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CEIS Consultants

Richard Beard, Senior Consultant

Mr. Richard Beard is a Senior Consultant with CEIS and has over 35 years’ experience in banking. He has held titles in the commercial banking industry as Senior Commercial Lending Officer, Senior Credit Officer, Commercial Loan Officer, and Credit Department Manager. Mr. Beard was formerly associated with Security Trust Company, Chemical Bank, and Rabobank International (Utrect, The Netherlands). His lending and management experience includes international as well as domestic portfolios.

Mr. Beard earned his Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Genesco, then went on to take graduate courses at the University of London.


Harold F. Birk, Senior Consultant

Mr. Birk brings with him over 25 years of credit risk management experience. Mr. Birk’s prior associations were with Bank of New England, CIBC (New York), and Natixis. His diverse experience includes developing and managing structured credit portfolios, building multi-billion dollar loan books, origination, negotiating and managing down workout portfolios, determining loan-loss provisions, and implementing and leading growth plans.

Mr. Birk obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his MBA from Northeastern University.


Robert J. Brandow, Senior Consultant

Mr. Brandow is a Senior Consultant and Field Reviewer with CEIS assessing the quality of loan portfolios. He has over 30 years’ experience as a banker and consultant.

His experience included managing asset-based lending relationships, mortgage financings and derivatives, structured finance, retail portfolios, criticized portfolios, and general commercial & industrial accommodation. He was formerly associated with Sun National (NJ), Sovereign Bank (NJ), GMAC Commercial Finance (NYC) Wells Fargo Retail Finance (Boston), Fleet Bank (Boston) and Sumitomo Bank (NYC).


James H. Brown, Executive Consultant

Mr. Brown is an Executive Consultant with CEIS, providing services to the banking industry evaluating the quality of loan portfolios and the effectiveness of an organization’s overall credit risk management.

He has over 30 years’ experience from his prior association with regional banking, money market banking, and investment banking. As a commercial banker, Mr. Brown was a correspondent banker, senior middle market lender and manager, and Senior Banker Corporate Finance and team leader. As an investment banker, he was a principal responsible for corporate finance roles from advisory on restructurings and M&A to the placement of private debt and equity. Beyond banking, Mr. Brown held positions as Finance Director for energy and other finance-related firms.

Mr. Brown’s prior associations included Fieldstone Private Capital Group, NYC, Bankers Trust Co., Manufacturers Hanover Trust, and Franklin National Bank. He graduated from Long Island University with an MBA in Economics (Cum Laude) and from Fordham University with a BA. His language proficiency includes French and German.


Paul E. Carr, Executive Consultant

Mr. Carr is an Executive Consultant with CEIS whose functions include loan review, and marketing and business development. He has over 35 years of commercial banking and consulting experience and began his career with Chemical Bank (New York) as a management trainee and progressed through the various line functions to attain several senior-level positions including President of an upstate New York subsidiary bank, President of Connecticut start-up operation and District Head of a large middle market lending district in NYC. He also was Senior Vice President and area manager for Banco Popular de Puerto Rico’s New York operation as well as Chief Executive of a start-up community bank located on Long Island.

Mr. Carr graduated from St. Bonaventure University and received his MBA in Finance from Iona College.


Edward F. Denneen, Senior Review Consultant – Consumer & Residential

Mr. Denneen is a Senior Review Consultant and Reviewer with CEIS and provides loan review services concerning the commercial and Consumer and Residential portfolio segments. He has over 30 years of banking experience from his prior association with money market and regional banks as well as from his business and consulting activities.

Mr. Denneen has held positions at Chemical Bank and at Republic National Bank of New York. He began his career at Chemical Bank where he developed his credit and compliance review experience. While at Chemical, he managed credit risk review departments and teams concentrating on commercial and consumer portfolios. While at Republic, he was a team leader for on-site reviews including middle market, private banking, corporate banking, international banking, commercial real estate, capital markets, consumer credit, residential mortgage, and factoring.

Mr. Denneen received his BS from Hofstra University and completed the Chemical Bank credit and other related training programs. Training included the Fair Isaac’s Systematic Approval (FICO-Scorecard) and the ABA – BankCard Management School program.


Gary Dycus, Executive Consultant, Senior Report Response Editor

Mr. Dycus is an Executive Consultant in Administration & Projects and is responsible for editing, analyzing and reporting the findings from the field reviews and CEIS’ own analysis of the client’s loan quality trends. Mr. Dycus is a credit risk professional with over 35 years of domestic and international experience at lending, banking, and insurance organizations. Specifically, he has experience in commercial and real estate finance, mortgage banking, financial institutions, asset-backed securities, real estate workout, credit audit, credit review, credit approvals, asset-backed security workout.

Mr. Dycus was formerly associated with Development Alternatives, Inc. Enterplan Limited (U.K.), Coffey International Development, Price Waterhouse Coopers (Laos) Ltd., Madison Consulting Group, MBIA Insurance Corporation, Capital Markets Assurance Corporation (CapMAC), and Chase Manhattan Bank.


Paul Gottwald, Director – Real Estate Review

Mr. Gottwald is Director – Real Estate Review with CEIS and has over 30 years’ experience in the commercial and mortgage banking industries as well as from his consulting activities. He has extensive experience in underwriting real estate transactions as well as in administering/managing significant loan portfolios. He has held positions in the commercial banking industry as Senior Vice President and in the real estate industry as Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, and Investment Manager. He was associated with Deutsche Bank as consultant / CMBS underwriter and franchise loan underwriter. Previously, he was with Paine Webber, Skopbank Asset Management and separately with Skopbank New York Branch, Rossman-Danner Company in Florida, The Balcor Company in Illinois, and Chemical Bank in New York.


Ira “Tim” Hancock, Senior Reviewer

Mr. Hancock is a Senior Reviewer with over 35 years’ experience in banking. Tim is a banking professional with knowledge in all aspects of credit quality, credit approval and loan risk rating assessment. He has extensive experience in managing aspects of Credit Quality, Loan Restructuring, Special Asset Procedures, Underwriting guidelines, and SBA Lending.

Mr. Hancock has held positions in the commercial banking industry as SVP – Chief Risk Officer, Senior Credit Officer, Senior Lending Officer, Contractor/Consultant to the FDIC, and Member of the Special Assets Loan Committee. He was previously associated with Florida Bank, Progress Bank of Florida, Superior Bank, SunTrust Bank, Southern Commerce Bank, SouthTrust Bank, AmSouth Bank, Southeast Bank, and Sun Bank.

Mr. Hancock obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He has experience in developing Management Credit Training Programs and is Board Member and Treasurer of Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, Inc., Board Member at the Florida International Museum, and Committee Member of the Advisory Board at Palladium Theatre.


Alan Harper, Senior Reviewer

Mr. Harper is a Senior Reviewer with CEIS, bringing over 30 years’ experience in the commercial banking industry.

Mr. Harper’s background includes Citicorp as International Economist, New York Mercantile Exchange as Editor and Marketing Specialist, and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd as Senior Vice President supervising and controlling credit exposures to customers based in the Americas. His experience includes assessing and maintaining portfolio quality, process, and procedure as well as strategies for lending to specialized industries.

Mr. Harper graduated with honors in economics and mathematics from McGill University, Montreal, obtained his M.A. in Economics from Columbia University, and received an Advanced Certificate in Finance from New York University. He is fluent in French.


Sally C. Harwood, Senior Review Consultant

Ms. Sally Harwood is a Senior Review Consultant providing loan review services primarily on the Consumer and Residential Mortgage segments of clients’ portfolios. Ms. Harwood has over 30 years of experience from her prior associations with money market and investment banks.

She has developed analytical tools for and conducted due diligence review of consumer and corporate assets, including automobiles, credit cards, business loans in the US, Mexico, and Canada. Her responsibilities included: risk management reviews addressing default and operational reviews to better assess a client’s true underwriting and collection abilities; credit score creation to standardize risk analysis across automobile clients; “soup to nuts” credit reviews for the FDIC, RTC, and private investors, including bidding, staffing, and project management; and structured client mortgage reviews.

Prior associations include Financial Security Assurance, Hanover Capital Partners, Inc., Citicorp Investment Bank, The Boston Company, and Chemical Bank. Ms. Harwood has held positions such as Director and Vice President at such institutions.

Ms. Harwood holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from The College of William and Mary and further went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration from The Colgate Darden Graduate School.


Daniel J. Horan, Executive Consultant

Mr. Horan is an Executive Consultant with CEIS providing commercial loan review and related consulting services for clients. Dan has over 30 years of experience from his prior associations with money market, international, and regional banks. His expertise includes but is not limited to asset recovery/workout planning, lending policies and procedures, credit risk management and corporate and project finance transactions. Institutions of his prior associations are European American Bank, NatWest Bank, CITI Bank, and BPD Bank.

Mr. Horan obtained both his undergraduate and his Masters in Business Administration degree from St. John’s University in New York, New York.


John Keller,  Executive Consultant

Mr. Keller is an Executive Consultant and Field Reviewer with CEIs and has over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry. Mr. Keller is an experienced in senior loan underwriting, structuring, and syndications. Mr. Keller’s has expertise in complex credit analysis, cash flow modeling documentation, due diligence, compliance, and fundamental research. During his career Mr. Keller has held positions such as Senior Banker of Middle Market Commercial Banking, Senior Portfolio Manager, Middle Market& Large Credit Products Origination, Senior Relationship Manager, Middle Market Commercial Banking, Vice president of Strategic Marketing& Business Development, Assistant Vice President of Leveraged Finance Structuring & Syndications, Associate of Corporate Finance and Origination, Consultant of Portfolio Analysis & Financial Reporting, and Associate of Debt Capital Markets Origination. Mr. Keller’s prior associations are with Key Bank, HSBC Bank, GE Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, HBP Partners, and BNP Paribas.

Mr. Keller obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ithaca College, and an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.


Ellen C. Laurie, Executive Consultant

Ms. Laurie is an Executive Consultant and Field Reviewer with CEIS and has over 30 years’ experience in the bank industry. Ms. Laurie is experienced instructing profitable and effective financing transactions, leveraged finance, distressed debt management and investment, and commodities finance. During her career, Ms. Laurie has held positions such as Senior Analyst, Vice President of Commodities & Natural Resources, Vice President of Distressed Securities Investment, associate of Asset Recovery Management, Associate of Leveraged Finance Senior Financial Analyst, Analyst of Strategic Acquisitions, and Staff Accountant. Ms. Laurie’s prior associations are with Amerra Capital Management, LLC, Societe Generate, Gruss & Co, FleetBoston Financial Group, and Fidelity Investments

Ms. Laurie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and MD in Finance from Boston College.


Claudia J. Machaver, Executive Consultant

Ms. Machaver is an Executive Consultant with CEIS Review whose skillset primarily involves leveraged lending and structured finance review engagements as well as engagements involving complex commercial portfolios.

Claudia has over 25 years of commercial banking and securities experience from her career at JPMorgan Chase as well as her consulting work. While at JPMorgan Claudia has held positions such as; Managing Director and Group Head of Commercial Bank Financial Sponsors, handling leveraged transactions and banking capabilities to middle market equity sponsors and corporate clients, Managing Director of Commercial Bank Asset Securitization, and Chief Operating Officer of the Commercial Bank where she headed credit administration, established policies & procedures, and implemented corporate business strategies across the firm.

Claudia has served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity – New York City, the Advisory Council of Baruch College Continuing and Professional Studies, and the Investment Committee of Legal Services of New York.

Claudia holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. from Columbia University.


Paul Mangine, Executive Consultant

Mr. Mangine is an Executive Consultant and Field Reviewer with CEIS and has over 35 years’ experience in the banking industry. Mr. Mangine has accomplished loan workout and credit professional with extensive experience in banking and financial risk management, credit audit/ loan review underwriting, real estate and commercial loan recovery/ workout and restructuring, litigation, foreclosures, bankruptcy, and liquidations Mr. Mangine has held positions such as Vice President, Underwriter, Vice President, Special Credits Group/ Commercial Loan Recovery, Vice President, Credit Department Manager, Senior Vice President, Investment Banking, Vice President, Risk Management Review, and Senior Officer, Internal Auditing. Mr. Mangine’s prior associations are with JP Morgan Chase Bank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, RH Damon & Company, and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

Mr. Mangine obtained his Bachelors’ degree in Accounting from Marquette University, and his MBA in Finance from St. John’s University


Robert Mathews, Senior Reviewer

Mr. Mathews is a Senior Reviewer with CEIS Review who has more than 30 years of commercial banking and finance experience. Mr. Mathews career has consisted of; loan portfolio and special asset management, global syndication loan origination and closing, and real estate portfolio management. Titles which he has held have been that of VP, Real Estate Syndications, Director, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Project Finance Loan Syndications, and VP, Global Syndicated Finance Credit & Lending. Mr. Mathews prior associations are with Chase Manhattan Bank, Barclays De Zoete Wedd, Redcliffe Capital Limited, and Commercial Industrial Finance Corporation.

Mr. Mathews obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Washington and Lee University, served in the United States Army, and went on to obtain his MBA from the University of Florida.


Andy Mazzaro, Executive Consultant

Mr. Mazzaro is an Executive Consultant with CEIS with ~20 years’ experience in commercial banking, the financial services sector, as well as fulfilling accounting functions in the United States as well as Latin America. Prior to joining CEIS, Mr. Mazzaro was affiliated with PNC Financial Services, The CIT Group, IIG Group, AIG, Sumitomo Corporation of America, and Weichert Financial.

Mr. Mazzaro obtained his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Rutgers University, then went on to earn an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. He is also fluent in Italian and Spanish.


John McKenna, Senior Review Consultant

Mr. McKenna is a Senior Consultant with CEIS who has over 35 years’ experience in the commercial banking industry. Mr. McKenna is an experienced manager and senior credit officer. During his career, Mr. McKenna has held positions such as Regional Manager, Corporate Asset Funding Group Manager, New York Asset Based Lending Manager, and Senior Vice President of Capital Markets Group. Mr. McKenna’s prior associations are with Citicorp/Citibank, Sanwa Business Credit Corp., The Cit Group, and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Mr. McKenna obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Maryland, and his MBA from the University of Baltimore.


Dean T. Morgan, Regional Executive

Mr. Morgan is a Regional Executive with CEIS who has over 25 years of senior and executive level commercial banking experience and resides in Nashville, TN.

Dean’s career has included responsibilities as “Head” of a corporate banking department for a nationally recognized regional bank, establishing a comprehensive risk management framework and then managing the implementation of the program for a growth-oriented community bank, advising management and directors on recapitalization or wind-down options for an institution, identifying and evaluating acquisition targets for an international finance company, and presiding over two community banks where he was involved in most facets of everyday operations.

Some of the title designations which Dean has held have been SLO, Director of Credit, SVP – Corporate Banking, VP – Underwriting and Risk Management, and President & CEO. Mr. Morgan received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College – OH, and has an MBA in Finance from the University of New Haven, CT.


Mary Ellen Nixon Moore, Senior Consultant

Ms. Nixon-Moore is a Senior Reviewer with CEIS providing loan review and senior editing services for domestic portfolios. She has over 32 years of experience in the commercial banking industry. During her banking career, she has held the titles of Vice President of Underwriting, Vice President Senior New Business Development, and Vice President of the Factoring Division. She was formerly associated with Barclays American Commercial NC, Commercial Credit Financial Services, Marine Midland Bank, LaSalle Business Credit, Banco Popular, and Platinum Funding Group.

Ms. Nixon-Moore obtained a Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University.


Victor Pene, Executive Consultant

Mr. Pene is an Executive Consultant and Field Reviewer with CEIS and has over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry. Mr. Pene is an experienced and effective credit practices manager with extensive expertise in risk governance and the assurance reviews of banks credit operation. During his career, Mr. Pene has held positions such as Director, Credit Examination of the Americas, Bank Examiner, Loans Administrator, Account Balancer, and Materials Manager. Mr. Pene prior associations are with MUFG Union Bank and New York State Banking Department

Mr. Pene obtained his Bachelors’ degree in Industrial Management Engineering, with a Minor in Chemical Engineering from De La Salle University, and his MBA in Corporate Finance from Fordham University.


William Rooney, Senior Reviewer

Mr. Rooney is a Senior Reviewer with CEIS and has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial banking and securities industries. Mr. Rooney is an experienced credit risk manager and accountant. Mr. Rooney has held positions such as Audit Manager, Credit Manager, and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Rooney’s prior associations are with KPMG, Lehman Brothers Inc., Nomura Securities, and Platinum Funding Group.

Mr. Rooney graduated from St. Francis College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He further went on to obtain his M.B.A in Controllership from St. John’s University.


Gerald Rosa, Senior Consultant

Mr. Rosa is a Senior Consultant with CEIS who has over 40 years’ experience in the commercial banking and asset-based finance industry. During his banking career, he has held titles of Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, Corporate Manager of Asset Based Lending and Deputy Credit Manager.

Prior to joining CEIS, Mr. Rosa was affiliated with Sovereign/Santander Bank as a Senior Credit Officer and was formerly associated with CIT Group Business Finance, Barclays American Business Credit and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

Mr. Rosa obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Thomas Edison State University.


Jerome L. Rosen, Senior Reviewer

Mr. Jerome Rosen is a Senior Reviewer with CEIS and has over 35 years’ experience in banking. His expertise includes accounting, finance, and credit. He has held titles in the commercial banking industry as VP – Credit, VP – Capital Markets, Market Manager of Commercial Equipment Finance Group, Leasing Consultant, and EVP – Accounting & Finance. Mr. Rosen also has experience as an Accountant as well as being a Comptroller. Mr. Rosen was formerly associated with Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Charter Financial, Inc., Sovereign Bank, and Somerset Capital Group.

Mr. Rosen acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, then went on to earn an MBA at Seton Hall University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Pace University.


Douglas Ruby, Senior Consultant

Mr. Ruby has over 30 years’ experience in commercial lending. He has extensive experience in portfolio management, due diligence, monitoring of large loan portfolios, loss mitigation and best practice underwriting standards including real estate and construction lending.

During his career, Mr. Ruby has held positions of Senior Vice President and Team Leader, Head of Real Estate Capital Markets, Director of Special Accounts, Vice President, and Senior Branch Manager. Prior to joining CEIS, Mr. Ruby was affiliated with Bank of Nova Scotia where he spent most of his career in positions of increasing responsibility and most recently with Sumitomo Mitsui.

Mr. Ruby obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB).


Frank Sisinni, Senior Reviewer

Mr. Sisinni is a Senior reviewer with CEIS having 30 years of experience in regional, investment, and international and domestic commercial banking. During his career, Mr. Sisinni has been involved with credit analysis, underwriting, analytical team development, and portfolio risk management. Mr. Sisinni has held positions at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., Foreign Credit Insurance Association, and Barclays Bank/Barclays PLC/Barclays Capital.

Mr. Sisinni obtained an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.


Stewart Simon, Executive Consultant

Mr. Simon is an Executive Consultant and Field Reviewer with CEIS Review, Inc and has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sector financial services industry. Mr. Simon is an experienced state and local government debt, credit, and budget analyst, municipal government financial advisor, municipal bond insurance underwriter, and market researcher.  He is ‘Municipal Advisor’ registered with the MSRB and SEC. During his career, he has held senior level positions serving as a Director with UBS Financial Services, Managing Director with the Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, Assistant Commissioner for Fiscal Planning and Control with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Senior Budget Examiner with the New York State Division of the Budget.

Mr. Simon obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SUNY New Paltz, Master of Public Administration in Finance from SUNY Albany, and Ph.D. in Public Administration with a concentration in public finance and policy analysis form SUNY Albany.


Christopher G. Webbe, Executive Consultant

Mr. Webbe is an Executive Consultant with CEIS and has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial banker and consultant. He provides loan review services for domestic and international portfolio segments.

Mr. Webbe was formerly associated with Park Avenue Bank in New York; Banco Rio de la Plata, New York Agency; Daiwa Bank Limited, New York; and Lloyds Bank Limited, New York Office and London Office. His career included responsibilities as Senior Credit Officer; manager and agent for Agency; Chief Inspector, and manager of lending functions. Mr. Webbe’s lending and management experience include international as well as domestic portfolios.

Mr. Webbe graduated from The Leys School, Cambridge, and Cambridge University (MA Honors). He is fluent in Spanish.


Cynthia Werneth, Senior Consultant

Ms. Werneth is a Senior Reviewer and has over 25 years’ experience from her association with CEIS and her time with prior organizations.

She has extensive rating agency and international corporate lending experience across economic and industry cycles. Prior associations included Standard & Poor’s (NYC), Bank Austria (Unicredit) (NYC and Vienna, Austria), Commerzbank (NYC and Paris, France), and Hessische Landesbank (Helaba) (NYC and Frankfurt, Germany).

Ms. Werneth is fluent in German and proficient in French. She holds a Bachelor degree from Syracuse University as well as an MBA from Columbia University. Ms. Werneth is also a CFA Charterholder.