Speaking Engagements

NAPA 401(k) Summit

April 2020

Mark Wetzel will be a panelist on “Path” Finders: Developing a Career Path That Can Keep Your Practice on Track. Greg Adams will be a panelist on “Know” Way: The Retirement Savings Tool Most (Still) Aren’t Using.

This year’s Summit is taking place April 26-28 in Orlando, FL.

NEEBC: Retirement Basics

November 2019

Carol McShera spoke at the New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC) “Retirement Basics” Conference on November 6, 2019. The conference took place at the Waltham Woods Conference Center in Waltham, MA. For more information, click here.

P&I Conferences: The Evolution of OCIO

October 2019

Pensions & Investments Conferences selected Mark Wetzel as the Conference Chair for the inaugural OCIO Conference in Boston, MA on October 29, 2019. Please see below for details.

As more and more pension funds, foundations and endowments consider an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) solution for all or part of their portfolio, P&I’s OCIO Conference will share best practices on how to evaluate, implement, and benchmark for the best outcomes.

Attend the Evolution of OCIO and hear directly from asset owner practitioners about:

  • How to decide to implement an OCIO strategy and whether to fully outsource
  • How to know if it’s time for a change to your current model – how to decide if your OCIO is doing a good job
  • Creating a plan for performance monitoring and governance
  • Get examples and understand ways to construct a successful Agreement
  • Using an OCIO in Conjunction with a Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) or LDI Strategy
  • Includes a Pre-Conference Workshop for Endowments and Foundations: Using an OCIO for ESG Investing






P&I Conferences: Managing Pension Risks and Liabilities

October 2019

Kate Pizzi, CFA, ASA, served as a panelist on “Creating a Portfolio for Pension Risk Transfer” on day two of this conference, which took place October 15-16 in Atlanta, GA.

For more information or to register, click here.





PLANSPONSOR 2019 HSA Conference

October 2019

Greg Adams, ChFC® was a panelist on “Evaluation and Selection of an Optimal Investment Lineup.” The conference took place at the University Club of Chicago on October 3.

Read more about the conference here.

2019 PLANADVISER National Conference

September 2019

Greg Adams, ChFC® was a panelist on “The HSA as a Retirement Planning Vehicle.” The conference took place at the JW Marriott Orlando Grand Lakes in Orlando, FL from September 16-18.

Read more about the panel discussion here.

Opal Group Public Funds Summit East

July 2019

Kate Pizzi, CFA, ASA, was a panelist on “Practical Tools to Improve Governance, Fiduciary Responsibility & Avoid Conflicts” on July 24, 2019. The Summit was held in Newport, RI from July 22-24, 2019.

New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC): Understanding & Managing Retirement Plan Fees

March 2019

Carol McShera spoke at this NEEBC-sponsored event on March 6, 2019. Carol discussed “Recordkeeper Evaluations & the RFP Process” as part of the larger program, intended to provide strategies to evaluate service providers, lower plan costs and improve participant outcomes in retirement.

P&I Conferences – Liability Driven Investing

December 2018

Kevin O’Brien, CFA, was a panelist on “GlidePath Considerations and Implementation” during the New York City conference on December 6. This 13th annual conference examined the latest trends for designing, implementing, and managing an LDI strategy.





Best of PLANSPONSOR National Conference

November 2018

Chris Coleman moderated the “Managing Your Fund Lineup” panel in Chicago on November 13. Vincent Smith is a panelist for “Managing Your Fund Lineup” in Boston on November 15.

Opal Endowment & Foundation Forum 2018

November 2018

Mike Chase participated in a panel discussion at this Forum in Boston on November 13 – 14. The event provided a forum for fluid exchange of ideas concerning portfolio planning and investment strategies.

Government Finance Officers Association of CT (GFOA) Fall 2018 Quarterly Meeting

November 2018

Mike Goss discussed “Municipal Defined Contribution Plans: The Evolving Fiduciary Landscape” and Chris Kachmar, CFA participated in a panel discussion titled, “A Matter of Trust: Actuarial and Investment Considerations for Both Developing and Mature Benefit Plans.” The meeting took place at St. Clements Castle on November 8.

Council of NJ Grantmakers Investment Forum for Foundations and Endowments

November 2018

Mike Chase and Andrea McAndrew, CFA, spoke at this third biennial Forum in Somerset, NJ on November 7. Keynote speeches and interactive workshops explored a wide range of timely and useful topics, including portfolio construction, the basics of endowment investing, selecting and managing an investment consultant, alternative investing, best practices for rebalancing a portfolio’s asset allocation, setting a spending policy that meets endowment objectives, the evolution of ETFs, evaluating endowment investment risk, market outlook, etc.

2018 Retirement Boot Camp

November 2018

Vin Smith spoke at the New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC) 2018 Retirement Boot Camp on November 1 in Waltham, MA. The event covered DC plan fundamentals and the latest trends, plan design options and “safe harbor” plans, the latest trends in employee financial well-being, legal and regulatory requirements, actionable steps to audit-proof your plan, and best practices in 401(k) administration. Register here.

CT Public Pension Forum Fall 2018 Conference

October 2018

Mike Goss moderated a discussion between CT State Treasurer Candidates Thad Gray and Shawn Wooden. The Conference took place on October 24 in Rocky Hill, CT.

P&I Conferences – Pension Risk Strategies Summit

October 2018

Chris Rowlins participated in a panel discussion entitled, “What’s New with Return-Seeking Assets”  on October 11 in New York City’s The Princeton Club. The Summit featured case studies presented by pension fund fiduciaries and investment managers who discussed their pension risk strategies and why they were chosen.

6th Annual New England Institutional Investor Forum

October 2018

Devon Francis, CIMA®,  participated in a panel discussion entitled, “ESG Now and Then: Recent Trends in Implementation.” Matt Kaminski, CFA, moderated the “Passive vs. Active Management Opportunities” panel.  This annual meeting of the region’s institutional investor community took place in Boston on October 10, 2018.

Business Officers of the Housatonic Schools Conference

October 2018

Karen Paulson, CIMA®, PRP,  discussed “Hot Topics in 403(b) Plan and Endowment Management.”

P&I Conferences – ESG Investing Breakfast Briefing

June 2018

Matt Kaminski, CFA, participated in a panel discussion entitled, “ESG as a Risk Management Strategy” at this Pensions & Investments conference in Boston on June 7, 2018 and New York City on June 12, 2018. The panel focused on the risk management benefits of ESG investing, and how investors can ensure that they are fully benefiting from their ESG investing strategies.

ERISA Litigation Against Financial Services Firms: Claims, Outcomes & Mitigating Risk

May 2018

Ryan Gardner participated in a panel discussion about recent ERISA claims against financial services firms, including what claims were brought against these firms, how the claims fared in court, and suggestions for mitigating risk. This event was sponsored by the Boston Bar Association and held in Boston on May 15, 2018.

Philanthropy New York Foundation Administrators Network Meeting: Meeting and Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities

March 2018

Tyler Polk discussed fiduciary responsibilities of defined contribution plans on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Ford Foundation in New York City. The discussion explored the essential elements of a plan, the definition of a Fiduciary and its significance, Fiduciary liability, and how employer responsibilities affect the operation of the plan.

NEEBC 2018 Strategic Retirement: 3 Hot Topics for Retirement Plan Sponsors

March 2018

Mike Goss served as a panelist at this event on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Forefront Conference Center in Waltham, MA. The program provided valuable context for any individual that touches a plan sponsor’s fiduciary oversight process.

CT Society of CPAs’ Personal Financial Planner Conference

December 2017

Mike Goss presented “The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Practical Advice to Minimize Risk while Maximizing Client Advice.” The Personal Financial Planner Conference was held at the CTCPA Education Center in Rocky Hill, CT on December 7.

P&I Conferences: Liability Driven Investing

December 2017

Kevin O’Brien, CFA, participated in a panel discussion, “The LDI Objective – Then and Now” at this conference held in New York City on December 7.

Opal Group Endowment & Foundation Forum

November 2017

Devon Francis, CIMA®, was a panelist in “The Art of Manager Selection and Due Diligence” at Opal Group’s Endowment & Foundation Forum. The forum took place November 6-7 in Boston, MA.

CT Public Pension Forum (CPPF) Fall Conference

November 2017

Mike Goss and Scott Boulton presented “Financial Wellness: Making sure your employees are financially fit – which will lead to more productivity” at the annual CPPF Fall Conference, held in New Haven, CT on November 2.

P&I Conferences: West Coast Defined Contribution Conference

October 2017

Karen Paulson, CIMA®, PRP, participated in a panel discussion – “It’s Process, Process, Process” –  during the DC West 2017 Conference, held in San Diego, CA. The conference is dedicated to what plan sponsors are focusing on today, from plan fees and investment menu reviews to compliance and education; what they are doing to attract and retain employees or help their near-retirees to be better prepared; and what are successful ways they are communicating with participants.

Lutheran Grantmakers and Donors Network Annual Conference

September 2017

Michael Goss participated in two panel discussions: “Maximizing Returns for Foundations with Asset Diversification” and “Growing Your Asset Base – Perspective from Investment Managers,” at this annual conference, held in Mill Neck, NY.

P&I Conferences: 401(k)/403(b) Investment Lineup

May 2017

Fiduciary Investment Advisors is pleased to participate on the following panel discussions: Bridging the Gender Retirement Gap and Serving Other Participant Groups (Dallas), Identifying What Matters in Evaluating Target-Date Funds (Chicago) and: The Pros and Cons of Re-Enrollment (New York).

Retirement Plans: Steering the Fiduciary Ship

March 2017

Retirement plan sponsor and the fiduciaries that oversee these plans find themselves in an environment rife with risk. Setting the course towards good governance, however, need not be difficult. Professionals from Morgan Lewis, Grant Thornton, and Fiduciary Investment Advisors (FIA) discussed today’s retirement plan marketplace and offered practical and actionable items for plan sponsors across all industries.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define the areas to be focused on and building blocks of effective retirement plan governance
  • Recognize how to mitigate your fiduciary liability through the implementation of a governance calendar
  • Identify other current and emerging industry hot topics

NACUBO Endowment and Debt Management Forum

February 2017

Mike Chase discussed “Outsourced CIO – The Do’s and Don’ts of Delegation.” The 2017 forum was held in New York City and is an opportunity for finance, investment and debt professionals to engage with peers to discuss current investment trends, economic forecasts, asset allocation, performance, governance, etc.

Roundtable Discussion

January 2017

Peter Nadeau, ARPC, participated in this event, hosted by Withum Smith & Brown in Edison, NJ on January 10. Pete discussed fiduciary best practices, including a discussion on the different automatic features available to plan sponsors and the impact studies in behavioral finance have had on driving participant outcomes.

Pensions and Investments Liability Driven Investing Conference

December 2016

Chris Rowlins participated in panel discussions at both the New York City and Chicago conferences. The topic is “Governance Considerations for Implementing and Managing an LDI Strategy.”

EACUBO 2016 Annual Meeting

October 2016

Mike Chase participated in a panel discussion titled “Outsourced CIO – The Do’s and Don’ts of Delegation.” The 2016 meeting was held in Washington, DC from October 16-19.

Public Funds Summit East

July 2016

Chris Rowlins participated in a panel discussion on July 20th to discuss the “Role of Consultants.” The Summit was held at the Newport Marriott in Newport, RI.

Retirement Plans: Creating the Fiduciary Trail

March 2016

Ryan Gardner participated in a panel discussion on March 10th to discuss the retirement plan landscape and offer actionable advice that can be applied to plan sponsors of all sizes and industries.

Performance Measurement Americas Conference

March 2016

Patrick Chase will be speaking at the Performance Measurement Americas Conference on March 11 in NYC. Patrick will be on the Project Management in the Performance Space panel.

Withum Podcast: A Closer Look Into Behavioral Finance, Pricing Models and Employee Education

February 2016

Peter Nadeau, ARPC was interviewed by Withum’s Sheri Wronko, Employee Benefit and Pension Plans Services Group Member, on these trending topics in the ERISA world. Listen to the Sounding Board podcast here.

P&I Pension Settlement Strategies Conference

October 2015

Kevin O’Brien, CFA spoke at the P&I Pensions Settlement Strategies Conferences, held in Dallas, Chicago, and New York. Kevin was a panelist for de-risking and lump sum discussion sessions.

FIA’s Matt Kaminski Featured On Asset TV’s The Pitch

October 2015

Matt Kaminski, CFA was recently featured on Asset TV’s The Pitch: Prudential on Stable Value. View the video here.

Vermont Captive Insurance Association Annual Conference

August 2015

Kevin O’Brien, CFA was a panelist at the VCIA’s Annual Conference, held in Burlington, VT. The panel discussion will focus on  “Asset Allocation for Captives.”

National Education Association Business Management and Executive’s Conference

May 2015

Chris Rowlins, AIF was the guest speaker at the NEA’s Business Management and Executive’s Conference, held in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 4. Chris discussed “Investment Trends and Effective Governance for Fiduciaries.”

P&I Hospital & Healthcare Investing Summit

October 2014

Mark Wetzel was the Conference Chair of the P&I Hospital & Healthcare Investing Summit in Chicago on October 14 and 15. The event brought together top decision-makers – tasked with addressing concerns over financial constraints and pensions at healthcare companies – to discuss solutions to the daily challenges they are facing. FIA’s Kevin O’Brien, CFA, Consultant, explains the impact of new mortality tables.

DCIO Market Forum

June 2014

Chris Rowlins, AIF was a panelist at the DCIO Market Forum at New York City’s Princeton Club on June 19. The panel discussion focused on Getting Through the Gate: Trends in Investment Products for Defined Contribution Plans.

Commonfund Forum

March 2014

Mark Wetzel presented at the Commonfund Forum on 403(b) plan oversight and as part of a round table discussion on hedge funds.

Opal Financial Group’s Endowment & Foundation Forum

October 2013

Karen Paulson, CIMA®, PRP, moderated a panel on “Asset Allocation: How to Adapt to the New Normal” in October 2013.

Planadviser National Conference

September 2013

Mike Goss participated in a panel discussion on team/practice building in September 2013. The conference was held in Orlando, FL.

PLANSPONSOR National Conference

June 2013

Chris Rowlins, AIF participated in a panel discussion on pension de-risking and discussed FIA’s approach to risk management for corporate pension plans. The conference was held in Chicago, IL.

MACRS 2013

June 2013

Mike Goss discussed “The Evolving Role of Investment Consultants” at the conference held in Hyannis, MA.

NAPA ASPPA 401(k) Summit

March 2013

Ryan Gardner presented to a group of retirement plan practitioners about the tax-exempt retirement plan marketplace and solutions for successful plan oversight and management.

FIA at the University of Connecticut

February 2013

Mike Goss spoke to a graduate class regarding investing municipal pension funds.

6th Annual Profit-Driven Strategies in the DCIO Market Event

January 2013

Mike Goss co-presented on the topic of “Making Headway in the Mid-Tier Consultant Space. This event was sponsored by Financial Research Associates, LLC and took place in Boston, MA.

FIA at TIAA-CREF National Conference

January 2013

Ryan Gardner spoke at the TIAA-CREF National Conference in Orlando, FL.