Join our Community

65th Annual National Conference: Speakers

Bob Beasley

Bob Beasley

Communication Manager, Nationwide Financial
Bob Beasley, CRC, CIC, brings 22 years of financial services communications experience to PSCA. As a communications manager for Nationwide Retirement Solutions, he authors and edits countless participant newsletters and plan sponsor communications including the monthly including the monthly Nationwide® Federal Legislative & Regulatory Report, the Nationwide 457(b) Guidebook, and “What you should know about the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.” He is “the voice” of many Nationwide eWorkshops and online presentations as well as Nationwide’s automated telephone system. Since 2003, Beasley has served on the PSCA Education and Communication Committee.


Karen Betts
Vice President of Marketing for AXA Equitable Employer-Sponsored Business

Karen Betts is Vice President of Marketing for AXA Equitable’s Employer-Sponsored Business. With more than 20 years of experience in the retirement industry, Ms. Betts is responsible for 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plan marketing and sales support. She leads a team of professionals who develop multi-media marketing and training materials directed to plan sponsors, employees and financial professionals. She also handles strategic branding and marketing planning as well as new initiatives and product development support.

Prior to joining AXA Equitable, she had similar responsibilities at American United Life Insurance Company, a division of OneAmerica, and was head of Annuity Product Marketing for Forethought Financial Group. Ms. Betts also had senior-level responsibilities for retirement marketing at for AllianceBernstein, JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch.

Ms. Betts graduated from the College of New Jersey and has been a speaker and a member of LIMRA’s Marketing Officers Roundtable. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.


Greg BurrowsGregory J Burrows
Senior Vice President of Retirement and Investor Services, Principal Financial Group

Gregory J. Burrows is an officer with the Principal Financial Group®.  In 2008 he was appointed senior vice president of Retirement and Investor Services.

Burrows joined the company in 1986 as a senior group and pension representative.  In 1991 he was named regional director of group and pension sales and elected an officer.  From 1994-1996, he was president and CEO of AHP, a former company subsidiary.  Burrows served as the managing director of Principal International’s Argentina operation from 1996-1999 and Japan operation from 1999-2001. He returned to Des Moines, Iowa, in 2001 as the Retirement and Investor Services chief marketing officer, where his responsibilities included merger and acquisition oversight.  In 2007 he was named Vice President Retirement and Investor Services with responsibility for the full service accumulation business.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Burrows received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in 1986.   Burrows serves as a board member on Principal Trust Company, Nippon Life Insurance Company of America, Grand View University, Principal Global Services, Morley Financial Services, EDGE Asset Management, and Principal Bank. 


George CastineirasGeorge Castineiras
Senior Vice President, Total Retirement Solutions, Prudential

George Castineiras is passionately dedicated to designing and delivering the best outcomes for institutions and their employees, and his dedication is reflected in everything he does. In his current role as senior vice president of Prudential Retirement’s Total Retirement Solutions business, his passion shapes the sales, service, operations and product development efforts for Prudential’s defined contribution, defined benefit and nonqualified executive benefit solutions. The 2000 associates he leads work directly with plan sponsors and their advisors to help plan participants realize retirement security.

Prior to his current position, Castineiras was senior vice president of Client Relations and Business Development for Prudential Retirement’s distribution and key account relationship management teams. He also held a similar position with Prudential’s Institutional Income Innovations group. Castineiras joined Prudential in 2002 as senior vice president, Western Region Sales and was soon thereafter named senior vice president, National Corporate Sales. Earlier in his career, he held national and regional sales leadership positions with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and The Principal Financial Group.

He currently chairs boards of directors for MullinTBG Insurance Agency Services, LLC, MullinTBG Advisory Services, and Global Portfolio Strategies, Inc.

He has been named by 401kWire as one of the top 100 most influential people in the industry and was named by Hispanic Business magazine on its 2010 “Corporate Elite” list ranking the top 25 Hispanic executives of the year. 

Castineiras has 13 patents pending and eight trademarks. He is the founder and chief executive officer of ArtStamps, LLC. 

Castineiras earned a dual bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Loyola Marymount University and has completed executive programs at Harvard, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and LIMRA. He holds FINRA Series 6, 26, and 63 licenses. 


Catherine CollinsonCatherine Collinson
President of Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies

Catherine Collinson serves as President of the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies,® a retirement and market trends expert and champion for Americans who are at risk for achieving a financially secure retirement. Catherine oversees all research and outreach initiatives, including the Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey.

With over 15 years of retirement services experience, Catherine has become a nationally recognized voice on retirement trends for the industry. She has testified before Congress on matters related to employer-sponsored retirement plans among small business, which have featured the need to raise awareness of the Saver’s Credit among those who would benefit most from the important tax credit. 

Catherine is regularly cited by top media outlets on retirement-related topics. Her expert commentary has appeared in major publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Money, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger’s, CBS MoneyWatch, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Employee Benefits News and HR Magazine.  She has also appeared on PBS’ “Nightly Business Report,” NPR’s “Marketplace” and CBS affiliates throughout the country.

Catherine speaks at major industry conferences each year, having appeared at events hosted by organizations including PSCA, LIMRA and PLANSPONSOR. She also authors articles published in leading industry journals, such as ASPPA, SPARK and PSCA.

Catherine volunteers for a number of community organizations and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the California Science Center Foundation. She is also a member of the Scripps College Alumni Association, for which she has served as National Reunion Giving Chair and Chair of the Ellen Browning Scripps Society.

Catherine is currently employed by Transamerica Retirement Services and serves as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning. Since joining the organization in 1995, she has been instrumental in identifying and evaluating short- and long-term strategic growth initiatives, developing business plans and building infrastructure to support the company’s high-growth strategy in the 401(k) market. 

Prior to her employment at Transamerica, Catherine spent nearly a decade at The Walt Disney Company, serving in a number of information services and business planning posts.Catherine earned her bachelor’s degree in British and American literature at Scripps College, Claremont, CA. and her master’s of business administration the University of California, Irvine.


Kevin CopollaKevin Coppola
President and Founder, Compass Investors, LLC.

Kevin L. Coppola, President and Founder, Compass Investors, LLC. A former senior executive at Accenture where he spent over twenty years, Kevin provides powerful expertise in strategic thinking and the building of organizations for exploiting new and advanced technologies. Functioning on a global level, he was in charge of the design and implementation of Accenture’s Global Technology Research and Development Organization. After retiring from Accenture in 2001, Kevin Coppola founded the Compass Institute, an organization dedicated to investment strategy research. Coppola and the Institute perceived and exposed several inherent inadequacies of traditional asset allocation strategies, ultimately expanded upon the work of Henry Markowitz (the Efficient Frontier and Modern Portfolio theory) and developed a new investment strategy—Adaptive Asset Allocation™—an alternative approach proven to provide plan participants with a realistic and sustainable way in which they can substantially and safely improve their investing results. Mr. Coppola currently serves as the president of Compass Investors, LLC, who offers retirement plan education and this generational advancement in asset allocation to the public under the brand name Horizon™. Kevin also serves as the Director of Research at the Compass Institute. Kevin holds a B.S. in computer science from Northwestern University.


Kevin CrainKevin F. Crain
Managing Director, Head of Corporate Retirement and Benefit Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

Kevin Crain is head of Corporate Retirement and Benefit Services for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, he is responsible for client relationship management, employee communications, consultant relations, new business development, product and platform development and institutional consulting for companies of all sizes.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch provides financial benefit plan products and services to more than 5 million employees and more than 40,000 corporate clients. These include 401(k), defined benefit, equity and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, as well as health savings solutions.

Prior to this role, Kevin led the Institutional Client Relationship organization for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Retirement Services, and previously held leadership roles in both the Integrated Benefits and Plan Participant Solutions areas of the business.

During his nearly 30 years of retirement industry experience, Kevin has also held senior management roles in client relationship management and operations for Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments and Bankers Trust Company. 

Kevin is Series 7, 66 and 24 registered and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgetown University. He is also a member of The SPARK Institute and SPARK Steering Committee.


Tobi Davis Tobi Davis
Manager Retirement Plans, The Hillshire Brands Company

Tobi Davis has been with The Hillshire Brands Company for less than a year after 24 years with Playboy Enterprises, Inc. During her career, she has administered 401(k) and non-qualified retirement plans, and is now responsible for a 401(k) plan, pension plans and a Canadian DB/DC plan. While at Playboy, she had a dual role for the last 10 years adding Cash Manager to her duties. She is involved with PSCA’s Signature Award judging, is a member of PSCA’s conference planning committee and is on the board of PSCA. She has also twice been a judge for Pensions & Investments Eddy Awards. Over the years she has participated in panels and spoken at PSCA, Fidelity, Conference Board, World Research Group and other conferences.


Glenn DialGlenn A. Dial
Managing Director, Head of Retirement Sales for Allianz Global Investors Distributors

Glenn is a 20 year veteran of the retirement plan industry and helped create leading edge concepts such as “gross-to-net pricing” for 401(k) plans and investment theories such as coining the phrase “To” versus “Through” Target Date Funds and developing the “Target Date Compass” tool.  Glenn is also a nationally known speaker in the Defined Contribution industry and has written articles or been quoted in such publications as The ASPPA Journal, Defined Contribution News, Plan Sponsor Magazine, Benefits Compensation, Employee Benefits Plan Review, Paytech, 401(k) Exchange, Human Capital Magazine, and Employee Benefit News.  

Prior to joining Allianz, Glenn held senior management positions with:JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch, and Ceridian.

Glenn holds the following credentials: AIF, PRP, Series 7, 65, and 26 licenses.  Additionally, Glenn earned a MBA from Rollins College and a BSBA-Finance from UCF.


Colette EhlersColette Ehlers
Sales Development Consultant, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Colette Ehlers is a Communications Development Consultant for Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust. Colette has over 11 years of retirement industry experience, primarily in participant services. She specializes in developing client-specific solutions designed to prepare employees for a successful retirement. Colette is also fluent in Spanish which adds a unique perspective to her role, especially in helping Spanish-speaking employees understand their company’s retirement plan. Colette helped promote Wells Fargo’s national visibility by winning multiple participant education awards from Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America, International Association of Business Communicators and Pensions and Investments. Colette is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Communication at the University of St. Thomas.


Jonathan EpsteinJonathan Epstein
Director US Territory, CEM Benchmarking, Inc. 

 Jonathan Epstein is a Director at CEM responsible for product and business development, marketing and strategic alliances within the defined contribution market.  Jonathan has been helping public and private sector employers for over twenty years with a focus on retirement plan investments, fiduciary responsibility and educational/service programs.  His career began with The Prudential followed by 10 years with the International City/County Management Association-Retirement Corporation.  Prior to joining CEM, Jonathan spent eight years as a VP Trust Officer with Associated Trust Company. He holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a BS from The Florida State University. Jonathan is a Board Member of DCIIA (Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association), a member of PSCA (Plan Sponsor Council of America) and also a member of NAGDCA (National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators).


Ed FerrignoEd Ferrigno
Vice President , Washington Affairs, PSCA

Ed Ferrigno is vice-president, Washington affairs, for the Plan Sponsor Council of America, where he represents member’s interests before the federal legislative and regulatory community.  Ed has extensive experience in human resources management and government relations in both the corporate and association environment.  He is responsible for PSCA’s successful effort to enact the EGTRRA pension reform legislation in 2001 and in warding off harmful legislation introduced in 2002 in response to the Enron and WorldCom scandals.  He played a key role in crafting the pension community’s responses to the mutual fund investigations and subsequent SEC proposals concerning the processing of plan-related mutual fund trades and the development of a redemption fee rule.  

Ed led PSCA’s successful efforts to obtain regulatory and legislative provisions that will remove barriers and provide incentives for automatic enrollment plans.  He was also a key player in the effort to make the pension provisions in the 2001 EGTRRA legislation permanent.  Both of these issues were included in the Pension Protection Act of 2006. 


Ira FinIra P. Finn, PHR
Benefits Consultant, Career Education Corporation

Ira P. Finn is a Benefits Consultant with Career Education Corporation. At Career Education Corporation Ira is responsible for the design, management, administration, compliance and communication of all 401(k) plan and Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Through his career, Ira has overseen health and welfare programs, defined benefits and defined compensation plans. Ira is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Plan Sponsor Council of America.  Ira has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Bradley University.


Christian Giorgi, JD
Vice President of Advanced Markets, AXA Equitable

Christian A. Giorgi is Vice President of Advanced Markets, for AXA Equitable’s Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans Division. He previously served as director of the ERISA Compliance service group for The Hartford.  Chris has 19 years of experience in technical retirement plan consulting and education and retirement plan services group management.   He received his JD, cum laude, from Suffolk University and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1998. His B.A. was earned at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has his Series 26, Series 7, Series 6, Series 63 and Insurance licenses and is a board member of the Society of Professional Asset-Managers and Recordkeepers (SPARK Institute) and an active member of other retirement industry groups including the ICI Pension Operations Advisory Committee.


Lisa Goyer

Lisa J. Goyer
Lisa J. Goyer concentrates her practice on qualified retirement plans, employee welfare benefit plans and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. For over 10 years she has advised public and private clients, major financial institutions and not-for-profit organizations on a variety of retirement and welfare plan matters, including issues involving fiduciary responsibility under ERISA; plan asset investment and executive deferred compensation programs. Ms. Goyer has been a regular speaker on various employee benefit topics before employer groups, including the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America and the Illinois Hospital Association. She has contributed articles on retirement plan design and fiduciary responsibility to publications such as Profit Sharing Magazine and Trusts and Investments. Ms. Goyer is a member and former chair of the Legal and Legislative Committee and a member of the Conference Planning Committee of the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America.


Sherrie GrabotSherrie Grabot
Chief Executive Officer, GuidedChoice

With experience as both a former plan sponsor and plan provider, Ms. Grabot has a strong understanding of what participants and retirement plans require to succeed. This insight has guided her in founding and leading GuidedChoice. 

In the 1980s, Sherrie was responsible for building some of the earliest 401(k) software products and recordkeeping systems. In the early 1990s she was the first to automate a 401(k) plan at the desktop. As Manager of HR Systems and Financial Programs at Apple Computer, Inc., she spearheaded the automation of Apple's 401(k) plan. She then joined T. Rowe Price as Vice President and Regional Client Manager, responsible for their West Coast institutional practice.

In 1995 she began development of our first product, GuidedSavings, as a business unit within Trust Company of the West (TCW). In 1999 TCW spun off the business, and Sherrie established GuidedChoice, Inc. as an independent service company. As an active member of the ERISA Advisory Council, she continues to be a leader in the evolution of 401(k) at the national level.

Sherrie has spoken at numerous conferences, including many P&I DC past conferences, ASPPA Annual, Western Pension Benefits, Plan Sponsor and Plan Advisor conferences, the RIIA National Spring Conference in Mar 2011, PSCA Annual Sep 2011, SPARK Forum Nov 2011, RIIA Annual Mar 2012, PSCA Midwest Mar 2012, and PSCA Annual 2012 coming up. She has testified before Congress on more than one occasion (testimony and video on YouTube). 


David Gray

Dave Gray, CPC
Vice President, Client Experience, Charles Schwab

Dave Gray is vice president of client experience. He has more than 13 years of diverse experience in the retirement services industry. Under his leadership, the client experience and product management team operates with an outside-in perspective that aims to design solutions to meet client needs. The team is responsible for developing a cohesive experience strategy to innovate across all touch points, and defining a differentiating plan sponsor and participant solution set.

Mr. Gray has held leadership positions in plan sponsor services, relationship management, institutional sales, business development and general management. Prior to joining Schwab, Mr. Gray held the position of vice president of client service for The Standard, leading the national relationship management and education teams. Prior to that, Mr. Gray held the position of vice president and regional director for Invesmart, Inc., where he managed all facets of retirement service for four offices within that firm.

Mr. Gray holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple University. He has also earned a Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) designation from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA). Mr. Gray is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He is also FINRA Series 7, 24 and 66 licensed.


Allegra Heyligers

Allegra Heyligers
Director, BlackRock

Allegra Heyligers, Director, is Chief of Staff of BlackRock's US & Canada Defined Contribution Group. In this role, Ms. Heyligers works on developing and driving business strategy, budget and planning and management reporting across the team. She also oversees the finance and administration functions of the group. In addition, she has coordinated BlackRock's Annual Retirement survey since inception.

Ms. Heyligers's service with the firm dates back to 2001, including her years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, she was responsible for supporting client implementations into BGI's DC funds. Previously, she was a member of the Transition Management Group where she served as the global business strategist focused on business analysis, reporting needs, client marketing and sales materials.

Ms. Heyligers earned a BA degree in communications from California Polytechnic State University in 2000.


Keith HocterKeith Hocter, CFA
Investment Consultant, Bellwether Consulting

A fiduciary to client accounts with over $40 billion under advisement, Keith’s practice scope includes investment policy, asset-liability analysis, performance review, manager/fund searches, fee analysis, and general governance.  Published in 2001, his book Setting the Table addresses the investment decision-making process for employee-directed retirement plans; he regularly writes and speaks on topics including the economy, market trends, and public policy for plan sponsors and participants.  His professional experience prior to Bellwether includes leadership positions at Prudential, a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, and research engineering work for OCLC Online Computer Library Center.  He received a B.S. in Computer & Information Science from Ohio State, an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Peter KapinosPeter J. Kapinos
Retirement Product Marketing Manager, Defined Contribution

Mr. Kapinos is Retirement Product Marketing Manager at Putnam. In this role, he is responsible fordeveloping marketing strategies and product enhancements for Putnam’s 401(k) clients, includingadvisor, consultant, and plan sponsor programs. Prior to his current role, he held a number ofmanagement responsibilities within Putnam’s 401(k) Client Relationship Management team, rollover and brokerage teams, and the Financial Institutions division of Putnam Retail Management. Mr. Kapinos is a member of the Provider Advisory Council for the Plan Sponsor Council of America, a member of the Research Committee of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association, and serves on the agenda committee for the ASPPA 401(k) Summit. He is a frequent speaker at industry and professional conferences, and has appeared in numerous financial publications including The Wall Street Journal, Pensions & Investments, and Investment News. Mr. Kapinos, who holds his FINRA Series 7, 24, 53, and 63 licenses, has been in the investment industry since he joined Putnam in 1989.  

Mr. Kapinos received his B.A., Economics; B.S., Communications, from Boston University, Magna Cum Laude.


Ian Kopelman

Ian S. Kopelman
Ian S. Kopelman is chair of DLA Piper's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group. With extensive experience in ERISA, he is responsible for all matters involving retirement and other fringe benefit programs for clients ranging in size from major publicly held corporations and public benefit plans to sole proprietorships and partnerships.

Mr. Kopelman's experience includes designing and drafting both qualified and non-qualified retirement and deferred compensation plans, including leveraged employee stock ownership plans, and he regularly counsels clients on plan implementation, administration, operation, and communication. Mr. Kopelman also works extensively in the area of employee welfare benefit plans, including health and health care cost containment programs, life insurance, disability, and flexible benefit (Section 125) plans. He has primary responsibility for benefit plan aspects of corporate acquisitions, mergers and divestitures, terminating plans, and researching and giving opinions on ERISA issues including those relating to plan qualification, reporting and disclosure, fiduciary responsibilities, and the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980. Mr. Kopelman also drafts master individual retirement account programs and employee pension benefit plans for banks, insurance companies, and brokerage houses, and regularly counsels clients in this area.

A nationally recognized figure in his field, Mr. Kopelman is a frequent speaker and has written extensively in the area of employee benefits. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School and is also on the Advisory Board of its Masters of Law (LLM) program in employee benefits law for lawyers, and its Master of Science (MS) program in employee benefits law for non-lawyers. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of, and is the current Legal Counsel to, The Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America. In the latter capacity, he testified before the US Department of Labor ERISA Advisory Committee, and in June 2009 he testified before a joint SEC and US Department of Labor hearing on target-date funds.

Among his many recognitions, Mr. Kopelman has been included in the annual editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for employee benefits law since 2007. The Leading Lawyers Network cites Mr. Kopelman as an Illinois Leading Lawyer, and he is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in the World. Additionally, he has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer as the result of a research project conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Chicago magazines.


James Liberi

James Liberi
First Vice President, Director of Institutional Sales

James Liberi is First Vice President and Director of Institutional Sales for The Bancorp Bank and a member of its Wealth Management division. James focuses on all aspects of Defined Contribution initiatives, and he manages the bank’s Master Demand Account series – its suite of FDIC-insured products created for the DC market. A strong advocate for protecting participants’ retirement income, he leads a national sales team, product development and partner management. In addition to his role at The Bancorp Bank, James is an active member of the SPARK Institute, serving on its board of directors, and the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA; local and national levels). He is a regular speaker at industry events.


Rick Mason

Richard T. Mason
President of Corporate Markets, ING U.S. Retirement Services       

Richard Mason is President of Corporate Markets for ING U.S. Retirement Services, a strategic business unit responsible for the development, marketing and distribution of retirement products and services for all of ING’s 401(k) corporate market segments — small, mid-sized and institutional — as well as the defined benefit and stable value markets.

Mason began his career with Aetna in 1986, which was acquired by ING in 2000. Prior to his current role, he held numerous senior level P&L and distribution positions during his 26-year tenure with the organization.  In 2008, Mason was instrumental in the acquisition and subsequent integration of CitiStreet Plan Services, LLC.

Mason currently serves on the Board of the American Benefits Council, the Board of ING National Trust, the Board of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and is a member of the SPARK Institute Board. 

Mason graduated summa cum laude and has a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from Providence College, RI.  He was recognized by The 401kWire as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution” for 2012.


Tony Mingo
President & CEO, vWise, Inc.

Prior to founding vWise, Tony Mingo served for eight years as a vice president in Financial Services Organizations, most recently as First Vice President of Investments at UBS Financial Services, Inc.  Mr. Mingo's experience managing more than $80 million for private individuals and companies prompted the idea for vWise.  Prior to his work in investments, Tony was the Managing Director of Vena Engineering in San Jose, CA. His role included taking the company from a start-up with seed capital to profitability in 18 months. Vena Engineering continues to thrive today.  In addition, Mr. Mingo serves on the Foundation Board at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA. 


Edward MooneyEdward P. Mooney, Jr.
Managing Director, Artisan Partners

Edward P. Mooney, Jr. is a Managing Director of Artisan Partners and a member of the institutional client services group with responsibility for the firm's defined contribution efforts and sub-advisory relationships.  Mr. Mooney also acts as a relationship manager for select larger client relationships.  Prior to joining Artisan Partners in January 1999, Mr. Mooney was a vice president of Pilgrim Baxter & Associates where he oversaw the defined contribution business for the PBHG Funds. Previously, Mr. Mooney also held similar roles at Morley Capital Management and SEI Investments.

Mr. Mooney holds a BS in Finance from Villanova University.


Al OttoAlbert J. (“Al”) Otto
Principal, AIFA®, APM

Al Otto, AIFA® is a Principal with Shepherd Kaplan, and heads their Atlanta Office. Previously he was the Founder and President of OneFiduciary Group, LLC – an independent fiduciary for mid?market companies and the third financial services firm he has built. He is a nationally recognized author, speaker, expert witness and thought leader in the retirement plan industry. Over the last 30 years, Al’s success has been built on high integrity, strong stewardship, transparency and prudent guidance for his clients.

Listed by 401(k) Wire for the third consecutive year as one of the Industry’s Most Influential Individuals, he is a champion of full disclosure, and believes that advisors must be true advocates for clients. He has guided and advised hundreds of plan committees as a fiduciary over the last decade.

A frequent speaker and lecturer on retirement plan issues, he recently spoke on Fiduciary Duty and Managing the Risks at the 2010 Profit Sharing Council of America Midwest Conference. In addition, he recently authored “Fee Transparency ? The Gateway to Retirement Dignity for American Workers”, “Fee Disclosure Forensics”, “Will Default’ Turn into ‘Your Fault?”, and “401(k) Plan Fee Disclosures for Dummies,” and “The Pros and Cons of Target Date Funds.”

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and was a President’s Fellow at Georgia Tech. He holds a ChFC designation and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary AnalystTM. Al is also an Associate Professional Member of ASPPA, and a founding board member of the National Association of Independent Retirement Plan Advisors (NAIRPA).


Justine Peddle

Justine Peddle
Department Manager, Global Compensation & Mobility, UPS

Justine was named Global Compensation and Mobility Manager for UPS in May of 2011.  She is responsible for the design and administration of UPS’s Compensation plans, International Retirement and Healthcare Benefits as well as the company’s global workforce policies and procedures.  

Previously, Justine had responsibly for managing the administration and plan design of the US Retirement Benefit Portfolio including UPS sponsored defined benefit and defined contribution plans.

A native of Canada, Justine is a Chartered Accountant who earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

She worked for accounting firms Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young before joining a UPS affiliated company, Overseas Partners Ltd, in 1998.  In 2000, Justine moved to the U.S. where she held assignments in Product Development, Strategy, Corporate Finance & Accounting, Operations and Controller of UPS Health & Welfare plans.


Savina RivovaSavina Rizova
Vice President - Research, Dimensional Funds Advisors

Savina applies a background in finance to research projects that Dimensional undertakes to improve the design and execution of new and existing strategies. She also examines a variety of empirical research questions. Prior to obtaining her PhD, Savina worked in the Research group at Dimensional. She conducted quantitative analysis used to explain strategies and performance to clients.

Savina completed her PhD in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA in economics and mathematics from Dartmouth College. 


Scott Robins

Scott Robins
Associate General Counsel, Sodexo, Inc.

Mr. Robins is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Sodexho, Inc., which is the leading provider of food and facilities management in the United States, with $6 billion in annual revenue and over 110,000 employees.  Aside from his responsibilities as Corporate Secretary which included responsibility for aspects of corporate governance and entity management, Mr. Robins provides support and counsel to the company’s human resources organization with respect to payroll, benefits and compensation including such areas as contract negotiation and drafting, plan drafting, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Prior to joining Sodexho in 1998, Mr. Robins practiced law with the Tennessee Valley Authority from 1986 through 1988 as a litigator and from 1988 through 1998 with several firms primarily in the area of employee benefits.   He attended Hofstra School of Law and graduated in 1985 with a juris doctor with distinction.  He is admitted to the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia.


Lynda Sandersen

Lynda Sandersen
Investment Consultant, Bellwether Consulting

Lynda Sandersen is an Investment Consultant and partner with Bellwether Consulting, an independent institutional investment advisor with over $42 billion in assets under advisement.  Her practice scope includes investment policy and communication, performance review, manager and fund searches, fee analysis, and general governance.  Prior to joining the firm, Lynda was with Prudential Retirement where she had thirteen years of experience in the stable value market including underwriting and liability/risk analysis and product development.  Lynda holds a B.A. in English from Douglass College, Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business.


Stacy Schaus

Stacy Schaus, CFP®
Executive Vice President, PIMCO

Ms. Schaus is an executive vice president in the Newport Beach office and leads PIMCO's Defined Contribution Practice. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, she was a founder and president of Hewitt Financial Services, which includes DC investment consulting and research as well as brokerage and personal finance. She has written extensively on defined contribution issues, including the regular publication PIMCO DC Dialogue™ and her 2010 book, Designing Successful Target-Date Strategies for Defined Contribution Plans. She is the founding chair for the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association, serves on the board of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and is a past member of the Financial Planning Association board. She has 31 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 


Craig Voelker

Craig Voelker
Director, BlackRock

Craig Voelker, Director, is a member of BlackRock's US tax-exempt client team within the Global Client Group. He is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with institutional investors, including public and private pension plans, corporations, foundations and endowments. In addition, Mr. Voelker focuses on defined contribution plans and recordkeepers.

Mr. Voelker began his career with BlackRock in 2001 as an Analyst in the Global Client Group.

Mr. Voelker earned a BS degree, with honors, in finance from Miami University of Ohio in 2001.


Dan WeeksDan Weeks
Founder and COO, BrightScope, Inc.

Dan is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of BrightScope focusing on the day to day operations of the company. He is a 25-year HP veteran holding 5 engineering patents. During his tenure with HP he spearheaded multiple commercialization efforts for consumer software products including HP Image Zone Express and HP Smart Web Printing. He also led due diligence during HP's acquisition of and served as integration manager post-acquisition. His experience includes managing development of embedded software, Mac Software, Windows Software and Software Quality organizations to test the solutions before they are shipped to millions of customers around the world. Dan was the original solo founder of 401k Sidekick which later became Sidekick Technologies and eventually became BrightScope. In his spare time, Dan is a member of the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Computer Science Department Industrial Advisory Committee and has served two times as Chairman. He was a past recipient of the Cal Poly College of Engineering Medallion Award "in recognition of extraordinary leadership and commitment in support of the Computer Science Department." He is also is a member of the Founder's Circle for the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Dan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Computer Science. He was Valedictorian of the University of California, San Diego, Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers.