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34th Annual FPA of Connecticut State Conference

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Welcome to the largest Financial Planning Conference in Connecticut!   
 
 
This conference is about the future of Financial Planning and the resources that you will need to survive and flourish.   We have assembled interesting topics and relevant speakers to provide you with insight and effective strategies.  Topics choices also include Practice Management and sessions geared to NexGen starting their careers and opening practices.
 
Back by popular demand in 2018 and with the support of Jefferson National, now Nationwide, is keynote speaker Michael Kitces on "The Future of Financial Planning in the Digital Age."   
 
Also, Republican candidate for Governor and former Comptroller General of the US, The Honorable David Walker, will keynote our lunch.  Dave is a highly rated speaker at past FPA regional programs and will address "Restoring Fiscal Sanity in the US and Connecticut."
 
 
We are very proud to have Eliza Lynne Kanner, Miss Connecticut 2018, greeting attendees in the FPA Membership Booth during the breaks before and after lunch. 
 
 
 
In addition, our sponsors and exhibitors will show you the latest ideas in investments, practice management, and insurance concepts in the Resource Center.
 
 
Click here for an 2018 Schedule at a Glance.    
 
 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:15 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

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Aqua Turf Club
556 Mulberry St
Plantsville   CT   06479
(860)621-9335
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Agenda

 

Apr 25 2018 8:00AM


Morning Keynote: The Future of Financial Planning in the Digital Age


As financial planning shifts from the founding generation of planners (and their clients) to the next, so too does the world around us, as we enter the digital age. Thus far, however, financial planning has been slow to effectively adopt the emerging digital age technologies, from cloud computing to video "phone" calls to internet-driven workflows. In this session, we will explore how financial planning will undergo radical change in the coming decades as we truly enter the digital age, from financial planning "apps" for various devices, to what technology will - and won't - replace in the financial planning relationship, to how financial planning practices must market and communicate to survive and thrive.


Apr 25 2018 9:25AM


Social Media for Financial Planners


The rise of social media in just a few short years has created some of the largest technology companies in the world, as Facebook crosses the line for 1 billion users. Yet at the same time, change has been so rapid that many industries, including financial services, are struggling to keep up with the changing technology. In this session, we'll look at what social media is, how it fits as a part of a financial planner's (referral) marketing strategy within the broader context of an "inbound marketing" approach, with examples, tips, and best practices about how to begin to use social media in your own advisory firm.



Reed J. Lloyd
Pacific Select Distributors, Inc.

Apr 25 2018 9:25AM


Social Security in Today's Planning


Since its inception, the Social Security program has evolved to keep up with the changing needs of the worker and the worker's family. This course explores current rules in the context of "today's family" and the ways in which families may optimize Social Security benefits.



Michael Leung
Associate Behavioral Designer
Morningstar, Inc.

Apr 25 2018 9:25AM


Why Investing is Crazy: Behavioral Finance for Advisors


In this session, you'll gain an understanding of investor psychology biases, the dangers they pose to investors, and how you can help your clients overcome them. You will walk away with a Behavioral Finance framework for understanding why and when these biases affect investor behavior, and practical tools that you can use with your clients to help them achieve their financial goals.



Adam Verchinski
Senior Relationship Management, Advisor Solutions
BNY Mellon / Pershing

Apr 25 2018 10:50AM


Crossroads -- Important Decision Points for Growing Advisory Firms


The independent financial advisory industry is growing and changing at a rapid rate. Evolution is not a choice, it is a reality for every firm in the industry. These changes are not just quantitative they are qualitative. Owners and leaders of advisory firms can either take control of those changes or end up far from the destination they envisioned. The path to success for a firm passes through many crossroads; important decisions that a firm has to make. One of the worst things to do in a quickly changing industry is to be stuck at the intersection of indecision and lack of vision. We will interactively discuss the 8 crossroads Pershing has identified, taking a firm from a solo practice to a multi – owner, multi-staff business.



Patrick Gelshenen, CPA
TOBAM North America

Apr 25 2018 10:50AM


Debunking Some of the Biggest Investment Myths


The investment management industry relies on foundations and pillars which strongly influence beliefs and decision making. While some are robust and strongly defined, others are either flawed or not well defined, which leads to misunderstandings. Examples of these myths touch on passive and risk factor investing as well as the role of active management. During this discussion the presenter will discuss some of these myths or misunderstandings and their consequences with client portfolios.



Micheal Clear
Partner
Wiggin and Dana

Dan Daniels
Wiggin and Dana

Apr 25 2018 10:50AM


Hot Topics in Estate Planning


This seminar will provide an up-to-date review of hot topics in estate planning, including: current estate and gift tax environment nationally and in Connecticut; planning recommendations for clients with various asset levels; the role of life insurance, life insurance trusts and administering life insurance trusts for successful estate tax planning; and the rise of fiduciary litigation. Participants will receive practical tips to further engage clients in solid planning in today’s environment.



The Hon. David M. Walker
Former Comptroller General of the U.S.

Apr 25 2018 12:00PM


Luncheon Keynote: Restoring Fiscal Stability in the U.S and Connecticut


Our presenter, The Hon. David W. Walker, CPA, former Comptroller General of the United States and CEO of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), will discuss the current financial condition and challenges facing the United States and Connecticut and what needs to be done to tackle these challenges. He will state the facts and present a non-partisan agenda for action to assure fiscal responsibility and sustainability and increase economic growth and opportunity.



Brendan F. Daly, JD
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri

Apr 25 2018 1:30PM


3 Recent Cases That Make Life Easier for Medicaid Applicants & Their Spouses


The State of Connecticut has always been very hostile to trusts – especially trusts intended for someone’s support. Because of this, a statute was passed several years ago stating that any trust using the word ‘support’ is an available asset for a Medicaid applicant. Two recent court cases, one federal and one state, have ruled against the state in this regard. A third case, recently upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court, gives the Probate Court authority to allow a Medicaid applicant to direct income to a spouse in certain circumstances. You’ll learn how these cases can help your clients applying for Medicaid protect their assets. And you’ll also increase your value to your clients by being better able to guide and protect them.



Nicholas Oglesby, CFP®, CASL®, RICP®
Director of Advisor Support
WealthConductor LLC

Apr 25 2018 1:30PM


Decumulation Behavior Management Through Behavior Modification


This presentation provides an overview of how each decumulation strategy used today successfully, or not so successfully, supports client behavior management and modification through the lens of the major risks in retirement – longevity, inflation and investment risk. A primary focus will be on investment underperformance, which can be further amplified if behavior is not effectively managed. Advisors will be shown techniques and strategies to change the conversation from “Return on Investments, ROI” (how fast will your car go) to “Reliability of Income, ROI” (how far will it go). Like retirees, financial professionals must also modify their behavior when working with clients in decummulation. We provide guidance on what specific behaviors need to change and how best to accomplish that change in order to best serve their clients’ needs and mitigate the risks they face.



Michele Dillon, ChFC®, CIMA®, CPWA®
Practice Management Consultant
Russell Investments

Apr 25 2018 1:30PM


The Value of an Advisor


How annual rebalancing, behavioral coaching, basic investment management, planning and tax aware strategies add up to true value in excess of the fee’s advisors charge. “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”



Chris Bogren
Jackson National Life Distributors LLC

Apr 25 2018 2:50PM


50 Critical IRA Rules - Enhancing Your IRA Know-How


Discussion of the particulars of IRA rollovers, transfers, and income distribution. Kevin will provide valuable solutions and guidance for your clients. The one-hour continuing education presentation is designed to share 50 critical rules including how to:

• Avoid penalties on distributions taken too early or too late
• Maximize the benefits of rollovers and conversions
• Lessen the tax burden on distributions



Sunder Ramkumar
Senior VP, Client Analytics
American Funds

Apr 25 2018 2:50PM


The Future of International Investing


With U.S. stocks dominating global results in recent years, many are questioning whether it’s still wise to include an allocation to international stocks in broadly diversified portfolios. In this session, we’ll explore that question and show why we believe global diversification still makes sense — perhaps more now than ever. We’ll also reveal the most optimal way to gain this exposure in a vastly changing world, based on our extensive research. In this discussion, we will highlight the value of maintaining an allocation to international markets and discuss the new geography of investing and how you can use it to create greater outcomes for client portfolios.



Kevin Gioia, CFA
Investment Research Analyst
Fenimore Asset Management

Apr 25 2018 2:50PM


The Value of Patience: Market Timing & Asset Allocation


Market volatility can cause investors to worry about their portfolios. Advisors have been taught that diversification is justified in order to mitigate volatility, yet the proclivity to diversify may not be ideal for reaching long-term goals. In this medium-level presentation you will learn: Asset allocation studies and performance results; The costs of market timing; How to better protect on the downside over the long term; The benefits of concentrated allocations for risk-adjusted returns; Where you can create peace of mind for your clients and help them stay the course. Gain an understanding of the volatility in the markets and how to react (or stay the course!). We hope this will be helpful as you speak with clients about markets and long-term wealth creation.


Apr 25 2018 3:45PM


Macro Diversification: Investing in an Increasingly Turbulent and Integrated World


Investors are now forced to invest in a geopolitically unstable world (unlike the last half of the last century) and that world offers what is often a volatile investment environment as world leaders engage in strategic geopolitical negotiations, central bank policy diverges from region to region and is forced to operate in heretofore unseen ways, and macro thematic influences cause near-term risks to often be very different than risks found in a normal state. Relying solely on fundamental analysis is no longer sufficient in the quest to provide superior investment outcomes—new disciplines must be brought to bear in order to navigate the near-term, non-fundamental influences that can often overcome investors on the path to the longer-term ultimate reversion of price to fundamental value.



Mark Brownstein, CSA®
Emerald Medicare

Apr 25 2018 3:45PM


Medicare: A Crash Course for People Turning 65


This session will help planners understand the ever-changing, complicated world of Medicare and the challenges and choices that their clients will face when they turn 65. The presenter, a Medicare insurance specialist, will provide attendees with the knowledge they need to help their clients select coverage that best suits their budget and health care needs. Also discussed will be how private insurance works with Medicare to provide complete coverage, Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap), Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug coverage, out-of-pocket costs, and how to transition from ACA or Employer Coverage to Medicare.



Bill Fleming, CFP®
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Apr 25 2018 3:45PM


Tax Reform – Waiting for the Fat Lady To Sing


We’ll be addressing the new tax law and its impact on you (and maybe your clients). Do the lower tax rates make up for the lost deductions? Will I ever itemize again? What’s a Specified Service Business provider to do? What exactly is the rule on home mortgages? Why are charities so upset? Isn’t that pass-through business deduction the best technique ever? Will we return to the 1980s and charge a transaction fee rather than a percentage of assets under management? What about that new investor control life insurance case?



Speaker Profiles

 


Chris Bogren
Jackson National Life Distributors LLC
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Mark Brownstein, CSA®
Emerald Medicare

Mark Brownstein is a fully licensed insurance professional and the Director of Medicare for Emerald Medicare.

As a “trusted” advisor, Mark specializes in Medicare protection. He is an independent provider of comprehensive and competitive Medicare solutions. Mark has extensive experience working with individuals, CPA’s, Financial Planners, Property and Casualty offices and Trust and Estate attorneys to implement Medicare solutions to meet clients’ changing needs.

He has received industry recognition as a highly energetic leader in sales and interpersonal communication skills who is both committed to the highest fiduciary standards and to service quality.

Mark is a 3-time President of the Financial Planners Association (FPA) of Greater Hudson Valley, and was Chairman of the same chapter for an additional 3 years. He was also a board member of the Fairfield CT chapter of the Financial Planning Association for 4 years. His leadership has revived a chapter with renewed energy, new initiatives and built a committed board of directors and chapter now nationally recognized.

Mark is also a CSA (Certified Senior Advisor). As an elder advocate he helps improve many facets of seniors and the adult children’s lives including Medicare. He speaks often at libraries and senior centers and has conducted seminars and webinars for corporate Employee Assistance Programs all with the purpose of helping attendees navigate and resolve the gaps in the knowledge and resources needed for all family members. He delivers practical strategies and solutions to help one better deal with the eldercare issues.




Micheal Clear
Partner
Wiggin and Dana
Michael T. Clear is a Partner in the firm's Private Client Services Department. Michael focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate litigation and business succession planning. Michael was recently selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune as a New Leader in the Law for 2013. His estate planning practice includes assisting individuals and families with tax-efficient and practical estate and gift planning, including the preparation of wills, revocable living trusts, insurance trusts, and qualified personal residence trusts. He also facilitates our clients incapacity planning. He guides fiduciaries and beneficiaries through estate settlement and trust administration matters. His estate and trust administration practice often intertwines with his probate litigation practice where he advises clients in will and trust construction cases, contested accounting proceedings, fiduciary removal proceedings, payment of unpaid claims and conservatorship and guardianship matters. Michael also assists our business owner clients with succession planning by presenting to family groups on business/estate planning matters and preparing business entities, shareholders' agreements, buy-sell agreements, grantor retained annuity trusts and facilitates the sales/purchases of business assets. Michael is a co-chair of the Probate and Estates Section of the Fairfield County Bar Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chapter of the Exit Planning Exchange (CT XPX). Michael received his J.D. magna cum laude from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he served as the Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. At graduation, he was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, Superior Classroom Performance Award, and CATIC Foundation Award. He received numerous Academic Excellence Awards during law school.

Kyle Concannon, CFA, CAIA , is an investment strategist on the Dynamic Allocation Strategies (DAS) team. In this capacity, he contributes to the investment process and is responsible for communicating the team’s philosophy and process, portfolio positioning, and drivers of performance to internal and external stakeholders. Before joining William Blair in 2015, Kyle spent eight years at UBS Global Asset Management, most recently as part of its global investment solutions team, where he was responsible for interacting with clients and prospects regarding the firm’s multi‐asset capabilities. Kyle is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Chicago, and the CAIA Association. Education: B.S., finance, Boston College.


Brendan F. Daly, JD
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri

Brendan F. Daly is a Principal of Czepiga Daly LLC, where he practices in the areas of elder law, estate and disability planning and estate administration. Brendan has received the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), a certification awarded by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in Elder Law (but not recognized by the Rules Committee of the Connecticut Superior Court), as a result of his experience, education, and testing by the Foundation. This certification in Elder Law provides a measure of assurance to the public that the attorney has an in-depth working knowledge of the legal issues that impact the elderly. Brendan is also an Accredited Veteran Affairs Claims Attorney and has been selected as a top attorney by SuperLawyers, a designation awarded to the top 5% of attorneys.

Brendan is a frequent speaker on the topics of elder law and estate planning for organizations including National Business Institute; Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants; Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Association of Long Term Care Financial Managers; and American College of Health Care Administrators. He is also an adult education instructor, teaching courses on estate and Medicaid planning in many towns throughout Hartford County. He also conducts seminars at area senior centers, nursing homes, civic groups and charitable groups regarding long-term care issues and estate planning. 

Brendan is a member of the following organizations: Executive Committee member of the Elder Law section of the Connecticut Bar Association; Estates and Probate section member of the Connecticut Bar Association; member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; President-Elect and Board member of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Corporator of Hartford Hospital.
 
Brendan has written numerous articles regarding estate planning, Medicaid and long term care, which have appeared in professional journals and newspapers. He was recently accredited as a Veteran Affairs Claims Attorney. 

Brendan lives in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife Kristen and their two children, Makayla and Nathan.

 

 




Dan Daniels
Wiggin and Dana
Daniel L. Daniels is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Private Client Services  Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He divides his time between the firm's Greenwich and New York offices.  Dan focuses his practice representing business owners, private equity and hedge fund founders, family offices, corporate executives and other wealthy individuals and their families.
 
Dan has been included on Worth magazine's list of the top 100 trust lawyers in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The Best Lawyers in America guidebook has recognized Dan as the “2016 Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Trusts and Estates for the Stamford region. (For more information about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please see www.bestlawyers.com/about/ ct_methodology.aspx). Dan received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth and his J.D., cum laude from Harvard Law School.
 
Dan is a co-author of Trusts and Estates Legal Strategies (2008 Aspatore Books) and has written for various publications, including Trusts and Estates magazine, Estate Planning magazine, Practical Tax Strategies magazine, the National Law Journal and Exempt Organization Review. He also has been quoted on trust and tax-related subjects in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Financial Planning.  Dan is a current or former member of the board of various organizations including the Greenwich Library and the Fairfield County Community
Foundation.
 
Dan has a particular interest in working with owners of family- and closely held businesses. He worked for several years in his own family's third generation family business. He is a member of the Family Firm Institute and Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, as well as Wiggin and Dana's Closely Held Business Practice Group.
 
Dan also partners with members of Wiggin and Dana’s Probate Litigation group in handling significant trust and estate litigations. He has also served 


Michele Dillon, ChFC®, CIMA®, CPWA®
Practice Management Consultant
Russell Investments
Michele Dillon is a practice management consultant for Russell Investments’ Advisor & Intermediary Solutions. Michele delivers strategic business planning and ongoing coaching to financial advisors in the U.S. In addition, Michele and her team create business development content to help financial advisors build more successful advisory practices.  Michele joined Russell Investments in 2011 as a divisional client executive, focused on the Premier Client Group. Michele worked exclusively with some of Russell Investments’ most important client relationships to help advisors strategically prepare for the next phases of their business, which includes business planning, succession planning and consulting services.  Prior to joining Russell Investments, Michele was a wealth management consultant for Janney Montgomery Scott where she consulted financial consultants through their transition to an advisory wealth management process, as well as structuring teams, business planning and succession planning. Starting in 1996, Michele worked for BlackRock, where she spent most of her 15 years with the company as a managing director of the strategic relationship group.  Michele holds a B.S. in Economics and Marketing from Miami University and holds the Chartered Financial Consultant® designation. Michele is a Certified Investment Management Analyst® professional and a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® professional.


Bill Fleming, CFP®
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

William R. Fleming is a Managing Director in the Personal Financial Services division of  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Hartford and Boston offices.  Bill has been providing financial planning advice since 1979, first as a principal of Ayco Corporation (previously a division of American Express).  He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1987.

 

His financial planning clients include prominent or retired executives at Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up (pre-IPO) companies.  In addition, Bill provides succession planning to the owners of smaller businesses as well as sophisticated plans for wealthy individuals.

 

Bill is an attorney licensed in both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.  He was previously licensed to sell life insurance and all types of investments (including real estate tax shelters, annuities, mutual funds, as well as stocks and bonds).  He is a member of numerous professional organizations relating to estate and financial planning and has Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Estate Planner designations.  Bill has been both an instructor for professional education programs and is a seminar leader for company wide financial, retirement planning, and stock option strategy seminars as well as individual financial planning for corporate executives.  He has co-authored several PricewaterhouseCoopers publications dealing with life insurance and estate planning.


 
He regularly appeared on CNBC's Money Club and other CNBC programs.  He has also appeared on Wall Street Journal Reports and CNN, has contributed to the Bottom Line financial newsletter, Business Week, Fortune, The Practical Accountant, the AARP newsletter, and many local newspapers.

 

 




Patrick Gelshenen, CPA
TOBAM North America

Patrick Gelshenen, CPA, is head of subadvisory and national accounts at TOBAM North America. He has 20+ years of asset management experience, including Affiliated Managers Group, Wells Capital and Strong Capital Management. Early in his career, Gelshenen worked with asset managers as an accountant, prime broker and M&A advisor at EY, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, respectively. He has a B.A. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.




Kevin Gioia, CFA
Investment Research Analyst
Fenimore Asset Management
Kevin D. Gioia, CFA, Investment Research Analyst, Fenimore Asset Management (the investment advisor to FAM Funds) — Kevin received a BS in Finance from Siena College and graduated with honors in 2010 before joining Fenimore’s Investment Research Team. Kevin also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a firm Principal.

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 and New Planner Recruiting, the former Practitioner Editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, and the publisher of the popular financial planning continuing education blog Nerd’s Eye View through his website www.Kitces.com, dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning.

 

Beyond his website, Michael is an active writer and editor across the industry and has been featured in publications including Financial Planning , the Journal of Financial Planning , Journal of Retirement Planning, Practical Tax Strategies, and Leimberg Information Services , as well as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC PowerLunch, NBC Nightly News, and more. In addition, Michael has co-authored numerous books, including “ The Annuity Advisor” with John Olsen (now in 3 rd edition), the first balanced and objective book on annuities written for attorneys, accountants, and financial planners, and “Tools & Techniques of Retirement Income Planning” with Steve Leimberg and others.
 

Michael is one of the 2010 recipients of the Financial Planning Association’s “Heart of Financial Planning” awards for his dedication to advancing the financial planning profession. In addition, he has variously been recognized as financial planning's "Deep Thinker," a "Legacy Builder," an "Influencer," a "Mover & Shaker," part of the “Power 20,” and a "Rising Star in Wealth Management" by industry publica



Michael Leung
Associate Behavioral Designer
Morningstar, Inc.
Michael Leung is an Associate Behavioral Designer on the Behavioral Insights Team at Morningstar, focusing on improving investor outcome and success through software development. He joined Morningstar as a Data Analyst in 2015. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, History and East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University.


Reed J. Lloyd
Pacific Select Distributors, Inc.
Reed is a Field Vice President at Pacific Life and oversees the Retirement Strategies Group. He has more than 20 years of industry experience with a focus on retirement income planning, as well as small business retirement plans. Immediately prior to his current position, Reed served as Assistant Vice President of the Advanced Marketing Group.  Reed resides in North Granby, Connecticut with his wife Karen and their daughter Hanna.


Nicholas Oglesby, CFP®, CASL®, RICP®
Director of Advisor Support
WealthConductor LLC

Nick is a senior business specialist with over 12 years industry experience, including positions as a financial advisor, wholesaler, and Director of Retirement Planning. Nick is responsible for expanding and leading WealthConductor’s advisory support team.  Nick is a Certified Financial Planner® holding multiple industry certifications including investment, insurance and RICP designation from The American College. He managed $500+ Million in annual sales at a large insurance-based advisory firm where he oversaw training, case design & analytics, and client seminars. Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Economics and Business Administration from Sterling College.




Sunder Ramkumar
Senior VP, Client Analytics
American Funds
Sunder Ramkumar is a senior vice president, client analytics, at American Funds, part of Capital Group. He has 13 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for two years. Prior to joining Capital, Sunder was a managing director and portfolio manager on the Multi-Asset Portfolio Strategies team at BlackRock. Sunder's research on asset allocation and optimal investment strategies has been published in several financial journals including, The Financial Analysts Journal, The Journal of Portfolio Management and The Journal of Fixed Income. He holds a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mangalore University, India. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Sunder is based in Los Angeles.


Adam Verchinski
Senior Relationship Management, Advisor Solutions
BNY Mellon / Pershing
Adam Verchinski is a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for Pershing Advisor Solutions, a BNY Mellon company. Adam and the relationship management team work with more than 500 firms, which custody over $100 billion with Pershing Advisor Solutions. He consults with registered investment advisors (RIAs) to develop and grow their practices, and help them manage business issues, enabling firms to become more scalable, profitable and productive.  Adam joined Pershing in 2011 and previously led the Practice Management group, working with Pershing’s broker-dealer, registered investment advisor and hedge fund clients to deliver practice management services.   Prior to joining Pershing, Adam was the director of strategic planning at AllianceBernstein in New York and a senior manager at Accenture, consulting to the capital markets industry.  Adam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Delaware with a concentration in Finance and Economics and completed the Advanced Capital Markets program with the NYU Stern School of Business. Adam has also been recognized for completion of the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) designation.



The Hon. David M. Walker
Former Comptroller General of the U.S.
Dave is a CPA and strategic consultant with over 40 years of public, private and non-profit sector experience. He served as the first Senior Strategic Advisor for the Global Public Sector Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). At PwC he advised public sector clients, both domestically and internationally, on transformation, performance/accountability, financial restructuring and retirement security issues. 
 
Dave received Presidential appointments with unanimous Senate confirmation from Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton, including serving as Comptroller General of the United States and CEO of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for almost 10 years. Prior to GAO, he served as a Partner and Global Managing Director with Arthur Andersen LLP. His prior government experience included serving as one of two Public Trustees for Social Security and Medicare, and CEO of two of the three federal agencies that administer the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Dave served as the first Chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee for four years. He also served on the Governing Board and as chairman of the global strategic planning task force for the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).
 
Dave is a CPA who currently serves on governing Board of Directors for Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) and the Government Transformation Initiative (GTI). He previously served on the AAAP and Committee for the Study of the Presidency and the Congress (CSPC) Governing Boards. He is a National Co-Founder of No Labels and serves on a variety of national advisory boards.
 
Dave has been awarded numerous leadership awards. For example, he has been received top awards from the Presidents of Austria and Indonesia, and from the Secretaries of Defense and Labor. He is an inductee into the International Accounting Hall of Fame, the Institute of Internal Auditors International Hall of Distinguished Practitioners, and has been awarded the CPA profession's highest medal by the AICPA.
 
Dave is a frequent speaker, author and media commentator. He has testified before Congress over 300 times, and has published three books, including a National Bestseller titled "Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility".


Sessions

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DateCourse Title/DescriptionStartCFP®CT Ins
Apr 25, 2018 Morning Keynote: The Future of Financial Planning in the Digital Age Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC 8:00 A 1.00
Social Media for Financial Planners Michael Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC 9:25 A
Social Security in Today's Planning Reed J. Lloyd 1.00 1.00
Why Investing is Crazy: Behavioral Finance for Advisors Michael Leung 1.00
Crossroads -- Important Decision Points for Growing Advisory Firms Adam Verchinski 10:50 A
Debunking Some of the Biggest Investment Myths Patrick Gelshenen, CPA 1.00
Hot Topics in Estate Planning Micheal Clear Dan Daniels 1.00 1.00
Luncheon Keynote: Restoring Fiscal Stability in the U.S and Connecticut The Hon. David M. Walker 12:00 P 1.00
3 Recent Cases That Make Life Easier for Medicaid Applicants & Their Spouses Brendan F. Daly, JD 1:30 P 1.00 1.00
Decumulation Behavior Management Through Behavior Modification Nicholas Oglesby, CFP®, CASL®, RICP® 1.00
The Value of an Advisor Michele Dillon, ChFC®, CIMA®, CPWA®
50 Critical IRA Rules - Enhancing Your IRA Know-How Chris Bogren 2:50 P 1.00 1.00
The Future of International Investing Sunder Ramkumar 1.00
The Value of Patience: Market Timing & Asset Allocation Kevin Gioia, CFA 1.00
Macro Diversification: Investing in an Increasingly Turbulent and Integrated World Kyle Concannon, CFA, CAIA 3:45 P 1.00
Medicare: A Crash Course for People Turning 65 Mark Brownstein, CSA® 1.00 1.00
Tax Reform – Waiting for the Fat Lady To Sing Bill Fleming, CFP® 1.00 1.00



Registration Fee
Member Through  March 16 $129.00
March 17 April 19 $179.00
  April 20 April 25 $249.00
Non-Member Through  March 16 $199.00
March 17 April 19 $249.00
April 20 April 25 $299.00