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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

The faculty from our 9th Annual event in 2017 is posted below. The faculty for the 10th Annual Symposium will be posted soon.

Beth Akers

Senior Fellow
Manhattan Institute

Marilena Botoulas

Asst. Dean for Financial Aid
Columbia Business School

Gordon Cameron

Credit Executive
PNC Financial Services Group

Larry Chiavaro

Executive Vice President
First Associates Loan

Jenny Chou

Vice President
Darien Rowayton Bank

Debra Chromy, EdD

Education Finance Council

David Cooper

Chief Investment Officer
Purdue Research

Jason D. Delisle

Resident Fellow, Higher
Education Financing
American Enterprise

Tonio DeSorrento

Vemo Education

Sarah Ducich

SVP, Public Policy and Government Relations, Navient

Brent Ferrin

Houlihan Lokey

Rob Fite

VP, Business Development
& Marketing,
Telerock Systems, Inc.

David Getty

Vice President
AccessLex Institute

Robert Hanna

Director, Business
Development, Weltman,
Weinberg and Reis Co., LPA

Nat Hoopes

Executive Director
Marketplace Lending

Pamela Horne

Vice Provost for
Enrollment Management,
Purdue University

Henry Howard

President & CEO
U.S. Education Finance

Charles P Kelley, CPA, CFA,

Executive Director
Rhode Island Student Loan Authority

Rosemary Kelly

Senior Managing Director
Kroll Bond Rating Company

Steve Kohles

Reunion Student Loan
Finance Corporation

Robert Lavet

General Counsel
Social Finance, Inc. (SoFi)

Dan Meyers

Chairman & CEO
First Marblehead

Matthew Myers

Goal Structured Solutions

Rick O’Donnell

Founder & CEO
Skills Fund

Patrick Partridge

Chief Marketing Officer
Western Governors

Daniel Pianko

Co-founder and
Managing Director
University Ventures

Mike Pierce

Deputy Asst. Director and
Sr. Advisor to Student
Loan Ombudsman,
Consumer Finance
Protection Bureau (CFPB)

John Pitts

Deputy Assistant Director,
Intergovernmental Affairs
Consumer Finance
Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Charles W. Pruett, JD.

Assistant Dean for Financial Aid
Georgetown University Law Center

Zander Rafael

Co-Founder & CEO
Climb Credit

Matt Ribe

Senior Director
National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Jonathan Riber

Vice President
DBRS, Inc.

Ken Ruggiero

President & CEO
Goal Structured Solutions

Joe Santoro

BoA Merrill Lynch

Randy Schmidt

General Counsel & SVP
Business Development
Goal Structured Solutions

Jeff Simendinger

SIMM Associates

Amit Sinha

CFO & Co-Founder
Climb Credit

Harrison M.
Wadsworth III

Washington Partners, LLC

Kevin Walker

VP Education Loans

Mark Weadick

Managing Director
SL Capital Strategies LLC

Dustin Weeden

Senior Policy Specialist
National Conference of
State Legislatures

Pat Wilson

Route 66 Ventures

Steve Winnie

President, Chief Operating
Officer and Chief Counsel

Jack Zoeller

Founder & CEO