Rick Gallagher

Regional Director of Business Development

Rick has over 25 years’ experience in the student loan industry with 18 years at National Education as Senior Vice President of sales and marketing. He was instrumental in establishing a name brand in the student loan industry with National Education. He has created and led a national sales team along with implementing the client services division and operations. Rick attended West Chester University and his life passions are spending time with his wife, son and family, boating, surfing, golf, disabled ski racing and being with positive people.

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Trixie Balestri

Client Relationship Manager

Trixie joined the team in 2010 bringing her vast experience in customer relationship management. Trixie’s broad experience includes managing existing relationships and assisting in the cultivating of new customer relationships. Additionally, Trixie has over 10 years of experience in the student loan industry. As an integral member of Ascent Student Loans team, she is responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with schools and service providers, as well as internal departments. Prior to joining Ascent, Trixie led school account manager teams as well as providing sales support functionality to national sales teams. She has experience in sales and marketing, […] Read more

Dennis Wentworth

Vice President of Business Development

Dennis has over 28 years of experience in the student loan industry, with the last 14 years heading up the National Sales Teams for Sallie Mae and Next Generation Insurance.  Dennis has been responsible for developing, implementing and leading the overall sales strategies, marketing, communications and development of numerous sales professionals, focusing on higher educational products/programs for colleges and universities.  He has expertise in sales, marketing, consumer lending, insurance, business banking, operations, customer service, and risk management.  Dennis received a BA Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and a MS Degree from Southern Illinois University […] Read more