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:
• 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.
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.
For over eight years, Dave served as a Vice President and Division Manager of Kaplan, Inc., and has developed and written content for CFA, FRM, and CAIA instruction materials. He taught and developed content for several topic areas, including equity and alternative investments, real estate, corporate finance, derivatives, portfolio management, and ethical and professional standards. Dave has 30 years of experience in finance, investments, business valuation, and continuing education for finance professionals.
Currently, Dave provides education, corporate finance, and expert testimony consulting services to businesses and law firms nationwide. He also works as a consultant for CFA Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst designation), Global Association of Risk Professionals (Financial Risk Manager designation),CAIA Association (Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst designation), and Kaplan, Inc., where he assists with curriculum development, writing of content, and teaching in the areas of finance and portfolio management. Dave received his MBA in Finance from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He also received BA in Business Administration from Principia College.
Leon works in several capacities at Kaplan University and Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education, providing online instruction to undergraduate level professional’s in finance, insurance, and risk management, as well as developing accounting courses for business professionals. In addition, Leon has taught as an Adjunct instructor at Faulkner University in managerial accounting, survey of accounting, and strategic business development. He has also worked for New York Life Insurance Company and as an adjutant in the United States Marine Corps.
Currently, Leon is the CEO and owner of Grove Financial Group, Inc., which specializes in accounting and financial services. Leon earned a DBA in Business Administration and an MBA in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from the University of South Alabama, as well as an Associate of Science from the University of South Carolina.
Sharon has over 20 years of experience in operations management as the division director for an international legal publisher, where she was accountable for the development and implementation of corporate objectives, operational controls, and financial reporting for both staff and products.
Sharon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business from Eckerd College and her Professional Masters of Business from Florida Institute of Technology. Sharon is currently an independent management consultant and facilitates at several universities. In addition, she is an active community volunteer in several organizations.
Heather is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and research grants, both as a graduate student and professor. She has been awarded or nominated for eight teaching awards and has an active research agenda that includes peer-reviewed publications. Heather has served as a financial analyst for Cessna Aircraft and Farm Credit Bank, among other corporations.
She is also a member of several associations, including the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and the American Economics Association. Heather was awarded a PhD in Economics from Kansas State University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Wichita State University, as well as a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance from Fort Hays State University.