Dr. Lawrence Harris, CFA, PhD, holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance at the USC Marshall School of Business. His research, teaching, and consulting address regulatory and practitioner issues in trading and investment management. He authored Trading and Exchanges: Market Microstructure for Practitioners, a widely regarded “must read” for entrants into the securities industry. Professor Harris served as SEC Chief Economist from 2002-2004. He currently serves as lead independent director of Interactive Brokers (IBKR), director of the Selected Funds, and research coordinator of the Q-Group. Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and is a CFA charterholder. Dr. Harris teaches at Level I.
William L. Krantz, CFA, assumed his position as Co-Director on September 1, 2007. Prior to his retirement in 2005, he was involved in the CFA Review Program from 1987 through 2004. He has taught the portfolio management curriculum at all three levels and was a Level III co-coordinator for twelve years. Bill has been an active member of CFALA since 1970, serving as president in 1985-86. He was honored with the "Member of the Year" award in 1996 and the "Outstanding Lifetime Contribution" award in 2005. From 1969 through 2005 Bill worked for four investment advisory firms in downtown Los Angeles as a portfolio manager for individuals, institutions, foundations and endowment funds. His responsibilities included the management of client portfolios along with related client service and marketing activities. The last eleven years of his career were spent with Boston Partners Asset Management, a partnership he helped establish in 1995 after leaving The Boston Company. He holds BS and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California and received the CFA designation in 1976.
Anthony V. Aaron, CFA, FASA, FRICS serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California and has been appointed as Director of the USC SEC and Financial Reporting Institute. He has spent over 38 years in financial analysis. The majority of his career took place at Ernst & Young LLP, where is served in various leadership capacities including West Region Leader of Valuation Services, Greater Washington DC Leader of Valuation Services, and Americas Leader of Quality and Risk Management for Valuation Services. He also served a term on Ernst & Young’s Americas Ethics Oversight Board. In addition, Tony spent time earlier in his career as a securities analyst. From a professional practice perspective, Tony has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Appraisal Foundation, as well as in many other roles with the ASA, the AICPA, the RICS and the Appraisal Foundation. He currently serves as Chair of the Performance Framework Work Stream of the Fair Value Quality Initiative. This initiative is a consortium of professional organizations and firms with an interest in quality and consistency in fair value measurement in financial reporting. He received his BS from USC and his MBA from UCLA. Mr. Aaron teaches at level I
Robert Baron, CFA is an Investment Counselor at Citi Private Bank where he advises ultra-high net worth clients on portfolio management and investments in equities, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, real estate and capital markets transactions. Rob has over 25 years of experience advising both Institutional and Private Clients across a broad spectrum of investment solutions. Prior to re-joining Citi, Rob served for over nine years as an Investment Specialist with the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Los Angeles, where he led a team covering private clients, endowments and foundations. Previously, he was a product specialist at Trust Company of the West, where he co-managed and marketed a suite of absolute return investment funds. Rob also spent 13 years at Citigroup in New York and San Francisco, where he was a Director in their Fixed Income Capital Markets group, concentrating on hedging solutions for institutional clients, the execution of investment-grade corporate bond transactions, and leading Citi's Leveraged Finance derivatives effort. Rob received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley, and has an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a CFA Charterholder, and member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles. Rob lives in Los Angeles with his wife, three children and two rescued Labrador Retrievers. He is also a shockingly bad guitarist. Mr. Baron teaches at Level I.
Dr. Andrew L. Berkin, PhD joined Bridgeway Capital Management's investment management team in 2013 as Director of Research. Dr. Berkin drives statistical and economic research on financial data to further develop Bridgeway's investment strategies. He has an extensive technical background in theoretical physics and computer science, and has spent over 20 years experience applying his analytical capabilities to a variety of investment management considerations. Prior to joining Bridgeway, Dr. Berkin was co-chief investment officer and director of research for Vericimetry Advisors, LLC. He previously was a senior member and director in the research group at quantitative investment manager First Quadrant. Dr. Berkin received his B.S. with honors in physics from the California Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in general relativity from the University of Texas at Austin. He subsequently was a postdoctoral research fellow in astrophysics at Waseda University in Japan. Dr. Berkin then worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory pursuing research into the visualization and analysis of large scientific data sets. The software that resulted, LinkWinds, was selected as winner of the 1996 NASA Software of the Year Award. He has published numerous articles in taxable investing, as well as scientific visualization and general relativity. Dr. Berkin is on the Editorial Board of the Financial Analysts Journal and teaches at Level III.
George Beshara, CFA is a senior corporate finance analyst at Edison International and recently co-founded Growth Phase Financial (GPF) LLC; a financial planning and wealth management advisory firm. George started his career as an equity analyst (buy and sell side) covering multiple sectors across emerging and developed markets. He also participated in several IPOs and private placement transactions within various industries across developing market. Additionally, he has been providing portfolio management advisory services for retail, high net worth investors and institutional investors for the last eight years. George has been teaching corporate finance and investment analysis courses at numerous universities across Southern California as an adjunct professor since 2017. George is involved in building a financial education program for new immigrants and currently volunteering time to provide investment consultancy and financial planning to various non-profit organizations. Over the years, he held numerous roles in various local professional communities. George holds an MBA in finance from University of Redlands, and a BA in Economics from Cairo University.
David Cary, PhD, CFA, is a Professor Emeritus of Finance at California State University, Northridge where he taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting instructor at USC, UCLA, LSU and the University of Auckland, NZ, and taught twice in the CSU London (UK) Business Semester. During his academic career he published many papers in academic journals, served as Chair of the Department twice, and received his department's Outstanding Teaching Award. For ten years he taught a course titled "Current Topics in Investments and Capital Markets" in a Masters of Finance program in Hong Kong. He was elected twice to the CFALA Board of Governors and was co-director of the CFALA Review Program for two years. He served on the CFA Institute Technology Advisory Committee for six years. He has also been honored with the CFALA Outstanding Committee Member award and as a Volunteer of the Month. He has been teaching CFA review classes for almost twenty years. Before obtaining his PhD in Finance, he received his CPA (now inactive) working for Arthur Young and Company (now Ernst and Young). Dr. Cary teaches at Levels I and II
Kim Cash, CFA, CPA, CAIA, CIPMis Director of Verification and Examination Services at Cascade Compliance, a specialty CPA firm providing GIPS compliance consulting, verification and education. Kim brings over 22 years of investment industry experience to each GIPS® verification. Since 1995, she has helped hundreds of firms get into compliance with the GIPS standards, examined thousands of investment strategies and composites, and continuously developed and lead educational workshops that bring compliance to life with everyday challenges and practical solutions for GIPS-compliant firms and verifiers. Kim has practiced public accounting for more than 20 years and was an integral part of developing a growing professional team and serving more than 800 clients globally. She holds a Master’s degree in education and a Certified Securities Compliance Professional (CSCP) credential. She has also worked in the industry as a Consultant and Chief Compliance Officer for RVK, Inc., an SEC-registered investment advisor. Ms. Cash teaches at Level III.
Pamela Chen, CFA, CPA is Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Refresh Investments, a fee-only financial advisory firm that helps women and families grow and manage their wealth. Her professional career spans over 30 years as a CPA and CFA Charterholder and includes Senior Portfolio Manager positions at Northern Trust and U.S. Trust where she managed assets for institutions and high net worth clients. Prior experience includes SSI Investment Management, as a Portfolio Manager of a long-short market neutral fund, as well as an Equity Analyst at Financial Management Advisors. Ms. Chen earned an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University as well as a BS in Kinesiology from UCLA. She is a CFA Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Brian M. Cronin, CFA, CPA is a Vice President in the Corporate Treasury Group at MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, the US Intermediate Holding Corporation for MUFG, the 5th largest bank in the world. Reporting to the Head of Treasury Liquidity Management, Brian specializes in liquidity analysis covering Treasuries, Agency MBS, and other fixed income investments, and deposit as well as wholesale liability strategy. Brian is a CFA Charterholder, and has a MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, specializing in Financial Analysis and Valuation and Technology Commercialization. He is an active CPA in the State of California, and has other inactive designations in accounting and fraud examination. Prior to joining MUFG, Brian has had roles at other large financial institutions in their valuation and financial planning and analysis groups. Brian has a BS, Cum Laude, from Babson College in Strategic Management. Mr. Cronin teaches at Level I.
Erik Einertson, CFA is the Director of Product Management for Multi-Asset Solutions and Alternatives at Franklin Templeton leading strategy for these growing asset classes. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Erik was with Wilshire Associates, where he was Vice President of Client Service, working with Institutions, Broker Dealers, and HNW clients in the distribution of multi-asset, liquid alternatives and hedge fund of fund products. Prior to Wilshire, Erik spent 5 years as a product specialist and in consultant relations with First Quadrant, a $40 billion investment management firm specializing in GTAA, currency and quantitative equity strategies. Erik also worked on Capitol Hill, in Washington DC, as a Legislative Director and Chief Policy Advisor for a member of Congress. Erik is a CFA and a CAIA Charterholder and has previously been Chairman of the CFA Los Angeles Alternative Investment Community of Interest for the past five years. Mr. Einertson teaches Level III.
Milton Hadinoto, CFA joined Standard & Poor’s Global in 2011. Previously, he was a Curriculum Editor for Stalla Review, a company specializing in CFA exam preparation. During his time there, he specialized in Level I material. He holds a Master's degree in Finance as well as Engineering from Texas A&M University and received the CFA designation in 2014. Mr. Hadinoto teaches Level I.
Glen A. Holden, Jr., CFA, started his career in the insurance and investment industries in 1976, primarily managing investment portfolios. Mr. Holden has worked with both institutional and individual client. He is currently a financial advisor with VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. He is a Past President of the CFA Society of Los Angeles, former Board Member of the CFA Institute, and was on the Candidate Curriculum Committee of the CFAI for five years. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Santa Barbara. Mr. Holden teaches at Level III.
Dr. Cecil W. Jackson,CPA, is a professor of Clinical Accounting in the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California. He teaches courses on fraudulent financial reporting and managerial accounting for the MBA program as well as the graduate and undergraduate accounting programs. Cecil Jackson has appeared on a number of business news shows, including Bloomberg Television, The Street.Com, and CNN. He has worked for two leading public accounting firms and qualified as both a CPA and Chartered Accountant. Dr. Jackson has won several awards for his teaching and is a respected speaker and consultant on aggressive financial reporting issues. In May 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Evan C. Thompson Teaching and Learning Innovation Award by the Marshall School of Business. In May 2012, he was voted one of the best professors in the Marshall School of Business and received the Golden Apple Award. Dr. Jackson’s textbook, Detecting Accounting Fraud: Analysis and Ethics, was published by Pearson/Prentice Hall in January, 2014. Dr. Jackson currently teaches at Level II.
Christopher Jones, PhD, conducts research on empirical asset pricing and financial econometrics. He is an expert on volatility modeling and its application to option pricing and fixed income. He currently teaches courses on investment management. Prior to USC, Professor Jones was on the faculty at the University of Rochester. Dr. Jones teaches at Level II.
Scott Joslin, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Finance and Business Economics at USC Marshall School of Business. His research focuses on asset pricing and related econometric methods with applications to fixed income and options. He teaches elective courses on fixed income and risk management in addition to finance in the online MBA program. Prior to coming to USC, Dr. Joslin was an assistant professor at MIT Sloan School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in finance from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Professor Joslin teaches Level III.
John M. Lacey, Ph.D., CPA, is Ernst & Young Research Fellow and Professor of Accountancy at California State University - Long Beach. He previously taught at the School of Accounting at the University of Southern California (USC) and at Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He earned his Ph.D. at UCLA and earned his MBA and BS degrees at USC. Professor Lacey is a CPA and has served on several committees and tasks forces for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), including the Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC). Professor Lacey has also served as Chair of the California Society of CPAs Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards Committee and chaired its Special Committee on the future of the accounting profession. He has also taught regularly for a large investment management firm, for banks, and for various judicial organizations. Professor Lacey is the author of a research study on auditor independence commissioned by the Chief Accountant of the Securities & Exchange Commission. Professor Lacey is widely published and also serves as an expert witness in major legal cases involving accounting and financial issues. Prior to his academic career, Professor Lacey was a supervisor in the national office of a major CPA firm and served as corporate officer and controller of a manufacturing company. Professor Lacey teaches at Level I.
Scott K. Laudeman, CFA is a Portfolio Manager and Wealth Management Advisor at First American Trust. As a portfolio manager, Scott works closely with clients to construct and manage a portfolio specific to their investment objectives. Mr. Laudeman also advises high-net-worth individuals and families in wealth, trust and estate planning. Prior to working at First American Trust, Mr. Laudeman founded and managed a registered investment adviser providing investment management, financial planning, and financial consulting to individuals. Mr. Laudeman's financial services career started with a mutual fund distributor acquired by BlackRock. During his 22 year career at BlackRock, Mr. Laudeman managed investment relationships for financial institutions. Scott earned a B.S. from the University of Southern California and an M.S. from the Colorado School of Mines. He has served as a volunteer in several positions for The CFA Society Los Angeles and is currently the Chairman of the Ethics and Advocacy Group. Mr. Laudeman currently teaches at Level III.
Jae Lee is a Local Markets Strategist for the TCW Emerging Markets Group. Prior to joining TCW in 2015, Mr. Lee was a Director at Standard Chartered Bank in New York, where he oversaw Asian foreign exchange trading. Before Standard Chartered, he was Head of Local Markets Trading in Asia for Commerzbank. Jae started his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he held FX and Rates trading positions in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance, as well as a master’s degree in international relations. Mr. Lee teaches at Level III.
James Lewis, CFA, CIPM is a Managing Director at TCW Group. Prior to joining TCW in 1999, Mr. Lewis was a Quantitative Analyst for Loomis, Sayles & Company. Mr. Lewis received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is a CFA® charterholder, CIPM® certificant, and member of the CFA Institute. He is a past President of CFA Society of Los Angeles. Mr. Lewis teaches at Level III.
Tom Mahoney, CFA, CAIA, a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, is a Senior Portfolio Manager with UBS Private Wealth Management in Los Angeles. Prior to joining UBS, he advised private clients with Credit Suisse, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Kidder Peadbody, and E.F. Hutton & Co. After receiving his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Tom earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He completed the Private Equity and Venture Capital Program at Harvard Business School. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder, serves as Co-Chair of the Private Wealth Management Committee of the CFA Society of Los Angeles, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Society. Tom is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®). He is the immediate past President and Co-Founder of the CAIA Los Angeles chapter. Mr. Mahoney teaches at Level II.
Emily Matthews, CFA, CPA is a Director at CNM, LLP focused on Accounting and Transaction Advisory Services. She provides accounting and transaction advisory services to clients on a range of topics, including VIEs, business combinations, debt and equity issuances, and financial reporting. She leads the Firm’s ASC 842 leases initiative, which includes conducting trainings for clients and leading ASC 842 implementation engagements. She has led several engagements to prepare clients for the adoption of new revenue accounting guidance in ASC 606 within the consumer products, FinTech, retail, and other industries. Prior to joining CNM, LLP, Emily was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s National Office and provided accounting consultation services to Deloitte audit teams on complex accounting topics. Also at Deloitte, Emily assisted clients with the design and implementation of hedging and risk management strategies and assisted in the valuation of complex securities, including mortgage-backed securities, private placement bonds, convertible instruments, and derivatives. Ms. Matthews teaches at Level I.
Herbert Y. Poon, JD is a Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, Fund Business Management Group, of Capital Research and Management Company, investment adviser to the American Funds and part of Capital Group. Mr. Poon is also the Principal Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of AMCAP Fund, American Mutual Fund, The Investment Company of America and American Funds Global Balanced Fund. In addition, he serves on the Liquidity Risk Management Committee for Capital Group. Prior to joining Capital as an attorney in 2001, Mr. Poon was a financial analyst in the investment banking division of Smith Barney Inc., focusing on financial institutions. Mr. Poon received his JD from UCLA School of Law and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University. Mr. Poon teaches Level II.
Justin Regus, CFA is the founder and President of Agility Economics, LLC, and a specialist in financial and economic analysis for parties in litigation, transactions, or other disruptive events. For more than 20 years he has supported clients involved in complex disputes, including both civil and criminal litigation. His project experience includes disputes related to white collar fraud, insider trading, valuation, employment, commercial damages and intellectual property. Justin received his Bachelor of the Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College, where he majored in Economics and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Mr. Regus teaches at Level III.
Matthew Robinson, CFA graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a double major in Mathematics and Statistics, with a minor in Finance. Mr. Robinson currently works for Analytic Investors, LLC; a quant-heavy investment firm that was recently acquired by Wells Fargo Asset Management. Mr. Robinson is responsible for day-to-day monitoring, rebalancing, trading, research, and attribution for over $5 billion in Global, Emerging Markets, and Japanese equity portfolios for a variety of institutional clients. Mr. Robinson currently teaches at Level II.
Mohammad R. Safarzadeh, PhD is in the FBE, Marshall School of Business at USC. Professor Safarzadeh received his B.S. in economics from Tehran University and M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of a book in Mathematical Economics using Mathematica and has published several articles on exchange rate, trade, and finance in refereed journals. He teaches courses in econometrics, macroeconomics, risk analysis and forecasting. Dr. Safarzadeh teaches in Level I.
Francois Schramek, CFA, is a Vice President working at J.P. Morgan and is based in Los Angeles, CA. He serves as an advisor to a variety of clients and advises on their asset allocation, portfolio construction, and wealth plan implementation. Prior to joining JPM, Francois was a Director at Pathstone, a $12BN Multi-Family Office, where he spent 5 years directly servicing some of the firm’s more complex ultra-high net worth and family office client relationships. Francois earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Asset Management from the European Business School in Germany and an MBA from University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He additionally passed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 65 exam, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and is an active member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles World Council. Mr. Schramek teaches at Level III.
Lauren Semeniuta, CFA, CPA, is a Regional Director in the Financial Advisor Services group at Dimensional Fund Advisors, Lauren Semeniuta is responsible for managing new and ongoing relationships with financial advisors. Lauren joined Dimensional in 2015 and spent a year focused on subadvisory clients in the Institutional group. Lauren currently works primarily with wirehouse and broker-dealer affiliated advisors. Previously, Lauren worked as a manager in the accounting, valuation, and analytics group at Deloitte, where she led teams in advising public and private companies and financial institutions in addressing technical accounting and structuring issues related to complex financial instruments and transactions, including debt and equity financing, derivative hedging, consolidations, and securitizations. Lauren began her career in the advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focused on business process improvement, internal controls, and accounting issues for clients primarily in the financial services and real estate industries. Lauren holds a BA in business-economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a minor in accounting. Lauren is a CPA in the state of California and a CFA charterholder. Ms. Semeniuta teaches at Level I.
Atul Sharma, CFA is a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young and focuses on transaction due diligence on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and value creation for private equity (PE) clients. Atul has diverse deal experience and works closely with PE portfolio companies to improve business processes, technology, and innovation. Atul has worked on more than 75 transactions including buyouts, carve-outs, integrations and joint ventures (JV). Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Atul worked in financial services industry specializing in IT strategy and transformation. Mr. Sharma teaches Level II.
Chen Song, Ph.D., CFA is a Senior Vice President at Nathan Associates’ LA office. She was an adjunct assistant professor with the California State University, Los Angeles, where she taught a course on financial institutions which covered topics on derivatives, mortgage and securitized asset markets. Chen has provided consulting services and authored expert reports related to liability, class certification, and damages in class action, multiple- and single-plaintiff disputes. She has supported academic experts in financial litigations such as options backdating and economic analyses of materiality and loss causation. Chen is well-versed with financial econometric modeling tools. She routinely implements statistical techniques to analyze complex data. Chen received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Dr. Song teaches Level III.
Terri Spath, CFA, CFP founded Zuma Wealth in January 2021 after a quarter-century managing money at other firms. She has stewarded billions of dollars in client assets, gaining the perspective that comes with creating and protecting wealth in both bull and bear markets. Terri's top performance rankings span through the late 90s tech boom and bust, the 2007 recession and the longest bull market on record that ran from 2009 to 2020. Terri's began her career in investment banking in New York City. She spent a dozen years at Franklin Templeton Investments as a portfolio manager and analyst. In her tenure there, Terri contributed actionable and profitable ideas for the largest small-cap stock, the largest income and largest high-yield bond funds in the country. She launched the first large-cap growth fund at Franklin Templeton achieving top decile performance over a one and three year basis. Terri served as the Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Mercer Advisors during a period when assets under management tripled from under $3 billion to over $6 billion, crisscrossing the U.S. to provide investment strategy and thought leadership to clients and prospective clients. Immediately prior to founding Zuma Wealth, Terri was the Chief Investment Officer at a privately held RIA based in Santa Monica with over $6 billion in assets under management and advisement. Terri's years of real world expertise are rooted in a suite of top financial credentials: the CFA charter, the CFP® certification, an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and an AB in Economics with Honors from the University of Michigan.
Peter Stutz, CFA, is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Guggenheim Partners in Santa Monica, CA, and has over 25 years of institutional investment industry experience as a fixed income analyst, trader, and portfolio manager. At Guggenheim he is responsible for the management of a variety of insurance company fixed income portfolios. He has also been a part of the firm’s Portfolio Construction Group where he was responsible for creating model portfolios for the firm’s core fixed income, multi-credit, multi-asset, and insurance strategies. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Stutz was a Portfolio Manager at Western Asset Management where he was part of the generalist fixed income portfolio management team as well as a member of the firm’s Investment Advisory Committee. Mr. Stutz specialized in global interest rate and derivative strategies and was responsible for U.S. inflation-linked bond portfolios. Mr. Stutz received his BS in computer science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and received the CFA® designation in 1996. Mr. Stutz teaches at Level II.
Eric Souders, CFA, is a Senior Vice President and Strategist on the global unconstrained fixed income team with a focus on absolute return solutions. In this capacity, he is responsible for strategy implementation, risk management and performance attribution. Prior to joining Payden & Rygel, Souders worked as a Portfolio Manager at Guggenheim Partners, focusing on multi-sector and structured product dedicated strategies. In addition, he worked as a Portfolio Manager at Blackrock, focusing on investment-grade corporate credit strategies. Previously, he worked at BNY Mellon in their Wealth Management division. Eric Souders holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and is a member of the CFA® Society of Los Angeles and the CFA® Institute. He earned a BA in Business-Finance at California State University, Fullerton. Mr. Souders teaches at Level III.
Karyn Williams, Ph.D,is the founder and managing partner of Hightree Advisors, an independent consultancy committed to helping institutional clients identify and create sources of value in the investment process through improved risk deployment and governance, as well as effectively managing costs over the investment lifecycle. Prior to establishing Hightree, Karyn was the chief investment officer of Farmers Group Inc., head of client solutions at Two Sigma Advisers, and a partner and managing director at Wilshire Associates. Over the course of her career, Karyn has built a track record of success in designing and implementing effective investment programs for a wide variety of organizations. Karyn is an independent public company director, NACD Governance Fellow, and serves as finance chair, treasurer and trustee for public and private foundations. She is an industry leader, author, innovator and educator. Karyn graduated from Arizona State University, where she earned a B.S. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Finance. Dr. Williams teaches at Level III.
Ken Yee, CFA, CPA, JD is the president of an investment advisory company specializing in commercial real estate capital sourcing and asset-backed securities. He has completed over $1 billion in commercial mortgage sales, originations, and asset-backed transactions on behalf of public and private institutions. Mr. Yee also serves as an Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair of KBS Strategic Opportunity REITs I and II, which are two SEC-registered non-traded REITs. He recently completed a second elected term as the Western U.S. Region Presidents Council Representative (PCR) for the CFA Institute, and was a past President of CFA Society Los Angeles. Mr. Yee is a California Certified Public Accountant, a California licensed attorney, and a California real estate broker. He graduated from the University of Southern California (BSBA, MBA and MBT), University of California at Los Angeles (JD), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSRED). Mr. Yee currently teaches Level I.