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.