• Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Registration
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Tutorial
    Understanding Your Fiduciary Obligations Under ERISA
    Michael E. Falcone, NFP
    Christian D. Hancey, J.D., Nixon Peabody LLP
    Kate U. Saracene, J.D., Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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    This intensive, six-hour tutorial provides a comprehensive look at the fiduciary duties and obligations of retirement and healthcare plan sponsors. A team of highly respected ERISA experts covers issues ranging from the basic rules and regulations governing fiduciary responsibility to a more advanced look at contemporary and unfolding issues. Among the retirement plan topics explored are Fiduciary Committee formation and governance, investment and fiduciary consulting models, selecting non-financial service providers, investing plan assets, using plan assets to pay expenses and current fiduciary litigation. Additional Health plan topics include health plan contracting and oversight, notice and disclosure requirements, and a basic legal compliance primer.

    Speakers:

    Michael E. Falcone, NFP

    Michael E. Falcone
    Vice President, East Region
    NFP

    Michael Falcone is the vice president of the East Region for NFP. His primary responsibilities include developing new relationships for retirement plan business, as well as delivering consulting services as an account and project manager for new and existing retirement plan clients.  Mr. Falcone has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients with the design, administration, funding and communication of their employee retirement benefit plans.  Previously, he was a retirement consultant with Aon Consulting, where he worked with employers of various size and industry.  Mr. Falcone graduated with a B.S. in mathematics from Drexel University.  He holds the chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter designations from The American College.  In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Falcone ranked on the 401kwire.com list of “Top 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution,” receiving recognition for being among the “Top 40” advisors in the large market segment.

    Christian D. Hancey, J.D., Nixon Peabody LLP

    Christian D. Hancey, J.D.
    Partner
    Nixon Peabody LLP

    Christian Hancey is a partner in Nixon Peabody LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation group where he focuses on designing, reviewing and implementing a wide range of benefit and compensation programs structured to suit businesses and nonprofit organizations. He also counsels employers on all types of traditional benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, multiemployer plans, medical benefit plans, cafeteria plans and disability plans. Additionally, Mr. Hancey works with employers to manage the transition of employees and their benefits during and after a merger or acquisition as well as advise employers and administrative committees on fiduciary oversight of ERISA plans. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2016) within Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2015, and was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Employee Benefits/ERISA law by Super Lawyers magazine in 2014. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

    Kate U. Saracene, J.D.
    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    Kate Ulrich Saracene advises fully and self-insured employers, consultants, insurance brokers, third-party administrators and multiple employer associations regarding employee benefit plan design and operational compliance. She has extensive experience with a variety of plan types, including health, life and accident, flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), dependent care assistance programs, and severance pay, among others. She also provides counsel on wellness programs and paid family leave, two of the fastest-growing areas in employee benefits. In addition to developing benefits strategies and drafting plan documentation and notices, Kate helps clients navigate the complexities of government disclosures and filings, US Department of Labor and other government audits, and benefit plan litigation. She also represents employers in negotiations involving third-party administrative service agreements and collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, Kate provides counsel on compliance matters to a wide variety of employer types, including education, health care, manufacturing, hospitality, technology, media, government and industry associations. She also has a robust practice advising third-party administrators on product development and compliance. Kate frequently lectures and writes on topics relating to employee benefits and wellness programs, and has been featured in national and industry media, including quotes appearing in ForbesBloomberg Business WeekLaw360, HR Morning and HR Executive magazine. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a “40 Under Forty” award recipient by the Rochester Business Journal, a “Top Woman in Law” by The Daily Record, and a “Woman to Watch” by the Democrat & Chronicle. Prior to joining Katten, Kate headed a number of human resources functions at Xerox. She most recently served as the head of the Health and Welfare Benefits team at an Am Law 100 firm, where she also practiced as an employment law attorney.

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Self-Funding Forum
    Basic Concepts and Advanced Tactics in Self-Funding
    Dean M. Hoffman, Dean M. Hoffman, LLC
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    This all-inclusive four-hour session begins with the basics of self-funding your health and welfare plan and progresses to more advanced tactics to help mitigate risk. The speaker breaks down this funding arrangement into easy-to-understand segments and explains the “plug and play” approach to stop loss protection, claims administration, care management, pharmacy, data analytics, domestic medical travel, direct provider contracting and digital medicine. The emerging use of group captives will be discussed along with the new level-funded and reference-based pricing arrangements. Gain insight into the variations of stop loss contracts, including recent hybrid contracts, and how they impact the employer’s risk tolerance and financial goals. Real-life case studies will be considered, allowing participants to walk away from this session well-grounded in the concept of self-funding and partial self-funding.

    Speaker:

    Dean M. Hoffman, Dean M. Hoffman, LLC

    Dean M. Hoffman
    Owner
    Dean M. Hoffman, LLC

    Dean M. Hoffman, owner of consulting firm, Dean M. Hoffman, LLC, provides consulting services, customized training for employee benefit agents, plan sponsors, human resource professionals and expert witness testimony work.  He has been in the employee benefit industry for more than 40 years, with an emphasis in group employee benefit plans.  Mr. Hoffman has expertise in a broad range of employee benefits, including prescription plan analysis and all funding arrangements, including conventionally insured, minimum premium, retrospective, experience refund, stop loss, level funded and self-funding. His strategic leadership process is centered on providing solutions to employers seeking to maximize their healthcare benefits, and enhance employee satisfaction while managing their healthcare expenditure.  Mr. Hoffman utilizes his technical skills, advanced knowledge of ERISA plans, stop loss contracting, health care systems and data analysis to meet the needs of both the plan sponsor and employee.  Mr. Hoffman’s knowledge on self-funded arrangements has made him a favorite at many health and welfare plan management conferences around the country.  Professional affiliations include a 28-year membership in the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and the Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters (WAHU), Past President, a member of the 2018 WAHU Board of Directors and chair of the Professional Development Committee. He has been a long-time advocate on legislative issues affecting the employee benefits industry, including hosting Congressional briefings for members of Congress and the Wisconsin legislature about the health insurance marketplace and use of self-funding. In addition to having served on the NAHU board of trustees, Mr. Hoffman has volunteered for a number of the organization’s committees, including most recently chairing the Professional Development Committee.

  • Monday, June 11, 2018
  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Registration
  • 7:00 am - 8:15 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 am - 8:30 am
    Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    Insights from Recent Retirement Industry Litigation
    Richard T. Allison, SWBC Retirement Plan Services
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    Risk management is a term used often in all aspects of business, but how can you apply this concept to your retirement plans? During this keynote session, learn about real world cases of organizations that have been challenged in a variety of ways for the methods in which they operate their retirement programs. These case studies provide valuable lessons that attendees can use to manage risk in their own plans.

    Speaker:

    Richard T. Allison
    Chief Executive Officer
    SWBC Retirement Plan Services

    As the Chief Executive Officer of SWBC Retirement Plan Services, Richard brings more than 35 years of experience and knowledge to the team. In addition to his role as CEO, Richard is currently a member of the Goldman Sachs Retirement Advisory Board. Prior to joining SWBC, Richard spent 10 years as a Regional Vice President for The Standard, where he managed the Western region’s retirement plan advisory group. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments overseeing the Institutional Market.

    Richard graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia, having received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration. He also completed the executive management course sponsored by the American Bankers Association for Trust Executives at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and holds the professional designations of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Speaker
    Your Future: Consolidated Analytics
    Gerald W. Frye, The Benefit Services Group, Inc.
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    We are a nation obsessed with data, but do we have the tools to use data in a comprehensive, strategic way? Data analytics must expand to encompass not only siloed health plan data, but also workers compensation, dental, and disability data. By analyzing this data, tomorrow's savvy plan managers will have an entirely new way of coordinating care and improving outcomes. Consolidated analytics is the new health management paradigm.

    Speaker:

    Gerald W. Frye, The Benefit Services Group, Inc.

    Gerald W. Frye
    President and Owner
    The Benefit Services Group, Inc.

    Gerald Frye is president and owner of The Benefit Services Group, Inc. (BSG®), an employee benefits consulting firm he co-founded in 1987, and BSG Analytics™ LLC (BSGA), a healthcare analytics firm he founded in 2012. BSG and BSGA have won numerous awards for their work and serve nationwide employers in a variety of industries and consults for healthcare systems across the country. Mr. Frye has served for over 30 years in various roles in the insurance and employee benefits industry. He offers clients expertise in strategic planning and encourages client companies to view benefit plans comparable to the way businesses look at other expenses, such as considering behavior economics as a way to influence cost and health, and evaluating employee engagement and communication strategies. Widely regarded as an industry innovator and thought leader, Mr. Frye is a frequently requested speaker at industry events and was an invited speaker at Wisconsin legislative hearings regarding state health benefit issues. Additionally, he is currently serving as a member of the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Health & Life Advisory Council and the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Health Committee. Mr. Frye’s engaging presentation style, deep subject knowledge, and keen insight into the problems facing the industry combine to make him a compelling presenter and talented consultant. He earned the professional designations of chartered life underwriter (CLU), chartered financial consultant (ChFC), registered health underwriter (RHU), registered employee benefit consultant (REBC) and chartered advisor for senior living (CASL). Mr. Frye also holds his insurance licenses for life, accident and health.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Refreshment Break
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Networking Reception
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    It’s Now or Never: Rethinking Benefits When Healthcare Has Left the Building
    Kyle Healy, NFP
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    Join Kyle Healy for insights on how re-prioritizing your attraction and retention strategies can go a long way in future-proofing your benefits programs and preparing for the possibilities of a world where a single-payer healthcare solution doesn’t seem entirely far-fetched—and is already a reality in parts of it. Sit in on a discussion centered around progressive ideas pulled straight from employers outside the U.S., who work with nationalized healthcare every day. Learn how their creative tactics and motivated methods can net better productivity returns on your employee investments and help you stand out in a sea of sameness no matter where medical insurance goes over the next decade.

    Speaker:

    Kyle Healy, NFP

    Kyle Healy
    Vice President, Corporate Development
    NFP

    Kyle Healy is the vice president of corporate development for NFP. A dynamic leader with over a decade of expertise in the corporate benefits advisory space, he helps lead the firm’s strategic growth and integrated sales initiatives. Mr. Healy also supports national sales opportunities as part of the “SWAT” development team that focuses on large or complex opportunities involving multiple business lines. Previously, he focused primarily on helping organizations control their long-term spend while maintaining competitive reward programs for employees. Mr. Healy is a frequent public speaker on topics ranging from progressive employee engagement solutions to alternative funding strategies within medical benefits. He holds a bachelor of science from Ithaca College.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Speaker
    The Future of Employment-Based Health Benefits: How the Marketplace and Public Policy Will Shape the Future of Coverage
    Paul Fronstin, Ph.D., Employee Benefit Research Institute
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    The Affordable Care Act completely changed the playing field for employers. It raised questions as to whether employers would continue to provide health benefits. While policymakers in Washington, DC are discussing “repeal and replace” and tax reform, employers have continued to offer health benefits while exploring new ways to manage the cost increases. This presentation will discuss new directions for employment-based health benefits at a time when policymakers are introducing more uncertainty into its future.

    Speaker:

    Paul Fronstin, Ph.D., Employee Benefit Research Institute

    Paul Fronstin, Ph.D.
    Director, Health Research & Education Program
    Employee Benefit Research Institute

    Paul Fronstin is the director of the Health Research and Education Program and oversees the Center for Research on Health Benefits Innovation at Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to original public policy research and education on economic security and employee benefits. He has been with EBRI since 1993. Dr. Fronstin’s research interests include trends in employment-based health benefits, consumer driven health benefits, the uninsured, retiree health benefits, employee benefits and taxation, and public opinion about health benefits and healthcare. In 2012, Dr. Fronstin was appointed to the Maryland Health Care Commission. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Emeriti Retirement Health Program. He is also the associate editor of Benefits Quarterly. In 2010, he served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Determination of Essential Health Benefits. Earlier, he served on the Maryland State Planning Grant Health Care Coverage Workgroup and the Institute of Medicine Subcommittee on the Status of the Uninsured. Dr. Fronstin earned his bachelor of science degree from SUNY Binghamton and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Miami.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Refreshment Break
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Networking Reception
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • 7:30 am - 11:00 am
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    Follow Me
    Steve Gilliland, Steve Gilliland, Inc.
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    Leadership is the single most important skill you can use to improve your business. FOLLOW ME explores how to grow yourself and your people through timeless principles that, when applied to your own life and the life of your organization, will influence positive change. Steve Gilliland is uniquely qualified to show you how to develop exceptional leaders and retain great employees.

    Speaker:

    Steve Gilliland
    Steve Gilliland, Inc.

    A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian and can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of motivational speaker.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm