Behind the scenes at Comet you’ll find a staff of financial services, communications and education professionals - with decades of experience to help you save money on your student loans.
CEO & Co-founder
Jim co-founded Comet with the goal of creating better opportunities for student loan borrowers. Jim has a history of helping young adults advance their careers. One example is his creation of one of the first nonprofit coding schools in the country, Zip Code Wilmington. A second is his experience as a board member at the Delaware State University.
President & Co-founder
Ben is president of Comet. With over 25 years of financial services experience and nearly a decade of working with students from financially distressed communities, he’s dedicated to ensuring that student loan borrowers have access to the best options in the marketplace.
Mike is responsible for the editorial and marketing direction of Comet. He has a history of helping people thru his educational background—first as a teacher at the Pennsylvania State University and then thru 15 years of development and marketing of education programs.
Marketing & Operations
Jon is marketer for Comet and is responsible for all digital operations. He also just recently refinanced his student loans which will allow him to pay them off 5 years faster and save an additional $152/month. While he continues to pay them off himself, he strives to help others do the same. In his work for Comet, Jon is continuing his career trajectory of connecting people with educational opportunities to help them improve their careers and personal finances. In his free time you can find him reading travel blogs and researching destinations around the world in search of his next adventure.
Eric leads the digital marketing strategy and execution for Comet. He has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry – building and scaling digital businesses across a number of consumer finance products. Through disciplined saving and investing, Eric was able to pay off his student loans within five years.
Trish Sammer is the managing editor of CometFI.com and its sister site Nitrocollege.com. Trish is a longtime writer, journalist, and blogger with deep expertise in personal finance, student loans, higher education, and employment law. Her specialties include ghostwriting for internationally known executives in fintech, banking, and insurance. Trish's work has appeared in TechCrunch and Forbes.
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Katie Taylor is a content writer and strategist. She specializes in finance and tech, working with innovative companies that handle every aspect of financial life — including student loans, billing and accounting, blockchain, and the financial ramifications of a loved one's death. She is a cofounder of BlockchainVT, an online publication about blockchain business in the Green Mountain State.
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Jen Williamson has been a freelance writer in the finance space for over 12 years, with a special focus on student debt. Prior to that, she worked for several years as a teacher and counselor at an adult literacy nonprofit, where she helped nontraditional students from all walks of life pass the GED test, strengthen their financial literacy, and navigate their college options. Her passion is helping people with student loans pay off those loans faster - and achieve big dreams despite debt. She covers other areas of expertise as a freelance copywriter, including tech, business, education, and health.
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Sara Lindberg, B.S., M.Ed., is a freelance writer specializing in business, finance, health, and wellness. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master's Degree in Counseling. When she’s not writing, Sara can be found at the gym lifting weights, running the back roads to train for her next half-marathon, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelance writer based in New York City. She specializes in personal finance, business, small business, and travel topics. Her articles have appeared in Money, Newsday, The New York Times, DailyFinance.com, ABCNews.com, Forbes.com, TheFiscalTimes.com, among others. When she's not writing about retirement, taxes, student loans, credit, debt, and everything under the personal finance umbrella, she writes about businesses—big and small—their victories and the challenges they face. Sheryl is married with a grown daughter. Her favorite pasttime is traveling. She loves chronicling her adventures and exploring new places and cultures.
Kat Tretina is a freelance writer based in Orlando. Specializing in personal finance, she is focused on helping people pay down their debt and boost their incomes. Her work has been feature din publications like The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and U.S. News.
College is more expensive than ever. Proof: 44 million people have student loans they’re trying to pay off.
Here at Comet, we want to help you stop beating yourself up about your debt and start making real strides to pay it off. $200 million dollars. That’s how much college grads have saved on student loan payments—working with Comet. How much could you save?
We’re not a lender. We’re a partner in helping you manage your student loan debt in the most-efficient way for your unique circumstances.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is refinance your student loans to a lower interest rate. If that’s the case, we’re happy to point you toward our highly-vetted and trusted partner lenders. If you take out a loan, we sometimes get a commission. We are deeply committed to only recommending reputable lenders that can provide real assistance in improving your financial situation.
Sometimes refinancing isn’t the best option. Maybe you’d make out better keeping your loans where they are, or moving to a federal income-driven repayment plan.
Whatever the case, we’ll show you how to crunch the numbers to figure out your best game plan.
We also provide insights and advice that you can use to help shore up your financial future. Preferably, that future will be debt-free.