2018 Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

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Joel Bruckenstein

Writer, Speaker, Consultant & Conference Producer T3 Conferences and Technology Hub

Freelance magazine writer, book author, virtual office consultant and fee-only financial advisor Joel P. Bruckenstein, CFP®, is the Publisher of Technology Tools for Today newsletter. He frequently contributes articles to other financial planning publications including Financial Planning magazine, Inside Information the Journal of Financial Planning, NAPFA Advisor magazine and Financial Advisor magazine. Earlier in his career, he was the Senior Technology Editor at www.MorningstarAdvisor.com.

Mr. Bruckenstein's practice management and technology books, co-authored with David Drucker Technology Tools for Today's High Margin Practice (Bloomberg Fi nancial Series, 2013) and Virtual Office Tools for a High Margin Practice (Bloomberg Press, 2002) have garnered universal praise from industry experts. An additional book by Drucker and Bruckenstein which was published by National Underwriter Company in 2004, has also received good reviews.

In addition to his writing duties, Mr. Bruckenstein is a practicing financial planner. He is the President of Global Financial Advisors, Inc., a fee only financial planning and investment advisory firm located in M iramar, Florida. Mr. Bruckenstein is a CERTIFIED FINANICIAL PLANNER™ professional, a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC), and a Certified Fund Specialist (CFS). He is a former President of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of the Greater Hudson Valley and former Chair of the FPA Government Relations Tax Subcommittee. He is a member in good standing of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the premier organization of fee-only financial planners and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

Bruckenstein's expert opinions have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Investment Advisor magazine, Investment News, Gannett newspapers, New York Daily News Kiplinger's Retirement Report Journal of Financial Planning and other publications.

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Harold Evensky, CFP®

Chairman, Evensky & Katz

Harold Evensky, CFP® is Chairman of Evensky & Katz, a 30+ year fee-only investment advisory firm and Professor of Practice in the Personal Financial Planning Department at Texas Tech University.  Evensky served as Chair of the TIAA-CREF Institute Advisor Board, Chair of the CFP Board of Governors and the International CFP Council. He is on the advisory board of the Journal of Retirement Planning and is the Research Columnist for Journal of Financial Planning. Evensky is co-author of The New Wealth Management, Hello Harold and co-editor of The Investment Think Tank and Retirement Income Redesigned.

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Angie Herbers

Founder, FourPointe Consulting Partners

Angie Herbers brings over 16 years of experience guiding independent financial advisors to long-term, scalable growth by creating and executing customized growth strategies to manage human capital, mergers and acquisitions, operational, management, client service, and marketing and sales strategies. Herbers has consulted for more than 600 financial advisory firms and businesses ranging in size from $350,000 to over $100 million in revenue.

Herbers is also a columnist with Investment Advisor magazine, a blogger for ThinkAdvisor.com and a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Investment Advisor named Herbers one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Advisory Industry” in 2007, 2013 and 2015.

She lives in San Diego, California.

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Deena Katz, CFP®, LHD

Co-Chairman, Evensky & Katz / Foldes Financial, Professor, Texas Tech University, Author, Speaker & Writer

Ms. Katz is a Professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas. She is also a founding partner of Evensky & Katz / Foldes Financial, a wealth management firm, located in Coral Gables, Florida. She is an internationally recognized financial advisor and practice management expert and the author of seven books on financial planning and practice management topic and has been a contributor to many financial publications, such as Financial Planner and Financial Advisor. Ms. Katz has made many national and local television appearances.

In 2010, Ms. Katz was named as Investment Advisors “Thirty-Thirty, Most Influential Award” honoring thirty people who over the past thirty years have significantly contributed to the advancement of the planning profession. She again received the honor in 2015 in “35 for 35” Most Influential Award from Investment Advisor. She was one of the first advisors named as Financial Planning Magazine’s “Movers and Shakers” for 2001and 2008, as well as one of Accounting Today’s Top Ten Names to Know in Financial Planning, in 2001 and 2002. She has consistently been on the Investment Advisor’s Most Influential People in the Industry. In 2013, Deena and her firm received the prestigious Trailblazer Award from Charles Schwab Corporation. In 2014 she received the Iconoclast award from Bob Veres’ Insiders Forum. In 2015, she was named by Investment News as a “Woman to Watch” and in 2016 received the Alexandra Armstrong Lifetime Achievement Award, again from Investment News.

Ms. Katz is largely credited with focusing attention on the next generation of financial planners by joining the faculty at Texas Tech University and growing their Personal Financial Planning program. Her work in bridging the practitioner and academic professions together extends, not just in the United States but in countries around the world. A frequent international speaker, Deena has addressed planners in many countries including, the England, Ireland, Canada, Singapore, Japan, India, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa. In 2015-16, she served as an international judge for the Outlook Money India planning awards.

Ms. Katz is a past member of the National Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association, is past member of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Financial Planning, Past Chair of the South Plains Boy Scouts Investment Committee, and in 2009-10 served as an advisor to the Comptroller of the State of Texas on their college funding plans. In 2009, Ms. Katz testified before the

Senate Committee on Aging regarding “Boomer Bust: Securing Retirement in a Volatile Economy.”

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Vanessa Oligino

Director, Business Performance Solutions, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Vanessa Oligino is responsible for leading the business performance solutions team including the development of thought leadership, programs, tools and resources designed to drive growth and efficiency for registered investment advisors.

Prior to joining the company in 2010, Oligino held various positions at JP MorganChase, Citigroup and Pershing. Her experience spans retail banking, credit card, brokerage and securities services. Her functional practice areas include marketing, practice management and sales support.

Oligino holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently Series 7, 66 and 24 licensed.

 

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Ed Saxon, Academy Award® Winning Producer

Academy Award-winning® producer Ed Saxon has been making feature films for 25 years. As principal of his own independent production company, he has developed and produced films with Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Columbia, Paramount, and Disney Studios. Saxon’s films combined have grossed over $700M at the box office worldwide and garnered 21 nominations and 8 Academy Awards®. Saxon has been a member of the Academy since 1991.

Saxon won his first Oscar® for The Silence of the Lambs which swept Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture at the Academy Awards® categories in the same year. This film remains one of only three films in history of American cinema to achieve this distinction.

Saxon has also produced: Philadelphia, garnering two Academy Awards®, including Best Actor (Tom Hanks). Adaptation, which was nominated for 4 Academy Awards®; and the Academy Award-nominated® documentary Mandela, based on the true life story of Nelson Mandela in which he stars along with former wife Winnie Mandela. Currently Saxon has Elsa & Fred starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, directed by Academy Award-nominee® Michael Radford (Il Postino) in theaters.

Raised in St, Louis, Missouri, Ed is a graduate of the USC Peter Stark Producing Program. He received his undergraduate degree at McGill University. He has taught classes at USC, UCLA, Columbia University and NYU. He is a mentor for the Producer’s Guild, Sundance Institute, and USC. He is a board member of The Center for Body Computing at USC. He's married to the artist, Kirsten Coyne. They have two daughters and lives in Santa Monica.

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Skip Schweiss

President, TD Ameritrade Trust Company

Skip Schweiss, President of TD Ameritrade Trust Company, is responsible for TD Ameritrade Institutional's Retirement Plan Solutions platform, providing tools and support that can help independent RIAs build and grow a retirement plan business.

Schweiss is also the Managing Director of Advisor Advocacy & Industry Affairs, charged with increasing TD Ameritrade Institutional's participation and voice in the financial services industry, and with identifying key issues of importance to investment advisors and their clients.

Schweiss is widely recognized as a leading advocate supporting the fiduciary standard and the RIA model. In 2017, Investment Advisor readers named him to the magazine's first-ever Readers' Choice list of top 25 influencers. In 2016, he received the Insider's Forum Leadership Award and was elected to the Financial Planning Association's board of directors. Schweiss also was named the 2015 Fiduciary of the Year by the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard, and in 2014 was recognized by Investment Advisor editors as one of the 25 most influential industry figures.

Prior to his appointment at TD Ameritrade, Schweiss held a variety of management positions at Fiserv Investment Support Services, including serving as Executive Vice President of Fiserv Trust Company, which was acquired by TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation in February 2008.

Schweiss holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of South Dakota and an M.S. in finance from the University of Colorado. He has completed the Securities Industry Institute sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) at the Wharton School of Business. He holds Series 7 and 24 securities licenses and is a member of the Financial Planning Association.

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Mark Tibergien

Chief Executive Officer, Pershing Advisor Solutions

Mark Tibergien is Chief Executive Officer of Pershing Advisor Solutions, a BNY Mellon company. Mark is also a Managing Director for Pershing and a member of its Executive Committee. In addition, he served on BNY Mellon’s Senior Leadership Team from 2008-2018.

Prior to joining Pershing in 2007, Mark was a principal at the accounting and consulting firm, Moss Adams LLP, where he was partner-in-charge of the Business Consulting group, chairman of the Financial Services Industry group and partner-in-charge of the Business Valuation group. Previously, he was president of a nationally recognized bank and business training and consulting firm, a principal in an investment management and business valuation firm, a writer for a financial trade magazine and a general assignment newspaper and radio reporter.

Mark has worked with public and private companies on matters related to business management, transition planning and strategy formulation since 1976. This includes hundreds of independent registered investment advisors, broker-dealers, investment managers, insurance companies and other financial services organizations in the United States, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Canada.

In a 2017 Investment Advisor survey, Mark was named The Most Influential Person in Financial Services. For his contributions to the industry, in 2016 Mark was named to InvestmentNews’ Icons & Innovators list; in 2015, Private Asset Management magazine honored Mark with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Investment Advisor (IA) magazine recognized him for the 13th consecutive year as one of the “25 Most Influential People” in the financial services industry. Mark also received the 2015 Insiders Forum Leadership Award.

He is the author of four books: Practice Made Perfect, How to Value, Buy or Sell a Financial Advisory Practice, Practice Made (More) Perfect and the latest, The Enduring Advisory Firm, co-authored with Kim Dellarocca, Global Head of Segment Marketing for BNY Mellon’s Investment Services. Mark has also been a regular columnist for Investment Advisor magazine on management issues since 2005.

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Bob Veres

Editor/Publisher, Inside Information, Co-Producer, Insider’s Forum Conference

Bob Veres is editor and publisher of the Inside Information interactive guide to trends and innovations in the profession, and contributing editor and columnist for Financial Planning magazine. As a journalist, he has won several national awards, including the Jesse H. Neal Award from the American Business Media group, considered the most prestigious editorial honor in the field of specialized journalism, and the Azbee Award of Excellence from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

Over his 30-year career in the financial services world, Mr. Veres has worked as editor of Financial Planning magazine; as a contributing editor to the Journal of Financial Planning; as a columnist and editor-atlarge of Investment Advisor magazine; and as editor of Morningstar’s advisor web site: MorningstarAdvisor.com. In addition, he is a sought-out speaker for many of the planning world’s most important professional conferences.

In addition, Mr. Veres co-produces the Insider’s Forum conference for independent financial advisory firms.

Mr. Veres has been named one of the most influential people in the financial planning profession by Investment Advisor magazine and Financial Planning magazine, was granted the Special Achievement Award for service to the profession by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and the Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award from the Denver-based Financial Planning Association.

Breakout Speakers:

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Roy Ballentine, CLU, ChFC, CFP®

Executive Chairman & Founder, Ballentine Partners

Roy is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the firm. Roy dedicates his time to thought leadership, strategic oversight of client engagements, and coaching and training our team members.

Roy graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and an M.S. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. He has practiced as a fee-only financial advisor since 1984. Roy has been named repeatedly by Worth Magazine as one of the top 100 financial advisors in the United States.

Roy has served for many years on the Board of Trustees of Brewster Academy, a private secondary school located in the heart of Wolfeboro, NH. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Investment Committee. Roy serves as a Trustee of the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center in Wolfeboro, NH. Roy is a member of the statewide Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and serves on the Investment Committee.

Roy is an enthusiastic sailor, skier, and mountaineer. He has participated in several first ski descents of mountains above the Arctic Circle and has hiked, skied, and climbed extensively in the western US and Canada. He and his wife Sandy have two children and live in Wolfeboro, NH.

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Amanda Barrale

Director of Business Systems, Moneta Group

As Director of Business Systems, Amanda Barrale leads a team of professionals responsible for executing Moneta’s management system effectively and efficiently. This system is an integrated suite of information, processes, people and technology that facilitates and enables Partner-led advisor teams to deliver world-class wealth management services to their clients.

Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree from Drury University. She began her career with Moneta Group in 2007.

As part of her role, Amanda provides strategic planning input regarding technology systems to support the company’s vision, goals and strategies. She prepares business cases and tactical implementation plans to facilitate efficient processes across teams. Additionally, she is continually looking to improve tools that enhance team and employee productivity and effectiveness.

Outside of Moneta, Amanda enjoys running, walking her dogs and spending time with her husband, Casey.

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Stephanie Bogan

Founder, Educe, Inc.

With two decades of business consulting and executive coaching, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches business experience, Stephanie’s views are radically different. She shares what she’s learned about what really drives success, wealth and happiness – in life and in business – and how to overcome the hidden challenges, obstacles, and barriers that limit us all.

Stephanie is well known for business and coaching skills, and her ability to connect with top entrepreneurs and executives in ways that propel them to new heights.

She founded and was CEO of Quantuvis Consulting, a top financial services business consulting firm, for nearly two decades before selling to Genworth Financial (Fortune 200) in 2008, where she joined the Executive Team. In 2012, she left Genworth for a year of travel abroad. She then joined United Capital Wealth Advisors as SVP Client Experience & Enterprise Development, helping deepen and scale the firm’s offering nationally.

In 2014, at the apex of her career, she left it all behind and moved to Costa Rica with her family. Here, Stephanie says, is where her real learning began. She pursued her avid interest in success, leadership and behavioral and brain sciences seeking to understand what drove her, and her success. Along the way, she learned that each of us has unlimited potential, and that each of us determines our level of success.

In her 20-year career, Stephanie has authored The Power of Practice Management (Bloomberg Press), wrote a column for Financial Planning magazine, has been named an Industry Influential, spoken at nearly every major conference and remains a highly sought-after speaker, business strategist and executive coach. She currently writes the Limitless Adviser column for Investment News. In addition to her coaching work, she is a recognized industry thought leader and consults to various corporations, boards and private equity firms on trends and opportunities in the industry.

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Lisa Crafford

Vice President, Pershing Advisor Solutions, a BNY Mellon company

Lisa Crafford is a Vice President and Relationship Manager for Pershing Advisor Solutions, a BNY Mellon company. In this role, Lisa consults with Registered Investment Advisors to help them grow and strengthen their business. By providing insights, tools, and experience, Lisa helps advisors make informed decisions about how to evolve their firms.

Prior to joining Pershing Advisor Solutions in 2015, Lisa served as the Director of Business Management for 5 years with a well-known RIA in the DC Metro area. In this leadership role, Lisa was responsible for implementing business strategy, developing the firm’s human capital, and leading the teams for technology, operations, compliance, finance, and marketing.

Lisa founded Cogent Business Advisors, one of the first national study groups for COOs. In recognition of her leadership talent and insights into the management of advisory businesses, she has served as COO track coordinator for Bob Veres’ Insider’s Forum conference since 2014.

Lisa earned her MBA from The College of William and Mary as well as a Bachelor of Business with a concentration in Management and French from the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia). As a fluent French speaker, Lisa loves to add stamps to her passport and has been to over 35 countries – most recently Thailand, Greece, Spain, and China.

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Heather R. Fortner, MS, IACCP®

Partner, CCO and COO, SignatureFD

Heather is a partner, chief compliance officer and chief operating officer with SignatureFD, LLC. As chief compliance officer, Heather is responsible for ensuring SignatureFD’s compliance with legal and regulatory mandates. As chief operating officer, she works closely with the managing director, executive committee and management staff to direct, manage and oversee business strategy and firm-level projects that impact firm success, team performance and client experience.

Prior to joining SignatureFD in February of 2003, Heather was senior operations supervisor at a trust company, managing all portfolio and security operations. She also worked for an investment management firm in Marietta, Georgia, as a financial associate. Heather has a master’s degree in professional counseling, is an Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional® and holds her Series 65 securities license.

Heather, husband Brian, son Hunter, and daughter Oakley live in Acworth, Georgia.

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Yonhee C. Gordon, CFP®

Principal, COO, JMG Financial Group

As Chief Operating Officer at JMG Financial Group, Yonhee is responsible for employee development and the day-to-day operations of the firm. She focuses her efforts on organizational development to ensure the sustainability of JMG's long-term operations.

Since starting at JMG in 1986, Yonhee has presented at various industry conferences on topics ranging from career development to business management strategies, in addition to being featured in numerous leading industry publications. Prior to her current role, she served as a financial advisor and focused on cash flow management, retirement planning, investment strategies, and income and estate tax minimization.

Yonhee is a Principal of the firm, a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and spearheads JMG's involvement in community service. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a member of NAPFA and Financial Planning Association. Yonhee serves as a board member for the Youth Symphony of DuPage and is on the Executive Board and President’s Council for Almost Home Kids affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. She holds a BA in Communications from Dominican University.

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Carrie Hansen

EVP, Chief Operating Officer, President Mutual Funds, AssetMark, Inc.

Carrie leads all Operations and Service functions for the firm including Advisor Services, Trade Operations, New Business, Account Operations, Reporting, Billing and Facilities, while also overseeing all custodial relationships including AssetMark Trust Company. In addition, as President and Chairman of the Board of AssetMark's proprietary mutual fund family, Carrie directs three fund trusts, comprising 17 mutual funds, for which AssetMark serves as Advisor.

Carrie joined the firm in 2000 and has held various key roles including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining AssetMark, Carrie worked for Barclays Global Investors where she headed the Investment Operations Group in the Tokyo, Japan office.

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Matthew Jackson, CFA®

Simon-Kucher & Partners

Matthew Jackson, CFA is a director at Simon Kucher & Partners, a global consultancy focused on strategy, marketing and sales. The company is a world leader in the area of pricing.

Matthew is a management consultant based in New York with a focus on wealth management. His experience includes customer value maximization on pricing, bundling and cross product

incentivization. Matthew has a Master's Degree in classics from the University of Oxford.

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Kate Juelfs, SPHR®

Director of Service, Foster Group

In her role as the Director of Service, Kate Juelfs works closely with the teams that handle much of the service and execution at Foster Group. She splits her time between working directly with the Service Manager, the Director of IT, and the Business Analysts and also provides direction and oversight of the Human Resources function. Kate is passionate about developing a high-engagement culture by fostering effective communication and by finding ways to make technology work for users. Kate’s past work experience includes working for a regional brokerage firm as Institutional Sales Manager.

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Shaun Kapusinski, MBA, HCS

Managing Director, Operations, Sequoia Financial Group

Shaun is highly involved in his firm’s overall processes and practices that help drive their client service. He approaches problems and solutions from an operational perspective, having spent the bulk of his Sequoia career managing the operations service team. Shaun is engaged in a variety of functions for the firm—from being integrally involved in managing Sequoia's CRM system, to overseeing office administration and engaging in talent development efforts.

Professional Accreditations & Education

  • Maintains the Human Capital Strategist (HCS) certification with the Human Capital Institute
  • The University of Akron, MBA (2010)
  • The University of Akron, B.A. in marketing with a minor in international business, summa cum laude (2001)

Industry Involvement

  • Founder, HIFON (High Impact Financial Operations Network), a group of over 130 financial planning firms from around the country that network regularly to share best practices on running an efficient and effective advisory practice
  • Current Committee Member, operations track at Bob Veres' Insider's Forum
  • Current Member, The University of Akron's Finance Advisory Board
  • Current Member, Wadsworth Young Professionals
  • Speaker, FPA DFW Annual Conference (2017)
  • Former Member, Schwab Advisor Services Technology, Operations & Service (TOS) Advisory Board (2012-2014)
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Steven Kaye, CFP® CLU, ChFC, RHU, CEBS, AAMS, CRC, AIF®, CEO & Founder, AEPG Wealth Strategies

Steven saw the importance of planning at a young age and knew he had to devote his life to protecting others and helping them achieve their financial goals.

While pursuing a degree in accounting at Rutgers, developing patented acoustic products and managing his family’s dry cleaning business, Steven founded AEPG in 1980.

Under Steven’s strong leadership and expert guidance, AEPG has grown to become a respected leader in financial planning, wealth management, retirement solutions, and individual and group life and health insurance. Steven acts as CEO for AEPG and is a nationally recognized thought leader in investment portfolio management. He is regularly interviewed by the financial press, trade journals, newspapers, financial magazines and television news shows.

He has been selected as a featured investment advisor by Morningstar Investor and Morningstar.com, and was featured on the cover of Financial Planning magazine. His work has been published widely and he has appeared frequently on programs including Live at 5, The Morning Show, News Center 4, The Today Show, Market Wrap, Fox on Money, and CNBC's The Money Club. Steven is a former chairman of the board of directors and past president of the Northern New Jersey Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners (NNJS - ICFP). He was also a board member for the Financial Planning Association of New Jersey (FPANJ).

Steven frequently speaks to professional organizations, employee groups, and civic associations about investment portfolio management, employee e benefits, and estate planning.

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Troy Kelly

Director of Services, CyTech Services

Industry leading computer forensics, intelligence community, and information security professional, with over 33 years combined military, government, contract, and commercial experience. Has held and currently holds lead and management roles in the computer security field, including managing communications intelligence teams, computer forensic and incident response teams, training teams, and security assessment teams.

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Raef Lee

Managing Director and Head of New Services and Strategic Partnerships, SEI Advisor Network

Raef Lee serves as the Managing Director and Head of New Services and Strategic Partnerships for the SEI Advisor Network. In this role, he is responsible for the identification of new services and markets for the SEI Advisor Network. He defines new product offerings for advisors either by partnering with best-of-breed companies or shepherding the requirements into SEI’s development teams. In addition, Raef identifies ways for the Advisor Network’s innovative business model to be leveraged in new markets.

Raef joined SEI in 2002 as part of the SEI Wealth Platform SM (the Platform), SEI’s new asset management processing platform. He developed the roadmap for the Platform, as well as facilitated its releases and coordinated the requirements gathering. In 2010, he moved to the SEI Advisor Network and was responsible for packaging and validating the new services the Platform made possible with advisors.

Prior to joining SEI, Raef held multiple senior-level roles at Destiny Software, a venture-backed start-up company that provides websites, consulting, and technical services to large financial organizations, including Head of Product, Head of Account Management, and board member.

Raef graduated from Durham University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of English degree

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Amy Flourry, Director of Operations, Rehmann Financial

Amy has worked in the financial services industry since 1998. Prior to joining Rehmann, she worked with State First Consulting in Lansing. Amy has extensive experience in management and business development. In her current role, Amy oversees the daily operations of Rehmann Financial including supervising support staff, providing training on systems and processes, managing technology, assisting with mergers and on boarding and acting as a liaison between Rehmann Financial and their parent firm.

Amy attended Michigan State University. She strives to stay current on industry changes that may impact the firm by attending conference and workshops, subscribing to periodicals and maintaining relationships with other professionals in her field.

Professional Organizations

* Inforum West Michigan

* The Women’s Initiative Network at Rehmann

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Chad E. Hileman, CFA, CFP®

Director of Investment Officer, Partner, Gibson Capital

Chad E. Hileman, CFA, CFP® is Director of Investment Research, Senior Advisor, and a Partner with Gibson Capital, LLC, located in Wexford, Pennsylvania. The firm is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor providing investment advisory services to high net worth individuals and institutional clients nationwide.

Hileman has professional experience ranging from high net worth portfolio management to comprehensive financial planning. As an investment advisor with Gibson Capital, Hileman manages all aspects of client relationships. As Director of Investment Research, he directs the firm’s investment research and due diligence efforts.

Hileman provided research and created exhibits for the fifth edition of Roger C. Gibson's book, Asset Allocation: Balancing Financial Risk, published by McGraw-Hill. He has spoken about investment management at West Virginia University and at Carnegie Mellon University’s Smart Woman Securities lecture series. Hileman earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Finance degrees from West Virginia University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) professional designations.

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Kristen Luke

Founder, Kaleido Creative Studio

Kristen Luke is the founder of Kaleido Creative Studio, a marketing agency that specializes in helping RIAs turn marketing plans into action. Kristen brings more than a decade of experience working with independent financial advisors to help develop and implement effective marketing strategies.

Kristen holds an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from San Diego State University and an undergraduate degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a contributor to industry publications such as InvestmentNews and Advisor Perspectives and frequently presents at industry conferences. In 2014, she was named to the InvestmentNews inaugural “40 Under 40” class.

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Drew McMorrow, MBA, CFP®

President & CEO, Ballentine Partners LLC

Drew is President & CEO of the firm and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company. He also continues to consult with families on all aspects of their financial lives. In addition to advising on the more traditional areas of wealth management, including investment, estate, insurance, tax and philanthropic planning, Drew leverages his consulting background to help families with their direct ventures and real estate opportunities. He also has a specialized expertise in helping families build and realize a vision for their foundation, integrating its planning with the family’s values, and helping his clients generate a sense of reward and accomplishment from their philanthropy.

Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Drew worked at Mercer Management Consulting, where he advised technology companies on their strategic plans. Earlier in his career, Drew was the Director of Business Operations at Oracle Corporation, where he directed financial and business analysis for procurement and distribution operations. Drew started his career at the Congressional Budget Office as an Analyst in the Tax Analysis Division.

Drew received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, with dual majors in Economics and International Relations. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. In March of 2009, Drew was recognized by the Family Wealth Alliance as a “40minus Leader of 2009.” Drew has also been named four times to Barron’s Top 100 list of Independent Financial Advisors nationally, which Barron’s calls “America’s best.”

Outside of work, Drew is an avid swimmer who enjoys competing in long-distance open water swimming races. As the father of three, Drew volunteers as a director of local softball programs and as a softball and baseball coach for his children’s teams. Drew and his family live in Carlisle, MA.

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Matthew H. Meade

Shareholder, co-chair of Cybersecurity and Data Protection Group, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Matthew H. Meade is co-chair of the firm's Cybersecurity and Data Protection Group where he provides advice regarding data security breaches, information and records management and other areas regarding privacy. He helps clients identify business risks associated with the use and storage of sensitive information. Matt regularly advises clients on security breach notification laws and other U.S. state and federal data security requirements (including laws regarding disposal of records). Matt drafts

agreements addressing issues related to data use, privacy and security. He also has prepared document retention and management policies and developed associated training programs.

Prior to joining Buchanan, Matt was an associate with the New York office of an international law firm, where, in addition to privacy-related matters, he worked on white-collar internal investigations, federal litigation matters and federal criminal cases, including plea negotiations, participation in proffer sessions, bail proceedings, guilty pleas, pre-sentence reports and negotiations with the United States Attorney's Office.

Matt was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® list in 2017 and 2018 under the Privacy and Data Security Law category.

Matt serves on the Steering Committee for the Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, which brings "together lawyers, judges, policy makers, security experts, technologists and business leaders to identify and develop principles and best practices that will constructively resolve issues surrounding data security and privacy liability." Matt speaks and writes regularly on data security and is co-chair of the ABA's Second Annual National Institute on Cybersecurity.

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Diane J. Omdahl, RN, MS

Co-Founder, President, 65 Incorporated and i65

For more than 30 years, Diane has kept her finger on the pulse of ever-changing Medicare regulations. She's a registered nurse who launched her first company in the basement of her home and grew it into the nation's leading provider of Medicare-related training for home health agencies.

Over the years, Diane has delivered more than 400 Medicare-related audio conferences and 100 in-depth two-day seminars, making her a very experienced and highly-rated speaker.

Today, through her new companies, 65 Incorporated and i65, LLC, Diane uses her extensive experience to provide Baby Boomers, seniors and their families with unbiased, individualized Medicare enrollment guidance through fee-for-service consultations and online software.

Diane also works with the nation’s foremost corporations, like PBS, providing their human resources staff, employees and retirees with expert, unbiased Medicare consultation and speaking services.

Diane has been featured in publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Market Watch, CBS MoneyWatch, Kiplinger, American Journal of Nursing, and many more. She is also a Technical expert for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the organization that runs the Medicare program.

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Xandra Pendergrass, Chief Operating Officer, Signature Family Wealth Advisors

Xandra is the Chief Operating Officer at Signature. As a member of the Executive Committee she develops and measures firm strategy, policies, and procedures. She provides oversight and guidance to many departments to ensure the client experience is enhanced while finding efficiencies. Xandra also collaborates with the Director of Compliance to ensure the firm is in compliance with all regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining Signature, Xandra was the Operations Manager of the Virginia Beach office of UBS Financial Services. Her industry experience, which spans many different roles, began in 1991.

Xandra graduated from Averett University with a bachelor’s of business administration degree, and has a Graduate Certificate from University of Virginia in Organizational Leadership. She is a 2010 graduate of the LEAD Hampton Roads program, and serves on executive committee for the Board of the Virginia Beach Forum. Xandra also serves on the board of Norfolk CASA and the Virginia Stage Company.

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Wade D. Pfau, Ph.D., CFA

Professor, Researcher & Consultant, The American College

Wade D. Pfau, Ph.D., CFA, is a Professor of Retirement Income in the New York Life Ph.D. Program for Financial and Retirement Planning at The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. He also serves a Principal and Director of Retirement Research for McLean Asset Management and inStream Solutions.

He holds a doctorate in economics from Princeton University and publishes frequently in a wide variety of academic and practitioner research journals on topics related to retirement income. He hosts the Retirement Researcher website, and is a monthly columnist for Advisor Perspectives, a RetireMentor for MarketWatch, a contributor to Forbes, and an Expert Panelist for the Wall Street Journal. His research has been discussed in outlets including the print editions of The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Money Magazine.

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CEO, Blue Ocean Strategic Capital

Ted is recognized locally and nationally as an expert providing financial planning advice. He currently appears on WSTM-3, Syracuse’s NBC affiliate, taking viewers’ calls and offering planning concepts to viewers. Ted appeared on the PBS affiliate in Syracuse as a permanent guest host of the program “Financial Fitness” which aired live for one-half hour every Thursday at 8 PM EST. Ted received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Personal Financial Planning Division for contributions to further financial planning within the CPA community, industry-related publications and speaking engagements across the country.

In 2016, he was selected to be on the Wolters Kluwer Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board. Ted has presented to regional Estate Planning Councils from Seattle to Syracuse on financial planning topics and Social Security. He has been interviewed by hundreds of radio stations across the U.S. on tax and financial planning topics since 2005.

Ted also speaks on financial planning topics at major professional national conferences for organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Planning Association, and for private groups.

Ted authored articles on financial planning that have appeared in The Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal, The Journal of Taxation and the AICPA Wealth Management Insider. He authored a CPAs Guide to Social Security for the American Institute of CPAs in 2011, and is responsible for its update annually.

He has been interviewed and quoted in many publications including: USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, The Christian Science Monitor, Investment News, Kiplinger Personal Finance Report, Financial Planning Magazine (cover photo February 2013), Accounting Today and The Practical Accountant.

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Chris Schiffer, MBA, CPA, CFP®, AIF®

EVP, Chief Operating Officer, AEPG Wealth Strategies

As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chris helps clients make wise decisions on financial life planning and investment issues. Chris is the firm’s subject matter expert for financial planning in divorce situations. Chris has presented on this topic, testified as an expert witness, and appeared on CBS News and Princeton TV in interviews on financial planning in divorce.

As AEPG’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris is responsible for AEPG’s strategic direction and managing AEPG’s operational and administrative discipline. Chris believes in a culture of continuous improvement and developing a team with the most respected credentials to provide an outstanding client experience. He is also the Chief Compliance Officer and serves on the firm’s Investment Committee. Chris is a seasoned executive in the financial services industry with over 25 years of accounting, business and financial industry expertise. Prior to joining AEPG, Chris served as Chief Operating Officer with Geller Family Office Services and with Wealth Management at Jefferies & Company. Prior to Jefferies, he spent nine years in the Wealth Management group at Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette and its successor firm, Credit Suisse. Chris began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in audit and assurance.

Chris fosters a responsive, innovative and collaborative team environment that results in a culture of achievement and service excellence. “As our clients’ fiduciary, we sit on the same side of the table, finding the best solutions and helping them achieve their financial goals,” says Chris.

Chris received a BS in Accounting from Fordham University. He also received an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Chris is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York, and holds New Jersey Life and Health Insurance licenses. Chris passed Level I of the CFA exam in December 2011.

Chris is an active member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and is on the board of the NJCPA Middlesex/Somerset chapter. Chris served as Treasurer for the Summit Medical Group Foundation and volunteers for Men of Charity through Saint James Church in Basking Ridge. He enjoys skiing, martial arts, running and vacationing on Long Beach Island with his family.

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Christopher J. Sidoni, CFA, CFP®

Chief Investment Officer, Partner, Gibson Capital

Christopher J. Sidoni, CFA, CFP® is a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer at Gibson Capital, LLC, located in Wexford, Pennsylvania. The firm is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor providing investment advisory services to high net worth individuals and institutional clients nationwide.

Chris speaks to professional audiences on issues relating to portfolio design and behavioral finance. His speaking engagements have included national conferences for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Chris has served as an Instructor for the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) certification program offered at Carnegie Mellon University and has contributed to the curriculum for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination. Chris also contributed to the fifth edition of Roger C. Gibson's book, Asset Allocation: Balancing Financial Risk, published by McGraw-Hill.

Chris earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds the professional designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®).

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Todd Stryker, M.S., CFP®

President, Towneley Capital Management

Todd’s objective in every client relationship is to bring financial peace of mind. Todd is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ who began work in the financial services industry in 1999 and focused his practice on investment management and financial planning for individuals and small businesses.

He enjoys partnering with them to reach their goals in all elements of financial planning including insurance, investing, wealth management, tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. Building lasting relationships is what Todd values most, whether he is helping clients plan for their future, cycling with friends, or backpacking with wife Jessica, daughter Lily, and son Taj.

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