Events

Upcoming events

    • 09 Jun 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St 52nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    • 27
    Register

    11:30 a.m. Check in/Welcome

    11:40 a.m. Lunch

    12:10 - 1:10 p.m. Presentation

    Session one:      60 minutes

    Please join us for Trends in Cybersecurity. Patricia McGinity, Head of Cybersecurity Communications, will offer best practices to gain insight for improving data security and describe Empower’s approach to these issues.

    In addition, she will also include some unique protection measures recently enacted.

    Highlights include:

    • Actionable information for improving data security.
    • Discussion on Cybersecurity and how it has emerged as a critical issue for financial services firms as well as small business owners.
    • Our obligation to protect client data for reasons such as regulatory compliance, protecting a firm’s reputation, and avoiding the costs of damage repair.
    • A clear understanding not only regarding the key threats facing your clients right now, but also the most common and necessary fraud prevention and client protection measures.

    Session two: two 20 minute sessions

    • Industry Consolidation and what you & your clients need to know
    • Planisphere, prospecting tool:
    Please join us for an exclusive 401(k) Prospecting & Plan Retention Strategies Event.  During our session we will discuss NEW targeted sale strategies that can improve win/retention rates. These targeted sales strategies include tools designed to help you easily refine your prospecting efforts, tailor your approach, and ultimately gain an advantage over the competition. We will review new tools that leverage plan-level intelligence to make a more meaningful introduction and help you better prepare for your finals meeting.

    About our Speakers:

    Trish McGinity is Head of Cybersecurity Communications for Empower Retirement. In her role, she delivers high-level security and technology presentations on the Empower cybersecurity program and related technology advancements to prospective, new and existing clients as well as Empower associates, including members of the executive leadership team.

    Trish joined Empower in 2020 and has 22 years of cybersecurity experience.

    Trish holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University. She currently maintains the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) from the Cloud Security Alliance.

    Sean E. Miller National Accounts Director Sean Miller is a National Accounts Director for Empower Retirement. In his role, he helps create and maintain loyalty among top third-party administrators (TPAs) through ongoing business planning activities and works with local teams to grow and develop TPA sales. Sean joined the organization in 1998 and has also worked at MassMutual. Sean holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the Westfield State College. He currently maintains the FINRA Series 6 securities registration and the Series 63 state securities license and holds FINRA Series 7 credentials. Sean also holds Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) credentials as well as Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) and Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) designations from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), and he holds producer life, variable annuities and variable life insurance licenses in Connecticut. 

    Pat Forde is a Regional Sales Director for Empower. In his role, he collaborates with advisors, third-party administrators, registered investment advisers and other distribution sources in eastern Pennsylvania to help them succeed and grow their retirement practices. He also combines his extensive industry knowledge and experience with Empower’s product suite to create compelling solutions that win in the marketplace. Pat joined the organization in 1986 and rejoined in 2006. He has also worked for insurance companies, an institutional money manager and a mutual fund company and is a former principal of a third-party recordkeeper and an investment advisory firm. Pat holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond. He currently maintains the FINRA Series 6 securities registration and the Series 63 state securities license and holds applicable life insurance licenses.

    Marc Abruzzese is a Regional Sales Director for Empower. In his role, he is responsible for partnering with advisors, third-party administrators, registered investment advisers and other distribution sources in eastern Pennsylvania to help them succeed and grow their retirement practices. Marc joined the organization in 2005 and has 29 years of experience in the retirement plan services industry. Marc holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Lehigh University. He currently maintains the FINRA Series 6 securities registration and the Series 63 state securities license and holds applicable life insurance licenses.

    This program has been approved for 1 ASPPA /NAPA/NTSA CE credits.

    • 09 Sep 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St 52nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    • 33
    Register

    11:30 a.m. Check in/Welcome

    11:40 a.m. Lunch

    12:50 - 2:00 p.m. Presentation

    “Under” Covered – The Coverage Gap, Efforts & Opportunities to Close It 

    Even modest income workers are 12-15 times more likely to save for retirement when they have a plan at work than on their own.  But a surprising number of full-time workers lack that option – and in recent years, there has been a variety of initiatives, both at the state and federal level to do something about it.  We’ll look at the current status of these programs, their efficacy in actually closing the coverage gap – and the emerging implications and opportunities for private sector retirement plan professionals. 

    Speaker: Nevin E. Adams, JD | Chief Content Officer,  American Retirement Association

    Nevin Adams is Chief Content Officer and Head of Retirement Research for the American Retirement Association, where he is responsible for the media business of the association, including the development and deployment of all association media (e.g., websites, newsletters, print and digital publications), including stewardship of social media accounts and media relations for its sister organizations, ASPPA, the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), the American Society of Enrolled Actuaries (EASA), the National Tax-Deferred Savings Association (NTSA), and the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA). He is also a trustee of the non-partisan Employee Benefits Research Institute.

    Previously he was the Employee Benefits Research Institute’s Director of Education and External Relations, Co-Director of EBRI’s Center for Research on Retirement Income and Director of the American Savings Education Council, and prior to that spent a dozen years as Global Editor-in-Chief of PLANSPONSOR magazine and PLANSPONSOR.com, as well as PLANADVISER and PLANSPONSOR Europe magazines. He was the originator, creator, writer and publisher of PLANSPONSOR.com’s NewsDash. He began his retirement services career at Northern Trust in Chicago, where he later served in a variety of management roles, culminating in the development of a proprietary recordkeeping platform, and at Wachovia Bank, leading their defined contribution/recordkeeping businesses.

    He has been honored three times by the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) with their Media Recognition Award (in 2002, 2004 and 2013), and has regularly been noted as one of the Most Influential People in Defined Contribution by the 401kWire. He graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and after a number of years working with retirement plans, also received his JD from DePaul University.

    This program has been approved for 1 ASPPA /NAPA/NTSA and 1 ERPA CE credit.

    • 09 Nov 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St 52nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    8:30 a.m. Registration / Breakfast

    9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Session 1

    Family Feud – EPCRS version  (JBEA – non-core)

    The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2021-30 updated the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System.  Join us for an informative session that will test contestants on their knowledge of important changes in the program.

    9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Session 2 

    Session Two

    Ethics – How did I get myself into this situation?  (JBEA – core)

    This session will explore ethical dilemmas with audience participation on how you would handle the situation.  Participants’ will gain insight in an ethical approach to decision making and a better understanding of our Code of Conduct and Circular 230.

    Break

    11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Session 3

    Regulatory Update  (JBEA – core)

    What is new since the Secure Act?  This session will provide an overview of the new legislation and recent IRS/Treasury guidance.

    11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Session 4

    Hot Topics/ Q & A  (JBEA – non-core)

    We just finished the first year of retroactive adoption of plans.  We will discuss challenges this provision of the SECURE Act brought about as well as other hot topics.  Bring your questions to this session as the discussion will go where the audience takes it.

    Lunch

    This program has been approved for 2 JBEA Core and 2 Non-Core, 4 ASPPA, 4 ERPA, 4 NAPA and 4 NTSA credits.

    About our speakers:

    Kelsey Mayo’s practice is focused in the areas of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation. She works with business owners and HR executives to understand and manage employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements. She routinely represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation and has extensive experience in virtually all aspects of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. She is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for Business (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation).

    Kelsey enjoys helping professionals decipher the most complex areas of this field and speaks regularly with industry organizations, including the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and CPA organizations. Kelsey was a long-time volunteer on both ASPPA and ACOPA’s Government Affairs Committees and now serves as the American Retirement Association’s Director of Regulatory Policy.

    Kelsey also brings her background in accounting as well as her study for the actuarial exams to bear for the benefit of her clients. She is uniquely positioned to understand how benefits integrate with a company’s financial concerns and to assist owners and executives in managing these benefit programs.


    Lynn Young is an Enrolled Actuary and has over 36 years of experience in the consulting and administration of qualified defined benefit, cash balance, and defined contribution plans. As an Enrolled Actuary, Lynn specializes in actuarial consulting and third-party administration of defined benefit retirement plans.  Lynn is a past President of the American Society of Enrolled Actuaries (ASEA, formerly ACOPA).  Lynn, along with her fellow Pinnacle Plan actuaries author the Defined Benefit Answer Book.  Lynn is a Member of Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC.


Past events

04 May 2022 ASPPA Spring National 2022
03 May 2022 ASPPA Spring Social
14 Apr 2022 Stop, Ask, Explore - Learn to Navigate Change in Times of Uncertainty
03 Mar 2022 ASPPA ABC of Philadelphia at the Flyers Game
10 Feb 2022 Members Only Roundtable 2022 - Ask the Experts
19 Jan 2022 Members and Sponsors Only Appreciation Dinner
01 Dec 2021 Holiday Social and Networking Event
18 Nov 2021 Members and Sponsors Only Appreciation Dinner 2022
10 Nov 2021 10 Fiduciary Best Practices
07 Oct 2021 Fall Social
12 Aug 2021 Lifetime Income Impact of the SECURE Act
17 Jun 2021 Members Only Roundtable 2021 - Ask the Experts
13 May 2021 Industry Update, Business Development & Retention and Participant Advice
15 Apr 2021 Leading from Your Laptop
11 Mar 2021 Creating a Cybersecurity Awareness Culture for your Organization
11 Feb 2021 Word of Mouth Influence (WOMI)
14 Jan 2021 Understanding Audits
03 Dec 2020 Virtual Event - Best Interest Standard of Care for Advisors and DOL Final Rule on ESG Funds
21 Oct 2020 Virtual Event with Rich Hochman
23 Sep 2020 ASPPA ABC of Philadelphia Virtual Event: A Not So Typical Ethics Session
12 Aug 2020 Virtual Event: Members Only Roundtable - Ask the Experts
16 Jul 2020 Are you ready for Default Electronic Disclosure?
20 Feb 2020 Members Only Roundtable 2020 - Ask the Experts
29 Jan 2020 Members and Sponsors Only Appreciation Dinner 2020
04 Dec 2019 Holiday Social and Networking Event
26 Sep 2019 Breakfast Seminar - Ethics
13 Jun 2019 1/2 Day Seminar
09 May 2019 Eastern Benefits Conference
27 Mar 2019 Retirement Industry Career Forum
20 Mar 2019 Bowling Social
22 Feb 2019 Members Only Roundtable 2019 - Ask the Experts
17 Jan 2019 Members and Sponsors Only Appreciation Dinner 2019
28 Nov 2018 Holiday Social and Networking Event
15 Nov 2018 1/2 Day Seminar
20 Sep 2018 Lunch Seminar - Ethics Survivor
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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