RMA Instructor Biographies
Dana Anspach, CFP®, RMASM, is 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.
Devin Ekberg, CFA®, CIMA®, CPWA®, oversees the development and delivery of Institute conferences, online education, and print publications. Mr. Ekberg is an expert in security analysis and financial analysis, and has developed educational products for investment consultants, wealth advisors, and individual investors. He earned his Master’s degree in Investment Management and Financial Analysis from Creighton University. He also holds three advanced certifications: Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) from the CFA Institute, Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) from the Investments and Wealth Institute. He currently serves on the investment committees for two non-profit foundations.
Francois Gadenne, CFA®, RMASM, is founder of the Curve Triangle Rectangle Institute. Previously, he was co-founder, chairman and executive director of the Retirement Income Industry Association. For more than 30 years, Mr. Gadenne has led teams that build successful technology solutions for the financial industry. His background combines a history of entrepreneurship, staff and line experience at financial service organizations, and corporate strategy consulting. He is a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris and earned an MBA, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. He also earned a certificate of director education from the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Michael Guillemette, Ph.D, CFP®, assistant professor, department of personal financial planning, Texas Tech University, focuses his research on client risk assessment and the demand for insurance. Quoted frequently by national media, Professor Guillemette previously served as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri. He earned a bachelor’s degree, University of Georgia, and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in personal financial planning, Texas Tech University.
Michael E. Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, RHU, REBC, CASL, CWPPTM, is director of research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, a private wealth management firm, and publisher of the e-newsletter The Kitces Report and the blog Nerd’s Eye View at www.kitces.com, which is dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning. He is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Financial Planning, Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Retirement Planning, Practical Tax Strategies, the Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek. He co-authored The Annuity Advisor with John Olsen and Tools & Techniques of Retirement Income Planning with Steve Leimberg. He was recognized as one of five financial planning “Movers and Shakers” for 2006 by Financial Planning magazine and one of 20 “Rising Stars in Wealth Management” by Institutional Investor News for 2007. He serves on the editorial review board for Journal of Financial Planning and on numerous boards and committees for the Financial Planning Association and the Society of Financial Services Professionals. He is a co-founder of NexGen, which aims to ensure the transfer of wisdom, tradition, and integrity from the pioneers of financial planning to the next generation of the profession. Michael earned a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Tulsa, a master’s degree in financial services from the American College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bates College.
Arun Muralidhar, Ph.D., co-founder, Mcube Investment Technologies LLC, co-founder and client service manager, AlphaEngine Global Investment Solutions, is a nationally-recognized leader in pension reform, asset allocation and currency management. The author of Innovations in Pension Fund Management and A SMART APPROACH to Portfolio Management, and co-author of Rethinking Pension Reform, and editor, European Pension Reform, assists institutional investors in asset allocation, currency management, and external management oversight through customized investment advice.
John A. Nersesian, CIMA®, CPWA®, CIS, CFP®, 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.
Robert Powell is a longtime financial journalist and a regular contributor to TheStreet.com, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and MarketWatch. He serves as editor of TheStreet’s Retirement Daily and as editor of the Retirement Management Journal, a peer-reviewed professional journal. He was instrumental in developing the Retirement Management Advisor℠ designation. Previously, he served as editor of Retirement Weekly; managing director of Dalbar, where he was responsible for all aspects of the firm's publishing company: Mutual Fund Market News, Variable Annuity Market News, The Journal of Mutual Fund Services, Registered Investment Advisor, Visionaries, and Advice, Trust & Money; and managing director of Acadient, an online financial education company. He has also served as host or co-host of several television, radio and internet chat programs, including “Consumer Portfolio” on Boston Cablevision, “Talk of New England” on New England Cable News, “The Money Manager” on WMEX-AM Boston, and “FundWire” on AmericaOnline. The co-author of Decoding Wall Street and author of 20 Tips for Retirement Investors, Mr. Powell earned a bachelor's degree from Marquette University and a master's degree from Boston University.