Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Meyers is a co-founder of First Marblehead. He has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a director since September 2008, and as Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 2010. From September 2008 to August 2013, he served as our President. Mr. Meyers also served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from our incorporation in 1994 to September 2005 and as our President from November 2004 to September 2005. Since October 2006, Mr. Meyers has served as the sole member, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Sextant Holdings, LLC, a private investment firm. From 1980 to 1991, Mr. Meyers was involved in arbitrage and derivatives trading at EF Hutton, Prudential Bache Securities, LF Rothschild Unterberg Towbin and Commodities Corporation, each of which were financial services firms. He began working on asset-back securities financings in 1986. He currently serves as the Chair Emeritus of the Board of the Curry School of Education Foundation and as a consulting member of the finance committee of the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia, and as the Chairman of the Board of Steward Medical Group, a unit of Steward Health Care System, a system of 11 hospitals headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves on the board of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education and is a member of the Education Funding Committee of the Consumer Bankers Association. Mr. Meyers received an A.B. from Brandeis University and completed the Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
President, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Gelber has served as a director since November 2013, our President since August 2013, our Chief Operating Officer since August 2012 and as a Managing Director since September 2008. He served as our Chief Administrative Officer from March 2010 to August 2012 and as our Senior Vice President, Corporate Development from August 2008 to September 2008. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Gelber held various positions at First Marblehead in the capital markets and product strategy groups. Since October 2006, Mr. Gelber has served as President of Sextant Holdings, LLC, a private investment firm, the sole member of which is Mr. Meyers. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Gelber served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jack Quinn (N.Y.), primarily focused on education, telecommunication and banking legislation. Mr. Gelber received a B.A. from The George Washington University.
Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Morel has served as Chief Financial Officer since January 2017 and Managing Director since August 2011. Since 2006 Mr. Morel held various positions at First Marblehead in the Credit Risk, Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, and Quantitative Analysis groups. Prior to joining First Marblehead, Mr. Morel worked at Standard & Poor's and Moody's Analytics (formerly Lewtan Technologies) analyzing and modeling securitization transactions across multiple asset classes and Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin) as a senior actuarial analyst. Mr. Morel received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Wake Forest University.
Managing Director, Business Development and Product Strategy
Mr. Heneghan has served as our Managing Director, Business Development and Product Strategy, since January 2011. From 1996 to January 2006, Mr. Heneghan held various positions at First Marblehead in the Business Development, Corporate Development and Product Strategy groups. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Heneghan served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jack Quinn (N.Y.). Mr. Heneghan received a B.A. from The George Washington University, an M.A. from Pennsylvania State University and attended the London School of Economics.
Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Butler has served as Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer since January 2017. Prior to joining First Marblehead, Mr. Butler was a Vice President and Senior Counsel at State Street Bank and Trust Company and prior to that was a member of the Financial Services group of Goodwin Procter. Mr. Butler has also served as the outside general counsel and secretary of a non-profit organization and taught a course at Boston University School of Law's Banking and Financial Law program. In the past, he has regularly spoken on banking and financial law topics at industry events and participated in the drafting of financial law statutes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mr. Butler received a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business (Finance) from the University of Kansas and a J.D. and an LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law.
Managing Director, Product Strategy
Ms. Bertrand has served as Managing Director, Product Strategy, since September 2008. From September 2003 to September 2008, Ms. Bertrand held various positions at First Marblehead in the Business Development and Product Strategy groups. From 2000 to September 2003, Ms. Bertrand worked in the Investment Banking division of Robertson Stephens and Jefferies & Co., where she helped companies in the Specialty Finance sector raise capital in public and private capital markets. Ms. Bertrand received a B.A. from Middlebury College.
Managing Director, Human Resources
Ms. Burnham has served as Managing Director, of Human Resources, since September 2008. From February 2006 to September 2008, Ms. Burnham served as Vice President of Corporate Strategic Relationships, managing First Marblehead's critical business alliances with guarantors and servicers. From July 2003 to February 2006, Ms. Burnham served as the Vice President of Corporate Services, directing all aspects of administrative support and service functions for the organization. Prior to that, Ms. Burnham served in various senior positions across the company, including executive and board support roles. Ms. Burnham is an active member of various human resources industry associations and has an associate's degree from Marian Court College. Ms. Burnham has also completed the Simmons College Executive Leadership Management Program.