speakers

Speakers

  • Dante Allen

    Executive Director, California ABLE Act Board

    Dante Allen is the executive director for the California Achieving Better Life Experiences (CalABLE) Board, where he is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the program, which launched in December of 2018. CalABLE is a tax-advantaged savings and investment plan that can be established for the benefit of qualified individuals with disabilities. Contributions to an ABLE account, can be made by family, friends, or the beneficiary themselves without interfering the beneficiary’s ability to receive government benefits through programs like SSI or Medicaid.  Earnings are allowed to accumulate tax-free, and the withdrawals, provided they are applied to qualifying disability expenses, are also tax-free. One of the biggest benefits of ABLE is that the savings held in the account, are not counted against the limits on personal assets for individuals to qualify for public benefits. Prior to joining CalABLE, Dante served in a leadership role with the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity. Before OHE, Dante served in senior communications roles for organizations both large and small, including the Chevron Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, and the St. Joseph Health System. It was at Kaiser Permanente where he also served as the President of the Kaiser Permanente Association for Employees with Disabilities Business Resource Group. This group served as a networking, mentoring, and advisory group for Kaiser’s 150,000 national employees.

  • Deanna Allison

    Financial Benefits Manager, Alliance Data

    Deanna joined Alliance Data 8 years ago and has been in the retirement industry for over 17 years. As Financial Benefits Manager, she oversees associate benefits associated with building wealth as well as our formal filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor. Most recently, her focus within the organization has been preparing Alliance Data for top notch compliance in the mega plan space. Deanna earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from LeTourneau University and holds a double Masters in Business Administration and Strategic Leadership. She has earned a total of 5 professional designations with an emphasis in HR practices and employee benefits.

  • Jim Balsan

    Managing Director, BNY Mellon/Sumday

    With over 30 years of securities processing experience Jim brings a wealth of detailed operational knowledge to Sumday, BNY Mellon’s savings plan solution.  His experience in front, middle and back-office roles coupled with his ever inquisitive nature allowed him to help “connect the financial dots” that created the Sumday infrastructure and user experience.  This is not the first time Jim has re-purposed core financial services to meet new needs.  Jim previously worked to develop a framework that delivers financial services to the global environmental markets including carbon credits and renewable energy credits.  Jim’s desire to achieve win-win outcomes for his projects and the larger community extends to his volunteer work.  He speaks at local high schools, explaining the interconnectedness of banking and the environment.  The goal is to have students more intelligently connect the academic, political, environmental and financial dots for themselves so that they can make informed decisions in the future. Jim earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.  In addition, Jim received his MBA in Finance and International Business, with honors, from NYU.

  • Susie Bauer

    529/UIT Manager, Senior Vice President / Chair, Baird / SIFMA 529 Working Group

    Susie is the 529/UIT Manager for Baird, where she has worked in UIT marketing since 1997 and 529 marketing since 2000. Susie leverages her expertise in client and prospect meetings discussing their 529/UIT needs with Baird’s Financial Advisors. Susie supports Financial Advisors in a marketing and training capacity, helping them understand the benefits of using 529’s and UITs in the wealth planning process.  Susie is also a trainer and conducts e-learning sessions and Continuing Education presentations for Baird associates. In addition, she speaks to numerous client and professional groups about education planning and financial aid strategies, and serves as a mentor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business Wealth Management & Financial Planning Program’s Capstone course. On May 29, 2019, Susie was appointed by Governor Evers as a public member of the Wisconsin College Savings Program Board, which has administrative and oversight authority for Wisconsin’s Edvest and Tomorrow’s Scholar plans. Since 2004, Susie has served as chair of the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) 529 Working Group. Susie is also an active member of the SIFMA UIT Roundtable. Prior to joining Baird, Susie was the Artistic Director and Administrative Director of Educational Programming for Bauer Contemporary Ballet, Inc. from 1974 to 1996. In addition, she was an Administrative Director for the Creative Music Factory from 1993 to 1997. Susie earned a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master of arts from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She holds the FINRA Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 51, 53 and 63 licenses.  Commentary from Susie on a wide range of education planning topics has been featured in national, regional and trade media such as Biz Times of Milwaukee, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, HuffingtonPost.com, Investment News, Morningstar, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Worth, Yahoo News, WTMJ radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

  • Jeffrey Bennett

    Senior Portfolio Manager, Invesco

    Jeffrey Bennett, CFA Senior Portfolio Manager Invesco Investment Solutions Jeffrey Bennett is a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Invesco Investment Solutions team, which provides customized multi-asset investment strategies for institutional and retail clients. Mr. Bennett serves as portfolio manager for Invesco Oppenheimer Portfolio Series Conservative, Moderate, Equity, and Active Allocation Funds. Prior to joining Invesco, Mr. Bennett was a Senior Portfolio Manager and manager due diligence specialist on the OppenheimerFunds Global Multi-Asset Group (GMAG). Mr. Bennett joined OppenheimerFunds in 2016 from AllianceBernstein where he was a Managing Director on the Alternative Investment Management team, focusing on asset allocation and portfolio construction as well as manager identification and due diligence. Previously, Mr. Bennett was director of research for Fischer & Co., a multi-family office, before which he was the primary analyst at Summit Private Investments, a fund-of-hedge funds that focuses on long/short and event-driven strategies. Mr. Bennett is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder and holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as an MBA in analytic finance and econometrics from the University of Chicago.

  • George Betzios

    Founding Partner, Spectra Professional Services

    George Betzios is a founding partner at Spectra Professional Services, LLC. with 45 years of operations expertise.Mr. Betzios began his career in the fund industry with National Securities and Research Corporation (National Funds) as a systems programmer. He acted as Head ofInformation Technology and then Head of Operations. Mr. Betzios subsequently accepted a position as Head of Mutual Fund Operations for Salomon Brothers Asset Management. Through various mergers and acquisitions he continued as Director of Mutual Fund Services and Transfer Agency Operations for both domestic and international operations at Smith Barney Asset Management, Citigroup Asset Management and most recently at Legg Mason, Inc. Mr. Betzios has extensive experience in vendor selection, consolidation of account holder servicing functions for both onshore and offshore mutual funds as well as managing and oversight of plan manager conversions of multiple Section 529 programs. He has developed and implemented several vendor and service-level oversight programs and metrics reporting both in the US and offshore. Mr. Betzios has served on the Investment Company Institute’s Operations and International Operations Committees.

  • Rachel Biar

    Assistant State Treasurer, Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office

    Rachel Biar joined the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office in January 2005 and serves as the Assistant State Treasurer for the Nebraska College Savings Program and the ABLE Savings Program. Prior to her current position, she worked in the Director’s Office of the Nebraska Health and Human Services System and as a speechwriter in the Mayor’s Office of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska. As Assistant State Treasurer, Rachel is responsible for the administration, marketing and oversight of the state’s NEST 529 College Savings Plans.  Her knowledge and experience with 529 plans provide Nebraskans with a unique perspective on topics such as; determining the best college savings vehicle for parents and grandparents, marketing 529 plans, federal and state tax benefits, gift-tax benefits, estate planning advantages, and strategies of 529 plans.  Her expertise in college savings plans is a benefit to Nebraska residents who are ready to begin saving for their loved one’s higher education.  Rachel serves as a member of the College Savings Plans Network Executive Board and is an active member of the College Savings Foundation. Rachel is also responsible for the Nebraska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program. Nebraska’s Enable Savings Plan allows people with disabilities to create tax-advantaged savings accounts. Rachel works closely with Program Manager First National Bank of Omaha to administer the savings program to address the unique needs of account owners, keeping in mind convenience, ease of use, and cost. Rachel was instrumental in developing the Enable Savings Plan Alabama through a partnership agreement with the Alabama State Treasurer’s Office and Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office. Rachel has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She serves as a mentor to the Nebraska Wesleyan University Advancement and Alumni Departments and as a Career Center Student Advisor. Rachel enjoys spending time with family, traveling the country in her classic Mustang, reading and gardening.

  • Colin Brainard

    Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative Steve Watkins

    Colin Brainard worked on Capitol Hill for over 10 years, and spent a majority of that time as an advisor members of the House Ways & Means Committee.  He worked for an active member of the Committee during the effort to pass comprehensive tax reform, which eventually became the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  During his time working for Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, CPA, he helped the member lead the charge in Congress to expand the scope of 529 college savings plans.  

  • Kay Ceserani

    Managing Principal, Meketa Investment

    Ms. Ceserani is a consultant at Meketa Investment Group and has 26 years’ of investment consulting industry experience.  Ms. Ceserani joined the firm in 2019 as part of the merger between Meketa and Pension Consulting Alliance (PCA) and is the lead consultant on several 529 college savings plans.  She has extensive experience in the development, execution, and monitoring of investment programs for institutional clients as well as expertise in performing due diligence on money management firms and their products.  In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Ms. Ceserani is co-chair of the firm’s Defined Contribution Committee and a member of the firm’s Human Resources Committee. Prior to joining PCA, Ms. Ceserani was a Consulting Project Manager at Yanni Partners in Pittsburgh, PA for six years.  Her responsibilities included quarterly analysis of client portfolios, asset allocation studies, asset transitions, manager selection and monitoring, and special research projects.  Ms. Ceserani has also served as the Director of Operations at Greycourt & Co., Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA and the Director of U.S. Equity Research and Consulting Manager at Ennis Knupp & Associates in Chicago, IL.  She also spent six years at R.V. Kuhns in Portland, OR. Ms. Ceserani earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Oregon

  • Mark Chapleau

    Member, Chapleau Law Group LLC

    Mr. Chapleau is the founder and owner of Chapleau Law Group LLC in Boston, Massachusetts. Mark is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the legal and business issues involved with tax-advantaged Section 529 college savings plans and Section 529A ABLE Plans. Mark provides consulting, counseling, representation, and training services to 529 and 529A program managers, state agencies, non-profits, law firms, and individuals on a wide range of matters. His goal is to make the laws and regulations surrounding tax-advantaged college savings and disability plans understandable so that stakeholders may take full advantage of these powerful financial tools. Mr. Chapleau, a member of the Bar in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, is a recognized expert in the field of Section 529 college savings plans and 529A disability savings plans. He has advised clients for more than sixteen (16) years in connection with forty (40) separate Plans sponsored by twenty-six (26) states. Mark is an active member of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committees of the College Savings Foundation and the College Savings Plan Network, which both educate the public on college savings plans and ABLE Plans. In addition, Mark is a frequent speaker on, and moderator of, panel discussions at college savings and disability savings plan conferences. Mark leverages more than twenty-eight years of experience in the financial services industry to (i) navigate Plan clients through applicable tax, securities regulatory, and other legal issues; (ii) draft and negotiate required contracts; and (iii) prepare program offering documents and other marketing disclosures. Mark is a former member of Weston Patrick, PA, and the former President and General Counsel of Upromise Investments, one of the nation’s leading Section 529 college savings program managers. Upromise Investments was subsequently sold to Ascensus. Mark is a former FINRA-licensed General Securities Representative (Series 7) and General Securities Principal (Series 24). Prior to Upromise Investments, Mark was a Senior Legal Counsel at Fidelity Investments.

  • Amy Corbin

    Executive Director, Indiana ABLE Authority

    Amy Corbin is the Executive Director for the ABLE Authority which oversees INvestABLE Indiana, the state’s 529A ABLE savings plan. Amy has worked for the State of Indiana for over 12 years and has an established background in social work and case management. Prior to working for the Office of the Indiana Treasurer of State, she worked for the Indiana Department of Child Services as a Family Case Manager and later proceeded to work with the DCS older youth services initiative, Collaborative Care. In this role Amy assisted with program development and implementation, while overseeing life skills training and increasing independence for former foster youth. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from Indiana University. In her current role, Amy oversees the program management and operations for the Indiana ABLE Authority. She believes offering a qualified ABLE program in Indiana will dramatically impact and improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

  • Peg Creonte

    Senior Vice President, Business Development, Ascensus College Savings

    Peg joined Ascensus College Savings in 2004. She has worked extensively on platform development and was the leader of several large client conversions. Most recently, Peg served as the Vice President of Systems Analysis and Platforms, and was responsible for business systems analysis and maintenance of the Unite platform, working closely with the technology team in the design of new Unite functionality. Previously Peg worked at Advanced Micro Devices, where she led an information technology organization responsible for AMD internal business systems, including finance, human resources, and manufacturing quality. Peg holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree from Cornell University.

  • Paul Curley

    Director of College Savings Research, Strategic Inisght

    Paul Curley, CFA, joined Strategic Insight (SI) as a research analyst in 2008 and currently oversees 529 and ABLE market data, research, events and digital products and services for institutional clients. He is the primary SI contact for proprietary data aggregation and analysis of 529 savings plans, 529 prepaid plans and ABLE accounts, and authors SI’s weekly, quarterly and annual business intelligence publications on the college financial planning market. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the 529 Dash e-newsletter and the 529 Insiders website for financial advisers, institutions and the media; the website also provides marketing services for program managers. Before joining Strategic Insight, Paul was at Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P. as a fixed-income operations analyst. He also worked in the global treasury and custody fund accounting areas of Investors Bank & Trust. Paul received an MBA from Boston College, where he was awarded the Anne Murphy Award for outstanding contri­bution to the program, and was accepted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Emory University.

  • Phoebe Del Castillo

    Senior Product Leader - Managed Investments, Edward Jones

    Phoebe del Castillo joined Edward Jones in January 2019 to lead the Managed Investments team focused on Strategic Partners. In her role, she is responsible for the execution and alignment of messaging and services delivered to help financial advisors and their clients. She works closely with strategic partners in the Mutual Fund, ETF, 529, and UIT business to achieve this alignment. Prior to joining the firm, she spent time at E*TRADE and Merrill Lynch in a variety of roles. At E*TRADE, she was responsible for the Mutual Funds and ETFs product team, as well as their advisory platform. Under her leadership, the commission-free ETF platform grew and advisory assets tripled. She also led the launch of their robo-advisor program and the 2-click portfolio purchase platform. At Merrill Lynch, she managed the day-to-day business of the Rep as Portfolio Manager program with over $100 billion AUM. She also spent time as a Fixed Income trader and a Financial Planning Specialist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey and her Masters from Stern, NYU. A native of the Philippines, she speaks Tagalog fluently. She enjoys traveling with her husband and trying different cuisines.

  • Scott De Varona

    Division Director MiABLE, Michicgan Department of Treasury

    Scott is the Director of the MiABLE Disability Savings Program. He has been with MiABLE since its creation in November of 2016.  In this capacity, Scott is responsible for the MiABLE program’s day to day operations, strategic planning, outreach, marketing, and administration. Furthermore, Scott directs a division within the Office of Post-Secondary Financial Planning, assisting borrowers, students, and their families finance post high school education. Scott has worked for the State for 20 years in various positions within the Departments of Treasury & Health & Human Services. Scott holds a BA in Business Administration from Northwood University and an MBA from the De Vos Graduate School of Management. Scott lives in Grand Ledge, Michigan with his wife and 2 children.

  • Fernando Diaz

    Chief Financial Product Officer and Executive Director of College Savings, Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs

    Fernando Diaz serves as the Chief Financial Product Officer for Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. Under this role, he leads the teams overseeing the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, the ABLE Program (Achieving a Better Life Experience), and the 529 College Savings Programs: Bright Start and Bright Directions.    Prior to joining the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer, Fernando spent over 10 years in higher education; specifically focusing on Enrollment Management and Student Affairs initiatives.    Born and raised in Chicago, IL he is a product of the Chicago Public Schools system.  He completed his bachelor’s in Political Science and master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Chicago State University.  He also earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

  • Jim DiUlio

    Director/Chair, Wisconsin 529 College Savings Program And College Savings Plans Network (CSPN)

    Jim DiUlio, Director, Wisconsin 529 College Savings Program And Chair, College Savings Plans Network (CSPN) Jim is the administrator of Wisconsin’s 529 College Savings Program which includes the Tomorrow’s Scholar advisor-sold and RIA plan, the Edvest direct-sold plan and the legacy Tuition Units plan; the program is now celebrating twenty-two years of higher education savings. He also directs compliance and is the investment officer for the $5 billion of assets held in trust for families nationwide. Previously a Series 24 FINRA-registered principal, he led 403(b) retirement plans for public school and college professionals, and early in his career placed families in then-brand-new college savings accounts. For the past seven years Jim has served on the Executive Board and is the current Chair of the College Savings Plan Network (CSPN), the national association of 529 plan administrators, experts, and corporate affiliates. He is also active in pre-college volunteer work with the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He earned a degree in biology and social sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and is a frequent speaker, panelist, and broadcast guest on program governance, plan design, asset allocation, financial literacy and wellness topics.

  • Mark Edblom

    Associate Product Manager-Mutual Funds and ETFs, RBC Wealth Management

    I’ve been involved with the 529 plan product since 2000 when I worked on the development of the Tomorrow’s Scholar 529 product for American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise).  In the years that followed, my product management experience has included 529 plans both on the asset manager and broker dealer sides of the business.

  • Pamela Ellis

    Associate General Counsel, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB)

    Pamela Ellis is Associate General Counsel for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). She provides legal expertise and support associated with the development of regulations governing municipal market professionals, including dealers and municipal advisors. Among her areas of expertise are the MSRB’s advertising rules and the MSRB’s regulation of dealers that sell interests in 529 savings plans and ABLE programs.  Before joining the MSRB, Ms. Ellis was counsel at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP (Sutherland), where she worked for more than 15 years. At Sutherland, she advised financial institutions on the organization and operation of Section 529 savings plans; she also advised financial institutions on the development, disclosure, and administration of innovative life insurance products, including variable, indexed and fixed products. Further, Ms. Ellis served on the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Investment Management.   Ms. Ellis earned an A.B. from Wellesley College as a Wellesley College Scholar with Honors in Political Science and a juris doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law.    About the MSRB  The MSRB protects investors, state and local governments and other municipal entities, and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. The MSRB fulfills this mission by regulating the municipal securities firms, banks and municipal advisors that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. To further protect market participants, the MSRB provides market transparency through its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, the official repository for information on all municipal bonds. The MSRB also serves as an objective resource on the municipal market, conducts extensive education and outreach to market stakeholders, and provides market leadership on key issues. The MSRB is a Congressionally-chartered, self-regulatory organization governed by a 21-member board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is subject to oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Richard Ellis

    Senior Director for Compliance, Finance and Investments, my529

    Mr. Ellis is the Senior Director for Compliance, Finance and Investments at my529. He joined my529 in November 2015. Prior to that, he served seven years as Utah State Treasurer. Mr. Ellis is also a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Other professional experience includes serving as Chief Deputy State Treasurer, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and Executive Director of the Department of Administrative Services for the state of Utah.  Mr. Ellis served on the board of trustees for the Utah Retirement Systems and chaired the Utah Council for Financial and Economic Education. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Marriott School of Business, Brigham Young University where he taught investments and cash management. Mr. Ellis was actively involved with the National Association of State Treasurers having served as the association’s president in 2014. He received the NAST Harlan Boyles/Edward T. Alter Distinguished Service Award in 2011, the Jesse M. Unruh Award in 2015 and the Lucille Maurer Award in 2018. He received his MBA from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University.

  • Adam Faccone

    Director, Stable Value Product Management, Prudential Financial

    Adam is a Director on the Institutional Stable Value Product team at Prudential Retirement. In his role, Adam oversees a deal team responsible for new business transactions and product management of the Synthetic and Traditional GIC Institutional Stable Value products. Prior to joining the Stable Value team in 2011, Adam held various finance roles within Enterprise Discontinued Business Solutions, Individual Life Insurance and Prudential Capital Group. Adam earned a B.S. in finance from the University of Delaware, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.  Additionally, he holds Series 6 and 63 licenses.

  • Robert Farrington

    Founder, The College Investor

    Robert Farrington is the founder of The College Investor, a leading personal finance website that helps individuals get out of student loan debt and start investing.

  • Andrea Feirstein

    Managing Director, AKF Consulting Group

    Andrea Feirstein is a Managing Director with AKF Consulting Group, which she formed in March 2002.  Over the last seventeen-plus years, Ms. Feirstein has advised forty-one public administrators of consumer-facing, state-run investment plans, including 529, ABLE and Secure Choice Programs.  In all, Ms. Feirstein has over 34 years’ experience in the municipal finance industry.  From 1999 to 2002, she managed the proprietary 529 business for Citigroup Asset Management, with overall responsibility for engagements with the States of Colorado and Illinois.   Previously she was an investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney’s Municipal Securities Division (1987 to 1999, now Citigroup), and she was a bond lawyer with Brown & Wood (1984 to 1987, now Sidley Austin LLP).  Ms. Feirstein is active in the National Association of State Treasurers (“NAST”), where she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Public Finance, a joint venture between the NAST Foundation and Pepperdine University.   Ms. Feirstein is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the New York City Industrial Development Agency (the “IDA”), Build New York City (“BNYC”), and the Randalls Island Park Alliance (“RIPA”).   She chairs the Finance Committees of the IDA and BNYC, and she serves as Treasurer of RIPA, where she also chairs the Finance Committee and previously chaired the Audit Committee.  Ms. Feirstein graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Tax Review.  She is an SEC-registered, MSRB-licensed Municipal Advisor (Series 50), and was previously a FINRA-licensed Registered Representative (Series 7), Municipal Principal (Series 53) and Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63).   She is a retired member of the New York Bar Association.

  • Tarun Garg

    Director, Head of College Savings, BlackRock

    Tarun Garg, CFA, Director, is Head of BlackRock USWA College Savings Business (529). In this role, he leads strategy, relationship and business development across BlackRock / iShares branded college savings plans (State of Ohio, State of Arkansas), Merrill Lynch NextGen plan and investment only relationships spanning multiple states and program managers. Tarun joined BlackRock in 2006 as a relationship manager for BlackRock’s largest client (Merrill Lynch) covering Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds and separately managed accounts (SMAs) designed for non-US investors in Latin America, EMEA and Asia. Over time he added coverage of non-US products for Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wells Fargo as well as alternative investments (hedge funds, private equity) and institutional products (Liability Driven Investing) for Merrill Lynch’s US based clients. He was previously also head of USWA National Accounts strategy and client partnerships. Before joining BlackRock, Tarun was a management consultant specializing in the auto industry. He started his career as a computer programmer in 1999. Tarun earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management with a term at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is qualified as a certified financial planner (CFP), is a CFA charterholder and holds FINRA series 7, 63, 24 and 51 licenses. Tarun resides in the Princeton area with his wife and 3 kids. 

  • Ben Gibbons

    Director of Marketing, Ohio Tuition Trust Authority

    For twenty three years, Ben Gibbons has promoted, advocated for, and shared the story of the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority and Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage. Ben now serves as the Director of Marketing, overseeing marketing, digital and strategic communications and outreach, for one of the oldest, largest and best regarded 529 college savings plans in the country. During his time with the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, Ohio’s 529 Plan has grown from approximately 50,000 customers with $250 million invested in 1996, to almost 641,000 customers with assets under management of $11.9 billion today.

  • Deborah Goodkin

    Managing Director - Saving Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

    Deborah joined First National Bank of Omaha in 2010 and is the Managing Director, Savings Plans including NEST, Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans and Enable Savings Plans. She is responsible for all aspects of development, implementation, sales, marketing, continuous improvement and management. Her experience includes over 22 years in the financial services industry including launching proprietary mutual funds for TIAA-CREF and managing college savings plans at TIAA-CREF, Citigroup, Legg Mason and First National Bank of Omaha. Deborah holds the Series 7 FINRA securities license. In addition, she holds an MPA/MUP from New York University, Graduate of Public Administration, and a BA from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Deborah is delighted to discuss the role of employers in gathering assets for the college savings industry.

  • Peter Greenberger

    Director of Mutual Fund & 529 Plan Product Management, Raymond James

    Peter Greenberger, CFA®, CFP® is the Director of Mutual Fund & 529 Plan Product Management at Raymond James. In this role, he is responsible for due diligence, selection, and oversight of both the mutual fund and 529 plan platforms. Prior to this, he led the research, selection, and monitoring of individual mutual funds that are part of the firms Highly Recommended Funds list. Additionally, he has put in place processes that have standardized and institutionalized the research of the team. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Strategy and Asset Allocation Committees.  He is also a committee member for the Financial Service Institute’s Due Diligence Council and is member of the Investment Company Institute’s Research Committee.  He began his career with Raymond James in 2007 as a research analyst on the international equity team, focusing on both developed and developing market equity managers. From 2002 to 2007 Peter worked at AllianceBernstein L.P. in New York. His responsibilities included developing investment policy statements for trusts, endowments, foundations and ultra-high-net-worth families, including asset allocation and investment decisions. Prior to this he served as the manager for the firm’s executive compensation accounting team.  Peter holds a B.S. and M.A. in organizational psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and Columbia University, respectively.

  • Alex Heuer

    Associate Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Peachjar

    Alex Heuer is the Associate Director of Business Development at Peachjar. For the past 2 years, Alex has helped direct-sold 529 plans across the nation, reach millions of K-12 families and increase revenue through easy and effective school-approved communication.

  • Madeline Hume

    Analyst, Manager Research, Morningstar

    Madeline Hume is a manager research analyst for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. She covers multi-asset and alternative fund strategies. In her current role, Hume has focused on objectives-based strategies, including rating target date funds, 529 plans, and co-authoring the 2019 529 College Savings Plan Landscape.   Before assuming her current role in 2018, Hume was a client services representative for the Morningstar Office and Morningstar Direct platforms.  Hume holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business.

  • Brock Jolly

    Founder and Financial Advisor, The College Funding

    In early 2000, when Brock Jolly launched his financial planning career, he was optimistic about the future—he had landed his dream job and the financial markets were doing phenomenally well. A few months later, the dot com bubble burst, causing many of Brock’s prospective clients to lose a significant amount of their wealth and, although he didn’t know it at the time, forever changing Brock’s career path. Because of the market downturn, many parents sought Brock’s advice regarding how to pay for their children’s college education. After doing significant research, he determined that many of his peers didn’t really understand how financial aid and the college funding process worked. He sought to educate parents around this agonizing and fear-inducing topic and discovered his niche. In 2002, Brock founded The College Funding Coach® with one goal in mind: teaching parents how to pay for college for their kids without sacrificing their own retirement savings. His refreshing and somewhat unconventional workshop, “Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College” was originally taught in all of the counties in and around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area through adult education programs, directly with public and private schools, as well as with many businesses and community organizations. As word spread about the program, advisors around the country have joined The College Funding Coach® team to bring this critical message to parents, and to help solve what is a perpetual problem facing the financial services industry—connecting great advisors with quality prospects on a regular and consistent basis. Brock graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), and holds many other industry designations, including Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Certified Family Business Specialist (CFBS®). Brock is a founding partner of the wealth management firm Veritas Financial, LLC, headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and has been recognized as a top performer within the financial planning community. In 2011, he was named the national Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. From 2012 to 2014, Jolly served   as the chairman of NAIFA’s Investment Committee, where he worked closely with association leadership to manage the reserve account. In 2014, he was elected by his peers to serve as a National Trustee for NAIFA—the youngest trustee ever elected; and he now serves as the National Treasurer of the organization. In 2015, Brock was awarded the Legacy Award by the Greater Washington Helping Hands Society in recognition for his longstanding service to the Foundation, the financial services industry, the highest standards of professional conduct, and unselfish community service. In his spare time, Brock enjoys traveling, distance running, SCUBA diving and playing ice hockey. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Lauren, their young son, Bryson, and a rescued pit bull, “Chico.”

  • Jordan Lee

    Founder & CEO, CollegeBacker

    Jordan is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and product leader with a policy background. Prior to founding CollegeBacker in 2015, he was a senior product manager at ClearSlide, founder of a Y-Combinator-backed startup, and a researcher at the Brookings Institution. CollegeBacker’s focus on financial inclusion and college access is motivated by his own improbable tour of American higher education, where he pursued a doctorate in political science at Princeton University and earned degrees from Harvard and Yale. He is the lead investment adviser representative at CollegeBacker and holds a Series 65 license

  • Stacey MacPhetres

    Senior Director, College Finance, Bright Horizons College Coach

    Stacey MacPhetres Senior Director, College Finance, Bright Horizons College Coach Stacey MacPhetres has devoted 28+ year career to higher education finance, student loan repayment and financial literacy. Stacey has been with Bright Horizons College Coach for over 6 years and regularly presents on a range of education finance related topics including; Saving for College, Paying for College, Education Loan Repayment Strategies, Money Management for Young Professionals and more. With extensive experience as an education finance and student loan expert at Bright Horizons College Coach and in financial aid administration at Emerson College and Elms College, Ms. MacPhetres has counseled thousands of students and families through the college saving, college finance and education loan repayment process. In addition, she spent more than a decade working as a vice president in education finance at JPMorgan Chase, where she was responsible for managing federal and private loan portfolios and financial literacy programs.  Ms. MacPhetres also served as a consultant in financial aid for Mount Holyoke College.  Stacey holds a B.A. in Political Science from Marist College and a M.A. in Political Communication / Marketing from Emerson College. She is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and a member of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education.

  • Michael Morris

    Executive Director, ABLE National Resource Center

    Michael Morris is the Executive Director of National Disability Institute (NDI). He has more than 30 years of experience in and outside of government pioneering new strategies to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Mr. Morris serves as an advisor and technical expert to multiple federal agencies on policy and systems relationships at federal, state and local levels to advance economic stability, mobility and asset development for persons with disabilities. Mr. Morris was actually involved in the passage of the ABLE Act and is the founder of the ABLE National Resource Center, a collaboration of 20 of the largest national disability organizations. On an annual basis, over one million individuals visit the ABLE NRC website and participate in monthly webinars, featuring ABLE subject matter experts.  In 1981, he was named the first Joseph P. Kennedy Fellow in Public Policy and came to Washington, D.C. to work in the Office of Connecticut Senator Lowell Weicker, as legal counsel to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Disability. Mr. Morris also served subsequently as counsel to the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee. From Capitol Hill, he went to work at United Cerebral Palsy Association as the Director of government relations, then as Director of community services and finally as national Executive Director. During his 14-year tenure, his leadership put a focus on needed assistive technology and its essential role in accommodating people with disabilities in the areas of employment, education, communications and daily living. In 2005, Mr. Morris helped establish NDI to advance the social and economic independence of persons with disabilities through strategic investment and technical assistance activities nationwide that bring together government, corporations, foundations and community and faith-based organizations.  Mr. Morris received his undergraduate degree with honors in Political Science from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio and his law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Topaz Morrison

    AVP, Product Management, LPL Financial

    Responsible for ongoing management of mutual fund, ETF and 529 plan product offerings at LPL Financial.

  • Kaprel Ozsolak

    Founding Partner, Spectra Professional Services

    Kaprel Ozsolak is one of Spectra’s founding partners. He brings 25 years of experience to the organization. Previously, Mr. Ozsolak was the chief financial officer for Legg Mason mutual funds, overseeing all treasury, shareholder reporting, board reporting, vendor oversight and a wide range of other fund administration functions. He was active in the firm’s successful launch of several innovative and complex new products. Prior to joining one of Legg Mason’s predecessor firms as controller in 1996, Mr. Ozsolak spent seven years at Ernst & Young, providing assurance services to clients, primarily specializing in financial services and asset management firms. Mr. Ozsolak has served at the ICI Accounting and Treasurers Committee as well as Accounting Policy Subcommittee. He has also helped plan ICI’s annual Tax and Accounting Conference and was a speaker on several panel discussions speaking on a variety of subjects. Mr. Ozsolak received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in finance and accounting from Bogazici University in 1989.

  • LaKesha Page

    Director of College Savings and ABLE TN , Tennessee Department of Treasury

    LaKesha Page is the Director of College Savings and ABLE TN for the State of Tennessee Treasury Department.  LaKesha has fourteen years of experience working in college savings and over eighteen years of experience as a public servant with the Treasury Department.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from Fisk University, and she is a graduate of the State of Tennessee’s Government Management Institute (TGMI) and Government Executive Institute (TGEI).

  • Jon Pagnozzi

    Sales Director, CollegeInvest

    As Director of Sales for CollegeInvest Jon is a passionate advocate for increasing access to higher education for Colorado residents. In this role he is responsible for leading the sales group in strategically developing relationships with Colorado financial professionals and tasked with ensuring CollegeInvest is the education leader in Colorado for 529 plans.   Jon Pagnozzi is an expert in business management, relationship building and consultative sales. He is a frequent guest speaker within the financial community and teacher of continuing education courses.

  • Thomas A. Pappas

    Vice President-Advertising, FINRA

    Thomas A. Pappas is Vice President of the FINRA Advertising Regulation Department, which regulates the advertisements, sales literature and correspondence used by FINRA member firms. His responsibilities include rule development, management of the filing and surveillance programs and related enforcement activities. He served in the same role at NASD before its 2007 consolidation with NYSE Member Regulation, which resulted in the formation of FINRA. He was previously registered with Davenport & Company LLC. He received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Richmond and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Sarah Pennington

    Brand Manager, ABLEnow

    Sarah Pennington serves as Brand Manager for ABLEnow, the national ABLE savings program offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia. With accounts in all 50 states, ABLEnow is one of the fastest-growing ABLE programs in the country. Prior to joining ABLEnow in 2016, Sarah worked in a variety of communications roles in other government agencies and private-sector organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree from West Virginia University. Sarah lives in Richmond, Va. and enjoys serving the community as a volunteer through the Junior League and as a volleyball coach with the Special Olympics of Virginia.

  • Rob Percival

    Senior Vice President, Ascensus Government Savings

    Rob has 23 years of financial services experience, having served 6 years at Fidelity Investments before joining AGS in 2002. In his current role, Rob handles client management for 529 plans across key business partners.  He also oversees the firm’s ABLE strategy and implementation. Prior to these roles, Rob led the Operational Risk Management & Analytics team since its inception in 2012. Under his leadership, the team facilitated all aspects of operational controls and audit, client service training and quality assurance, information security, and data analytics. During his tenure at AGS, Rob has been responsible for business development, project management, and previously served as relationship manager for the states of Arkansas and North Carolina. While at Fidelity, Rob was a Reporting Manager in the 529 College Investment Trust, Client Service Manager in the Variable Annuities Group, and a Product Manager in the Legal Product Group. While in the 529 group, Rob was actively involved in the initial implementation of the 529 programs for New Hampshire and Delaware. Rob holds a B.A. in Economics and Communication from Stonehill College, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Economics, as well as FINRA Series 6, 7, and 24 licenses.

  • Richard Polimeni

    Director of Education Savings Programs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Richard Polimeni is Director of Education Savings Programs for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, Richard is responsible for managing Merrill Lynch’s $13 billion 529 College Savings business. Merrill Lynch is one of the largest distributors of 529 plans to consumers and is the program manager for one of the country’s largest 529 plans, Maine’s NextGen College Investing Plan, as well as the distributor of 18 other state 529 programs. Richard is also Chair of the College Savings Foundation (CSF), a leading nonprofit helping American families save for higher education. Previously, he served in other leadership roles on the CSF Executive Committee as both Vice Chair and Secretary. Additionally, Richard has contributed to the organization over the years as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, the Conference Committee, and the Media Committee. Prior to joining Bank of America in 2002, Richard spent 15 years with Smith Barney/Citigroup where he helped launch two of the country’s first 529 college savings programs for the states of Colorado (Scholars Choice in 1999) and Illinois (Bright Start in 2000). During his more than 30 years of financial services industry experience, Richard has held various sales, marketing, operational, and management positions supporting retirement and education savings products. Richard is Series 7, 63, 66 and 53 registered (Municipal Securities Principal) and earned a degree in Business Management from Brookdale College.

  • Chuck Ranney

    Vice President, Mutual Funds and 529 Plans, Ameriprise Financial

    Chuck Ranney is Vice President of Mutual Fund & 529 Plans within the Wealth Management Solutions organization at Ameriprise Financial. He oversees the product offering, distribution strategy and relationship management of asset managers with a focus on developing and implementing sales strategies for partner firms to drive business results. Chuck has been with Ameriprise Financial for 19 years, spending the first four years working in the Service Delivery organization before joining the External Products Group as a Product Analyst in 2004. A year later he became a Product Manager working with mutual fund partner firms and has had oversight of all mutual fund and 529 plan product/relationship management since 2009. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Economics.

  • Tami Salmon

    Associate General Counsel, ICI

    Tami Salmon is Senior Associate Counsel of the Investment Company Institute (ICI) where she handles a variety of state and federal issues relating to mutual funds, 529 plans,  broker-dealers, municipal advisors, and investment advisers.  Among other ICI groups and committees, she runs ICI’s Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer, 529 Plan, International Internal Audit, and International Compliance Advisory Committees.  She also provides legal support services to ICI’s Technology, CISO, and Transfer Agent Advisory Committees.  She represents the ICI on the National Business Coalition on E-Commerce and Privacy and serves as the Coalition’s Vice Chair.  Prior to joining the ICI, she served for eight years as the Assistant Director of the Florida Division of Securities and for two years as an attorney with the Florida House of Representatives’ Commerce Committee, where her duties included drafting and analyzing legislation relating to the financial services industry.  She graduated magna cum laude from Salem Women’s College and magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Florida State University College of Law.  She is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the bar associations of the State of Florida, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • David Smith

    Managing Director, Marquette Associates

    David H. Smith is a managing director for Marquette Associates and serves on the firm’s executive committee. An owner of the firm, Dave has been with the company since 2009 and has 22 years of investment experience. He serves as the lead investment consultant on key client relationships.  Prior to joining Marquette, Dave was a vice president of investor relations at Northern Trust Asset Management where he was responsible for servicing large institutional investors. He began his career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange with a Eurodollar derivatives trading firm.  Dave holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Richmond, an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.  Dave is a CFA charterholder and serves on the board of directors of the CFA Society of Chicago. He is co-chair of the Investment Management Alumni Roundtable at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, serves on The Goodman Theater Scenemakers Board, and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

  • Jonathan Sparling

    Associate Director of College Planning and Education, Massachusetts Education Financing Authority

    Jonathan joined MEFA in 2018.  In his role, Jonathan works with all MEFA partners, across a broad spectrum of services, to support their work with students and families navigating the college planning, saving and financing process. Before joining MEFA, Jonathan worked in the financial aid office at WPI and more recently at American Student Assistance.  Jonathan received his BA/MA from Assumption College and MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He also holds the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) designation through the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education (AFCPE) and currently serves as co-chair for the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Conference Committee.

  • Stuart Spielman

    Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Autism Speaks

    Stuart Spielman is senior vice president of advocacy for Autism Speaks. He joined Autism Speaks in 2008 as senior policy advisor and counsel after a long legal career and years of advocacy as a volunteer. Stuart advocates on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies for research and services that can improve the lives of children and adults on the autism spectrum. He has worked on the passage and the implementation of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) for the past decade. Stuart holds a juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and a master in laws in taxation from the New York University School of Law. He and his wife Mona are the parents of two sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.

  • Chris Stack

    Managing Consultant, Savingforcollege.com

    Chris Stack, Esq. Managing Consultant, Savingforcollege.com, is a nationally recognized 529 authority and experienced in educational finance. An attorney for over 25 years, licensed in New York & Pennsylvania, Chris has experience in finance, investments and law relating to tax-advantaged products, including Section 529, since it became federal law in 1996. As a partner at a major New York law firm, he advocated to his state clients the benefits of 529 programs and beginning in 1997 served as the principal or participating author for a number of states’ legislation establishing 529 programs. He assisted several states implement their 529 saving programs which now service over $15B in assets. He has been leading Savingforcollege.com LLC consulting and educational services since 2001. He is intimately familiar with the provisions of Section 529 itself, as well as the various state programs. Currently, Chris advises and consults with states and investment companies, and presents nationally to employers, financial advisors, accountants, attorneys and actual investors on 529 plans. Chris is a graduate of Fordham College and Fordham University School of Law, located in New York City. He has participated in 529 programs for his two boys since 1997

  • Jennifer Tierney

    Vice President, 529 Product Manager, Morgan Stanley

    Jennifer Tierney  joined Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in November 2013 as a 529 Product Manager. In her current role, she is responsible for product and platform development for the 529 education savings business. Previously, Jennifer was with AllianceBernstein Investments for 8 years. From July 2010 to November 2013, Jennifer was a 529 Product Manager responsible for management of projects relating to the promotion, support and maintenance of the firm’s $7+ billion 529 college savings business.

  • Vivian M. Tsai

    Senior Director, Head of Relationship Management & Chair, TIAA & College Saving Foundation

    A member of TIAA’s Educational Savings business Senior Leadership team, Vivian leads the State Relationship Management and Field Consulting teams and is responsible for client relationship management. Prior to joining TIAA in 2014, Vivian spent nine years with BlackRock in institutional product management and sales roles, having led the firm’s entry into the advisor-sold 529 plan marketplace, and developed the investment only strategy launching ETF investment management within 529 plans. Vivian began her career in financial services in the wealth management businesses of Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, and has worked in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Taipei, Los Angeles and New York. Vivian is Vice Chair of the Board of the College Savings Foundation, and has been a Certified Investment Management Analyst and a Certified Private Wealth Advisor since 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Vivian has been funding her sons’ 529 plans since 1998 and 2000, and in recent years has become very familiar with the qualified withdrawal process of their 529 plans. #RideHigh #GoBears

  • Vince Randazzo

    Policy Advisor, National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

    Vince Randazzo is a public policy advisor to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in Washington, D.C., where he supports the organization’s advocacy initiatives, including those related to health care, research and financial empowerment.  He has more than three decades of professional, managerial and executive leadership experience in government, business and public policy.  Prior to becoming a consultant in 2013, Vince spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, including serving as Chief of Staff of the House Rules Committee and as a Deputy Chief of Staff of the House Financial Services Committee.  He also served as a Director of Public Policy at the Business Roundtable, and as a Senior Vice President and Head of Government Relations at Wachovia Corporation (which was acquired by Wells Fargo), and then at the PNC Financial Services Group. During that time, Vince was also an active volunteer advocate for people with Down syndrome.  He served on the boards of the Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte, and what was then called the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation, currently known as the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation.

  • Wayne Weber

    CEO and Founder, GiftofCollege.com

    Wayne Weber, CEO and Founder of GiftofCollege.com, is an entrepreneur who recognizes both the importance of higher education and the multi-generational crisis created by attempting to finance it.     Since 2008, Wayne has been passionate about providing a simple and easy way for friends, family and employers to help save and pay for higher education expenses.  With this in mind, he developed GiftofCollege.com into a leading crowdfunding platform.  In doing so, he created a new channel of awareness for 529 college savings plans while also helping families with student loan debt.  His products and innovations include an award-winning first-of-its-kind Gift of College gift card and a financial wellness benefit solution for employers.

  • Emma Willis

    Executive Director 529 Programs and Financial Literacy, Arkansas Treasurer of State

    Emma Willis was named Executive Director of the state’s 529 College Investment Plans in November of 2016. Willis has over 10 years of experience in the Arkansas Treasurer’s Office. She also serves as Director of the AR ABLE program, having spearheaded the launch in October of 2018. Emma has taken the Arkansas 529 College Investment Plan in a dramatic direction of innovation and community engagement, having launched the nation’s first 529 mobile app and partnering with organizations across not only the state, but the nation. Her relentless hard work has affected families all over Arkansas from the Marshallese to the children in foster care. Emma serves a chairman for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Rogers Development council, Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Arkansas, Chamber board of Directors Rogers, and Pay it Forward. Willis graduated from Philander Smith College with a degree in Business Administration and Computer Science. Emma is also the proud parent of her 13-year-old son Kyle who attends Arkansas Arts Academy. Emma works tirelessly to pursue the dream that one day, every child will realize that higher education is within their grasp, and theirs for the taking.

Special Sessions

“529 Essentials Seminar” (pre-conference session – September 23)
Whether you are new to the college financial planning market or a seasoned pro, this insightful full-day seminar will drill down into the mechanics of 529 plans and provide you with a clear understanding of the ever-evolving tax, regulatory, governance, financial aid, investment and operational implications driving the market today.

ABLE Deep-Dive Afternoon Summit (post-conference session – September 25)
With the launch of ABLE accounts in 2016, we’re dedicating an entire afternoon to product training, news and trends on how firms are involved in the industry, and how firms can successfully participate in the industry from a consumer, product, marketing, distribution and outlook perspective.

Sponsorship Information:
Austin Ulep
Director, Key Accounts
617-913-0571
austin.ulep@strategic-i.com

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Carol Popkins
Senior Vice President, Global Event Operations
203-461-0985
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