Daniel Meyers was a co-founder of Cognition Financial along with Stephen Anbinder.
From 1980 through 1991, Mr. Meyers was involved in derivatives and arbitrage trading at EF Hutton, Prudential-Bache Securities, LF Rothschild Unterberg Towbin, and Commodities Corporation, a hedge fund company now owned by Goldman Sachs. He began working on asset backed securities financings in 1986.
He currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia. He has also sat as a consulting member of the University's Finance Committee of the Board of Visitors, the campaign executive committee, and was a founding member of the Council of Foundations. He is Chairman of the Board of Steward Medical Group, a system of 40 hospitals with over 43,000 employees spread nationwide. Also for Steward, he is a member of the Board, the executive committee and is Chairman of the Finance committee of TRACO, an offshore limited liability insurance company. He sits on the Board of Directors for The Forum for the Future of Higher Education at the Aspen Institute, and is a member of the Education Funding Committee of the Consumer Bankers Association. Mr. Meyers received an A.B. in economics from Brandeis University, and completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Gelber has served as a director since November 2013, our President since August 2013, our Chief Operating Officer since August 2012. He served as a Managing Director from September 2008 to May 2017. 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 Cognition Financial 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.
Mr. Heneghan has served as EVP, Business Development and Product since October 2016. He served as a Managing Director, Business Development and Product Strategy since January 2011. From 1996 to January 2006, Mr. Heneghan held various positions at Cognition Financial 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.
Mr. Butler has served as Chief Legal Officer since January 2017. Prior to joining Cognition Financial, 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.
Ms. Bertrand has served as EVP, Operations and Client Services since October 2016. She served as a Managing Director, Product Strategy, from September 2008 until October 2016. From September 2003 to September 2008, Ms. Bertrand held various positions at Cognition Financial 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. in economics from Middlebury College.
Prior to joining Cognition Financial, Kevin worked at Egenera, a high technology company in Boxborough, MA. He served as CEO of Egenera from March 2018 to July 2019, CFO, Secretary and Treasurer from October 2009 to March 2018 and VP, Finance from February 2008 to October 2009. From April 2004 to February 2008, Kevin worked in the corporate finance department of Cognition Financial (First Marblehead) serving as VP, Finance at the time he left. Prior to Cognition, Kevin served as the Controller of Diacrin, a publicly traded biotechnology company, and held positions in the audit divisions of Ernst & Young LLP and Price Waterhouse LLP. Kevin has been a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts since 1996. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Massachusetts Society of Public Accounts. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College and a Masters in Taxation degree from Northeastern University.
Mr. Agarwal has served as Chief Credit Officer since February 2019. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry spanning three multi-national banks. Prior to joining Cognition Financial, Mr. Agarwal served as Senior Vice President at Citizens Financial Group where he held various positions in Credit Risk & Product Development areas including being the Deputy Chief Credit Officer for the Consumer portfolio. Mr. Agarwal has also held leadership positions at Royal Bank of Scotland and Capital One. He received an MBA in Finance from IIM Kozhikode, India and B.S. Computer Science from MNNIT Allahabad, India.