• Sunday, March 25, 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
    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, March 26, 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
    Key Healthcare Cost Drivers in 2018 and Beyond: How Will They Affect Retirement Readiness?
    Marybeth Gray, Trion
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    Marybeth Gray of Trion shares an update on the state of the healthcare market and how it may be adversely affecting your employees’ ability to retire. This eye-opening discussion covers the challenges on the horizon, expenses associated with the variables in play—and real solutions designed to help you control costs while helping your employees get financially and physically healthy. Finally, hear about a total rewards approach you should consider for your plans.

    Speaker:

    Marybeth Gray
    Senior Vice President
    Trion

    Marybeth Gray has worked in the employee benefits field for more than 25 years. She currently serves as a senior vice president with Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Company, with responsibilities as supervisor for the account management teams for her current clients.  Skilled at analyzing companies’ healthcare costs and benefit plans, Ms. Gray is an expert in identifying financial opportunities and assisting with strategic planning, with special emphasis on large, self-insured clients. She was formerly a vice president with Aon Consulting, where she specialized in health and welfare programs. Ms. Gray also provided guidance with implementations, communications and retirement program strategies. She assisted in developing an analysis of disease management programs through more than 100 vendors and presented results on carriers’ strengths and weaknesses to many self-insured clients. Ms. Gray’s strategic approach is a direct result of her experience working as a national account manager with Aetna US Healthcare Inc. for more than 12 years. In this role, she was responsible for overall account management, including the financial perspective and program operations for clients with more than 10,000 employee lives in multiple locations. Ms. Gray is a member of the National Business Group on Health in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in health policy and administration and nutrition. Ms. Gray is licensed in accident, health, life and fixed annuities in 23 states.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Speaker
    The Future of Retirement
    Jean Young, Vanguard
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    How do you achieve future retirement security in today’s environment? With the U.S. population facing increased longevity, rising healthcare costs, and the complexities of the financial system, Jean Young, a Senior Research Analyst in Vanguard’s Center for Investor Research, explores the key themes for retirement in the future.

    Speaker:

    Jean Young
    Senior Research Analyst
    Vanguard

    Jean Young is a senior research analyst with the Vanguard Center for Investor Research. Her research topics include the design of employer-sponsored retirement programs and the psychological and behavioral aspects of participant decision-making. She is also the lead author for Vanguard’s annual publication “How America Saves.” Before her current position, Ms. Young was a client relationship manager in Vanguard’s defined contribution recordkeeping business. Ms. Young earned a B.A. in business administration from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.S. in taxation from Widener University. She is a certified public accountant.

  • 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 and Nightly Prize Drawings
    Chance to win a FREE 2019 conference registration! Must be present to win.
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 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
    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 and Nightly Prize Drawings
    Chance to win a $500 Visa gift card! Must be present to win.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • 7:30 am - 11:00 am
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    On Purpose: Changing the Conversation About Health and Wellness
    Michelle Spehr, The Benefit Services Group, Inc.
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    Does your worksite wellness program inspire employees to bring their best selves to work each day? Traditional wellness paradigms are being challenged. Research suggests the key is to encompass organizational and individual well-being. This session addresses why trying to "get" people to change doesn't work and the dangers of "Wellness or Else" programs. This session explores the organizational attributes that support a thriving workplace culture and delves into the relationships between life purpose, health, wealth and motivation.

    Speaker:

    Michelle Spehr, The Benefit Services Group, Inc.

    Michelle Spehr
    Health and Wellness Consultant
    The Benefit Services Group, Inc.

    Michelle Spehr is a health and wellness consultant with The Benefits Services Group, Inc. (BSG®) where she provides strategic direction and assistance with the planning, implementation and evaluation of employer-sponsored health promotion and well-being initiatives. Recognized as the 2015 Wellness Advisor of the Year by Employee Benefit Adviser magazine, Ms. Spehr has demonstrated a consistent pattern of forward-thinking innovation and achievement in consulting and leadership as well as overall contributions to the profession. Her approach involves expanding the wellness value proposition beyond reducing employee health risks to creating the conditions where employees can bring their best selves to work each day. Previously, Ms. Spehr was involved in smoking cessation research, serving as a clinic outreach specialist and health counselor with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. She was also involved with the Well City Milwaukee initiative, where she worked with business, health and civic leaders on programs to protect the health and well-being of the working people of Milwaukee. Ms. Spehr’s professional credentials include certifications as a master’s level health education specialist and a worksite wellness program consultant, and she holds the faculty status designation from the Wellness Council of America. Ms. Spehr obtained her master’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her master’s degree in health education from Carroll University.

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