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AGENDA

Day 1 | Day 2

Day 1—Wednesday, April 9, 2008

11:30-1:30

Registration

 

1:30-1:45

Opening Remarks-Charles Ruffel, CEO, PLANSPONSOR

 

1:45-3:15

Opening Plenary Speaker-Robert J. Architect, IRS

 

3:15-4:15

New IRS Guidelines for 403(b) Sponsors

What are the major provisions of the final Internal Revenue Service regulations for 403(b) plans and
how will they affect plan sponsors? How does the impact differ for each type of plan sponsor?

MODERATOR

Rebecca Moore, Senior Editor,  PLANSPONSOR

PANELISTS

Tom Hogan, Senior Vice President,  MetLife Resources

David Powell, Attorney, Groom Law Group, Chartered

Donald Stone,  President and Co-Founder,  Plan Sponsor Advisors, Inc.

 

4:15-4:30

Coffee Break

 

4:30-5:30

Roundtable: The ERISA-fication of 403(b) Plans

A written plan document, coordination of distribution and transfer activity, contribution limits and remittance timing: under the new IRS regulations 403(b) plan structure and administration will look much like that of their 401(k) counterparts. Will this work for the 403(b) plan model? What administrative problems and new administrative solutions are likely to emerge?

MODERATOR

Alison Cooke, Managing Editor,  PLANADVISER

PANELISTS

Stephen P. DesRochersWealth Management Advisor,  Merrill Lynch Private Client Group

Emile Schoffelen, CEO, Cammack LaRhette Consulting 

David Levine, Groom Law Group, Chartered 

Paul Hebert, Area VP, Compliance, Gallagher Retirement Service  

5:30-7:00

Cocktail Reception

 

7:00-10:00

Dinner

 

Day 2—Thursday, April 10, 2008 > top

8:00-8:15

Opening Remarks-Rebecca Moore, Senior Editor, PLANSPONSOR

8:15-9:00

Investment Options

How Do Participant Demographics And The Sponsor's Goal For Offering A 403(B) Plan Play A Role In The Investment Choice Decision? Panel Members Discuss Annuities, Asset Allocated Funds, And Other Investment Options, The Pros And Cons Of Each, And Whom They Best Serve.

MODERATOR

Alison Cooke, Managing Editor,  PLANADVISER

PANELISTS

Thomas D. Ming, President, Tower Rock Advisors, Inc.

Barbara Delaney, President, FFoA, A member firm of National Retirement Partners

Thomas P. Cote, Founder and CEO, Total Solution Financial Partners


  TRACK 1 TRACK 2
9:00 – 10:00

Creating Consensus

Decisionmaking for 403(b)s at Hospitals, Universities, and Nonprofits. The new requirement that 403(b) plans identify the vendors that will be offered to plan participants creates the need for a strategy and evaluation of various plan providers. Is the formation of a plan investment committee called for? Would an Investment Policy Statement for the plan aid in the process?

MODERATOR

Rebecca Moore,  Senior Editor,   PLANSPONSOR

PANELISTS

Vince Rainforth,VP, Tax Exempt Market,Principal Financial Group

Michael Morris, Director, Institutional Consulting, RSA

Palmer Whitney, National Managing Director for Non-Profit Markets, U.S.,  Mass Mutual 

 

Rationalizing Your 403(b), Part 1

With the new requirements that 403(b) plans identify vendors offered under the plan and monitor transaction activity among vendors, using an unlimited number of providers is no longer realistically manageable. What is your goal for providing a 403(b) plan to your employees, and does a single-vendor or limited-vendor plan design make sense? What steps need to be taken when moving to a single-vendor or limited-vendor model? Should sponsors consider a move to a 457 plan or 403(b) Roth?

MODERATOR

Fred A. Schneyer, Senior Editor, PLANSPONSOR

PANELISTS

Tom Blanchar, 403(b) and 457 Product Manager, 
StanCorp Equities, Inc

Jim Driscoll, National Executive Director of Sales, Met Life Resources 

Bruce Corcoran, Senior Vice President, National Markets-Education AIG Retirement

Nathan K. Trotman, RSI Financial Services, LLC

 

10:00-10:30

Coffee Break

 

 
10:30-11:30

So You Want To Do Your Own RFP

Vendor Selection, Creating a Request for Proposal (RFP). How does a 403(b) plan sponsor create an RFP? What questions must be included? How should returned proposals be evaluated?

MODERATOR

Marie Strolin,  VP, Senior Relationship Manager,   PLANSPONSOR Pathfinder

PANELISTS

Jeb Graham, Retirement Plan Consultant,  CAPTRUST

Peter Margiotta, National Sales Director-National Account Markets,  Great West Life

Michael Kozemchack, Managing Director,  Institutional Investment Consulting

     

 

Rationalizing Your 403(b), Part 2

Representatives from K-12 school districts share how they have restructured their 403(b) plans to make them more manageable while still serving participants’ needs.

MODERATOR

Fred A. Schneyer,  Senior Editor,  PLANSPONSOR

PANELISTS

John M. Kevin III, Investment Officer, Montgomery County Public Schools

Georgette Hampton, Manager, SMART Business Advisory and Consulting, LLC

 

11:30-12:30

Automatic Enrollment, Default Investments,
and Beyond

What are the advantages of auto plan features? How does a sponsor decide on a default investment? What does the law require of plans that choose these features?

MODERATOR

Alison Cooke, Managing Editor,  PLANADVISER

PANELISTS

John Griffith, Investment Consultant,  CAPTRUST Financial Advisors

Tristan Talley, Director, Wealth Management   Bukaty Retirement Plan Services

Nichole Daumueller, Consultant, Principal

The Written Plan Document

What does the IRS require of the written plan document for 403(b) plans? Can your plan meet the requirements with a combination of plan communications and vendor contracts or is a new, comprehensive document needed?

MODERATOR

Rebecca Moore, Senior Editor,Director, PLANADVISER

PANELISTS

S. Kurt Hettel, Managing Director,  RSI Financial Services

C. Todd Lacey, Managing Partner,  The(k)larity

 

12:30-2:00

Lunch

 

2:00-3:00

PPA Revisited

How the Pension Protection Act Changed Things for ERISA-Governed 403(b)s. Which provisions of the PPA apply to ERISA-governed 403(b) plans and when? What are best practices plan sponsors can use to comply?

MODERATOR

Alison Cooke,  Managing Director,  PLANADVISER

PANELISTS

Phyllis E. Klein, Managing Director, CAPTRUST Financial Advisors

Bob J. Toth, Partner,  Baker & Daniels, LLP

The 10 Big Don'ts

Possible misunderstandings of new rules and potential mistakes in compliance and ongoing administration: What sponsors need to know to avoid them.

MODERATOR

Marie Strolin, VP, Senior Relationship Manager Manager, PLANSPONSOR Pathfinder

PANELISTS

Scott Dauenhauer, President, Meridian Wealth Management

Brent Bentrim, Managing Director, Carolopolis

 

3:00-4:00

Education

Tailoring Education and Investments to your Plan’s Participants. Not all 403(b) plans are the same and each covers a unique demographic of participants. What do sponsors need to consider when deciding on a participant education strategy? What does the law require? Are written communications sufficient or are participant meetings in order?

MODERATOR

Fred A. Schneyer, Senior Editor,  PLANSPONSOR

PANELISTS

Dan Otter, 403bwise

William Corley, Consultant, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.

Thom Shumosic, President, Rockwood Financial Group & Retirement Planning Specialist

 

Shakeout Coming?

How Vendors Are Adapting to New 403(b) Requirements. New 403(b) rules will separate the “lions” from the “lambs” in the vendor marketplace. What should sponsors look for when searching for providers who are ready? What solutions have the serious players come up with for complying with the new rules?

MODERATOR

Marie Strolin, VP, Senior Relationship Manager, PLANSPONSOR, Pathfinder

PANELISTS

Michael Pratico, VP Financial Advisor,  CAPTRUST Financial Advisors

Richard Turner, VP and Deputy General Counsel, AIG Retirement

John Pickett, SVP Institutional Consulting Group,  RBC Dain Rauscher

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda subject to change.

 

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