Keynote Speakers

Mike Scioscia
Mike SciosciaFormer Manager for Los Angeles Angels
Mike Scioscia managed the Los Angeles Angels from 2000 – 2018.
At the time of his departure, he was the longest tenured manager in Major League Baseball. Scioscia is one of five managers in MLB history to guide the same franchise for at least 19 straight seasons and just the fourth since 1975 (Bobby Cox, Sparky Anderson, Tommy Lasorda). Scioscia’s 1,650 wins ranks 18th all-time among managers and are second most all-time by a manager with one team, trailing only Walter Alston.

During his tenure with the Angels, Scioscia guided the team to six consecutive winning seasons (2004-09) for the first time in the club’s history. He led the Angels to seven playoff appearances, captured six American League West titles, won an American League pennant and led the Angels to the franchise’s first World Series title in 2002. Prior to his tenure, the Angels won a total of three division titles in the previous 42 seasons. He is a 2-time BBWAA A.L. Manager of the Year (2002 & 2009) and finished second in voting in both 2007 and 2014.

As a player, Scioscia was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1st round of the 1976 draft. He made his major league debut in 1980 and went on to play 12 years for the Dodgers. Scioscia was a key player on the Dodgers’ 1981 and 1988 World Series champion teams. In 1990, Scioscia became the first Dodgers catcher to start in an All-Star Game since Hall of Fame-er Roy Campanella.

Mark Eibel
Mark EibelDirector, Investment Strategies for Russell Investments
Mark Eibel is the director of client investment strategies for Russell Investments. In this role, Mark implements model strategies into client portfolios and helps set strategic asset allocation targets. He is also responsible for helping to drive product innovation on the private client side of the business.

Mark serves as a principal spokesman for Russell Investments investment process and frequently speaks to clients, industry conferences and the media. He is a frequent guest on television and radio networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Bloomberg Radio. Mark is responsible for the quarterly Investment Manager Outlook and represents the investment division on the Board of Directors for the Russell Investment Company.

Mark holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. He is a CFA® Charterholder and a member of the Seattle Chapter of Financial Analysts.

Ed O'Brien
Ed O'BrienCEO of eMoney Advisor
Ed O’Brien sets the tone for eMoney Advisor’s success. With over 30 years in finance focusing on advisor technology, eMoney has more than doubled in size since under his leadership, which began in March 2016 when he was named CEO.

Ed previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Platform Technology for Fidelity Institutional where he managed the development and operations of platform technologies supporting RIA broker-dealers and family office clients of Fidelity’s clearing and custody businesses. Ed led his team to be granted two patents for the innovative technology design used to launch WealthCentral®, Fidelity’s platform technology.

Ed’s previous experience includes an array of areas. Outside of his Fidelity career, Ed launched AdvisorTech, a business that successfully introduced a technology platform for financial advisors in Japan, South Korea, and Germany. In addition, he has served as president and board member for the Providence Society of Financial Analysts.

Ed received a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in 1986 and an MBA from Bentley College in 1991.

Tina Powell
Tina PowellCEO of C-Suite Social Media
Tina Powell is the CEO of C-Suite Social Media, a digital marketing and social media consultancy for the financial services industry. With over 20 years of hands-on digital marketing campaign and strategy, Tina’s extensive experience has kept her on the leading edge of marketing and social media. Prior to founding C-Suite Social Media, Tina was a partner at Beacon Wealth Management, an SEC registered RIA firm based in Hackensack, New Jersey recently acquired by Mercer Advisors.

Tina graduated with honors from New York University with a M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology, where she taught Integrated Marketing and Leadership in the Graduate Program. She also earned a B.S. in Business Management, magna cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a Series 65 license. Tina is a member of the Financial Planning Association and an industry judge for the T3 Advisor Student Competition and WealthManagement.com Industry Awards.

Brian McLaughlin
Brian McLaughlinCEO of Redtail Technology
Brian McLaughlin has been working closely with advisors, broker-dealers and industry partners for the last 15 years to assist with making the industry a better place for those who depend upon it to do their jobs. Brian is passionate about the solutions the company provides to their community of subscribers and enjoys getting his hands dirty in that pursuit. That passion is evidenced by his frequent participation in industry hackathons and his numerous speaking engagements at tech events throughout the year. Aviation as well would qualify as both a passion (one of his favorite t-shirts reads “eat sleep fly”) and a job requirement, which is fortunate since he spends a whopping amount of his time up in the air, flying to and from industry conferences and events, spreading the word about Redtail and bringing new ideas home to explore further in the company’s Sacramento headquarters.
Aaron Klein
Aaron KleinCEO of Riskalyze
Aaron’s career has largely been at the intersection of finance and technology. As co-founder and CEO at Riskalyze, he led the company to twice being named one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in finance by Fast Company Magazine. Today, over 200 Riskalyzers serve thousands of advisors who have aligned the world’s investments with millions of investors’ Risk Numbers®. In his spare time, Aaron co-founded a school project for orphans and vulnerable kids in Ethiopia. Investment News has honored him as one of the industry’s top 40 Under 40 executives.
Bob Veres
Bob VeresEditor/Publisher of Insider Information
Bob Veres is editor and publisher of the Inside Information interactive guide to trends and innovations in the 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 30-year career in the financial services world, Mr. Veres has worked as editor of Financial Planning magazine; as a contributing editor to the Journal of Financial Planning; as a columnist and editor-atlarge of Investment Advisor magazine; and as editor of Morningstar’s advisor web site: MorningstarAdvisor.com. In addition, he is a sought-out speaker for many of the planning world’s most important professional conferences.

Breakout Session Speakers

Sarah Fallaw
Sarah FallawFounder and President of DataPoints LLC
Sarah Stanley Fallaw, Ph.D. is the author of The Next Millionaire Next Door and the founder and President of DataPoints LLC, a company that provides advisors and their clients tool to enhance wealth-building behaviors. DataPoints created the industry’s first assessment of individual propensity to build wealth based on The Millionaire Next Door. This pioneering product for understanding client psychology has been featured in media outlets including MarketWatch, Money Magazine, InvestmentNews, and U.S. News & World Report. Her research has been featured in conferences and publications including Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Journal of Financial Services Professionals. Sarah received her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2003.
Venk Reddy
Venk ReddyFounder of Zeo Capital Advisors
Venk founded Zeo in 2009. Prior to Zeo, he was a co-founder of Laurel Ridge Asset Management LP, a $400m multi-strategy hedge fund, where he managed the credit, distressed and event-driven portfolios. In that role, Venk specialized in asset valuation and identifying opportunities at the intersection of quantitative and fundamental analysis. In addition to his portfolio and investment committee responsibilities, he managed both the credit and technology teams and built the infrastructure underlying the fund’s scalable risk and analysis systems. Previously, Venk structured derivative products and was head of delta-one trading as a portfolio manager within Bank of America’s Equity Financial Products group (EFP). As one of the first traders hired, he was integrally involved in growing EFP from a startup operation to a business employing 215 people with annual revenues over $700m. Venk also managed investments in event-driven situations, convertible instruments and options at Pine River Capital Management LP and HBK Investments LP, where he started his career. Venk earned a BA in Computer Science with Honors from Harvard University. He currently serves as a trustee for the Katherine Delmar Burke School with roles on the finance, audit and technology committees.
Jean Dunn
Jean DunnCFP, VP of T. Rowe Price
Jean Dunn is a Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Jean is a Client Loyalty Insights leader in the US Intermediaries division, and creates thought leadership and provides consultative services with clients and prospects on financial services marketing, client loyalty and segmentation insights. Before taking her current position in 2017, Jean led several strategic marketing teams at T. Rowe Price, which developed strategic marketing plans, valued added programs for financial advisors, and communication programs for Defined Contribution clients. With over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jean has worked extensively with financial intermediaries and advisors. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, she worked in the Third Party Sales & Marketing Department at American Century Investments. Jean earned a B.S. in political science from Truman State University. She is a Series 6, 7 and 63 registered representative and a Series 24 registered principal. She is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Peggy Doviak
Peggy DoviakFounder of D.M. Wealth Management, Inc.
Peggy Doviak, Ph.D., CFP® founded D.M. Wealth Management, Inc., a fee-only financial planning and portfolio management firm in Norman, OK, in 2003. Peggy teaches in the Family Financial Planning program at Oklahoma State University, and she is a Financial Planning Association Knowledge Circle Host for “Theory in Practice.” She is also a member of the Financial Planning Association’s Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee. She is an Advocate for the Women in Finance initiative (WIN) by the CFP Board of Standards. Her bestselling book, 52 Weeks to Prosperity–Ask Peggy Doviak What Your Accountant, Banker, Broker, and Financial Adviser Might Not Tell You (The RoadRunner Press, 2018), is available at independent bookstores and on Amazon.com.
Sheryl Rowling
Sheryl RowlingPrincipal of Rowling & Associates
In her Morningstar role, Sheryl focuses on tax-efficient portfolio management strategies for Morningstar’s Total Rebalance Expert (software that she designed and ultimately sold to Morningstar) and serves as a subject-matter expert on tax-efficient investing, portfolio rebalancing, and advisor practice management.

Rowling has nearly 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, leading Rowling & Associates, a fee-only wealth management firm. Focusing on holistic financial advice, Rowling & Associates provides integrated tax-efficient portfolio management designed to assist clients in reaching a worry-free future.

Michelle Jacko
Michelle JackoCEO of Core Compliance & Legal Services, Inc.
Michelle L. Jacko, CSCP, is CEO of Core Compliance & Legal Services, Inc. (“Core Compliance”), a compliance consultation firm which services registered investment advisers, broker-dealers hedge/private funds, investment companies, and financial professionals. In addition, Ms. Jacko is Managing Partner and CEO of Jacko Law Group, PC, a law firm which offers securities and corporate counsel services to the financial industry.

Ms. Jacko specializes in investment adviser, broker-dealer and fund regulatory compliance matters, internal control development, regulatory examinations and operational risk management. Her consultation practice is focused on the areas of mock examinations, annual reviews, policies and procedures development, testing of compliance programs (including evaluation of internal controls and supervision), performance advertising, cybersecurity, Regulation S-P and much more.

Wes Stillman
Wes StillmanCEO of RightSize Solutions
After 30+ years of managing technology in high-level positions, Wes began RightSize Solutions in 2002 because RIAs needed a technology partner who really understood their needs. More than 13 years later, he remains committed to understanding every nuance of his clients’ businesses.

Prior to founding RightSize Solutions, Wes’ clients included major airlines, broker dealers, trust companies, health care providers, community banks and other financial institutions. He has held high- level positions at National Advisors Trust Company, FSB, Comdisco, Midwest Consulting Group (Senior Consultant and Yellow Technology Services (Director of Technology).

A technology-pioneer in every sense, Wes is regularly quoted as a subject matter expert in industry publications and also speaks to small and large groups on topics such as cybersecurity, cloud-based environments and leveraging technology.

Johann Schneider
Johann SchneiderSr. Director for Business Solutions - Russell Investments
Johann Schneider is a senior director for business solutions within Russell Investments’ Advisor & Intermediary Solutions business. In this role, Johann is responsible for delivering strategic business planning and ongoing coaching to financial advisors and their teams within the U.S. Johann develops thought leadership content and speaks to financial advisors and individual investors on a variety of topics, including practice management, business optimization, succession planning, and enterprise valuation. Johann also helps develop and refine practice management programs and business intelligence tools to help advisors achieve their growth goals.

Prior to his current role, Johann was a senior director in the capital markets insights group. He worked closely with Russell Investments’ portfolio managers, economists, and investment strategists to keep advisors informed of the current capital markets environment, economic outlook, and perspective on product performance and strategies.

Johann joined Russell Investments in 2004 as a portfolio analyst for the global equity team, where he worked with portfolio managers and manager research analysts in structuring and monitoring Russell Investments’ non-U.S. equity and global equity funds, whose assets totaled over $15 billion. In this role, Johann helped develop analytical research tools, which are still used today to support decision making in Russell Investments’ multi-asset funds.

Shawn Brayman
Shawn BraymanCEO of PlanPlus Global
Shawn Brayman is the CEO of PlanPlus Global, an amalgamation of two world leaders in Fintech solutions for financial planners and advisors – FinaMetrica and PlanPlus. FinaMetrica led the world with psychometric risk tolerance assessments and PlanPlus created the world’s first global platform for financial planning. PlanPlus Global delivers advisory platform solutions to users in over 30 countries and 12 languages.

Shawn founded PlanPlus Inc. in 1990 and has a post‐graduate academic technology and AI background as well as being a Chartered Financial Planner. He is the recipient of many awards from Best Retirement Planning Research to Risk Profiling in Canada & Global Best Practices by the OSC‐Investor Advisory Panel. He has served on the board of directors for the FPA and is a frequent speaker at global academic, planning and industry trend events.

Shawn has gained a unique perspective on challenges faced by individual practitioners and large financial institutions that implement advice driven sales channels. Having worked with firms in North and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe – both experienced planning organizations and firms in the initial stages of introducing financial planning – has provided Shawn with a unique understanding of this industry and emergent profession.

Evelyn M. Zohlen
Evelyn M. ZohlenFounder of Inspired Financial
Evelyn M. Zohlen, founder of Inspired Financial, has served on both the personal and the institutional sides of financial services for nearly 20 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, her Master of Science from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and her Master of Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance/Portfolio Management) from Villanova University. Prior to founding Inspired Financial, Evelyn was a Relationship Manager at The Vanguard Group in Malvern, PA where she was the trusted advisor for clients with retirement plan assets ranging from $175 million to $500 million.

Evelyn is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) professional and serves as President Elect for the Financial Planning Association (the membership association for CFP® professionals with 23,000 members!). She was an adjunct professor in the Personal Financial Planning Program at the University of California at Irvine and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Investment and Wealth Management at UCI. In addition, she is a community leader who currently serves on the Board of Governors for the premier business club in Orange County, the Center Club. She has served on the Board of Directors for WomanSage, the Board of Directors for the American Poetry Review, and the President’s Council at Immaculata University. Evelyn is a frequent contributor to periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Financial Planning, USA Today, Investment News, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Real Simple and Consumer Reports. Prior to entering the financial services profession, Evelyn served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force.

Mark L. Prendergast
Mark L. PrendergastDirector of Tax Strategies, Inspired Financial
Mark Prendergast has over 35 years of experience in tax, estate and financial planning. He started his career in 1979 at Ernst & Whinney and then joined Price Waterhouse in 1982 and acquired his Certified Financial Planner™ designation in 1988. He regularly teaches on income tax, estate and divorce topics at professional conferences (FPA, NAPFA, CalCPA, WealthCounsel, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts).

Mark served on the national Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association from 2011-2013, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for The Center for Investment and Wealth Management at UCI. His service for the Financial Planning Association includes board positions and committee work for two local chapters, and at the regional, state and national levels. He has serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Financial Planning (2002-current).