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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

DAY ONE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018 

7:00-11:00am

Exhibition Set-up (In Exhibit Hall)

11:00am-12:00pm

Registration, Refreshments and Networking (in Exhibit Hall)

12:00pm
WELCOME TO ALEXANDRIA: INTRODUCTIONS

Don Buford

Don Buford, Founder & CEO, iiBIG LLC

12:05pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
FSA Next Generation Financial Services

Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, Chief Strategy and
Transformation Officer, Federal Student Aid, 
United States Department of Education

12:40pm
OPENING PANEL:
STATE OF THE EDUCATION FINANCE AND STUDENT LENDING INDUSTRY IN 2018

  • How will new leadership at DOE, CFPB and other regulatory changes affect YOU?
  • If Congress amends Dodd-Frank, what will it mean to the Student Loan sector?
  • Are new players entering this market, and why?

 MODERATOR:

  • Justin Draeger, President & CEO,
    National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) – Washington, DC

 PANELISTS:

  • James Bergeron, President,
    National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) – Washington, DC
  • Daniel Meyers, Chairman & CEO,
    Cognition Financial – Boston, MA
  • Dubravka Ritter, Senior Industry Specialist,
    Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

1:30pm

Networking Break

2:00pm
VALUATION AND SECURITIZATION TRENDS

Feeding the Beast: How’s the Secondary Market for Student Loans Looking in 2018?

Joseph Cioffi 

 MODERATOR:

  • Joseph Cioffi, Partner, Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products,
    Davis & Gilbert LLP – New York, NY

 PANELISTS:

  • Jonathan Riber, SVP, DBRS – New York, NY
  • Mark Weadick, Managing Director,
    SL Capital Strategies LLC – Cincinnati, OH

2:55pm
STUDENT LOANS COLLECTION TRENDS:
DEALING WITH DISTRESS AND RE-FINANCING ISSUES

Dave Albers Jefferson Moore  

 MODERATOR:

  • Dave Albers, President,
    Revenue Connections LLC – Washington, DC

 PANELISTS:

  • Joseph Cioffi, Partner, Insolvency,
    Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products, Davis & Gilbert LLP – New York, NY
  • Charles P. Kelly, Executive Director,
    Rhode Island Student Loan Authority – Warwick, RI
  • Jefferson Moore, VP,
    National Loan Exchange, Inc. – Edwardsville, IL
  • Matt Ribe, General Counsel,
    National Foundation for Credit Counseling – Washington, DC

3:45pm
PRIVATE LENDERS ROUNDTABLE:
FACILITATING CUSTOMER ACQUISITION, ORIGINATION AND UNDERWRITING OF PRIVATE STUDENT LOANS

Anand RadiaAaron PisacaneAmit SinhaManu SmadjaKevin Walker

 MODERATOR:

  • Aanand Radia, Managing Director,
    University Ventures – New York, NY

 PANELISTS:

  • Aaron Pisacane, Director of Business Systems Integration –
    Student Loans, Entech
  • Amit Sinha, CFO & Co-Founder,
    Climb Credit – New York, NY
  • Manu Smadja, CEO,
    MPower – Washington, DC
  • Kevin Walker, Head, Education Loans,
    LendingTree – Charlotte, NC

4:30pm
STUDENT/PARENT CONSOLIDATION LOANS: AN UPDATE

Jeff Andrade

 SPEAKERS:

  • Henry Howard, President & CEO,
    U.S. Education Finance Group – Miami, FL
  • Jeff Andrade, SVP,
    McKeon Group – Washington, DC

5:15pm

EVENING NETWORKING RECEPTION

DAY TWO – THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018 

8:30am

Continental Breakfast and Networking (In Exhibition Hall)

9:30am
ONLINE MARKETPLACE STUDENT LOAN LENDING: THE GROWING ROLE OF MARKETPLACE LENDERS IN THE STUDENT LOAN MARKET

Noah CooperPat Wilson Kevin WalkerSteve Winnie

 SPEAKERS:

  • Noah Cooper, VP Capital Markets,
    Laurel Road – New York, NY
  • Sandy Hota, Director, PwC – New York, NY
  • Pat Wilson, Principal,
    Route 66 Ventures – Alexandria, VA
  • Kevin Walker, Head, Education Loans,
    LendingTree – Charlotte, NC
  • Steve Winnie, President & COO,
    Campus Door – Carlisle, PA

10:35am
LOAN SERVICING DYNAMICS:
EXPANDING SERVICING OPTIONS FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS.

How will DOE’s ‘NextGen Financial Services Environment’ initiative affect Student Loan Servicing?

Grant Carwile   Jeff Whorley

 MODERATOR:

  • Grant Carwile, Managing Director,
    SL Capital Strategies – Cincinnati, OH

 PANELISTS:

  • Steve Kohles, President,
    Reunion Student Loan Finance Corp. – Aberdeen, SD
  • William (Will) Shaffner, Director, Business Development & Government Relations, Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) – Chesterfield, MO
  • Jeff Whorley, Group President for Asset Management and Servicing,
    Navient – Fishers, IN

11:40am

AM Networking Break

12:15pm
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ROUNDTABLE

An Update from Higher Education Financial Aid Leaders from For-profit and Non-profit Schools

Marilena BotoulasRobert Collins Chuck Knepfle Catherine MuellerCharles Pruett

 MODERATOR:

  • Marilena Botoulas, Assistant Dean for Financial Aid,
    Columbia University, Graduate School of Business – New York, NY

 PANELISTS:

  • Robert Collins, VP Financial Aid,
    Western Governors University – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Chuck Knepfle, Associate VP Enrollment Management,
    Clemson University – Clemson, SC
  • Catherine Mueller, Executive Director,
    Mapping Your Future, Inc. – Sugarland, TX
  • Charles Pruett, Assistant Dean, Student Financial Aid,
    Georgetown Law Center – Washington, DC

1:15pm

Luncheon for Conference Participants

2:15pm
THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN

Legal/Regulatory Outlook for Student Loans at the State & Federal Level.

Debra ChromyKeith Anderson 

 MODERATOR:

  • Debra Chromy, EdD, President,
    Education Finance Council – Washington, DC

 PANELISTS:

  • Keith Anderson, Partner,
    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP – Birmingham, AL
  • David Elliott, Partner,
    Burr & Foreman LLP – Birmingham, AL
  • Harrison Wadsworth, Principal,
    Bose Washington Partners – Washington, DC

3:20pm
THE EDTECH REVOLUTION

How are EdTech Innovations Changing Higher Education Delivery-Models, and adding Value to the Recruiting Process?

Charles P. Kelly Rob LaBreche Lucia Villar Emily Wattman-Turner

 MODERATOR:

  • Tonio DeSorrento, CEO,
    Vemo Education – Reston, VA

 PANELISTS:

  • Charles P. Kelly, Executive Director,
    Rhode Island Student Loan Authority – Warwick, RI
  • Rob LaBreche, CEO,
    iGrad – Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Lucia Villar, Director, Investments,
    Community Investment Management LLC – San Francisco, CA
  • Emily Wattman-Turner, VP Operations,
    Kenzie Academy – Denver, CO

4:30pm

Conference Concludes