• Sunday, September 15, 2019
  • 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 coast retirement consulting practice for NFP, where he guides plan sponsors and their participants to financial wellness and long-term success. Part of NFP since 2007, Mr. Falcone has more than 25 years of experience in qualified plan design, investment due diligence, funding and participant communication. Previously he was a retirement consultant for Aon Consulting, and he is well-versed in managing individual plan requirements of all sizes for employers across a wide range of industries. Mr. Falcone is a frequent speaker at top industry events, most notably leading the full-day fiduciary best practices tutorial at the Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conference for several years. In 2009 and 2010, he 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. Mr. Falcone graduated with a B.S. in mathematics from Drexel University. Mr. Falcone holds the chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter designations from The American College.

    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.
    Partner
    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    Kate Saracene is a partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she 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, health reimbursement arrangements, dependent care assistance programs and severance pay, among others. Ms. Saracene also provides counsel on wellness programs and paid family leave, and helps clients navigate the complexities of government disclosures and filings, 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, Ms. Saracene 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 has a robust practice advising third-party administrators on product development and compliance. Previously, Ms. Saracene headed a number of human resources functions at Xerox, and 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. She 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 Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, Law360, HR Morning and HR Executive. 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. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

     

  • 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
    Benefits Consultant
    Dean M. Hoffman, LLC

    Dean Hoffman is a benefits consultant and 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, 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. His 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. Mr. Hoffman 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, he has volunteered for a number of the organization’s committees, including most recently chairing the Professional Development Committee.

  • Monday, September 16, 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
    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.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Speaker
    Are Your Fiduciaries Evolving?
    Matthew J. Eickman, J.D., Qualified Plan Advisors
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    Retirement plan fiduciaries have experienced dramatic change over the last couple of decades. Have you stopped to ask yourself: how’d we get here? The forward-looking, outcomes-driven fiduciaries have begun to reimagine their companies’ retirement programs. Those driven by mere risk mitigation, on the other hand, have patched together the current program with incremental changes not calculated to drive real outcomes. To which of those groups do you belong? Are you evolving? Attend this keynote session to explore the path that brought us to this point and examine the wellness-centered perspective necessary to provide your employees with what they need.

    Speaker:

    Matthew J. Eickman, J.D.
    Director of ERISA Services
    Qualified Plan Advisors

    Matthew Eickman is the director of ERISA services for Qualified Plan Advisors and a member of the firm’s investment advisory committee. He provides fiduciary training, investment policy statement oversight and design, vendor oversight, and has designed services offered through the company’s Plan Health Solutions entity. Mr. Eickman has more than 11 years of private legal practice experience focusing exclusively on employee benefits and was previously a partner with Utz, Miller & Eickman LLC. While in private practice, he worked closely with sponsors and fiduciaries of defined contribution and defined benefit plans of all sizes—from a few to over 34,000 participants and with plan assets as high as $1.8 billion—and represented clients in front of the DOL, IRS and PBGC. Mr. Eickman is an active member of the employee benefits committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section, serving as chair of the defined contribution plans subcommittee and being honored as a Nolan Fellow. He also has been appointed to the IRS TE/GE Gulf States Council and is a frequent speaker on regulatory developments, fiduciary responsibilities and retirement readiness. Mr. Eickman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Baylor Law School. He holds his FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations.

  • 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, September 17, 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 director of the Health Research and Education Program at the 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 oversees the Center for Research on Health Benefits Innovation and has been with EBRI since 1993. Dr. Fronstin’s research interests include trends in employment-based health benefits, consumer-driven health benefits, health savings accounts (HSAs), private health insurance exchanges, workplace wellness programs, retiree health benefits, employee benefits and taxation, and public opinion about health benefits and health care. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions and for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Dr. Fronstin also serves on the National Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design. He is the associate editor of Benefits Quarterly and is also a TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow. Dr. Fronstin served on the Maryland Health Care Commission from 2012-2016 and also served from 2015-2018 on the Maryland Patient Safety Center board of directors. He 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
    Lessons Learned for Superior Benefit Plan Management
    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 own bottom lines. For most companies, the two most highly-valued and costly benefits—healthcare and retirement—can be the most troublesome regarding cost-effectiveness, compliance and employee engagement. The panel discusses real-world solutions, innovations and best practices for avoiding and overcoming contemporary problems in benefit plan management.

    Speaker:

    Organized by
    University Conference Services

    For more than 20 years, University Conference Services (UCS) has partnered with major universities to produce high quality executive development conferences for human resource, benefits and finance executives from mid-sized employers. Today, our Mid-Sized Retirement & Healthcare Plan Management Conferences are produced in conjunction with the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the country’s most respected business schools.

  • 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, September 18, 2019
  • 7:30 am - 11:00 am
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    Mission Possible: Positive Leadership
    Devin C. Hughes, Devin C. Hughes Inc.
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    Are you a positive leader? Do you wonder what others think about your attitude as a leader? A quick test is to observe the way people react to you when you walk into a room. Are people happy to see you? Do they want to talk to you? Or do they quickly make themselves scarce? If they run when they see you, it’s time for an attitude check. Negativity in organizations is costing US businesses $300 billion/year. Organizations that have a positive culture are more productive, have happier employees and most importantly, have happy and satisfied customers. Leaders have a choice about his/her attitude—and no matter what the situation, you have a choice to make about how you are going to react. In this keynote session, learn vital strategies to keep your team/organization strong and establish a culture of positive leadership.

    Speaker:

    Devin C. Hughes
    Chief Inspiration Officer
    Devin C. Hughes Inc.

    Devin Hughes is an author, speaker, and an internationally recognized expert on how work is evolving in the 21st century. He is best known for his expertise in the science of happiness, organizational/cultural change and leadership development. Mr. Hughes has lectured and worked with a variety of Fortune 100 companies, as well as the Secret Service, the IRS, and an assortment of profit and non-profit organizations. He is the author of 19 books and has lectured in more than 15 countries.

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