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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.
In addition to his current role, Dr. Temte has served in the following professional positions:
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.
Dr. Tim Smaby is Vice President of Advanced Designations for Kaplan Schweser. Tim joined the company in 2002 as the manager of the Level 2 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.
Derek is the Vice President of Product Management 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.