Schweser’s FRM® Instructors and Faculty


Any educational program is only as good as the people who construct and deliver it. We have assembled the most effective, well-respected, and competent team of professional writers and instructors to create and deliver Kaplan Schweser’s content and instruction.

Prepare with the most experienced team in FRM exam prep:

  • Learn from a group of experts that includes 7 designated FRM experts
  • Get motivation and support from industry professionals who know what it takes to pass
  • Receive guidance to navigate through the toughest curriculum in the finance world
  • Prepare with the most accurate and current content, ensuring wise use of your study time
Dr. Andrew C. Temte, CFA

Dr. Andrew C. Temte, CFA - President, Kaplan Professional Education

Andrew Temte, PhD, CFA, is president of Kaplan Professional Education (KPE), a division of Kaplan, Inc. As president of KPE, Dr. Temte oversees and leverages assets, capabilities, and talent across Kaplan’s global footprint. KPE offers a large portfolio of professional development programs and helps individuals earn industry-recognized licensures, certifications, and designations. Based in La Crosse, WI, KPE maintains operations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Outside of his professional career, Dr. Temte serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation, his alma mater. He and his wife Linda, are also active in numerous fundraising events and committees in the community.

Dr. Temte started his professional education career in 1990, working with Dr. Carl Schweser to build Schweser Study Program into the leader in CFA exam review. Upon the acquisition of Schweser Study Program by Kaplan, Inc. in 1999, Dr. Temte assumed leadership of the Kaplan Schweser organization. Under his direction, Kaplan Schweser became a leading global provider of innovative, efficient, and effective financial education solutions. Dr. Temte earned his doctorate in finance from the University of Iowa with a concentration in international finance and investment theory. He holds the CFA designation and has over 14 years of university teaching experience in the areas of corporate finance, investments, and international finance.

Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA

Derek Burkett, CFA, FRM, CAIA – Vice President of Advanced Designations, Kaplan Schweser

Derek is the Vice President of Advanced Designations for Kaplan Schweser. His responsibilities include strategic planning, product management, and content development for the CFA, CAIA, and FRM product lines. Derek holds an MS in finance from the University of Denver and a BS in economics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Kaplan Schweser in 2004, Derek worked as a business valuation consultant for a national consulting firm, performing various tangible asset and intangible asset valuations and damage analysis for securities litigation. Derek is a CFA Charterholder, certified Financial Risk Manager, and CAIA Charterholder.

Dr. Tim Smaby, CFA, FRM

Dr. Tim Smaby, CFA, FRM – Director of Product Management, Kaplan Schweser

Dr. Tim Smaby is the Director of Product Management for Kaplan Schweser. Tim joined the company in 2002 as the manager of the Level II CFA study materials. In his current role, Tim oversees product management and content development for the CFA, CAIA, and FRM product lines. Prior to joining Kaplan, Tim was an associate professor of finance at Penn State Erie. He has also held various positions in the banking industry with Bank One in Cincinnati, Ohio, and First Republic Bank in Dallas, Texas. Tim is a CFA Charterholder and has also been awarded the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation. He holds a PhD in finance from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin, and a BS in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Eric Smith, CFA, FRM

Eric Smith, CFA, FRM - Senior Project Manager

Eric has over ten years of experience in product management and financial training and development. He is currently a product manager for Kaplan Schweser’s Financial Risk Manager (FRM) product line and develops training materials for the FRM, CFA, and CAIA exams. Before his product management role, Eric worked as a content specialist for CFA Level III products. Eric holds an MBA with a specialization in international business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BS in finance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has also completed graduate studies in e-learning, instructional design, and performance support from Boise State University. Eric is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Financial Risk Manager.

Martin Stoynov, CFA, CAIA, FRM

Martin Stoynov, CFA, CAIA, FRM

Martin joined Kaplan in 2007 and delivers courses for the CFA®, CAIA®, and FRM® programs. He has also delivered bespoke courses to top tier investment banks and asset managers across mainland Europe and the United States. Course titles include Structured Products, Investment Management, Financial Modelling with Excel, and The Credit Crisis. He is currently the academic head of FRM at Kaplan Financial. Martin’s blend of banking experience, coupled with strong academic knowledge, adds depth to his delivery in a wide range of financial markets topics.

David McMeekin, CFA, CAIA, FRM, PRM, ERP

David McMeekin, CFA, CAIA, FRM, PRM, ERP

David is an experienced financial tutor with many years of teaching experience and assists in running the CFA®, FRM®, and CAIA® courses. Originally from a banking background, David later moved into wealth management, advising high net worth clients in the areas of investments, pensions, and tax planning.

Since gaining his CFA charter in 2003, David has worked extensively in the field of risk management, teaching toward a variety of qualifications, as well as tailoring risk programs to financial institutions. He has gained the FRM, PRM®, and CAIA designations. Most recently, David has earned the Energy Risk Professional (ERP®) Certification

Dr. John Paul Broussard, CFA, FRM

Dr. John Paul Broussard, CFA, FRM

John is an Associate Finance Professor at Rutgers University’s Camden, New Jersey, campus, where he teaches investments and corporate finance courses. John has won and been nominated for various teaching awards in his career, and has taught CFA study review courses since 1999 in Europe, Asia, and the US.

He received his BS and PhD from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Millsaps College. John has won and has been nominated for various teaching awards in his career, and has taught CFA study review courses since 1999 in Europe, Asia, and the US. John is a CFA charterholder, a Certified Financial Risk Manager, and a Professional Risk Manager.

Dr. Greg Filbeck, CFA, FRM, CAIA

Dr. Greg Filbeck, CFA, FRM, CAIA

Greg joined the faculty of Penn State University, the Behrend College, as professor of finance in 2006 and holds the Samuel P. Black III Professorship of Finance and Risk Management. He has published more than 75 articles in refereed journals and authored five books. Greg is the recipient of the Penn State 2010 and 2012 Outstanding iMBA faculty member, 2011 Council of Fellows Outstanding Research Award, and 2013 Outstanding Service Award. His research studies are focused within the investments, portfolio management, and behavioral finance areas.

In addition to ten years of experience in academia (Miami University and the University of Toledo), he has seven years of experience as senior vice-president of Schweser, a division of Kaplan, Inc. At Kaplan, Greg headed the content and curriculum areas and started and led the marketing and sales areas. He has trained candidates for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations on a worldwide basis. Greg earned his Doctorate in Finance from the University of Kentucky, his Master’s in Applied Statistics from Penn State University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Murray State University.

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Darren Lee, CFA, FRM, CPA, CA

Darren Lee, CFA, FRM, CPA, CA

Darren operates his own consulting practice in Toronto, dealing primarily with finance and tax solutions for both corporate and personal clients. He was formerly a tax manager with KPMG, an auditor with Deloitte, and an account manager at the Royal Bank of Canada.

Darren has extensive experience in lecturing and grading activities relating to professional finance and accounting programs. He has taught for Kaplan Schweser since 2004 and currently manages and teaches in the Schweser weekly CFA exam preparatory course in Toronto, as well as authoring/editing their FRM study materials. Darren has also taught courses for the University of Toronto and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

In addition to these activities, Darren maintains part-time careers as a real estate broker and a concert pianist. An avid runner, he has completed several marathons around the world, including Berlin, London, Paris, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Fukuoka. Darren graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Dr. Andrew Spieler, CFA, FRM, CAIA

Dr. Andrew Spieler, CFA, FRM, CAIA

Andrew is currently Associate Professor of Finance at Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University and director of the Master’s program in Quantitative Finance. At Hofstra, Andrew was named Teacher of the Year and Researcher of the Year. He has previously taught courses at the State University of New York–Binghamton and Indiana University. His teaching experience includes graduate, undergraduate and executive courses in finance, economics, and statistics plus 10 years developing and teaching the CFA and FRM curriculum.

Andrew received his BS, MBA, and PhD from SUNY–Binghamton and his MS from Indiana University. He has had over 30 research papers presented at national and international conferences, receiving 2 Best Paper Awards from the American Real Estate Society. Andrew has successfully completed five actuary exams administered jointly by the ASA and CSA. He is frequently interviewed and quoted by the financial media and regularly consults with hedge funds, quantitative mutual funds, and law firms. He is the former research director for the IRAA, a shareholder advocacy group.