June 20-21, 2017 / Chelsea Piers, New York


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    8:00 - 9:00

    Registration and Breakfast

    9:00 - 9:15

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    9:15 - 10:00

    The Fund Industry at an Inflection Point: A Discussion of Key Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

    A conversation with Kevin Clifford, Chairman and CEO, American Funds
    Hosted by Avi Nachmany, Senior Advisor, Co-Founder, Strategic Insight
    10:00 - 10:35

    SI Presentation - Key Trends in US Distribution

    Jeffrey Strange, Managing Director of US Research, Strategic Insight
    10:35 - 11:05


    11:05 - 11:55

    PANEL: Independent / Regional Broker Dealer

    Executives from independent broker-dealers discuss what they're seeing within their businesses and the businesses of their advisors, as well as what they're seeking from fund firms.


    Bobby Colon, Vice President, PCG Investment Products, Raymond James Financial
    Frank A. McCarthy, SVP, General Manager, Third Party Products, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Steve Snyder, VP, Research Operating Officer, LPL Financial
    11:55 - 12:45

    PANEL: Engaging the Advisor-Sold Market of Tomorrow

    Fund executives will discuss the evolving needs of the intermediary-sold space and strategies to effectively engage this market in the future - including distribution organizational structure, the role of field sales forces, marketing strategies and more.
    12:45 - 1:45


    1:50 - 2:25

    Keynote Presentation

    2:25 - 3:15

    PANEL: Defined Contribution - The New Dynamics of Distribution

    This panel will discuss the how the dynamics distribution within the DC space are changing (including control of QDIAs) and opportunities it will afford to managers who recognize and respond to these emerging trends.


    Rob Muse, Senior Vice President, SEI Trust Company
    3:15 - 3:40


    3:40 - 4:10

    SI Presentation - Key Product Strategy and Pricing Considerations in an Evolving Market

    Dennis Bowden, Managing Director of US Research, Strategic Insight
    4:10 - 5:00

    PANEL: The Future of Product Strategy

    Panelists will discuss the changing face of product strategy - including challenges and opportunities in new fund development, considerations around non-mutual fund vehicle structures, fund pricing, and more.


    James Erceg, Head of Product Strategy – North America, T. Rowe Price
    Glen Casey, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Products, American Century Investments
    5:00 - 6:30 

    Buffet dinner and cocktail party

  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    8:00 - 9:00


    Meet Strategic Insight
    9:00 - 10:00

    Keynote Presentation

    10:00 - 10:20


    10:20 - 11:10 

    PANEL: Independent RIAs

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


    Alma Piscitello, Executive Vice President, Northern Lights Distributors, LLC


    Doug Hanson, Vice President, Third Party Products, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
    Victor Cañez, Head of Strategic Opportunities & Analytics, FundsNetwork®, Fidelity Investments
    11:10 - 12:00

    PANEL: National Broker-Dealers

    Executives from national broker-dealers discuss what they're seeing within their businesses and the businesses of their advisors, as well as what they're seeking from fund firms.


    Scott Brady, Head of US Product Development and Strategy, Columbia Threadneedle Investments


    James Langham, Managing Director – Head of Investment Products, UBS Financial Services Inc.
    Frank McDonnell, Director, Head of Global Mutual Funds, Managed Solutions Group, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management
    Marc Dextraze, Executive Director – Head of Mutual Fund & ETF Product Management, Morgan Stanley
    12:00 - 12:10

    Closing Remarks

    12:10 - 1:30

    Lunch, Conference Ends

Sponsorship Information:

Allana Burke

General Information :

Carol Popkins
(203) 595-3282