Flagship teams up with SMU Cox to give MSBA students hands-on business experience.

Flagship Collaborates with SMU Cox School of Business

June 20 2018 | Chadds Ford, PA

Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC ("Flagship"), a leading auto-finance provider worked with students from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU Cox) in Dallas to further the education of students pursuing Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degrees.

Flagship risk assessment team members, Senior Business Strategy Manager Tsungi Kajese and Business Strategy Analyst Taylor Shekels, worked with SMU Cox students to construct models using real-world, anonymized and non-identifiable loan application data. “To truly understand and model how the loan application process works in the real world, you need to work with real data — model data is too unrealistic,” said Hettie Tabor, director of the SMU Cox MSBA degree program. “We were delighted that Flagship was willing to work with us.”

Students in Tabor’s practicum course were provided non-identifiable descriptive vehicle loan application data that was manually-entered and full of errors. The project required students to call upon their data mining skills to clean, standardize, categorize and analyze the data to provide meaningful insights. “SMU Cox students provided real benefits to Flagship. We obtained some new techniques and tools to generate inferences around risk and new product improvements that will benefit Flagship’s customers,” said Shekels.

The course culminated with a final presentation at the Flagship offices where the students, accompanied by Tabor, were able to meet more members of the Risk team and present their findings. This year marked the second time the SMU Cox MSBA program and Flagship have partnered.

“I am very proud of both our internal risk team for showing the initiative and creating a relationship with the SMU Cox community, as well as for the hard work and passion that was shown by the students within the program,” said David Bertoncini, Flagship Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. “Partnerships between educators and local businesses strengthen each, not to mention the communities they work in. We are extremely gratified by the outcomes this engagement produced again this year. We can’t wait to see what the students do next year.” 

About SMU Cox

The SMU Cox School of Business, established in Dallas, Texas, in 1920, is committed to influencing the way the world conducts business via prolific research that provokes innovation, change and global thought leadership. Cox faculty members strive to connect ground-breaking research to the classroom as well as the marketplace. Consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools, SMU Cox maintains an active global alumni network. SMU Cox is accredited by AACSB.   

About Flagship Credit Acceptance

Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC ("Flagship"), headquartered in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania with offices in Irving, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, Irvine, California and Indianapolis, Indiana, helps credit-challenged auto shoppers secure financing through partnerships with primarily franchised auto dealers and through its direct lending site, CarFinance.com. Flagship Credit has successfully grown its portfolio to $2.9 billion in managed receivables. The Company currently purchases indirect auto contracts from a nationwide network of over 9,400 dealers and originates direct to consumers in 46 states.

Fair Lending Policy

Flagship Credit Acceptance, LLC ("Flagship") is committed to maintaining a culture of fair credit throughout the organization. In this regard, Flagship has developed a Fair Credit Program ("Program") that complies with all applicable fair credit laws and regulations ("FC Laws") and reflects industry best practices. Flagship is committed to comply with the letter and spirit of FC Laws. The goal of the Program is to carry out Flagship's commitment and be recognized internally and externally (e.g., by management, associates, customers, service providers, and the public) as dedicated to fair credit principles and demanding of compliance. The Program applies to all aspects of Flagship's operations (including reviewing, purchasing and servicing retail installment sale contracts whether for itself or others) and all services offered by Flagship, and across all of Flagship's credit operations, including marketing, underwriting, origination, processing, servicing, collection, loss mitigation, and payoff activities, and to all personnel who work for or on behalf of Flagship, whether as associates, officers, members of the Board of Directors, agents, representatives or service providers.

Should you have any questions about the details of any of Flagship's policies, please contact us at 1.800.900.5150 M-F, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Our Lending Philosophy

A borrower is more than just a credit score. At Flagship, we focus on the story behind the customer …and look beyond the number.

Life happens. Whether low credit scores are a result of past circumstances, one-time events or just bad luck, Flagship offers multi-tiered pricing structures to finance borrowers across the credit spectrum.

At Flagship we believe a borrower’s credit past shouldn’t dictate their future.

Many borrowers need a second chance. We recognize the vast majority of persons with credit challenges are working hard to re-establish their credit rating. Each of our Credit Analysts are trained in "common sense" lending, a philosophy of reviewing all the circumstances and determining the appropriate deal structure for the specific borrower situation. Flagship maintains a very high standard regarding  Fair Lending compliance, ensuring our customers are always treated professionally and consistently.

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