June 23–24, 2015 / Chelsea Piers, New York


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

    8:00 - 8:45

    Registration and Breakfast

    Optional Breakfast Presentation: What’s New at Strategic Insight + An Update on the Canadian Fund Industry

    Strategic Insight analysts will provide updates on new SI research and business intelligence tools. Plus, SI’s sister company, Investor Economics, will examine key trends in the Canadian wealth management landscape and that country's $1 trillion-plus mutual fund industry.

    8:50 - 9:00

    Welcome and Opening Remarks:

    Avi Nachmany, EVP, Director of Research and Co-founder, Strategic Insight
    9:00 - 10:00 

    PANEL: CEO Vision

    Fund management CEOs share their perspective on where the industry is heading in the next three to five years, highlighting challenges and opportunities.


    Avi Nachmany, EVP, Director of Research and Co-founder, Strategic Insight


    Thomas E. Faust Jr., Chairman & CEO, Eaton Vance Corp.
    Robert L. Reynolds, President and CEO of Putnam Investments; President and CEO of Great-West Financial
    10:00 - 10:30

    SI Presentation - Key Forces Shaping Fund Distribution

    Strategic Insight's angle on the US fund distribution landscape and financial advisor behavior.

    Dennis Bowden, Managing Director of US Research, Strategic Insight

    10:30 - 11:00 Break
    11:00 - 11:50

    PANEL: Independent / Regional Broker Dealer

    Executives from independent broker-dealers discuss what they're seeing at the advisor level and what they're seeking from fund firms.


    Michael Keenan, Senior Managing Director - National Accounts, MFS Fund Distributors


    Frank A. McCarthy, SVP, General Manager, External Products Group, Ameriprise Financial
    Bobby Colon, Director, Product Partner Relations, Raymond James Financial, Inc.
    Wendy Kania, Director - Sponsor Relations, Commonwealth Financial Network

    PANEL: Institutional Distribution Channels

    Panelists discuss best practices for focusing distribution efforts within institutional channels such as DCIO, VAIO, and Sub-advisory.


    Chris Yeomans,Director of Retirement and Sub-advisory Products, Strategic Insight


    Scott Boyd, Senior Vice President, National Platform Distribution and Relationships, Prudential Retirement
    Emily Roland, Head of Investment Research, John Hancock Investments
    12:40 - 1:30 Lunch
    1:30 - 2:00

    Keynote Presentation: LPL - In-Depth Perspective

    Mark Casady, CEO, LPL Financial
    2:00 - 2:50

    PANEL: Product Development - Best Practices to Effectively Bring New Strategies to Market

    Panelists discuss best practices around product development - including communication and collaboration with Sales, Marketing and other internal partners.


    Shanna Weber, Managing Director, Charles Schwab Investment Management


    Lara Magnusen, Portfolio Strategist, Portfolio Manager, Altegris Advisors
    Rachel Schnoll, Managing Director, Head of Product Strategy, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
    Andrew Rogers, CEO, Gemini Companies
    Ben Slavin, Head of Product and Business Development, WisdomTree Asset Management
    2:50 - 3:20


    3:20 - 4:10

    PANEL: Efficiently Managing and Empowering an External Sales Force

    Panelists, including sales executives, discuss developments in their approaches to managing a sales force and targeting the right clients to most efficiently and profitably grow their business in the evolving advisor-sold marketplace.


    Dennis Bowden, Managing Director of US Research, Strategic Insight


    Jeff Place, SVP, Head of Sales, Ivy Funds
    Fran Cashman, Managing Director, Co-Head of US Sales, Legg Mason
    Bob Kendall, Managing Director, Global Client Group - Head of Retail Distribution, Americas, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
    4:10 - 5:00

    PANEL: Creating Collaboration within a Distribution Organization - Communication and Partnership Across Sales, Marketing and Product

    Fund executives discuss best practices to creating effective collaboration between sales, marketing and national accounts teams in an increasingly complex and inter-related marketplace.


    Paul Schaeffer, Managing Director, SEI


    Jeff Duckworth, President of Retail Distribution, John Hancock Investments
    Robert Hostetter, Global Head of Product Strategy, AllianceBernstein
    Vicki Lester, Vice President - Head of Intermediary Marketing, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
    5:00 - 6:30 

    Buffet dinner and cocktail party

  • Wednesday, June 24th 2015

    8:00 - 9:00


    9:00 - 9:40

    PANEL: DOL Fiduciary Rule – The Road Ahead


    Lew Minsky, Executive Director, Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association


    David N. Levine, Principal, Groom Law Group, Chartered
    Andrew Oringer, Partner, Dechert, LLP
    9:40 - 10:30 

    PANEL: Independent RIAs

    Panelists advise on strategies for mutual fund firms to succeed in the independent RIA channel.


    Richard Sincere, Founder/CEO, Sincere & Co.


    Scott Stevens, Vice President, FundsNetwork®, Fidelity Investments
    Doug Hanson, Vice President, Third Party Products, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
    Matt Straut, Senior Vice President, Head of RIA Channel, Oppenheimer Funds
    10:30 - 10:45


    10:45 - 11:35

    Distribution BREAKOUTS

    Peer breakout sessions with leading distributor execs on distribution best practices
    11:35 - 12:25

    PANEL: National Broker-Dealers

    Executives from national broker-dealers discuss what they're seeing at the advisor level and what they're seeking from fund firms.


    Pete Thatch, Product Management Director, American Funds


    James Langham, Managing Director – Head of Investment Products, UBS Financial Services Inc.
    Scott Brady, Director, Head of US Mutual Funds, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management
    Frank McDonnell, Head of Mutual Funds, 529 Plans and Investment Product Due Diligence, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
    12:25 - 12:30

    Closing Remarks

    12:30 - 1:30

    Lunch, Conference Ends

Sponsorship Information:

Allana Burke

General Information :

Carol Popkins
(203) 595-3282