SPARK National Conference

Past Sponsor and Exhibitor Profiles

 

Primary Sponsors

Ascensus
200 Dryden Road
Dresher, PA 19025
Ph: 215-648-4815
www.ascensus.com

Ascensus is the largest independent retirement and college savings services provider in the United States, helping over 7 million Americans save for the future. With more than 35 years of experience, the firm partners with financial institutions to offer tailored solutions that meet the needs of financial professionals, employers, and individuals. Ascensus specializes in recordkeeping, administrative, and program management services, supporting over 47,000 retirement plans, over 3.9 million 529 college savings accounts, and a growing number of ABLE savings accounts. It also administers more than 1.5 million IRAs and health savings accounts and is home to one of the largest ERISA consulting teams in the country. For more information about Ascensus, visit www.ascensus.com.

 
 
BlackRock
55 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10017
Ph:877-99-BLKDC (877-992-5532)
www.BlackRock.com/DC

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.

 
 
DCREC
Ph:201-445-7007
www.dcrec.org

Defined Contribution Real Estate Council (DCREC) is the only organization dedicated to advocating for the inclusion of direct commercial real estate and real estate securities in defined contribution plans in order to improve participant outcomes by furthering education about, advocacy for, and best practices of such investments. Membership meetings, seminars and other events are designed to promote dialogue among industry leaders and to pinpoint solutions to any challenges standing in the way of aggregate growth. Members have detailed access to DCREC's industry-leading research and surveys, as well as to our best practices analyses and recommendations. DCREC members manage more than $990B in real estate AUM.

 
 
DST
2000 Crown Colony Drive
Quincy, MA 02169
Larry McQuaid
Ph: 617-521-8326
lmcquaid@dstsystems.com
www.dstsystems.com/retirement

DST is a leading provider of specialized technology, strategic advisory, and business operations outsourcing to the financial and healthcare industries. We help clients master complexity in the world's most demanding industries to ensure they stay ahead of and capitalize on ever-changing customer, business and regulatory requirements. DST is redefining the customer experience to deliver personalized, nimble and platform-agnostic solutions across the full spectrum of the retirement lifecycle, allowing you to gain actionable insights, differentiate yourself from your competition, and provide operational and service excellence. DST enables a more dynamic participant journey and positive plan sponsor experience across critical areas such as Retirement Account Servicing, Plan Health Intelligence, Personalized User Experience, Rollover and Income Portability, and Advisor Solutions. Combining unmatched industry knowledge, critical infrastructure and service excellence, our solutions help retirement companies better manage the shifting market, evolving regulations and changing demographics. Learn more at: www.dstsystems.com/retirement.

 

Inspira
8 Penn Center West, Suite 101
Pittsburgh, PA 15276
Mark Fleckenstein
Ph: 412-440-6991
markf@inspirafs.com
www.inspirafs.com

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and founded in 2002, Inspira's mission is to give retirement providers and their clients a world-class IRA recordkeeping system devoid of the inefficiencies that typically plague large financial institutions. A two-time member of the Inc. Magazine 500/5000 list of America's fastest growing private companies, Inspira provides financial institutions with low-cost IRA recordkeeping services that increase the revenue they generate from Automatic IRA Rollovers, Payroll Deduction IRA Programs and Outsourced IRA Recordkeeping solutions.

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

Built on Abraham Lincoln's ideals of courage, strength and optimism, Lincoln Financial Group's Retirement Plan Services has been a proven provider of retirement solutions for over 60 years, managing thousands of retirement plans that enroll millions of participants in organizations of all sizes in the small-business, corporate, healthcare, education, nonprofit and state and local government sectors. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $229 billion as of December 31, 2016.

 
MetLife
1 Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111
Ph: 877-493-0778
www.metlife.com/institutional-retirement

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("MetLife"), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In Retirement & Income Solutions, MetLife's institutional retirement business, our customers are the corporate, nonprofit and public entities that sponsor defined benefit, defined contribution and other welfare benefit programs. 

 
Prudential Retirement
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Ph: 877-493-0778
www.retire.prudential.com

For nearly 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, and integral part of the Prudential Financial tradition for the past 89 years, delivers retirement plan solutions for public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Our services include state-of-the-art recordkeeping, administrative services, investment and pension risk management, comprehensive employee communications, and trustee services. Prudential Retirement is proud of its accomplishments: serving nearly 6,000 organizations, $386.2 billion in retirement account values and over 4.2 million participants and annuitants. (All figures are as of December 31, 2016)

State Street Global Advisors
One Lincoln Center
Boston, MA 02111
www.ssga.com/dcadvisor

At State Street Global Advisors, our mission is clear: we believe investing responsibly enables economic prosperity and social progress. At SSGA, we've always focused on Responsible Innovation that benefits investors and the world. We actively engage with companies on a range of important governance and sustainability issues to ensure our portfolios are appropriately focused on long-term value creation. With offices in nearly every corner of the world, our scale and global reach offer clients unrivaled access to markets, geographies and asset classes. We partner with the world's largest, most sophisticated investors and financial intermediaries to help them reach their goals through a rigorous, research-driven investment process.

 

Exhibitors & Other Sponsors

 
 
ADP Retirement Services
71 Hanover Park
Florham Park, NJ 07932
www.adp.com/401k

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.

 
 
Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.
5900 O Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
Ann Avery
Ph: 800-923-2732
www.ameritas.com

The retirement plans division of Ameritas offers businesses and their employees a wide variety of services to help them achieve a fulfilling life in retirement. From basic 401(k) and Safe Harbor plans to multiple employer plans to more complex new comparability and Cash Balance Plans, Ameritas is committed to delivering personal service to plan sponsors, advisors and TPAs at every touch point. Ameritas has made a difference for more than 50 years by helping people achieve their retirement goals. That's the true measure of who we are.

 
 
BenefitsLink.com
1298 Minnesota Avenue, Suite H
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Lois Baker
Ph: 407-644-4146
salesdesk@benefitslink.com
www.benefitslink.com

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 28,000 Employee Benefits Professionals rely on us to keep them up to date - do you?

 
 
BridgePoint Group, LLC
3 Lambert Cove
Flager Beach, FL 32136-3000
Ph: 855-274-3434
www.getbridgepoint.com

BridgePoint Group, LLC is a management consulting firm focused exclusively on meeting challenges within the financial services industry. With expertise across the business value chain, from strategy to marketing and distribution, to service and operations, we help Asset Management, Broker-Dealer and Retirement organizations improve business performance. Our seasoned team of industry executives, bring unique expertise and guidance to help firms accelerate execution and deliver results by providing practical, implementable strategies and solutions. Our associates have an average of 20 years of hands-on leadership and global expertise. For more information on BridgePoint Group, LLC, please visit our website at www.getbridgepoint.com.

 
 
BrightScope, a Strategic Insight business
Allegra Heyligers
allegra.heyligers@strategic-i.com
www.strategic-i.com

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.

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

Broadridge, a global fintech leader with over $7 billion in market capitalization, provides communications, technology, data and analytics solutions. We help drive business transformation for our clients with solutions for enriching client engagement, navigating risk, optimizing efficiency and generating revenue growth. We help asset management and retirement firms globally solve their communications and operational challenges with our front to back office technology and services solutions.

 
 
Conduent
700-250 Ferrand Dr.
Toronto, M3C 3G8
Jeanette Willis
Ph: 416-422-0563
jeanette.willis@conduent.com
www.conduent.com

Across the global marketplace, plan sponsors and administrators use Conduent's CPAS software to administer defined benefit, defined contribution, hybrid pension plans and group health benefit plans. Available as an on-premise, hosted or cloud solution, CPAS v5 is an enterprise recordkeeping system. With unparalleled flexibility it allows you to arrive at your self-service destination at your speed. Ask us how Conduent's solutions reduce administration time, deliver exceptional service and respond easily to changes in plan design, legislation and administration practices.

 
 
Convergent
2018 Powers Ferry Road SE, Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30339
Kathy Sierra
Ph: 866-567-7221
info@beconvergent.com
www.beconvergent.com

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.

 

DTCC Mutual Fund Services delivers a broad range of innovative transaction and information services for mutual funds, collective investment trust and other investment types in the retirement product market. As a centralized industry utility, our solutions connect asset managers with their distributors by standardizing data and automating processes, creating efficiencies while reducing cost and risk. Mutual Fund Services enables processing capacity and flexibility to facilitate business growth and meet the data, communication and compliance requirements of the evolving retirement marketplace. Please visit www.dtcc.com/mutualfundservices for more information. Mutual Fund Services are offered by DTCC's National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC) subsidiary.

 
 
Empower Institutional
8525 E. Orchard Road, 9T3
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Marybeth Daubenspeck
Ph: 303-737-5261
marybeth.daubenspeck@retirementpartner.com
www.empowerinstitutional.com

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
www.enterpriseiron.com

Enterprise Iron began doing business in 2002, and has been providing specialized operational and technology consulting services since then. For over a decade, Enterprise Iron has contributed highly skilled consultants and consistently delivered on numerous major financial services initiatives, with a special emphasis on the retirement industry. EI provides its clients with guidance in the areas of industry best practices, legislative and compliance insight, technology and operations. It has extensive experience serving both recordkeepers and plan sponsors.

 
 
Fiduciary Benchmarks
5335 Meadows Rd, Suite 210
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
Tom Kmak
Ph: 480-656-4414
tomkmak@fiduciarybenchmarks.com
www.fiduciarybenchmarks.com

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.

 
 
GoldStar Trust Company
1401 4th Avenue
Canyon, Texas 79015
Tanya Cowgill
Ph: 214-585-9131
tcowgill@happybank.com
www.goldstartrust.com

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. 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.

 
 
MassMutual Financial Group
1295 State Street
Springfield, MA 01111
Tania Pierre-Kopy
Ph: 860-562-5130
tpierrekopy@massmutual.com
www.massmutual.com

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, including disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. MassMutual's Retirement Services Division has been serving retirement plans for more than 65 years. It offers a full range of products and services for corporate, union, nonprofit and governmental employers' defined benefit, defined contribution and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. It serves approximately 2.9 million participants. Visit www.massmutual.com. Find us on Facebook.com/RetireSmart and YouTube.com/RetireSmart.

 
 
Merrill Corporation
1 Merrill Circle
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Christy Vierzba
Ph: 320-656-5019
christy.vierzba@merrillcorp.com
www.merrillcorp.com

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
Kevin Clark
Ph: 630-368-5647
Fax: 630-368-5699
kclark@mtrustcompany.com
www.mtrustcompany.com

Millennium Trust Company is a leading Automatic Rollover IRA provider for retirement plans. Our solutions help plan sponsors and other professionals comply with DOL Safe Harbor requirements for automatic rollovers. We offer a full complement of solutions to address plan related issues including: missing participants, uncashed checks, benefit distributions and notification services. For more information, please visit our web site at www.mtrustcompany.com

 
 
Oculus Partners, LLC
415 Waterford Drive
Cartersville, Georgia 30120
Ph: 404-606-1768
www.oculuspartners.com

Oculus Partners is a strategic consulting firm focused on financial services, concentrating in retirement and wealth management. Formed in 2008, the firm has grown to serve over 25 corporate clients including banks and broker/dealers, asset managers, insurers, clearing agents and custodians, and technology companies. Our Consultants have experience as business line managers in the financial services industry. We use this experience in developing high impact strategies that can be practically implemented. Our clients have one thing in common - a desire to grow their businesses in a healthy and sustainable way. Simply put, we help our clients accomplish that goal.

 
 
PenChecks Trust
8580 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
Steve Wagoner
Ph: 800-541-3938
swagoner@penchecks.com
www.penchecks.com

PenChecks Trust is the largest independent provider of outsourced benefit distribution services and Auto Rollover IRAs. With 20+ years in business, PenChecks Trust is an expert and industry-leading provider of unique and comprehensive solutions. Services include solutions for Benefit Payment Processing, Participant Notifications, Auto Rollover IRAs, Uncashed Checks, Participant Search, & Abandoned Plan / QTA.

 
 
Retirement Loan Eraser
17855 Dallas Parkway, Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75287
Sandy Tassinari
Ph: 508-380-5253
stassinari@custodiafinancial.com
www.loaneraser.com

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 successfully introducing attractive new products and services that improve defined contribution outcomes. When participants lose their jobs and are unable to repay their loans, 86% default. To address this problem, Custodia spent five years creating a regulatory and tax compliant program called Retirement Loan Eraser (RLE) which is the only actionable solution that prevents loan defaults before they occur. RLE is a simple, affordable program that ensures employees reach the retirement they deserve.

 
 
T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc.
PO Box 89000, Mail Code: OM-6350
Baltimore, MD 21289-6350
Kevin Collins
Ph: 410-345-6740
kevin_collins@troweprice.com
www.troweprice.com

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/or 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 December 31, 2016, T. Rowe Price has more than USD $810 billion in assets under management and serves clients in more than 45 countries worldwide.

 
 
Venture Solutions
1171 Grey Fox Road
Arden Hills, MN 55126
Matt Krueger
Ph: 224-358-6390
MLKrueger@VentureSolutions.com
www.venturesolutions.com

Venture Solutions provides both digital and print mission-critical plan and participant communication programs for the retirement services industry. Our collaborative approach allows us to deliver insightful, industry-leading solutions that elevate our clients and their respective brands above the competition and transform critical communications into an engaging customer experience. Online content and production management tools, eMail/SMS communications, eConsent preference centers and mobile apps complement our full-service variable-color print and mail solutions. With over 50 years of experience, Venture has the expertise and capabilities in data, print and interactive solutions to exceed your expectations. Visit www.venturesolutions.com to learn more or contact us at 1-800-728-2615.

 
 
Veritas Document Solutions, An RRD Company
913 Commerce Court
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Jason Shudy
Ph: 224-358-6390
jason.shudy@rrd.com
www.rrdonnelley.com

Veritas is a technology integration and fulfillment provider for the insurance, financial services and healthcare markets. We augment your workflow with a proven platform to integrate, produce, and deliver complex and targeted communications from your CRM and marketing automation systems. Products include App Builder, Book Builder and Superfulfillment.

 
 
vWise, Inc.
85 Enterprise, Suite 320
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Ph: 877-820-8212
www.vwise.com

vWise is the leading developer of award-winning employee benefit solutions for providers and advisors in the defined contribution industry. vWise offers the industry's most advanced platform for participant education, enrollment, and analytics. The company's interactive tools and data analytics are designed to maximize operational efficiency and increase profitability across the retirement continuum.

 
 
Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
401 South Tryon Street, 14th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202-1934
Tom Holland
Ph: 410-532-9448
tom.holland@wellsfargo.com
www.wellsfargo.com

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 million participants and nearly $350 billion in retirement plan assets, Wells Fargo ranks as the nation's eighth largest retirement plan provider according to the 2016 PLANSPONSOR DC Recordkeeping Survey.