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Upcoming events

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Sky Philadelphia, 1717 Arch Street, 51st Floor, Philadelphia

    About our presenters:

    Peter Gulia – Fiduciary Guidance Counsel

    Since 1984, Peter Gulia has focused on the design, governance, fiduciary investment procedures, and administration of retirement plans. Peter Gulia is in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for 2015-2018.

    Peter is widely published on fiduciary duties and procedures, retirement plan investments, beneficiary designations, and domestic-relations orders. Peter has for 24 years published with Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. He is a contributing author of six books in its Answer Book series, and of ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide. Peter is a Contributing Editor of 401(k) Advisor. Peter is an author of Adviser’s Guide to Retirement Plans for Small Businesses (AICPA), including that book’s chapter on fiduciary duties. Peter is a Bloomberg BNA Insights author and CLE speaker.

    Peter Gulia is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax (LL.M.) Program of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, teaching its ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility course and its Professional Conduct in Tax Practice course, speaking in its employee-benefits public policy course, and supporting other tax and employee-benefits instruction.

    Peter has taught and teaches a range of professional-education programs for the American College of Financial Services, American Law Institute, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Federal Bar Association, Fi360, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia Bar Association, and several States’ and cities’ associations for lawyers, actuaries, accountants, human-resources officers, and financial officers.

    Robert S. Kaplan, Associate, Ballard Spahr LLC

    Robert S. Kaplan advises corporate, nonprofit, and governmental employers on issues related to the design, drafting, implementation, and termination of retirement and health and wellness benefits plans. Rob regularly works with our mergers and acquisitions and securities attorneys to analyze employee benefits and executive compensation components of corporate transactions.

    Rob frequently works on the correction of plan defects under Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service procedures and counsels plan fiduciaries and benefits committees on their fiduciary obligations. He also works with third-party administrators on their obligations with regards to plan administration. Rob has conducted investigations for ERISA Fiduciary Violations, and reviewed and processed Voluntary Fiduciary Compliance Program (VFCP) applications by plan fiduciaries to correct prohibited transactions for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.

    Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Rob worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Senior Compliance Consultant and Prototype Document Manager. Rob was principal drafter of a proprietary prototype document and related amendments, Summary Plan Descriptions, and Summary of Material Modifications, and provided compliance consulting to plan sponsors and fiduciaries on plan design and operations. He also formerly served as an ERISA Consultant with Ascensus Retirement Services.

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 8:15 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Sky Philadelphia, 1717 Arch Street, 51st floor, Philadelphia

    ½ Day Seminar

    8:15 a.m. Registration/Breakfast

    9:00 to 9:50 a.m.

    Roth — Good Deal or Not: Mathematical Projections, Conversions (50 minutes)

    Speaker: Bill Grossman

    There is much confusion about when Roth contributions are advantageous for a participant. This session will take a look at projections based on various fact patterns to illustrate the end result. Explore when to suggest Roth deferrals to a participant and look at factors in determining if the Roth conversion might be applicable. Attendees will learn:

    • How to utilize various types of retirement sources to obtain more Roth contributions;
    • An understanding and how to explain to the participant the various Roth five-year clocks; and
    • Understanding of Roth projection concepts

    9:50 – 10:00 a.m. Break

    10:00 to 10:50 a.m.

    Navigating the Rollover Rules  (50 minutes)

    Speaker: Bill Grossman

    Employer retirement plans and IRAs each have portability rules for moving funds from one plan to another. There is the direct rollover, participant rollover, inherited IRA rollover, spouse rollover, rollovers as business start-ups, partial direct rollover, 60-day rollover and the waiver of the 60-day rule and more. If you don't navigate through the channels (IRS rules) you will run aground resulting in pay of taxes and perhaps penalties. Attendees will learn:

    • Pros and Cons of making a rollover to an IRA
    • Understanding the 60-day rollover rules,
    • Understanding how the waiver of the 60-day rule works under Rev. Proc. 2016-47 “waiver”

    10:50 – 11:00 a.m. Break

    11:00 to 11:50 a.m.

    Thinking Outside the Strike Zone: Predictive Analytics and Baseball

    Speaker: John Dewan

    While some may prefer to keep work and play separate, others have found ways to apply their actuarial skills and knowledge to the hobbies they enjoy most. John Dewan will present an exciting and informative webinar on how he applies his knowledge of predictive analytics to the sport he loves most, baseball. 

    This webinar is John’s second webinar with ACTEX where he will explain, in detail, the process of developing player performance projections. John will thoroughly explain this extensive task by explaining what data is chosen and used, and how predictive analytics is applied. As John will explain, the techniques used in his work change every year based on a variety of variables.

    In addition, John will also cover:

    • Specific examples of the applications of data mining and actuarial science to baseball
    • Areas of overlap between actuarial science and sports analytics
    • How you can get involved in the growing industries of sabermetrics and sports analytics

    11:50 a.m. Lunch with Ben Franklin


    William C. Grossman is a retirement plan speaker and writer. Bill has frequently spoken at the  ASPPA Annual Conference and on ASPPA webcasts and at  ASPPA ABCs.

    During Bill’s 15 years at McKay Hochman Co., Inc. Bill was Director of Education and Communication and the primary author of most of McKay’s website articles and the firm’s three newsletters. Bill currently does some writing for PenChecks.

    Bill was Director of 401(k) Training for a major record keeper and has over 20 years’ experience running a bank’s 1 billion IRA and small retirement plan business.

    Bill is a QPA and has been an ERPA since 2009. Bill’s ASPPA volunteer work includes being co-chair of the ERPA Conference for four years; co-chair of the ASPPA Annual Conference, ASPPA asap, co-chair of The ASPPA Journal (now known as The Plan Consultant) and Bill currently serves on the ASPPA GAC IRS committee.

    Bill has a BA from New Jersey City University, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a graduate of the NYC American Institute of Banking, where he then served as an instructor for 17 years.

    John Dewan, FSA, left his career at AON Insurance in the 1980’s to become a “Sports Actuary”.  At his first company, STATS, Inc., John pioneered sports analytics with the most timely and comprehensive sports database, including the first ever real-time boxscores in all four major sports.  In 2000, STATS, Inc. was sold to Rupert Murdoch and Fox News.  John subsequently started another company, Sports Info Solutions, where he continues specializing in analytical services to 25 of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball.  SIS has recently expanded into football.  John Dewan is also the author of four editions of The Fielding Bible which has revolutionized defensive baseball analytics resulting in defensive changes on the field such as “The Shift” and evaluation of players with new information such as Defensive Runs Saved.

    • 28 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • La Cabre, 642 Lancaster Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312

    Join us for our annual members and sponsors only reception.

    This event is free to members and includes a cocktail reception with one complimentary drink ticket followed by a cash bar with hors d'oeuvres.


    Corporate members receive three complimentary member tickets with their membership.

    This is a Members and Member-Guests Only event.  SPACE IS LIMITED.

    • 17 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Davio's Restaurant, 111 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Join us for our annual members and sponsors only appreciation dinner.

    Please note that only 3 registrants per company will be able to attend for free.  Additional registrants will pay a nominal fee.  Sponsors will receive 3 plus 1 additional free registration.

    • 09 May 2019
    • 10 May 2019

    Registration details can be found here.

Past events

06 Jun 2018 Summer Social
09 May 2018 Members Only Roundtable 2018
26 Apr 2018 Eastern Benefits Conference
04 Apr 2018 Breakfast Seminar: Investment and Future Planning for Retirement
28 Mar 2018 Retirement Industry Career Forum
18 Jan 2018 Members and Sponsors Only Appreciation Dinner 2018
07 Dec 2017 Holiday Social and Networking Event
17 Nov 2017 Webcast: Ethics with Lauren Bloom
02 Nov 2017 Members Only Live Stream Event
28 Sep 2017 Breakfast Seminar: IRS Compliance
15 Jun 2017 Lunch Seminar with David N. Levine, Groom Law Group
27 Apr 2017 Philadelphia Regional Conference
06 Apr 2017 Members and Sponsors Only Networking Event
22 Mar 2017 Breakfast Seminar with Jim Kais, Transamerica
16 Feb 2017 Members Only Roundtable 2017
19 Jan 2017 Members and Sponsors Only Appreciation Dinner 2017
14 Dec 2016 Holiday Social andNetworking Event
17 Nov 2016 1/2 Day Meeting
09 Sep 2016 Ethics - Lauren Bloom
16 Jun 2016 1/2 Day Seminar with Sal Tripodi
19 May 2016 Philadelphia Regional Conference
27 Apr 2016 Spring Social
16 Mar 2016 Cybersecurity - Steven Caponi
18 Feb 2016 Members Only Roundtable 2016
21 Jan 2016 Members and Sponsors Only Appreciation Dinner 2016
03 Dec 2015 Members and Sponsors Only Networking Event
13 Nov 2015 Retirement Plan Hot Topics - Bob Toth
17 Sep 2015 Ethics Lunch
03 Jun 2015 Members Only Networking Event
19 Mar 2015 1/2 Day Program - EPCRS
26 Feb 2015 Members Only Roundtable
15 Jan 2015 Members Only Dinner
04 Dec 2014 1st Annual Joint ABC, FPA & PEBA Networking Event at Xfinity Live!
19 Nov 2014 Lunch Meeting - Regulatory Update with Craig Hoffman
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