2016 WP&BC Phoenix Chapter Spring Conference

  • 28 Apr 2016
  • 7:45 AM - 5:15 PM
  • Westin Kierland Resort and Spa - 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254


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Western Pension &

Benefits Council

2016 Spring Conference

Thursday, April 28, 2016


The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

***Trailblazers Ballroom***



The Western Pension & Benefits Council is comprised of individuals who work or practice in the dynamic field of employee benefits.  This conference offers general sessions and breakout sessions covering diverse topics ranging from pension basics and current developments to more advanced planning, design and administration issues.  The Spring Conference is a great opportunity to network with your benefit colleagues and discuss current trends and developments in the field, while obtaining continuing education credits.


Topics Include:

  • ERISA Basics Track
  • Money Market Reform
  • Ethics
  • Service Provider Partnerships
  • Same Sex Benefit Plan Issues
  • Health and Welfare
  • DC Plan Types    

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Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote Speaker -

Stuart Ritter - Vice President, T. Rowe Price Investment Services

Stuart Ritter is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc. He is a senior financial planner in T. Rowe Price's Financial Planning Services Group-designing, building, and implementing guidance and advice services to assist customers in achieving their financial goals.  He is a frequent contributor to T. Rowe Price publications; has appeared on television and radio programs for networks like ABC News, Fox Business, and National Public Radio; and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Money magazine, and national news organizations. Previously, Stuart was product development group manager in T. Rowe Price’s Retirement Plan Services. Before joining the company in 1998, he was manager of employee communications at USF&G Insurance (now The Travelers Companies) and a communications analyst for William M. Mercer, Inc. Stuart received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and his M.A. in political science from the American University. He is a Series 6, 66, and 7 registered representative and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. He taught personal finance at Johns Hopkins University for several years, and has also been an instructor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is a member of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Financial Literacy Education Advisory Council.


Lunch Keynote Speaker -

Dawn Rodgers - Executive Director/CEO, Phoenix Final Four

Ms. Rogers, former senior associate athletic director at Arizona State University, was selected by the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee, which will work with the NCAA to execute the Final Four, set for April 1 and April 3, 2017, at University of Phoenix Stadium, according to a press release.

Ms. Rogers is responsible for overseeing PLOC operations and collaborating with the NCAA leading up to the Final Four, to be played in the West for the first time since 1995.

The PLOC will collaborate with Arizona State University, the host institution, and community partners to support the Final Four’s myriad ancillary events and to establish legacy projects that will ensure the lasting impact of the Final Four in the Valley.

“The PLOC search committee unanimously selected Dawn for her leadership skills and deep experience in college basketball,” stated Tom Sadler, president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, in the release. “As co-chair of the Phoenix Final Four bid, she was a natural choice. She did an excellent job of building widespread community support for Phoenix’s bid and will ensure that Phoenix sets a new standard of excellence for the Final Four.”

Ms. Rogers has been a co-chair of the PLOC since 2007.

She spent nine years at ASU as senior associate athletics director and senior women’s administrator after serving as athletic director at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to the release. She has served on numerous NCAA cabinets and committees.

During Ms. Rogers’ tenure at Arizona State, the university hosted three NCAA Men’s Basketball regionals in the past eight years. Ms. Rogers and her husband Rob have two children, Owen and Hazel and reside in Phoenix.



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