• Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Registration
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Tutorial
    Understanding Your Fiduciary Obligations Under ERISA
    Lisa Christensen, J.D., Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
    Michael E. Falcone, NFP
    Christian D. Hancey, J.D., Nixon Peabody 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:

    Lisa Christensen, J.D.
    Special Counsel
    Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

    Lisa Christensen serves as special counsel in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, including reviewing, revising, drafting documents and counseling clients with respect to plan administration and compliance with all applicable federal laws and state laws (including, but not limited to, requirements under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Medicare and/or Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)) relevant to employee benefit plans. Lisa regularly consults with clients on various correction methodologies when errors are discovered in qualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit arrangements and executive compensation arrangements.

    Typical projects include reviewing, revising and negotiating services agreements with vendors; reviewing, revising and negotiating HIPAA business associate agreements (and other compliance materials), and counseling clients (both covered entities and business associates) regarding application of HIPAA privacy and security requirements; counseling ERISA plan fiduciaries as to cybersecurity responsibilities in connection with employee benefits; drafting change in control, severance, retention bonus, equity incentive, and executive employment agreements, and counseling clients on IRC Section 409A corrections in connection with same; and assisting with all benefits-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

    With respect to cybersecurity and data privacy, Lisa counsels clients on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, drafts compliance manuals and regularly conducts on-site and web-based training for multiple interested stakeholders across all business sectors on GDPR, HIPAA and other applicable privacy laws (foreign and domestic), as well as general data hygiene.

    Lisa regularly reviews services agreements and works with clients (and their vendors) in connection with data breaches; phishing attacks; loss or theft mobile devices; ransomware; reporting to customers, affected individuals, and federal and state agencies; and implementation of privacy and security policies and procedures. She also assists individuals with identity theft issues in connection with financial, medical, and criminal actions of identify thieves, including fraudulent filings of IRS Forms 1040 and state tax forms.

    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.

  • 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
    Owner/Consultant
    Dean M. Hoffman, LLC

    Mr. Hoffman is the owner of consulting firm, Dean M. Hoffman, LLC, that provides employee benefit consulting services, customized training for plan sponsors, benefit managers, human resource professionals, agents, and brokers and is often retained for 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 plan sponsors 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 30-year membership in the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and Past President of its Wisconsin Chapter. 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 the advantages 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, May 6, 2019
  • 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
    Moving Forward—The Role of Advisors in a Changing Industry
    Richard T. Allison, SWBC Retirement Plan Services
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    While investment advisors have long been involved in the retirement industry, the role of advisors has been far from constant. What’s changed? Should you have an advisor? Which advisor? Is your advisor staying current with an evolving industry? Does the now-defunct fiduciary rule have any impact today? Is your recordkeeping provider enough? During this keynote session, receive answers to these questions and a clear path forward to ensure you’re staying current and positioning your plan for the future.

    Speaker:

    Richard T. Allison
    Chief Executive Officer
    SWBC Retirement Plan Services

    Richard Allison is the chief executive officer of SWBC Retirement Plan Services, where he brings more than 35 years of experience and knowledge to the team. In addition to his role as chief executive officer, he is currently a member of the Goldman Sachs Retirement Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Allison spent 10 years as a regional vice president for The Standard, where he managed the Western region’s retirement plan advisory group. He also served as a senior vice president at Fidelity Investments, overseeing the institutional market. Mr. Allison received a bachelor of business administration and a master of business administration from the University of Georgia, where he graduated magna cum laude. He completed the executive management course sponsored by the American Bankers Association for Trust Executives at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and also holds the certified financial planner, chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter designations.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Speaker
    How to Start a FIRE and Not Get Burned
    Kyle Healy, NFP
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    “Financial Independence, Retire Early”—are the watchwords for a number of younger employees attempting retirement by 40. Meanwhile, more responsibility is falling on employer benefit programs to help employees achieve their financial goals, whatever they may be. Join Kyle Healy for a candid discussion of how employers can invest in financial wellness for all employees while creating a viable succession plan for the business—even if everyone does retire early!

    Speaker:

    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.

  • 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, May 7, 2019
  • 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    What Does the Future Hold for the Employment-Based Health Benefits System?
    Paul Fronstin, Ph.D., Employee Benefit Research Institute
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    The employment-based health benefits system is the most common form of health coverage in the United States, covering 167 million people under age 65 in 2017. Despite the fact that workers value health insurance more than any other employee benefit, the system faces a number of potential threats in the future. Public policies related to the Cadillac tax, Medicare-for-all, and proposals that would allow insurance to be purchased in the individual market using employer funding, as well as market developments like the gig economy and high-priced medical advances may all affect whether there is an employment-based health benefits system in the future. This keynote presentation examines the pros and cons of having an employment-based health benefits system. Learn whether there is an alternative to the employment-based system that would produce higher quality care, better service and lower price, and what that alternative might look like.

    Speaker:

    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.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Panel Discussion
    Spotlight on Benefit Plans: Are They Doing Their Job?
    Organized by University Conference Services,
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    Conference chairman Mark Friedman and a panel of benefits professionals examine legal, economic and societal issues that are causing many employers to re-think how they provide for employees’ physical and financial well-being without jeopardizing their bottom lines. For most companies, the two most highly-valued and costly benefits—healthcare and retirement—can be the most troublesome. The panel discusses real-world solutions, innovations and best practices for ensuring your plans are doing their job of attracting and retaining talent.

    Speaker:

    Organized by University Conference Services

  • 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, May 8, 2019
  • 7:30 am - 11:00 am
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    Take Command of Your Time & Technology
    Dominick Quartuccio, International Speaker, Author and Executive Coach
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    Will less be asked of you and your employees this coming year? Of course not. Here’s an even more sobering reality: more will be asked of you/your employees every single year from now until you/they choose to stop working. This shouldn’t be daunting…it should be exciting. Yet you’ve already had to sacrifice your personal health, relationships or freedoms to meet the present day demands. The “sacrifice” model is broken, and we need a better way. The best get better only when they align the most important areas of their life, and the fastest way of doing so is building better habits in your time and technology. This enlightening discussion is extraordinarily relevant for our present-day reality. It unmasks the sneaky time and energy wasters that sabotage your work and life, and offers actionable tools to get back a minimum of 1 extra hour every day.

    Speaker:

    Dominick Quartuccio
    International Speaker, Author and Executive Coach

    Dominick Quartuccio is an international speaker, author and executive coach. He is an energetic, passionate and innovative thought leader who is driven by guiding others to achieve the best version of themselves. For 15 years, Mr. Quartuccio walked his own highly successful path as a corporate business leader with Prudential, where he built his background in sales and sales leadership. Most recently, Mr. Quartuccio was responsible for running the East Coast sales team for Prudential Retirement, owning a $1.4 billion annual sales goal. Often seen as an entrepreneur inside of a Fortune 100 organization, he built a name for himself by challenging conventional thinking, optimizing productivity and developing talented people at all stages of their career journey. At the heart of Mr. Quartuccio’s work is the belief that we are capable of doing much bigger things, much more quickly than we currently believe, while also radically decluttering our lives and creating space to enjoy the journey of achievement and personal development. He is the architect of the Take Command series, including Take Command of Your Next 90 Days and Take Command of Your Personal Brand, both of which are available as individual and group coaching programs, as well as keynote speeches.

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