How to Position Your Benefit Plans in 2015: Annual Regulatory, Legislative, and Economic Outlook

  • 21 Jan 2015
  • 7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
  • Skylight Gardens Restaurant (Westwood Area) 1139 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024


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How to Position Your Benefit Plans in 2015:
Annual Regulatory, Legislative, and Economic Outlook

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (7:00 AM – 9:30 AM)

Networking Breakfast: Please plan to arrive early to join us for breakfast immediately preceding the program - discuss potential questions for the speakers, catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

7:00 - 7:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Program

Skylight Gardens Restaurant (Westwood Area)
1139 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

pricing: $35 for members, $55 for non-members

Please join us for an informative discussion about how the regulatory and legislative landscape may impact your employer sponsored benefit plans, along with an insightful economic recap of 2014 and market outlook for the coming year.
  • Gary Yerke, from Fidelity Investments will provide an enlightening discussion about proposed regulatory and legislative initiatives and how the political environment may impact employee benefits.
  • Roger Nieves, from PIMCO will present an overview of recent events to help put the financial markets into perspective and discuss their macroeconomic outlook for 2015 using data from their Secular and Cyclical Forums.
  • Brad Hensley, from Fidelity Investments will moderate

This is an important program for all benefits professionals and an opportunity to hear from two of our nation’s most knowledgeable experts.
  • Considering our current political struggles on issues such as health care reform, the debt ceiling and possible spending cuts, what federal policy changes on the table will potentially impact your benefits?
  • What topics should you consider adding to your committee meeting agendas?
  • How will you position your retirement plan investments in 2015 and how you will communicate to your participants
Our speakers will present what they see as potential changes and key issues for these programs, as well as share their viewpoints on practical concerns that may impact plan costs, administration, governance and participant engagement.

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About Our Presenters:
Gary L. Yerke, J.D., is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Fidelity Investments, where he manages a legal group that supports Fidelity’s retirement plan business. A specialist in taxation and employee benefits for more than 25 years, he was previously an ERISA partner in private law practice and head of the employee benefits division for a regional bank.  Mr. Yerke is a frequent lecturer and author of numerous articles on taxation and employee benefits.  He currently serves on the IRS Determination Letter Liaison Committee and the DOL Subcommittee of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries and previously served on the Profit Sharing Council of America Legal and Legislative Committee and the U.S Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Committee.  He has provided comments and testimony on proposed regulations to the DOL, IRS, PBGC and ERISA Advisory Council. He received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, an MBA from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College Of Law.

Roger O. Nieves, CFA is an Executive Vice President in the Newport Beach office and head of the investment due diligence team within PIMCO’s global wealth management group. In this role, Mr. Nieves is responsible for managing the firm's relationships with research platforms across the broker-dealer, bank, and trust bank segment, for all product and vehicle offerings globally, such as mutual funds, separate accounts, alternative investments, and asset allocation. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2001, he was a manager of financial analysis at Nissan Motor Corporation and an associate at Goldman Sachs. He has 17 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from Washington University, St. Louis. He also holds a master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine.

Brad T. Hensley is a Vice President with Fidelity Investments.  Brad has worked for Fidelity Investments since 2003 and he is responsible for new Fidelity 401(k) client relationships through plan consultants in the Southwestern United States for plans in the $100M - $1B range.  Prior to joining Fidelity, Brad worked at Great-West Life in Cleveland, Ohio, and has over 17 years of experience in the defined contribution industry. Brad has three children and he and his wife reside in North County San Diego. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 licenses.

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