing efforts. Kevin has been CEO and founder/acquirer of several businesses focused on lowering college costs: SmarterBucks, a rewards program that helps graduates pay down their student debt. SmarterBucks was acquired by Gradifi (now First Republic). ValoreBooks, a textbook marketplace, grew to exceed $100MM in sales and appeared twice on the Inc. 1000. Boundless, a digital textbook platform, provides low-cost, high-quality content to millions of students and educators. ValoreBooks and Boundless were acquired by Follett Higher Education. Kevin co-founded SimpleTuition (acquired by LendingTree), which has helped more than 20 million students and parents make sense of college financing choices. Kevin was also a VC for a Russia-focused fund, working for the chairman of Russia’s leading search engine, and was a management consultant at the Parthenon Group. Kevin was a New England finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Kevin holds degrees from Amherst and Harvard.