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Congratulations June 2018 CEPs!


Astrid Arakaki  R. Scott Green  Connie Man I Pat
Kimberly Arnold  Emma Groop  Matthew W. Pesci 
Eric Barga  Roopali Gupta Hall Keith Pietrzak 
David Bean  Crispin Hanshaw Jessica Priddle
Amanda Nora Benincasa Casey Harrison  Jeffrey Reis 
Bobby Berkowitz Jonathan Herold Kelly Riley 
Abha Bhandair Jeffrey Jonasen Darrin A. Robb
Henry E. Bonilla Adam Jones Bryan Roemer
Jayme Brest Kristin Jones John Schembri
Andrew Buescher Jennifer L. Kay Brian M. Schmitz
Diane Byron Derek Kramer Michelle Sutton
Astley Cadogan Edwards Tracie Kraus Kristen L. Swenson
Mariló Calabuig Shawna Krumpelman Nicole Yvonne Thomas
Steven D. Campbell Naomi Lipschik Kathleen Uy
Aaron Carlsen Trevor Lohr Heather Vacek
Robert Carstairs Thomas McKinney Jennifer L. Andrew Wade
William Donovan Russell McNamara Amanda Waggoner
Dana Durr  Lisa Maria Mucha Jennifer Wallace
Alexander Einhorn Leonardo Murphy Debbie Watkins
Matt Eppehimer Ann Ngay Ryan P. Wellman
Sheri L. Fortier Adrianna Niewolanska Layne Willey
Aaron V. Fox Nicholas Oliveri Lawrence Wright
Jaspal Gill Lee Ownbey James Wulfrost II
Kevin Glover Wesley Parker Rebecca Yocum
Matthew Goforth   Usman Zafar

Welcome Drake Bonin, Program Manager


Drake Bonin

Although Drake is new to the CEP Institute team, he is not new to Santa Clara University. Drake graduated from the University in 2015 with degrees in both English and Spanish Language & Literature. After graduating, Drake worked at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts as the Membership Data & Elections Coordinator. In that role, he oversaw the membership application process for all new nominees, culminating in the induction of the 2016 Academy class of members. Prior to his current role, Drake worked as the Admissions Officer for Stanford Law School. While there, he oversaw two admission cycles, welcoming in the classes of 2020 and 2021. Drake will be working with the Director of the CEP Institute, Alex Florea, where he will use his background in Higher Education administration to assist with the overall growth of the CEP Institute.

Please join us in welcoming Drake.

Featured CEP: Amanda Benincasa


Amanda Benincasa, CEP

Amanda Benincasa is an Associate Director with Aon’s Global Technical Shared Services Team. She joined Aon in 2016 and moved from Senior Consultant to Associate Director within the Aon Equity Services team in early 2018. Her background consists of both consulting and technical accounting for equity, handling topics including employee stock options, restricted stock units, performance share awards, restricted stock awards, repurchases, IPOs, and an array of SEC reporting responsibilities (10Q/K, Proxy, Forms 4/5, etc.). She is an industry speaker, addressing topics related to equity valuation and accounting, and has written several articles surrounding the same topics. She serves on the Board of Directors of the NASPP Western PA Chapter. Amanda earned her CEP in June 2018.

"I think receiving the CEP designation confirmed my role on my team and my expertise in the industry, and also forced me a little out of my comfort zone of technical accounting. With the designation, I feel that my knowledge of administration and governance, in particular, has increased significantly and made me much more comfortable discuss complex and strategic issues within equity compensation."

Amanda's advice to November CEP Candidates: "Take advantage of the people in our industry. I’ve worked in other industries and can say wholeheartedly that the camaraderie in this industry is a rarity. I cannot explain how many peers, clients, service providers, and even competitors in our space have gone above and beyond to explain complex concepts or even sometimes really simple concepts. We work in a tight-knit community where people should really be leaning on those around them and absorbing everything they can from the subject matter experts they have access to. Take advantage of the study groups, take advantage of your Linked In connections, and remember that you are the subject matter expert!"

November CEP Exam Registration Deadline is Quickly Approaching


November 3, 2018 - 9AM-1:30PM, Registration Deadline: Sept 21, 2018, Defer Deadline: Oct 19, 2018

Do you plan to take the November 2018 CEP exam? Registration closes on September 21. For more information on the CEP Designation, or to register for the exam, please visit our today.

Continuing Education


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To protect and enhance the reputation of the CEP designation, designees are required to complete and report 30 hours of industry-related continuing education every two years in order to continue using the CEP designation. If you need to know when your CE is due, please log into your MyCEP account. Note that with the update of the MyCEP system, there are some changes to our Continuing Education reporting. We will no longer be offering extensions on Continuing Education applications, so please be sure to submit your applications on time. The grace period is extended until March 31, to give you a little extra time. If you have any questions about Continuing Education, please visit our . For a list of continuing education opportunities, please see our  on our website.

Representing the CEP Designation


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The CEPI encourages people to highlight their participation in the CEP Program in their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, on name badges at conferences, in bios when speaking at industry events, in membership directories, etc.  The CEPI has worked hard for many years to build the credibility of the CEP mark and we appreciate it being used appropriately.  The CEPI has some guidelines on how to include your participation in the program. 

For CEPs: Please highlight your important achievement by using the CEP mark (CEP preceded by a comma) following your first and last name.  You may also list your certification in your resume or bio.  On your LinkedIn profile, please list your designation under the Education section with a link to the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.  You may also list your designation under Certificates and specify the date you received your certification. 

For candidates who have completed Level One or Level Two: Until a candidate has passed all three levels of the program, the candidate may describe their accomplishment in their professional biography, resume or LinkedIn profile (under Education section) as "Jane Doe has completed Level 1 [or Level 2] of the CEP program through the Certified Equity Professional Institute at Santa Clara University."  You may use the link to the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

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