Jeff Knott is the 2015 chairman for the Electronic Signature and Records Association (ESRA) and an assistant vice president at Equifax. He is a recognized leader in driving business strategies, product innovation and industry adoption of electronic signatures. Knott has vast experience guiding cross-functional teams and introducing creative business solutions as well as managing mergers and acquisition transitions. He is known throughout the industry for his contributions in reforming IRS policy to allow the acceptance of electronic signatures on 4506-T taxpayer consent forms. He is an “out-of-the-box” thinker who champions emerging technologies, promotes consumer engagement, advocates change and encourages the partnership between the private sector and government.
At Equifax, Knott is a member of the product management team responsible for The Work Number® database along with other employment, income, identity and asset verification services. He has direct oversight of the company’s IRS Income (4506-T tax transcript fulfillment) and SSN verification products. During his tenure, Knott’s roles have spanned marketing, business operations, corporate development, government relations, business process design, account management, contract negotiations, key initiative execution, process improvement and human resources.
Knott holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and bachelor’s degrees in Human Resource Management, Labor Economics and Communication Studies from Saint Louis University (SLU). He is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is a member of the John Cook School of Business Alumni Board at SLU.
Knott has served as a source for several publications including Forbes, American Banker, Bank Technology News, PaymentsSource, Mortgage Technology, Mortgage Servicing News, National Mortgage News, Progress in Lending as well as many industry blogs. His writing has appeared in outlets including The Hill and Tomorrow’s Mortgage Executive among others. Knott is a regular speaker and moderator for featured sessions at industry conferences and events.