Our Team

Novation is where entrepreneurs and employees go to be their best. Our strategy hinges on acquiring top talent, and developing leadership strength and depth. Here, every employee turns on and drives their own path to success. It’s a companywide philosophy that starts at the top.

Rodney Schwatken

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Rodney Schwatken currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Novation. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer (formerly NovaStar Financial, Inc.) since January 2008. Schwatken was formerly NovaStar’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, responsible for special projects related to corporate development and management of the company’s strategic transactions.

During his 17 years with the company he has held several roles, including Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer responsible for corporate accounting. Prior to joining Novation and NovaStar, Schwatken worked as a manager with U.S. Central Credit Union, and as an audit manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Kansas City. Schwatken earned his Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting from the University of Kansas.

Matthew Lautz

Chief Information Officer
Matthew Lautz serves as the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Novation. He also serves as CEO of Corvisa. He is responsible for corporate technology initiatives, including overseeing software development for multiple product lines and management of technology infrastructures.

Lautz co-founded Corvisa in 2009 and led it to its acquisition as a majority-owned subsidiary of former Novation subsidiary, StreetLinks Lender Solutions, in 2010. Lautz was also a founder in IVR Central, which was acquired in 2012 and was the starting point for Corvisa's current offerings. He previously held the position of chief executive officer of Brevient Technologies, a voice-over IP and software development firm in Milwaukee. At Brevient, he led a team that managed customers in more than 15 countries and processed more than 4 million voice-over IP transactions per day.

Lautz launched his first company as a freshman in college, choosing to leave the academic track after fundraising his first round of angel investment at the age of 18. As an entrepreneur, he has extensive experience building software companies from startup phase to acquisition.