The JMU Alumni Association, in partnership with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, is proud to offer a live Winning with Money event on April 1st from 6-7:30pm. The program consists of four speakers who will each give a 15-minute motivational and educational presentation about budgeting, debt repayment, credit, and retirement. We thank the generous donors to the Madison Trust for funding this event.
In-Person Attendance: Court Square Theater doors will open at 5:30pm. First 230 guests get a seat in the theater and admittance to the post-event reception at Capital Ale House. You must attend the Court Square Theater live event in order to receive admittance to the Capital Ale House reception. The program will begin at 6pm.
Live Simulcast: The entire program is viewable via simulcast on this site. You may view the live simulcast by simply clicking the video icon on this web page on April 1st from 6:00-7:30pm. It may be viewed on any device with internet access.
Thanks to the SGA Senior Class Council and Student Alumni Association for their leadership in the planning and implementation of this event.
We are thrilled to announce the following speakers for 2015 Winning with Money:
Michael Rebibo, CFP® is speaking on the importance of budgeting. Michael is a JMU alum, president/CEO of 1st Portfolio Wealth Advisors, and CEO of 1st Portfolio Lending Corporation. Prior to 1st Portfolio, Michael was an organizing founder of Access National Corporation, a publicly traded bank holding company where he served as CEO of Access National Mortgage and Senior Vice President of the Bank. Prior to Access National, Michael served as President and CEO of Financial Security Corporation, a fee-only financial planning firm, and is a former chairman of the Financial Planning Association of Washington. Michael has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of financial planning.
Emily Govel is speaking on methods to eliminate debt. Emily is a 2011 JMU College of Business grad with a huge passion for empowering young adults to take control of their finances. Upon graduation she worked in microfinance domestically and abroad. She then served as a financial counselor and educator for low-income New Yorkers, helping her clients learn how to budget, build credit, reduce debt, and plan for the future. Outside of her current day job, Emily is now working on a start-up company, Hedgenomics, whose mission focused on young adult financial literacy.
Cathy Snyder is speaking on the topic of credit. Cathy received her M.B.A. from JMU in 1997 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership at JMU. She teaches the popular GBUS 160: Business Decision-Making in Modern Society class in the JMU College of Business, where she’s been employed since 1998.
Craig Brimhall is speaking on the topic of retirement. Craig is the Vice President of Retirement and Wealth Strategies at Ameriprise Financial. Craig's focus is personal finance, especially the areas of retirement savings and distributions. He is an expert on current tax law changes and effects to IRAs, 401(k)s and other employer-sponsored retirement plans. He is a frequent speaker at company events, including advisor training seminars, client education events and leadership recognition programs. Craig has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry
In addition to these four speakers, you will hear some brief opening remarks and closing remarks from Kevin Gibson and Brad Barnett.
Kevin Gibson is a 2005 graduate of James Madison University where he studied Public Administration. Kevin received his Masters Degree from Miami University (OH) and now serves as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations at JMU. Kevin co-founded the social enterprise startup VA Momentum in 2013 in Harrisonburg, VA. He has diverse experience in entrepreneurial consulting, team building, and retreat facilitation.
Brad Barnett, MS, AFC®, CPFM teaches a 3 credit hour financial education class at JMU, is the Senior Associate Director in the Financial Aid Office at JMU, and also provides financial counseling in a professional capacity outside of his role with JMU. He’s a public speaker in the areas of personal finance and financial aid, has been interviewed by various media outlets as an expert in these areas, and has served on a variety of professional boards focused on financial aid and/or personal finance.
Here are videos from each of the major topics covered by the event: