About Etika LLC
Justin Paperny is a former investment executive who now uses his talents and experiences to educate others on the perils associated with white-collar crime. He is the author of Lessons From Prison and Ethics in Motion. Justin has been a keynote speaker to academic and business audiences across the nation. His clients include, The FBI Academy, New York University, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Wells Fargo, Wake Forest University, Morgan Stanley, the University of Southern California, Penn St. and Pepperdine.His story and presentations have been featured by ABC News, NBC News, Forbes, and Radio America, amongst many others.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Justin began building his career at such storied firms as Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, and UBS. Justin managed more than $150 million in investor assets as a top-earning stockbroker, but personal pressures clouded his judgment. That ethical lapse ensnared him in a fraud. He pleaded guilty to violating securities laws and served an 18-month sentence at Taft Federal Prison Camp.
Justin provides audiences with insight into the motivations, actions, and consequences of white-collar crime. Rather than speaking theoretically, he draws upon personal experiences to narrate with honesty and eloquence how an inattention to values-based decision-making can lead an individual into debacles that may include imprisonment.
Walter Pavlo is a nationally recognized speaker who has made keynote addresses at top ranked business schools, professional societies, Fortune 500 companies, accounting firms and federal law enforcement agencies. His story and presentations have been featured by Forbes magazine, USA Today, The New York Times and Nightline.
Walt’s perspectives on white-collar crime are unique as he was involved in such a crime while working as a senior manager at MCI Telecommunications where he was responsible for the billing and collection of nearly $1 billion in monthly revenue for MCI’s carrier finance division. With a meritorious employment history, he, one member of his staff and a business associate outside of MCI began to perpetuate a fraud involving a few of MCI’s own customers. When the scheme was completed, there had been seven customers of MCI defrauded over a six-month period resulting in $6 million in payments to the Cayman Islands.
In January 2001, in cooperation with the Federal Government, Walt pled guilty to wire fraud and money laundering and entered federal prison shortly thereafter where he served two years. Audiences find his presentation to be a candid look at the motivations,actions and consequences of a white-collar crime. Walt holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from Mercer University. In the Fall of 2007, Walt and co-author Neil Weinberg (Forbes Magazine) introduced their book, Stolen Without A Gun: Confessions From Inside The Largest Accounting Fraud in History..the collapse of MCI/WorldCom.