Business & Economy

UWF, Pen Air to host financial boot camp to help students, community manage debt

The University of West Florida College of Business Executive Mentor Program will partner with Pen Air Federal Credit Union to host the Spring 2018 Advanced Financial Boot Camp on Tuesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at the UWF Conference Center. The event is open to all UWF students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public.

The free, advanced financial boot camp, which begins with lunch for the first 70 registrants, will focus on “Debt Do’s & Don’ts: How to Manage Money and Dig Out of Debt.” Dr. Kevin Krieger, UWF associate professor of accounting and finance, will moderate a panel discussion with representatives from Pen Air, including:


-Lori Cukjati, credit resolution litigation supervisor

-John Heckmann, finance and investments manager

-David Lancaster, vice president of lending

Following the event at 12:15 p.m., participants will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the panelists to have their own personal financial questions answered.

“When I talk with college students, they often tell me they have huge school loans and sometimes credit card debt. One of their big concerns for after they graduate is how they are going to pay off everything they owe,” said Dr. Sherry Hartnett, director of the Executive Mentor Program. “I really appreciate the experts from Pen Air Federal Credit Union taking the time to come onto campus to talk with students about how to best manage their debt.”

The semi-annual boot camp invites financial professionals to present guest lectures about financial literacy, personal finance and preparing for post-graduate life.

To RSVP, register via the online event page. For more information about the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program, visit