Edward R. Schmidt, Esq.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Silver Creek Partners LLC

Edward R. Schmidt is president and CEO of Silver Creek Partners, LLC, in suburban Indianapolis. He is a retired partner of the Indianapolis-based law firm Krieg, DeVault, LLP, a former executive vice president of Sallie Mae, Inc., and the former executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of USA Group, Inc.

Schmidt joined USA Group in 1991 and was elected to the board of directors in 1993. In 1996, he was elected to the USA Funds Board of Trustees, where he was a director and trustee until July 31, 2000. Schmidt was elected to the Strada board in 2001 and served as chairman from 2017-20, and currently serves on the compensation and governance committees.

He previously served as president of Commonwealth Title Services of Indiana, Inc., and as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Wainwright Financial Corp. He earned a B.S. from Susquehanna University, a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and is licensed to practice law in the states of Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Schmidt is a member of the Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Associations and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Schmidt serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of Susquehanna University, chair of Healthcare Initiatives, Inc., and as a member of the board of Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Chancellors of the Indiana state chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as the Law Advisory Council of the Notre Dame Law School. He was a member of the Lumina Foundation for Education board from 2001-2009.

He resides in suburban Indianapolis.