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Management Team

Daniel Meyers

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Meyers and Stephen Anbinder co-founded First Marblehead Corporation, which is the predecessor organization of Cognition Financial. From 1980 through 1991, Mr. Meyers was involved in derivatives and arbitrage trading at EF Hutton, Prudential-Bache, LF Rothschild Unterberg Towbin and Commodities Corporation, a hedge fund now owned by Goldman Sachs. He began working on asset backed financings in 1986.

He is chair emeritus of the Board of the School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, his tenure lasting 23 years. He also sat as the consulting member of the University's Finance Committee for 17 years, the Campaign executive committee and was a founding member of the Council of Foundations. He is Chairman of the Board of Steward Medical Group, the largest corporate hospital system in the country. Additionally, he is on the board, the executive committee and finance committees of TRACO, an offshore limited liability insurance company affiliated with Steward. For over twenty years, he sat on the Education Funding committee of the Consumer Bankers Association in Washington DC. Mr. Meyers received an B.A. in economics from Brandeis University and completed the Owner President Management program at Harvard Business School.

Seth Gelber


Mr. Gelber has served as President of the Company since August 2013. He has also been a director since November 2013. Mr. Gelber joined the Company in 2001 and has served in many positions in the Company, including as Chief Operating Officer from 2013 to 2020, Chief Administrative Officer from 2010 to 2012 and prior to 2010 held various positions in the capital markets and product strategy groups. 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.

Eileen Patrick

Vice Chair of Finance

Eileen Patrick recently joined Cognition Financial as Vice Chair of Finance. Prior to joining Cognition Financial, she served as Head of Strategy for PennantPark. She was responsible for developing and executing strategic initiatives, including a merger with MCGC Capital Corp. and launching the Company's first two middle market CLOs. Before joining PennantPark, Eileen was Executive Vice President of Strategy for Apollo Investment and served as a Vice President and member of the Investment Committee for the manager of Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc. (NYSE: AMTG). While at Apollo, she also spearheaded the acquisition of MidCap Financial, a middle market focused specialty lender. Before joining Apollo, Eileen was a Managing Director at JP Morgan in the Financial Institutions Group, a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns with oversight of the Specialty Finance Investment Banking effort, a Vice President at Salomon Smith Barney Citigroup, and as a Senior Accountant in the financial services audit practice at Deloitte & Touche. Eileen holds a BS in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University Scholars Program graduating summa cum laude and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University School of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Barry Heneghan

EVP, Business Development & Product

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.

Deirdre Bertrand

EVP & Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Bertrand has served as Chief Operating Officer since March 2021. Previously, she was the EVP of Operations and Client Services from October 2016 through March 2021 and prior to that held various positions in the Business Development and Product Strategy groups. From 2000 to September 2003, Ms. Bertrand worked as an Associate 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. She served on the Board of Directors of ELM Resources.

Grant Butler

EVP, Chief Legal Officer

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.

Kevin Kerrigan

EVP, Finance and CFO

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.