We Heard You!

We created Bond School in response to the fallout from the financial crisis and to answer the questions we heard repeatedly from the institutional investors and financial fiduciaries our founding team has served for more than 25 years. Our seventeen foundational courses equip our students with more than knowledge and technical skills. We help build confidence to ask smart questions, the first step in learning to navigate increasingly complex fixed income markets.

Fixed Income Academy’s Founder and Chief Education Officer, Susan Munson, leads a team of experts and seasoned practitioners who share a common belief: Education is the key to leveling the playing field between buyers and sellers in the fixed income investment community. We are on a mission to deliver confidence and encourage open conversation. We know staying current and committing resources to continuing education and training is critical today; at the same time, we know resources are tight and training budgets are often the first to go. Our cost efficient, online training program maximizes limited resources by allowing you to access world-class intelligence; thus dramatically increasing your return on precious time and investment dollars.

Meet the Team

The Team behind Fixed Income Academy is a carefully curated group of financial veterans committed to providing students the simple answers to the complex questions they will face in the fixed income investment field. We are standing by to address any questions, comments, or concerns you may have to ensure you get the best education possible from your time with us.

David-horner

David Horner, Ph.D.

Chief Economic Advisor
Marcia-clark

Marcia Clark, CFA

Lead Instructor and Course Designer
David-mercer

David Mercer, PMP

Director of Student Support
Arjun-kondamani

Arjun Kondamani, CFA

Senior Market Strategist
Tracy-sanchez

Tracy Sanchez

Administrative Manager

Instructors and Contributors

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Ray Stone, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Stone & McCarthy Research Associates
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Christopher "Kit" Taylor, Ph.D., CFA

Former Executive Director, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board
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George Richardson

Head of Capital Markets, The World Bank Treasury
Rick-phillips

Rick Phillips

President & CIO, FTN Financial Main Street Advisors, LLC
Victoria-beatley

Victoria Beatley

Director of Finance/City Treasurer, City of Seal Beach
Anna-garcia

Anna Garcia, CFA, MBA

Capital Markets Professional Consultant
Susan-munson

Susan Munson, CFP®, CFIP

Founder & CEO, Fixed Income Academy
Betsy-c-shelton

Betsy C. Shelton

Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Research, Charles Fish Investments (CFI)
Craig-watanabe

Craig Watanabe, CFP®, AIF®, CSCP®

Chief Operating Officer, Penniall & Associates, Inc.
Michael-bennett

Michael Bennett

Lead Financial Officer, The World Bank Treasury
Mark-mothner

Mark Mothner

Senior Managing Director, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.
Dr-ian-hudson

Dr. Ian Hudson

Professor & Chair, Master of Science in Finance Program, New England College of Business and Finance
Gary-j-campise

Gary J. Campise

Senior Vice President , Jefferies & Company
Terry-mccall

Terry McCall

President, Portfolio Services for Government, LLC
Mark-steinacker

Mark Steinacker

Managing Director, Amherst Pierpont Securities
Xavier-negroni

Xavier Negroni

Senior Managing Director Co-Head Finance Desk, Amherst Pierpont Securities
Ryan-stroker

Ryan Stroker

Managing Director, Amherst Pierpont Securities
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Heike Reichelt

Head of Investor Relations and New Products, The World Bank, Treasury
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Anh “Annie” Tran, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Charles Fish Investments (CFI)
Daniel-markaity

Daniel Markaity

Senior Managing Director, Amherst Pierpont Securities
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Gregory Balls

Portfolio Manager and Analyst, FTN Financial Main Street Advisors
Mark-wickard

Mark Wickard

Managing Director - Investments, Oppenheimer & Co
Daniel-kutch

Daniel Kutch, CPA

SVP / Chief Financial Officer, Keesler Federal Credit Union

Susan Munson, CFP®, CFIP

Founder & CEO , Fixed Income Academy

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Susan is the Founder and CEO of Fixed Income Academy, a platform where experienced and aspiring financial professionals come together to learn about the bond market and hone their investment management skills. Susan began her financial career 28 years ago in broker operations at Shearson Lehman Hutton, eventually becoming a senior bond sales person and regional sales manager with Merrill Lynch’s Institutional Advisory Division. In addition to those duties, Susan led a team responsible for the management of high profile relationships. In 2008, she left the sell side to work as a consultant and focus her efforts on investor education. Susan continues to work closely with financial institutions, state and local governments, corporations and family offices to help them understand how the markets work so they can achieve their economic objectives. She is a frequent speaker and teacher, both in Fixed Income Academy’s Bond School and at national and regional conferences and workshops. Susan earned and maintains her Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation and, when affiliated with FINRA regulated firms, held her series 7,9, 10, 24, 63 & 65 licenses. She has also completed the CFA Institute Investment Foundations® Certificate Program and is a Certified Fixed Income Practitioner (CFIP). She is currently registered asan Investment Advisor Representative to provide advisory services to a select group of clients.

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David Horner, Ph.D.

Chief Economic Advisor

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As Chief Economist of Fixed Income Academy, David Horner guides the economic research and provides weekly economic and market commentary relevant to Fixed Income Market Professionals and Investors.

David Horner is an independent economist and financial strategist, and directs a small private hedge fund. He provides macro-economic advice and trading strategies to high net worth individuals and institutional clients. He has more than 30 years of experience on Wall Street and in government.

In 2002, David left Merrill Lynch as a First Vice President and Senior Economist where he advised the firm's trading desk and institutional clients on probable economic developments, interpreted key economic data and related economic factors to potential interest rate and spread moves. He wrote market and economics sections of the group's Credit Market Memo, contributed to the weekly Fixed Income Strategy publication, issued "analysis briefs" on Bloomberg. He appeared frequently as a guest host and analyst on CNBC, CNN, CBC, CTV, Bloomberg, TV Tokyo and other business programs.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, David worked in various government capacities, as Chief Economist and Research Director for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; as head of the economic group for the Food and Nutrition Service; and, following his return from the Peace Corps, as an assistant to the director of Head Start for the Office of Economic Opportunity. He also taught at Wayne State University, served as a senior economist and consultant to Mathematica, Inc. in Princeton, NJ as well as to the Canadian Government, specifically on tax issues related to work incentives. David earned his Ph.D. in economic theory and econometrics at the University of Wisconsin and his B.A. in Mathematics at the University of Akron.

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Marcia Clark, CFA

Lead Instructor and Course Designer , Fixed Income Academy

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Marcia Clark is the lead Instructor and course designer for the Fixed Income Academy, an online training company devoted to the continuing education of fixed income investment practitioners. As the lead instructor and course designer, Ms. Clark works with subject matter experts to create and deliver engaging training modules focused on essential concepts, tools, and techniques institutional investors need to successfully navigate the ever-changing financial market landscape. In addition to her role at the Fixed Income Academy, Ms. Clark is a full-time lecturer in the finance department of California State University, Fullerton where she teaches courses in corporate finance and fixed income. Ms. Clark is also co-director of the Applied Security Analysis Program (ASAP) at CSU Fullerton. ASAP is a student investment program tasked with managing approximately $1.3 million for the philanthropic foundation of CSU Fullerton. Prior to her current positions at FIA and CSUF, Ms. Clark completed a 27-year career with the investment firm PIMCO and its parent company Allianz Global Investors. Over her long career, Ms. Clark held positions such as accounting supervisor, derivatives education specialist, and senior vice president and account manager. Her final role at Allianz Global Investors was global director of the AllianzGI Academy where she created and delivered professional development courses to client-facing staff in New York, Germany, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Ms. Clark received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute in 1999, and in 2001 earned a Masters degree in business administration from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

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David Mercer, PMP

Director of Student Support , Fixed Income Academy

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David Mercer, Director of School Support, is responsible for maintaining FIAs Website and administering the Canvas LMS. His experience prior to FIA in the both corporate and academic environments gives him deep insight into students needs. With this breadth and depth in education technology, he is able to provide unsurpassed support to those he serves. David holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Purdue University and a M.S in Information Technology from DePaul University. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) as certified by the Project Management Institute, and Adjunct Professor for Ivy Tech Community College.

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Arjun Kondamani, CFA

Senior Market Strategist

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Arjun Kondamani is a seasoned executive with 15 years of experience who has added value across various corporate credit sectors in roles ranging from bulge bracket trader, research, portfolio management, electronic trading, and risk management. Experience with a wide variety of clients across domestic fixed income, Emerging markets and Europe has allowed Arj to develop insight into macro forces and how they are impacting global markets.

In addition to his industry experience, Arj has also taught part-time at NYU.

Arj holds the CFA charter and has also a Masters in Business and a Masters in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Southern California.

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Tracy Sanchez

Administrative Manager , Fixed Income Academy

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Tracy Sanchez, Administrative Manager, is responsible for student support and overseeing day-to-day operations. Working closely with our Education Partners, Tracy collaborates with instructors and course designers to ensure that all FIA educational programs meet rigorous NASBA standards to advance the goal of offering the highest quality continuing education. Tracy draws on her background in education to create a rewarding and beneficial experience for Bond School students and Academy members. Tracy received her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton, where she continued on to earn her California Teaching Credential.

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Ray Stone, Ph.D.

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Raymond Stone is co-founder and managing director of Stone & McCarthy Research Associates (SMRA), a global economic and financial market research firm head-quartered in Princeton NJ.

SMRA was established in 1989. In 2004, SMRA was acquired by Xinhua Finance.

In addition to his role at SMRA, Ray is a Part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University, where he teaches Money & Banking.

Prior to forming SMRA Dr. Stone was the Director of Global Fixed Income and Economic Research at Merrill Lynch. Earlier at Merrill Ray served as the firm's Chief Financial Economist. Ray's first entry into the private sector was as an economist with the Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia.

Ray started his career in the International Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Here he was involved in the analysis of international capital and trade flows and the preparation of materials used for briefings prior to FOMC meetings.

Ray Stone has served as the President of the Money Marketeers of NYU, the forecasting chair of the Downtown Economist Club, and a former President of the Princeton Financial Markets Society. In the spring of 2006 Ray was named a "Fellow" of the Money Marketeers of NYU.

Ray has been active in economic education, and was recognized in 2004 for his contributions on this front as an inductee into the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's "Fed Challenge Hall of Fame." Dr. Stone has testified before Congress on the conduct of monetary policy and has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce on improving economic statistics.

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Victoria Beatley

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Victoria has more than 20 years experience in finance and treasury management in the public and private sectors. Victoria is currently the Director of Finance/City Treasurer at the City of Seal Beach in Southern California.

Her shared commitment to bring relevant information and education to the Municipal Investment Community led to her to join the Fixed Income Academy Advisory Board as well as participate as a course instructor.

She is currently a member of and Past-President for the California Municipal Treasurers Association and holds the designation of Certified California Municipal Treasurer (CCMT). She maintains memberships in the California State Municipal Finance Officers, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Association of California Water Agencies, the California Special Districts Association, and Women Leading Government.

Victoria is a graduate of the Leadership Tomorrow class of 2005, recently completed the California Special District Leadership Academy and has achieved her certificate of Recognition in Special District Governance. She has also achieved the Special District Administrator Designation. Her academic credentials include a B.A. in Finance from California State University Fullerton and an Executive MBA.

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Emily Knight

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Emily Williams Knight was named president of Kendall College by the board of directors in January 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Knight had served as a vice president at Laureate Education, Inc., where she was responsible for globally expanding access to the company's hospitality management, culinary arts, and art and design programs. Prior to joining Laureate she was CEO of New England University LLC, where she was responsible for expanding marketing and strategic initiatives as well as growth into Latin America for the New England College of Business and Finance (NECB).

Emily worked previously with Pearson Education for ten years. She began her work with Pearson as a sales representative, moved into various management positions, and ultimately served as vice president of marketing and sales strategies for Pearson Teacher Education and Development. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing she led strategic market planning and analysis for a two hundred million dollar business, and was responsible for the creation of marketing and sales strategies in a new combined division that encompassed higher education and K12 teacher professional development.

First introduced to Fixed Income Academy during her tenure at NECB, Emily immediately saw the need for the expertise and education Fixed Income Academy offers and has joined the board because of her firm commitment to advancing financial education and literacy.

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Bonny Schumacher

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Bonny Schumacher is a First Vice President in the Institutional Generalist Sales Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Inc. She has been with Morgan Stanley (formerly Dean Witter) for 21 years covering a variety of institutional clients, including municipalities, money managers, banks, and insurance companies (portfolios of $60 million to $1 billion).

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, First Boston Corp in New York and Kenney & Branisel in San Francisco, in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Ms. Schumacher received an A.A. Degree from Joliet College and attended University of Chicago at LaSalle. Ms. Schumacher holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Nicole Muegge, CTP, CFIP

Investment & Banking Officer , Thurston County

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Nicole has been with the Thurston County Treasurer for 18 years, where she has served the public in a variety of positions. In her current role as Investment & Banking Officer, she is responsible for providing banking services and managing banking relationships for over 50 departments and agencies of the County while also managing the investment portfolio for the County which averages around $700mm. Continuing education is a high priority for Nicole and is shown by her commitment to local and national associations. She is a member of the Washington Finance Officers Association, Government Finance Officers Association, and Government Investment Officers Association. Nicole is also a member of the Washington Public Treasurer’s Association where she has served the association as a Board member, Education Committee Chair, Investment Policy Certification Chair, and is now serving as President-Elect.

Kirk Ludwig, CFIP

Director of Institutional Investment Management , SJS Investment Services

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Kirk Ludwig has been involved in the investment business for more than 20 years. Since 2004, he has been Director of Institutional Investment Management at SJS Investment Services in Sylvania, Ohio, where he serves as lead portfolio manager and advisor for the firm’s institutional and public entity clients. Kirk also brings his specialization in fixed income to the firm’s Investment Committee, on which he serves. In the early 1990s, Kirk began his career in institutional fixed income sales at Kidder, Peabody & Co., working with public entities and serving middle markets in the Midwest region. After seven years in institutional sales, Kirk moved into the role of Portfolio Manager for the Institutional Asset Management division at Sky Trust, N.A. Specializing in fixed-income strategies, he created their short-duration portfolio program to serve the public fund sector. Kirk is on the Board of Trustees for Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, as well as a board member for Camp Courageous & The Arc of NW Ohio, Inc. He holds the Certified Fixed Income Practitioner (CFIP) designation, and studied Business Administration at the University of Toledo, and completed his Bachelor of Science requirements with the University of Phoenix.

Diane Holbert, CFIP

Treasurer , Douglas County

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Diane Holbert is serving her second term as Douglas County Treasurer. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Denver. Team leadership was the focus of her twenty-four year career in the real estate finance industry. As the Douglas County Treasurer, Diane serves as the Investment Officer of all county funds and is responsible for the collection and distribution of property taxes. Diane is a past President current Legislative co-chair of the Colorado County Treasurer’s Association (CCTA), serves on the City of Aurora Investment Advisory Committee, serves on State Treasurer’s Stapleton Investment advisory committee and is Vice-Chair of C-Safe, Local Government Investment Pool and is an active member of the Colorado Investment roundtable.

Gregory Paden, CFIP

Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector , Nevada County

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Gregory Paden has served as the Nevada County Assistant Treasurer-Tax Collector since March 2012. He has worked for the County of Nevada for 6 years starting in the Public Works Department. Greg holds a Certified California Municipal Treasury certificate from the California Municipal Treasurers Association and a Certified Fixed Income Practitioner designation from Fixed Income Academy. Greg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at San Francisco State University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at University of San Francisco.

Marc Young, CFIP, CTEC

President and Chief Consultant , Industry Standard, Inc.

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Mr. Marc Velez Young is a California Certified Public Accountant Candidate with a Master's degree in Accounting and Financial Management. He holds designation as a Certified Fixed Income Practitioner, California Tax Education Counsel (CTEC) Registered Tax Preparer, and is a prior member of the Government Finance Officer's Association. Mr. Young previously served as the Accounting and Financial Division Chief/Treasury Manager for the County of Fresno Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector and is now President and Chief Consultant for Industry Standard, Inc, providing accounting and advisory services to businesses and non-profit organizations across the country. Mr. Young was a 2012 recipient of the SGI-USA Liberty Award for his “dedication to peace, liberty and the happiness of humanity” and the 2015 recipient of the National Rising Star Award from the DeVry University Alumni Association. Mr. Young sits on the executive board and board of directors for the United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties, is Treasurer of the board for Fresno Barrios Unidos, chairs the Accounting Committee for FBU, and contributes industry-specific articles and tutorials to a variety of publications.

Brian Stubbert, CFIP

Chief Financial Officer , Merced Irrigation District

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Brian Stubbert joined the District in March 2011. He is responsible for planning and directing all of MID's financial activities, including budgeting, payroll and billing. He performs critical analysis on both internal and external events, providing recommendations to the general manager and board of directors. His tasks include developing and improving cost controls and maintaining good credit standing for the District. Mr. Stubbert has more than 15 years of financial experience in accounting and budgeting, working with auditors and with boards of directors. Most of his financial expertise was developed during his tenure within the San Joaquin Valley and its diverse agriculture industry. Mr. Stubbert is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and most recently served at Patterson Vegetable Co. (PVC) as its vice president of Accounting and Administration, as well as controller. PVC had about 500 employees and generated roughly $80 million in annual revenues. Among his responsibilities were oversight of operational financing, accounting, contracts and audits. He has also served as controller and accounting manager at Harris Moran Seed Co. in Modesto, and accounting manager at Diamond Foods in Stockton. Additional experience includes serving as an accountant at the Stanislaus County Department of Mental Health, an audit manager at Juarez and Co. CPAs in Modesto and as an auditor at Grant Thornton LLP in Stockton. Mr. Stubbert is chairman for the Finance Committee for United Way of Stanislaus County and has also served as chairman of The Patterson Vegetable Co. and Teamsters Local 948 Health and Welfare Benefit Trust. Mr. Stubbert resides in Modesto with his wife and three children. He enjoys coaching his sons in baseball and is an avid Oakland Raider and San Francisco Giants fan.

Michael Frick, CPA, CFIP

Deputy Treasurer & Portfolio Manager , Indiana State Treasurer

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Mike is a Deputy Treasurer and the Portfolio Manager for the Indiana State Treasurer’s office. He has been employed by the Indiana State Treasurer’s office since 1990. One of his first roles with the Treasurer’s office was that of Chief Accountant. He held that position until assuming the role of the Portfolio Manager in 1999. As the Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for the in-house investment management of the State’s General Fund and over 65 other funds, which has averaged in excess of $4 billion annually during his tenure. He also works closely with the Treasurer’s financial advisors in the selection and oversight of outside investment managers for a few of the outside managed Funds/Trusts. He has served as a Deputy Treasurer since 1992. As Deputy Treasurer, he assists in the administration of the Treasurer’s office and serves as a designee/appointee for the Treasurer, who serves, by virtue of the office, on various Boards and Commissions, including the State Police Pension Advisory Board, Indiana Finance Authority, and the Indiana Deferred Compensation Committee. Prior to joining the State Treasurer’s office, he started his employment with the state in 1986 working as a Field Examiner for the Indiana State Board of Accounts. Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business, majoring in accounting, from Indiana University. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1996.

Chris Moore, CFIP

Director of Cash and Investments , Ball State University

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Chris Moore, CFIP is the Director of Cash and Investments for Ball State University. Chris has an MBA in Finance from Ball State University, is a CPA , and received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prior to working at the university, Chris worked in a variety of other industries including consumer electronics, media, trucking, manufacturing, and the funeral service industry. The diversity of responsibilities and desire to improve processes have led to career achievements that have saved companies significant money and other resources. Beyond the academic and career focus Chris also is dedicated to his loving wife and two children. Chris credits his wife for pushing and supporting him throughout his career and his kids for teaching him how to be a coach, a tutor, and most importantly, a father.

Ray Stone, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Managing Director , Stone & McCarthy Research Associates

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Prior to forming SMRA Dr. Ray Stone was the Director of Global Fixed Income and Economic Research at Merrill Lynch. During his tenure at Merrill, Ray also served as the firm's Chief Financial Economist. Ray's first entry into the private sector was as an economist with the Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia. Ray started his career in the International Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. There he was involved in the analysis of international capital and trade flows and the preparation of materials used for briefings prior to FOMC meetings. Ray Stone has served as the President of the Money Marketeers of NYU, the forecasting chair of the Downtown Economist Club, and as a former President of the Princeton Financial Markets Society. In the spring of 2006 Ray was named a "Fellow" of the Money Marketeers of NYU. Ray has been actively involved in economic education and was recognized in 2004 for his contributions on this front as an inductee into the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's "Fed Challenge Hall of Fame". He is currently a Part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University, where he teaches Money & Banking. Ray has testified before Congress on the conduct of monetary policy, and has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce on improving economic statistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University and a BS from New York University.

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Christopher "Kit" Taylor, Ph.D., CFA

Former Executive Director , Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board

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Mr. Taylor, Kit, served as Executive Director of the MSRB Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board from 1978 to 2007 where he pioneered yield disclosure on customer confirmations, implemented automated clearance and settlement of trades, outlined and began implementation of an integrated digital system for the collection and dissemination of issuer disclosures in the primary and secondary markets (currently called the "EMMA" system), adopted rules effectively banning political contributions by municipal finance, and developed real-time trade reporting. Prior to the MSRB, Kit held positions as Director, Office of New York Finance, US Treasury Department and served as Economist at the Federal Reserve Board. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Economics, M.A. from Princeton University in Economics, Concentrations: econometrics, mathematical economics, centrally planned economies, B.A. Swarthmore College in Economics and Mathematics, CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst Designation.

George Richardson

Head of Capital Markets , The World Bank Treasury

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George Richardson is Head of Capital Markets at the World Bank. He joined the Capital Markets group of the World Bank Treasury in August 2006. He is now its Head of Capital Markets. Prior to joining, he headed Goldman Sachs' Sovereign, Supranational, and Agency Debt Origination group based in London. Mr. Richardson holds an MBA from Boston University, degrees in Finance from London Business School, and Aeronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University. Prior to his banking career, he was a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and flew reconnaissance aircraft.

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Rick Phillips

President & CIO , FTN Financial Main Street Advisors, LLC

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Rick oversees the day-to-day investment program at FTN Main Street. Prior to FTN Main Street, Rick managed Clark County, Nevada's portfolio from 1998 to 2004. Rick was also the Investment Officer for the City of Las Vegas from 1989 to 1998. He has over 19 years experience in cash and investment management. Rick has a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University and a MBA from the University of Utah. He is also the Founder of the Government Investment Officers' Association, which has over 100 Government Investment Officers as members. Rick holds the Certified Cash Manager (CCM) designation; has passed the NASD 7 Series exam; and holds the NASD 65 license. Rick is recognized as an expert in the public investment field and is a frequent speaker at governmental educational conferences.

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Victoria Beatley

Director of Finance/City Treasurer , City of Seal Beach

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Victoria has more than 20 years experience in finance and treasury management in the public and private sectors. Victoria is currently the Director of Finance/City Treasurer at the City of Seal Beach in Southern California. Her shared commitment to bring relevant information and education to the Municipal Investment Community led to her to join the Fixed Income Academy Advisory Board as well as participate as a course instructor. She is currently a member of and Past-President for the California Municipal Treasurers Association and holds the designation of Certified California Municipal Treasurer (CCMT). She maintains memberships in the California State Municipal Finance Officers, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Association of California Water Agencies, the California Special Districts Association, and Women Leading Government. Victoria is a graduate of the Leadership Tomorrow class of 2005, recently completed the California Special District Leadership Academy and has achieved her certificate of Recognition in Special District Governance. She has also achieved the Special District Administrator Designation. Her academic credentials include a B.A. in Finance from California State University Fullerton and an Executive MBA.

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Anna Garcia, CFA, MBA

Capital Markets Professional Consultant

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For over 15 years, Anna has been actively involved in the Capital Markets focusing on Agency/Supra/Sovereign issuer relationships, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Home Loan Banks and the Farm Credit System. Anna started her career in derivatives marketing at Merrill Lynch in 1997 and moved to the Global Public Sector group in 1999 where she was responsible for origination, structuring and hedging of GSE and Supranational debt, as well as debt liability management, global investor development and capital raising strategies for US Government Agencies. Anna was most recently with Jefferies and Company's Fixed Income Division where, as Managing Director, she utilized her extensive experience earned by working on some of the largest GSE senior debt, subordinated debt and preferred transactions. Anna holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and MA in Economics from Moscow State University. Anna earned her designation as Chartered Financial Analyst in 2000.

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Susan Munson, CFP®, CFIP

Founder & CEO , Fixed Income Academy

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Susan is the Founder and CEO of Fixed Income Academy, a platform where experienced and aspiring financial professionals come together to learn about the bond market and hone their investment management skills. Susan began her financial career 28 years ago in broker operations at Shearson Lehman Hutton, eventually becoming a senior bond sales person and regional sales manager with Merrill Lynch’s Institutional Advisory Division. In addition to those duties, Susan led a team responsible for the management of high profile relationships. In 2008, she left the sell side to work as a consultant and focus her efforts on investor education. Susan continues to work closely with financial institutions, state and local governments, corporations and family offices to help them understand how the markets work so they can achieve their economic objectives. She is a frequent speaker and teacher, both in Fixed Income Academy’s Bond School and at national and regional conferences and workshops. Susan earned and maintains her Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation and, when affiliated with FINRA regulated firms, held her series 7,9, 10, 24, 63 & 65 licenses. She has also completed the CFA Institute Investment Foundations® Certificate Program and is a Certified Fixed Income Practitioner (CFIP). She is currently registered asan Investment Advisor Representative to provide advisory services to a select group of clients.

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Betsy C. Shelton

Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Research , Charles Fish Investments (CFI)

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Betsy C. Shelton is the Director of Research, Senior Portfolio Manager, as well as serving as the firm’s Corporate Secretary. Betsy joined the firm in 1996 with more than twenty years of experience in the municipal bond sector. Ms. Shelton began her fixed income career at Goldman Sachs and later held positions as a municipal bond trader and underwriter at the former Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards, Inc. Prior to joining CFI, she was Vice President of Institutional Sales at First Boston Corporation and Dean Witter Morgan Stanley. Her current responsibilities include the oversight of CFI’s credit assessment and monitoring practices. In this capacity she researches, evaluates, and monitors client assets; performs impact analyses on regulatory, judicial and legislative issues; and maintains CFI’s extensive credit database. Betsy is currently a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Investor Advisory Group which provides the MSRB board with additional expertise on municipal market practices, transparency, and investor protection issues. She is a member of the California Society of Municipal Analysts, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and UCI Center for Investment and Wealth Management and is a former MSRB arbitrator. Betsy holds a degree in economics from the University of Redlands (1971) a paralegal certificate from UCI (2005), and has completed advanced studies through UCLA, UCI and AIMR.

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Craig Watanabe, CFP®, AIF®, CSCP®

Chief Operating Officer , Penniall & Associates, Inc.

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Craig R. Watanabe joined Penniall & Associates in June 2008 where he is a portfolio manager and the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Watanabe has a passion for the financial services industry and has successfully served in many roles since 1982 including financial planner, portfolio manager, bond trader, NASDAQ market maker, operations manager, branch manager, chief compliance officer and chief operating officer. Mr. Watanabe holds the Series 3, 4, 7, 24, 27, 53, 55, 63, 65 and 87 securities licenses, and is a life insurance agent, tax preparer, and notary public. He received his B.A. from UCLA in 1981 and CFP designation in 1985. Mr. Watanabe developed a tactical asset allocation approach based on three levels of analysis (portfolio, asset class, security) and is a fund adviser for five funds that utilize the "tri-level" analysis.

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Michael Bennett

Lead Financial Officer , The World Bank Treasury

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Michael Bennett is a lead financial officer in the treasury of the World Bank. He has spent over ten years with the World Bank, splitting his time between the World Bank's Paris office and its Washington, DC headquarters. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked in the structured finance field in Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York. He has published articles in various legal and financial journals on topics including Indonesian bank restructuring, capital markets regulation in Singapore and Taiwan and the regulation of financial derivatives in Asia. He graduated from Columbia University Law School in New York.

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Mark Mothner

Senior Managing Director , Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

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Mark Mothner is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Government Agency Trading at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. where he is responsible for the underwriting and trading of GSE debt. Mark also runs the Corporate Structured Notes trading area at Cantor. Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Mothner served as Head of Structured Notes for the Americas at Merrill Lynch. Previously, he worked at Bank of America where he was the senior trader for Agency debt. He also served as Head of Agency Trading at Chase Securities. Mr. Mothner is a graduate of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business where he received an MBA with a concentration in Finance, and of the University of Michigan School of Business where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

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Dr. Ian Hudson

Professor & Chair, Master of Science in Finance Program , New England College of Business and Finance

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Ian Hudson holds a doctoral degree in Finance from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has worked as an Investment Advisor for a major Wall Street firm and also as an Energy Trading Analyst. Since 2007, Dr. Hudson has taught investments and banking courses to graduate students. Currently, he is a Professor and the Program Chair of the Master of Finance program of the New England College of Business and Finance.

Gary J. Campise

Senior Vice President , Jefferies & Company

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Gary is a Senior Vice President and has been at Jefferies since December of 2007 trading Agency REPO. Prior to Jefferies, he traded MBS and agency REPO at Nomura for 7 years. Gary started his career in Fixed Income in 1989 with a financial control background before trading MBS and whole loan REPO at DLJ for 5 years.

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Terry McCall

President , Portfolio Services for Government, LLC

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Terry McCall is president of Portfolio Services for Government, LLC, providing investment policy analysis and facilitating the selection of investment advisors and managers for local governments, federal agencies, and educational institutions. A former US Bank vice-president, he was also for 12 years Chief Financial Officer for the City of Gresham, Oregon. He is an advisor to the GFOA Treasury and Investment Management Committee. Terry has spoken and taught extensively at national and regional conferences and seminars for GFOA and other organizations on various government financial management topics, including Advanced Public Investing. Terry has also provided pro-bono financial consulting for cities in Java and Sumatra, Indonesia, programs coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Mark Steinacker

Managing Director , Amherst Pierpont Securities

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Mark has more than 32 years of experience in the financial markets, most notably fixed income trading. He started his career with Merrill Lynch in money market trading, focused on both domestic and international markets, before broadening his knowledge and experience by moving to the Merrill Lynch Government Securities Division in 1994. There he managed the front end trading effort and worked in conjunction with ML’s syndicate and capital markets desks to deliver a "best in class" front-end trading operation with a global footprint. In 2009, Mark brought his experience and extensive knowledge to Jefferies LLC to develop and build out a front-end trading and sales operation and was instrumental in helping Jefferies dramatically increase their footprint. He recently moved to Amherst Pierpont Securities to apply his unique knowledge and experience towards building a robust front-end trading platform. Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Rider University and is a current member of the Money Marketeers of New York University, Inc.

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Xavier Negroni

Senior Managing Director Co-Head Finance Desk , Amherst Pierpont Securities

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Xav Negroni co-heads Amherst Pierpont’s Finance Desk with Forbes Hopper. He also works with the Chief Financial Officer on the firm’s liquidity management. Prior to joining predecessor firm Pierpont Securities in 2009, Xav was a Managing Director and co-head of the Global Finance Desk at Banc of America Securities where he focused on selling financing products to the investment banking client base. Prior to BAS, Mr. Negroni was Global Head of Financing Sales within the investment bank of J.P. Morgan. Xav received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and his M.B.A from the Stern School at New York University.

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Ryan Stroker

Managing Director , Amherst Pierpont Securities

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Prior to joining Amherst Pierpont Ryan traded Subprime cash and Credit Default Swaps (CDS) at Merrill Lynch. Before that he was a Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) Banker at Credit Suisse and started his career at Goldman Sachs. He received his B.A. from Davidson College where he holds the record for most losses in a season as a starting pitcher.

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Heike Reichelt

Head of Investor Relations and New Products , The World Bank, Treasury

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Heike Reichelt is Head of Investor Relations and New Products at the World Bank. The World Bank borrows around USD 45 billion annually in the international capital markets. Her team’s responsibilities include managing relationships with bond investors and rating agencies, and developing new debt products for investors – such as for climate change mitigation and adaptation through products like World Bank Green Bonds. Her team performs similar functions for the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), for which the World Bank acts as treasury manager. Heike plays a key role in the World Bank’s outreach to the sustainable and impact investing community in Europe and the US. She has also been a part of the World Bank Treasury's Sovereign Investments Partnerships Program for central banks. Heike has 20 years of experience in finance – including the areas of export finance and capital markets. Before joining the World Bank in 2000, she held various positions in the German development agency Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW), and worked at European commercial banks.

Anh “Annie” Tran, CFA

Portfolio Manager , Charles Fish Investments (CFI)

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Annie Tran is a Portfolio Manager, having joined CFI in August 2014 as a Portfolio Analyst. Prior to joining CFI, Annie worked on the Orange County Treasurer’s investment team responsible for over $7 billion of fixed income assets. Her duties included researching and analyzing macro economic and financial data; evaluating fixed income investment structures and credit quality; and monitoring activities and results. After her time with the County, she joined the commercial lending division at US Bank as a Portfolio Analyst, while also working as an Instructor and Research Analyst at Fixed Income Academy. Her current responsibilities include managing tailored municipal portfolios for high net-worth clients and other fixed income portfolios for institutional clients. Annie is a CFA charterholder. She graduated with highest honors from California State University, Fullerton with an MBA in Finance and a BA in Business Economics.

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Daniel Markaity

Senior Managing Director , Amherst Pierpont Securities

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Dan Markaity leads Amherst Pierpont’s Federal Agency Bond business, concentrating on Money Markets and Federal Agency Debentures. He has more than 30 years experience in the global government bond business. Dan previously worked at Jefferies, where he launched both the Global Rates Sales & Trading group (achieved with U.S. Primary Dealer status) and the Euro Zone government bond sales & trading team. Prior to that, he managed several business units in the Rates Trading business at Merrill Lynch, including global capital markets for those business related to Government Agencies, Sovereigns and Supra-nationals. Dan received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from Columbia University.

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Gregory Balls

Portfolio Manager and Analyst , FTN Financial Main Street Advisors

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Greg Balls is a Portfolio Manager and Analyst at FTN Financial Main Street Advisors, and has worked in the industry since 2008. He assists with implementing investment strategy and with publishing economic and market updates. Before joining the firm, Greg was a portfolio manager for the State of Florida, where he managed the Short Duration portfolio and assisted with managing the Liquidity portfolio. He also managed portfolios for municipalities, corporations, trusts, and high net-worth individuals at Cantango Capital Advisors, a subsidiary of Zions Bancorp. Prior to his employment at Cantango, Greg worked in the Capital Markets Department at Zions Bank, where he specialized in buying and selling fixed-income securities for institutional clients. Greg received a dual bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Utah State University. Greg is a Level III Candidate in the CFA Program. He holds the FINRA Series 65 license.

Mark Wickard

Managing Director - Investments , Oppenheimer & Co

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Mark Wickard is a Managing Director - Investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in the East Lansing, MI office. Mark brings over 30 years of experience and joined the Firm from Cantor Fitzgerald, where he was the head of the Credit Union Asset Strategy Group. Mark works with credit unions all over the country and is helping make a difference through his "education first" approach. With Education as the core foundation of everything he does - his clients become forward thinkers, informed buyers and sellers, and they better comprehend the nuances of investment strategies employed - and therefore are able to keep their Boards more informed, educated and prepared for regulatory overview and audits. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and earned his J.D. from the Thomas Cooley Law School.

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Daniel Kutch, CPA

SVP / Chief Financial Officer , Keesler Federal Credit Union

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Mr. Kutch joined Keesler Federal CU in March 2017 as SVP/Chief Financial Officer. Daniel spent the previous four years as the Chief Financial Officer for Clearview Federal Credit Union. DJ has actively managed Clearview’s sizeable investment portfolio for much of the past decade. Operating in a highly regulated financial institution industry, Mr. Kutch values the knowledge and acumen obtained while navigating a portfolio through some unprecedented economic cycles. DJ is responsible for financial statement preparation, board reporting, treasury management, strategic planning, and overall safety and soundness for the institution. Prior to joining Clearview, Mr. Kutch earned his CPA designation at Parente Randolph, LLC, (Now Baker Tilly, LLP). While at the firm, DJ focused his efforts on assurance and advisory services in a variety of industries. Mr. Kutch’s areas of expertise were financial institutions, health and welfare, not-for-profit, and governments. DJ joined Keesler Federal CU in March 2017.  DJ earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a member of both the American Institute and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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