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Sunday, May 3

9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Registration Open

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

New Attendee Orientation 

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

General Session:  Rumblings From the Hill
Robert M. Kaplan, APA, CFP, CPC, QPA, Vice President, National Training Consultant, Voya Financial

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break
 
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

EACAs, QACAs, ACAs - Oh My!
Robert Richter, J.D., LL.M., Vice President, SunGard Relius

 New Comparability - The Basics and Beyond
Karen Smith, FSA, EA, J.D., President, Nova 401(k) Associates

 The New Metrics: How Do Clients Determine if Their 401(k) is a Success?
Virginia K. Sutton, QKA, Account Executive; Consultant, Johnson & Dugan; VKS Consulting

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break
 
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

3(16) Forum
Russell Hooker, QKA, President, Administrative Fiduciary Services, Inc.; Jake Linney, QPA, QPFC, ERPA, Regional Director, Pentegra Services, Inc.; Fred Reish, Esq., APM, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

Compensation Competency
Charles D. Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., Principal, ASCI

Information Security and Recovery
Timothy McCutcheon, J.D., CPA, MBA, President, ERISApedia.com

5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Expo Hall Open

5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Welcome Reception in Expo Hall

 

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Monday, May 4

7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration Open
 
7:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Expo Hall Open

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Expo Hall
 
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Annual Business Meeting
 
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
General Session: Practical Behavioral Finance - Solution to Improve 401(k) Plans
Svetlana Gherzi, PhD, Behavioral Economist, Allianz Global Investors Distributors, LLC
 
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Morning Break in Expo Hall
 
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Educational Sessions:

Cash Balance for Beginners
Kevin Donovan, CPA, EA, MSPA, ACA, Managing Member, Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC

 How to Craft a TPA Service & Fee Agreement
Jean Ackerman, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration’s San Francisco Regional Office; Thomas E. Clark, Jr., J.D., LL.M., Of Counsel, The Wagner Law Group, P.C.

 How TPAs Can Help Clients "Self-Audit" Their 401(k) Plans
Andrew Douglass, J.D., Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group, Polsinelli PC

 Options for Correction of Late Deposits 
Marc Cramer, Associate Regional Director, U.S. Department of Labor; Janice M. Wegesin, CPC, EA, President, JMW Consulting, Inc.

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Morning Break in Expo Hall
 
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

 A Look at "Open MEPs" After the "TAG" Opinion
Marc Cramer, Associate Regional Director, U.S. Department of Labor; Timothy McCutcheon, J.D., CPA, MBA, President, ERISApedia.com

• A Review of DB/DC Combo Testing
Lauren Okum, ASA, EA, MAAA, MSPA, Owner and Actuary, Premier Actuarial Solutions

Business Development Best Practices
Laura Moskwa, CPC, QPA, Principal, Laura S. Moskwa Consulting

 Pushing the Eligibility Envelope
Robert Richter, J.D., LL.M., Vice President, SunGard Relius

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Box Lunch in Expo Hall
 
1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

 Could YOU Be The Next Successor?
Kristine Joy Creighton, APA, QPA, QKA, ERPA, Owner, JOIE Consulting, Inc.

 The New Cash Balance Prototype and Other Document Concerns
Charles D. Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., Prinicpal, ASCI; Michael Spaid, Actuary, Internal Revenue Service

 Outsourcing Fiduciary Responsibilities
Jean Ackerman, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration’s San Francisco Regional Office; Robert M. Kaplan, APA, CFP, CPC, QPA, Vice President, National Training Consultant, Voya Financial

 Tweaking 401(a)(4) to Get Clients What They Want
Karen Smith, FSA, EA, J.D., President, Nova 401(k) Associates

2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Afternoon Break in Expo Hall
 
2:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Vendor Solution Presentations

 American Funds: The Active Advantage: Get More From the Core Investments in Your DC Plan Lineups

• Actuarial Systems Corporation: ASC is Here for You!

 Millennium Trust Company: Automatic Rollover Solutions for Small Balances

 Pacific Life Company: Managing Pension Risk

 OppenheimerFunds: Helping Clients with Social Security

 Optimal Office Solutions, LLC: Pension Pal Client Management System

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break in Expo Hall

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

DB Outsourcing - From the Actuary's and TPA's Perspective
Kevin Donovan, CPA, EA, MSPA, ACA, Managing Member, Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC; Darren Holsey, APA, ERPA, QPA, QKA, Senior Plan Consultant, Premier Retirement Services, Inc. 

• Don't Leave it to Chance! Recognize, Develop and Promote Your Future Leaders
Charan Singh, APA, Vice President, National DB Operations, United Retirement Plan Consultants

Eligibility for the "Somewhat" Employed
Robert Richter, J.D., LL.M., Vice President, SunGard Relius

 What's Up with the Form 5500-SUP?
Janice M. Wegesin, CPC, EA, President, JMW Consulting, Inc. 

4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Afternoon Break in Expo Hall
 
4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

Benchmarking Services
David J. Witz, AIF, GFS, CEO/Managing Director, FRA PlanTools

Best Practices to Prepare for an Annual Plan Audit
Jen Aras, CPA, Senior Manager, Crowe Horwath, LLP
 
DB/DC Combo Design Studies
Lauren Okum, ASA, EA, MAAA, MSPA, Owner and Actuary, Premier Actuarial Solutions

 Establishing a New Retirement Plan from A to Z
Virginia K. Sutton, QKA, Account Executive; Consultant, Johnson & Dugan; VKS Consulting

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in Expo Hall
Sponsored by 

 

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Tuesday, May 5

7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
 
7:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Expo Hall Open

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Expo Hall
 
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

General Session: Nonverbal Communication: "The Hidden Message"
Bill Acheson, Faculty Member, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Break in Expo Hall
 
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Educational Sessions:

A Review of DB Distribution Basics
Mary Ann Rocco, EA, MSPA, Owner, Mary Ann Rocco, EA Consulting Actuary
 
Everything You Needed to Know About Roth Conversion But Were Afraid to Ask
William Grossman, APA, APR, ERPA, GFS, QPA, MBA, Education Consultant, McKay Hochman Consulting, A Division of DST; IRS Speaker Pending Approval
 
 The Ideal TPA - What a New TPA Firm Would Look Like Today
Renee Conner, EA, QKA, QPA, President & CEO, PensionPro Software

 Practical Implications of Recent Supreme Court Decisions/ERISA Litigation
Thomas E. Clark, Jr., J.D., LL.M., Of Counsel, The Wagner Law Group, P.C.

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Morning Break in Expo Hall
 
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

• DB Funding 101
Joseph Carolan, APA, EA, MSPA, CPC, Enrolled Actuary, Evergreen Retirement Plan Consulting, LLC

• Plan Design Tips for Effective Administration
Darren Holsey, APA, ERPA, QPA, QKA, Senior Plan Consultant, Premier Retirement Services, Inc.

Stop Playing Small
Alan Gross, President, GSM Marketing

 Understanding SEPs, SIMPLEs and Solo(k)'s and How They Can Benefit Your Clients
Jane Armstrong, Esq., Partner, Phelps Dunbar, LLP

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Awards Luncheon
(Open to all attendees and registered guests)

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

• Ethics Part 1
Kizzy M. Gaul, J.D., CPC, QPA, QKA, TGPC, Lead Analyst, Prudential Retirement

 Hybrid Plan (Cash Balance) Update
Kevin Donovan, CPA, EA, MSPA, ACA, Managing Member, Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC; Michael Spaid, Actuary, Internal Revnue Service

 The Loan Jungle
Janice M. Wegesin, CPC, EA, President, JMW Consulting, Inc.  

• Performance Evaluation Measures for Pension Administrators and TPA Organizations
Charan Singh, APA, Vice President, National DB Operations, United Retirement Plan Consultants

2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Afternoon Break in Expo Hall
 
3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

Advanced Top Heavy Testing and Plan Design Issues
William Grossman, APA, APR, ERPA, GFS, QPA, MBA, Education Consultant, McKay Hochman Consulting, A Division of DST

 Best Practices to Avoid Litigation as a TPA
Thomas E. Clark, Jr., J.D., LL. M., Of Counsel, The Wagner Law Group, P.C.

Ethics Part 2
Kizzy M. Gaul, J.D., CPC, QPA, QKA, TGPC, Lead Analyst, Prudential Retirement

• The PBGC Process
Mary Ann Rocco, EA, MSPA, Owner, Mary Ann Rocco, EA Consulting Actuary

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.  Afternoon Break
 
4:20 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

• A Survey of Current Issues for 403(b) Plans
Paul C. Hogan, EP Voluntary Compliance Program Coordinator/Internal Revenue Agent, Internal Revenue Service; Rodney Stortenbecker, CPC, QPA, FLMI, Senior Consultant, Lincoln Financial Group
 
DB Funding 201
Joseph Carolan, APA, EA, MSPA, CPC, Enrolled Actuary, Evergreen Retirement Plan Consulting, LLC
 
Technology for the Retirement Plan Professional
Darren Conner, Principal, Director of Development, PensionPro Software; Adam Pozek, ERPA, QPA, QPFC, Partner, DWC ERISA Consultants, LLC

• Things to Try Before Going Safe Harbor
Jake Linney, QPA, QPFC, ERPA, Regional Director, Pentegra Services, Inc. 
 

8:00 p.m.

"Night on the Town" Event

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Showtime is at 8:00 p.m.

Rock of Ages, The Venetian Las Vegas 
Sponsored by 

 

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Wednesday, May 6

8:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Registration Open
 
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
 
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Educational Sessions:

A-Z Participant Disclosures (It's Not Just for Fees)
Charlene Argate, J.D., Senior Benefits Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration; Adam Pozek, ERPA, QPA, QPFC, Partner, DWC ERISA Consultants, LLC

 The Benefits of Advising the Advisor
Ary Rosenbaum, Esq., The Rosenbaum Law Firm P.C.

EPCRS - Defined Contribution Plans
Jane Armstrong, Esq., Partner, Phelps Dunbar, LLP; Paul C. Hogan, EP Voluntary Compliance Program Coordinator/Internal Revenue Agent, Internal Revenue Service

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Morning Break
 

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Educational Sessions:

Leverage Your Web Presence to Differentiate and Win
Alan Gross, President, GMS Marketing

Maximizing Benefits for Executives and Select Groups
Rodney Stortenbecker, CPC, QPA, FLMI, Senior Consultant, Lincoln Financial Group

Mergers, Acquisitions and Spin-offs
David Schultz, J.D., APM, Attorney/Educator, SunGard Relius

*Schedule subject to change.

 

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