Pepperdine Graziadio alum Scott Griest currently serves as Managing Director for Rapid Capitol Funding and is a member of the executive management team that is continuing to drive growth in the company’s core products of alternative business financing, specifically focusing on client retention and building long-term client value. As founder and CEO of American Finance Solutions, Griest played a key role in helping Rapid Capital Funding acquire American Finance Solutions, a California-based financial services company. Griest was responsible for the company’s large exponential growth, reaching over $20 million in revenue annually – which led AFS to be ranked among the country’s fastest growing private companies on Inc.’s 5000 List in both 2013 and 2014.
Prior to starting American Finance Solutions, Griest founded two successful retail finance service companies in Southern California. In addition, he holds equity stakes in several businesses contributing both capital and entrepreneurial expertise. Griest is an investor and advisor in projects ranging from real estate and surfing to investing in start-ups in a diverse range of industries. Griest earned his MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2000.