2018 SPARK Forum - The Breakers - Palm Beach, FL

Sponsor and Exhibitor Profiles


Primary Sponsors

55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10017
Ph:877-99-BLKDC (877-992-5532)

BlackRock's Defined Contribution Group is uniquely positioned to help you guide your employees into retirement. As the world's most trusted asset manager and the largest DC investment-only provider, we have the objective insight, robust investment capabilities and global perspective to help you meet the challenges of the evolving retirement landscape. Our goal is simple: to work with you in creating the best possible outcomes for participants.

821 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 250-302
Gainesville, GA 30506
Ph: 855-274-3434

BridgePoint is a business consulting firm that provides transformative ideas, industry perspective and practical planning for the financial services industry. Our broad experience gives us the depth of expertise to help organizations grow and thrive. Working side by side with our clients, our team of subject matter experts draws on firsthand experience to create value and growth by providing pragmatic strategies and solutions. For more information on BridgePoint, please visit our website at www.getbridgepoint.com.

BrightScope, a Strategic Insight business

BrightScope, a Strategic Insight business, provides integrated data management and analytics through the SI Data division. BrightScope's best-in-class software solutions, including BI & Analytics, Data Networks, Sales Reporting, Industry Datasets, and CRM/Data Integration, facilitate more effective sales and retention strategies for the top financial institutions. With BrightScope, financial services firms know exactly how to leverage trended market share analysis, gain unparalleled visibility into advisor-to-plan relationships, and drive the growth of data-driven decision-making from every corner of the organization.

Congruent Solutions Inc.
1500 District Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: 617-314-9079

Congruent Solutions Inc. is a pioneer in providing technology solutions and plan administration services to the retirement industry. Since 2004, Congruent has partnered with Tier 1 plan providers and TPAs, providing a full array of Back-Office Administration Services from Enrolling new participants, Processing Contributions, Loans and Distributions, Conversions and De-conversions, to Compliance Testing and 5500 preparation. Our Retirement Technology Services include Reverse Engineering services, Business Process Consulting, Data Migration and Plan Conversion consulting, Custom Application Development and Manual and Automated Testing services. Congruent developed COREDC, a new generation end-to-end enterprise technology platform covering both record keeping and transaction processing. COREDC combines rich functionality with the latest in technology to address specific needs of the retirement plan providers, providing them superior performance, scalability and flexibility. The COREDC platform provides self-service capability through a web based interface to all constituents of the retirement ecosystem and creates a better overall customer experience. The COREDC platform can also be implemented in modules as CORE Point Solutions to address specific business pain points with straight-through processing such as Payroll, eligibility, loans and distributions and fees. It is designed to integrate and work with existing recordkeeping systems with without the need for data migration or the need to sunset existing systems. Our CORE-On-Cloud offering makes these solutions available as SaaS and BPaaS models. For more information, please contact: Lucas Soucy, Sr. Vice President -- North America, 617-314-9079

2000 Crown Colony Drive
Quincy, MA 02169
Larry McQuaid
Ph: 617-521-8326

DST is now part of SS&C Technologies. DST is a leading provider of specialized technology, strategic advisory, and business operations outsourcing to the financial and healthcare industries. DST delivers flexible technology and business outsourcing solutions to help retirement plan providers, advisors and TPAs create lifetime engagement models for participants. Our retirement account servicing, rollover and income portability, plan health and analytics, advisor practice management, and personalized education capabilities span all plan and investment types, promote retirement savings, help clients support their fiduciary obligations, and can enhance the participant experience. Learn more at: www.dstsystems.com/retirement.

Empower Institutional
8525 E. Orchard Road, 9T3
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Darlene Soderquist
Ph: 303-737-4156

Empower Institutional is one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing recordkeepers. For over twenty years, we have helped institutions expand their retirement service offerings and grow their brands with customizable, flexible and scalable solutions. As a behind-the-scenes extension of an organization, we empower institutions to focus their energy and investments on their core competencies, remain on the leading edge of technology and innovations, create efficiencies while adding to their bottom line and maintain their autonomy while growing their client relationships. For more information, please visit us at www.empowerinstitutional.com.

Enterprise Iron Financial Industry Solutions, Inc.
100 Matawan Road, Suite 330
Matawan, NJ 07747
Jennifer Rogers-Linskey
Ph: 860-919-3414

Enterprise Iron was founded in 2002 to provide specialized operations and technology and risk management consulting services. Dedicated exclusively to the financial services industry, Enterprise Iron has consistently and successfully delivered numerous significant engagements, with a special emphasis on the retirement industry. EI provides its clients with guidance in the areas of industry best practices, digital transformations, fiduciary practice assessments, platform search and selection, software installation and maintenance and operational improvements including cost take out, lean management and client service improvement. It has extensive experience serving recordkeepers, TPAs and plan sponsors. Enterprise Iron delivery models include advisory/consulting engagements, outsourced/managed services and high-skill staff augmentation to the financial services industry.

FIS Retirement Services
104 Inverness Center Place
Birmingham, Alabama 35242
Bill Byerly
Ph: 205-437-7405

FIS' Retirement Services offers an integrated suite of solutions for retirement plan administration that help small and medium to large providers launch and maintain retirement products and services customized to their clients' needs. Administrators use FIS' Omni and Relius solutions to manage the recordkeeping, trading and reconciliation, check writing and benefit disbursement processes of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, and other contributory schemes worldwide. FIS' benefit administration software, services and expertise helps increase operational efficiencies and position your business for growth.

GoldStar Trust Company
1401 4th Ave
Canyon, Texas 79015
Ph: 806-354-3813

GoldStar Trust is one of the nation's leading Self Directed IRA Custodians for alternative investments including but not limited to: precious metals, private stock, REITs, Hedge Funds, LPs, LLCs, promissory notes, bank stock and church bonds. GoldStar is also a Trustee and Escrow/Paying Agent for bond issuances in 38 states. GoldStar Trust is backed by the strength and confidence of Texas-based Happy State Bank, founded in 1908. Generating new business opportunities by providing companies a solution to eliminate the administrative burden of missing or non-responsive former employees in employer sponsored 401k plans.

15 W Scenic Pointe Drive
Draper, Utah 84020

HealthEquity empowers Americans to build health savings by providing powerful tools for health savings accounts (HSAs) and other health financial services. We manage over $6.4 billion in deposits, which makes us one of the largest dedicated health account custodians in the nation. Our convenient solutions serve more than 3.3 million health savings accounts, owned by individuals at more than 40,000 companies across the country. With member support available every hour of every day, our team provides around-the-clock insight to maximize health savings.

Lincoln Financial Group
150 N. Radnor-Chester Road
Radnor, PA 19087

For more than 50 years, Lincoln Financial Group's Retirement Plan Services (RPS) business has been helping savers boost their retirement readiness through employer-sponsored plans. Our retirement plans help employers recruit and retain top talent, while our combination of high-tech and high-touch service creates an engaging customer experience that drives positive outcomes. The RPS business helps people understand how steps they take today can help them get to and through retirement tomorrow. The business serves approximately 1.4 million participants through 21,000 plan sponsors with $63 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2017. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $241 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2017.

PenChecks Trust
8580 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
Steve Wagoner
Ph: 800-541-3938

PenChecks Trust is the largest independent provider of outsourced benefit distribution services and auto rollover IRAs. With 20+ years in business, PenChecks helps TPAs, Advisors, Providers, and Plan Sponsors with a variety of issues they face in managing retirement plans. Services include solutions for Benefit Payment Processing and Tax Remittance, Automatic Rollover IRAs for Missing and Non-Responsive Participant, Uncashed Check Resolution, 1099-R Processing, Abandoned Plan Administration (QTA), Plan Termination Services, Participant Locator Service, & Participant Notifications.

265 Franklin Street, Suite 1702
Boston, MA 02110
Ph: 617-737-4321

Pidalia is a digital agency that produces communication and technology solutions for our clients. Our best asset is a fearless desire to learn. As a small team, we are able to immerse ourselves fully in our clients' brand and industry, and coordinate our resources with focused precision to build bespoke solutions. We relish the opportunity to combine design thinking and bleeding-edge technology to create successes for our clients, on time and on budget.

650 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Ph: 949-720-6000

PIMCO is one of the world's premier fixed income investment managers. With our launch in 1971 in Newport Beach, California, PIMCO introduced investors to a total return approach to fixed income investing. In the 45+ years since, we have continued to bring innovation and expertise to our partnership with clients seeking the best investment solutions. Today we have offices across the globe and 2,150+ professionals united by a single purpose: creating opportunities for investors in every environment. PIMCO's DC Practice, and our dedicated solutions team of more than 30 professionals, support retirement advisors through all phases of plan analysis, design and investment selection. We focus our efforts on what we do best: partnering with plan sponsors and their consultants to deliver optimal, risk-managed investment solutions catered to the unique needs of your participants. Investing our clients' assets is a tremendous responsibility, and for that reason there can be no shortcuts. We work relentlessly to help these investors reach their goals.

Prudential Retirement
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Ph: 877-493-0778

For more than 140 years, Prudential Financial, Inc. has helped individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. Today, we are one of the world's largest financial institutions with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. We also have one of the most recognized and trusted brand symbols, the Rock, an icon of strength, stability, expertise, and innovation. Prudential Retirement, an integral part of the Prudential Financial tradition since 1923, delivers retirement plan solutions for public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Our services include state-of-the-art recordkeeping, administrative services, investment and risk management, comprehensive employee communications, and trustee services. Prudential Retirement is proud of its accomplishments: managing more than 9,000 plans, $429.1 billion in retirement account values and Over 4 million participants and annuitants (all figures are as of December 31, 2017).

Custodia Financial
17855 Dallas Parkway, Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75287
Sandy Tassinari
Ph: 508-380-5253

Custodia Financial is a collaboration of industry veterans formed to improve retirement outcomes and reduce fiduciary risk by preventing loan defaults. The experts at Custodia Financial have a proven history of using technology to introduce attractive new products and services that improve defined contribution outcomes. When participants lose their jobs and are unable to repay their loans, 86% default, increasing financial problems for participants and fiduciary risks for plan sponsors charged with preserving retirement benefits. To address this problem, Custodia spent six years creating a regulatory and tax compliant program called Retirement Loan Eraser (RLE) which is the only automated solution that prevents loan defaults before they occur. RLE is a simple, affordable program that ensures employees reach the retirement they deserve.

Stadion Money Management
1061 Cliff Dawson Road
Watkinsville, GA 30677

Stadion Money Management is a privately owned money management firm based near Athens, Georgia. Since being founded in 1993, our goal has been to help investors -- through their advisors or company retirement plans -- protect and grow their "serious money." That is, the money that absolutely must be there for the important long-term goals like retirement, education, and future family legacy. A common value pervades our company culture: do right by our clients. We believe that building and safeguarding a financial future should not be confusing or overwhelming for investors. While our team of experienced money managers do some pretty complicated things to build and manage portfolios for the modern market, we strive to keep our communications with clients clear and straightforward. And we're only a phone call away.

Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
401 S Tryon St. 14th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202-1934
Tom Holland
Ph: 410-532-9448

Wells Fargo is a national leader in providing total retirement management, investments, and trust and custody solutions tailored to meet the needs of institutional clients. With 4.2 million participants and $393 billion in retirement plan assets, Wells Fargo ranks as the nation's seventh largest retirement plan provider according to the 2017 PLANSPONSOR DC Recordkeeping Survey.

Exhibitors and Other Sponsors

ADP Retirement Services
71 Hanover Park
Florham Park, NJ 07932

ADP provides recordkeeping services for a wide range of retirement plan types to meet the needs of small-, mid- and large-sized companies. The quality and experience of our dedicated service teams, plus our innovative technology, deliver a client experience that makes plan administration easy.

1876 Waycross Road
Cincinnati, OH 45240
Ph: 800-825-1551

Founded in 1887, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. and its affiliated companies offer a wide range of insurance and financial products and services to individuals, families and businesses. These products and services include life insurance; annuities; individual disability income insurance; group dental, vision and hearing care insurance; retirement plans; investments; asset management and public finance. Securities offered through affiliate Ameritas Investment Corp., member FINRA/SIPC. For more information, visit ameritas.com.

Amundi Pioneer Asset Management

Amundi Pioneer is the US investment headquarters of parent company Amundi, among the world's top 10 asset managers globally* with more than $1.71 trillion under management across six investment hubs (as of 6/30/18). The firm was formed in 2017 following the acquisition of Pioneer Investments by Amundi. In aggregate, Amundi Pioneer Asset Management offers a broad range of fixed income, equity, and multi-asset investment solutions. A focus on proprietary research, robust risk management, disciplined investment process, and close partnerships with clients has made the firms that comprise Amundi Pioneer investment managers of choice among leading institutional and individual investors worldwide. Amundi Pioneer manages approximately $87.38 billion in the US as of June 30, 2018. *Investments & Pensions Europe "Top 400 asset managers," published in June 2018 and based on assets under management as of December 2017.

BenefitsLink.com & EmployeeBenefitsJobs.com
1298 Minnesota Avenue, Suite H
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Lois Baker
Ph: 407-644-4146

BenefitsLink daily e-newsletters provide the latest developments and analysis in plan compliance, administration, policy and design -- since 1995, we've delivered the very best articles to keep you on top of this ever-changing field. Website includes active message boards, industry news and an extensive calendar of conferences and webcasts. Find - and fill -- job openings on our sister site, www.EmployeeBenefitsJobs.com. And be sure to check out our mobile app -- now available in the Apple Store and on Google Play. 28,000 Employee Benefits Professionals rely on us to keep them up to date -- do you?

Broadridge Financial Solutions
1155 Long Island Avenue
Edgewood, New York 11717
Ph: 888-237-1900

Broadridge, a global fintech leader with $4 billion in revenue, provides communications, technology, data and analytics. We help drive business transformation with solutions for enriching client engagement, navigating risk, optimizing efficiency and generating revenue growth. Our integrated, front-to-back solutions translate data into actionable insights and streamline the investment lifecycle. Touching 90% of the world's mutual fund assets, we are uniquely positioned to help asset managers get ahead of today's challenges and capitalize on what's next.


Cerulli Associates
699 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02053
Sarah Murphy
Ph: 617-437-0084

Founded in 1992, Cerulli Associates is a research and consulting firm specializing in asset management and distribution trends worldwide. Headquartered in Boston, Cerulli also has offices in London and Singapore. Cerulli blends original research and data analysis to bring perspective to current market conditions and forecasts for future developments. Cerulli provide firms with guidance in strategic positioning and new business development through a suite of research publications, an online data platform, and through custom research and advisory services. Cerulli's core product lines are complementary and include: The Cerulli Report Series, The Cerulli Edge Series, Cerulli Lodestar and Consulting & Custom Research.

Cogent Reports, Market Strategies International
100 CambridgePark Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
Linda York
Ph: 888-962-3312

Leading market research firms Market Strategies International and Morpace bring clients closer to their customers through exceptional insights, which includes deep expertise in financial services, specifically among wealth, banking, payments and insurance organizations. The firms specialize in brand, customer experience, product development and segmentation research, and are known for blending primary research with data from syndicated, benchmarking and self-funded studies to help clients succeed. The syndicated products, known as Cogent Reports, help clients understand the market environment, explore industry trends and monitor their brand within the competitive landscape.

2018 Powers Ferry Road SE, Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30339
Ph: 866-567-7221

Convergent is a retirement technology firm that delivers innovative solutions and world class expertise. Our knowledge of the retirement business, understanding of industry products and deep technology expertise separates us from the crowd. Our industry expertise ranges from the micro to the very large plan market and our solution engineers have decades of end to end retirement processing knowledge ranging from system upgrades or conversions to developing custom record keeping solutions. Superior technology, measurable results and smart solutions are what enables us to deliver a degree of difference and Be Convergent.

With more than 40 years of experience, DTCC is the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. From operating facilities, data centers and offices in 16 countries, DTCC, through its subsidiaries, automates, centralizes and standardizes the processing of financial transactions, mitigating risk, increasing transparency and driving efficiency for thousands of broker/dealers, custodian banks and asset managers. Industry owned and governed, the firm simplifies the complexities of clearing, settlement, asset servicing, data management and information services across asset classes, bringing increased security and soundness to financial markets. To learn more, please visit us at www.dtcc.com/mutualfundservices.

Fiduciary Benchmarks
5335 Meadows Rd, Suite 210
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
Tom Kmak
Ph: 480-656-4414

Fiduciary Benchmarks (FBi) serves as an independent, comprehensive and informative benchmarking service that helps service providers and the plan sponsors they serve fulfill their duties under ERISA. FBi believes that fees must always be weighed against Quality-Services-Value and if done properly the process can produce a win-win-win scenario for Service Providers, Plan Sponsors and Participants.

FPS Trust Company
9200 E. Mineral Avenue, STE 225
Centennial, Colorado 80112
Mark Koeppen
Ph: 719-960-4208

FPS Group serves Corporations, Health Care, Non-Profits, TPAs, Consultants, and Record Keepers by delivering customized services that offer clients strategies to simplify and streamline processes, cut costs and improve their bottom line. We cater to the account owner by crediting a generous rate on the default investment, providing an intuitive and educational account platform while being the least expensive Safe Harbor Auto Rollover IRA available. We also provide address searches, uncashed check resolution, paying agent services and customized HSA solutions for partners who want the best of the best.

One New York Plaza, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Ph: 212-747-9100

GlobeTax is the leading provider of withholding tax recovery services for investors receiving cross-border investment income from American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) and foreign ordinary shares. Qualified Retirement Plans are often entitled to reclaim the entire withholding amount from the foreign government (dependent on market and applicable treaties). Subscription to GlobeTax's tax reclaim service is risk-free and fees are contingent upon successful recoveries. Tax reclamation is a powerful tool for increasing investment performance! Contact us for a free analysis at info@globetax.com.

8910 University Center Lane
San Diego, California 92122
Jerry Yen
Ph: 888-675-4532

Established in 1999, GuidedChoice is an independent advisory firm solely focused on fiduciary digital retirement investment advice supporting advisors, plan sponsors and participants. GuidedChoice's proprietary rules engine enables full customization to plan design and line-up, while its digital investment algorithms personalize each participant's investments with no commissions nor conflicts of interest. Fueled by a powerful mission -- the belief in financial freedom for all -- GuidedChoice has no affiliations with any institutional investor, investment manager, or brokerage firm. Clients include multiple government entities, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and Fortune 500 corporations and advisory services support both qualified and non-qualified retirement plans.

LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute
6190 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 600
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
Paul Wilson
Ph: 770-984-6427

The LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute provides comprehensive, unbiased research and education covering all aspects of the retirement industry. It also offers a forum for senior leaders across the financial services retirement landscape to identify and explore the challenges Americans face surrounding retirement. Secure Retirement Institute's goal is to spur innovation and broaden industry collaboration to help improve retirement readiness and promote retirement security.

Merrill Corporation
1 Merrill Circle
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Christy Vierzba
Ph: 320-656-5019

Merrill Corporation provides secure, innovative solutions to complex content and communications requirements. With our deep financial industry expertise, exceptional service and innovative technology, we are a trusted partner in ensuring our clients' success at every stage in the life cycle of regulated business communications. Rely on Merrill's forward-thinking technology to efficiently create and manage differentiated, personalized experiences for all your stakeholders -- participants, plan sponsors and advisors. A single platform that works with your business. We partner with customers to provide multi-channel communication management and delivery solutions to meet their unique digital, print and distribution needs. Visit www.merrillcorp.com to learn more.

Millennium Trust Company
2001 Spring Road, Suite 700
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Millennium Trust is an expert provider of retirement solutions. We've been there since the start of automatic rollover IRAs, developing streamlined systems and unparalleled expertise in the field. Our clients include Fortune 100 corporations and more than 70,000 other employers looking to reduce the operating burden of small-balance retirement accounts. We also offer a robust suite of services to meet your evolving needs - all designed to help you reduce costs and liabilities, and better serve plan participants.

RCP Solutions
550 Pinetown Road, Suite 320
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Mark Sweatman
Ph: 267-607-4175

RCP Solutions specializes in risk management, compliance and communications programs that drive performance and the bottom line. A women-owned business with 100+ years of leadership experience across industries and disciplines, we leverage technology to integrate the many facets of business, risk and compliance to achieve the best results for clients.

T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 89000, Mail Code: 6350
Baltimore, MD 21289
Lee Stevens
Ph: 410-345-7753

INVEST WITH CONFIDENCE -- T. Rowe Price is an asset management firm focused on delivering global investment management excellence and retirement services that investors can rely on -- now, and over the long term. We provide an array of commingled funds, subadvisory services, separate account management, retirement recordkeeping, and related services for individuals, advisors, institutions, and retirement plan sponsors. Our intellectual rigor helps us seek the best ideas for our clients, our integrity ensures that we always put their interests first, and our stability lets us stay focused on their goals as we pursue better investment outcomes. As of June 30, 2018, T. Rowe Price has more than USD $1,044 billion in assets under management and serves clients in 48 countries worldwide.

Vertical Management Systems, Inc.
299 N Euclid Ave #500
Pasadena, California 91101
Nathan Beale
Ph: 626-744-2559

VMS is one of the nation's leading providers of data, financial networking, and account aggregation technology. For 25 years, VMS has designed, developed and hosted accounting and securities process-and-control solutions as well as provided market data for many of the largest financial institutions in the United States. VMS' core products include a comprehensive securities data solution, a centralized process-and-control solution and an innovative revenue-tracking platform.

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