I can’t believe it’s time again to register for the Cincinnati ASPPA Regional Conference! The 11th annual Conference will be held Nov. 11-12, 2019 at the Cincinnati Marriott RiverCenter.
Although I’ve been an employee benefits practitioner for many years, last year was my first attending the conference and I now realize what I was missing: a national-caliber retirement plans conference featuring knowledgeable and dynamic speakers addressing cutting-edge topics. And all of this essentially in my back yard.
The breadth and depth of topics covered was impressive. From the Washington update to retirement plan considerations in mergers & acquisitions, the speakers brought considerable technical and practical experience in a setting welcome to new practitioners and seasoned veterans alike.
Many of the outstanding speakers will be familiar, including Robert Richter, Derrin Watson and Craig Hoffman. Others may not be as familiar but are equally impressive. Two great examples are my colleagues Tom Zych and Nathan Holmes, who also will be speaking.
Last year’s attendees may remember Tom, who treated them to a lively and engaging presentation on cybersecurity. He will again engage us with the latest and greatest on cybersecurity challenges facing retirement plans. Nathan – while new to the speaker list this year – will provide an overview of nonqualified deferred compensation plans and common administrative challenges. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience concerning NQDC plans and executive compensation matters. Indeed, he is my go-to resource on all thorny nonqualified plan issues. Having heard both Tom and Nathan speak on numerous occasions, I’m confident their presentations will not disappoint.
The conference also offers a wonderful opportunity to meet, engage with and learn from other practitioners in the industry. It typically attracts practitioners from third-party administrators, record keeping and financial firms, actuaries, attorneys and many others. This diversity of backgrounds and experiences, combined with the collegial and collaborative atmosphere, provides an excellent opportunity to learn and network. It was certainly refreshing for me to attend various sessions and to hear others’ perspectives on a variety of challenging topics. There simply is no more efficient and effective way to keep up to date than attending the Cincinnati conference.
Take a moment to reserve your spot during early registration running through Sept. 27. Registration materials can be found at http://aspparegionals.org/cincinnati_regional/ and hotel reservations may be made at https://book.passkey.com/event/49898862/owner/1475/home.
I hope to see all of you this November in Cincinnati!
Ed Redder is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group in the Columbus, Ohio office of Thompson Hine LLP.