Brian Berkenpas - President
Brian Berkenpas opened Big Deal Auto Plaza in June of 1990, and to date has been recognized as one of the largest pre-owned auto dealers in his area. He has originated over $100,000,000 in loans and has sales of over 400 units per year consistently.
Mr. Berkenpas began his career in the subprime market in 1993 by financing loans originated through his own dealership. He then went on to create U Drive Acceptance Corporation as a regional lender in 2013 to become the franchised and non-franchised lender of choice for subprime and near-prime auto loans in the Midwest. Creating an effective scoring and loan pricing model from 15 years of loss data enabling effective prediction of loan losses, Brian succeeded in securing U Drive Acceptance as one of only 17 subprime lenders that are allowed on the widely used Credit Union Direct Lender (CUDL) dealer platform. He has also positioned U Drive to become a listed lender on DealerTrack and RouteOne.
Brian attended Iowa State University with a emphasis on Business Management, and completed an internship with Xerox corporation before completing his NIADA Certified Master Dealer training at Northwood University.
Mr. Berkenpas was featured in "Used Car Dealer Magazine" front cover article, as an authority on direct lending to consumers.