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Capital Markets Colloquium

Jim and Judy O'Brien Capital Markets Colloquium Biographies

Sandhya Murti, Financial Services Executive; Alternatives and Hedge Funds

Founding member and Co-Chief Executive of Blue Branch Capital; Managing Partner -Brookway Capital, former Director Bank of America Merrill Lynch Sandhya is a senior leader with experience in asset management and financial services with expertise in investment due-diligence, deal structuring and execution, driving strategy and business expansion. Sandhya currently runs an investment vehicle, Blue Branch Capital, focused on making growth equity investments across all alternative asset management businesses.

Prior to Blue Branch, she co-founded Brookway Capital Management, a systematic equity hedge fund complex focused on constructing a low long-term correlation and absolute returns portfolio of niche strategies. She led the sourcing and due diligence of hedge fund managers and created an institutional scale platform. Previously, she spent over 10 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in senior leadership roles across corporate strategy, sales & trading and banking. She was responsible for covering alternative asset management businesses and built a Financial Institutions transaction banking book of business with annual revenues in excess of $30MM. Prior to that she was a director in Mortgage Trading and Securitization business, where she was brought in to drive business expansion through product development and asset work outs, which grew pre-tax income by over $100MM.

Prior to that, she served as a key member of the Merrill Lynch acquisition and integration team. During her tenure as a member of the Corporate Strategy & Planning team, she focused on acquisitions, divestitures and growth strategies for company's trading businesses.

Sandhya also serves in advisory roles for privately held companies. She has her B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Michigan.

Darren E. Grahame, CLU®, ChFC®, RHU®, REBC®, CASL®, RICP™, CAP®, CLF®, CFP®

Mr. Grahame has been the Development Officer with Northwestern Mutual in Morristown since May of 2016 and has been with the company since 2009. Prior to working in Morristown, Darren was the Development Officer in Memphis, TN for 19 months. As Development Officer, his role is to ensure achievement of all agency development targets; including all aspects of horizontal growth for the entire Network Office territory. Under his leadership, Morristown has had double digit growth in new recruits and new rep first year commissions every year since he joined the firm. As a mentor, College Unit Director and Development Officer, Darren has had a hand in converting 38 interns to full time and has helped develop 19 Pacesetter 1st 40s and 5 Pacesetter 2nd 60s. Currently, he is a Certified Coach and a Certified Master Trainer.

Previously, he was the Long Term Care Specialist for the Upstate NY area and a Field Director in the Syracuse office. Mr. Grahame also ran the internship program for four years as the College Unit Director with that same office, achieving the Conversion Master Award (2x) and the Conversion Leader Award (1x). As a financial representative in Syracuse, NY for five years, he achieved Pacesetter 1st 40 and 2nd 60 and routinely sold over 100 lives a year.

He takes continuing education very seriously and achieved eight professional designations in his first five years in the business. Mr. Grahame has always been very active in his association. He was the President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Syracuse and was the chair of the Young Advisors Team - Syracuse for several years. He was honored several times by the association, winning their prestigious Donald V. Murphy Appreciation Award in 2011 and the William J. Crandall Scholarship in 2014. He was recognized as one of Central New York Business Journal's 40 Under 40 in 2010.

Mr. Grahame received his B.S. in Business Management from Binghamton University in 2006. He currently resides in Rockaway, NJ with his wife Brigid and their two sons, Jameson and Sully. Darren is an avid sports fan and enjoys going to Syracuse and Yankees games often.

Nick Stuller, Author, founder of AIQ/Meridian-IQ & Advice IQ

Nicholas W. Stuller is the author of "THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOUR WALLET FREE: Secrets to Finding the Perfect Financial Advisor", which was released on November 13th, 2018 and is available in Barnes & Noble stores, as well as on most online retailers including Amazon. Nick has built a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on financial advisors, and as a respected and outspoken authority on the financial advisory universe. As founding CEO of two of the largest financial advisor database companies in the U.S., he has built the most inclusive web-based databases, which include deep data and intelligence on the 2 million U.S. financial and insurance advisors. His 30-year career includes key roles at TD Ameritrade and Thomson and started his career at Morgan Stanley. He has been quoted extensively by the print media including The New York Times, Dow Jones, Reuters, and many others, and he has also been interviewed by the broadcast media including NBC, ABC, CBS and PBS.

Jeremy Stafman, Analyst at Napier Park Global Capital

Jeremy has been working as an Analyst with Napier Park Global Capital since 2017. Before, he worked with EY as a Tax Accountant. Jeremy graduated from The University of Texas where he studied Finance and Accounting.

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Paul Mladjenovic, CFP

Paul Mladjenovic is national seminar leader, author and consultant. Since 1981, his specialties have been investing, financial planning and home business issues. During those 35-plus years, he has helped thousands of students and readers build wealth through his nationwide seminars, workshops, conferences and consulting services.

He has been interviewed/published or referenced by numerous media sources such as Investopedia, Comcast, CNN, One America News Network, MarketWatch, Bloomberg, Newsmax, Fox Business,, Savvy Business Radio,, Futures Magazine,,, and many more. Paul was born in a communist country (Yugoslavia) and he came to the United States in 1963. This is why he refers to himself as a "Raving Capitalist." This background helps him understand the "big picture" so that he can provide better guidance and forecasts for his clients, students and readers. He is a serious Catholic, married and has 2 sons.

For some video commentaries on the economy, financial markets and personal financial strategies, go to

As a national speaker, Paul has done over 2,500 national seminars and workshops since 1983. He emphasizes a "two-pronged" approach to wealth-building. "Passive wealth-building" which means having your money work for you (with investing / financial strategies) and "Active wealth-building" strategies such as starting your own home business or other active business part-time activity.

Adam Joseph, Managing Director of Wells Fargo Securities

Adam Joseph joined Wells Fargo in 2009, establishing the Capital Strategies group within Public Finance. The Capital Strategies group works closely with both public finance investment bankers and commercial bankers to provide customized financing products to municipal and not-for-profit borrowers. Mr. Joseph began his career at JPMorgan in 1992, where he served as a public finance banker and a structured lending specialist before moving to Bank of America in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Joseph was the head of Bank of America's Structured Municipal Products group where he established and ran that firm's direct purchase and tax-exempt investor finance (TOB) businesses.

Mr. Joseph has a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University (1987) and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Columbia Business School (1992).

Frances Correa, CEO Vision Strategic Consulting

Frances is the CEO/Founder of Vision Strategic Consulting. She has previous work experience in Strategic Sales at Ampcus where she was a Senior Sales Leader in top 50 Fastest growing minority woman owned business with 40% YOY growth. Prior to, Frances worked for Morgan Stanley in Training and Talent Development for all Financial Advisor Associates. She also has work experience with Verizon, Prosperity Network and Telcordia Technologies.

Frances has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Tufts University.

Michael Kane, CEO/Managing Partner, Empire Wealth

CEO & Managing Partner with over 10 years' experience in the financial services industry. Has a track record for developing teams comprised of both highly productive, experienced representatives who are driving to take their career to new heights, as well as a host of young professionals who are eager to learn from them.

David Meyer, VP/Commercial Loan Officer at Kearny Bank

Kearny, Provident, Valley, TD, PNC - commercial banker

Paul Cipriano, Managing Director - Delta One Sales, Credit Suisse

Paul, SHU Class '92, is a Managing Director on the Delta One sales team within the Equity Prime Services group at Credit Suisse Securities USA. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in late 2018, Paul spent the previous 20 years in various sales and trading leadership roles on the institutional equity desks at Citibank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley. Paul began his career in the Management Audit and Controls Analyst program at Paine Webber Inc. after graduating from Seton Hall with a B.S. in Finance in 1992. Paul went on to receive his MBA from New York University in 1998, majoring in Finance and Economics. Paul has been married to his wife Jennifer (SHU Class of '93) for 21 years. They reside in Whippany, NJ with their three teenage children and their dog, Maizy.

CFA Challenge Team

Team Members: Samantha Seitz, Michael Hamilton, Anthony Rizzo, Michael Roma, Henry Steck.

The CFA Challenge is a global competition sponsored by the CFA. Hundreds of universities worldwide compete in regional elimination rounds to be permitted to advance to country champion and invited to compete in world elimination round. Seton Hall's team has placed or won a number of these rounds over the passed decade of competition.