June 21-22, 2016 / Chelsea Piers, New York


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    8:00 - 8:45

    Registration and Breakfast

    8:50 - 9:00

    Welcome and Opening Remarks:

    9:00 - 9:50 

    The Road Ahead

    Fund industry executives share their perspectives on key strategic and tactical drivers of growth moving forward - including opportunities and potential challenges for asset managers.


    Avi Nachmany, Senior Advisor, Strategic Insight


    Christopher Thompson, Head of the Americas Client Group, AB
    George Riedel, US Investment Services, Head of Financial Institutions, T Rowe Price
    Carl Katerndahl, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Global Retail Distribution, Nuveen
    Ben Doob, Managing Principal, Market Metrics
    9:50 - 10:30

    SI Presentation - Key Forces Shaping Fund Distribution

    Strategic Insight's angle on the US fund marketplace and the evolving distribution landscape.

    Dennis Bowden, Managing Director of US Research, Strategic Insight

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

    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.


    Raleigh G. Peters, Managing Director, National Sales Manager - IBD Channel, JP Morgan Asset Management


    Frank A. McCarthy, SVP, General Manager, Third Party Products, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Bobby Colon, Vice President, PCG Investment Products, Raymond James Financial
    Robert Pettman, Executive Vice President, Product and Business Management Group, LPL Financial

    Technology Enabled Advice - The Road Ahead

    Panelists discuss the future of the 'robo advisor' marketplace - including the evolution toward a business-to-business model, working with distributors and financial advisors, and how asset managers can add value in this space.


    Jeffrey Strange, Managing Director, U.S. Research and Advisory, Strategic Insight


    Gary Gallagher, Senior Vice President, Investment Products, Fidelity Institutional
    Kameron M. Rezai, COO, FutureAdvisor and Managing Director, BlackRock
    Kelly O'Donnell, EVP, Business Operations & Corporate Marketing and Chief Risk Officer, Financial Engines
    12:45 - 1:45 Lunch
    1:45 - 2:20

    Keynote Presentation: Raymond James - In-Depth Perspective


    Scott Curtis, President, Raymond James Financial Services
    2:20 - 3:10

    Effectively Engaging the Defined Contribution Marketplace Today and Moving Forward

    Panelists discuss the evolving realities of fund distribution within the defined contribution marketplace - including effective sales force structure/management, engagement with DC gatekeepers, and potential impact of the DOL Fiduciary rule.


    Erin Donnelly, Managing Director, Head of DCIO, TIAA Global Asset Management


    Richard A. Davies, Senior Managing Director – Global Head of Defined Contribution and Multi-Asset Business Development, AB
    Gene Huxhold, Senior Managing Director for Investment Only Retirement Plans, John Hancock Investments
    Yaqub Ahmed, Senior Vice President, Head of Defined Contribution-U.S., Franklin Templeton
    3:10 - 3:40

    Coffee Break

    3:40 - 4:10

    Presentation - An Evolved Approach to Portfolio Construction: Active & Passive


    Anthony Davidow, Vice President – Alternative Beta & Asset Allocation Strategist, Schwab Center for Financial Research
    4:10 - 5:00

    Product Innovation - Meeting Evolving Investor Demand Across the Active/Passive Spectrum

    Panelists discuss mutual fund and ETF product innovation - including considerations around 'smart beta' offerings, liquid alternatives, ETFs and other fund strategies.


    J. Alan Reid, Jr., Founder, Reid Partners


    Rachel Schnoll, Managing Director, Head of Product Strategy, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
    William Golden, Managing Director, Head of U.S. Product, Legg Mason
    Kamal Bhatia, Head of Investment Products and Solutions, OppenheimerFunds
    5:00 - 6:30 

    Cocktail Reception

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    8:00 - 8:45

    Optional Breakfast Session: What’s New at Strategic Insight – Upcoming Enhancements to SI’s Competitive Data and Research Offerings

    Strategic Insight analysts will discuss upcoming enhancements to SI’s suite of competitive intelligence services – including new product features and capabilities to be included in Simfund 8.0, as well as key research studies being published during the second half of 2016.
    8:55 - 9:00

    Opening Remarks

    9:00 - 9:30

    Presentation - Advice As A Business: Adapting Retail Distribution to New Realities

    As delivering advice becomes the pre-eminent financial service for consumers, Casey Quirk will describe the emerging war among a wider group of competitors (including asset managers, intermediaries, insurers and roboadvisors) to provide customers the outcomes they seek – and how this will impact value propositions, product design, service offers and business models for the future.


    Ben Phillips, Partner, Casey Quirk & Associates
    9:30 - 10:20 

    Driving Efficient Distribution Strategy and Advisor Engagement

    Fund sales and marketing executives discuss best practices around efficient advisor-sold distribution - including advisor segmentation, messaging, and effective methods for driving profitable engagement.


    Tim Kresl, Principal, Market Metrics


    Alma Piscitello, Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Relationships, Northern Lights Distributors, LLC
    Timothy A. Hill, Executive Director – US Distribution, Principal Global Investors
    John Moninger, Managing Director, Retail Sales, Eaton Vance Distributors, Inc.
    10:20 - 10:40

    Coffee Break

    10:40 - 11:30

    Independent RIAs

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


    Catherine Saunders, Head of Registered Investment Advisory Business, Putnam Investments


    Victor Cańez, Vice President, Product Analytics & Business Intelligence, FundsNetwork®, Fidelity Investments
    Mike Wood, Managing Director, National Accounts, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
    11:30 - 12:20

    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.


    Thomas Jones, Head of Strategic Relations, Columbia Threadneedle Investments


    James Langham, Managing Director – Head of Investment Products, UBS Financial Services Inc.
    Sandy Bolton, Head of Investment Solutions for Managed Solutions Group, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management
    David Rosen, Executive Director - Director of Mutual Fund, ETF, 529 Plan, UIT & CEF Product, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
    12:20 - 12:30

    Closing Remarks

    12:30 - 1:30

    To Go Lunch

Sponsorship Information:

Allana Burke

General Information :

Carol Popkins
(203) 595-3282