2020 PLANADVISER National Conference

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  • Brad Arends

    Co-founder & CEO, Intellicents

    Taking what he has learned over the last three decades, Brad brings his industry experience and knack for prognosticating what’s coming…or needs to come next, to a business plan aimed at serving a demographic that has largely been ignored by the wealth management sector – successful financial outcomes for the American worker. As the fifth employee in his family’s local retirement planning/recordkeeping business, he used his legal training for spotting issues and coming up with progressive solutions to help engineer a sustainable firm with a national client footprint and over 140 employees at its peak. Brad’s pioneering spirit pushes an atmosphere of innovation yet collaboration among the intellicents team; and, ever the creative visionary, he has a penchant for taking the “fine” or even the “good” and turning it into the “beautiful”…like a 40+ year-old company with a startup mentality and aspirations for offices around the country. Brad has worked in the retirement and employee benefits areas for over three decades. With a concentration on the design, funding, and communication of defined contribution retirement plans, IRC Section 125 flexible benefits plans, defined contribution health insurance approaches, private health insurance exchanges, health savings accounts, executive compensation plans, and worksite financial wellness programs, he has practically made ERISA his work-wife. A graduate of Washington University School of Law, he is a current member of the Retirement Advisor Council for Fidelity Investments Custody and Clearing Group (FCC), a former member of the Charles Schwab Retirement Business Services Trust & Custody Advisory Board, a former member of the Advisory Council for SunGard Relius, a member and former President of Retirement Advisors & Designers of America (RADA), a former member of the Employee Benefit Section of the Minnesota Bar Association, and a current member of the Blue Partners Advisory Board for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Brad is a frequent industry speaker, and he primarily focuses today on expanding the company footprint nationally by recruiting new teammates to join intellicents. Offline Brad enjoys decompressing either in the gym or around water…which generally involves a lake, a boat, good classic rock or Motown tunes, a full cooler, and his wife of more than three decades. He chases his three adult daughters around the Twin Cities in support of their “foodie” habits, loves to go “out west” skiing a couple times each winter and makes his yard an art project every spring and summer. He’d like to be a decent golfer some day, but accepts that it’s just going to be another source of stress right now while his play is generally confined to only three or four charity best-shots per year. At the end of the day, he simply loves his job. Brad also deeply believes in giving back to the community of Albert Lea, Minnesota where he was raised and that has supported his business efforts.  His current passion centers on the issue of rural healthcare.  For 2 ½ years, he chaired the local citizens action group Save Our Healthcare whose mission was to: 1) restore services being removed; 2) regain control of the healthcare services offered in the community; and 3) reduce the cost of high-quality healthcare in the community.  Today, those efforts have morphed into the Albert Lea Healthcare Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that Brad helped found and currently volunteers as its President.  Its purpose is to build a full-service healthcare clinic and outpatient surgery center to serve the citizens of Albert Lea and the surrounding area by providing an affordable high-quality healthcare alternative. In recognition of his local business development and community service efforts, Brad was inducted into the Albert Lea High School Education Foundation Hall of Fame in 2017.  Read his inspirational “What He’s Learned Along the Way” talk here he gave to the senior class as part of his induction. Brad was also named 2020 Citizen of the year by the Albert Lea Tribune for his volunteer efforts to restore lost healthcare services to Albert Lea and the surrounding communities. 

  • Greg Bakke

    President, Expand Financial

    Greg Bakke is a co-founder, CTO and the Managing Partner of Expand Financial, LLC. Prior to co-founding Expand Financial, Greg spent more than 12 years in senior management positions as Chief Technology and Chief Information Officers at First Trust Corporation, FiServ and Trust Company of America (TCA). Greg’s background includes over 20 years of experience in finance and technology.
    Greg is a financial adviser who focuses his practice in the pension plan arena – including both Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit plan advisory services. After having spent a number of years building and managing “back office” technology infrastructures to support the financial advisory and administration businesses of his employers, Greg struck out on his own in 2009.
    Greg received his Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Business Administration (finance/accounting) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a Masters of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Denver. Greg is FINRA Series 7 and 66 licensed, holds a Colorado State Life, Accident and Health Insurance license, and also maintains a certificate as a Global Fiduciary Strategist (GFS).
    Greg lives in Denver and has two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and running.

  • Michael Bockstie

    National Sales Director – Retirement Plans, Capital Group / American Funds

    Michael Bockstie is national sales director for retirement plans at Capital Group, home of American Funds. He has 30 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for 13 years. Earlier in his career at Capital, Mike was a senior manager of national accounts for wires and regionals and before that, a division manager and a retirement plan counselor. Prior to joining Capital, he was a vice president and regional retirement director for DWS Scudder. He holds a master’s degree in finance from Loyola College in Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Maryland. Mike is based in Forest Hill, Md.

  • Dr. Larry Brilliant

    Founder and CEO, Pandefense Advisory, epidemiologist, philanthropist

    Dr. Larry Brilliant is a physician and epidemiologist, CEO of Pandefense Advisory, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the NGO Ending Pandemics. He also serves on the board of the Skoll Foundation. Dr. Brilliant was previously the president and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, vice president of Google, and the founding executive director of Google.org. He co-founded the Seva Foundation, an NGO whose programs have given back sight to more than 5 million blind people in two dozen countries. In addition, he co-founded The Well, a progenitor of today’s social media platforms. Earlier in his career, Dr. Brilliant was an associate professor of epidemiology and international health planning at the University of Michigan. Dr. Brilliant lived in India for nearly a decade where he was a key member of the successful WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme for SE Asia as well as the WHO Polio Eradication Programme. He was chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Committee, which was created by presidential directive of President George W. Bush, he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk, and a “First Responder” for CDC’s bio-terrorism response effort. Recent awards include the TED Prize, Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, “International Public Health Hero,” and four honorary doctorates. He has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Berkeley and many other colleges, spoken at the Royal Society, the Pentagon, NIH, the United Nations, and some of the largest companies and nonprofits all over the world. He has written for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and other magazines and peer reviewed journals and was part of the Global Business Network where he learned scenario planning. Dr. Brilliant is the author of “Sometimes Brilliant,” a memoir about working to eradicate smallpox, and a guide to managing vaccination programs entitled “The Management of Smallpox Eradication.” He is also a CNN Medical Analyst.

  • Mark Bruno

    Managing Director, ECHELON Partners

    Mark Bruno is a Managing Director for ECHELON Partners, where he focuses on providing M&A, consulting and valuation services to the wealth management industry. He is also the host of ECHELON’s podcast, Behind the Deal, and is a regular contributor to Forbes on the subject of M&A.

    Prior to joining ECHELON, Mr. Bruno was the Managing Director and Associate Publisher at InvestmentNews, where he was responsible for overseeing a wide range of businesses, including IN’s research, content strategy, digital, custom publishing and sales groups. Mr. Bruno was with InvestmentNews for 12 years and helped establish the company as the leading B2B media brand in the wealth management industry. He played an integral role in the sale of InvestmentNews from Crain Communication to Bonhill Plc in 2018.

    Mr. Bruno is an award-winning journalist, author and researcher who has written and edited for a number of financial publications over the past two decades, including InvestmentNews, Financial Week, Pensions & Investments and U.S. Banker. Mr. Bruno has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Chicago Tribune for his expertise in wealth and investment management. Mr. Bruno has received numerous accolades for his writing and reporting, including the American Business Media’s prestigious Jesse H. Neal award, and for his breaking news coverage and analysis of the financial services industry by The Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Mr. Bruno is the author of Save Now or Die Trying: Achieving Long-Term Wealth In Your 20s and 30s, one of the top-selling retirement planning books of 2007.

  • Dan Bruns

    Head of Managed Solutions, Morningstar Investment Management

    Dan Bruns is Head of Managed Solutions in Morningstar Investment Management’s workplace solutions group. In his current role, Bruns is responsible for business strategy and product management for the group’s managed accounts solution. Prior to his current role, he was a Vice President of Product Strategy.  In previous positions he was responsible for business development, conducting research and building investment tools to refine Morningstar Investment Management’s portfolio construction, asset allocation, and reporting systems. He also has a background in software development and financial modeling. Bruns holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Lewis University and a master’s degree from DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.  He has been with the firm for over a decade. 

  • Dan Campanelli

    Retirement Advisor Channel Manager, Retirement Plan Services , Paychex Retirement Services

    Dan is the Retirement Advisor Channel Manager for Paychex Retirement Services.  He has been in the investment industry for 35 years, with the last 25 years spent in the retirement plan industry in sales, wholesaling, sales leadership, relationship management, and training.  Dan joined Paychex in 2012 as one of the first external retirement wholesalers for the newly created Financial Advisor wholesaling team, focusing on growing Paychex’s business with Financial Advisors.  In his current role, he is responsible for relationship management and sales for all broker-dealer, RIA and investment partners that work with Paychex. Prior to Paychex, Dan was in the retirement plan business with ADP Retirement Services.  There he sold 401(k) plans, was in sales leadership, and then became the primary developer and first leader of the Retirement Services Sales Training program.  Prior to his time with ADP, he was a financial advisor for 10 years. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of  Connecticut.

  • Bob Carroll

    Head of Workplace Distribution, MassMutual

    Bob Carroll joined MassMutual as Head of Workplace Distribution effective November 2018 and reports to Teresa Hassara, Head of Workplace Solutions.
    Bob joins MassMutual from John Hancock where he served as vice president of National Sales. He brings a wealth of experience with more than 20 years of developing and leading high-yielding sales strategies across a variety of markets.
    In his most recent role at John Hancock, Bob spearheaded the company’s strategy for retirement plan product development, marketing, and product distribution. In his tenure at John Hancock, he also held a number of regional sales leadership roles as well as led financial reporting for large institutional, qualified retirement plans such as Harris Bank and Trust in Chicago.
    As head of Workplace Distribution, Bob is responsible for developing and executing the workplace distribution strategy, driving revenue and growing our share of the retirement and worksite markets as we position ourselves to become a leading provider of the holistic solutions our customers now demand.
    In addition to driving sales, Bob manages relationships with internal and external distribution channels, to create product awareness and enhance overall client satisfaction in an effort to help more Americans secure their future and protect the ones they love.
    Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Administration from Illinois State University and Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
    He resides with his wife, Angela and children in Scituate MA.

  • Kenneth G. Catanella

    Managing Director – Investments, UBS Institutional Consulting Group, The Catanella Institutional Consulting Team

    Ken, a Managing Director at UBS is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), he has over 30 years of 401k Institutional Consulting experience and joined UBS in 1991. Ken heads up with his son Brian the Catanella Institutional Team in Philadelphia and as of 12/31/19 consulting to over $5 billion in retirement plan assets.The Catanella Institutional Consulting Team is nationally recognized as one the Premier 401k Consulting Teams to Private Equity Retirement Plans.
    In 2020 The Catanella Institutional Consulting Team was named Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers by Plan Adviser Magazine as additionally in years 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2018 named one of Barron’s Top 50 Institutional Consulting Team. In 2016 The Catanella Institutional Consulting Team was named the Plan Adviser Team of the Year by Plan Adviser Magazine. In 2015 and 2016 Ken was selected by The Financial Times as one of the Top 401k Retirement Plan Advisers.
    In 2015 and 2017 Ken was selected by Barron’s to moderate and speak at the annual Barron’s Institutional Consulting Conference. In 2018 Ken was selected to the Retirement Plan Consulting Advisory Council of UBS. In 2011 Ken was named by the 401kWire as the Number One 401k Plan Advisor for Mid-Market Retirement Plans in America. In 2008 during the financial crisis, Ken was selected to be one of two Institutional Consultants to be a member of the UBS Financial Services Investment Committee of the Americas with respect to the investment of assets of the firm’s Pension and 401k Retirement Plans covering over 17,000 participants. Ken holds an undergraduate degree from Butler University where he played Varsity Football.
    Ken is the Founder of the Moorestown, NJ “Challenger Baseball” program for children with Autism and Down Syndrome and other disabilities Ken, along with the Mayor of Moorestown, NJ founded the foodbank “Moorestown Neighbors Helping Neighbors” in March 2020

  • Jason Chepenik

    Managing Partner , Chepenik Financial

    Jason joined Chepenik Financial in 1999 as Managing Partner and Financial Adviser focused on providing fiduciary guidance to corporate retirement plans. For more than 20 years, Jason has been recognized as a thought-leader and outspoken advocate for the retirement industry, testifying in 2008 before Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council on the spend-down issues of corporate retirement plans. He has received numerous industry accolades, having been named one of 401kWire’s 60 Most Influential DC Advisors, one of Financial Times Top 401k Retirement Advisers, and selected in 2019 as PLANADVISER Magazine’s Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year. 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!

  • Thomas Clark

    Chief Operating Officer, Partner, The Wagner Law Group

    Tom Clark serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and leads the firm’s St. Louis office. His expertise encompasses all aspects of employee benefits programs, including the design, implementation and compliance of retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive and incentive compensation arrangements. He also has a robust practice assisting covered service providers in meeting their ERISA compliance needs. Mr. Clark’s vast litigation experience complements the firm’s strong and growing ERISA and employment litigation department and includes work on landmark ERISA cases involving complicated ERISA fiduciary duty issues. He has been quoted extensively as an ERISA and employee benefits expert by outlets such as Reuters, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, and Forbes. Mr. Clark teaches ERISA fiduciary law as an Adjunct Professor at The Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, his alma mater. He is a co-author of the Second Edition of “ERISA: Principles of Employee Benefits Law,” the only treatise of its kind that provides an overview of the regulation of employee benefit plans by highlighting the central principles and competing policies of employee benefits law in a compact and accessible format for a broad audience of readers.

  • Joe Connell

    Partner, Sikich Financial

    Joe is a Partner and leads the Retirement Plan Services practice at Sikich Financial. Joe has dedicated the past 16 years to helping organizations improve and enhance their retirement programs. His long-term track record of success is a result of working with hundreds of employers in implementing prudent processes designed to reduce fiduciary liability and plan expenses, meet specific plan objectives and significantly improve participant outcomes.
    Joe is a frequent and nationally recognized speaker and presenter to employer and industry groups. He has conducted numerous retirement plan workshops educating employers on the key elements of successful retirement plans.
    Joe was named to the 2015 thru 2020 editions of the Financial Times 401 Top Retirement Advisors. The list recognizes top financial advisors who specialize in serving defined contribution (DC) retirement plans across the U.S. He was also awarded the 2014 Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year award by PlanAdviser.

  • Rick Cortellessa

    Regional Director, Retirement Solutions Group, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM)

    Rick Cortellessa has spent his career advocating for the importance of saving through employer sponsored defined contribution plans. When he was fortunate enough to be introduced to the industry he provided worksite education and enrollment services for large employers which led to serving as Regional Branch Manager for the Copeland Companies. In 2000 he joined Smith Barney Asset Management in a Key Accounts role working with retirement platforms and broker dealers which became Legg Mason Investor Services in 2006. In 2007 he joined GSAM as Regional Director for DCIO working with advisors and consultants in the NE and Mid-Atlantic states. Working along-side advisors and consultants to help influence employee behavior and goal setting has been and continues to be extremely rewarding. Through the years there have been many twists and turns on the delivery of these services, however the goal of helping people achieve their goals has always been the focus and is more important today than ever before. Rick lives in Southport Ct with his wife Susan and has two grown children, Nick and Kim.

  • Kelli Davis

    Vice President of Retirement Plan Consulting, CSi Advisory Services

    Kelli Davis is the Vice President of Retirement Plan Consulting at CSi Advisory Services. Since 2004, Kelli has been dedicated to helping individuals reach their retirement goals. She takes a great interest in what clients do with their free time to learn better ways to guide them towards achieving financial success. She believes that qualified retirement plans have become an essential part of people’s financial lives. With defined benefit pension plans becoming increasingly rare, 401(k) and 403(b) plans are necessary vehicles to allow people to save for retirement. That is why Kelli dedicates much of her to helping employers offer quality retirement plans, so their employees can save for a comfortable retirement. Kelli holds a B.S. in Economics from DePauw University. She has earned her Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF®, and Certified 401(k) Professional, C(k)P, designations. She is a proud wife and mom of twins living in Indianapolis.

  • Barbara Delaney

    Principal and Founder, SSRBA

    Barbara Delaney currently serves as Senior Vice President with StoneStreet, a Division of HUB International Northeast Limited. As part of the dedicated Retirement and Private Wealth division, Barbara is a seasoned fiduciary advisor, specializing in financial wellness and retirement plan consulting services to defined benefit, defined contribution and non-qualified plans.
    Based out of Pearl River, NY, Barbara holds nearly 40 years of experience. Prior to founding StoneStreet in 1998, Barbara was the Managing Director Retirement Services at Tribus Companies for nearly 12 years. She joined HUB International through HUB’s acquisition of StoneStreet in September of 2019. Highly recognized and nationally acclaimed, Barbara was the recipient of the National Association of Plan Advisors’ (NAPA) 401(k) Summit Leadership Award* in 2016, in addition to receiving many other awards and honors throughout her tenure.
    Barbara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics from St. Thomas Aquinas College and attended the New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a licensed life & health insurance broker and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 securities registration through LPL. Outside of work, Barbara sits on multiple advisory boards, is a Government Affairs Committee Member of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (NAPA), and is a member of the NAPA Leadership Council.

  • Joe DeNoyior

    President, Washington Financial Group a division of HUB International

    Joe is the President of Washington Financial Group a division of HUB International. Since 1990, he has maintained a commitment to building an organization centered on client needs that seeks to provide unsurpassed service and independent advice with a focus on outcomes. Joe is proud to lead the team at Washington Financial Group that was named the 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Small Team of the Year. Currently, Joe is a Board Member of the American Retirement Association. He is the Past President of NAPA. Joe, his wife Stacy and son Anthony live in Vienna, Virginia. He is active in the hockey community as both a coach and a player.

  • Michael Domingos

    Head of Sales & Strategic Relationships, Prudential Retirement

    Mike Domingos is a senior vice president head of Sales & Strategic Relationships 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. In this role, Domingos leads national sales, including full service corporate, tax exempt, pension risk transfer, investment-only and nonqualified sales, plus the channel management team responsible for developing and implementing Prudential Retirement’s channel strategy. Channel management focuses on strengthening relationships with key intermediaries (consultants, advisors and third-party platforms). Previously, Domingos was responsible for leading distribution teams, nationally. This included the development and execution of the distribution strategies for institutional risk management, stable value investment management as well as national account qualified and nonqualified plan services.
    Domingos entered the financial services industry in 1993, when he joined Prudential and has held a number of leadership roles. 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 having served on the host committee for UNICEF Chicago, and through participation in Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the United Way efforts.

  • Steven Dimitriou

    Managing Partner, Mayflower Advisors, LLC

    Steve is a Managing Partner at Mayflower Advisors with nearly 30 years of industry experience. He was named PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year in 2009, inducted into the PLANADVISER Hall of Fame in 2011, and has been recognized with a number of other industry awards throughout the years, including repeatedly being named to PlanAdviser’s Top 100 List, 401kWire’s 50 Most Influential DC Advisors and the Financial Times Top 401 Advisors. Steve was a member of the founding Board of NAPA and served as its first President-Elect. After serving his term as President of NAPA in 2014, he became President of the American Retirement Association (ARA) in 2019 and still works closely with the organization. Steve was also a founding member of the Retirement Advisory Council (RAC) and has served on numerous advisory boards throughout the industry. He is a graduate of Colby College with a B.A. in both Honors Physics and Economics and, prior to founding Mayflower in 2002, held positions at MFS, Alex. Brown & Sons and H.C. Wainwright in various capacities related to retirement plans.

  • John Doyle

    SVP, Senior Retirement Strategist, Capital Group / American Funds
    John Doyle is a senior vice president focused on defined contribution in the Retirement Strategy Group at American Funds, part of Capital Group. He has 28 years of investment industry experience and joined Capital Group in 2013. Prior to joining Capital, John was executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Hartford Investment Management Company. Before that, he worked as head of marketing and product at T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services and as a vice president of marketing at Fidelity Investments. John is a frequent speaker on issues and topics important to the success of the DC retirement system. He holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University.
  • Edward Farrington

    EVP, Institutional and Retirement, Natixis Investment Managers – US Distribution

    Edward Farrington is an Executive Vice President with Natixis Investment Managers. In this role, he leads consultant relations as well as institutional and retirement sales efforts. Mr. Farrington was previously based in London, where he led global wholesale efforts for the firm, supporting clients throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Mr. Farrington has more than 20 years of experience in investment management. Prior to joining Natixis, he served as national fundraising manager for Fidelity Charitable Services. There, he led fundraising efforts for the nation’s largest donor-advised fund. Mr. Farrington also held senior roles in Chicago, San Diego, and Boston with Fidelity Investments. Mr. Farrington has a BA in political science from the University of New Hampshire. He is FINRA Series 6, 7, 24 and 66 licensed and holds an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation and the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation. Additionally, Mr. Farrington is actively involved in Strong Women, Strong Girls, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on eliminating the ambition gap for young women. He is also a trustee of the Travis Roy Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board for the World Surf League, the governing body for professional surfing.

  • Sheri Fitts

    Founder, ShoeFitts Marketing

    Sheri Fitts, a financial services marketing and brand guru, will completely upend the way you think about generating referrals, attracting the best-fit client, and driving sales and retention goals. From Utah to the United Kingdom, she has shared her expertise as a marketer and business owner with packed, in-person and virtual audiences. Sheri’s clients include leaders and advisors from such forward-thinking companies as Ameriprise, BlackRock, Charles Schwab, LPL Financial, Principal, Transamerica, Commonwealth, John Hancock and more. Throughout her 30-year career she’s been an early adopter of technology. She sent her first email newsletter in 1998 and coded her first website in 2000. In 2006, she began teaching financial service organizations the ins and outs of LinkedIn – at a time when many were hoping the “Internet thing” would blow over. Today she continues to drive innovation and exploration through her work to help industry leaders broaden their reach through video and virtual media. Beyond simply turning on the camera and offering a talking-head solution, Sheri coaches leaders and their teams as they reimagine their next virtual high-stakes presentation.

  • Rita Fiumara

    Senior Vice President–Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services Inc.

    In an evolving retirement plan landscape, plan sponsors need advice and guidance more than ever. Rita understands both the incentive value of a retirement plan and the commitment required to administer the plan and address fiduciary responsibilities. Investment reviews, daily plan administration, and participant support and education can be overwhelming. Combining the experience resources of UBS with her own knowledge, perspective and insights, Rita can help you create a stronger plan to help give your employees greater confidence in their retirement and their future.
    Since 1996, Rita has been helping to empower retirement plan sponsors with insight and best practices to meet their fiduciary responsibilities while supporting employees’ retirement planning goals. As a Senior Retirement Plan Consultant, Rita considers herself an educator as well as an advocate. By integrating plan feature consulting with employee education, she has helped sponsors build effective communication programs that have driven overall plan participation. Rita also advises her clients on competitive cost structures, investment committee priorities and decision-making, and organizing key fiduciary documents. Outside of UBS, Rita is an active spokesperson in her professional community. She is often a featured guest speaker on ERISA topics at industry conferences and events, including those of the Chicago Bar Association, Financial Executives International, the SPARK National Conference, the PLANSPONSOR National Conference and the CPA® Society.
    In addition to her nearly 20 years of experience in retirement plan consulting, Rita’s education and professional achievements enhance her capabilities and her consultative process:
    Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM (CRPS®) Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®)
    B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of South Florida
    M.S. in business administration from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago

  • Rick Fulford

    Head of Defined Contribution, PIMCO

    Mr. Fulford is an executive vice president in the Newport Beach office, an account manager and head of PIMCO’s U.S. defined contribution 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 22 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.

  • Mike Goss

    Executive Vice President, Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC (FIA)

    Mike is the Executive Vice President at Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC (FIA). Also a senior consultant, Mike supports a number of non-profit, family office, corporate and governmental clients.  Mike has been advising institutional clients for over 20 years and has a wide range of expertise in portfolio construction, asset allocation, investment manager oversight, fee analysis, peer benchmarking, and the like. Mike is a member of FIA’s Investment Committee and Endowment & Foundation Subcommittee. Prior to founding FIA, Mike was a Senior Vice President and PRIME Consultant at UBS Financial Services Inc. Institutional Investor Magazine, PLANADVISOR, and others have recognized Mike as one of the nation’s leading institutional advisors, and he has been quoted in numerous industry publications, including Institutional Investor, PLANSPONSOR Magazine, Money Management Letter and Defined Contribution News.
    Education: Babson College, MBA Boston College, BA
    Outside Activities: CT Public Pension Forum, Founding Member
    Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall, Board of Overseers and Investment Committee Watkinson School, Audit Committee, Past Trustee and Past Chair of Investment Committee Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation, Board Member Retirement Advisor Council
    Personal Interests: Coaching youth sports, lead guitarist in The FourFathers

  • MJ Goss

    Director, Retirement Planning and Financial Wellness, 401(k) Advisors

    MJ Goss is Director of Retirement Planning & Financial Wellness with 401(k) Advisors Intermountain.  He has spent the past 18 years helping both individual investors and retirement plan sponsors chart a straight course to their goals.  MJ manages the education, communications and wealth management teams with the singular goal of creating a more confident financial reality for both today and into retirement for 401k participants.  MJ and his team’s face to face interactions in both group, one on one and Zoom settings allow for a more direct feel as to how 401(k) Advisors can create a retirement plan that meets participant needs. 

  • Brian Hanna

    Partner, Everhart Advisors

    Brian Hanna is a partner and EVP–Retirement Savings Plans for Everhart Advisors. Brian leads the Everhart Advisors team of plan consultants and relationship managers in serving the unique needs of retirement plan sponsors. His team seeks to help protect plan fiduciaries from liability, while enhancing investment opportunities and helping employees achieve financial security. Everhart Advisors was honored to be recognized as the Retirement Plan Adviser Mega Team of the Year in 2018 by PLANSPONSOR®.  Brian has received formal training in fiduciary responsibility and investment due diligence, along with extensive experience in plan design, vendor selection, cost control, and employee communication strategy. In June 2017, Brian and firm president, Scott Everhart, authored and released The 401(k) Owner’s Manual:  A Blueprint for Building and Maintaining an Elite 401(k) Plan for Your Employees. Brian has been a guest lecturer at workshops presented with the U.S. Department of Labor, Ohio Society of CPAs, Columbus Bar Association, and Center for Due Diligence, along with the Supplier Associate Relations Group (SARG) of Honda North America and other trade associations. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, with a specialization in Finance. Brian acquired the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies in association with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Brian currently volunteers as a coach for the Miracle League of Central Ohio, along with leading the church service at a local long-term care facility, Whetstone Gardens & Care Center.

  • Teresa Hassara

    Head of Workplace Solutions, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

    Teresa has 33 years of experience in financial services, with the majority of that time being spent with three companies: Bankers Trust, Fidelity Investments and, most recently, TIAA, where she led the company’s Institutional Retirement business serving more than 16,000 higher education, state government and other nonprofit organizations. Her deep industry expertise includes executive roles encompassing all aspects of relationship management and service delivery as well as in strategy & planning, product & services management, customer loyalty analytics and participant education and advisory solutions for clients in both the public and private sector. Beyond retirement, Teresa has led HR & Payroll outsourcing, investment marketing & measurement, and investment product development, both in the US and abroad. As a business leader she is passionate about building engaged, diverse and inclusive teams who share a commitment to delighting clients by improving financial outcomes for plan sponsors and their participants. In particular, Teresa is dedicated to ensuring that that employees at every level and of every background have an equal opportunity to become financially secure for their entire post-work lifetime. Teresa is committed to education in the retirement area and beyond. A fervent supporter of both financial literacy and women’s leadership, she championed TIAA’s Woman-to-Woman Financial Empowerment Series, and sponsored TIAA’s Women’s Employee Resource Group. She is a familiar speaker at both industry and general leadership workshops and events. In addition, she has been involved with nonprofit organizations such as Jobs for the Future and City Year. Her own formal education took place at Vanderbilt University, where she received her BA, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her MBA. Teresa lives in Carlisle, MA with her husband Mike. They have four children – Ben, Allie, Caroline, and Hannah. As a family they love to travel, ski, hike and cook.

  • Stace Hilbrant

    Managing Director and Founder, 401k Advisors, LLC

    Stace Hilbrant, named Plansponsor’s 2012 Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year, is Managing Director and Founder of Chicago-based 401k Advisors, LLC. Since 2001, Hilbrant and his Associates have assisted plan sponsors of 401k plans of all sizes. The firm represents small to mid-sized companies from manufacturers to printing companies and professional sports teams to firms engaged in the automotive and aerospace industries and has over $1.5 billion in assets under management.
    Stace has been in the financial industry for more than 30 years, including 20 years with one of the 401k industry leading service providers. Stace, is a Registered Investment Advisor and holds Series 6, 63, 7, 24 and Series 65 designations. He is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF), a Plansponsor Retirement Professional, a Certified Behavioral Analyst and a Registered Fiduciary (DALBAR). Stace’s expertise ranges from employee education and investment due diligence/asset allocation to vendor reviews /cost management and fiduciary liability management. Stace has been involved with the Chicago Chapter of the America Heart Association and recently served as the Chairman of the Board of the Hadley School of the Blind in Winnetka, Illinois. He also serves on a local foundation that provides educational assistance to young people desiring secondary educational support who are “funding challenged.” Stace is married and has six children.

  • David Hinderstein

    President, Strategic Retirement Group

    David Hinderstein leads The White Plains office of OneDigital, which assists plan sponsors and participants in responding to the many challenges in managing their retirement programs. David has extensive background and expertise in helping not-for-profit, corporate, healthcare, and higher education plan sponsors meet their fiduciary responsibilities and manage and optimize their investment provider relationships. Prior to founding the firm in 2006, David spent almost 12 years in various management and consulting positions, including President and CEO of a nationally recognized retirement firm. His responsibilities included consulting and servicing large defined contribution and defined benefit plans and overseeing all facets of the firm’s regional retirement services practice. David earned his BS degree in Finance from The American University in Washington, D.C., and has achieved the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation. He also is an Investment Advisor Representative of Resources Investment Advisors, LLC(Resources), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor and a Registered Representative with Triad Advisors.

  • Marc Howell

    Vice President, Custom Retirement Solutions, Prudential Retirement

    Marc Howell, FSA, EA, Vice President – Custom Retirement Solutions, has over 20 years of experience working with sponsors of defined benefit and defined contribution plans. He leads a team of consultants tasked with providing custom design solutions within the defined benefit, defined contribution, and non-qualified markets. Leveraging Big Data, Marc has led development of multiple proprietary capabilities within Prudential.  These capabilities focus on predicting human behavior to allow for the creation of retirement designs which deliver the best possible outcomes for both employees as well as employers.  He has redesigned retirement programs for numerous plan sponsors across the U.S., ranging from retail, manufacturing, healthcare, utilities, higher education, and professional services organizations.  Marc’s innovative approach to plan redesign won his clients 1st place in the PSCA Signature Awards, for both 2013 and 2015.  Additionally he has spoken at numerous industry events and been interviewed multiple times on the topics of Big Data analytics, plan design and retirement program ROI. In 2017, Marc was named a “Top 25 Rising Star in Retirement under 40” by LIMRA.In 2019, Marc was issued a patent as co-inventor of a predictive modeling capability for retirement plans. Marc was a Joseph Wharton Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where he graduated with a B.S. in economics. He is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and an Enrolled Actuary.

  • David Kaleda

    Principal, Groom Law Group, Chartered

    David Kaleda’s 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. He advises clients on the avoidance and resolution of prohibited transaction issues, the structuring of alternative investment funds (including plan asset funds, real estate operating companies, and venture capital operating companies), and day-to-day compliance issues arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code in the conduct of their businesses. He advises a number of firms on compliance with Department of Labor regulation, helping them to get related guidance and exemptions from the Department. David 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 NewsEmployee Benefit AdviserPlan Sponsor MagazineEmployee Benefits Law JournalPlan Consultant, and others. He has presented on ERISA-related topics for a number of organizations and has been quoted in numerous publications including On Wall StreetPlanSponsor MagazinePlanAdviser Magazine, and Financial Adviser. David joined Groom in February of 2013 while serving on the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council, after working as an ERISA partner of a large law firm and prior to that as an ERISA  compliance consultant and in-house ERISA attorney for a financial services firm.

  • Matthew Kaminski

    Partner and Director, Manager Research, Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC (FIA)

    Matt is a Partner and Director, Manager Research at Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC (FIA). In his role, Matt leads the manager research group and due diligence effort for the firm. Matt also conducts research on various fixed income strategies and historically has covered a variety of different asset classes. Matt is a member of the firm’s Discretionary Investment Services Committee, which is responsible for the oversight and management of the firm’s discretionary investment portfolios. In addition, Matt is a member of the Defined Contribution Strategic Oversight Committee and conducts research on target date and stable value strategies. Prior to FIA, he was an Investment Analyst and member of the Consultant Relations team at Fidelity Investments. He was responsible for providing investment updates to institutional consultants and communicating trends within the defined contribution industry. Matt has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Hartford CFA Society. Education: Stonehill College, BSBA
    Outside Activities: Member of the CFA Institute and the Hartford CFA Society Foodshare, Inc. Finance & Audit Committee – Member
    Personal Interests: Spending time with family and fishing

  • Erik Karpinski

    Vice President, Retirement Solutions Group, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM)

    Erik is the head of the Retirement Solutions Group.  He leads a team of regional sales directors responsible for deepening relationships with GSAM’s largest defined contribution clients and specialist advisors.  Additionally, he is responsible for establishing and executing the strategy for GSAM’s defined contribution investment only business, including the Goldman Sachs Stable Value Collective Trust.  Erik is a member of both the Stable Value Management team and the GS Trust Company Collective Fund Advisory Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs as a Vice President in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Erik was a Client Portfolio Manager at Dwight Asset Management from 2006-2012. Prior to joining Dwight in 2006, Erik was a senior accountant with Gallagher Flynn & Company, a Vice President in the Prime Brokerage Client Services Group at Goldman Sachs, and a senior accountant with Ernst & Young. Erik earned a BS in Accounting from Binghamton University in 1997. He is a CFA charterholder and member of the Vermont CFA Society.

  • Christopher Kulick, Jr.

    Principal, Financial Advisor, CAPTRUST

    Chris is a Principal at CAPTRUST, focusing on providing investment and fiduciary advisory services to retirement plan sponsors. Chris serves public and private companies, healthcare systems, colleges, universities, and their defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Chris joined CAPTRUST in March of 2010 and has over 19 years of investment and institutional experience. Chris began his career at Putnam Investments and prior to joining CAPTRUST, was with Delaware Investments. Chris graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Chris is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), an accreditation achieved through the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute and the CFA Institute. Chris has been recognized on the National Association of Plan Advisors’ (NAPA) Top DC Advisor Teams in 2019, the NAPA Top 50 under 40 list in 2017 and 2018, and the Financial Time’s Top 401 Advisors in 2018 and 2019. Chris was named the 2018 PLANSPONSOR Magazine Plan Adviser of the Year.

  • Ellen Lander

    Principal and Founder, Renaissance Benefit Advisors Group, LLC

    Ellen is the Principal and Founder of Renaissance Benefit Advisors Group, LLC (RBA), an independently owned retirement plan consulting and institutional investment advisory firm. RBA is a member firm of Global Retirement Partners. Devoted to the specialized needs of retirement plan sponsors, RBA has grown on a referral-only basis, currently advising to over $1.5 billion of retirement plan assets. RBA’s clients include both US and non-US corporations as well as not-for-profit organizations. With her entire career having served the retirement plan industry, Ellen has gained the specialized experience and expertise in working with all types of retirement plans and in numerous areas including ERISA compliance, fiduciary governance, plan design, investment analysis, contract negotiations, plan fees, analytic benchmarking and development of employee education and financial wellness programs. Ellen’s more than 25 years of experience and advocacy for the retirement plan industry has led to her involvement with several investment and retirement provider advisory boards. She is also a sought-out speaker on retirement plan fiduciary and advisor issues. Ellen continues to be ranked among the country’s top retirement plan advisors and has been awarded numerous industry designations and awards. Her credentials and designations demonstrate her attainment of the highest level of experience, expertise and commitment to the retirement plan business and investment fiduciary responsibility standards.  Ellen is extremely honored to have been named PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year 2019.

  • Randy Long

    Founder & Managing Principal, SageView Advisory Group

    Randall Long is the founder and Managing Principal of SageView Advisory Group and serves as the firm’s CEO. Randy founded SageView in 1989 by assembling a team of seasoned financial advisors and investment specialists across the country. The firm has since grown to one of the leading retirement advisory organizations in the United States with 25 locations and over $112B in assets under management.

    Randall has over 30 years of industry experience in retirement plan administration, plan design analysis, investment consulting and risk management. He has extensive experience in the oversight and operations of retirement plans and assisting plan fiduciaries with their fiduciary responsibilities. Under Randall’s leadership, the firm currently serves over 1,250 corporate and non-profit plan sponsors throughout the United States. A frequent speaker, Randall addresses retirement industry conferences, serves as delegate to Capitol Hill Forums, and provides thought leadership to some of the largest retirement plan administrators in the country by sitting on their financial advisory boards. He has consistently used his knowledge and experience to deliver best practices and innovative tools/resources to better serve the retirement plan industry. Throughout his career, Randall has been recognized as a leader by several organizations. In 2015, Randall was ranked #27 in 401kWire’s 2014 “100 Most Influential” list. In 2013, Randall received the Lifetime Achievement Award by PlanAdviser. Since 2007, SageView has been named as one of the Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisors by PlanAdviser Magazine. Randall’s professional memberships and affiliations include the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). He is also a Registered Principal of Cetera (Cetera Advisor Networks LLC). Randall earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University and has attained the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been married for over 35 years to his wife Mary and has three grown children. In his downtime, he enjoys spending exploring new places, skiing, spending time at the beach, and attending sporting events.

  • James A. Lyday,

    Managing Director, Pensionmark

    As Managing Director, Jim consults on and helps manage retirement plans for corporations, not for profit organizations, individuals and trusts. Jim has extensive experience with over 28 years in the financial services industry. He brings a unique perspective as he has spent a majority of his career working for many of the largest retirement plan providers and on many of the largest retirement plans. As a result, his breadth and depth of knowledge includes all aspects of Defined Contribution, Defined Benefit, ESOP and Non-qualified plans. More specifically, recordkeeping platforms, institutional investments, fiduciary oversight, stable value portfolios, liability driven investing of defined benefit plans, buy in/buy out strategies of defined benefit plans and comprehensive employee engagement and financial education strategies. Jim was a pioneer and was instrumental in the development of the Institutional Retirement Income market. He has a passion and expertise for helping plan sponsors address the participant’s pre and post retirement needs that is widely recognized. He has extensive experience in plan design optimization through the use of behavioral finance best practices as well as addressing and mitigating a plan sponsor’s fiduciary responsibility and liability. Jim is a popular and frequent speaker at many industry events and conferences. He’s been quoted and published in the Wall Street Journal, PlanSponsor Magazine, PlanAdviser Magazine and Pension & Investments Magazine. One of his clients was recognized as Plan Sponsor of the Year by PlanSponsor Magazine for their innovation in plan design and employee education, as well as their dedication to delivering optimal participant outcomes in retirement. Jim received the Behavioral Finance Innovator Award from the Behavioral Finance Institute for his demonstrated leadership in applying behavioral finance strategies to work toward improving retirement outcomes for clients and employees. He’s been recognized by the Financial Times as one of the Top 401 Retirement Advisors Nationally for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He was also chosen as a finalist for 2019 Plan Adviser of the Year by PlanSponsor/PlanAdviser. Jim received his Bachelors of Science degree in Corporate Finance from Drake University. He also studied at the University of Delaware as part of the Honors Program. Jim holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation as well as the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designation (CPFA). Additionally, Jim serves on several advisory boards for investment management firms and retirement plan service providers. While growing up in Wyoming, he considers Nashville home. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his three children Asher, Flannery and Hensley.

  • Douglas S. McIntosh, Jr.

    Vice President – Investments, Prudential Retirement

    Douglas S. McIntosh, Jr. is vice president of Investments for Prudential Retirement. In this role, Doug supports the investment product function, working across the enterprise to source best-in-class investment & guaranteed solutions for retirement investors on Prudential’s recordkeeping platform and beyond. His team also oversees third-party asset managers that deliver on the promise to help Americans retire with dignity. Along with product development responsibilities, he works closely with the firm’s Regulatory and Legislative Affairs groups to promote understanding and use of investments and guaranteed outcome vehicles within DC plans. This work has taken him to the Department of Labor and both houses of Congress, and he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences (eg Institutional Investor, Pensions & Investments, SPARK). Prior to his current role, Doug held the position of vice president, Investments within Prudential Annuities, in which he led all aspects of sales support and strategic direction for that division’s investment platform. Doug previously held the position of vice president, Distribution for Prudential International Investments, creating custom principle-protected and lifelong income products for the world’s largest asset aggregators. Earlier in his career in the United States, Doug held the role of vice president, Distribution for Prudential IncomeFlex within Prudential Retirement.  Prior to working for Prudential Retirement, Doug was Director, International Sales for Mentor Ophthalmics, a specialty medical manufacturer, where he ran distribution in Europe, Asia and Latin America. This work was an outgrowth of his time working hands-on with patients in a large, international vitreoretinal medical and surgical practice (Retina Associates). As a result, he sat in on ophthalmic surgeries on six continents (if we include Australia). Direct interaction with patients and practitioners, in both the office and surgical suite, gave Doug a deep understanding of ocular anatomy, pathology and surgical technique, an interest which he maintains until the present. Doug holds an MBA with Distinction in International Management & Finance from Cornell University, and received a B.A. in English & Communications from Fairfield University. Doug is currently a board member of both the Connecticut Secure Retirement Authority Board, and the Center for Latino Progress, and was formerly the chairman of the Pension Board for the Town of West Hartford CT. He speaks Spanish, French and Italian in addition to English, plus a little Portuguese.

  • Alexandra Moen

    Money Advisor, Francis Investment Counsel LLC

    Alex serves as a Money Advisor and Plan Consultant, based in the Minnesota office.  She started her career in recordkeeping before making the switch to the advisor world.  Alex has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. She is a credentialed member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA).  Alex serves on her local ASPPA board and is also a board member for the Midwest Pension Conference.

  • Joan Neri

    Counsel, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

    Joan M. Neri has been representing plan sponsors and plan service providers on matters involving benefits, compensation and all aspects of ERISA compliance since 1988. Joan 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. 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 transaction planning involving benefit plan acquisitions, plan mergers and plan terminations. Joan represents 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. She is a frequent speaker throughout the country on legislative and regulatory developments impacting service providers to ERISA plans, ERISA fiduciaries and employee benefit plans and has authored numerous articles on these topics. Joan is a contributor to Drinker Biddle’s Broker-Dealer Law Blog, which provides practical insights on litigation, regulatory, compliance and fiduciary issues impacting broker-dealers.

  • Michael Newhall

    Vice President, Business and Community Development , Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group

    Michael Newhall has served as the Vice President, Business and Community Development since he joined Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group in 2014. In this role Michael has been responsible for creating and expanding “Sentinel Cares”, our Corporate Citizenship benefits. Sentinel Cares has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal, Invest in Others Foundation, Millie Giving, PlanAdviser and the New England Employee Benefits Council for creative employee engagement, philanthropy and community partnerships. Michael’s commitment to supporting and enhancing the Sentinel culture by creating authentic and personal opportunities that help employees to support the people and mission of the many nonprofit organizations that serve their communities has helped the company continue to recruit and retain talented professionals.

    Prior to joining Sentinel, Michael served in senior leadership roles with nonprofit organizations for nearly 30 years, most recently as Associate Headmaster at St. John’s Preparatory School. He continues to serve on the advisory committee for the Prep to Pro Internship Program and the John Carnevale Golf outing at the school. In 2016, Sentinel Cares, with the help of family, friends and business partners helped create and donate $350,000 for the John Carnevale Scholarship after the sudden passing of our founding CEO. Michael also serves as an advisor on the development committee for Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), the corporate partners committee at Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, and Boston Children’s Hospital and the Corporate Cup. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing from Providence College and a Master in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston.

  • Daniel Oldroyd

    Portfolio Manager and Head of Target Date Strategies, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

    Daniel Oldroyd, CFA, CAIA, managing director, is a portfolio manager and the Head of Target Date Strategies for Multi-Asset Solutions (MAS).  Dan is responsible for leading MAS’s Retirement efforts, including the management of SmartRetirement, custom target date funds and SmartSpending.  Given its importance in our investment process, Dan also oversees the team’s Retirement research both in- and out- of plan. Dan is a member of the SmartRetirement Portfolio Management Team, which was awarded the 2014 Asset Allocation Fund Manager of the Year by Morningstar.  An employee since 2000, Dan held several other positions within the firm previously, including that of investment strategist and manager research of non-proprietary investment managers for J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services. He earned both a Masters of Arts in International Business and Policy and a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University. Dan is a CFA charterholder, CAIA charterholder, and is Series 3, 7, 63, and 24 licensed.

  • Nate Palmer

    Managing Director, Portfolio Management Group, Wilshire Associates

    Nathan Palmer is a managing director of Wilshire Associates and heads Wilshire Funds Managements portfolio management group. Mr. Palmer has over 20 years of industry experience and is responsible for creating multi-asset class, multi-manager investment solutions for financial intermediary clients. He is the Chair of Wilshire Funds Managements Retirement Oversight Committee and a voting member of its Investment Committee. Prior to joining Wilshire Associates, Mr. Palmer provided investment advice to endowment, foundation, and family office clients at Convergent Wealth Advisors. Previously, he managed the public market investment portfolios for the endowment at the California Institute of Technology and for the defined benefit and defined contribution retirement assets at Intel Corporation. Mr. Palmer began his career as a securities analyst in New York, where he published equity research on the technology, media, and telecom industries.  Mr. Palmer graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from the University of Washington with a BA in business administration. He holds an MBA with High Distinction from the Stern School of Business, New York University, graduating as an Armando John Garville Memorial Scholar. Mr. Palmer holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is an active member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Los Angeles.

  • Sean Patton

    Founder and Partner, Westminster Consulting

    Sean is a Founding Partner of Westminster Consulting, where he currently works with corporate, non-profit and foundation clients. Sean is involved in the local community through his memberships in Rochester Rotary. He is also the Past-President of the Board of Directors for Camp Haccamo, a Rotary Camp for individuals with disabilities. In addition, over the last 13 years Sean has served as the Chair of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester’s ‘Tee’d Off at Breast Cancer Golf Tournament.  Sean was recognized by 401kWire in 2009 as one of the 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution. He is a member of the Goldman Sachs Retirement Advisor Council and the Blackrock DC Leaders Circle. Sean also sits on the advisory boards for both PIMCO and TIAA-CREF.  Before founding Westminster Consulting, Sean helped develop the Private Client Group and Qualified Plan Consulting Group practices at Prudential Securities, Inc. Sean began his career in the financial services industry at Dean Witter in Rochester, NY, where he focused on the analysis of mutual funds and the impact on returns.  Sean received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and earned his designation of Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, in association with the University of Pittsburgh. As a former hockey player, Sean has applied his love for the sport to coaching a travel team for more than 20 years. Sean resides in Penfield, NY with his wife Donna and their three children.

  • Jeffrey Petrone

    Managing Director, SageView Advisory Group

    Jeffrey Petrone is the Managing Director and lead advisor for SageView Advisory Group’s Florida office. He has dedicated over 17 years to improving retirement plans. He has been a proponent of helping plan sponsors design retirement plans to help employees effectively prepare for retirement.  Through his work with one of his clients, over a 5 year period, he published a case study titled “Driving Healthy Outcomes for Retirement Plans.” This study was one of the first examples of how defined contribution plan design optimization that drives retirement security can also have financial benefits for the plan sponsor. Jeff also provides thought leadership to some of the largest retirement plan administrators in the country by serving on their financial advisory boards. He has consistently used his knowledge and experience with retirement plan management to help with the development of new tools and products to better serve the retirement plan industry. Throughout his career, Jeff has been recognized as a leader by several organizations. In 2014, Jeff was recognized in NAPA’s “Top 50 under 40.” In 2010, Jeff was recognized by 401k Wire as one of the “300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution” and named as one of the Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisors by PlanAdvisor Magazine. The South Florida Business Journal named Jeff as one of the Top 40 Business Professionals in south Florida for 2012. . In 2018, Jeff was recognized in NAPA’s “Top 50 under 40” and from 2018-2020  was named as a Top 401 Financial Advisor by the Financial Times. Jeff is active within his industry serving on the steering committee for the NAPA 401(k) Summit, the industry’s national 401(k) convention.  He also regularly speaks on retirement plans at national events. Prior to joining SageView, Jeff made significant contributions to the employee benefits and retirement practices of Mercer in Florida. He began his career with the financial planning division of Citigroup in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jeff graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. degree in Finance and holds various securities registrations. He is also an alumnus of, and continuing participant in, the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2010, an adult leadership program that provides the opportunity for leaders to improve their community.

  • Christina Pihos

    Head of Participant Engagement, PIMCO

    Ms. Pihos is a vice president in the marketing department in the New York office and head of defined contribution (DC) participant engagement. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2018, she was a vice president at BlackRock, focusing on driving participant outcomes through engagement and serving several of BlackRock DC’s largest plan sponsor clients. Previously, she was the marketing lead for MetLife’s institutional annuities business. She has 20 years of marketing communications experience and holds an MBA from Baruch College. She received an undergraduate degree from Monmouth University.

  • Amy Philbrook

    Head of Core Market Sales, Workplace Investing, Fidelity Investments

    Amy Philbrook is the head of Core Market Sales for Fidelity Investment’s Workplace Investing business, a leading provider of retirement plan services and workplace benefits for America’s small businesses. Ms. Philbrook assumed her current position in 2020 and leads a team of over one hundred and twenty sales professionals focused on America’s small businesses. In her role, she is responsible for the effort to ensure that Fidelity is helping small businesses and the advisors that serve them select the best retirement and workplace benefit plan solutions for their employees. Ms. Philbrook joined Fidelity in 1995 and has held a variety of positions throughout the firm, including in human resources, compliance, retirement investment services, marketing and sales, and quality assurance and risk management. Prior to assuming her current role, she served as the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for all of Fidelity’s financial services businesses.  She brings her expertise, passion for, and commitment to diversity and inclusion with her into her role leading Core Market Sales. Ms. Philbrook received a bachelor of science in political science and government from Northeastern University.

  • Brett Shofner

    President, Work Plan Retire

    Brett is the President of Work Plan Retire since 2001 and co-founder of Hero7 in 2018, a technology company dedicated to helping Advisors use Smart Data to help employees and employers make better decisions for a secure retirement.He has advised an employer clientele in excess of $1 billion in retirement plan assets and currently servicing over 50 retirement plan clients for Work Plan Retire. Brett has sat on the National Advisory Boards of several top 401(k) Providers such as Prudential, ING, Fidelity, Alliance Bernstein, Fisher Investments and Transamerica.
    Brett was Vice President of Retirement Consulting for 401k Exchange, an industry research and marketing firm before founding Work Plan Retire in 2002. At 401k Exchange Brett gained experience running 401k searches for employers. He worked on hundreds of cases for clients from all over the nation. Previously, Brett was with Ivy Mackenzie in a Senior Institutional Analyst position in where Brett managed nearly $400 million in defined benefit pension assets for corporate clients such as Wal-Mart and Auto Nation. He developed the infrastructure of the Institutional Marketing Department at Ivy Mackenzie, working closely with the Chief Investment Officer to develop a separate account product that was marketed to large employer Defined Benefit plans. Brett Shofner began his career at the A.G. Edwards & Sons office in Santa Barbara, California, an investment banking and brokerage firm. His undergraduate studies were at UCLA and UC-Santa Barbara, culminating with a BA in English from UC-Santa Barbara.

  • Dr. David Tabak

    Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting

    In the area of securities class actions, Dr. David Tabak has testified on topics including class certification, liability, materiality, affected trading volume, and damage calculations in cases with allegations such as improper valuations, accounting irregularities, and merger disputes. He has also provided written and oral testimony on the valuation of equity, financial derivatives, fixed-income instruments, businesses, and litigation settlements. Dr. Tabak was commended in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration Expert Witness Guide for his testifying experience as an expert witness. Publications by Dr. Tabak propounding analyses for examining market efficiency and parsing out the effects of confounding news in event studies have been cited favorably by courts including the Second Circuit and the Southern District of New York, as well as the Federal Court of Australia.
    Dr. Tabak has appeared as an expert in state, federal, Delaware Chancery, and bankruptcy courts, and before arbitration panels, including the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, the International Dispute Resolution Centre, and the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration. His non-litigation work has included developing a risk-scoring model for a reinsurance company, assisting financial institutions in new product development, analysis of potential insider trading for a financial institution, and analyses of potential exposure for investors considering investments in or acquisitions of companies facing litigation.
    Dr. Tabak has published in his areas of expertise in forums such as St. John’s Law Review and Shannon Pratt’s Business Valuation Update, and has published peer-reviewed articles in Litigation Economics Review and the Journal of Forensic Economics. Dr. Tabak is also the author of book chapters and has served as a member of BV Q&A Update’s expert author panel and as a referee for peer-reviewed journals. His publications have covered 10b-5 damages analyses, commercial disputes, economic analysis of market efficiency, valuation discounts for lack of marketability, and the application of statistics in litigation analyses, among other topics. Dr. Tabak has been an invited speaker at the Securities and Exchange Commission and a presenter at forums that provide continuing legal education credits or continuing professional education credits for appraisers. Dr. Tabak enjoys participating in roundtable discussions at law firms where he and lawyers share ideas and debate current issues in litigation.

  • Tristan Talley

    Vice President, Wealth Management, Bukaty Companies Financial Services

    Tristan Talley is Vice President, Wealth Management at Bukaty Companies Financial Services, bringing more than 17 years of experience to the firm. In this role, Tristan’s primary responsibilities involve helping clients connect their money to the lives they want. As a wealth management advisor, Tristan specializes in retirement income planning, estate planning and tax planning, working with all aspects of a client’s financial life to assist them in accomplishing their goals and dreams. He also provides financial education to retirement plan participants.
    Education & Training-  B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Economics from the University of Kansas
    Specialty: Financial Planning, Retirement Income Strategies, Tax-Efficient Portfolio Management, Institutional and Corporate Asset Management, Investment Management, Risk Analysis

  • Phil Troyer

    Chief Compliance Officer, Resources Investment Advisors, LLC

    Phil Troyer has served as Chief Compliance Officer for Resources Investment Advisors, LLC (a OneDigital company) since 2013.  During his tenure, Resources’ assets under management have grown from $2 billion to over $50 billion.  Prior to joining Resources, Phil managed his own ERISA law practice and served as General Counsel for NRP Financial and NRP Advisors, a broker-dealer and investment adviser owned by National Retirement Partners.  Before entering the securities industry, he served as Associate General Counsel for a medical malpractice insurance company.  He has also worked as a plaintiff’s attorney, representing clients in insurance bad faith and contract disputes.  In fact, he is currently litigating a claim against the National Futures Association – the self-regulatory organization for the commodities industry – in a case pending in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Phil draws upon his 25+ years of diverse legal experience to develop proactive solutions to assist the firm, its advisers, and their clients.  Phil obtained a BS in political science from DePauw University and worked on Capitol Hill before obtaining his J.D. from Indiana University.  He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses through Triad Advisors.  In his free time, you can usually find Phil at the gym, either lifting weights, boxing, or learning jiu jitsu.

  • Mike Volo

    Senior Partner, Cammack Retirement Group

    Mike Volo is the Senior Partner at Cammack Retirement Group, one of largest institutional investment consultants worldwide. Based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Mike focuses on the success and satisfaction of Cammack Retirement Group’s clients, and works with the nation’s leading academic and research institutions, healthcare providers, corporations, non-profit organizations, and public sector employers to help solve their biggest retirement plan challenges. Mike, a recognized retirement savings and investing expert, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Pensions & Investments, Institutional Investor, and other national publications. Prior to joining Cammack Retirement Group, Mike led the client service organization, focused on the non-profit sector, at the largest U.S. retirement planning firm, and served as head of acquisition and client marketing for workplace investing. Additionally, Mike served as the chief marketing officer for a leading investment manager, where he was responsible for the retirement plan, mutual fund, and insurance product lines.
    Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and served as a longtime board member and board chair of Bottom Line, which has helped thousands of low-income and first-generation students get to college, stay in college, and earn their degrees.

  • David Whaley

    Partner, Thompson Hines

    David is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice
    group. He focuses his practice on assisting private and public companies and
    nonprofit organizations with all areas of employee benefits, including design,
    implementation and compliance in connection with tax qualified and
    nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements (e.g., 409A compliance),
    health and welfare arrangements and employee fringe benefits.
    David has extensive experience in the area of employee stock ownership plans
    (ESOPs). His ESOP experience includes representing company sponsors of
    ESOPs and ESOP trustees and fiduciaries in acquisition transactions between
    the company, selling shareholders and the ESOP. In addition, he has worked
    with ESOP companies and ESOP trustees and fiduciaries in connection with
    acquisitions, divestitures and corporate organization once the ESOP owns
    company stock. Further, he assists both ESOP companies and lending
    institutions in connection with loans being made to ESOP companies so as to
    enable those companies to be able to meet their unique needs. Finally, David
    assists both ESOP companies and ESOP trustees and fiduciaries in connection
    with governmental investigations, participant claims processing, and
    governmental and plaintiff litigation.
    In addition to his ESOP experience, David’s practice encompasses assisting
    employers with modifying and properly administering both small and large
    defined benefit and defined contribution plans, supplemental retirement
    programs, equity compensation programs, health and welfare arrangements
    and employee fringe benefits programs.
    In doing such, David assists nonprofit employers in drafting and administering
    qualified and nonqualified plans, including 403(b), 457(b) and 457(f) plans. He
    assists professional employer organizations (PEOs) in offering employee benefit
    programs to their client organizations. David also has the unique experience of
    assisting larger employers (both public and private) in establishing benefit
    programs for newly established entities resulting from corporate reorganizations.
    In addition, he represents plan sponsors before the Department of Labor,
    Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in
    connection with audits of employee benefit plans.
    David also helps employers comply with the mandates of the Affordable Care
    Act, providing counsel on the design of eligibility modifications to ensure
    compliance with the terms of the “pay or play” mandate in a way that both
    protects the employer from penalties while ensuring the continued delivery of an
    employee benefit that serves the employer’s recruitment and retention goals.

  • Jonathan Young

    Senior National Accounts Manager, Capital Group / American Funds

    Jonathan Young is a senior national accounts manager at Capital Group, home of American Funds. He has 30 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for 27 years. Prior to joining Capital, Jonathan was an investment representative with PaineWebber. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Old Dominion University. He also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and Professional Plan Consultant® designations. Jonathan is based in Chesapeake, Va.

  • Daniel Bryant

    President, Retirement and Private Wealth, Sheridan Road Financial, a division of HUB International

    Daniel is an author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, iron man, and the President of National Sales for HUB International.
    A dynamic individual, Daniel is a financial industry and financial wellness thought-leader who helps advisors and clients empower their employees to make better financial decisions and improve their life outcomes. Daniel earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He began his career working in private equity for Sam Zell’s The Equity Group. He then transitioned into a successful technology investment banking career for leading firms, such as Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Robertson Stephens. He co-founded Sheridan Road in 2005, and acted as CEO and Managing Partner until they sold the company to HUB International at the end of 2018. He is a member or board member of The Art Institute of Chicago, Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Sheridan Road Charitable Foundation, Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Chicago Club, The Standard Club, and Young Presidents Organization.

Sponsorship Information

Rob Reif | 203-258-6622 |

General Information

Carol Popkins | 203-461-0985 |