2019 PLANADVISER National Conference

JW Marriott, Grande Lakes, Orlando Florida  |     |  

  • Grant S. Arends

    Co-Founder and President, intellicents

    Grant S. Arends is one of two  Co-Founders and is the President of the organization. Specifically, he is charged with implementing and executing the intellicents business plan at all current and new intellicents locations. He is also the lead consultant for many of the firm’s large market retirement plan clients.  His passion is designing and implementing strategies that focus on helping plan participants succeed.  His definition of a successful retirement plan is one where at least 85% of tenured employees are on track to replace a minimum of 75% of their pre-retirement income.  Every client recommendation whether it be  focused on plan design, vendor selection, investment management, or participant services always has this goal top of mind. Grant is very involved in providing direction to the retirement plan industry. His reputation as a leader in this field has resulted in numerous advisory boards within the industry. He is sought out to speak at retirement plan events throughout the country providing insight and education on the attributes that make up a successful retirement plan; teaching professionals throughout the country on the services they need to be providing to their clients.

  • Daniel Bryant

    President of National Sales, Retirement and Private Wealth, Sheridan Road

    Daniel Bryant is President of National Sales, Retirement and Private Wealth. He helps lead the Sheridan Road team and contributes to the firm’s marketing initiatives to attract new clients, advisors and team members. A dynamic individual, Daniel is a financial industry thought-leader who can help his advisors build their practices to help increase the positive impact on their clients, community and family. 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 corporate finance for Sam Zell’s The Equity Group. He then transitioned into a successful 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 joined HUB International at the end of 2018. Daniel has two beautiful daughters, Ainsley and Lily. He enjoys exploring the diverse culture of the world through travel, food and meeting new people and learning about their lives. Daniel thrives on new experiences! An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Daniel understands the value of giving back to his community. He is an active member and supporter of a variety of volunteer, philanthropic and arts-related organizations that he regards both personally and professionally.

  • Phillip L. Currie Jr.

    Managing Director, Fulcrum Partners

    For over 25 years, Managing Director Phillip L. Currie, Jr. has consulted in the employee and executive benefits field where he is recognized as an industry leader. His expertise includes designing executive benefit programs that align plan design features with corporate objectives and the implementation of various employee benefit cost take out strategies. Dedicated to the client relationship, Phil says, “I must listen first, not assuming I know your objectives, before I am able to make my recommendations.” Phil currently oversees the management of numerous employee and executive benefit programs for his Fortune 1000 clients, which are long-term client relationships that are built on trust and confidence in Phil’s experience and integrity. More than 15 years of experience as a top executive benefits producer for one of the nation’s leading service providers; recognized as a leader of various employee benefit cost take out strategies Began his career in the employee benefits division of Sedgwick James, which later merged with Marsh. At Sedgwick James, he developed the national “Standards of Practice” for the firm’s Executive Benefits Group City of Glendora Investment Advisory Committee Board of the Glendora Unified School District Endowment Junior Achievement Volunteer for Glendora, California Degrees, Certifications, and Registrations Series 7 and 63 registered Insurance licensed since 1989 University of Southern California, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

  • Ralph Ferraro

    Senior Vice President, Head of Product, Lincoln Financial Group

    Ralph Ferraro is Senior Vice President, Head of Product, for Lincoln Financial Group’s Retirement Plan Services (RPS) business. He is responsible for the strategic vision of the RPS business, and ensures the effective implementation, integration and execution of specific plan initiatives. He manages the RPS suite of products and provides thought leadership that both drives the development of new, and enhances existing, retirement products. Ferraro has more than 30 years of experience in the retirement industry, including extensive knowledge surrounding product development, risk management and stable value products. In 2016, he joined Lincoln Financial from Voya Financial, Inc. (previously ING U.S., Inc.), where he was responsible for the profitability and product management of small/mid corporate and institutional markets. Earlier in his career, Ferraro held executive positions with CitiStreet, LLC. He began his career with Prudential, where he spent 12 years in managerial roles for a variety of investment and insurance products. Ferraro earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University. He holds series 6, 7, 24 and 26 FINRA registrations.

  • 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’s success in litigating cutting edge legal issues has been profiled in The American Lawyer’s Big Suits and Litigator of the Week features. 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. 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.

  • Robert S. Goldstein

    Principal, StoneStreet Equity LLC

    Robert A. Goldstein, Principal, AIF Founded Stanwich Benefits, Avenir Equity, StoneStreet Equity President, Bank of New York Employee Investment Plans Over 40 Years Experience.

  • David Hinderstein

    President, Strategic Retirement Group

    David Hinderstein leads Strategic Retirement Group’s consulting practice, which assists plan sponsors and participants in responding to the many challenges in managing their retirement programs. David has extensive background and significant knowledge in helping not-for-profit, corporate, healthcare, and higher education plan sponsors meet their fiduciary responsibilities and manage and optimize their investment provider relationships. As a retirement benefit veteran, David has been recognized by several industry organizations for his leading experience and expertise. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences, and an instructor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Executive Education TRAU- The Retirement Advisor University, where he instructs on the not-for-profit retirement marketplace. Prior to starting Strategic Retirement Group, David spent almost 12 years in various management and consulting positions with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Most recently, he was President of GBS Retirement Services, Inc. (the retirement division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.), with responsibility for consulting and servicing large defined contribution and defined benefit plans and overseeing all facets of Gallagher’s regional retirement services practice. Previously, David held multiple positions with CitiStreet (formally the Copeland Companies), where his emphasis was consulting and servicing large defined contribution plans for healthcare and not-for-profit institutions. 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 Advisor, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisors and a Registered Representative with Triad Advisors, LLC.

  • David Kulchar

    Managing Director of Retirement Plan Services, Oswald Financial, Inc.

    From 1998 to Present, Mr. Kulchar has worked for The James B. Oswald Company (JBO). In 1999, Mr. Kulchar established Oswald Financial, Inc. (OFI), a subsidiary of JBO. He is the Executive Vice President and Director of Retirement Plan Services at OFI. Mr. Kulchar currently directs and manages OFI’s strategic operations. OFI’s primary focus is supporting plan sponsors through design, implementation, investment monitoring servicing and participant education. Mr. Kulchar has over 25 years of experience in the retirement plan industry and is nationally recognized in the area of qualified retirement plans. Mr. Kulchar has been selected as one of the top 20 advisors in the country by Plan Sponsor magazine for the past three years*, he was voted as a Top 10 Retirement Plan Advisors by DCP/Boston Research, nominated for ASPPA Leadership Award, and nominated by 401(k) Wire as one of the most influential people in the industry. Mr. Kulchar is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary designee, Investment Advisor Representative under LPL Financial, and is frequently sought after as a speaker for national events regarding the retirement plan industry. He serves on the advisory boards of select retirement plan providers, associations and nonprofit organizations. Previously, Mr. Kulchar worked for the Principal Financial Group as Regional Group and Pension Manager at the Principal Financial Group. Under his leadership, his regional office was one of the top producing and retention pension offices in the country, while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. As a Regional Group and Pension Manager at the Principal Financial Group, he was the first individual who implemented over 100 retirement plans in one year and delivered superior customer service that was reflected in 98% client retention ratio for his region. His region was recognized for top retirement plan sales and service in the country. Mr. Kulchar also worked for AG Edward and Dean Witter as a Financial Consultant. Mr. Kulchar started his career with General Electric and graduated from the GE Financial Management Program. Mr. Kulchar graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance. He is also a graduate of the General Electric Financial Management Program and also served as President and Vice President of that association. Mr. Kulchar has received a Group Management degree and Employee Benefits degree from LIMRA International, Inc. He holds a Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 registrations with LPL Financial and is Life, Health & Annuity licensed.

  • John Ludwig

    Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

    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.

  • James Lyday

    Managing Director, Pensionmark Financial Group, LLC

    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 27 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 including the development and launch of a target date fund family, 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 and has 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 for 2016 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 was recognized by the Financial Times as one of the Top 401 Retirement Advisors Nationally for 2016, 2017 and 2018. 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. He received advanced education on the application of behavioral finance in retirement plans from the Behavioral Finance Institute and has received the Certified Behavioral Financial Analyst (CBFA) designation. Jim also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation. 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.

  • James McDonald

    Partner, Channel Financial

    My role as one of the partners here at Channel Financial includes treating our client relationships with a high degree of respect, maintaining a highly ethical & trustworthy staff of financial professionals, and guiding individuals in how to achieve their financial goals. Essentially, I take on a role similar to a Chief Retirement Officer (CRO) for the organizations I work for by creating & monitoring comprehensive retirement programs. Being a retirement plan specialist on their team, enables our client to focus on their primary operations. Our clients desire better outcomes for their employees with less effort, less risk, and at a fair cost. I began my financial career with Citicorp in 1984 which is the same year Purple Rain was released (movie & album) and, the first Apple MacIntosh computer was introduced. I worked with other large organizations including American Express, USBank, & RBC Wealth. My path with the retirement plan space began in 1989, the same year the ‘world wide web’ was invented and, the Berlin Wall was torn down. Specialized Education • Masters Business Administration in Marketing, University of St. Thomas • Bachelor of Science in Finance, University of South Dakota • Accredited Investment Fiduciary® • DALBAR Registered Fiduciary™ • Series 7, 63, 26 & 65 registrations and Insurance Licenses I had the privilege to grow up in the shadow of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. From there I went on to attend the Univ of South Dakota, not only as ‘a’ Coyote but, as ‘the’ Charlie Coyote. Over the years, have spent considerable time on west & east coasts with my Midwest roots firmly planted. Minnesota is now definitely called home. Outside the office (with emphasis on outdoors), you might find me on a bicycle, a golf course, on a boat or in the water, or playing hockey with other old guys. Currently I’m living in the Twin Cities with my wonderful fiancé, Kristi.

  • Vince Morris

    President, Resources Investment Advisors

    Vincent Morris, AIF, PRP, is the President of Resources Investment Advisors, bringing 25 years of industry experience and a passion for solving our country’s retirement crises. As a nationally recognized leader in wealth management and retirement plan advisory, Vince and his team have developed a unique affiliation model, allowing for independent advisors to share resources to the benefit of their clients. He also serves as the President of a successful wealth management and retirement consulting practice, Bukaty Companies Financial Services which was recognized as 2019 Mega Team Retirement Plan Advisor of the Year. Vince has served in several leadership roles, including several NAPA Committees, Retirement Advisor Council and The Retirement University for Advisors. He has been awarded accolades from industry organizations including NAPA, PlanAdviser, PlanSponsor, The 401kWire, The 401k Specialist, Pension & Investments, Institutional Investor, Financial Times and WealthManagement.com. 

  • Kelley M. Palmer

    Marketing Director, Retirement Optimization, John Hancock

    Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Kelley Palmer, Marketing Director in Retirement Optimization, is responsible for developing new participant solution strategies and improving the retirement readiness of all John Hancock Retirement Plan Services participants. John Hancock Retirement Plan Services is a major retirement plan provider serving businesses of all sizes, from entrepreneurial companies just starting a plan for the first time to some of the largest organizations in the country that require total retirement outsourcing services. Kelley has acquired more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and over 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining John Hancock, Kelley was with Commonwealth Financial Network and Financial Engines from 2011 to 2015 as Senior Communications Manager. Kelley earned an MBA from Simmons School of Management as well as a BA in Psychology from Wheaton College.

  • Sean Patton

    Founding 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 15 years Sean has served as the Chair of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester’s ‘Tee’d Off at Breast Cancer Golf Tournament. 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 (AIFâ), 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.

  • 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 taught 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 Consulting Group 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. 

  • Jeff Roberts

    Regional Channel Manager, ADP

    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

  • Rachel Weker

    Products and Platforms Vice President, T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc.

    Rachel Weker is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc. As a senior manager in Products and Platforms, she is responsible for the financial wellness and retirement income solutions strategy. Prior to this role, she worked in Product and Marketing and was responsible for market-driven innovation and emerging products and services. She has also worked in Product Development and was responsible for multiple development strategies, including automated solutions, statements and personalization, advice and guidance, participant Web and mobile experience, and production on-demand solutions. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Rachel was an assistant vice president at Boatmen’s Trust Company. She earned a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois. Rachel is a Series 7 and 63 registered representative.

Sponsorship Information

Katie Bacon | 203-595-3184 |

General Information

Carol Popkins | 203-461-0985 |