David Canter, Executive Vice President, Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions
David heads the registered investment advisor (RIA) segment for Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions®, the business that offers a comprehensive clearing and custody platform, trading capabilities and business process and operations consulting to banks, broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, professional asset managers, strategic acquirers and retirement advisors and record keepers.
Prior to his current role, David served as executive vice president of Practice Management and Consulting for Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions and executive vice president and chief operating officer for Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services (IWS).
Bernie Clark, Schwab Advisor Services
Bernie oversees the business that provides custodial, operational, and trading support to over 7,500 independent investment advisory firms with $1.78 trillion in assets under management. A recognized industry leader, Clark has been named as one of the "IA 25" by Investment Advisor magazine, which annually ranks the 25 most influential people in the industry.
Bernie has more than 30 years of financial industry experience serving individual and institutional investors. He took on his current role as head of Schwab Advisor Services in 2010.
He serves on the board of the Foundation for Financial Planning, and the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business, Center for Services Leadership.
Kelli Cruz, Cruz Consulting Group
Kelli brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as the founder of Cruz Consulting Group (CCG), working closely with advisory firm owners and executives of financial services institutions. CCG is committed to building talent wealth and helping advisory firms realize their true potential, by providing consulting engagements in human capital, including organizational design, compensation planning, performance management, and succession planning.
Kelli is a frequent speaker at national industry conferences and a regular columnist for Financial Planning on practice management related topics. Prior to starting CCG, she founded InvestmentNews Adviser Solutions and oversaw advisor consulting engagements and the InvestmentNews/Moss Adams research studies. Kelli was a director in Advisor Services at Charles Schwab where she pioneered the industry’s first human capital practice management program for RIA advisory firms.
Before joining Schwab, Kelli also held a variety of management positions at Wells Fargo, including managing human resources for the Private Client Services Group.
Dr. John Evans, Head Strategist, Knowledge Labs™ Professional Development, Janus Henderson Investors
Elements of Extraordinary Teams
Dr. Evans works with the Professional Development Team and provides extensive consulting, training and practice management expertise. He is a sought-after expert and keynote speaker. He regularly contributes to The Orlando Sentinel newspaper on business and politics and is featured in the Advisor Center section of Barron’s magazine. Dr. Evans has authored books on client retention and client acquisition, including “The Book of WOW” and “A Genuine Persuasion System.” He also serves on the board of advisors for the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, Florida, and Elevate USA in Denver, Colorado.
Greg Friedman, CEO, Private Ocean
Greg is a tireless advocate for Private Ocean clients. He never stops conceiving and implementing new ways to improve their wealth management experience – and their quality of life.
As Private Ocean CEO, Greg leads the development of new systems and services; sits on the investment committee; sets technology strategy for the firm, and works directly with clients on financial planning and investment strategy. He also maintains close partnerships with respected trust and estate attorneys and accountants who serve high net worth individuals.
Greg was recognized in InvestmentNews' 2017 Class of Icons and Innovators for his contribution to the advancement of the financial advice profession and for conceiving new ideas and tools that have propelled the industry forward. In 2018, Greg was named CEO of the Year at the WealthManagement.com Industry Awards.
Greg is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events on topics which include financial planning, retirement, practice management, and client service. He is also frequently cited in industry journals and publications.
Yonhee Gordon, Principal, Chief Operating Officer, JMG Financial Group
As Chief Operating Officer at JMG Financial Group, Yonhee is responsible for employee development and the day-to-day operations of the firm. She focuses her efforts on organizational development to ensure the sustainability of JMG’s long-term operations. Since starting at JMG in 1986, Yonhee has presented at various industry conferences on topics ranging from career development to business management strategies, in addition to being featured in various industry publications. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a member of NAPFA, Financial Planning Association and was named as one of the 2018 Women to Watch by InvestmentNews.
Kristin Harad, Entrepreneur and Marketing Consultant
On a mission to enable self-driven financial freedom, Kristin inspires independent financial planners and advisors to succeed as entrepreneurs. Leading by example Kristin demonstrates how to embrace challenge, manage anxiety, develop systems, and navigate the busy world to achieve entrepreneurial success and live the life you desire.
After an accomplished career in financial services marketing, Kristin became an entrepreneur when she left Corporate America in 2006 and founded VitaVie Financial Planning, the first fee-only financial planning firm focused solely on the needs of expectant parents and growing families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to founding VitaVie Financial Planning, Kristin excelled in strategic marketing positions with The Chase Manhattan Bank and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Kristin is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.
Kate Healy, Managing Director, Generation Next, TD Ameritrade Institutional
Kate Healy is Managing Director, Generation Next, focused on advocacy for sustainability issues facing the RIA industry. Healy leads TD Ameritrade Institutional's NextGen and Women's Leadership Initiatives, which support the future of the profession through programs designed to raise visibility, provide support and resources to guide professional development of the next generation of advisors. She is a member of the Company’s Diversity & Inclusion committee.
Healy is widely recognized as a leading advocate for the next generation of financial planners, for women advisors and for the financial planning profession and most recently recognized as one of the 2018 “10 to Watch” by Wealthmanagement.com and named as one of the industry’s 25 most influential people in 2016 by Investment Advisor magazine.
She currently serves as a trustee for the Foundation for Financial Planning and is a founding member of the CFP Board's Women's Initiative (WIN) Council, the Center for Financial Planning's Advisory Council and a founding member of the Center’s Diversity Advisory Board.
Matthew Jackson, Vice President in the Corporate Strategy team, LPL Financial
The Pricing Conundrum – How to Level Up without Blowing Up
Mr. Jackson has spent over a decade in strategy consulting, and his recent work has focused in particular on the pricing of wealth management services in the US. While a Director at pricing consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners, he authored five white papers on the future of fees in financial advice, the most recent being The Future Ready Service Model.
Shaun Kapusinski, Director, Technology & Operations for Sequoia Financial Group
Shaun is highly involved in technology systems for Sequoia Financial Group. As a technology and operational expert, Shaun has a broad spectrum of experience including, co-authoring, “The Financial Advisor M&A Guidebook: Best Practices, Tools and Resources for Technology Integration and Beyond”, current member of The University of Akron's Finance Advisory Board, recipient of the Outstanding Financial Professional of the Year by the University of Akron’s Department of Finance, and founder of High Impact Financial Operations Network (HIFON).
Scott Klososky, Speaker and Author
Technology and Machine Intelligence in Personal Finance
Mr. Klososky is the founder of numerous successful technology startup companies, and this has helped him gain a unique perspective into technology’s impact on industry and humanity. He is not just an observer of digital trends, he has routinely invested in his future visions with a great track record of success.
This unique perspective and future vision have allowed Scott to travel the globe as a speaker, consultant, and author. He works with senior executives in organizations ranging from the Fortune 500 to universities, nonprofits, and countless professional associations and coalitions.
Rick Schwartz, Expanding Horizons
Richard (Rick) Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and small businesses ─ having coached, consulted, and trained financial services professionals, CPAs, and attorneys across the country. Previously serving as a Senior Business Consultant and Director of the Executive Leadership Program at Charles Schwab, Inc., Rick currently consults and serves as principal of Expanding Horizons, a business consulting firm specializing in assisting financial services firms with business challenges.
Mr. Schwartz is the author of the Expanding Horizons Coaching program which is designed to assist senior principals and next generation leaders with the challenges they face including, talent development, strategic planning, next steps for their businesses and careers, and innovation to drive future success.
Mark Tibergien, Chief Executive Officer of Pershing Advisor Solutions
Pershing Advisor Solutions is one of the country’s leading custodians for registered investment advisors and family offices. Mark is also a Managing Director for Pershing and a member of its Executive Committee. In addition, Mark was named to BNY Mellon’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council to the CEO. Since 1976 Mark has worked with public and private companies on matters related to business management, transition planning and strategy formulation.
In a 2017 Investment Advisor survey, Mark was named The Most Influential Person in Financial Services. For his contributions to the industry, Mark was named to the 2016 InvestmentNews Icons & Innovators list which recognizes those who have shaped and transformed the financial advice profession.
John Tovar, Managing Director, Wealth Management Services, TD Ameritrade Institutional
John Tovar oversees Wealth Management Services, including trading, fixed-income sales, relationship management, customer services, technology, account services and operations for over 46,000 independent Registered Investment Advisors who custody assets at TD Ameritrade Institutional.
John joined the company in 1992, and most recently was responsible for trading and fixed income for the Institutional business. Tovar has held a variety of roles over his 16-year tenure including key management positions in Retail Brokerage Services at Jack White & Company and National Retail Services at TD Waterhouse and ultimately in TD Waterhouse Institutional in 2000.
Bob Veres, Editor and Publisher, Inside Information
Bob is also the author of The New Profession, and contributing editor and columnist for Financial Planning magazine. As a journalist, he has won several national awards, including the Jesse H. Neal Award from the American Business Media group, considered the most prestigious editorial honor in the field of specialized journalism, and the Azbee Award of Excellence from the American Society of Business Press Editors.
Over his 36-year career in the financial services world, Mr. Veres has worked as editor, contributing editor and journalist for leading financial publications. In addition, Mr. Veres co-produces the Insider’s Forum conference for independent financial advisory firms and has been named one of the most influential people in the financial planning profession by Investment Advisor magazine and was granted the Special Achievement Award for service to the profession by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).