Edward Altman is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He is the Director of Research in Credit and Debt Markets at the NYU Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions. Prior to serving in his present position, Professor Altman chaired the Stern School's M.B.A. Program for 12 years. He has been a visiting Professor at the Hautes Etudes Commerciales and Universite de Paris-Dauphine in France, at the Pontificia Catolica Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, at the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Luigi Bocconi University in Milan and CEMFI in Madrid.
Professor Altman is the Chairman of the Academic Advisory Council of the Turnaround Management Association. He received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame in 2001, President of the Financial Management Association (2003) and a FMA Fellow in 2004. In 2005, Prof. Altman was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance" by the Treasury & Risk Management magazine.
Professor Altman is one of the founders and an Executive Editor of the international publication, the Journal of Banking and Finance and Advisory Editor of a publisher series, the John Wiley Frontiers in Finance Series. He has published or edited almost two-dozen books and more than 130 articles in scholarly finance, accounting and economic journals.
Dr. Altman's primary areas of research include bankruptcy analysis and prediction, credit and lending policies, risk management and regulation in banking, corporate finance and capital markets. He has been a consultant to several government agencies, major financial and accounting institutions and industrial companies and has lectured to executives in North America, South America, Europe, Australia-New Zealand, Asia and Africa. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, the New York State Senate and several other government and regulatory organizations.
Nelson de Castro, Managing Director of Global Trade Finance Solutions for ITS Americas, Wells Fargo, International Group, North America
Nelson de Castro is a seasoned international sales executive with extensive expertise on how to propel medium-sized to larger corporate companies into the global arena. His approach to conducting international business is client centric and always innovative, focusing on multiple industry and geographical trends. He has been with Wells Fargo, International Group, North America since 2012.
Nelson's team is results driven and very focused on adding value by extending global trade finance expertise to Americas-based companies. Nelson has the ability to mitigate international risk transaction-by-transaction always ready to find alternative paths to reduce client DSO, expand DPO and optimize overall working capital on both international payables and receivables.
Nelson holds an MBA in Finance and International Business Management. Born and raised in Europe, he began traveling overseas crossing continents at a very young age, has lived in multiple countries and is proud to hold both USA, European Union and Brazilian citizenship. He is an active member of the European Diplomatic Corps in the USA and serves on several international business committees and boards. He is a volunteer at multiple organizations and humanitarian activities.
Prior to his position at JPMorgan, Kevin was a global investment strategist and partner at Third Wave Global Investors, a global macro hedge fund based in Greenwich, Connecticut. From 1999 to 2004, he was a global investment strategist and managing director at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Japan, and was UBS's Japan strategist from 1996 to 1999.
Kevin holds a PhD in financial economics from Queen's University, Canada.
Ms. Rodriguez-Johnson advises U.S. and international clients on U.S. federal laws and regulations governing international business, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the Foreign Asset Controls Regulations. She routinely represents clients in civil and criminal investigations involving the Departments of State, Commerce, and Treasury.
Ms. Rodriguez-Johnson has significant experience in export controls, trade sanctions, and related compliance matters. In these areas, she has recognized expertise in conducting detailed internal investigations and export compliance audits. She also regularly helps her clients develop, draft, and implement compliance programs in response to investigations or to proactively avoid investigation and potential litigation.
Ms. Rodriguez-Johnson's experience includes drafting license applications, commodity jurisdiction requests, technical assistance agreements, registration statements, license applications, and other international regulatory documents.
Clients also call on Ms. Rodriguez-Johnson to provide export compliance due diligence and counsel related to mergers and acquisitions.
Craig Schurr is a Senior Vice President and Manager of FirstMerit Bankâ€™s International Banking Division. Craig is responsible for the overall international business activities of the Bank including foreign correspondent banking, foreign exchange, trade finance and structured finance products and the sale of services to companies throughout FirstMerit Bankâ€™s banking franchise.
Craig joined FirstMerit in 2009 and has over 44 years of experience in banking with 32 years focused solely on international banking. Previously Craig worked for National City Bank, Bank One, Mellon Bank, and Equibank where he held senior management positions in Audit, Treasury Management and International Banking.
Craig is a Board member of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade and also co-chair of the associationâ€™s North American Council. Craig is a member of the Northern Ohio District Export Council (NODEC) and a former member of The Global Council, the Advisory Board of Thunderbird, The School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona Mr. Schurr is currently an Adjunct Professor at Thunderbird the School for Global Management teaching a class in Export Import Management, a volunteer for the Financial Services Volunteer Corp and a frequent speaker at regional and national trade association conferences.
Over his career Craig has assisted hundreds of companies throughout the United States with their global business whether it is improving payment experience for global sales through effective deployment of trade tools, enhancing performance of global sourcing operations through effective management of the financial supply chain or efficient treasury management and hedging of foreign cash operations. Craig co-developed and taught an all day seminar entitled Inside Trade Finance which was designed to provide exporters with financing tools that effectively enhance and improve the profitability of international sales while enhancing relationships with global customers.