Joanna Belbey – President
The BGK Group
116 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10011
Start-Up Led By Industry Veterans Delivers Innovative Approach Blending New Media with In-person Training
New York, NY June 9, 2010 – The BGK Group (www.thebgkgroup), a New York-based start-up led by two financial training industry veterans, announced that it has opened its doors and is offering an array of new courses designed for securities professionals to keep pace with changing financial products, rules and regulations. The firm's innovative training approach, which combines the benefits of new media with a traditional classroom setting, accelerates the learning experience and allows participants to stay connected to share best practices.
"The value of the live, instructor-led training experience is undeniable, but we are taking a fresh approach by blending in new media before and after class." says Joanne Kula, Executive Director, Content Development. The BGK Group uses the best of real and virtual worlds, pairing live, instructor-led training with an interactive component that allows students to opt into pre- and post- class enrichment. Classwork is led by certified instructors who are practicing professionals and accomplished facilitators with knowledge and skill sets that keep students fully engaged and informed on the latest changes unfolding in the financial securities sector.
The BGK Group's curriculum is designed to reflect the changing financial landscape, according to the firm's management team of Joanne Kula and Joanna Belbey, who most recently managed educational and training services for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority [FINRA]. Initial course topics will include: Anti-Money Laundering, Capital Markets Overview, Effective Compliance Management, Fixed Income Markets and Instruments and Variable Products. Full details can be found at www.TheBGKgroup.com.
The program's online component consists of pre-class exercises, reading assignments and access to private online groups through LinkedIn, while classroom training features presentations, real-life case studies, exercises, and lively discussions. Combined, the multi-pronged approach enables participants to better understand complex concepts as well as discuss the subject matter with industry experts and peers, both in and out of the classroom. Upon completion of the course, The BGK Group model continues to provide a virtual venue for former and current students to stay connected, network, exchange ideas and share best practices.
The BGK Group Management Team
The BGK Group's management team, comprised of Joanne Kula and Joanna Belbey have worked together for more than 15 years and are steeped in all aspects of financial education and training from event management to curriculum development and delivery to ongoing support. Most recently, the team created and managed courses for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority [FINRA]. Prior to that seven-year tenure, they developed and managed educational services and programs for firms including: Fortune Conferences, Lynch, Jones & Ryan, The Economist, and the New York Institute of Finance.
About The BGK Group
The BGK Group (www.thebgkgroup.com) offers innovative training that blends new media with traditional classroom settings to help securities professionals stay up-to-date with changing financial products, rules and regulations. The BGK Group's mission is to offer high-quality programs that are relevant and useful for professionals across multiple industries.
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