Andrew Housser is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor, co-founder and co-CEO of Freedom Financial Network. Previously, Housser worked in the financial services industry, doing private equity investing with Littlejohn & Co., and working in investment banking for Salomon Smith Barney.
His entrepreneurial story started in 2002 after graduating from Stanford Business School, when he was struck with the realization that financial institutions were much more focused on getting people into debt – and keeping them there – than on trying to deliver financial wellness to consumers. In a spare bedroom, along with co-founder Brad Stroh, Freedom Debt Relief, the first of many successful financial service products under the Freedom Financial Network (FFN) umbrella, was born. FFN today is more than 2,200 employees strong, based in San Mateo, California, and Tempe, Arizona. Freedom Financial Network has won Best Places to Work awards in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Phoenix Area multiple times, including the #1 Best Places to Work award in the Phoenix Area for Extra Large Companies in 2016 and 2017.
Outside of Freedom, Housser is a part-time angel investor who sits on the boards of several start-ups and serves on the boards of Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, California and Brentwood College School in British Columbia. He has been named to the Silicon Valley 40 under 40 list and is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California.