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Finance, Investment and Asset Management

FT Top Financial Advisers Forum 2017

A World in Transition

New York |
Speakers include:
Lawrence Kudlow

Lawrence Kudlow


Douglas Eu

Douglas Eu

Allianz Global Investors

Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Council on Foreign Relations


Our world is once again seemingly in flux. The traditional signposts on which prognosticators built their careers have been called into question, and a worldwide transition away from globalization could have profound effects on the economy, investors and the advisers who guide them. Developments in artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and other emerging technologies likewise promise to upend industries, create new opportunities and change the way the world works. The second annual FT Top Financial Advisers Forum, organized in partnership with Money-Media, will bring together an elite group of advisers and industry leaders to discuss ways to better understand and navigate this new investment landscape.

Please note, sessions, breakouts and keynotes will be held under the Chatham House Rule* and will be clearly indicated as such on the agenda.

*“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity not the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.” Source: Chatham House.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/24/2017 08:00:0010/24/2017 16:30:00trueFT Top Financial Advisers Forum 2017Our world is once again seemingly in flux. The traditional signposts on which prognosticators built their careers have been called into question, and a worldwide transition away from globalization could have profound effects on the economy, investors and the advisers who guide them. Developments in artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and other emerging technologies likewise promise to upend industries, create new opportunities and change the way the world works. The second annual FT Top Financial Advisers Forum, organized in partnership with Money-Media, will bring together an elite group of advisers and industry leaders to discuss ways to better understand and navigate this new investment landscape.Please note, sessions, breakouts and keynotes will be held under the Chatham House Rule* and will be clearly indicated as such on the agenda.*“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity not the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.” Source: Chatham House.FT-Top-Financial-Advisers-Forum-20174118b78968239429c61ffebd2965ab38MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (25)

Lawrence Kudlow

Lawrence Kudlow

Senior Contributor

Lawrence Kudlow is CNBC’s Senior Contributor and was previously host of CNBC’s primetime “The Kudlow Report”. He is also the host of “The Larry Kudlow Show”, which broadcasts each Saturday on WABC Radio and is syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media. Additionally, Mr Kudlow is CEO of Kudlow & Co, LLC, an economic research firm ( Mr Kudlow is a nationally syndicated columnist. He is a contributing editor of National Review magazine, as well as a columnist and economics editor for National Review Online. He is the author of American Abundance: The New Economic and Moral Prosperity, published by Forbes in January 1998. JFK and the Reagan Revolution, published by Penguin Random House, was released in September 2016. During President Reagan’s first term, Mr Kudlow was the Associate Director for Economics and Planning, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, where he was engaged in the development of the administration’s economic and budget policy. He was formerly Chief Economist and Senior Managing Director of Bear Stearns & Company. Mr Kudlow started his professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he worked in open market operations and bank supervision. He is presently on the Board of Directors of Hazelden New York; Independent Women’s Forum; Foundations in Education of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, President of St. Patrick’s Church Parish Council, and a former Fordham University Board of Trustees member. Mr Kudlow received an honorary degree (Doctor of Laws) from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ in 2009 and an honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from the University of Rochester in 2013. He was a 2014 Media Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Mr Kudlow was educated at the University of Rochester and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Douglas Eu

Douglas Eu

Managing Director, CEO US
Allianz Global Investors

Douglas Eu is Chief Executive Officer US and a Managing Director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2006. He is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee and US Executive Committee and was previously Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific. Mr Eu has 29 years of investment industry experience. Before joining the firm, he worked at JP Morgan Asset Management (and predecessor entities, including JF Asset Management) where he held several positions, including Chief Executive of JF Funds Limited; investment specialist for Greater China (and previously Asia, including Japanese and Indonesian equities); and Equity Analyst covering the Hong Kong real estate sector. Mr Eu has an AB in Economics from Vassar College and an MSc in Business Studies from London Business School. He served as a member of the advisory committee of the Securities and Futures Commission from 2007 to 2013.

Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Heidi Crebo-Rediker

Adjunct Senior Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations

Heidi Crebo-Rediker is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of International Capital Strategies. Previously, Ms Crebo-Rediker served as the State Department’s first Chief Economist. Appointed to this Assistant Secretary level position by Secretary Clinton as a centerpiece of her "Economic Statecraft" initiative, she provided advice and analysis to the Secretary on a wide range of foreign policy issues having a significant economic, market or financial component. Before this, Ms Crebo-Rediker was the Chief of International Finance and Economics for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, following nearly two decades in Europe as a senior investment banker. In the Senate, she advised then Chairman John Kerry on international and domestic economic and financial issues. Over her investment banking career, she managed businesses ranging from European Debt Capital Markets, Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets, to Sovereign, Supranational and Public Sector Banking. In this capacity, she managed public and private financings for governments, corporations and banks, and related advisory work, in both developed and emerging markets. Ms Crebo-Rediker holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics and was named one of the "Top 25 Women in Business" by The Wall Street Journal Europe.

John Apruzzese

John Apruzzese

Partner and Chief Investment Officer
Evercore Wealth Management

John Apruzzese is Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Evercore Wealth Management. He is an Equity Portfolio Manager and Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee, which is responsible for the firm’s market outlook and asset allocation policy. He brings over 30 years of experience to managing balanced investment portfolios for high-net-worth clients. Prior to joining Evercore Wealth Management in 2008, Mr Apruzzese was a Managing Director of US Trust, which he joined in 1984. He was directly responsible for managing $2b of client assets, representing many of US Trust's most significant clients. Additionally, he served as Chief Investment Officer of US Trust of New York from 2003 to 2005, and the Head of Equity Investments and Chair of the Equity Investment Committee from 2005 to 2008. For fifteen years, he was an active participant in the formulation of overall investment strategy and a member of the US Trust Investment Strategy Committee. Prior to attending business school, he was on the staff of the US Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and worked on federal budget matters. Mr Apruzzese received his BA from Bucknell University in 1980, an MBA from New York University in 1984, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a former member of the Board of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Michael Bapis

Michael Bapis

Partner and Managing Director
The Bapis Group at HighTower

Michael Bapis is Partner and Managing Director with The Bapis Group at HighTower. He brings over 15 years of wealth management and private banking experience to the practice and is dedicated to assisting clients and families, institutions and professional athletes and entertainers by providing knowledgeable insight and highly personalized client service. Mr Bapis began his career at Morgan Stanley in 1998, where he spent time in various departments learning a wide array of skills and knowledge within the financial services industry. A year later in 1999, he became a financial advisor. During this time, he was promoted to a Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor and honored as a member of the prestigious Chairman's Club, a group that highlights the top 150 advisors in the firm. He joined HighTower in 2008 as the third team to breakaway from a wirehouse advisor. He serves on HighTower's Strategic Advisory Committee and was named Chairman of the Committee in 2014. In addition, he is very involved in the planning and execution of important HighTower initiatives and plays an integral role in the recruitment and business development process of on-boarding new advisor candidates and teams to join HighTower's growing firm. A strong advocate of the team approach to wealth management, Mr Bapis has been named to the Barron's Top 1,200 Advisor List from 2014 to 2017 and was also honored as one of the Barron's top 150 Financial Advisors in the state of New York. He and The Bapis Group at HighTower were also honored on the 2016 FT300, a ranking of the nation's top Registered Investment Advisors compiled by the Financial Times.  

Mary Ann Bartels

Mary Ann Bartels

Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Strategy
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Mary Ann Bartels is Managing Director and Head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Portfolio Strategy for the Chief Investment Office within the Global Wealth & Investment Management (GWIM), a division of Bank of America Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for contributing to the thought leadership for investment guidance and portfolio strategies for financial advisors and clients. Additionally, she is leading the marketing and communications for Merrill Lynch Chief Investment Office content platform, product launches and publications. As a GWIM Investment Strategy Committee voting member, she is responsible for promoting investment policy, guidance and strategy across our advisory network. Formerly, she was Head of the US Technical & Market Analysis department at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. She brings over 25 year of investment experience to this role. During her 19 years at the firm, Ms Bartel’s name has become synonymous with high-quality portfolio strategy and research, earning the respect of our clients and her peers in the industry. She is an Institutional Investor All-American Research ranked analyst from 2006 through 2011 and is highly regarded for developing proprietary models for equity pairs trading and for her sector, industry and stock selection, as well as for her extensive work on Hedge Funds. Ms Bartels rejoined Merrill Lynch in 1999, working with the highly acclaimed European Quantitative Strategy Team and became head of Global Equity Trading Research Strategy in 2001. Prior to rejoining Merrill Lynch, she held Portfolio Manager positions at Batterymarch in Boston and Avatar/Zweig Associates in New York. Ms Bartels earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from Fordham University. She serves on several advisory boards, including her alma mater Fordham University.

Beth Ann Bovino

Beth Ann Bovino

US Chief Economist
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services

Beth Ann Bovino is the US Chief Economist at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, based in New York. In this position, she develops S&P’s US economic forecasts and authors the monthly US Economic Forecast, the quarterly US Risks To The Forecast, the weekly Financial Notes and the Weekly Economics Call. Dr Bovino has created Industry Drivers reports for analyst research. She is quoted regularly in the press and has appeared on many major television programs. Further, she has written many articles for popular and professional publications. Before joining Standard & Poor’s in February 2004, she spent over ten years doing economic and market research with Sungard Institutional Brokerage, UBS Warburg, and the Federal Reserve. The Wall Street Journal recognized her as the most accurate forecaster of the US economy in 2013. Dr Bovino holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a PhD in Economics from Columbia University.

Patricia Brennan

Patricia Brennan

President and CEO
Key Financial

Patricia Brennan is President and CEO of Key Financial. A graduate of Georgetown University and a Certified Financial Planner, not only does she provide comprehensive wealth management, but she also creates integrated strategies that are unique for each client. She takes this one step further with a process that updates all financial plans each night with changes in the total portfolio. This way cash flow, income tax calculations and retirement projections stay current and “live” instead of obsolete with market fluctuations. Ms Brennan is not just a number cruncher. Known for her ability to see the impact of the little details on the big picture, she is known for communicating complex financial concepts in simple, understandable and meaningful terms. Among other accolades, she has been named one of Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in the Nation, one of Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors in America, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Wealth Management and one of The 50 Top Women in Wealth (Wealth Manager), The Top Wealth Advisors® #2 in the Greater Philadelphia Area (Philadelphia Business Journal), one of The Nation’s Top Wealth Advisors (Worth Magazine), one of Financial Times’ 400 Top Advisors, one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 100 Wealth Managers in America, and March of Dimes Recipient of the Ellen Ann Roberts Award for Excellence in Business.  

Eben Colby

Eben Colby

Partner, Litigation
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Eben Colby is a Partner with Skadden’s Litigation Group in the firm’s Boston office. His practice involves a wide range of large-scale and complex commercial, corporate and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on representing mutual fund companies and other asset management businesses. Mr Colby has litigated a variety of claims brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, including a recent trial victory in a purported class action against a large mutual fund company.  He was named a 2016 Asset Management Rising Star by Law360 and was selected as one of the National Law Journal’s Rising Stars in Boston for 2014. He is active in various pro bono matters and was awarded the 2013 Women’s Bar Foundation Pro Bono Award for his work in abuse prevention cases for clients in crisis due to domestic violence. Mr Colby also led a Skadden team in a consortium of firms in obtaining a historic settlement on behalf of Indian welders and pipefitters who were brought to the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the nation’s largest-ever labor trafficking suit.

Laurent Desegur

Laurent Desegur

Vice President of Customer Experience Engineering
Walmart Labs

Laurent Desegur is Vice President of Customer Experience Engineering for Walmart Labs, building experiences that bridge the digital and in-store experience across devices for Walmart's customers. Under his leadership, Walmart Labs has increased its commitment to modern technologies, lean engineering, and open source development for web and mobile solutions. He has proven experience in leadership, expertise in machine learning, architecting, and delivering large scale customer facing distributed systems from the ground up. Prior to working at Walmart Labs, Mr Desegur held various leadership roles ranging from Chief Technology Officer to Senior Director of Engineering at unicorn startups like Zynga and large scale business like PayPal, Netflix, and Apple.

Michael Dimock

Michael Dimock

Pew Research Center

Michael Dimock is President of Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. A political scientist by training, Mr Dimock has worked at the Center since 2000. He is the co-author of several of the Center’s landmark research reports, including its groundbreaking examination of the nature and scope of political polarization within the American public. Mr Dimock has been a frequent commentator for major media organizations and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at such venues as the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Milken Institute Global Conference. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Houston and a PhD in Political Science from the University of California-San Diego.

Marian Fowler

Marian Fowler

Partner, Investment Funds Group
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Marian Fowler is a Partner in the Investment Funds Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, she served as Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC in Washington, DC. Ms Fowler worked in the Office of the Director for the last three years and was a key adviser to the Division Director on all Division projects and priorities and also served as the primary liaison between the Division and the Chairman’s office and Commissioners’ offices. Previously, she was Senior Counsel in the Investment Company Rulemaking Office in the Division of Investment Management. Prior to joining the SEC, Ms Fowler was in private practice where she served as counsel to investment advisers, investment companies, and boards of directors.

Justin Fuller

Justin Fuller

Senior Director, Financial Institutions
Fitch Ratings

Justin Fuller is a Senior Director in Fitch Ratings’ Financial Institutions Group. His coverage includes global trading banks, regional banks, trust and processing banks, discount broker/dealers, Canadian banks, and other finance companies. Prior to joining Fitch in 2010, he worked as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager for an asset management company in Chicago. Prior to that, he worked at Morningstar as a Senior Equity Analyst and Investment Strategist. There he worked in both business development and in an analytical capacity, managing a team of analysts with responsibilities for companies in the financial institutions sector including banks, investment banks, broker/dealers, specialty finance firms, and insurance companies. Mr Fuller earned a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He also completed an executive education program at Columbia University in New York. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute and of the Chicago Society of Security Analysts.

Holly MacDonald

Holly MacDonald

Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist
Bessemer Trust

Holly MacDonald is Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Bessemer Trust, responsible for macroeconomic research and financial market analysis, as well as asset allocation and strategy recommendations to help optimize client portfolios. Prior to joining Bessemer, she was a Managing Director in the emerging markets and global currency strategy groups at JPMorgan. Before that, she worked for JPMorgan in a variety of functions in the fixed income and currencies groups in both New York and Sao Paulo. Ms MacDonald is a Board Member of Agora Partnerships and is a Co-Founder of the New York Chapter of Room to Read. In 2010, she was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Women’s Bond Club. Ms MacDonald earned an MBA, with honors, from Columbia University and a BA in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, from which she also earned a minor equivalent in the program in Finance and the program in Spanish language and culture.

Jeff McMillan

Jeff McMillan

Managing Director, Chief Analytics & Data Officer
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Jeff McMillan is Managing Director, Chief Analytics & Data Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. In this capacity, he is focused on driving organic growth through the use of the latest analytical, machine learning and artificial intelligent capabilities. Prior to this, his roles at Morgan Stanley included Head of Advisor Platforms and Digital Strategy, Head of Product Platforms as well as the COO for the Investment Strategy Group. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2009, he served as Head of Business Strategy for Merrill Lynch Research. Mr McMillan is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a BS in Economics. Following this he served on active duty as an Armor Officer and Scout Platoon Leader in South Korea and Fort Knox, KY.

George  Milling-Stanley

George Milling-Stanley

Head of Gold Strategy
State Street Global Advisors

George Milling-Stanley is Head of Gold Strategy at State Street Global Advisors. He joined State Street Global Advisors as a Vice President and Gold Strategist in November 2014.  Before joining SSGA, he ran the independent consultancy George Milling-Stanley on Gold, LLC. From October 2011 until June 2013, the consultancy’s principal activity was to help JPMorgan Chase rebuild its gold business with central banks.

Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery

Managing Director, Investments
The Optimal Service Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Joseph Montgomery is a Managing Director, Investments and heads The Optimal Service Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, which specializes in servicing high-net-worth individuals and institutions. He joined the firm in 1975 and has built an institutional team to work with insurance companies, endowments, foundations, corporate retirement plans and high net-worth individuals to formulate investment strategies that may enhance each client's potential to reach their expected total return and/or income objectives. Mr Montgomery earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, where he has since lectured. During his successful 41-year career, he has been routinely recognized for his exceptional professionalism and his many accomplishments. In addition to his professional success, Mr Montgomery is a strong community leader, serving on boards for several different Williamsburg, Virginia area charities and foundations.

Pieter Nel

Pieter Nel

Digital Expert
McKinsey and Company

Pieter Nel is a Digital Expert at McKinsey and Company where he advises clients on artificial intelligence and digital strategy. Prior to joining McKinsey he advised Chinese internet company Tencent on the growth of their mobility products in markets outside of China. He has held multiple C-level positions in leading startups around the world including the world’s first mobile instant messenger and first mobile live-streaming companies. Mr Nel holds a Masters degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, where he specialized in machine learning and artificial intelligence as applied to speech recognition. As a Sloan Fellow, he gained an MBA from MIT, pursuing his interest in digital strategy with funding from the Legatum Center and Mastercard Foundation. He is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Elizabeth Nesvold

Elizabeth Nesvold

Founder and Managing Partner
Silver Lane Advisors

Elizabeth Nesvold is the Founder and Managing Partner of Silver Lane Advisors, an investment banking boutique that is consistently ranked as the #1 or #2 most active M&A advisor for the wealth advisory, asset management and securities industries. She has personally advised on more than 150 completed M&A, valuation and strategic advisory engagements over her 25-year career, for firms such as First Republic Bank, Constellation Wealth, Prudential, Evercore, HighTower Advisors and Old Mutual, among others. A frequent speaker at numerous industry conferences and seminars, she has also authored several articles, including “Who’ll Be Left Standing” and “How to Make Money in Wealth Management,” Trust & Estates, and “How to Sell the Family Business (Without Losing Your Sanity)” for Private Wealth Management. She also co-authored The Art of M&A Valuation, published by McGraw-Hill. Ms Nesvold earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics from Binghamton University, and an MBA in Finance (with high honors) from The Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University. She is also a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, the Edward L. Rose Conservancy, and 100 Women in Finance.

Michael Papedis

Michael Papedis

CEO and Founder
Fusion Financial Partners

Michael Papedis is CEO and Founder of Fusion Financial Partners, a strategic consulting firm serving RIAs and breakaway advisors with start-up services, business optimization, and monetization strategies. Prior to launching Fusion, he served as Managing Director, Head of RIA Acquisitions at HighTower. He launched HighTower’s M&A business channel and completed the firm’s first five RIA acquisitions. Other positions held at HighTower were Managing Director, Head of Business Development and Executive Vice-President Hightower Experience Group.  Mr Papedis was at HighTower from 2010 – 2017.  Prior to HighTower, he was Senior Business Development Contributor for Fidelity Investments Custody & Clearing. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President at TD Ameritrade Institutional providing custody solutions to breakaway advisors, family offices, and RIAs. He began his career in 1994 at Sit Investment Associates serving financial advisors and high-net worth investors. For nearly a quarter-century, Mr Papedis has served over 100 prominent wirehouse teams transitioning to independence and existing independent wealth management/family office firms nationwide. His expertise includes business start-up, M&A, private equity, recruiting/business development, media/PR, corporate strategy, and marketing.

Kristin Sharp

Kristin Sharp

Director, Initiative on Work, Workers and Technology
New America

Kristin Sharp directs New America's Initiative on Work, Workers, and Technology. In 2016, she co-founded and ran Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, a joint project of New America and Bloomberg. Prior to launching SHIFT, she had an extensive career in technology, innovation, and national security policy in the US Senate, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Mark Warner (D-Va), and the architect of his initiative examining the impact of the on-demand economy and contingent workforce on capitalism. In the Senate, Ms Sharp also held positions as Legislative Director for Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn). In addition, she held a variety of senior staff roles on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and was an Advisor to Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind) on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In addition to her work at New America, she is a frequent speaker on the future of work and advises a variety of private start-ups and venture capital firms. Ms Sharp is a member of the board of the Herbert Scoville Peace Fellowship. She has an MA from Duke University in Political Science and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Kimberly Ta

Kimberly Ta

Senior Vice President, Director of Teams and Succession Planning
Wells Fargo Advisors

Kimberly Ta is Director of Teams and Succession Planning at Wells Fargo Advisors where she leads a group dedicated to helping financial advisors effectively structure, develop, and manage their ideal team. Her responsibilities include programs that support the professional development of teams and team dynamics, team agreements that provide flexibility and protection, team business planning, reporting and recognition, and succession planning for retiring financial advisors. Since joining the firm in 2000, she has served in multiple roles within the organization, including Support Manager and Training & Communications Manager for the Envision® platform. Most recently, she served as the Director of Platform Management in the Innovation & Strategy group where her team was responsible for overall user experience with the firm technology platform, including the training, communication, sales, and support of the tools and applications available on the platform.

Jay Therrien

Jay Therrien

Vice President and Director of Business Consulting
OppenheimerFunds CEO Advisor Institute

Jay Therrien, Vice President and Director of CEO Advisor Institute Business Consulting, is a noted veteran with over 15 years of coaching and consulting experience with top-tier Financial Advisors and Advisory Teams. His expertise spans disciplines of practice development, team leadership, communication, collaboration and adult learning behavior. As Director of Business Consulting, he leads a team of seasoned veterans who provide exclusive coaching to both OppenheimerFunds’ Consultants and Advisory Teams across the US, in addition to representing the CEO Advisor Institute on the speaking circuit both regionally and nationally. Mr Therrien's personal and professional growth has seen him in numerous roles leading professional development and sales teams at three Fortune 500 companies. He is also a keynote speaker, executive coach and author with his work featured in a number of industry publications in addition to being the co-author of The Three Commitments of Leadership

Bonnie Treichel

Bonnie Treichel

Senior Consultant and Chief Compliance Officer
Multnomah Group

Bonnie Treichel is a Senior Consultant for Multnomah Group. She is also the chair of the firm’s Technical Services Committee and serves as the Chief Compliance Officer.  She promotes a culture of compliance at Multnomah Group, offering expertise on a variety of ERISA and retirement plan-related issues. Prior to joining Multnomah Group, she was a Partner at a law firm that specialized in all aspects of retirement-related products and services – working both with plan sponsors and retirement plan service providers. She has been a frequent speaker on the topic of retirement plan issues at local, regional, and national conferences and events. Ms Treichel earned her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she graduated with honors and received a certificate from the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law. She also graduated with honors from Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri, earning a degree in Political Science. She is a member of the State Bar of California and ASPPA and is also on the Board of the ABC of the Great Northwest.

Michael Weissman

Michael Weissman


Michael Weissman is a Principal of Aspiriant and serves as the Practice Leader of the New York office. He has been providing investment and wealth advisory services to high net worth families and individuals since 1998. His clients include senior executives at Deloitte and Sotheby’s. Prior to Aspiriant merging with Deloitte Investment Advisors in 2010, he worked at Deloitte as a Director in Stamford, Connecticut. He began his career in wealth management at Deloitte & Touche after working for eight years as a high school teacher and basketball coach in the New York City public schools. Mr Weissman earned a BS from Cornell University and an MS from Baruch College. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional (CFP®), a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).


Chair & Moderators (8)

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

Chair, Editorial Board, and Editor-at-large, US
Financial Times

Gillian Tett is Chair, Editorial Board, and Editor-at-large, US at the Financial Times. She previously served as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. She is the author of The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015), New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009), and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

John  Authers

John Authers

Senior Investment Commentator
Financial Times

John Authers has been the Financial Times’ Senior Investment Commentator, based in New York, since September 2014. He writes The Long View and Smart Money columns, which examine long-term market trends, and also presents the Authers’ Note daily stream of videos. Previously, he was the global editor of Lex, the FT’s flagship daily opinion column, and before that the FT's investment editor, introducing the popular daily Short View video, and taking a leading role in shaping the FT’s coverage of the global financial crisis. Mr Authers joined the FT in 1990 and during his career has also served as its US markets editor, Mexico City bureau chief, US banking correspondent, UK education and local government correspondent, and personal finance correspondent. In 2009, he was named senior journalist of the year by the Wincott Foundation, He also won Best in Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2008 and 2010 for his online video reports, and has twice been named the UK’s investment journalist of the year for national newspapers in the State Street Institutional Press Awards. Mr Authers holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MS from Columbia School of Journalism as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University College, Oxford.

Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley

Deputy US News Editor
Financial Times

Stephen Foley is Deputy US News Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. He is also author of the FT's Ambitious Wealth column. Mr Foley was previously US Investment Correspondent, covering the asset management industry, hedge funds and institutional and retail investment issues, and before that, he was a markets correspondent for the FT, covering bond and credit derivatives, market developments, regulatory reform and their impact on the wider economy. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Foley was the Associate Business Editor of The Independent, where he covered the credit crisis and US business issues in New York. Prior to this, he covered the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry for The Independent in London. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Mr Foley holds a degree from Cambridge University, as well as a diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

Dan Fink

Dan Fink

Managing Director

Dan Fink is the Managing Director for Money-Media. In this role, he oversees the Money-Media business unit, which is part of the Financial Publishing division of the Financial Times Limited. Prior to this role, Mr Fink oversaw sales, marketing and operations groups within Money-Media. Before his time with Money-Media, he managed an e-commerce website for Computer Associates’ consumer division and was the head of Direct Marketing at Loan Pricing Corporation (a subsidiary of Reuters). Mr Fink earned an MBA at Indiana University.

Hannah Glover

Hannah Glover

Group Managing Editor

Hannah Glover is a Group Managing Editor at Money-Media, overseeing several asset management and governance titles including Ignites, FundFire, BoardIQ, Agenda, Financial AdvisorIQ, Ignites Europe and Ignites Asia. She joined the FT Specialist unit as a reporter in 2007 and has worked as managing editor at Ignites and sister publication GatekeeperIQ. Prior to covering the world of asset management, she worked as a legislative investigator for the New York City Council and as a reporter at the Meriden, Conn. Record-Journal.

Bruce Love

Bruce Love

Managing Editor
Financial Advisor IQ

Bruce Love is the Managing Editor of Financial Advisor IQ. He is a journalist with more than 15 years in the field. He worked for many years on Fleet Street at daily newspapers and investment publications in London before moving to New York in 2013. In 2008, he founded UHNW publications Campden Family Business and Campden Family Office for a London-based global wealth publishing business. Mr Love holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and English from the Australian National University and a Master’s in Law from the University of London’s Birkbeck College.

Ben  McLannahan

Ben McLannahan

Market News Editor
Financial Times

Ben McLannahan is the Market News Editor for the Financial Times. Prior to that, he was a Lex writer and the US Banking Editor covering Wall Street investment banks and other financial institutions. Previously, Mr McLannahan was a correspondent for three years in Tokyo, where he focused on capital markets and economics. Before that, he covered Asia for the FT's Lex column, based in Hong Kong. He joined the Lex team in London in August 2007 from Institutional Investor magazine, where he served for two years as London correspondent. Before that he was at the Economist Group, writing for a range of publications including CFO Europe and Intelligent Life. He graduated with a Master's degree in English from Cambridge University.

Billy Nauman

Billy Nauman

Reporter and Producer, Moral Money
Financial Times

Billy Nauman is a reporter and producer for Moral Money, the new digital platform and newsletter from the FT featuring news and analysis about the fast-expanding world of socially responsible business, sustainable finance, impact investing, environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends. Before joining Moral Money, Billy worked in the FT’s Specialist division for nine years as a reporter and editor. Most recently, he was the managing editor of FundFire, the FT’s daily publication covering the U.S. institutional investment industry.


Agenda - 24th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Stephen Foley, Deputy US News Editor, Financial Times
    Dan Fink, Managing Director, Money-Media

  • 9:10am
    Panel Discussion: Investing in a Post-Globalist World

    This panel of industry experts discusses the global investment landscape, evolving geopolitical risks and repercussions of shifting sentiment in the US and across parts of Europe.

    Mary Ann Bartels, Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Strategy, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    Beth Ann Bovino, US Chief Economist, Standard and Poor's Ratings Services
    Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
    Michael Dimock, President, Pew Research Center

    Moderated by:
    Stephen Foley, Deputy US News Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Panel Discussion: Reading the Market and Positioning Portfolios for Uncertainty

    With the world in transition, advisors need to be able to accurately read the tea leaves in order to protect their clients. This panel of experts will take a deep dive into key market indicators and discuss how to set sound strategies for more resilient investment portfolios in the current environment.

    • What key signals in the markets should advisors pay most attention to? What should they understand about gold or oil prices, dollar or other currency fluctuations, beyond what they read?
    • What portfolio protection strategies are investors and their advisers employing?

    John Apruzzese, Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Evercore Wealth Management
    Holly MacDonald, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist, Bessemer Trust
    George Milling-Stanley, Head of Gold Strategy, State Street Global Advisors

    Moderated by:
    John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

  • 10:50am
    Keynote Interview: Prospects for Growth

    What is the outlook for the US economy going forward, and what will it take to strengthen our economy and boost both growth and productivity? 

    Lawrence Kudlow, Senior Contributor, CNBC

    Interviewed by:
    Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
    Networking Break
  • 11:45am
    Breakout Sessions

    Maximizing Team Performance

    Advisers are increasingly constructing or joining teams to both leverage the benefits of shared resources and support, as well as train and develop younger associates for future succession plans. This panel of experts will share their experiences helping adviser teams maximize their capacity and productivity, while addressing the headaches and challenges that often come with aligning, communicating and managing a team.

    Patricia Brennan, President and CEO, Key Financial
    Kimberly Ta, SVP, Director of Teams & Succession Planning, Wells Fargo Advisors
    Jay Therrien, Director of Business Consulting, OppenheimerFunds CEO Advisor Institute

    Moderated by: 
    Bruce Love, Managing Editor, Financial Advisor IQ

    Considering M&A: From Both Sides of the Table

    Consolidation activity is heating up across the RIA landscape. This session will explore strategic M&A from the perspective of both firms looking to acquire, as well as those looking to be acquired. What are the benefits to joining forces with another firm? How do you find a good fit, and what are the keys to a successful integration?

    Elizabeth Nesvold, Managing Partner, Silver Lane Advisors
    Michael Papedis, CEO and Founder, Fusion Financial Partners
    Michael Weissman, Principal, Aspiriant

    Moderated by:
    Billy Nauman, Managing Editor, FundFire

    Staying Compliant in an Ever-Shifting Landscape

    This panel of experts will discuss the latest developments regarding the delay and possible repeal of the DOL fiduciary rule. What should retirement plan advisors be doing now to manage the uncertainty, and what rules are still on the books to go into effect in 2019?

    Eben Colby, Partner, Litigation, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    Marian Fowler, Partner, Investment Funds Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Bonnie Treichel, Senior Consultant and Chief Compliance Officer, Multnomah Group

    Moderated by:
    Hannah Glover, Managing Editor, Ignites

  • 12:45pm
  • 1:45pm
    Keynote Interview

    Douglas Eu, Managing Director, CEO US, Allianz Global Investors

    Interviewed by:
    Stephen Foley, Deputy US News Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:15pm
    Panel Discussion: Rise of the Bionic Adviser

    As artificial intelligence and other advances in technology promise to streamline, automate and commoditize aspects of investment management and financial planning, the “human element” of financial advice becomes ever more important. Clients will demand a user experience as convenient and advanced as the robo-advice platforms, but will also look to advisers who add value beyond the numbers. This discussion addresses changes in the industry and explores strategies for pairing technology with service to stay ahead of the competition.

    Michael Bapis, Partner and Managing Director, The Bapis Group at HighTower
    Justin Fuller, Senior Director, Financial Institutions, Fitch Ratings
    Jeff McMillan, Managing Director, Chief Analytics & Data Officer, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

    Moderated by:
    Ben McLannahan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:05pm
    Keynote Interview

    Joseph Montgomery, Managing Director, Investments, The Optimal Service Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

    Interviewed by: Ben McLannahan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:35pm
    Panel Discussion: The Opportunities and Casualties of Machine Learning

    This panel will address coming changes to industries and the workforce brought on by the advancement of machine learning and automation. From driverless cars and the end of retail employment to artificial intelligence and algorithms replacing white-collar jobs, industries are being remade by technology. Experts discuss new opportunities that will be created, along with implications for investors, the labor force, and the global economy.

    Laurent Desegur, Vice President of Customer Experience Engineering, WalmartLabs
    Pieter Nel, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Strategy, McKinsey & Company
    Kristin Sharp, Director, Initiative on Work, Workers and Technology, New America

    Moderated by: Bruce Love, Managing Editor, Financial Advisor IQ

  • 4:25pm
    Closing Remarks

    Stephen Foley, Deputy US News Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Networking Reception

Who will I meet?

Attendance is exclusive to those named in one of the FT’s rankings. If you would like to apply to attend, please click the link above to complete the short application form.

Please note that all the applications will be reviewed by the Publisher. We will be in touch shortly.


FT Top Financial Advisers Rankings

FT 400
The FT 400 is a special report published by the Financial Times naming the 400 most elite financial advisers in U.S. broker-dealers, who average over $1.6 billion of assets under management.
FT 300
The FT 300 is a special report published by the Financial Times naming the 300 most elite registered investment adviser practices in the U.S., who average over $2.6 billion of assets under management per advisory firm.

FT 401
The FT 401 is a special report published by the Financial Times naming the 401 most elite DC retirement plan advisers in the U.S. The group averages over $750 million of DC plan assets under management per advisor, and over 18 years of experience advising DC plans.


Be in good company

Past Attendees Include:

Ameriprise Financial  Arista  Atlantic Trust  Bard Financial Services  Beekman Wealth Advisory  Bradley, Foster & Sargent  Carnegie Investment Counsel  Douglass Winthrop Advisors  Fisher Investments  Gateway Advisory  Greenwich Investment Management  HighTower  HJ Wealth Management  HPM Partners  Janney Montgomery Scott  Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management  RBC Wealth Management  RMR Wealth Builders  Sagepoint Financial  Schechter Investment Advisors  Snowden Lane Partners  UBS Financial Services  UBS Private Wealth Management  Wells Fargo Advisors  Winthrop Wealth Management 


Sponsors (4)

FFor four decades, State Street Global Advisors has served the world’s governments, institutions and financial advisors. With a rigorous, risk-aware approach built on research, analysis and market-tested experience, we build from a breadth of active and index strategies to create cost-effective solutions. As stewards, we help portfolio companies see that what is fair for people and sustainable for the planet can deliver long-term performance. And, as pioneers in index, ETF, and ESG investing, we are always inventing new ways to invest. As a result, we have become the world’s third largest asset manager with US $2.5 trillion* under our care.

*AUM reflects approximately $32.7 billion (as of March 31, 2019), with respect to which State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC (SSGA FD) serves as marketing agent; SSGA FD and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.

OppenheimerFunds, a leading global asset manager with more than $240 billion in assets under management (as of July 31, 2017), provides innovative investment strategies for investors. Specializing across asset classes, the firm’s investment management teams focus on equity, fixed-income, alternative, multi-asset, and fundamental-weighted-ETF strategies, including ESG. OppenheimerFunds and certain of its subsidiaries provide advisory services to the Oppenheimer family of funds, and OFI Global Asset Management offers solutions to institutions. The firm is also active through its Philanthropy and Community initiative: 10,000 Kids by 2020, reaching children with introductions to math literacy programs.

Allianz Global Investors is a diversified active investment manager with a strong parent company and a culture of risk management. With 25 offices worldwide, we provide global investment and research capabilities with consultative local delivery. We have more than $569 billion in AUM for individuals, families and institutions worldwide and employ over 650 investment professionals.

At Allianz Global Investors, we follow a two-word philosophy: Understand. Act. It describes how we look at the world and how we behave. We aim to stand out as the investment partner our clients trust by listening closely to understand their challenges, then acting decisively to provide them with solutions that meet their needs.

Data as of June 30, 2017 (including AUM of entities held for sale); investment professionals as of March 31, 2017

Fidelity Clearing and Custody SolutionsSM (FCCS) offers a comprehensive clearing and custody platform, brokerage services, trading capabilities, and practice management consulting to broker-dealers, banks, insurance companies, registered investment advisors—including strategic acquirers and professional asset managers—and retirement recordkeepers.

Fidelity Institutional Asset ManagementSM (FIAM) provides investment management and resources to financial advisors, institutions, and consultants in the U.S. institutional marketplace, delivering Fidelity Investments' original insight and diverse investment capabilities across all asset classes.

Presented by (3)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Launched in 2013, Financial Advisor IQ is “all about the client” and delivers powerful news content artfully shaped to help financial advisors build their practices. FA-IQ delivers critical industry and practice management news like no other publication in the field by focusing on what other successful advisors are doing.

Ignites Distribution Research is dedicated to helping asset managers build and continually strengthen their relationships with retail financial advisors. Our specialized reports provide valuable insight and actionable recommendations on FAs across the channel and practice size spectrum.

Ignites Retirement Research is dedicated to helping DCIO teams optimize their exposure and use in employer-sponsored retirement plans. Our specialized reports provide valuable insight and actionable recommendations based on proprietary surveys of retirement plan advisors, recordkeepers, plan sponsors, and investors.


"The FT Live event brought leading advisors to enjoy and participate in conversations with experts on a wide range of relevant topics that will shape our practice tomorrow and years to come.”
- Patrick Briaud, Board Member, Briaud Financial Advisors

"On point. Well worth the time. If you are interested in learning where our industry is heading, this event is a must attend.”
- Will Gourd, Managing Director, UBS Private Wealth Management

“Thank you for a productive day. I'm coming away with some immediate to-dos, as well as plenty of food for longer-term thought.”
- Elizabeth Anderson, Managing Director, Beekman Wealth Advisory

“In the very busy world of being a top financial advisor, I need to be selective with my time and the quality of the numerous events we attend. The FT Top Financial Adviser Forum certainly makes the cut and raises the bar.”
- Robert Finan, First Vice President, Morgan Stanley



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