Pension Focus Conference 2013

Branson, Missouri
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Conference Agenda

Thursday, May 2

Lunch buffet for all attendees begins at 11:15 a.m.
Conference begins at 12:20 p.m.

Welcome 12:20 p.m.
Brian Allen, Pension Focus Conference

Economic and Financial Markets Update 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Sandy Lincoln, BMO Global Asset Management
The presentation will provide a brief overview of recent trends in the economy and financial markets. Additionally, the presentation will discuss issues relevant to the future performance of the economy, provide expectations of the future direction of financial markets, and highlight some concerns of investing in today's world.

408(b)(2) Disclosures: Serious Duties for Plan Sponsors 1:30-2:20 p.m.
Bruce Ashton, J.D., Drinker Biddle
As a plan sponsor, you should have received a bunch of disclosures from your service providers this last summer; if you put them in a drawer and forgot about them, you could be in trouble. This session will explore the prohibited transaction and fiduciary issues that plan sponsors need to address for the disclosures they received, and also what to do about the ones they didn't.

How to Clean up Messes: Correction Procedures for Mistakes Made on Qualified Retirement Plans 2:40-3:30
Brad Schlozman, J.D., Hinkle Law Firm
This presentation will highlight the procedures established by the IRS and the Department of Labor for correcting various plan mistakes that put the plan's qualification status into jeopardy. Particular emphasis will be given to the new (and long awaited) EPCRS procedures that the IRS issued earlier this year as well as other changes that the Department of Labor adopted at the end of January. Specific examples will be provided of the types of mistakes than often arise, and the best solutions for resolving such problems.

Participant Behavior and What It Means to Maximize It 3:40-4:30
Donn Hess, J.P. Morgan
How engaged are participants in retirement? And what can be done to catch their attention? In this presentation, learn how you can better tailor retirement messages based on individual engagement patterns and participant personas. You will also learn practical techniques to combine knowledge of participant behaviors with perspective on current media strategies.

Lessons from Litigation 4:40-5:30
John Utz, Utz & Lattan, LLC
There is much for employers and other retirement plan sponsors to learn from recent court cases. This session will help you understand who is being sued and why, and how you can protect your plan and plan fiduciaries from liability.

Welcome Reception for all attendees from 5:45-6:45 p.m.

Friday, May 3

Breakfast for all attendees begins at 7:30 a.m.

Retirement Plan Committees: Knowing the Responsibilities 7:50-8:40 a.m.
Bruce Ashton, J.D., Drinker Biddle
You and your fellow committee members are responsible for all aspects of your plan's operations, which can feel like an extremely heavy burden. The purpose of this session is two-fold: to make sure you understand what you've gotten yourself into, and to give you tools to alleviate some of the worry that comes with the job.

Plan Administrator Breakout Session

Common Plan Mistakes and How to Avoid Them 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Brad Schlozman, J.D., Hinkle Law Firm
This presentation will summarize some of the most common mistakes and problems that qualified retirement plans confront. Attendees will learn the most effective methods for avoiding these potential problems and, equally important, what to do after a mistake has been made. Administering qualified plans has always been a complex undertaking, and with deluge of regulations over the last four years, there are countless traps for the unwary. This presentation will, hopefully, help you avoid many of those traps.

DOL Update: Enforcement Initiatives 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Mark Underwood, Department of Labor
This presentation will be on DOL enforcement initiatives and will provide updates on national and regional office projects, including a description of EBSA investigations and issues/areas of review in plan investigations.

Plan Fiduciary Breakout Session

Being an ERISA Fiduciary: Knowing your Role by Knowing the Ropes 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Todd Hughes, J.D., Pension Consultants, Inc.
To comply with the responsibilities of being a fiduciary, there is not only a lot to know, but also a lot to do. Moreover, how do you even know you are a fiduciary? Some people are fiduciaries in name while others become fiduciaries by what they do within the operation of a retirement plan. In this presentation the many layers of being a fiduciary will be discussed. Advice as to how to spot fiduciary status will be given, as well as explanations of the duties integral to upholding ERISA fiduciary status. The presentation will also pose a series of real-life scenarios common to retirement plan fiduciaries to better illustrate the depth of these ERISA fiduciary duties. Through this presentation, individuals can learn the ropes to meeting ones fiduciary responsibilities by seeing what a fiduciary would do under a given fact pattern, thereby illustrating the true depth of the role of an ERISA fiduciary.

Reducing Risk with Fiduciary Training 10:00-10:50 a.m.
John Utz, J.D., Utz & Lattan, LLC.
There have been several reports of recent Department of Labor audits in which the DOL asked for documentation of fiduciary training. This session will help you assess whether adding a formal fiduciary training program might make sense for your company, and if so how to go about establishing such a program.

Roundtable Discussion  11:00-11:50 a.m.
All Speakers

Agenda is subject to change.

Past Conference Agendas

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2010 Agenda (PDF) »
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2008 Agenda (PDF) »

Payment Instructions

  • Early Bird Rate Until 
    April 18, 2013

    $330 per attendee.

    Additional Conference Registration Rates

    Save 10% on all additional registrations through April 18!

    After April 18, 2013

    $380 per attendee.


    Full registration (less $35 processing fee) will be refunded if written cancellation is received by April 18, 2013. After April 18, 2013, no refunds will be given. 

    Early Registration Qualification

    To qualify for the early registration fee, registration and payment must be received, not postmarked, by April 18, 2013.

    Additional Conference Registration Policy

    To qualify for the additional participant rate, additional participants must be from the same company and all registration forms must be submitted together (or appended to the original registration) with payment by the early registration deadline of April 18, 2013.

    To Pay by Check

    Mail checks to: Pension Focus, 300 S. Campbell. Ave., Springfield, MO 65806. Please note the name(s) of the attendee(s). Checks must be received prior to the Early Bird cutoff date to receive the discount.

    To Pay by Plan Assets

    Clients of Pension Consultants, Inc. may pay by Plan Assets. To do so, please print off your confirmation as an invoice and provide it to your record keeper for payment to Pension Focus.

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