Gary M. Brown is the CEO of CMG Life Services Inc., a leading company in the life settlement industry. He joined CMG after a 31-year legal career, which included advising public companies on securities and board governance. Prior to joining CMG, he also taught securities law at the Vanderbilt University Law School and was general counsel to the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association. While in private practice, he was recognized in both Best Lawyers in America and Chambers – America’s Leading Business Lawyers. He is a frequent speaker and instructor at PLI events and co-chairs two of the Practising Law Institute’s national securities programs. He also is the author of PLI’s Securities Law and Practice Deskbook and the chapter “Introduction to Life Settlements” in PLI’s treatise Financial Product Fundamentals.
During 2002, Gary was Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee in its Enron investigation. During 2010, he was retained by the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to assist in investigating the role of investment banks in the 2008 financial crisis. In those roles, he provided advice on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act while those pieces of legislation were being debated in the Senate.
Gary received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he also was a member of the Order of the Coif.
George M. Wilson, MBA, CPA
SEC Institute, a Division of PLI
As a Director of the SEC Institute Division of PLI, George teaches workshops dealing with a variety of SEC and FASB related topics. He developed the Institute’s initial “Advanced Accounting and Reporting for SEC Professionals” workshop, as well as workshops in a variety of technical areas including “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities,” and SOX 404 ICFR audits. Before joining the SEC Institute, George was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He was director of the University's Accounting MBA program and also taught in the undergraduate accounting department. He has received the AICPA's Outstanding Discussion Leader Award and the Minnesota State Society's R. Glenn Berryman Award. George also served as Senior Vice President, Operations of Security Financial, where he managed the organization's initial public offering, and as a senior manager with KPMG.