2017 Speakers

Heather Abbott
On April 15, 2013, Marathon Monday in Boston, 38 year old Heather Abbott of Newport, Rhode Island set out on an
annual tradition with several of her friends. They would attend the Red Sox home game and then walk over to Boylston
Street to watch the marathoners cross the finish line.
Little did Abbott know—this day would change her life forever.
Two bombs exploded in the crowd of well-wishers that afternoon. Abbott was impacted by the second blast and literally
blown into the entrance of a nearby restaurant. Former New England Patriots lineman Matt Chatham and his wife, Erin,
saw Abbott in the bloody aftermath and carried her to safety.
After three surgeries in four days, Heather was faced with an agonizing decision—face a lifetime of agonizing pain from
her injuries or allow doctors to amputate her left leg below the knee. With the counsel and comfort of amputees who came
to visit her in the hospital, and after much soul-searching, Abbott made the difficult decision to live as an amputee.
Her recovery, as it is for so many other victims of traumatic injury, was a journey through pain, anger, fear, disbelief, selfdoubt
and questioning. For Abbott, the ability to move forward came through the support of family and friends, fellow
amputees and the countless strangers who not only sent her cards and letters of encouragement—but who also
generously donated to a special fund to help her transition and receive the customized prostheses she needed to live the
life she once knew.
Today, Abbott is once again doing everything she loves to do, including paddle boarding, running and even wearing high
Through it all, Abbott has remained a model of strength and perseverance. Her determination and passion to help other
limb loss victims is evident in everything she does. As a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition,
Abbott is able to provide hope and emotional healing. As a nationally-known motivational speaker, she reminds audiences
of the power of positive thinking and the real impact compassionate giving can have on the life of someone in need.
For Abbott, The Heather Abbott Foundation is both an obligation and an opportunity to “pay it forward”—to give other
amputees who have suffered limb loss through traumatic circumstances the chance to live their life—again.

Barbara C. Attardo, Partner, Daintree Advisors
Barbara C. Attardo is a Partner at Daintree Advisors, joining the firm in 2011. With 25 years of experience servicing the complex needs of high and ultra high net worth individuals and families, Barbara is skilled in providing objective, comprehensive financial planning and investment management. In her roles as Senior Client Advisor and Senior Wealth Strategist, Barbara works with clients to build, enjoy, preserve, and transfer wealth consistent with their goals. Additionally, as a member of Daintree’s Divorce Consulting Practice, Barbara compassionately assists individuals and couples to successfully navigate the financial challenges of divorce.

Barbara earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Boston College where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Barbara received a Financial Planning Certification from Boston University and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification, as well as the Accredited Estate Planner® designation and the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® certification. Barbara is a current board member of the Boston Estate Planning Council and a past board member of the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts.


Christopher Barrett, Senior Retirement Director, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)
Chris has over 30 years of experience in financial services.  His experience includes senior sales and sales management roles in retirement plan, mutual fund and managed account arenas, with Transamerica, U.S. Trust, UBS, and MFS Investment Management.  Chris received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and his MBA from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.  He lives in Medfield, MA with his wife and four children.



Travis Borden, Founder & President, Keene Advisors, Inc.
Travis Borden is the Founder and President of Keene Advisors, a socially responsible investment bank. Before founding Keene Advisors in July 2015, Mr. Borden was an investment banker at Moelis & Company from inception in July 2007 to July 2015, during which time Moelis & Company experienced considerable growth and completed a successful initial public offering. Before joining Moelis & Company Mr. Borden was an investment banker at UBS from July 2001 to July 2007. Previously, Mr. Borden also served on the Board of Directors of Wawa, Inc. a leading convenience retailer in the U.S.



Pete Brock, Former Patriot’s Allstar
There’s no other position in sports that embodies teamwork like those of the offensive line in football. The role of the offense lineman is to pave the way for the success of others and thereby the team as a whole. The offensive lineman is unheralded, often unknown but always vital to winning. At the center of the Patriots offensive line for 13 years was Pete Brock. Growing up in Beaverton, Oregon, Pete was a highly recruited prep star and chose the University of Colorado for his collegiate career. There, he established himself as one of the top lineman in the country and was taken by the Patriots in the first round of the NFL draft in 1976, 12th overall. Pete became a mainstay for the Patriots, playing in 152 games and starting at every one of the offensive line positions as well as tight end. In 1978, he was part of a unit that led the way to the NFL single season rushing record which still stands today. He was a three-time Pro Bowl alternate and among the many accolades bestowed on Pete was being named to the Patriots All Decade Team for eighties, the 1989 Miller NFL Lineman of the Year, the University of Colorado Team of the Century and in 2009, being inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. In his post-football life, Pete has taken the unique lessons he learned from the perspective of an NFL offensive lineman on what it takes to win and applied them to business. While still active with the Patriots as President of the New England Patriots Alumni Club, Pete has also excelled in the business world as an entrepreneur. From the trenches to boardroom, Pete Brock shares his unusual insights on how to succeed in today’s competitive world.

Lisa Buffington, VP, Regional Sales Director – New England Region
Lisa has been with Prudential Retirement for 27 years where 25 of those years she worked with plan sponsors, advisors, and consultants managing large market DC, DB, and NQ client relationships. She is the former president and Board Member for the Women in Pensions Network. Lisa has a strong passion for driving financial literacy education in under served urban communities throughout New England and New York State, and is the board chair for a start up non-profit Charter Management Organization that focuses on the importance of social justice and financial literacy education among youth grades 6-12.

Dorann Cafaro

Dorann Cafaro, AIF®, PRP® Founder, Greenleaf Cafaro Consulting
Dorann is an early pioneer in the retirement plan advisory industry with over 45 years experience. In addition to supporting her firm’s advisory services Dorann has been working to deliver forward thinking advisor fiduciary analytic tools to increase productivity and improve plan outcomes. She was named Retirement Advisor of the Year by PLANSPONSOR magazine, was named by 401k Wire as one of the 50 most influential people in the retirement industry, is a frequent and keynote speaker on the retirement industry at national conferences and seminars, has provided retirement education and consulting services for Fortune 500 companies, and has testified in front of the USDOL. Dorann was inducted into the national Hall of Fame for Retirement Advisors in 2011. Dorann is recognized for her unique and unbiased consulting advice, and genuine care for the financial well-being of the retirement plan, sponsor, and above all, members and participants.

Matthew Cahill, CFA, JD , Senior Advisor and COO, Granite Financial Partners
In his role as Senior Retirement Plan Consultant at Granite Financial Partners, Matt works with retirement plan sponsors and committees to ensure they comply with ERISA’s rigorous standards. He is skilled in developing plan investment lineups and investment policy statements, conducting fiduciary and participant education, and guiding clients through the complex matters surrounding their retirement plans. His areas of expertise include selecting and monitoring plan investments as an ERISA 3(21) Fiduciary, retirement plan design and compliance, fiduciary and participant education, trusts, custody, fiduciary issues, vendor oversight and fee benchmarking. Matt is also the Chief Compliance Officer.


Dave Caruso, CFP®, Coastal Capital Group, LLC
Dave Caruso is the current CFP® of Coastal Capital Group, LLC and is in his fourth decade in the advisory business. As an LPL-certified advisor, over the years Mr. Caruso has steered hundreds of clients totaling hundreds of millions of dollars through three major crashes, five bear markets, four recessions, and countless major financial events. His skills have earned him significant recognition and he was named a 5-Star Wealth Manager in 2010 and 2011.

Michael Domingos, Vice President, Corporate Distribution and Strategy, Prudential Retirement
Michael Domingos, Vice President, Corporate Distribution and Strategy, has responsibility for leading the corporate market sales team, nationally. This includes overseeing the development and execution of the distribution strategies for defined contribution, pension, and nonqualified plan services in corporate markets. Mike ensures retirement plan products and services offered by Prudential Retirement are customized to meet the needs of clients in target markets.

Mike entered the financial services industry in 1993, when he joined Prudential. Mike has a BS in business administration from the University of Hartford and is a Series 6, 7, 24, and 63 registered principal. Mike has volunteered his time to a number of notable charitable organizations including serving on the Host Committee for UNICEF Chicago, and through membership in the Red Cross Blood Drive, Habitat for Humanity, and the United Way.

Bev Flaxington, Founder, The Collaborative, Author
Flaxington is a business development and marketing authority as well as a behavioral expert. She brings a distinctive and actionable perspective for business growth and success. Her results-oriented, hands-on style, allows clients to bring their teams together to train them to communicate effectively, work together seamlessly, and produce results. She is also a Gold-award winning & bestselling author, international Keynote speaker, and college professor.
Bev is the Co-Founder and Principal of The Collaborative, a firm that is an innovator in business growth through real world experience. The Collaborative has worked with thousands of individuals and businesses and has an impressive roster of client firms including Fortune 5000 firms, the world’s largest banks & investment managers, technology companies, Colleges & Universities, as well as other mid-sized to large businesses. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Reader’s Digest have all quoted Bev. Selling Power magazine has featured her and she has authored articles for the FPA. Bev writes a weekly column, “Ask Bev” for Advisors’ Perspective magazine and is a weekly blogger for Psychology Today.com. She is a published author of 5 books, 2 of which are bestsellers.

Lawrence Ford, CEO/Founder and Whole Advisor, Conscious Capital Wealth Management (CCWM)
Mr. Ford is an author, speaker and international thought leader on conscious business, investing, and the human spirit.  As founder and CEO of Conscious Capital Wealth Management he is redefining the financial advisory industry.  Dubbed the “Shaman of Wall Street” by the Washington Post, The Economist Magazine referred to him as a “Man of Two Worlds”, NPR named him “The Finance Guru” and the Retirement Income Journal named him “The Spiritual Advisor”.  Leveraging the power of money to help make the world a better place he started an advisory firm in 1998, that sold to a major financial company in 2000. He was appointed to the Citigroup Advisors Committee during the historic merger, he led one of the first “Robo Advisor” firms in 2001, and subsequently working with Dr. Harry Markowitz (Nobel Prize: Modern Portfolio Theory) to help democratize financial advice for retirement plan participants.


Jeffrey L. Gitterman, AAMS®, Co-Founding Partner, Gitterman Wealth Management
Jeff Gitterman is a co-founding partner of Gitterman Wealth Management, LLC, and a thought leader in the field of Sustainable, Impact, and ESG Investing. He is the creator of the firm’s SMART (Sustainability Metrics Applied to Risk Tolerance)™ Investing and Portfolio Services, which offers clients and other financial advisors investment opportunities in the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) arena.
Jeff is the author of Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity, and an Associate Producer of the environmentally conscious feature documentary film, Planetary. Over the past several years, he has been featured in Money Magazine, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Advisor Magazine, London Glossy, New Jersey Business Journal, and Affluent Magazine, among others. In 2004, he was honored by Fortune Small Business magazine as “One of Our Nation’s Best Bosses.”
Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors for the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical and dedicates much of his free time to raising funds and awareness for the autism community.
Gitterman Wealth Management, LLC has offices in Edison, NJ, New York, NY and Hamilton, NJ. For more info please visit www.GittermanWealth.com.

Eric Godes, President & COO, Daintree Advisors, LLC
Eric Godes is President and Chief Operating Officer at Daintree Advisors, joining the firm in September 2016. Eric is responsible for day-to-day management and operations, and brings over 25 years of accomplishment in the wealth management and family office industry.
Prior to joining Daintree, Eric was COO and Chief Wealth Advisory Officer at Federal Street Advisors/PathstoneFederal Street in Boston. Before joining Federal Street Advisors, Eric cofounded KobrenInsight Management in Wellesley. He held a variety of senior management positions, including President and COO, with responsibilities including sales/relationship management, marketing, operations, and product development. In 2011, Kobrenmerged with Adviser Investments, a nationally known wealth management firm. During the first two years of that merger as Chief Operating Officer, he focused on successfully integrating the two firms, ensuring the firm’s clients continued to experience the high level of service they had been accustomed to and the employees had all the tools at their disposal to enable them to deliver at the highest level.
A graduate of University of Vermont, Eric earned his MBA from Babson College in 1987. He serves on the Investment Committee of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism, Institutional Investor’s Registered Investment Advisor Advisory Board, as well as Fidelity’s Institutional Wealth Services Advisor Council.
Eric lives in Needham with his wife and three children. He is an avid golfer, skier, platform tennis and squash player.

Jason Haviland, CEO/Founder, J. Bradford Investment Management
Jason Haviland is the president, founder and principal advisor of J. Bradford Investment Management, an independent, fee-only, fiduciary firm based in New Hampshire. Jason was with Fidelity Investments for 21 years, in roles of increasing responsibility, before leaving to start J. Bradford Investment Management and to pursue his dream of helping individuals with holistic planning. Jason works with individuals, families and small business owners, building low cost, customized portfolios that can be designed to align to any unique combination of social and environmental values. He also works in the angel investing community, helping start-ups launch their ideas and assisting accredited investors with opportunities that traditional advisors don’t typically handle. Jason holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Boston College as well as holding three highly distinguished professional credentials: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Jason lives in Nashua with his wife and two daughters.

Darby Hobbs, CEO/Founder, Social3, Author
Darby Hobbs is a visionary and strategist determining growth opportunities in the areas of greatest social and environmental impact. Working with various groups to start-up and develop business ideas for the greater global good and direct benefit to local and global communities alike. She is a communicator in global forums to educate in CSR/ESG/SRI and Impact Investing as well as brand, innovation, creative thinking and being a visionary.
Hobbs is also a producer/anchor of Conscious Business Show (radio), known for conducting round tables and thought leadership on social impact issues. She launched Impact Investment News Show with Asset TV focusing on areas of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Impact Investing. A published author in IMCA Journal, Triple Pundit, SOUND Magazine, CapeWomenOnline and multiple platforms to enhance the education and communication on living and thinking sustainably; entrepreneurial, creative and leader are only a few words to describe Darby Hobbs.

John Mannix, Chief Executive Officer, Baldwin Brothers
John Mannix is the Chief Executive Officer at Baldwin Brothers, a wealth management firm founded in 1974 with offices in Marion, MA and San Francisco, CA.  John is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of Baldwin Brothers, bringing over 25 years of experience to this role which he assumed in 2015.  John is also a Principal at New Summit Investments, a manager of Impact Investment Strategies of which Baldwin is a joint venture partner.  John began his career at Fidelity Investments and held senior leadership positions at Scudder Kemper Investments, Rydex Investments and Newfound Research. He was also the cofounder of Oakmont Partners, a wealth management and venture investment firm.  A graduate of Syracuse University, John is a member of Pershing’s Advisor Council and is active on several non-profit boards, including Nativity Preparatory School, the New Bedford Symphony and the Marion Institute.

Paul Mahan, VP at Commonwealth

Mr. Mahan has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Paul was part of the senior management team at Pioneer Investments, responsible for the firm’s defined contribution and sub-advised business development efforts. Prior to Pioneer, he was part of the leadership team at Putnam Investments, serving their institutional client base. Paul was also previously employed with Fidelity Investments and Scudder, Stevens & Clark, serving in a variety of management, sales, and relationship management roles within the qualified retirement plan space.

Joe Masterson, President of Rapid Growth Consultants, Former SVP Diversified Investments Advisers
Joe is an acknowledged retirement and investment expert whose sales and marketing acumen can be leveraged toenhance an organization’s growth rate.

Heath Miller, ESQ., LLM, Director, Erisa Counsel, Shepherd Kaplan LLC

Heath is a Director with Shepherd Kaplan and also In-House ERISA Counsel with almost 21 years of experience primarily in tax and employee benefits. He is responsible for the ongoing development and refinement of the processes and procedures associated with the investment services that Shepherd Kaplan provides to its institutional clients. Prior to joining Shepherd Kaplan, Heath was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the United States, where he regularly advised Fortune 500 companies and other plan sponsors regarding day-to-day and corporate event-related employee-benefit issues.

Heath’s primary area of focus included the tax and fiduciary issues associated with qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans and other types of defined contribution plans, as well as traditional defined benefits plans and cash balance plans. Heath received his LL.M. in taxation and a certificate in employee benefits law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1998, his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1997, and his B.S. in business administration from Illinois State University in 1993. Heath is admitted to practice in Texas and before the U.S. Tax Court.

Kevin Murphy, Vice President and National Retirement Plan Strategist, Franklin Templeton
Kevin Murphy is a vice president and National Retirement Plan Strategist for Franklin Templeton’s US Investment-Only division. He is responsible for directing and expanding the use of Franklin Templeton’s mutual funds and sub-advised portfolios in employer-sponsored retirement plans.  His primary focus is on mid-market advisory firms with a national footprint, and he serves as the primary liaison with these firms at their home offices. Mr. Murphy also leads the firm’s Health Savings Account (HSA) initiative.

Mr. Murphy’s primary objective is to help more Americans achieve optimal retirement outcomes. He approaches this by offering thought leadership in retirement plan services and investments and working diligently as a key business partner to retirement plan advisory firms, consultants and retirement plan sponsors. His expertise spans qualified plans, investments, current industry trends and Franklin Templeton products and services.

Avi Nachmany

Avi Nachmany, Independent Consultant, Mutual Fund Research Expert & Founder of Strategic Insight
Avi Nachmany is a frequent speaker in US and international forums focusing on the investment management industry. He offers observations, lessons, and insights about investor and financial advisor choices, innovations and their impact, and regulatory developments. Avi focuses on mutual funds and ETFs, benefiting from his three-decade experience as head of research for Strategic Insight, a company he founded in the mid-1980s.

JoanAnn Natola, Managing Partner, Element Financial Group
JoanAnn Natola’s corporate success, passion for innovation, and deep commitment to helping individuals and business’s attain financial security converged into the creation of Element Financial Group.  JoanAnn brings to the firm her deep understanding of group benefit strategies, retirement planning and expert knowledge of sophisticated financial service offerings. “My life’s mission is to use my passion and expertise to help all clients achieve the life they deserve, empower our staff and change lives by supporting charitable organizations.”

JoanAnn’s corporate successes have arisen from her unwillingness to accept the status-quo.  As a highly analytical and creative person, whenever JoanAnn encounters an issue that impedes business, she solves it.  She rose to the most prestigious positions within a fortune 100 company by recognizing obstacles and successfully implementing programs to overcome them.  Under her direction her business units dominated the field of executive benefit and legacy planning.

JoanAnn was tapped in her corporate role to head a newly formed Private Client Group offshore, focusing on innovative insurance and investment products for ultra-high net worth individuals and families.  In this role, she served as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of MassMutual Bermuda and worked closely with their international department to open an office in Luxembourg.

Her journey to the top of her profession always involved helping others excel.  In an effort to attract more women to the financial services industry as planners and equity owners, JoanAnn created a three-year accelerated program to fast-track talented business leaders to run successful financial service firms.  JoanAnn paved the way for motivated professionals to own their own futures.

JoanAnn was named to the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) Top Women Advisors list for 2015, is a leading marketer of financial literacy for woman and has been published on varying topics of finance.

Outside of the office JoanAnn is an avid athlete, Ironman tri-athlete, certified race car driver, and her most cherished role of grandmother.  She believes in having fun on the journey through life and learning from any mistakes.   JoanAnn has been on the forefront of activism and improvement in the lives of people with disabilities. She is supported in her work and in her life by a wonderful husband, Tom and when not in New York City lives in Cheshire CT with her husband, mother-in-law and special needs brother in-law.  She enjoys spending time in NYC with her daughter, son in law and grandson Luca.

Ed O’Brien, CEO, eMoney Advisor
Named CEO of eMoney Advisor in March 2016, Ed O’Brien has spent his 30-year career focused on the development of technology platforms that enable business growth for financial professionals. Ed most recently served as senior Vice President and Head of Platform Technology form Fidelity Institutional. In this role, he oversaw the team responsible for managing the development and operation of the platform technology supporting registered investment advisor (RIA), broker-dealer and family office clients of Fidelity’s clearing and custody businesses. During that time, Ed and his team were granted two patents for the innovative technology design used to launch WealthCentral ® , Fidelity’s platform technology to support RIAs and family offices. Outside of his Fidelity career, Ed launched AdvisorTech, a business that successfully introduced a technology platform for financial advisors in Japan, South Korea and Germany. In addition, he has served as president and board member for the Providence Society of Financial Analysts. Ed received a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in 1986 and an MBA from Bentley College in 1991.

Jeff Pineault, CEO, LaFrance Hospitality
As a member of the leadership team, Jeff plays a key role in the overall management and direction of the company. He is responsible for creating long-term value and sustainability for Lafrance Hospitality’s existing hotel and restaurant assets and is responsible for evaluating all new projects for the company. In addition, he oversees all accounting, budgeting, financial, tax, risk management, human resources, legal and administrative functions. Jeff exhibits an intense commitment to excellence, drive for continuous improvement and exacting attention to detail. He graduated with honors from the University of Rhode Island in 1989, with a B.S.B.A in Accounting.

chris provo

Chris Provo, President & CEO, Provo Wealth Management Group
Since leaving Wall Street and establishing Provo Financial Services, Inc. in 1992, Chris has led an impressive career in wealth management. He manages the investments of both individual and institutional clients with an impressive depth of knowledge about the field. Chris has been recognized as a top LPL Financial Advisor and named to the LPL Financial Chairman’s Club, a distinction awarded to less than 6% of all LPL advisors nationwide.Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire with a double major in history and political science. He is a member of Becker College’s Board of Trustees and a Member of Worcester Country Club. Chris loves the game of golf and hopes to one day play the top 100 courses in the U.S.

Joseph Ready, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Retirement
Joe Ready is executive vice president and director of Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust. In this role, Joe has responsibility for products and services for more than 5,400 employer-sponsored retirement plans and custody accounts with 4 million employees representing almost $800 billion in assets, supported by more than 2,200 team members with a mission to help America’s diverse workforce prepare for a better retirement.
Joe has more than 30 years of leadership experience the financial services industry, including relationship management, sales, investments, trust administration, operations and systems. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the institutional retirement and investment areas including the mutual funds business, defined contribution, pension and employee benefits, and the institutional custody division.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College. Joe is active in the retirement industry as a speaker and has appeared on Fox Business News, CNBC, Reuters, and has been quoted in various publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Pensions & Investments, Investment News, The Street, PLANSPONSOR, 401kWire, and The Washington Post. He also participates in several executive industry trade groups and boards. He currently is C0-Chair of the Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Trust Committee and is an active Governing Board Member of The SPARK Institute, Inc. Joe previously served as the President of SPARK Institute, Inc. from March 2014 to June 2017. Joe was also previously a board member of BPS & M, LLC, a benefit consulting actuarial firm that is now owned by Findley & Davies.
Joe volunteers in the Charlotte, N.C. area with various charitable functions. He previously served as a board member on the College of Charleston Parent Advisory Council and chaired the Charlotte Catholic Foundation. Over the last several years, Joe has been named one of the 401(k) industry’s top 100 most influential people by 401(k)Wire.

Kathleen Roche

Kathleen M. Roche, Managing Principal, Advisor Consulting
Drawing on her 25 years of experience and passion for the retirement plan industry, Kathleen builds world class programs that deliver proven results.  She was recently the Vice President of Commonwealth Financial Network, where, as a founding member of its Retirement Consulting team, she led initiatives in the development and delivery of products and services that support advisors in the retirement plan marketplace.  Kathleen has extensive experience managing strategic relationships that define and drive sales strategy, fueling sales activity and increasing market share.

Prior to Commonwealth, Kathleen was Vice President of product development at Fidelity, and held business development roles with Citigroup and MFS. A graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in business administration, Kathleen serves as President for the Women in Pensions Network.  She was formerly the co-chair for the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) DC Fly-in Forum in 2015 and 2016, and sits on the NAPA Connect planning committee.

Mark Schug, Vice President – Private Wealth Director Private Wealth Division, Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc.
Mark Schug brings valuable perspective to financial advisors in the areas of practice management, asset allocation and portfolio construction. Mark supports Franklin Templeton investment advisors in their pursuit to reach their client’s long-term investment goals. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1992 and joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 2014. As an advisor to the advisor, Mark is a resource for all of Franklin Templeton’s investment solutions, including mutual funds, separately managed accounts, and institutional alternatives. Mark is a FINRA registered representative and holds series 3, 6, 7, and 63 licenses.

Prior to Commonwealth, Kathleen was Vice President of product development at Fidelity, and held business development roles with Citigroup and MFS. A graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in business administration, Kathleen serves as President for the Women in Pensions Network.  She was formerly the co-chair for the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) DC Fly-in Forum in 2015 and 2016, and sits on the NAPA Connect planning committee.

Skip Schweiss, President, TD Ameritrade Trust Company
Skip Schweiss is president of TD Ameritrade Trust Company (TDATC) which offers retirement plan solutions and services for independent registered investment advisors.  Schweiss is also managing director of advisor advocacy and industry affairs for TD Ameritrade Institutional.  In that role he advocates with policy makers in Washington for fiduciary investment advisers and their clients.  In 2014 and 2016 he was named by Investment Adviser magazine as one of its top 25 most influential people in the industry.  In 2015 he was named Fiduciary of the Year by the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard, and in 2016 he was named  Insider’s Forum Leadership Award winner.

Prior to this appointment, Schweiss held a variety of management positions within 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.

Ian Sheridan

Ian Sheridan, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Vestigo Ventures
Ian Sheridan is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Vestigo Ventures. Mr. Sheridan has more than 25 years of experience in business startup, turnaround, growth, and innovation. Mr. Sheridan started his career on the NYSE, is Goldman Sachs trained and his experience spans the landscape of Wealth and Retirement.

He served as CEO and Chairman of a National Trust company, a Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Strategist for two fortune 100 companies and has managed multiple lines of business for DST, Mass Mutual, ADP, and SunGard.

Mr. Sheridan invented the retirement industry’s first mobile enrollment technology, named Invention of the Year by InformationWeek. An inventor and patent holder, he applied behavioral finance concepts into practical technology solutions resulting in improved customer outcomes. As a venture capitalist and financial services operator, Mr. Sheridan focuses on finding innovative and disruptive technologies where consumer behavior, technology, and asset management intersect.

Mark S. Singer, CFP®, President & Founder, The Financial Literacy Toolbox
Mark Singer CFP® is a thought leader in the world of financial education. With over 30 years of hands-on experience working with high net worth investors, Mark is also the author of three books, including “The New Financial Wellness – Changing the Conversation”. He recently  initiated a groundbreaking study to identify how advisors can better connect with plan participants, not only to help them reduce their stress, but to find opportunities to build the advisors’ business

Mark is a frequent speaker at events, and is the creator of The Financial Literacy Toolbox, a virtual resource center to help financial advisors, wellness providers, and institutional retirement services firms change the conversation about financial wellness.


Spencer Smith, Founder, spencerXsmith.com,
Spencer Smith is the founder of spencerXsmith.com, an instructor at the University of Wisconsin and Rutgers University, and a former 401(k) wholesaler for two of the nation’s largest recordkeepers. Spencer has been called a “Digital Marketing Expert” by Forbes, and is the author of the book ROTOMA: The ROI of Social Media Top of Mind, an Amazon bestseller. The book teaches real-life examples on using social media for effective business development.

Lisa Smith, Senior Vice President & Retirement Services Consultant, Fidelity Investments
Highly motivated, results driven retirement services executive with more than 26 years’ experience at one of the nation’s leading retirement providers offering a robust industry network and a proven track record of success. Exceptional skills in business development and relationship management. Extensive experience with sales and marketing program development and deployment, turnaround management and leading customer facing teams and projects.

John Sullivan, Editor-In-Chief, 401kSpecialist.com
With more than 20 years serving financial markets, John Sullivan is the former editor-in-chief of Investment Advisor magazine and retirement editor of ThinkAdvisor.com. Sullivan is also the former editor of Boomer Market Advisor and Bank Advisor magazines, and has a background in the insurance and investment industries in addition to his journalism roots.


Marcia Wagner, President, The Wagner Law Group
Marcia S. Wagner is a specialist in pension and employee benefits law, and is the principal of The Wagner Law Group, one of the nation’s largest boutique law firms, specializing in ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation, which she founded 20 years ago. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University and a graduate of Harvard Law School, she has practiced law for over twenty-nine years. Ms. Wagner is recognized as an expert in a variety of employee benefits issues and executive compensation matters, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, fiduciary issues, all forms of deferred compensation, and welfare benefit arrangements. Ms. Wagner was appointed to the IRS Tax Exempt & Government Entities Advisory Committee and ended her three-year term as the Chair of its Employee Plans subcommittee, and received the IRS’ Commissioner’s Award. Ms. Wagner has also been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. For the past eight years, 401k Wire has listed Ms. Wagner as one of its 100 Most Influential Persons in the 401(k) industry, and she has received the Top Women of Law Award in Massachusetts and is listed among the Top 25 Attorneys in New England. Ms. Wagner has written hundreds of articles and 15 books. Ms. Wagner is widely quoted in business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Pension & Investments, and more, as well as being a frequent guest on FOX, CNN, Bloomberg, NBC and other televised media outlets.

Thomas Warren, National Speaker, American Funds, Capital Group
Thomas Warren is a national speaker at American Funds, part of Capital Group, where he focuses on retirement plans. He has 34 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for 24 years. Earlier in his career at Capital, Tom served as a retirement plan counselor based in Florida working with advisers, plan sponsors and participants. Prior to joining Capital, he was part of Smith Barney’s Asset Consulting and Evaluation group. Before that, he worked at carious private equity ventures with national firms. He holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma. Tom is based in Sarasota, Fla.


James Worrell, JD, PRP, Founder, Managing Director, Northeast, Strategic Retirement Partners
Jamie is a Managing Director and investment advisor for Strategic Retirement Partners in the Northeast Office. Jamie has built a successful retirement plan team and practice over the last 20+ years by helping employers and individuals get the most from their retirement plans and investment programs. His experience and passion is helping plan sponsors reduce their fiduciary liability and offer competitive, affordable retirement benefits while helping individuals save, plan, and invest wisely. Jamie has been recognized by PLANSPONSOR Magazine as the “2011 Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year” as well as one of the “Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers”, by 401kwire as one of the “300 Most Influential” retirement plan advisors, and by Institutional Investor News as a “Rising Star of Retirement Plan Advisors” in 2007.

Jamie is a frequent speaker and industry commentator for professional, association, and industry groups. He has been quoted in The Wall St. Journal, PLANSPONSOR / PLANADVISOR Magazines, Defined Contribution & Savings Plan Alert and in local media.

Jamie is also the President of GPS Investment Advisors, which he founded in 2007. Previously he was Director of Retirement Plan Consulting at Financial Architects Partners and spent seven years at John Hancock Funds. Jamie completed training and coursework through the The PLANSPONSOR Institute and earned the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional (PRP) designation. He is a graduate of Moses Brown, Connecticut College and Suffolk University Law School. Jamie’s current community involvement includes serving as a Rhode Island Commodore, as a member of the San Miguel School Executive Director’s Council, and as a member of the Neighborhood Health Plan of RI Investment Committee. He served as a Board/Investment Committee member of Blithewold and The Providence Children’s Museum, and as a lay representative of the Episcopal Diocese of RI Commission on Finance. He has coached youth lacrosse and soccer. Jamie lives in Providence, RI with his wife and three children.