Our Mission

At Shur, we are building a comprehensive financial services platform to help millions of professionals with student loans move from debt to wealth. At the same time, we help banks, insurance companies, and financial advisory firms rediscover these strivers as a class of Americans needing access to prime financial products.

Meet our founder

Our founder Kahlil Byrd (KB) is a borrower. He carried over $100k in student loans after graduating from Morehouse College and Harvard Kennedy School. Along with his wife – a successful nonprofit CEO with a graduate degree – they navigated most of their professional lives together as public servants wrestling with almost a quarter million dollars in student debt. 

KB founded Shur in 2020, because he knew they were not alone. Like millions of borrowers, they did the right things financially – but were getting nowhere with creating family wealth. Major financial institutions weren’t designing the top-tier products and services needed to traverse the financial period critical to get right for financial wellness: from early career, through to the mid-30s.

Shur is the solution – and has the potential to help millions of borrowers turn their earliest financial decisions into the building blocks for financial wellness and generational wealth.

Meet Our Founder

Our founder Kahlil Byrd (KB) is a borrower. He carried over $100k in student loans after graduating from Morehouse College and Harvard Kennedy School. Along with his wife – a successful nonprofit CEO with a graduate degree – they navigated most of their professional lives together as public servants wrestling with almost a quarter million dollars in student debt. 

KB founded Shur in 2020, because he knew they were not alone. Like millions of borrowers, they did the right things financially – but were getting nowhere with creating family wealth. Major financial institutions weren’t designing the top-tier products and services needed to traverse the financial period critical to get right for financial wellness: from early career, through to the mid-30s.

Shur is the solution – and has the potential to help millions of borrowers turn their earliest financial decisions into the building blocks for financial wellness and generational wealth.

Shur Partners & Investors

Shur Partners & Investors

Shur Values

Upward-Mobility

Student loan borrowers are worthy and capable of long-term financial success. We work on their behalf every day.

Inclusivity

The right team draws from racial, gender, regional, and economic diversity, and we do the hard work to build that team.

Solution-Oriented

We work through the obstacles and we do not get distracted or deterred from our Mission.

Innovation

We leverage data and experience from the sector, we innovate and learn from failure, and we drive success for borrowers.

Transparency

We are honest, authentic, and fully transparent with all borrowers, investors, partners, and each other.

Shur Team

Leveraging our team’s deep-rooted knowledge of fintech and the invaluable insights of our seasoned entrepreneurs, data analysts, and insurance experts, our team is passionate about creating a unique financial services company to move millions of Student Loan Borrowers from debt to wealth creation.

Kahlil Byrd

Founder & CEO

Bart Holzer

CTO & CSO

Aurelia Crews

Chief Revenue Officer

Travis Bunner

Senior Data Advisor | Chief Data Scientist, Exemplar Analytics

Tiffani Hutton

Director of Operations

Scott Landheer

Creative Director

Justin McAnaney

General Counsel | Partner, Scale LLP

Nathan Kurtz

Head of Insurance | Director of Client Experience at Baldwin Risk Partners

Trey Fulmer

CFO | CEO Luca

Board of Directors

Joshua S. Levine

Cofounder, Obedio; Fmr. CTO, E*Trade, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank; Fmr. FINRA Board Member

Margaret Richardson

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, GoFundMe; AirBnB, Apple; Chief of Staff, Obama DOJ

Advisors

Principal, Hudson Square Group; Expert in campaigns, government relations, messaging, and technology; Bloomberg, Rubicon, Uber

Shur Advisor & Fmr. Chief of Data & Analytics; Fmr. Kivvit, EMC Research, Hamilton Campaigns

Major General (R), President and CEO of the Student Freedom Initiative; Fmr. COO of Federal Student Aid — US Department of Education

Managing Director & Co-Head of Recapitalization & Restructuring Group, Moelis & Company

Chief Executive Officer, Kauffman Fellows; General Partner, Matterscale Ventures

Fmr. COO/CIO, Learning Ally; Fmr. CIO, SVP, Leader Technology and Operations, Dun & Bradstreet

Chairman (Ret.), Prudential Insurance Growth Markets; Fmr. Chairman, Prudence Foundation (Prudential’s Impact Arm); Fmr. Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for AIG

Director of Community Relations, Edward Jones; Fmr. President, Equifax Foundation & CSR Leader