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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 directly from a group of 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. Dianna Preece, CFA

Since receiving her doctorate in finance from the University of Kentucky in 1990, Dianna has taught corporate finance, investments, and bank management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Louisville. Dianna received her CFA charter in 2004.
She also teaches in several banking schools nationwide. In recent years Dianna’s research has focused primarily on investments and the stock market and has appeared in numerous academic and practitioner journals such as Review of Financial Economics, Journal of Investing, Financial Services Review, and Journal of Banking and Finance.

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 a master's degree in finance from the University of Denver and a bachelor's 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. Andrew C. Temte, CFA

President and Global Head of Corporate Learning, Kaplan Inc.

Andrew Temte, PhD, CFA, is the President and Global Head of Corporate Learning at Kaplan North America. He 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. 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.

In addition to his current role, Dr. Temte has served in the following professional positions:

  • CEO of Kaplan Professional, a division of Kaplan, Inc., where he oversaw and leveraged assets, capabilities, and talent across its global footprint. 
  • Dean of Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education, Interim President of Mount Washington College, President of Kaplan University College of Business and Technology.
  • 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.

Eric Smith, CFA, FRM, FDP

Director, Advanced Designations, Kaplan Schweser

Eric is a Director of Advanced Designations at Kaplan Schweser. He has over 20 years of financial training experience in the areas of investment analysis, risk management, and data science. Eric holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with specializations in international business and finance.
Eric also holds a BS in finance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a graduate certificate in e-learning design and development from Boise State University. Prior to his current role, he managed and developed training materials for the FRM and CFA Level III exams. Eric is a CFA charterholder, certified Financial Risk Manager, and Financial Data Professional charterholder.

Adam Hardi, CFA

Adam currently works as vice president at Moody’s, conducting credit analysis of a portfolio of provinces, municipalities, universities, and government-related issuers in Canada. He has been teaching CFA seminars for Kaplan Schweser since 2008. Adam’s specialties are in the areas of finance, risk management, securities, derivatives, and portfolio management.
Adam holds an MBA in finance from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Moody’s, he worked in capital markets credit policy and on the credit side of investment banking at some of the Big 5 Canadian banks. He also spent long hours on the trading desk as an institutional equity and options trader and managed a team of equity and fixed income traders.

Darren Lee, CFA, FRM, CPA, CA

Darren obtained his CPA and CFA designations while working at a Big Four accounting firm and continued to work there for several years as a tax manager. He now operates a tax and finance consulting practice in Toronto that focuses on advising high-net-worth clients and small businesses.

Darren has extensive experience in lecturing and grading activities related 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 CFA and FRM study materials. Darren has also taught business courses for the University of Toronto and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Knowing that success on the CFA exams requires a good work-life balance, Darren continues to apply it in his life. He travels the world as a competitive and award-winning marathon runner who is always in search of the perfect race. Any other spare time is spent with his first love, the piano.

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.

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 Modeling 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.