2019 PLANSPONSOR National Conference

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HSA Essentials

DC Plan Essentials

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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    Registration and Breakfast

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    Regulatory and Legislative Update: The latest on what’s in store for HSAs in Washington from initiatives in Congress and at the regulatory agencies.
    Presenter: Steve Mindy, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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    HSA Administration Best Practices: What should sponsors of HSAs know about common challenges in HSA admin and how they can be avoided.
    Presenter: Marta Turba, Content Director, WorldatWork

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    HSAs: The Integration of Health and Wealth for Retirement
    Backed by its unique position at the convergence of health and wealth, the Health Savings Account (HSA) is a powerful tool that can serve as both a health benefit and a retirement benefit in an employer benefits package. To make sure employees are maximizing both the health and retirement opportunities that come with HSAs, it’s important to understand how HSAs differ from traditional retirement savings vehicles and how the two plans can complement each other to help participants make the most of HSA benefits. Plan sponsors and participants will learn how to consider this benefit program as part of the retirement savings and income planning and how to make savings considerations and priorities reflect that.
    Presenter: Kevin Robertson, Senior Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer, HSA Bank

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    Coffee Break

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    Employee Education, Financial Wellness and HSAs: One of the largest challenges for participant engagement with HSAs is how they fit into an employee’s broader financial picture. As employees have several workplace options for saving—traditional 401(k)s, Roth 401(k)s, HSAs, etc.—and various debt obligations—student loans, mortgages—the discussion of how to best allocate their money is imperative, but also complex.
    Presenter: Will Applegate, Vice President, Industry Relations, Fidelity

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    Managing Investment Menus within HSAs: As HSAs are both a short-term and long-term savings vehicles, many are allowing for investments to help participants increase their savings through market access. Considerations for allowing investments in the HSA, selecting a lineup and communicating with employees.
    Presenters:
    Kevin Murphy
    , Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Accounts, Defined Contribution-U.S., Franklin Templeton
    Jamie Greenleaf, Lead Advisor, Principal, Cafaro Greenleaf

  8. Closing Remarks

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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    Registration and Breakfast

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    Are You an ERISA Fiduciary and What Does That Mean? Fiduciary fundamentals and understanding what can, or cannot, be outsourced as it relates to fiduciary responsibilities. For 403(b) plan sponsors, this session will also address how to determine whether they are governed by ERISA.
    Presenter: Jodi Epstein, Partner, Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chtd.

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    What Plan Committees Need to Know About Investments and Fees: It’s not just about how much a fund cost.  There is more to it than just the expense ratio.  This session will pull up the covers and dissect all the components of fund costs and also discuss different ways to structure plan costs.  Monitoring fees is an important pillar of fiduciary duty and this session will help you better understand how fees work and how best to monitor them.
    Presenter: Jania Stout, Practice Leader, Co-Founder, Fiduciary Plan Advisors 

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    Coffee Break

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    Latest Plan Document Requirements and Operating According to the Plan: Plan sponsors need to know what is in their plan document and make sure the plan is operating in accordance. This session will cover the elimination of the determination letter program and the new prototype program for 403(b) plans, and will address the new required amendment list the IRS issues each year.
    Presenter: Jodi Epstein, Partner, Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chtd.

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    What to Expect From Your Service Providers: This session will cover what functions are typically handled by recordkeepers, points for monitoring service providers and how to determine whether it’s time for a change.
    Presenter: Marianne W. Marvez, Vice President/Director, Innovest Portfolio Solutions LLC

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    Closing Remarks

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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    Registration with Buffet Lunch (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

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    Opening Remarks (Renaissance Ballroom)
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Editor-in-Chief, PLANSPONSOR

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    Town Hall … What’s On The Minds of Plan Sponsors: Two retirement executives kick off this year’s PLANSPONSOR National Conference in a town hall, answering questions from the plan sponsors in the audience. Moderated by Alison Cooke Mintzer, this town hall format will provide expert opinions and perspectives on some of the trends and the issues most concerning plan sponsors today.
    Speakers:
    Joseph Ready, Executive Vice President and Director, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
    Tim Brown,
    Senior Vice President of Life and Income Funding Solutions, MetLife

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    Defining Success in Your Workplace Retirement Plan: PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year Winners discuss their plans, and how they’ve been able to achieve such high success metrics.
    ModeratorsRebecca Moore, Managing Editor, PLANSPONSOR.com
    Judy Faust Hartnett, Managing Editor, PLANSPONSOR magazine
    Panelists:
    Lynn SweetBenefits Associate, Badger Mining Corporation
    Alicia Allement, Benefits Supervisor, General Health System
    Chris WellonsVice President of Manufacturing, Taylor Guitars
    Elaine Parham, Senior Manager, People Department, Southwest Airlines

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    Coffee Break  (Renaissance Ballroom Foyer)
    sponsored by Transamerica 

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    Washington Update: Leading attorneys explain retirement-related developments in Washington, D.C., and state capitals across the U.S. They will dive deep into the latest legislation and regulations impacting retirement plan sponsors and participants.
    Moderator: Alison Cooke Mintzer, Editor-in-Chief, PLANSPONSOR
    Panelists:
    David N. Levine, Principal, Groom Law Group, Chartered
    Robin M. Solomon, Partner,  Ivins, Phillips & Barker

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    What the most influential do differently.

    Keynote: Garrison Wynn, CSP With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. He is the author of the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about, Success, the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle, has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured Forbes and Inc. Magazines. In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries.

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    A Taste of Italy
    Opening Night Exhibit Hall Kick-Off Party
    Stroll the exhibits, mingle with your peers, meet our vendors, and dine on delicious, Italian-inspired dinner creations! Attendees will have a chance to win some amazing prizes and gift cards!
     (Exhibitor Hall-Grand Ballroom)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

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    Breakfast (Exhibitor Hall-Grand Ballroom) Sponsored by Milliman

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    Opening Remarks (Renaissance Ballroom)
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Editor-in-Chief, PLANSPONSOR

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    Financial Wellness Case Study with MGM Studios and Prudential Retirement
    Join MGM Studios and Prudential Retirement as they explore the connection that exists between financial wellness, productivity, health, and other human capital outcomes.  Demonstrating that connection and measuring the outcomes is often easier said than done!  This session will explore how MGM Studios, in partnership with Prudential Retirement, designed a program that drove better financial wellness outcomes for their participants. PresentersTab Haas-Winkelman, Executive Director, Human Resources, MGM Studios
    Amy McCarthy, Managing Director, Key Account Management, Prudential Retirement
    Matthew Bahl, Vice President, Financial Wellness Customer Strategies, Prudential Retirement
    (Renaissance Ballroom)

    Sponsored by Prudential

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    Financial ownership: Helping participants move from engagement to action
    Are you doing all that you can to help your participants reach meaningful outcomes? Join Catherine Golladay, Chief Operating Officer, Schwab Retirement Plan Services, to discuss how you can help participants move beyond engagement to take action.
    Presenter: Catherine Golladay, Chief Operation Officer, Charles Schwab Retirement Plan Services
    Sponsored by Charles Schwab

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    Coffee Break (Exhibitor Hall-Grand Ballroom) sponsored by Transamerica 

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    Session 1 (Renaissance Ballroom)
    Discouraging Plan Leakage: Employees are depleting their retirement plans when they take out loans and don’t pay them back, take hardship withdrawals, and fail to roll over retirement plan savings when they change jobs. How can plan sponsors update their loan policies to discourage loans, what are the implications of the new Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 hardship withdrawal rules and how to automate movement of a participant’s 401(k) savings account from their former employer’s plan to an active account in their current employer’s plan.
    Moderator: Marianne W. Marvez, Vice President/Director, Innovest Portfolio Solutions LLC
    Panelist
    Beth Pattillo, Director, Retirement Programs, Leidos
    Jeff Fister, Senior Relationship Manager, ADP

    Session 2 (Congressional Hall)
    Engaging Employees With Benefits Programs: As companies expand both their health and financial wellness programs, they are exploring new communication channels to connect with employees, as well as finding ways to personalize content to increase participant engagement. A recognition that stress around debt and financials can be just as detrimental to physical health as an illness, has led employers to expand employee well-being programs to create healthier and more productive workforces. Panelists will discuss how employers are embracing opportunities to create holistic wellness programs that emphasize both physical and financial health, and key components to drive adoption of and engagement with such a program.
    Moderator: David S. Hinderstein, Founder and President, Strategic Retirement Group
    Panelists:
    Maura Coolican, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
    Barbara Delaney, Principal, StoneStreet Renaissance 

    Session 3 (Mount Vernon Square)
    Understanding 3(16) and 3(38) Fiduciary Outsourcing
    Moderator: Spencer A. Goldstein
    , Principal and CIO, Stone Street Equity, LLC
    Panelist

    Pete Swisher, Senior Vice President – National Practice Leader, Pentegra Retirement Services
    Joshua E. Ulmer, Senior Institutional Consultant, Morgan Stanley

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    Session 1 (Renaissance Ballroom)
    Making Cents of Financial Wellness: In this session, expert panelists will discuss and debate various delivery mechanisms, the role of fintech, topics that should be addressed with employees, the options for providers-those affiliated with the plan or outside specialists, as well as in and out of plan solutions to help lessen financial stress and improve retirement outcomes of Americans.
    ModeratorJoseph Topp, Vice President – Investment Consulting Services, Francis Investment Counsel LLC
    Panelists:
    Ted Huffman, Divisional Vice President, ADP
    Rachel Weker, Products and Platforms Vice President, T. Rowe Price
    Kelley M. Palmer, Marketing Director, Retirement Optimization, John Hancock Retirement Plan Services
    Kara Ardis
    , Managing Director, Business Strategy, Charles Schwab

    Session 2 (Congressional Hall)
    Understanding Retirement Income Products
    Converting retirement savings into income is overwhelming! As participants accumulate most of their wealth in payroll deferral savings plans, it means they are increasingly looking to their plan sponsors for guidance about how to decumulate assets. In this hour-long session, panelists will present different options for retirement income products types to help plan sponsors understand the current landscape, which may include (but are not limited to) in-plan insurance products, managed payout funds, managed accounts, and out-of-plan annuity windows.
    Moderator: Bruce LanserSenior Retirement Plan Consultant,
    UBS Retirement Plan Consulting Group 
    Panelists:
    John Doyle, SVP Senior Retirement Strategist, Capital Group, home of American Funds
    Marty MeninSenior Director – Retirement Solutions Division, Pacific Life Insurance Company
    Nick Nefouse, Head of DC Investment Strategy and Co-Head of LifePath®, BlackRock

    Session 3 (Mount Vernon Square)
    Criteria to Consider When Selecting a Retirement Plan Adviser: What retirement plan sponsors need to consider when selecting a retirement plan adviser. Will they offer suggestions on best practices? How have they measurably improved other plans? Do they offer 3(21) and 3(38) fiduciary services? Can they train the retirement committee? Have they served companies in the same industry and of similar size? Do they offer participant education and/or advice and financial wellness programs? Can they provide one-on-one sessions with participants?
    ModeratorDan Peluse, Director of Retirement Plan
    Services,
    Wintrust Wealth Management 
    Panelists:
    Brandon Radach, Managing Director Midwest DCIO, John Hancock Investments
    Stace Hilbrant, Managing Director, 401k Advisors, LLC
    Jim Hill, Manager of Support Services, Intermountain Power Service Corporation (IPSC)

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    Lunch (Exhibitor Hall-Grand Ballroom)
    Sponsored by Morgan Stanley

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    Workshop 1 (Renaissance Ballroom)

    Financial Wellness Made Practical
    Lots of employers are embracing the need to enhance the financial wellness of their employees as a way to reduce stress and boost productivity on the job. But actually implementing an effective financial wellness program can seem daunting without the right guidance. Learn what four steps your company needs to get started, build an effective program, engage employees and measure your progress.(Renaissance Ballroom)
    Presenter: Una Morabito, Senior Vice President, Head of Mid & Institutional Client Management, Workplace Solutions, MassMutual
    Sponsored by
    MassMutual

    Workshop 2 
    (Congressional Hall)

    The Evolving Retirement Landscape…Why It Matters
    The retirement landscape is evolving for both Retirement Advisors and Plan Sponsors.  Join Transamerica for an informative session examining how recent Retirement Legislation and current industry trends like Enhanced Fiduciary Services, MEP & “Open MEP” Plan Designs, Participant-focused Outcomes, and Fintech Solutions are changing the Retirement landscape for all of us. 
    Presenter:  Deborah Rubin, Managing Director, Special Markets,  Transamerica Workplace Solutions
    Sponsored by Transamerica

    Workshop 3 
    (Mount Vernon Square)

    Student Loan Debt Crisis, How it is Affecting Retirement Plans
    Learn about how Student Loans debt is underfunding retirement plans and how you can plan ahead now.  Bob will showcase the new range of benefits including education, advice, and contribution programs that can immediately help with employee financial wellness – some with no budget required.  He will also talk about recent Legislation and Treasury rulings that have made this a hot topic for retirement professionals, hear the latest inner circle insight and points of view. 
    Presenter: Bob Buch, VP and GM, SoFi At Work 
    Sponsored by SoFi

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    Session 1 (Renaissance Ballroom)
    DC Investment Ideas: ESG and CITs
    A few trends affecting plan investments are participant demand for investments that improve the social good and represent their values, as well as concerns about fees eating into retirement savings. Two products gaining traction are environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment vehicles and collective investment trusts (CITs). Panelists will discuss the risk-reduction and performance benefits that ESG can bring, while getting up to speed on what the Department of Labor says about the role of ESG in tax-qualified retirement plans. Also discussed will be why CITs have lower fees than traditional mutual funds and ways to address concerns about benchmarking and monitoring CITs.
    Moderator: Todd KadingPresident and CoFounder, LeafHouse Financial
    Panelists:
    Cameron Kleinheksel, Senior Consultant, Plante Moran Wealth Management
    Rita Fiumara, Senior Vice President and Institutional Retirement Consultant , UBS Financial Services, Inc.
    Brent Sheppard, Partner, Financial Advisor, Cadence Financial Management

    Session 2 (Congressional Hall)
    How to Save for Health and Retirement: Half of all adults across all ages say their top retirement concern is paying for health care, and those with savings in a health savings account  (HSA) are more certain about their ability to cover such costs in retirement. Although originally viewed as a health benefit, HSA accounts are clearly of great benefit as part of a retirement savings strategy. However, understanding how to help participants plan and allocate their savings across the employer-sponsored health and retirement vehicles can be a challenge. Hear how plan sponsors and advisers should be thinking about these plans and educating plan participants about the best way to structure deferrals.
    Moderator: Jamie D. Greenleaf, Lead Advisor / Principal, Cafaro Greenleaf
    Panelists:
    Kevin Robertson, Senior Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer, HSA Bank
    Deb Culhane, CEO, Optum Financial Services and President, Optum Bank
    Joe Connell, Partner, Sikich Financial LLP

    Session 3 (Mount Vernon Square)
    Is it Time for an RFI/RFP? Questions sponsors need to ask when deciding whether it is time to look for a new recordkeeper or if it is possible to improve the relationship with the current provider.
    ModeratorJulie Doran Stewart, SVP, Retirement Plan Advisory,  Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group
    Panelists:
    Mike Lulofs, Human Resources Director, Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America
    Jason K. Chepenik, Managing Partner, Chepenik Financial
    Dave Hulsen, Chief Operating Officer, RFP360

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    Session 1 (Renaissance Ballroom)
    Being Prepared for DOL Audits: What sponsors need to have on file and to check in the event of an audit by the Department of Labor. What are common mistakes that plans make and what areas is the DOL focusing on?
    Moderator: James D. Robison, Managing Director, Great Lakes, Indianapolis,
    Strategic Retirement Partners
    Panelists:
    Robert Covin, JD, Benefits Consultant, Milliman
    Jania Stout, Practice Leader, Co-Founder, Fiduciary Plan Advisors

    Session 2 (Congressional Hall)
    How Are Different Employee Groups Benefiting From Your DC Plan? Are low-wage earners struggling financially because their paychecks have been reduced by automatic enrollment? Are high-wage earners getting the maximum savings in your defined contribution plan? This session will explore statistics plan sponsors can use beyond the traditionally measured—such as opt-out rates, savings rates, loan and hardship withdrawal usage by age, income, career stage—plan sponsors can use to make plan design decisions and develop communication strategies for optimal participant outcomes.
    ModeratorEllen R. Lander, Principal and Founder, Renaissance Benefit Advisors Group, LLC
    Panelists:
    Attila Toth, Partner, Co-Founder, Portfolio Evaluations, Inc.
    Rory Kirkpatrick, Managing DirectorCentre Lane Partners, LLC

    Session 3 (Mount Vernon Square)
    403(b) Plan Remedial Amendment Period: The last day of the remedial amendment period for 403(b) plans is March 31, 2020. What does the remedial amendment period offer 403(b) plan sponsors? What do the plan sponsors need to review and do to make sure they are in compliance? Will a pre-approved plan document fit all 403(b) plans, and if not, what should plan sponsors do?
    ModeratorMichelle A. Zevola, Client Advocate/Vice President, Lockton Retirement Services
    Panelists:
    Kevin Kidwell, Vice President, National Tax Exempt Sales, OneAmerica
    Kimberly Boberg, of Counsel, Groom Law Group, Chartered

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    Coffee Break (Exhibitor Hall-Grand Ballroom) sponsored by Transamerica 

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    The Lessons from Litigation (Renaissance Ballroom)
    Moderator: Alison Cooke Mintzer, Editor-in-Chief, PLANSPONSOR
    Panelists:
    Emily Costin, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
    Rhonda Prussack, SVP and Head of Fiduciary and Employment Practices Liability, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

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    Taco ’bout a Party
    Night Two Exhibit Hall Party
    South-of-the Border style reception featuring a delicious build your own taco station, quesadilla stand, margaritas and more! Don’t miss the opportunity to win our amazing raffle prizes! (Exhibitor Hall-Grand Ballroom)

Friday, June 7, 2019

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    Breakfast (Exhibitor Hall-Grand Ballroom)
    Sponsored by Pentegra Retirement Services

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    Opening Remarks 
    (Renaissance Ballroom)

    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Editor-in-Chief, PLANSPONSOR

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    Case Study – 
    Living the Southwest Way: How Culture Drives Success
    If you work at Southwest Airlines, winner of the 2019 Plan Sponsor of the Year – Total Retirement Offering award, “Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart, and Fun-LUVing Attitude” are familiar to you. The culture of the company and the culture of the plan are one in the same, leading to a successful retirement program with a median participant retirement income score of more than 100%! Come hear a conversation between Elaine Parham, Senior Manager, People Department at Southwest Airlines, and Richard Linton, EVP, Group Retirement, at Empower Retirement, about how Southwest and recordkeeper partner Empower have worked together to achieve high success metrics—and happy plan participants.
    Sponsored by Empower Retirement

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    Benefits are personal: Benefits as part of a modern, inclusive culture 
    Join Jonathan McBride, BlackRock’s Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity, for a lively conversation about corporate leadership, climate change, and how BlackRock thinks about engagement with its employees and outside stakeholders. Our aim is helping your organization think about some of the “tightrope” questions posed by today’s workforce and how we can motivate employees with our responses. The discussion will also cover how employers might engage in their local communities and why it matters in dollars and cents. Jonathan is a highly engaging thought leader speaking with BlackRock’s global clients on these difficult issues and it promises to be an entertaining discussion. No topic is off the table! 
    Presenter: Jonathan McBride, Managing Director and Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at BlackRock

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    Coffee Break (Exhibitor Hall-Grand Ballroom) sponsored by Transamerica

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    Best Practices for Your Retirement Plan Committee:
    Retirement committees have a multitude of responsibilities that they must ensure are prudently discharged. A well-formed and governed retirement plan committee can give sponsors confidence in their fiduciary decisions and steer a plan towards success. Who should be on the committee? How often should they meet? What is the role of the committee charter? Documenting decisions, strategies and actions are key to the success of the plan.
    Moderator: Judy Faust Hartnett, Managing Editor, PLANSPONSOR magazine
    Panelists:
    Phyllis E. KleinSenior Director, Professional Services, Consulting Solutions Group, CAPTRUST
    Dan Brandenburg, Partner, The Wagner Law Group
    Benjamin L. Grosz, Partner, Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chartered

  7. Closing Lunch Sponsored by OneAmerica 

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    PS Confidential: Discussions over lunch will be led by PLANSPONSOR editorial staff. An opportunity for plan sponsors to network with peers and discuss what’s on their minds, and how they will take what they heard over the conference back to their desks.
    (Meeting Room 10/11)

Sponsorship Information

Katie Bacon | 203-595-3184 |

General Information

Carol Popkins | 203-461-0985 |