2019 Annual Conference Experience

Join us for this industry-acclaimed conference packed with the latest on investments and wealth management. With sessions led by national thought leaders and six key tracks for learning, earn up to 24 Institute continuing education (CE) hours.

Adam Grant, Ph.D., Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management

The Wharton School

Adam Grant, Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management, The Wharton School, is a professor of psychology and leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning. His three New York TImes bestselling books have been translated into 35 different languages. His newest book, Originals, explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthinking. Dr. Grant earned his Ph.D., University of Michigan, and his B.A., Harvard University.

Marci Rossell, Ph.D., Journalist & Economist

Marci Rossell, journalist and economist, electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture and the media. Formerly the chief economist for CNBC, Dr. Rossell takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people's lives, families and careers. Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, she served as corporate economist and investment spokesperson, OppenheimerFunds, and was an expert witness for Deloitte and Touche. She began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Dr. Rossell earned a Ph.D. in economics, Southern Methodist University.

Alexandra Cole, Co-founder

Purpose Generation

Alexandra Cole, co-founder, Purpose Generation, sets strategic direction for her clients, matches them with millennial trends and behaviors, and oversees projects to make sure they're executed flawlessly. She writes for the Huffington Post detailing career jumps, millenials, and other topics.

Raghuram Rajan, Ph.D., Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance

Chicago Booth

Raghuram Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth, was the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between September 2013 and September 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, he was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. Dr. Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, especially the role finance plays in it. The books he has written include The Third Pillar: How the State and Markets are leaving Communities Behind forthcoming, 2019, I do What I do: On Reform, Rhetoric, and Resolve, 2017, and Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, for which he was awarded the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs prize for best business book in 2010.

Dana Anspach, CFP®, RMA®, Founder and CEO

Sensible Money, LLC

Dana Anspach, founder and CEO, Sensible Money, LLC, founded her fee-only registered investment advisory firm with the goal of providing the type of planning needed to align her client’s finances for their transition out of the work force. She is the author of Control Your Retirement Destiny and Social Security Sense.

Jason Barsema, Co-Founder and President

Halo Investing

Jason Barsema is the Co-Founder and President of Halo Investing where he leads the team and product vision. With over a decade of experience managing Structured Notes, he built the Halo platform to provide all investors access to a product that can deliver downside protection and defined outcomes. Jason previously was a Partner on a large Private Banking team at Credit Suisse, where he managed portfolios for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals & Institutions. Jason has his B.A. in Economics from Northern Illinois University and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University."

T. Neil Bathon, Managing Partner

FUSE Research Network

T. Neil Bathon, managing partner, FUSE Research Network LLC, formed FUZE Research Network in order to improve the effectiveness of the sales, marketing and product functions associated with the distribution of investment products.  FUSE delivers customized market intelligence which improves decision making and tactical execution. As of the end of 2016, FUSE provides ongoing support to 50 investment management firms which range in size from less than $500 million in AUM to more than $1 trillion.Neil has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg and is a regular contributor to a wide range of business publications including Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Ignites, Barron’s and InvestmentNews. He earned his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and an MBA from DePaul University.


John Bergner, J.D., Attorney

Winstead PC

John F. Bergner, attorny, shareholder, Winstead PC, is a specialist in estate planning and probate law certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice involves complex tax, estate and business succession planning as well as administration of estates. Mr. Bergner has been with Winstead for more than 33 years and serves as chairman of the wealth preservation practice group. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, currently serving as a member of the Estate and Gift Tax committee. He earned a B.B.A. and J.D., Washburn University, and an M.L.T., Georgetown University Law Center.

Jason Blackwell, CFA®, CAIA®, Senior Consultant


Jason Blackwell, senior consultant, Mercer, assists clients in manager selection, portfolio construction and asset allocation. He is also an active member of several of Mercer's North American Strategic Research Teams (SRTs). He chairs the team responsible for developing educational materials and thought leadership on alternatives and is a member of both the Wealth Management and the Environmental, Social and Governance SRTs. Mr. Blackwell earned a B.A in economics, University of Colorado-Boulder. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations and is a member of the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals.

Herman Brodie, Founding Director

Prospecta Ltd.

Herman Brodie is the founding director of Prospecta Limited. He is a specialist in behavioural economics, an accomplished speaker, and a trainer of decision-makers. Herman is the author of The Trust Mandate: The behavioural science behind how asset managers REALLY win and keep clients (2018, Harriman House). He also co-wrote and teaches the professional investment course, A Practical History of Financial Markets.

Joel Brookman, Executive Director

Fortune 100 Financial Firm

Joel Brookman, executive director, is responsible for coaching Client Advisors and both developing and facilitating courses for the asset management organization, Fortune 100 Financial Firm. Joel joined the firm in May 2001. Joel also continues his role as Client Advisor and maintains a small set of clients in Florida. Joel has 23 years of wholesaling experience covering all retail channels.  Joel is an alumnus of the Met Club (a recognition group for JP Morgan’s top salespeople), . Before joining J.P. Morgan, he spent 8 years at Putnam Investments where he worked his first two years as an internal wholesaler and the remainder as an external wholesaler. Joel is a Certified Financial Coach and author of Adjust Your Sails, a personal development novel. He holds Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.

William Burckart, President and COO

The Investment Integration Project (TIIP)

William Burckart is the President and COO of The Investment Integration Project (TIIP), an applied research and consulting services firm that helps investors navigate sustainable and system-level investing. Mr. Burckart has worked with investment management firms, private foundations, and major industry bodies, helping them to integrate impact and investment goals. He has also contributed to the field through groundbreaking research, including the development of practical guidance for institutional investors and financial advisors in collaboration with the Money Management Institute; co-editing the New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and Actors that Are Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing (Oxford University Press: 2014), and was involved in the writing of the “Status of the Social impact investing Market: A Primer” (UK Cabinet Office: 2013) that was distributed at the inaugural G8-level forum on impact investing. Mr. Burckart is a visiting scholar of the US Federal Reserve.
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Steve Cain, Director and National Sales & Business Development Leader

LTCI Partners

Steve Cain, director and National Sales & Business Development Leader, LTCI Partners, is responsible for increasing the firm’s revenue through the development of existing client relationships and the acquisition of new institutional and group accounts. Mr. Cain has over 17 years of success in the insurance and financial services industry, working closely with independent broker-dealers, wirehouses and employee benefits consultants. He serves on the Board of Advisors for CLTC, is the Leader and Chairman of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) LTC Insurance Working Group and regularly pens articles featured in industry trades.

Jeff Chadwick, J.D., Shareholder

Winstead PC

Jeff Chadwick is a member of the Wealth Preservation Practice Group with offices in Houston and The Woodlands. Jeff focuses his practice on trust and estate planning for business owners, corporate executives, professional athletes, and other high net worth individuals and families. He strives to provide innovative and practical solutions to a wide range of legal matters, including wealth transfer planning, trust and estate administration, business formation and succession, asset protection, charitable giving, and premarital
planning. Mr. Chadwick serves on the Texas Trust Code Committee, where he monitors trust issues in Texas
and drafts legislation for inclusion in the Texas Trust Code. He's earned a J.D., University of Richmond School of Law.

Marguerita Cheng, CFP®, RICP®,

Blue Ocean Global Wealth

Marguerita Cheng, chief executive officer, Blue Ocean Global Wealth, is a past spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign and a regular columnist for Investopedia & Kiplinger. Ms. Cheng also serves as a Women’s Initiative Advocate and a subject matter expert for the CFP® Board, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP® Certification Examination. She is a recipient of the Ameriprise Financial Presidential Award for Quality of Advice and the prestigious Japanese Monbukagakusho Scholarship. In 2017, she was named as the one of Investopedia’s “Top 100” (she was ranked third), a “Woman to Watch” by Investment News, and a “Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise” by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council.

Abram Claude, Head of Value Add Programs

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Abram Claude is head of value add programs including the Learning Center. Mr.Claude is a member of the national speaker bureau and has spoken extensively on retirement and education planning topics. He joined one of the Columbia Threadneedle Investments legacy firms in 2002. Prior to joining the financial services industry, Mr. Claude held several executive roles with nonprofit public policy organizations, served on the staff of a U.S. congressman and was chief of staff for a Massachusetts state senator. He began his career in financial services at Fidelity Investments and held positions with responsibility for capacity forecasting, business analysis, public relations, and product management and marketing for college savings and retirement plans. Mr. Claude has been a member of the investment community since 1987.

Oscar Collingwood-Smith, Lead Market Manager for Financial Services


Oscar Collingwood-Smith is the Lead Market Manager for Financial Services at MindTickle. He brings a wealth of expertise in sales and service transformation projects, having worked with leading financial institutions across the globe to implement readiness, enablement, and coaching methodologies & technologies. Oscar is a member of the Sales Enablement Society and is committed to helping organizations understand, take action and enhance their revenue-generating capabilities.

Robert Cooper, Ph.D. , Chief Executive Officer

Cooper Strategic

Robert Cooper is a leading high-performance business strategist.  He serves as chief executive officer, Cooper Neuroscience Lab and Cooper Strategic, a global consulting firm that draws on a peak performance database of more than one million leaders, professionals, and teams. From industry nominations, experts, and an independent panel of judges interviewing CEOs, Dr. Cooper was named one of the “Most Influential Thinkers” for his impact on leadership and people strategy. He and his colleagues developed the first scientific scoring grids for rising star companies, breakthrough leaders, and elite teams. He is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and Businessweek bestselling author with more than four million books sold, including:  Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership & Organizations, The Performance Edge, and Get Out of Your Own Way: Five Keys to Surpassing Expectations. For five consecutive years, he was the highest-rated faculty member in the Lessons in Leadership Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by top universities and business schools. Founder and senior mentor of the acclaimed 12 Leaders® Program, Cooper earned a B.S. with honors and a Ph.D. in general psychology (with an emphasis on behavior change and leadership), University of Minnesota.  He is currently completing a second doctoral degree at University College London’s Institute of Education.
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Robert W. Dannhauser CFA®, FRM, CAIA® , Head of Global Private Wealth Management

CFA Institute

Robert W. Dannhauser CFA, FRM, CAIA is Head of Global Private Wealth Management at CFA Institute, based in their New York office. He is responsible for strategy and content development for private wealth management practitioners. Previously, Bob headed CFA Institute's Capital Markets policy group, including policy advocacy efforts in Washington and Brussels. Bob has over 25 years experience as a practitioner in both the institutional investment and private wealth management arenas, serving in a variety of client portfolio management, sales, and marketing roles. He started his investment management career with the predecessor to Calvert Group, one of the first socially responsible investing firms in the US. Bob earned his MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, as well as a MPH in Health Policy from Rutgers University and a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University.

Gary DeMoss, Director

Invesco Consulting

Gary DeMoss is director of Invesco Consulting, a group dedicated to helping advisors get new clients, keep the clients they have, and grow their businesses. Mr. DeMoss serves as a keynote speaker at numerous industry conferences in the US and abroad and coaches top advisor teams in the industry. Selected from an elite pool to be one of the four “Main Platform” presenters at the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, he has co-authored multiple books, including his most recent, The Language of Trust: Selling Ideas in a World of Skeptics,* with the goal of helping advisors thrive in an age of client skepticism. Prior to his 30-plus career in financial services, Gary worked in sales management with Procter and Gamble. He holds a degree in business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

Eric Downing, Ph.D., President

Proven Paradigm Consulting

Eric Downing, Ph.D., president, Proven Paradigm Consulting, is a national keynote speaker provideing executive and career coaching services to a wide range of corporate executives. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic Leadership and Planning, and also the Chairman of the Board of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. Dr. Downing was the National Sales Manager for Pioneer Investments and Equinox Funds, where he spearheaded a comprehensive employee development program.  During his career at Allianz, he also served as a PIMCO Divisional Sales Manager and a Senior External Investment Consultant. He earned his Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.

Brett Elvish, CFA®, Founder and Director

Financial Viewpoint

Brett has more than 30 years’ experience in investment management, investment consulting and investment operations. He has been the Advisor to many of Australia’s largest asset owners and asset managers over the past 20 years. Deputy Chair, ASFA Economics and Investment Policy Council and former Chair of the Investment Management Consultants Association (now CIMA Society). Brett is a CFA charterholder, and a B.Com. and MBA from University of Melbourne.

Leslie Geller, J.D., LLM, Wealth Strategist

Capital Group

Leslie Geller is a wealth strategist at Capital Group. She has 12 years of industry experience and joined Capital Group this year. Prior to joining Capital, Leslie was a partner at Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP where she advised high- and ultra high-net-worth clients on all matters related to taxation, wealth transfer and family governance. Before that, she was an associate at Clearly Gottlieb. She received an LLM in taxation from New York University School of Law, a juris doctor from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University.  Leslie is based in Los Angeles.

Kate Healy, Managing Director

TD Ameritrade Institutional

Kate Healy, Managing Director, Generation Next, is widely recognized as a leading advocate for the next generation of financial planners, for women advisors, and for the sustainability of the financial planning profession. Healy is dedicated full time to leading TD Ameritrade Institutional's NextGen, Women's Leadership and Diversity initiatives, supporting the future of the profession through programs designed to raise awareness as well as provide resources to guide the professional development of the next generation of advisors. 

William J. Hickey, Portfolio Manager

Anchor Capital Advisors LLC

William Hickey serves a Portfolio Manager at Anchor Capital Advisors LLS. William obtained his B.A. at Holy Cross and received his M.B.A at Pepperdine University. William currently serves on The President’s Council, College of The Holy Cross.

Mark Hoppe, CFA®, Sr. Product Leader Managed Investments

Edward Jones

Mark Hoppe became the senior product leader in the Managed Investments area for Edward Jones in 2017.  In that capacity, he helps lead and coordinate the firm's product strategy and ongoing product management for mutual funds, exchange traded funds, unit investment trusts, 529 plans, and closed end funds. Hoppe joined the firm in 2011 as an analyst in the Product Review department.  In 2016, he was asked to lead the team responsible for monitoring the appropriateness of the firm's mutual fund and exchange traded fund offerings.  He was named a limited partner in 2015. Before joining the firm, Hoppe worked in the financial industry as a portfolio manager responsible for the discretionary account management of individual 401(k) accounts.
Hoppe earned his bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from Grand Valley State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is a member of the CFA Society of St. Louis and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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Simeon Hyman, CFA®, Head of Investment Strategy


Simeon Hyman, CFA, joined ProShares in 2013 as head of investment strategy. He leads ProShares’ team of investment professionals engaged in portfolio analysis, product research and development, education and the delivery of investment strategies using the company’s alternative ETFs. Hyman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 66 FINRA designations.

Susan E. Kay, Vice President and a Director of Business Development

MFS Fund Distributors, Inc

Susan E. Kay, Vice President and a director of business development, MFS Fund Distributors, Inc., a subsidiary of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®), has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. In her role as a director of business development at MFS, she has traveled extensively, meeting on a daily basis with top advisors from a wide array of firms. She has been invited into their practices
and learned about what has led to their success. She has asked advisors about how they market themselves, how they maintain visibility, how they treat their clients to a consistent five-star experience, how they get referrals effortlessly and how they have essentially created raving fans out of their clients.


Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, CHFC, RHU, REBC, CASL, Partner and Director of Research

Pinnacle Advisory Group

Michael E. Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL, is a partner and the Director of Research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, a private wealth management firm located in Columbia, Maryland that oversees approximately $1.8 billion of client assets. In addition, he is a co-founder of the XY Planning Network, the former practitioner editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, and the publisher of the e-newsletter The Kitces Report and the popular financial planning industry blog Nerd’s Eye View through his website www.Kitces.com, dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning.

Julie Littlechild, Founder


Julie Littlechild, founder, AbsoluteEngagement.com, is a speaker, writer, and researcher, whose firm conducts on-going research into personal, client, and team engagement. Previously, she founded Advisor Impact to help financial advisors gather and use client feedback to drive deeper engagement and growth. Twice named as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Financial Planning” by Investment Advisor, she is a recipient of the Influencer Award in practice management from Financial Planning. Ms. Littlechild has worked with and studied top-performing financial advisors, their clients, and their teams for more than 20 years. A recognized expert on driving deeper engagement and growth, she is the author of a popular blog, The Pursuit of Absolute Engagement, and a book by the same name. She earned an MBA, University of Toronto.

Nicolai Lundy, Director of Education and Partnerships


Nicolai Lundy is SASB's Director of Education and Partnerships, where he identifies opportunities for investment analysts, financial reporting professionals, and sustainability professionals to benefit from SASB’s research on financially material ESG factors across 77 industries. SASB standardizes the measurement of sustainability topics have financial impacts on company value, such as safety-related defects for automobile companies, data security for software companies, and water scarcity for agricultural companies. In his role, Nicolai oversees SASB’s membership, conference, and education programs as well as licensing and the SASB Navigator. Before joining SASB he held various client management and operations roles in Norway and the U.S.

Karen Lutomski, CIMA®, Managing Director, Advisor Consultant, and Private Wealth Advisory


Karen Lutomski, Managing Director, is responsible for marketing Nuveen’s investment solutions to
private wealth advisors, portfolio managers and their clients, including institutional investors, ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices. She focuses on Private Wealth offices within the Western
United States. Before joining Nuveen in 2011, Karen spent 16 ½ years as a Director in the Pacific Southwest Region for Lazard Asset Management within their Financial Institutions Group. Prior to Lazard, she was a member of the client service team at Jurika & Voyles Investment Management. Karen has over 27 years of industry experience. She has been honored by several national full-services firms for her contributions in consultant education, marketing and training.

Jodi Lyons, Eldercare Expert

Jodi is an eldercare expert who helps older adults and those with special needs find the care they need throughout the country. An ardent patient advocate, Jodi helps people navigate the complicated, often convoluted system, identify what they need, and learn how to create an action plan. With more than 20 years’
experience in the nonprofit healthcare arena, Jodi has been a leader in national and international organizations
representing healthcare and long-term care service  providers. She was on the Executive Committee of the Alzheimer's Association/National Capital Area, an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador to Capitol Hill, and a writer for and advisor to Telemedicine Magazine. Jodi wrote the award winning book, The Smart Person’s Guide to Eldercare, to empower and educate consumers, to make sense of a complex system, and to highlight some of the humor that can be found even in the  most challenging times as we grow older.
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William E. Mansbach, Ph.D. , Founder and CEO

Mansbach Health Tools LLC

Dr. Mansbach is the founder and CEO of Mansbach Health Tools LLC, which supports the BCAT Approach. He is also the CEO and President of CounterPoint Health Services, a multi-disciplinary behavioral healthcare company specializing in geriatrics. For many years, he was the COO of the largest geriatric behavioral healthcare company in the U.S. specializing in long-term care. Prior to this, he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Comprehensive Geriatric Services, a Maryland-based company providing mental health services to residents in long-term care settings. Dr. Mansbach has a national reputation as a clinicianand consultant in the aging field. He has been a pioneer in the development of Memory Clinics, and is the creator of the BCAT® system, a series of cognitive tests and intervention strategies. He has published and presented numerous articles and workshops on geriatric mental health and cognitive assessment, and is active in creating healthcare policy. Dr. Mansbach sits on the Maryland Governor’s Alzheimer’s Disease Council. 
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Cam Marston, President

Generational Insights

Cam Marston, president, Generational Insights, is the leading expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the workplace and marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business. Marston and his firm, Generational Insights, have provided research and consultation on generational issues to hundreds of companies and professional groups, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, as well as major professional associations, for over 20 years.

Carla McCabe, CVA, Vice President of Professional Services


Carla McCabe,Vice President of Professional Services, Truelytics, provides M&A, succession, and corporate planning consulting services to her firm’s clients. With more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry, her passion is working with business owners and financial advisors to improve the profitability, stability, and sustainability of their firms utilizing process and data driven decision-making tools. She leads with education and actionable business intelligence to empower advisors to more efficiently and effectively manage their practices. Prior to joining Truelytics in 2018, Ms. McCabe spent nine years with Gladstone Associates as a Managing Director with a primary focus on M&A, valuation, and succession and corporate planning engagements for the firm’s financial advisory clients.

Bill McManus, CIMA®, Director of Strategic Markets

Hartford Funds

Bill McManus, CIMA®, director of strategic markets, Hartford Funds, is responsible for engaging and educating both financial advisors and their clients about current and emerging opportunities in the financial-services marketplace. These opportunities range from tactical strategies in areas such as retirement-income planning, investment planning, and charitable planning, to anticipating and preparing for long-term demographic and lifestyle changes. Mr. McManus earned his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation, is FINRA Series 7 and 63 registered, and holds his life and variable insurance licenses. Bill has been widely quoted in consumer and trade publications such as US News and World Report and Wealth Management.com. He has also appeared as a featured guest on Bloomberg Radio to discuss his views on retirement-related topics.

Jason Ment J.D., Partner, COO, General Counsel

StepStone Group

Mr. Ment is the Co-COO, General Counsel, and CCO of StepStone Group, a global private markets specialist overseeing over US$250 billion of private capital allocations, including over US$46 billion of assets under management. Jason oversees fund formation, structuring and negotiation activities at StepStone and is widely viewed as one of the leading experts in the private markets industry. He brings his broad perspective to bear on the complex issues that can arise in forming and investing in private markets funds. Prior to joining StepStone in 2010, Mr. Ment was general counsel of Citi Private Equity, a US$10 billion equity co-investment, mezzanine, and fund of private equity funds business. While at Citigroup, he was also the general counsel of Metalmark Capital, a middle-market private equity business, and Citi Sustainable Development Investments, a clean technology and renewable energy focused venture investment business. Before that Mr. Ment was a member of O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity Group and of McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Mr. Ment received his BS from Cornell University and his JD from the New York University School of  Law.
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Jay Michel, Managing Director of Business Development


Jay Michel, Managing Director of Business Development, joined CircleBlack, in November 2015. Before CircleBlack, Michel was a brand strategist for Paramount Pictures International Marketing Division. Throughout his career, Michel has worked on, generated and overseen marketing campaigns with a variety of demographics and goals in both the international and domestic market. He is a veteran of the Iraq war and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Steven Miyao , President, Digital, AI & Analytics, Research and Compliance Solutions

SS&C Technologies

Steven Miyao, president of Digital, AI & Analytics, Research and Compliance Solutions, SS&C Technologies, has been a trusted advisor to the world’s leading financial services companies since 1999, when he founded kasina – a research, analytics and consulting firm focused on the asset management industry. The company was acquired by DST and SS&C. Mr. Miayao’s current focus is on developing artificial intelligence applications across DST’s retirement, brokerage, asset management, and compliance businesses. Most recently, he successfully led the build of DST’s asset management industry data consortium that brings together all major firms to provide market share data and analytics to the industry.

David Miyazaki, CFA®, Portfolio Manager


David Miyazaki is a portfolio manager at Confluence and manages the specialty finance portfolios with an emphasis on business development companies (BDCs). This work includes co-managing the First Trust Specialty Finance and Financial Opportunities Fund (NYSE: FGB). David is also a member of the Asset Allocation Investment Committee. In addition, he works with the firm’s balanced portfolios, with a particular focus on the fixed income investments.

David has over 25 years of financial experience. P​rior to joining Confluence, David served as a portfolio manager and analyst with Gallatin Asset Management; portfolio manager at Koch Industries; was a private placement debt analyst at Prudential Capital Group; and worked as a mortgage bond trader for Barre & Company.

David earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Texas Christian University and is a CFA charter holder.

John Moninger, Managing Director of Retail Sales

Eaton Vance Profile

John Moninger, senior vice president and managing director of retail sales, Eaton Vance Distributors,
is responsible for setting the strategic direction and day-to-day oversight of all sales and relationship
management within Eaton Vance’s brokerage, independent and RIA channels as well as the Eaton Vance
Advisor Institute. John’s leadership role within the firm focuses on enhancing sales reach and relationships,
while building on the Eaton Vance client-oriented solutions across the full range of intermediaries. Mr. Moninger has earned a B.S. in business administration from Kutztown University. He currently serves on the board of
directors of the Money Management Institute and serves as Chairman and President of the SEAL-Naval
Special Warfare Family Foundation. He has earned the Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®) and
Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designations.

Jay Mooreland, Founder

The Behavioral Finance Network

Founder of The Behavioral Finance Network, which help advisors increase their value and coach their clients to make better financial decisions. In addition to creating several behavioral applications, Mooreland is has spoken internationally on the topic of investor behavior and is the author of the Amazon best seller, “The Emotional Investor: How Biases Influence Our Investment Decisions…and what you can do about it”.

Mooreland obtained a Bachelor of Science in Finance from San Jose State University and a Master of Science in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.

John Nersesian, CIMA®, CPWA®, CIS, CFP®, Head of Advisor Education


Mr. Nersesian is head of advisor education for PIMCO, providing advanced wealth management and investment consulting education to financial professionals. Previously, he was managing director of wealth management services for Nuveen Investments from 2000 to 2018. Prior to this, he was a first vice president at Merrill Lynch Private Client Group, where he was also a leader of advanced training for financial consultants. Mr. Nersesian served as a board member of the Investments and Wealth Institute (IWI, formerly IMCA) from 2006 to 2017, and as chairman for the 2014-2015 term. He is a faculty member for the IWI Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) education programs held at Yale University and The University of Chicago. He has 35 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an undergraduate degree in business and economics from Lehigh University. He has earned the CFP, CIMA and CPWA designations.

Marc Odo, CFA®, CAIA®, CIPM®, CFP® ,

Swan Global Investments

Marc Odo is responsible for helping clients and prospects gain a detailed understanding of Swan’s Defined Risk Strategy, including how it fits into an overall investment strategy. His responsibilities also include producing most of Swan’s thought leadership content. Odo is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and was also a regular presenter at the Wharton School of Executive Education from 2006 to 2011. As well as presenting, Odo has written numerous in-depth white papers, short-form pieces, and contributed to many articles in the financial press. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1996.

Kirsten Pickens, Partner and Head of Distribution

Chiron Investment Management, LLC

Kirsten Pickens is a Partner and Head of Distribution for Chiron Investment Management, LLC and has been with Chiron, a Global multi-asset management firm, since its launch in 2015. Formerly, Ms. Pickens was Senior Vice President and Head of National Accounts and Retirement Sales for Ivy Funds Distributor, Inc., a subsidiary of Waddell & Reed, which she joined in 2003. Ms. Pickens has been credited with driving the rapid growth of Ivy Funds by building a National Accounts Team and obtaining platform access across broker dealers in all distribution channels. In 2010, she was awarded the “Rising Star of Mutual Funds” by Institutional Investor. Prior to Waddell & Reed, Ms. Pickens was with ING Funds, where she was VP, National Account Director for the Independent/Regional Channel and at Seligman funds in various distribution roles. Ms. Pickens is a Member of the Sales Force Marketing Committee of the Investment Company Institute, and a Member of Money Management Institute. She holds her Series 24, Series 7, Series 6, and Series 63 FINRA securities licenses.
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Brian Portnoy, Ph.D., CFA®, Head of Education

Magnetar Capital

Brian Portnoy, Ph.D., CFA®, is an expert at simplifying the complex world of money. In his two books, The Investor's Paradox and The Geometry of Wealth, he tackles the challenges of not only making better investment decisions but also how money figures in to a joyful life. He is currently the Head of Education at Magnetar Capital and has spent the last 25 years as educator, investor, and strategist. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and currently lives on the north side of Chicago with his wife and three children.

Richard Powers, Head of ETF Product Management Portfolio Review Department


Richard F. Powers, head of ETF Product Management, Vanguard Portfolio Review Department joined Vanguard in 1999 and joined Portfolio Review in 2003. For the majority of his tenure in Portfolio Review, Mr. Powers was a senior member of the Oversight and Manager Search team, which is responsible for identifying subadvisory partners for Vanguard’s active fund lineup and monitoring the firm, people, process, portfolio, and performance of all existing Vanguard funds on behalf of the firm’s senior leadership team and board of directors. Mr. Powers' team is responsible for conducting surveillance of competitor products and positioning, meeting with clients and prospects to discuss Vanguard’s ETF® lineup, publishing on noteworthy developments in the ETF marketplace and Vanguard lineup, and supporting ETF education initiatives. Mr. Powers earned a B.S.B.A. in finance from Shippensburg University and an M.B.A. in investment management from Drexel University.

Jon Reilly, CIMA®, Chief Investment Officer

Implemented Portfolios

Jon is the Chief Investment Officer at Implemented Portfolios, is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and has fourteen years’ experience in the financial services industry, initially in providing advice to individual clients on their financial affairs and portfolio management. Jon is also a widely respected financial writer and is regularly invited to contribute thoughtleading articles by the Australian Stock Exchange.

Lesley Reinhart, CFP®, AIF®, Regional Director

Russell Investments

Lesley Reinhart is a regional director for U.S. Advisor & Intermediary Solutions at Russell Investments. In this role, Lesley is responsible for the service, growth, and expansion of the retail investment market in the West Mid-Atlantic region through her work with financial advisors. Lesley consults advisors on business development, practice management, marketing, capital markets and sales of Russell Investments’ products.

Prior to her current role, Lesley was a sales associate where she was responsible for driving sales through prospecting and counseling financial advisors. Lesley joined Russell Investments in 2014.  

Before joining Russell Investments, Lesley was a registered client relationship associate and financial advisor at Robert W. Baird & Co. In 2009, she began her career as a private wealth management intern at Smith Barney.
Lesley holds a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from Colgate University. She is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary®.

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Bob Rice, Founder and Managing Partner

Tangent Capital and Rice Partners

Bob Rice, founder and managing partner, Tangent Data Services LLC, also serves as a principal of Baystar Capital. Mr. Rice began his career as a Trial Lawyer at the US Department of Justice. He served as a Executive Chairman of Viewpoint Corp. from August 2003 to February 13, 2006 and previously served as the Chairman from November 2000 to August 2003. He is a frequent commentator and lecturer on the markets and technology, and a contributing editor for Bloomberg Television and author of the upcoming Harper Collins title, “The Alternative Answer,” as well the business strategy book, “Three Moves Ahead."

Graham Rich, Managing Partner & Dean

Portfolio Construction Forum

Graham is a pioneer of retail managed funds research in Australasia, and of financial planning in New Zealand. He started his financial services career in NZ in 1975. In 1983, he established his own business delivering funds research and financial advice professional development services. After initially adding Morningstar as a minority shareholder in his fund research business in 1999, he continued to develop it for several years, before selling the rest of the fund research business to Morningstar. In 2002, Graham established Portfolio Construction Forum. Based out of Sydney, Portfolio Construction Forum is recognised as the leading provider of specialist, independent continuing education and certification for investment portfolio construction practitioners in Australia and NZ.

David Richman, J.D., National Director

Eaton Vance Advisor Institute

David Richman, national director, Eaton Vance Advisor Institute, provides practice management coaching to financial advisors and teams. Mr. Richman was previously a member of the Eaton Vance Wealth Management Solutions Group. He co-authored Questions Great Financial Advisors Ask, Investors Need to Know, This Is Your Time, and The Charismatic AdvisorTM. He is a frequent contributor to financial magazines and has served on numerous civic boards. He earned BA and MA degrees in public policy analysis, University of Rochester, and a JD, University of Connecticut. 

Ed Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Head of Exchange Traded Funds

American Century Investments ETFs

Ed Rosenberg is senior vice president and head of exchange traded funds for American Century Investments, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Before joining American Century Investments in 2017, Ed was a senior vice president and head of ETF capital markets and analytics at Northern Trust’s FlexShares. Previously, he was director and head of capital markets and analytics at Russell Investments. Prior to that, Ed was an ETF product manager at Vanguard.
Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Muhlenberg College, and a master's degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Andrea Schlapia, Founder and CEO


Andrea Schlapia, founder and CEO, Ironstone, has speak a 20+ year career within the financial services industry. Her experience began as a financial advisor evolving into a consultant coach for advisors entering the field. This ignited her passion to support others through learning and development of best practices in order to achieve substantial results. To this end, she followed her desire into positions of senior-level practice management specialists for Dreyfus, Prudential, and DWS Investments prior to the realization of Ironstone.

Ray Sclafani , Founder

ClientWise LCC

Ray Sclafani is the founder of ClientWise LCC, the premier coaching and training company exclusively
serving the financial services industry. Ray’s passion for serving leaders, advisors, and companies in the financial services sector is reflected in ClientWise and its unique coaching programs and team of credentialed coaches that help advisors and companies find the next level of professional excellence and financial success with greater focus and ease. Prior to he spent 20 years at AllianceBernstein, as one of the company’s top sales professionals and executive leaders. His knowledge of how to create and execute on highly successful sales plans and build long lasting client connections was later utilized as founder and Managing Director of the Advisor Institute at AllianceBernstein.  He is also the author of You’ve Been Framed: How to Reframe Your Wealth Management Business and Renew Client Relationships.  He earned his BA from Baylor University.
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Greg Shannahan, CIMA® CPWA®, Senior Regional Advisor Consultant

Putnam Investments

Greg Shannahan, Senior Regional Advisor Consultant, Putnam Retail Management,
has a distinguished 25-year career serving in both regional and national sales management and
training positions at several major firms within the industry: providing resources in wealth management, practice management and investment management to help advisors build sound financial plans for their clients and sharing specific technical and sales expertise to assist advisors in formulating effective
client solutions.

Steve Siegel, J.D., LL.M., President

The Siegel Group

Steve Siegel is president of The Siegel Group, a Morristown, New Jersey-based national consulting firm specializing in tax consulting, estate planning and advising family business owners and entrepreneurs. Mr. Siegel is the author of several books, including: The Grantor Trust Answer Book; CPA’s Guide to Financial and Estate Planning, and Federal Fiduciary Income Taxation. He presently serves as an adjunct professor of law in the Graduate Tax Program of the University of Alabama and has served as an adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall and Rutgers University law schools. He earned a B.S., Georgetown University, J.D., Harvard Law School, and an LL.M. in taxation, New York University.

John Sileo, Founder

Sileo Group, Inc.

John Sileo’s identity was stolen and used to embezzle $300,000 from his clients. The exposure destroyed John’s career and consumed two years of his life as he fought to stay out of jail. Combining real-world experience with years of study, John became an award-winning author and leading expert on cyber security, identity theft and data privacy. John is CEO of The Sileo Group, a data security think tank that helps organizations protect the information that drives their profits. His body of work includes engagements with the Pentagon, USA Today, Visa, 60 Minutes, Homeland Security, Rachael Ray, Schwab and organizations of all sizes. John graduated with honors from Harvard University and spends his free time with his remarkable wife and two highly spirited daughters.

Steven P. Simmons, MD , Board-certified Internist


Dr. Simmons is a Board-certified Internist, who received his Bachelor’s of  Science with High Honors from the University of Tennessee in 1989 and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1993. He then completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado. In 1996, Steve was selected by his peers to receive the Dr. Annie Yee Johnson Memorial Award for compassion and professionalism. He spent 12 years working in primary and urgent care at Kaiser Permanente before joining DocTalker in 2008, where he has been spearheading the practice’s housecall program. He is a member of the American Geriatric Society and the Academy of Home Care Physicians, and presents frequently on providing medical care to the homebound through housecalls.

Darrell Spence, Economist

Capital Group

Darrell R. Spence is an Economist at Capital Group. He has 26 years of investment industry experience, all with Capital Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from Occidental College graduating cum laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the National Association for Business Economics. Darrell is based in Los Angeles.

Mark Spina, CIMA®, Head of Advisor & Intermediary Solutions

Russell Investments

Mark Spina, Head of Advisor & Intermediary Solutions at Russell Investments, is the senior executive focused on developing, leading and executing strategy for Russell Investments’ advisor business along with the firm’s client relationships in the wealth management and retirement channels. Mr. Spina is Chairman and President of Russell Investments Financial Services, a registered broker dealer subsidiary for Russell Investments. He is a member of the firm’s global executive and global risk committees. Mark also serves as the interested director of the Russell Investment Company mutual fund board. Prior to joining Russell Investments, Mark was executive vice president and head of U.S. intermediary distribution at Pioneer Investments. Mark also spent 14 years at Voya Investment Management (formerly ING Investment Management) in leadership roles.

Bill Sutton, J.D., Senior Strategist Family and Philanthropy Advisory


Bill Sutton currently serves as the Senior Strategist Family and Philanthropy Advisor at UBS. Before Bill took on that role he served as the Head of Philanthropic Services, U.S. at UBS. Bill obtained his AV from Davidson College and his J.D. from Samford University.

Dan Suzuki, CFA®, Portfolio Strategist

Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC

Dan Suzuki is the portfolio strategist at Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC. In his role, Dan is a senior member of the RBA Investment Committee and is responsible for portfolio strategy, asset allocation, investment management and marketing to major wirehouses and independent RIAs.

Prior to joining RBA, Dan worked at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in Global Research for over 15 years, during a portion of which he worked closely with Rich Bernstein and Lisa Kirschner (RBA’s Director of Research). Most recently, Dan was a senior equity strategist, where in addition to his in-depth analysis on valuation and sectors, he authored regular publications on the S&P 500® EPS Outlook and US Small and Mid-Cap Strategy. Prior to working in strategy, Dan was a fundamental equity research analyst covering the Business Services sector. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and is often quoted in leading financial publications including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Barron's.

Dan holds a BS in economics from Duke University, and he has been a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder since 2006.
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Scott G. Thayer, CIMA®,

Thayer Consulting

Scott Thayer serves on the Investments & Wealth Institute Board of Directors as immediate past-chairman. Mr. Thayer also serves as practitioner faculty for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business CIMA registered education program, and in the Yale School of Management CIMA registered education program, teaching manager search and selection and investment policy. Mr. Thayer’s career began at E.F. Hutton in 1983. He recently retired from his role as institutional consulting director at Graystone Consulting, where he ran a large-scale institutional consulting team that specialized in investment policy, portfolio construction, and risk management issues for foundation and endowment clients in the United States and abroad. He was previously senior vice president–Investments and Institutional consulting director for Citi Institutional Consulting in Santa Rosa, CA. Prior to that, Mr. Thayer taught within the Department of Finance at Chico State University, CA. Mr. Thayer earned a B.S. in finance from California State University, Los Angeles, and an MBA in finance from California State University, Chico. In 2015, he was named one of Barron’s “Top 30 Institutional Consultants.”
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Troy Thornton, Co-head of Retail Sales

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Troy Thornton is co-head of Retail Sales within the Goldman Sachs Asset
Management (GSAM) Americas Client Business. Prior to assuming his current role, he was head of Key Accounts and Platform Development and national sales manager of the Investment Consulting Group
in US Third Party Distribution. Before that, Troy held various management positions in
US Third Party Distribution and US Institutional Distribution, including co-head
of the Public Funds Group and head of Registered Investment Advisor Distribution.
He joined Goldman Sachs in Third Party Distribution within GSAM in 1997 as a
regional sales director. Troy was named managing director in 2008.
Prior to joining the firm, Troy spent five years in asset management distribution for
Federated Investors and Bankers Trust Global Investors.He is a member of the Board of Governors
of the Money Management Institute and serves as board secretary, a member of the
Distribution Council of the Investment Management Education Alliance and a
member of the Sales and Marketing Committee of the Investment Company
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Scott Welch, CIMA®, Chief Investment Officer

Dynasty Financial Partners

Mr. Welch is the chief investment officer of Dynasty Financial Partners, a provider of outsourced investment research, portfolio management, technology, and practice management solutions to RIAs and advisory teams making the move to independence. He was the founder of UnconstrainedThought, a macro-economic, investment, and wealth management consultancy. He was also a co-founder and former chief investment officer of Fortigent, LLC, a provider of outsourced investment research and technology solutions to RIAs and banks that served high-net-worth investors. Prior to joining Fortigent and its predecessor firm in 1998, he spent more than 12 years on Wall Street, where he focused on capital markets, corporate finance, and derivatives.

Ian Wetherell, CRPC, CHSA, RCC,


Ian Wetherell, CRPC, CHSA, RCC, has been with Nationwide for 5 years, helping advisors in Northern California prepare their clients for a comfortable and confident retirement. Previous to that, he wholesaled Los Angeles for 7 years. While Ian is knowledgeable about investment markets, his passion is driving client knowledge on retirement planning issues like Social Security optimization and Medicare planning. An avid runner, Ian has run 8 marathons to date (including one in Las Vegas).

Kylie Willment, CIMA®, Chief Investment Officer

Asia Pacific at Mercer Australia

Kylie Willment is a Partner in Mercer’s Institutional Wealth business and is Chief Investment Officer for the Pacific region. Kylie leads the Delegated Solutions portfolio management team which consists of asset allocation strategists, portfolio managers and analysts across Australia and New Zealand. The team is responsible for managing over $30  billion in assets within Mercer&rsquo's Multi-Manager Funds. Kylie is a member of Mercer's Pacific Investment Committee, Mainstream Assets Global Investment Committee, the Institutional Wealth Leadership Team and the Pacific Leadership Team. She is based in Sydney.

Catherine D. Wood, Founder and CEO

ARK Investment Management

Catherine D. Wood, founder and CEO, ARK Investment Management, previously completed twelve years at AllianceBernstein as Chief Investment Officer of Global Thematic Strategies, with $5 billion in assets under management and superior long term investment returns. She joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded which, in 2000, managed $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. Ms. Wood earned her B.S. in Finance and Economics, University of Southern California.

Brett Wright, CIMA®, CPWA®,

Macquarie Investment Management, Americas

Brett Wright is co-head of the firm’s client group in the Americas, which includes the firm’s sales, service, marketing, and product teams. In this role, he leads all retail, institutional, and client service functions for Macquarie Investment Management (MIM). Prior to assuming this role, from July 2014 to June 2016, Wright was responsible for third-party broker/dealer distribution activities to wirehouses, regional and independent firms, as well as key account management with major distribution partners. From January 2011 to June 2014, he was a divisional manager overseeing 10 regional directors who were responsible for the distribution of Delaware Funds® by Macquarie, including separately managed accounts, in the western part of the United States. Wright brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the firm. From August 2008 to January 2011, he was a senior vice president with ING Investment Management, where he led the Independent Key Account group. Prior to that, he held various sales and senior sales management roles at AXA Equitable, Merrill Lynch, and Lord Abbett. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, where he served as captain of the football team in 1992. In 2013, he began service on the board of directors for the Investments & Wealth Institute, a community for advanced investment advisors and wealth managers.
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David York, CPA, Esq., Co-founder and Managing Partner

York Howell & Guymon

David York, co-founder and managing partner, York Howell & Guymon has extensive experience in designing and implementing advanced tax and estate planning strategies for high-net-worth, non-profit, and business clients.
Mr. York is a Certified Public Accountant and Fellow with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the Utah State Bar Budget and Finance Committee, and former Chair of the Utah State Bar Estate Planning Section. Listed as a “Mountain States Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, he been regularly named to Utah Business magazine’s “Utah Legal Elite” and as a “Top-Rated Lawyer” by   Trusts & Estates. He is also the co-author of Entrusted: Building A Legacy That Lasts and creator of the Experience Rivets™ Core Values card game.

Julie Zhang, Director North America Sales Enablement

Russell Investment

Julie Zhang is the Director, North America Sales Enablement for Russell Investments’ Advisor & Intermediary Solutions. In this role, Julie is responsible for maximizing the advisor experience by leveraging the expertise of both business solutions and investment solutions. She takes part in crafting overall sales strategy and processes to meet organizational objectives. She partners closely with marketing, business development, sales management, sales operations, consulting, and the investment division to ensure alignment of field execution and consistent client experience. Julie’s team consists of sales enablement, events, and sales support. Her team’s responsibilities include sales communications, national/partner/field event management, sales strategy creation, and administrative services.