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Applications are now being reviewed from executives who wish to become members of our Executive Speaking Faculty. If you have extensive knowledge of education finance/student loans and would like to apply for a position on our speaking faculty, please complete our online JOIN OUR FACULTY application or contact:

Don Buford, Founder & CEO, iiBIG
Phone: 212-300-2521 | Email: donb@iibig.com

Below are the outstanding faculty members who contributed to the 2018 symposium.
(Speakers for the 11th annual event in 2019 will be announced soon.)

Dave Albers

Revenue Connections LLC

Keith Anderson

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Jeff Andrade

Jeff Andrade

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

James P Bergeron

President, National Council of
Higher Education Resources (NCHER)

Marilena Boutolas

Asst. Dean for Financial Aid,
Columbia Business School
Grant Carwile

Grant Carwile

Managing Director,
SL Capital Strategies LLC

Debra Chromy, EdD

Education Finance Council (EFC)

Joseph Cioffi

Partner, Insolvency,
Creditors’ Rights & Financial
Products, Davis & Gilbert LLP

Bob Collins

VP Financial Aid,
Western Governors University

Noah Cooper

Vice President Capital Markets,
Laurel Road

Tonio DeSorrento

Vemo Education

Justin Draeger

President & CEO, National Association of Student Financial Aid Officers (NASFAA)

David Elliott

Burr & Forman LLP

Sandy Hota


Henry B Howard

President & CEO,
U.S. Education Finance Group

A. Wayne Johnson, Ph.D.

Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Federal Student Aid, United States Department of Education

Charles P Kelley

Executive Director,
Rhode Island Student Loan Authority

Rosemary Kelly

Senior Managing Director
Kroll Bond Rating Company
Chuck Knepfle

Chuck Knepfle

Associate VP Enrollment
Management, Clemson

Steve Kohles

President, Reunion Student
Loan Finance Corporation
Rob LeBreche

Rob LaBreche

President & CEO,

David Ludwig

National Loan Exchange, Inc.

Daniel Meyers

CEO, Cognition Financial
(formerly First Marblehead)
Jefferson Moore

Jefferson Moore

VP, National Loan
Exchange, Inc.

Catherine Mueller

Executive Director,
Mapping Your Future, Inc.
Aaron Pisacane

Aaron Pisacane

Director, Business Systems Integration - Student Loans, Entech

Charles Pruett III

Assistant Dean for Financial Aid,
Georgetown University Law Center

Aanand Radia

Managing Director,
University Ventures

Matthew Ribe

General Counsel,
National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Jonathan Riber

Vice President,

Dubravka Ritter

Senior Industry Specialist,
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

William (Will) C Shaffner

Director of Business Development and Government Relations,Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA)
Amit Sinha

Amit Sinha

CFO & Co-Founder,
Climb Credit
Manu Smadja

Manu Smadja

CEO, MPOWER Financing,
Public Benefit Corporation

Lucia Villar

Director, Investments,
Community Investment
Management LLC
Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker

Head, Education Loans,

Harrison M Wadsworth III

Bose Washington Partners
Emily Wattman-Turner

Emily Wattman-Turner

VP Operations,
Kenzie Academy

Mark Weadick

Managing Director,
SL Capital Strategies LLC
Jeff Whorley

Jeff Whorley

Group President for Asset
Management and Servicing,

Pat Wilson

Route 66 Ventures

Steve Winnie