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Agenda - as of 3/6/13

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SUNDAY, March 10, 2013
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Welcome Cocktail Reception

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MONDAY, March 11, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Address:

David Laibson,
Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics,
Harvard University

The saving myth
With the advent of auto-features, it appears that we now know how to get people to save successfully for retirement. In fact, retirement savings accounts are still not working well. Numerous problems, including low default contribution rates, low match thresholds, and pre-retirement leakage, have left about half of US households with inadequate retirement accumulations. It is possible to solve these problems with simple policies, but at the moment there are barriers to adoption at both the corporate and governmental level. Professor Laibson will discuss strategies for overcoming some of these barriers.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

How to build a successful financial wellness program

This session will demonstrate how to build a successful financial wellness program from the perspective of both the employee and the employer's bottom line. We will address today's ever challenging business environment finding the rewards for both participant and employer as we learn:

  • Ways participants can manage money better
  • How to allocate participant savings
  • The joy in having a Spending and Saving Plan (and following it)
  • Where to find the money to save for retirement
  • How financially “well” employees make better employees

Marina L. Edwards, Senior Consultant | Benefits Advisory & Compliance, Towers Watson

Josh Kimerer
, CFO, Pacific Coast Companies, Inc.
Tina Stamato
, Manager, Savings Plan Operations, Pfizer, Inc.
Stephen Ulian, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Francie Purnell, Corporate Manager, Retirement Benefit Plans, Republic National Distributing Co.

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
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11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Guaranteed income at retirement: What are today's issues?

What are the best approaches today for helping participants manage the payout phase of their accounts? There is no topic hotter on the minds of plan sponsors. But, the questions still remain:

  • What’s holding companies back from jumping on board
  • Why the low participation rates
  • How do you decide between in-plan and out-of-plan offerings
  • Does size matter
  • What are the latest innovations

Mendel Melzer, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, The Newport Group

Eva Marie Chavis-Cumming, SPHR, AVP/Director Retirement Plans, Fidelity National Financial, Inc.
Stacy Schaus, Executive Vice President, DC Practice Leader, PIMCO
Tim Walsh, Managing Director, Institutional Product, TIAA-CREF
Rachel Weker, Vice President, Retirement Income Strategy, T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc.

12:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Eddy Awards Luncheon and Presentation

Nancy Webman, Editor, Pensions & Investments

1:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
TRACK A: A deep dive into DC plans’ capital preservation options.

Defined contribution plan executives are questioning the use of stable value and money markets funds for a myriad of reasons. What are the challenges these investments face, and what are some alternatives?

Lori Lucas, CFA, Executive Vice President and Defined Contribution Practice Leader, Callan Associates Inc.

Peter M. Chappelear, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Michael L. Davis, Senior Vice President, Head of the Stable Value, Prudential Retirement
Josh Kruk, Managing Director, Head of Stable Value Portfolio Management, Dwight Asset Management/GSAM
Keith Overly, Executive Director, Ohio Deferred Compensation

TRACK B: “Retirement” is it still relevant?

Is retirement still a relevant term or do we need a new word? Nowadays, retirement to some people means leaving the job you got a regular paycheck from for years. But many people are still working in some capacity; many are so active they don't feel 'retired' at all. What new term should be coined and what are the dangers in de-emphasizing 'retirement?'

Jordan Nault, Principal, Mercer Investment Consulting, Inc.

Fredrik Axsater, CFA,Global Head of Defined Contribution, State Street Global Advisors
Matt Fellowes, CEO and Founder, HelloWallet
Ed Waldvogel, VP Pension Investments, The Kroger Co.

2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Transition Break
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Target Date Fund Best Practices
Join in a lively discussion on the latest trends and best practices of today’s DC target date funds:
  • Active vs. passive
  • Proprietary options vs. open architecture
  • Glide path and risk-based analysis
  • Income replacement implications
  • Embedding alternative investments in the funds
  • Dynamic asset allocation within a strategic framework

Frederick Stewart, Managing Director, Southeast Region, Portfolio Evaluations, Inc.

Robert Boyda, Head of Global Asset Allocation, Senior Portfolio Manager
John Hancock Asset Management
Stephen Deschenes, Defined Contributions Practice Leader, The Capital Group
Jim Sia, CFA, Defined Contribution Practice Leader, GMO, LLC
Dan Zelazny, Director of Retirement, Sub-Advisory Group, AQR Capital Management

The changing world of employer matches and non-match contributions

This session will look at the significant major moves in match timing. What effect does such a move have on participants or on the sponsoring organization?

Also, more employers are adding or increasing non-match contributions to their defined contribution plans. Under what circumstances (perhaps when the DB plan is frozen) does this make sense? How much is the typical non-matched contribution? How is the amount determined, such as by a profit-sharing formula or by some other method?

Patti Balthazor Björk, Director of Retirement Research, Aon Hewitt

Jaime Erickson, Retirement Benefits Director, NBCUniversal
Dan Dismukes, Retirement, Relocation & Financial Portfolio Manager, UPS
Ed Gleason, Sr. Specialist, Plan Manager, American Airlines, Inc.

3:50 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Networking Break
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4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
TRACK A: A sharp focus on core fixed-income lineups

Given concerns over the future of bond returns, how should core fixed-income options be evaluated and structured to ensure they are sufficient? What kinds of strategies are possible to include in core fixed-income?

Ross Bremen, CFA, Partner, NEPC

Kamal Bhatia, Senior VP & Product Director, Fixed Income & Alternatives, OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
Daniel McManus, CFA, Supervisor, Pensions and Investments, Air Line Pilots Association International
Michael A. Mata, Head of Multi-Sector Fixed Income Strategies, ING U.S. Investment Management
Matthew O'Hara, PhD, CFA, Managing Director, Head of Research and Product Development, BlackRock US & Defined Contribution Group

TRACK B: Cutting edge approaches to DC plan fees
Plan sponsors have been focusing heavily on fees due to the Department of Labor’s fee disclosure regulations. Not only have they paid special attention to the level of fees paid for services such as plan administration, but they are also revisiting the way fees are paid.

  • Is revenue sharing the right approach
  • How do you move away from revenue sharing if you want to
  • How can fee payments be made more equitable
  • Should plan sponsors consider expense reimbursement accounts or rebating fees back to participants when there is excess revenue sharing in the plan

This session will delve into the latest thinking in plan fee payment approaches.

Jennifer Flodin, Managing Partner, Plan Sponsor Advisors

Arne Lemke, Divisional Vice President, Compensation and Benefits, Bealls Department Stores
Lori Commerford,Vice President,Consultant Relations Manager, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
Edward P. Mooney, Jr., Managing Director, Artisan Partners

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Networking Cocktail Reception
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TUESDAY, March 12, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Networking Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsored by:

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Keith Overly, Executive Director, Ohio Deferred Compensation (Conference Co-Chair)

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:

Dr. Ed Yardeni,President, Yardeni Research, Inc.

What if there is no end to the Endgame? Most equity investors have been fully-invested bears. They all share the view that eventually “this will all end badly.” As a result, the bull market in stocks since March 2009 has been a series of relief rallies following “Apocalypse Now!” corrections. Betting on the endgame scenario has been a better investment strategy in the bond market than in the stock market. There are still plenty of potential apocalyptic scenarios including a fiscal meltdown in the US, another Greek-led Euro crisis, a hard landing in China, and Armageddon in the Persian Gulf. However, the future might be much brighter than widely expected andstocks could have another good year in 2013, and maybe beyond.

9:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Eddy and Innovators awards winners reveal how they created winning programs
The Eddys recognize best practices in investment education for plan participants, while the Innovators reward plan sponsors for gutsy moves that have a positive outcome. Learn how and why the panelists created winning programs and what obstacles they overcame.

  • What’s next on the horizon from forward thinking Innovator winners
  • Hear how can we do what we do better
  • Find out if education can lead to action
  • What role does technology play
Including a “must see” advances in technology.

Amy Resnick, Executive Editor, Pensions & Investments

Gay Lynn Bath,
Deferred Compensation Manager Oregon Savings Growth Plan
Daniel Holupchinski
, Manager, Retirement Plans, Deluxe Corporation
Barbara Kontje,
Director, Global Benefits, American Express

10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Networking Break
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11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Fee litigation: What can we learn from ERISA litigation? And, how can we stay out of jail?

As DC fee lawsuits make their way through the court system, the industry has been confronted with some conflicting and even surprising rulings, raising a number of questions about best practices in DC plan management. This session examines recent fee lawsuit cases, and explores what their outcomes are teaching us.

  • Have the basic rules of procedural prudence changed?
  • How are disclosures helping plans better understand fees and expense?
  • What should we expect next on the litigation front?
  • What can plan sponsors do today to “stay out of jail”

Azeez Hayne, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Joshua R. Cohen, CFA, Defined Contribution Practice Leader, Russell Investments
James Fleckner, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
Gene Paranczak, Senior Pension Consultant/ERISA Counsel, Vanguard Strategic Retirement Consulting Group

12:10p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote Address:

James M. Delaplane Jr.,
Principal - Government Relations,
The Vanguard Group

What a Status Quo Election and Continuing Fiscal Battles Mean for Retirement Plans

The November 2012 election returned to power President Obama, a Democratic Senate and a Republican House. Partisan battles over the fiscal future of the country, from the fiscal cliff to the debt ceiling to potential government shutdowns, seem to have become a permanent fixture of the policy process. In this session, Jamey Delaplane will review what these political and policy developments mean for retirement policy in 2013. How serious are the threats to the tax incentives for employer-sponsored plans? Will Congress continue the trend of steering more money into Roth vehicles? What do the Obama regulators at the Department of Labor and Treasury Department plan now that they have another four years to advance their agenda? This session seeks to answer these and other questions about how Washington developments will affect you and your participants.

2:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Post-Conference Plan Sponsor Only Round Tables
The post-conference plan sponsor-only round tables are designed specifically for idea sharing and networking with your peers. These round tables have become one of the most popular sessions of the conference. Plan sponsors, consultants and attorneys facilitate the open discussion. Closed to press.

Small-MidSize Plans: Less than $1 Billion

E. Elizabeth Dabbs, Esq., Partner, Dabbs Law Firm, LLC
Jeb Graham, CIMA®, CEBS, Retirement Plan, Consultant/Partner, CapTrust Advisors, LLC
Jesse A. McLaughlin, 401(k)/ Pension Manager, Perry Ellis International
Mark Nicolini, Budget & Management Director, Deferred Compensation Board Member, City of Milwaukee

Large plans: Over $1 Billion

Mary Nell Billings, Director, Benefits - The Americas, Global Compensation & Benefits, Hilton Worldwide
W. Colby Carter, Senior Attorney, Retirement-Compensation-Benefits, Tennessee Valley Authority
Richard P. McHugh, Partner, Porter Wright
Roger S. Williams, CFA, Senior Vice President, Segal Rogerscasey

(Open to defined contribution plan executives only)

This is one session Plan Sponsors do not want to miss.

Agenda subject to change.
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