2018 PLANADVISER National Conference

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SPEAKERS

  • Lynda Abend

    Chief Data Officer, John Hancock Retirement Plan Services

    Lynda Abend is Chief Data Officer for John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (JHRPS), and was previously Managing Director, Data Intelligence of New York Life Retirement Plan Services, which merged with JHRPS in April 2015. In this role, she is responsible for our data analytics vision and strategy, including data governance, business intelligence, predictive analytics, and reporting. Lynda is also responsible for Risk Management, Pricing, and Trust Operations for JHRPS. Lynda has 25 years of experience in all aspects of pension programs, including qualified retirement plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, and post-retirement health and welfare plans. Prior to her current role in our organization, she managed Defined Benefit Consulting and Compliance Services. Lynda received a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA.

  • Jon Anderson

    Head of Retirement Plan Solutions, Cetera Financial Group

    Jon Anderson is the Head of Retirement Plan Solutions at Cetera Financial Group, and a member of Cetera’s Advisor Growth and Innovation leadership team. In this role, Jon leads the strategic expansion of the group’s retirement plan offerings to help advisors win, retain and grow retirement plan assets. Prior to joining Cetera, Jon was vice president at BrightScope, an innovative independent provider of software, analytics, and data to the financial services industry, headquartered in San Diego, California. There, he was responsible for expanding the firm’s offering to leading broker-dealers, DCIO asset managers and record-keepers, while gaining invaluable knowledge specific to data unique to the retirement-plan industry. Previously, he served as west region manager of the Retirement Partners division for LPL Financial, where he worked closely with some of the leading financial advisors, service providers and other professionals in the retirement plan industry to help create LPL’s comprehensive offering. Jon also brings to Cetera his extensive experience with strategic planning and unique perspective through his roles as wealth manager for Colorado Financial Partners (LPL Financial) and financial advisor for AIG Retirement.  In 2017 Jon was selected as a member of the Investment News 40-Under-40, an elite group of young professionals who represent the industry’s future based on their accomplishments, leadership and contributions. Jon earned his Bachelors of Arts, cum laude, in economics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and director of the Jeffrey J. Anderson Business Leader’s Scholarship offered at Franciscan University. He holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) Designation, the Professional Plan Consultant (PPCTM) Designation, and the Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®) Designation at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Executive Education. He lives in San Diego with his wife and three sons.

  • Shawn Besser

    Vice President, NQ Practice Regional Consultant, Prudential Retirement

    Shawn has been in the retirement services industry for 18 years, specializing in 401k and Non-Qualified benefits. Shawn assists advisors and their clients with designing executive deferred compensation programs that help reward, retain, and recruit the best key-employees while also helping these individuals to save effectively towards a meaningful Day One of retirement. Shawn’s diverse background and extensive retirement experience allows him to design nonqualified plans to work for his clients given all of their other benefits and compensation programs as well as identify any potential issues before they happen.

  • Chad Brown

    Vice President, Managing Director of Retirement, Large and Mega Market Retirement Distribution, Transamerica

    Chad Brown has more than 20 years of retirement plan industry experience. As the Vice President, Managing Director of Retirement, Large and Mega Market Retirement Distribution, Chad oversees the sales and business activities for retirement product lines from $50 million in plan assets and larger. Chad is an established leader in the industry. He has been consistently recognized for his extensive experience with portfolio design and monitoring, plan design, participant education, practice management and sales in the defined benefit and defined contribution plan markets. He leads a region of high caliber financial services professionals whose focus is to build strong business relationships and support the success of their clients. Chad lives in Austin, Texas with his family. He enjoys family vacations, golf, soccer and the outdoors.

  • Joe Brummel

    Director Retirement Plan Consulting, Wealth Enhancement Group

    Joe brings both expertise and passion to his role. He is an active advocate for helping plan sponsors build comprehensive retirement plans and preparing participants for retirement. He currently serves as Adjunct Lecturer for The Plan Sponsor University™ in Minnesota, and is a Founding Lecturer for The Retirement Advisor University™. Joe’s extensive knowledge and communication skills have made him a sought–after speaker and writer for CEO, CPA and Human Resource groups, as well as major media organizations. He and his wife live in Prior Lake, MN with their two children. • Finalist for the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Award (2018) • Financial Times “Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors” (2016-2017) • 401kWire’s “Top 300 Most Influential Defined Contribution Advisors in America” (2010-2011)

  • Jason Chepenik

    Managing Partner, Chepenik Financial

    More than $1B worth of consulting on plan assets. Seventeen years of experience in the investment and retirement industries. Named one of 401kWire’s 60 Most Influential DC Advisors, one of Financial Times Top 401k Retirement Advisers (twice) and a finalist for PLANADVISER Magazine’s Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year. Even with his extensive list of accolades and accomplishments, it’s Jason’s unbridled energy and passion that his clients and team love most. Whether he’s advocating for stronger fiduciary responsibility, lending his financial expertise to a local non-profit, or championing financial literacy for the next generation, Jason keeps a strong sense of “the why” within his work. Oh, and he serves up a mean plate of crawfish at the annual Chepenik crawfish boil too!

  • Ron Cohen

    Head of DCIO Distribution, Wells Fargo Asset Management

    Ron Cohen is head of DCIO distribution at Wells Fargo Funds. In this role, he oversees all aspects of DCIO distribution including field sales and working with the home offices of our various recordkeeping and distribution firms. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2015, he was an executive director at J.P. Morgan in its defined contribution investment solutions group. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at DWS Investments, where he held various roles in its defined contribution practice, including national sales manager and head of retirement services, overseeing the company’s entire bundled offering. He also built out a defined contribution investment only (DCIO) practice for its institutional business

  • Kevin D. Collins

    Senior Vice President, Client Portfolio Manager, ALGER

    Kevin D. Collins is Senior Vice President and Client Portfolio Manager. Kevin joined Alger in 1996 as an analyst covering industrial and business services. He has 26 years of investment experience. Prior to his role as Client Portfolio Manager, he was Portfolio Manager of the Income and Growth portfolios and the equity portion of Alger’s Balanced portfolios. Before joining Alger, Kevin was an equity analyst at The Bank of New York. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his M.B.A. from Northwestern University. Kevin is a CFA charterholder and a member of both the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts.

  • Michael J. Collins

    Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, PGIM Fixed Income (Prudential Financial’s Fixed Income asset management business)

    Mike and the other co-portfolio managers received the Morningstar U.S. Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year Award for the PGIM Total Return Bond Fund in 2017. Mike began his career at Prudential Financial in 1986 and is currently co-portfolio manager for the PGIM Total Return Bond Fund, PGIM Global Total Return Fund, PGIM Core Bond Fund, PGIM Absolute Return Bond Fund, and other multi-sector fixed income strategies. He received a BS in mathematics and computer science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and an MBA in finance from New York University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI). Morningstar Awards 2017. © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. Robert Tipp, Michael Collins, Richard Piccirillo, and Gregory Peters of the PGIM Total Return Bond Fund (PDBZX) awarded U.S. Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year. The Fund was renamed from Prudential Total Return Bond Fund on 6/11/2018. The Fund Manager of the Year award winners are chosen based on research and in-depth qualitative evaluation by Morningstar’s Manager Research Group.

  • Joe Connell

    Partner, Sikich Retirement Plan Services

    Joe Connell is a Partner in the Retirement Plan Services area at Sikich Financial.  Joe has been helping organizations manage and enhance their retirement plan programs since 1999. His long-term track record of success is a result of working with hundreds of employers in implementing prudent processes designed to manage their fiduciary liability, reduce plan expenses, meet specific plan goals and significantly improve participant retirement outcomes. Joe is a frequent and nationally recognized speaker and presenter to employer and industry groups alike.   Mr. Connell is regularly invited to present to retirement plan organizations and human resource groups educating employers on the key elements of successful retirement plan design and structure.  One of Sikich’s 401k plan clients; United Hardware was selected as the Plan Sponsor of the year in 2018 for the 10 million- 50 million category plan size category.Joe was also named the 2014 Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year by PlanSponsor magazine, which honors advisors annually who best represent their mission to help make retirement security a reality for workers across the nation.   Mr. Connell has earned the following industry designations:  Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA®), From the Center for Fiduciary Studies at the University of Pittsburgh; Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC), from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist Designation (CRPS®), from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO  and RF™ (Registered Fiduciary) Designation, from DALBAR – The Registered Fiduciary™ (RF™) certification identifies financial professionals that have achieved pertinent educational qualifications and licenses, learned required skills, and have passed a background check to serve in the important role of Fiduciary Adviser. RF™ certified professionals are identified as having met the highest fiduciary standards in the financial industry.

  • Brian Cosmano

    Vice President, Strategic Product Initiatives, Great-West Investments/Empower

    Brian Cosmano is vice president, strategic product initiatives at Great-West Financial. He leads the development of new advisory service capabilities such as personalized target-date funds and innovative managed accounts solutions. Brian led the development of a new industry trend – the Dynamic Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA). Since the Pension Protection Act of 2006 encouraged the use of target-date funds, adoption has exploded – but with little in the way of innovation. Brian’s work in the area started with behavioral research that showed participants are at a pivot point in mid-to-late career, where they begin to benefit from a more personalized approach to planning than a target-date can offer. The concept is now being adopted across the industry and has been recognized as a top trend of 2017. Brian is now expanding the concept of managed accounts by leading the creation of more fully integrated solutions that dramatically improve the participant experience, address broader financial wellness at all life stages, and focus on the process of asset decumulation and income protection. To support this effort he has written papers on allocating to guaranteed income products and roth vs pretax contributions which have been quoted in various publication including USA Today. Previously, Cosmano worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he oversaw the creation of a personalized target income offering. Cosmano also managed the operations and technology team within Morningstar’s Investment Management group, which included the team responsible for the Ibbotson/Morningstar advisory services platform. He as a Masters in computer science from DePaul University and a B.A. in finance from Truman State University. In 2017 he was named to LIMRA’s rising stars under 40.

  • Corby Dall

    President & Managing Partner, 401k Advisors Intermountain

    Corby leads a well-respected team and provides that all important grey hair for an air of confidence. He keeps his team happy as they focus solely on the success of retirement plans for the benefit of the employee and peace of mind of the employer. Starting in the financial services world in the 80’s, Corby quickly realized the need for honest advice and wanted to help as many people as possible. This passion led to a clear path; partnering with employers to help as many people as possible retire with confidence and dignity. Corby has helped countless companies stop thinking of “401k” as a four letter word while creating thousands of successful retirement outcomes. Corby was named 2017 Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisors by PLANADVISER magazine 5 years running.  He is a founding member of the National Association of Plan Advisors, currently serving on the Leadership Council and Government Affairs committee. Corby serves on several industry advisory boards and works closely with lead policy makers, legislators and regulators to help shape future retirement policy. On a personal note, Corby has been married to his wife Karen for 34 years and was “blessed” with 3 boys, He enjoys spending time teaching financial awareness to local youth and volunteers with several youth groups. He dominates in “basement games” (don’t ask, you don’t want to know).He also loves boating, skiing, tennis and snowmobiling. 

  • Nicole Delahanty

    Managing Director, Pavilion Advisory Group Inc.

    Managing Director, Defined Contribution Practice, Co-lead and Pension, Lead Pavilion Advisory Group Inc. (Minneapolis) Ms. Delahanty focuses primarily on strategic investment consulting to retirement plan sponsors. She was initially trained as an actuary, earning the designation Enrolled Actuary under ERISA in 1999 and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) in 2002. Ms. Delahanty joined Jeffrey Slocum & Associates in 2012; Slocum’s business was combined with Pavilion Advisory Group Inc. in 2016. Previously, she spent 12 years in the Minneapolis office of Towers Watson, rising to leadership positions in the retirement arena where she was responsible for the strategic delivery of retirement plan design, financial and risk management, administration and compliance. Ms. Delahanty also spent four years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she first served as Director of Institutional Investments and later as a lead partner for the Chicago-based Global Institutional Consulting practice. During her tenure, Ms. Delahanty was instrumental in building out the firm’s outsourced CIO/fiduciary practice, and defined contribution advisory practice. Ms. Delahanty received a Bachelor of Commerce Honors in actuarial science from the University of Manitoba, a Masters of Business Administration from Augsburg University and holds the Certified Investment Manager Analyst (CIMA) designation through the Investment Management Consultants Association.

  • Joseph F. DeNoyior

    Managing Partner, Washington Financial Group

    Joe has been in the retirement business for over 28 years and is Managing Partner of Washington Financial Group, which manages over $1.2B of retirement plan assets and over 100 plans. He is proud to lead his team that was named the 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year. Joe is a Past President of NAPA and currently services on the Board of ARA

  • Michael Domingos

    Vice President, National Corporate Strategy & Distribution, Prudential Retirement

    Mike Domingos is vice president, Corporate Distribution and Strategy within Prudential Retirement, a business unit of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), and a leading provider of defined contribution, defined benefit, nonqualified deferred compensation plan administration, and institutional investment and risk management services. Mike is responsible for leading the corporate market sales team, nationally. This includes overseeing the development and execution of the distribution strategies for defined contribution, pension, and nonqualified plan services in corporate markets. He ensures retirement plan products and services offered by Prudential Retirement are customized to meet the needs of clients in target markets.  Mike entered the financial services industry in 1993, when he joined Prudential. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Hartford and is a Series 6, 7, 24, and 63 registered principal.  He volunteers his time to several charitable organizations including serving on the Host Committee for UNICEF Chicago, and through membership in the Red Cross Blood Drive, Habitat for Humanity, and the United Way.

  • Joanna Farrere

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administrative Services, Illinois Health and Hospital Association

    Joanna Farrere is Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administrative Services of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA).  With 200 employees and offices in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield, and Washington D.C., Ms. Farrere provides direct oversight of operational functions, including:  Human Resources, Administrative and Building Services, as well as Information Technology.  She is also responsible for monitoring the staffing financial impact to the overall budget and making any necessary course corrections. Ms. Farrere is a member of the IHA Senior Leadership Team ensuring resources are efficiently deployed throughout the organization to ensure alignment with IHA strategic priorities.  As  an adviser to senior leadership in marshaling resources to the most productive uses in creating member value, she is the architect of workforce strategy, and leader of organizational development. Ms. Farrere is also lead consultant and advisor to the President & CEO, of the Healthcare Associates Credit Union on strategic matters. Prior to IHA, Farrere held various leadership HR roles in the healthcare association space as well as acute care market – both community and academic health science centers.  Weathering many mergers,  Ms. Farrere has most enjoyed the transformational nature of HR.  She is proud recipient of the 2017 PSCA Signature Award and is honored to receive the Plan Sponsor of the year award. Ms. Farrere earned her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Sage Graduate School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from State University of New York College at Fredonia.  She has activeSPHR and HRCI certifications. 

  • Jamie Fleckner

    Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

    Jamie Fleckner is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry practice and Chair of its ERISA Litigation practice. Mr. Fleckner represents clients in a wide array of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on financial services and products, including investment management. He regularly litigates class and derivative actions under ERISA, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and related federal and state laws. His practice also focuses on regulatory investigations and governmental proceedings, and has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and state authorities. Mr. Fleckner’s success in litigating cutting edge legal issues has been profiled in The American Lawyer, Big Suits. According to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business where Mr. Fleckner has been selected for inclusion since 2014, Mr. Fleckner is “at the top of his game,” and is “a rare thought leader” on ERISA litigation. Since 2015, he has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the list of Who’s Who Legal: Pensions and Benefits.

  • Rick Fulford

    Executive Vice President and Head of PIMCO's U.S. Retirement and Defined Contribution Business, PIMCO U.S.

    Mr. Fulford is an executive vice president in the Newport Beach office, an account manager and head of PIMCO’s U.S. retirement business. He previously served as the head of PIMCO’s public pension channel. He spent six years, from 2003-2009, in PIMCO’s London office servicing institutional clients. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2000, he worked on the municipal desk at Wells Capital Management and before that, as a civil engineer. He has 20 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

  • Jake Gilliam

    Head Multi-Asset Strategist, Charles Schwab Investment Management

    Jake Gilliam is Head Client Portfolio Strategist for Multi-Asset Strategies for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. supporting Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc.’s (CSIM) Multi-Asset and Sub-Advised investment strategies. He contributes to strategic decisions and supports CSIM’s Asset Allocation and Sub-Advisor Oversight Committees for all multi-asset class portfolios as well as several single asset-class portfolios within CSIM and for the Schwab Bank Collective Trust Funds. He works closely with the Chief Investment Officers, Portfolio Managers, Research, and Sub-Advisor Oversight teams on a frequent basis. Mr. Gilliam also represents CSIM’s multi-asset class strategies to the institutional marketplace, clients, and the media. Previously, he was the day-to-day Senior Portfolio Manager for Schwab Bank’s Collective Trust Funds and Head of Sub-Advisor oversight for CSIM. Additionally, Mr. Gilliam served as interim Head of Asset Allocation and Portfolio Manager for CSIM’s Multi-Asset Class funds. Mr. Gilliam also developed the Schwab Corporate and Retirement Services Institutional Investment Analyst team and oversaw the due diligence process for maintaining the Schwab Focus List™. Earlier in his career, he also worked as a sell-side Equity Research Associate covering the food retail and restaurant industries. Mr. Gilliam earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Ohio University, and is a board member of the Ohio University College of Business Finance Advisory Council. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Cleveland. He holds Series 7 and 66 licenses.

  • Steven W. Glasgow

    Executive Vice President/Wealth Management, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

    Steven and his team recently Joined Janney Montgomery Scott from Avondale Partners, where he was a founding member of the advisory business for the Nashville TN. investment banking boutique. He brings more than 25 years of experience working with institutional investors including defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, endowments and foundations, as well as corporate cash mandates. Steven and his team at Janney are also members of the GRPAA (Global Retirement Partners Advisor Alliance) that collectively oversee more than $200 billion of plan assets. He has been recognized by PLANADVISER magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisors” for 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018. He was named as one of the “Top 50 Defined Contribution Advisors” and “Top 10 in the Large Plan Market” for 2012 by 401k Wire and has been named to the Financial Times “Top 401” Retirement Plan Advisor List in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Steven received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn University and his MBA from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designee. He holds the Accredited Investment fiduciary (AIF®) credential has also received the Certified Behavioral Finance Analyst (CBFA) designation from the Allianz Center for Behavioral Studies, and has also earned the CPFA (Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor) designation through the National Association of Plan Advisors.

  • Keith Gredys

    Chairman & CEO, Kidder Advisers, LLC

    Keith Gredys co-founded Kidder Advisers  (a CEFEX certified firm) in 1996 and has more than 30 years of investment, trust and pension administration experience. He is a seasoned professional in investment management, investment fiduciary issues and qualified plan administration and has served a wide range of clients and sponsors — from sophisticated small plans to complicated large plans with participants and individual accounts exceeding $100 million. Keith possesses a law degree (J.D.) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has obtained the professional designation of Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), which covers investment fiduciary standards of care and investment due diligence. He conducts numerous seminars and continuing education programs on qualified retirement plans and fiduciary topics for individuals and professional groups across the United States. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Nebraska State Bar Association. Keith holds the Series 7 and 24 registrations with LPL Financial and holds the Series 66 registration with both LPL and Kidder Advisers.

  • Eileen Greenspan

    Senior VP, Senior Plan Advisor, Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group

    Eileen is an Investment Advisor Representative with Sentinel Pension Advisors, Inc. She joined Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group in 2011 as part of an acquisition where she had previously worked since 2000. Prior to that, she began her career in Corporate Benefits, and then moved to Design, Consulting and Investment Advisory Services. Eileen has over 35 years of experience working on all aspects of retirement plans. She very much enjoys working with clients to understand their objectives and coming up with creative solutions to help clients meet these objectives.

  • David T. Griffin

    Director – Institutional Retirement Plans, Atlanta Retirement Partners, LLC

    David is the Founder and Owner of Atlanta Retirement Partners, LLC. David is responsible for the oversight of the firm and works specifically with key clients in an advisory capacity. David founded National Retirement, LLC in 2008 to exclusively serve institutional retirement plans as an advisor. With 20 years of experience in this specialized market, David has served hundreds of employers and thousands of employees in various industries in the Southeast. Now, as Atlanta Retirement Partners, David’s advisory firm is recognized by clients for its experience, dedication, and expertise. David is also recognized for helping employers develop plan designs and employee engagement designs that improve plan participation and plan success rates. David earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. In addition, he earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies (Fi360), which signifies knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care and was part of the inaugural class to earn the designation of Certified 401(k) Professional by The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education. David holds the Series 6, 63, and 65 securities registrations with LPL Financial and is Georgia Life, Accident & Sickness, and Variable Products licensed.

  • Brian Hanna

    Senior Retirement Plan Consultant, Everhart Advisors

    Brian Hanna is a partner and the Senior Retirement Plan Consultant at Everhart Advisors. Brian leads the Everhart team of consultants, relationship managers, and educators in serving the unique needs of 401(k) plan sponsors and employees. There’s no wondering about Brian’s passion for giving his clients the best possible advice and consultation about their retirement plans. You can hear it in his warm, commanding voice, and you can feel it in the energy and confidence that comes naturally from his world-class industry expertise, dogged work ethic, and sharp attention to detail. Most recently, Brian co-authored and published his first book, The 401(k) Owner’s Manual: A Blueprint for Building and Maintaining an Elite 401(k) Plan for Your Employees. In addition, Everhart Advisors was selected as the PlanSponsor Retirement Plan Adviser Mega Team of the Year 2018. Brian has formal training in fiduciary responsibility and due diligence, along with extensive experience in plan design, ERISA compliance, investment selection, vendor benchmarking and fee negotiation. Brian has been a guest speaker with the U.S. Department of Labor, Center for Due Diligence, Ohio Society of CPAs, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, PlanAdviser National Conference, and Supplier Associate Relations Group (SARG) of Honda North America.

  • Dana Hartwell

    Director, Head of DCIO Sales, New York Life / MainStay Investments

    Dana Hartwell is the Head of DCIO Sales and joined New York Life Investment’s Institutional Intermediary Business in 2015 with 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. Previously, Mr. Hartwell’s experience includes Hartford Funds, Natixis Global Asset Management, Fidelity Investments and Charles Schwab & Co. Mr. Hartwell earned his BA in History at Sonoma State University and holds his AIF designation.

  • Tim Irvin

    Consultant, Cammack Retirement Group

    Tim Irvin is focused on the retirement needs of several of Cammack Retirement Group’s large defined contribution plan clients. Tim partners with clients in all aspects of the due diligence process, including investment analysis, plan design, compliance, regulatory, and process changes. Additionally, he works to address all levels of vendor and participant issues, and works to ensure the successful delivery of vendor services including fund array changes, outsourcing, and participant communication and education. Tim has over seven years of experience in providing retirement plan consulting and client management services. Previously, he served as a retirement plan consultant at a New York City retirement services firm. Tim received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Villanova University and his master’s in business administration from NYU.

  • Jason Johnson

    SVP, Wealth Management, Retirement Plan Consultant, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

    Jason Johnson has more than 28 years of experience providing financial and wealth management advice and services. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and joined UBS Financial Services in February 2009 after nearly 20 years with Merrill Lynch. His team specializes in financial and estate planning, money management, and corporate pools of money including 401(k) plans, 403b plans, defined benefit plans, non-qualified plans, foundations and endowments. Jason is a Certified Investment Management Analyst ProfessionalSM that is awarded by the Investment Management Consultants Association in conjunction with The Wharton School of Business. He also has earned his Accredited Investment Fiduciary from the Center for Fiduciary Studies and his Accredited Retirement Plan Consultant designation from the Society of Professional Administrators and Record Keepers. Most recently, he earned the Chartered Retirement Planning SpecialistSM Designation through the College for Financial Planning. Jason regularly attends industry conferences as a guest, panelist, or speaker to stay current with investment management, fiduciary practices, ERISA, and more. One of his clients was awarded Plan Sponsor of the Year for Corporate Retirement Plans under $50mm in 2015.

  • Todd Kading

    President, LeafHouse Financial

    Todd Kading is the President and CoFounder of LeafHouse Financial, a firm that manages over $5 billion in retirement plan assets. He is one of the most credentialed and experienced advisors in the retirement fiduciary field in the country. He has been interviewed by Fox Business and speaks at retirement plan industry conferences, educating the nation’s leading retirement plan advisors. He has been recognized by Financial Advisor Magazine as one of the Top 100 401(k) advisors in the country. In addition the Financial Times has named Todd as one of the top 401(k) advisors for 3 consecutive years. His firm has been awarded a Finalist spot for the coveted 401(k) Leadership Award by the National Association of Plan Advisors.

  • David Kaleda

    Principal, Groom Law Group, Chartered

    David Kaleda is a Principal with Groom Law Group. His broad range of experience includes handling fiduciary matters impacting plan sponsors, investment and other fiduciary committees, investment managers/advisors, recordkeepers, broker-dealers, banks and other financial services firms. In December of 2011, Mr. Kaleda was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to the DOL’s ERISA Advisory Council for a three-year term (2012-2014). Mr. Kaleda is a frequent speaker and author on a range of employee benefits-related topics. He authors the bi-monthly “Compliance Consult” column for PlanAdviser Magazine and is a regular contributor of articles to The Investment Lawyer. His articles have also appeared in Employee Benefit News, Employee Benefit Adviser, Plan SponsorMagazine, Employee Benefits Law Journal, Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance, and others. He has presented on ERISA-related topics for number of organizations such as SIFMA, NSCP, Asset International, Society of Actuaries, International Retirement Resource Center, ASPPA, ABA Tax Section, ABA Business Law Section, IAML, PLI and FIRMA. He has been quoted in numerous publications such as On Wall Street, PlanSponsor Magazine, PlanAdviser Magazine, Investment News, Pensions & Investments, and Financial Adviser.

  • Michael M. Kane

    Managing Director, Plan Sponsor Consultants

    Mike is the Founder & Managing Director of Plan Sponsor Consultants, a nationally recognized independent retirement plan consulting firm. PSC has offices in Atlanta, Birmingham, DC, Maryland, Virginia & D.C., Michigan and Mobile, with retirement plan clients throughout the U.S.  Mike has been a 2017, 2016 & 2015 Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors. Members of his team have won numerous awards including NAPA Top Women and Young Guns. His team has won numerous awards, including: 2018, 2017 & 2016 PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers, 2018 & 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year Finalist, 2018 National Association of Plan Advisors Top Defined Contribution Advisor Multi-Office Team, 2017 National Association of Plan Advisors Defined Contribution Top Team, 2013 ASPPA/NAPA 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award Finalist. Mike serves as for Centre Fiduciary Excellence Analyst, as do 3 of his partners. Prior to entering the Fin. Services industry, he served as a Naval Officer & Aviator.

  • Todd Lacey

    Senior VP of Business Development, Stadion Money Management

    Todd Lacey is the Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) of Stadion’s retirement business. Todd is responsible for overseeing the relationships with current retirement recordkeeping partners as well as identifying and developing new channels of distribution and product development within the retirement business. Prior to joining Stadion, he held various roles at AEGON/Transamerica including EVP of Strategy & Corporate Development for Investments & Retirement, EVP of Business Development for the US retirement business and Senior Managing Director of Latin America. Prior to Transamerica, Todd was Founder & President of The (k)larity Group, a retirement plan advisory firm that was one of three finalists for the 2010 Plan Sponsor Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year Award.

  • Bruce Lanser

    Senior Retirement Plan Consultant, UBS Retirement Plan Consulting Group

    For more than 30 years, Bruce has been helping plan sponsors strengthen their employee retirement plans. He focuses his practice on delivering insights and results in three key areas within corporate retirement planning: sponsor and participant success, investment consulting, and fiduciary guidance. Professional achievements and education • Certified Investment Management Analyst® • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist® • Accredited Investment Fiduciary® • Certified Portfolio Manager® • Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

  • Joseph P. Lee

    Senior VP, Head of Reitrment Platforms and Strategy, First Eagle Investment Management, LLC

    Joe Lee joined First Eagle Investment Management in December 2016 as head of Retirement Platforms and Strategy. In his role, Joe is responsible for building relationships with retirement plan recordkeepers and intermediaries, as well as for developing First Eagle’s strategy for delivering solutions to retirement plans and individual retirement savers. Before coming to First Eagle, Joe was relationship manager, National Accounts (DCIO) at DoubleLine Capital. Prior to that, he was head of Advisor-Sold DC Sales & National Accounts at BlackRock and director of Retirement Services at Goldman Sachs. Joe received a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from Loyola University Chicago.

  • John Ludwig

    Financial Advisor, LPL Financial, LHD Retirement (An Independent Firm)

    John is a registered representative of LPL Financial where he is recognized as a leader in retirement plan consulting through his position in the firm’s Retirement Partners Group.* John is also a member of the LPL Advisory Council. John entered the retirement planning business in 1984 as a consultant with a major insurance company. His expertise in retirement plan design, plan operations, investment monitoring, and employee education is the foundation for the customized strategies that LHD Retirement has become known for. John graduated from Iowa State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture business finance. He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®) designee, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), a member of the Global Leadership Council, and has earned the CEFEX** certification from the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence. *Retirement Partners Group is a network of advisors associated with LPL ** CEFEX certification for advisory services provided through the LPL Financial Retirement Plan Consulting Program. LHD Retirement and LPL Financial are not affiliated with CEFEX.

  • Shannon McCarthy

    Senior Consultant, Brand Leader, Nationwide

    Shannon is a Senior Marketing Consultant at Nationwide with 19 years of experience in the Insurance and Financial Services industry. Her roles and experiences in Underwriting, Training, Sales and Marketing across multiple products provide her with a well-rounded perspective and unique ability to provide strategic solutions that benefit multiple business lines. It is this well-rounded perspective that allows her to be a frequent presenter at events across the country. For the last 12 years, her energetic leadership in Marketing has produced several successful campaigns and programs spanning all media types, profitably driving business results. She currently leads the Nationwide® Participant Engagement Program. This Program seeks to engage retirement plan participants with personalized guidance and valuable tools at each phase of retirement planning to promote behaviors that can lead to better retirement outcomes. Shannon has a BBA in Business Management and an MBA in Information Security from James Madison University, Virginia. Shannon currently resides in Dublin, Ohio with her husband and two children.

  • William E. McLaren

    Vice President, Stable Value Business Leader, Lincoln Financial Group

    Bill McLaren is the stable value business leader for the Retirement Plan Services business at Lincoln Financial. In this role, Bill is responsible for leading efforts to identify and further grow stable value opportunities for the business. He is also responsible for stable value product positioning, along with establishing business initiatives for investment-only and wrap opportunities in the market. Bill joined Lincoln in 2012 with several years of financial services and insurance industry experience. Prior to joining the company, Bill held several related positions with Prudential Retirement, and was most recently vice president of sales with expertise and specialty knowledge in stable value, including guaranteed interest contracts (GICs), institutional book value wraps and investment-only businesses. Bill holds FINRA series 7 and 63 registrations, is life insurance licensed in all 50 states, and holds both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Rider University.   Bill is a voting member of the Stable Value Investment Association as well as an active member of LOMA’s Group Retirement and Institutional Products Committee.

  • Vince Morris

    President, Resources Investment Advisors

    Vince Morris is the President of Resources Investment Advisors and the founder of Bukaty Companies Financial Services in Overland Park, Kansas. With more than 25 years of industry experience and a lifetime passion for investments and financial literacy, Vince is the driver of overall growth strategy and vision for both companies. Resources is a group of financial advisors across the country sharing resources to the benefit of investors. In 2017, it was named the fastest growing RIA since 2010 by WelathManagement.com. Additionally, Vince oversees the Retirement Plan Services division, Wealth Management division, and the third- party administration services division (Retirement Plan Administration, Inc.) for Bukaty Companies Financial Services.

    As a nationally recognized leader in the retirement plan industry for companies and their executives, Vince is a valuable resource to entrepreneurs. He has extensive experience in asset management, plan optimization, fiduciary management and participant engagement. Additionally, he serves on the NAPA Government Affairs Committee and supports the industry PAC.

    Vince received his B.A. of Economics from the University of Kansas and currently holds his PRP and AIF® designations.

  • Kevin Murphy

    Head of Strategic Accounts, Franklin Templeton Investments

    Kevin Murphy is a senior vice president and Head of the Defined Contribution Strategic Accounts team for Franklin Templeton’s US Investment-Only division. He is responsible for directing and expanding sales of mutual funds and sub-advised portfolio products in employer-sponsored retirement plans. In addition to leading the team of Strategic Account Managers, his primary focus is on mid-market advisory firms with a national footprint, and serves as the primary liaison with these firms at their home offices. Mr. Murphy also leads the firm’s Health Savings Account (HSA) initiative. Mr. Murphy’s primary objective is to help more Americans achieve optimal retirement outcomes. He approaches this by offering thought leadership in retirement plan services and investments and working diligently as a key business partner to retirement plan advisory firms, consultants and retirement plan sponsors. His expertise spans qualified plans, investments, current industry trends and Franklin Templeton products and services. Mr. Murphy began his career in the financial services industry in 1999 and joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 2011. Prior to that, he was a regional vice president on Columbia Management’s Defined Contribution Investment Only team. He also served as vice president and regional sales director of corporate retirement plans at Wachovia Retirement Services. Mr. Murphy holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Delaware. He was selected by National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) for its list of the Top 100 Defined Contribution Wholesalers in the industry in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Among his sales accolades, Mr. Murphy was named Franklin Templeton’s Investment-Only Specialist of the year in 2012 and 2014. Kevin, his wife Shannon and their four children reside in Kinnelon, NJ. He is a FINRA registered representative.

  • David Musto

    President, Ascensus

    David Musto President, Ascensus As president of Ascensus, David is responsible for leading and growing the firm’s primary business lines. He oversees the Retirement, Government Savings, Health and Benefits, and TPA Solutions divisions, including sales, marketing, product, service, operations, and technology. David has more than 25 years of experience in the retirement, investment, and insurance industries. Prior to joining Ascensus, he was president of Great-West Investments. Previously, he served as CEO of J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services and managing director of J.P. Morgan Defined Contribution Investment Solutions. He has also held senior leadership roles with Prudential Financial, CIGNA, and Kamoon, a start-up financial software company. David earned a master’s degree in finance and international business from NYU, Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in finance from The College of William and Mary. He currently serves as chair of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA).

  • Joan M. Neri

    Counsel, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

    Joan Neri is counsel at the nationally recognized law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and has been representing plan sponsors and plan service providers on matters involving benefits, compensation and all aspects of ERISA compliance since 1988.  Joan counsels plan service providers (including registered investment advisers, broker-dealers, third party administrators, and recordkeepers) in fulfilling their obligations under ERISA, including fiduciary status and the considerations associated with structuring, developing and offering investment products and services to ERISA plans.  Joan also counsels employers, management and plan fiduciary committees of publicly held corporations, closely held corporations, U.S. affiliates of foreign corporations and tax-exempt organizations on their fiduciary compliance responsibilities and plan operational issues.  She advises on the design of qualified retirement plans (including ESOPs), nonqualified executive compensation plans and welfare benefit plans, day-to-day plan administrative issues and transactional planning involving benefit plan acquisitions, plan mergers and plan terminations. Joan is a frequent speaker throughout the country on legislative and regulatory developments impacting services providers to ERISA plans, ERISA fiduciaries and employee benefit plans and has authored numerous articles on these topics. 

  • Jim O'Shaughnessy

    Managing Partner, Sheridan Road Financial

    Jim O’Shaughnessy, a Managing Partner of Sheridan Road, is responsible for the day to day operations of Sheridan Road’s retirement plan consulting business and wealth management group. Jim maintains all mutual fund, insurance and administrative relationships. Prior to co-founding Sheridan Road in 2005, Jim worked for AXA Advisors, where he built one of the largest asset management businesses focused on middle market corporate retirement plans in the country. Jim holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies and the PRP designation from Plan Sponsor. He also received the Certified Behavioral Finance Analyst (CBFA) designation from Allianz. Jim holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24 and 63 with LPL Financial and Series 65 with Sheridan Road Advisors, as well as life, health and variable licenses. Jim’s experience in the field of qualified plans has led to his active involvement with several industry advisory boards. He is a member of the Center for Fiduciary Studies, and the Profit Sharing Council of America and was recently named to NAPA’s Government Affairs General Committee, LPL Retirement Partners Technology Steering Committee and the 401(k) Summit Agenda Team. An advocate for the retirement plan industry, Jim frequently speaks at industry conferences and consults on ways to improve the overall health of the U.S. retirement plan system. In 2011, Jim was one of three finalists for the ASPPA/Morningstar 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award. Jim received his B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University. 2011 ASPPA award was nominated by industry professionals and selected by a panel of industry peers based on leadership, innovation and contributions to the retirement plan industry.

  • Dan Peluse

    Director of Retirement Plan Services, Wintrust Wealth Management

    Daniel J. Peluse joined the firm in 2013 as Director of Retirement Plan Services and has been working in the financial services industry since 2002. He began his career at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where he specialized in retirement plans—specifically in the areas of Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit plans. Dan leads the Retirement Plan Services division that helps business owners and plan sponsors to be more cost-effective and compliant, while helping reduce the administrative burden that comes with managing a plan and satisfying fiduciary obligations. The group provides a wide range of services including plan design, investment selection, 3(21) fiduciary support, policy and procedure support, service provider selection, performance reporting, and ongoing employee education. Dan has been recognized for multiple honors by PLANSPONSOR Magazine, including being named a finalist for ‘Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year’ (2013 – 2016), one of five finalists for ‘Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year’ (2011), as well as one of their ‘Top 100 Advisers’ from 2010-2018. Dan graduated from Elmhurst College with a degree in Finance and has earned the designation of Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P) from The Retirement Advisor University and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS) from the College of Financial Planning, Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, and Certified Behavioral Finance Analyst through Allianz Investments and Professor Shlomo Benartzi of the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Dan holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 Licenses, as well as Illinois Life and Health Insurance Licenses. He resides in Winfield, Illinois with his wife Ashley.

  • Ruthann Pritchard

    Institutional Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments

    Ruthann Pritchard is an institutional portfolio manager in the Global Asset Allocation (GAA) group at Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to more than 26 million individuals, institutions, and financial intermediaries. In this role, Ms. Pritchard serves as a member of the investment management team, maintaining deep knowledge of portfolio philosophy, process, and construction, assisting portfolio managers and their CIOs in ensuring portfolios are managed in accordance with client expectations, and contributing to investment thought leadership in support of the team. She is also a principal liaison for portfolio management to a broad range of current and prospective clients and internal partners, providing detailed portfolio reviews and serving as a key conduit of client objectives, requirements, and marketplace insight back to the investment team. Ms. Pritchard’s focus is on target date strategies. Prior to assuming her current position in January 2014, Ms. Pritchard was a vice president and investment consultant in Personal Workplace Investments (PWI), a unit of Fidelity Investments, from 2006 to 2014. Before joining Fidelity in 2006, she was a vice president at JPMorgan Asset Management and JPMorgan Retirement Plan Services from 2000 to 2006, an associate investment consultant at Evaluation Associates from 1996 to 2000, and a research analyst at Target Investors from 1993 to 1996. Previously, Ms. Pritchard worked as an associate at First Boston from 1987 to 1991, and as an analyst/associate at Goldman Sachs from 1984 to 1987. She has been in the financial industry since 1984. Ms. Pritchard earned her bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics and mechanical engineering from Yale University. She holds the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 3, 6, 7, and 63 registrations and is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

  • Robert J. Rafter

    President, RJR Consulting

    Robert J. Rafter is the head of RJR Consulting and affiliated with the Retirement Learning Center, a firm that specializes in offering retirement and rollover business-building solutions to large financial institutions. In addition, Mr. Rafter is a founding lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management — The Retirement Advisor University, where he teaches a fiduciary standard of care course. Previously, Mr. Rafter served as senior vice president and director of Institutional Corporate Retirement Services at Smith Barney. In his 23-year tenure with the firm, he developed and taught the fiduciary standard of care course for the Wharton School’s Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation program for directors at Smith Barney. Mr. Rafter has also developed numerous fiduciary standard of care continuing education courses for lawyers and accountants, including a course for Citigroup’s Private Bank Law Firm Division. In addition, he has developed and taught an online version of the ERISA fiduciary standard of care course for lawyers nationwide. Mr. Rafter is a lawyer with deep experience and expertise in fiduciary matters. He is an author and frequent public speaker on fiduciary standards, risk management, investment advice and related subjects. He has chaired numerous industry conferences on the
    corporate retirement plan challenges currently facing employer sponsors, plan fiduciaries and financial institutions. He was a standing member of the Investment Company Institute’s Pension Committee. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Fordham University School of Law, Mr. Rafter is a member of the New York State Bar
    and Federal Bar.

  • David Reich

    National President, Retirement Services, HUB International Investment Services, Inc.

    David Reich is the National President of Retirement Services for HUB International where he is responsible for growing HUB’s Employer Plan business. Prior to joining HUB David served as EVP and Head of The Retirement Partners Group, High Net Worth Organization, The Private Trust Company, and Chairman of Trust Board at LPL Financial. Prior to joining LPL, David held various positions of increasing responsibility with American Express, American Express Financial Advisors and Ameriprise Financial. David holds an MBA and is a Park Leadership Fellow at Cornell’s Johnson School of Management, and he earned a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland. David resides in San Diego, CA with his wife Courtney and their six children.

  • Jeff Roberts

    Regional Channel Manager, ADP Retirement Services

    Jeff Roberts, CPC Experience • Joined ADP Retirement Services, July 1998 • Over 25 years in the Retirement Services industry • Over 20 years focused exclusively on Executive Deferred Compensation Education and Training/Organizations • Certified Pension Consultant, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) • Membership Chair, ASPPA Benefits Council of the Northwest Jeff Roberts serves as the national new business manager for ADP’s Executive Deferred Compensation practice which administers over 140 non-qualified plans with $8.5 billion in plan liabilities across 21,000 executive accounts. Jeff works with clients and prospects to develop, review and refine executive total rewards strategies which drive recruitment, retention and performance of the key employees who are responsible for business success.

  • Stephen Rubino

    Senior Vice President, Institutional Services, Financial Engines

    Steve Rubino is Senior Vice President of Institutional Services, responsible for Financial Engines’ plan sponsor clients, recordkeeping partners, and consultant relations. In this capacity, Steve has overall responsibility for all aspects of our institutional client base, including setting and executing strategy, ongoing client servicing as well as client acquisition, implementation, and retention. Steve is a hands-on leader whose focus is on creating optimal client interactions. He serves as the executive sponsor of the Financial Engines Client Advisory Council. Before joining Financial Engines in 2003, Steve served as a director of relationship management for Thomson Financial’s (now Thomson Reuters) investment management group. He has also held various positions at State Street Corporation. Steve received an MBA from Suffolk University’s Frank Sawyer School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Denison University.

  • James F. Sampson

    Retirement Advisory Services, Hilb Group Retirement Services (formerly Cornerstone Retirement Advisors)

    Jim Sampson is Director, Retirement Advisory Services of Hilb Group Retirement Services (formerly Cornerstone Retirement Advisors), and has served the retirement plan industry for more than 20 years. 
    Jim has received numerous industry awards and recognitions, including:
    2-time Finalist for the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year1 (2008 & 2012)
    7-time PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Adviser3 (2012 – 2018)
    Jim has appeared on the FOX25 Morning News in Boston on their weekly Manage Your Money segment, has been quoted on retirement plan issues in The Boston Globe, Providence Business News, PLANSPONSOR Magazine, WSJonline.com and Employee Benefit Advisor Magazine, and has been a speaker or panelist at a number of industry conferences. Jim has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary™, Certified 401(k) Professional® and Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designations and earned a BS in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • Jonathan Schultheiss

    Retirement Plan Advisor/Partner, Gate City Advisors, LLC

    As head of corporate retirement plans and author of the book disTRACKted, Jonathon is responsible for ensuring that the GCA retirement plan service model is implemented and adhered to. He is the point of contact for our plan sponsors on all plan level issues. runs committee meetings and provides fiduciary training to members. Jonathon’s philosophy can be summed up in three words: keep things simple. Gate City Advisors has designed a process that combines investment selection with employee education, and Jonathon’s ultimate goal is to provide employees with a plan that helps make their retirement goals a reality. His favorite part of the job is delivering progress reports to plan participants, distilling a large amount of information into a one-page report that clearly answers the most important questions: Am I on track for retirement? Jonathon’s life outside of the office revolves around his family. He and his wife, Heather, are the proud parents of Dylan, Emma, Mady and Sadie. He supports his son’s athletic ambitions, coaching the baseball team or cheering him on in the bleachers at the High School basketball game. When he gets a few days off from the office, he and the family enjoy trips out to Myrtle Beach or relaxing for a long weekend in a mountain cabin, taking a break from the sounds of city life. Certification: Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®); Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®); Professional Plan Consultant (PPC)  

  • Rick Shoff

    Managing Director, CAPTRUST Financial Advisors

    As managing director and member of the advisor group, Rick focuses on the firm’s business development, advisor support, and advisor recruiting and acquisition initiatives. He also serves as a member of our firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining CAPTRUST in 2006, Rick founded Plan Advisory Services and built the company into one of the most well-respected advisory firms in the nation, and has worked in the industry since 1983. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Lebanon Valley College INDUSTRY DESIGNATIONS Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) AWARDS AND RECOGNITION 100 Most Influential People in The 401(k) Industry – 401(k)Wire

  • Todd Timmerman

    Managing Director, Retirement Plan Analytics

    Todd is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Retirement Plan Analytics (RPA). Todd and his team are on a mission to help clients make informed decisions for plan improvement. Todd is in his 30th year of serving retirement plan clients and advisors. Currently the advisors at Retirement Plan Analytics consult on over $15 billion in retirement plan assets and serve more than 150,000 participants. Retirement Plan Analytics serves both financial advisors and retirement plan sponsors with processes and strategies that seek to optimize plan success and drive desired participant outcomes. Todd created the Diagnostic Profile Process that focuses on 5 areas for plan improvement with curation and implementation of best practices. RPA provides fiduciary consulting and participant support and is currently equipping over 20,000 plan participants to improve their financial wellness. Prior to founding RPA, Todd served clients and advisors at a large national recordkeeper where he was responsible for strategy on new client engagements serving retirement plan clients with $100 million and above in assets. Todd and his wife Kelly live in Charlotte, NC and have 3 adult children.

  • Stacey Tovrov

    Vice President, DC Investment Strategy, BlackRock

    Stacey Tovrov, Vice President, is an Investment Strategist within BlackRock’s US and Canada Defined Contribution business. She is responsible for representing DC capabilities to plan sponsors, investment consultants, and advisors. The team partners with Sales, Research, and Product Development to evolve the suite of DC solutions, provide thought leadership, and develop client analytics. Prior to moving to her current role, Ms. Tovrov was a member of the Multi-Asset Strategies group focusing on the firm’s sustainable investment solutions. Previously, she was part of the Strategic Product Management group leading product development and strategy. She was also a member of BlackRock’s Portfolio Management Group helping drive strategic initiatives across the firm’s investment teams. Ms. Tovrov joined BlackRock in 2008 as an analyst in the institutional client business, where she was responsible for sales and servicing the firm’s central bank, sovereign wealth fund, and other official institution clients globally. Ms. Tovrov earned a BA degree in economics and international relations from Tufts University.

  • Tina Wilson

    Senior VP, Head of Investment Solutions Innovation, MassMutual U.S.

    Tina Wilson is Senior Vice President and Head of the Investment Solutions Innovation organization within MassMutual’s U.S. business. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy, ideation and design of institutional and investment products and solutions, including retirement plans and annuities. Wilson also oversees the management of MassMutual’s investment platform and operations for retirement savings plans. Prior to her current role, Wilson was Managing Director, Product & Investment Management for MassMutual International LLC, responsible for development of innovative life, annuity, retirement and investment products. She also led the development of MassMutual International’s Global Wealth Management business and before that assignment, led Fund Strategy within MassMutual’s Annuities and Retirement Services businesses. Prior to joining MassMutual, Wilson was an Investment Officer at Connecticut Mutual. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Wilson has FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses. She is also a member of the Hartford CFA Society and the CFA Institute. Wilson earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. Wilson is also member of the School of Business Advisory Board of Western New England University, a board member of the Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research, a member of the Insured Retirement Institute Board of Directors, and a member of the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Executive Board.

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