Nicholas Gregory, ChFE, ChFWA — CEO of The Financial Engineering Institute
Nick is dedicated to providing quality financial education, training, marketing, coaching and advanced case design for the financial services, accounting, legal and non-profit communities through his firm’s financial engineering process. Over the past 40+ years Nick has consulted with attorneys, accountants, and financial services professionals in better serving their clients. He also provides consulting for some of the largest financial services organizations in the world. He functions as a speaker, writer and consultant in the areas of cash management, risk management, investing, taxation, estate preservation, employee benefits, business succession and retirement planning, as well as business valuation, asset protection, and charitable giving. Nick is also Managing Director of The Charitable Capital Design Center, an organization which assists both financial professionals and charitable organizations in enhancing their planned giving capabilities by redefining “planned giving” as a unique form of financial capital. He is also Board Chairman of Give Back Nation. The non-profit organization creates bigger waves of giving within communities across the nation through other non-profits and financial professionals.


William Hortz — Founder and Dean of The Institute for Innovation Development
Bill Hortz is an independent business consultant and Founder/Dean of the Institute for Innovation Development- a financial services business innovation platform and network. With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry including expertise in sales/marketing/branding of asset management firms, as well as, creatively restructuring and developing internal/external sales and strategic account departments for 5 major financial firms, including OppenheimerFunds, Neuberger&Berman and Templeton Funds Distributors. His wide ranging experiences have led Bill to a strong belief, passion and advocation for strategic thinking, innovation creation and strategic account management as the nexus of business skills needed to address a business environment challenged by an accelerating rate of change.


Gregory E. Crawford, TEP, CFP — President of Alliance Trust Company of Nevada
Greg develops strategy, drives growth, and oversees operations. For two decades, Greg has designed and implemented asset management and asset protection plans for multi-generational families in the United States and abroad for some of the largest institutions in the world. This work involves comprehensive financial planning, portfolio design, business entity structure strategy, and sophisticated estate planning techniques. Greg is a regular speaker on the benefits and advantages of Nevada trust situs at law school conferences around the country. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Crawford has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times of London, and has appeared as an on-air expert on CNBC, Bloomberg and ABC World News Tonight.


John Coogan — President of Stellar Technology Solutions
Mr. Coogan has over twenty-five years of experience in the technology, consulting, financial services and endowment foundation markets. Within Stellar Technology Solutions, Mr. Coogan is responsible for the day to day management of all operational segments of the business including sales and marketing, system development, technical infrastructure, system and infrastructure security, professional services, account management and business process outsourcing. Prior to joining Stellar in 2002, John worked for BrightStar Information Technology Group where he held several senior management positions including Vice President with responsibility for Professional Services and Business Development. John studied at Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland and is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Mark Sims — Vice President of Business Development at Captive Alternatives, LLC.
He has more than 25 years of experience in risk management and insurance consulting, and focuses on the use of Private Insurance Companies for insuring the catastrophic business risks and employee benefits programs of medical groups, business owners in many sectors, and other high net worth groups throughout the United States. Mark is a charismatic and popular professional speaker on the use of Private Insurance Companies for risk management, asset protection, wealthy preservation and exit strategies. He is a member of the Captive Insurance Companies Association and the Self Insurance Institute of America. Mark has extensive working experience with tax attorneys, estate planning firms and other trusted advisors to high net worth business owners and families.

James Sekel — Senior Vice President of Private Banking at TriState Capital Bank
In this capacity, Jim works in developing deposit and loan relationships with family offices, trust companies, investment firms, financial advisors and their clients, as well as business owners and company executives. Jim has nearly 40 years of experience in the banking industry. He has expertise in Private Banking, along with retail and commercial banking. Jim is currently responsible for a $700 million loan and deposit portfolio. Jim is a graduate of Edinboro University with a B.A. in Accounting. Additionally, he earned his MBA from Robert Morris University. He also completed the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia and the Central Atlantic School of Commercial Lending at Bucknell University.

Walter Cotumaccio, CIMA — Senior Vice President of Reich and Tang
Walter is responsible for the distribution of FDIC-insured products within the brokerage, wealth management, and institutional markets. He is also responsible for maintaining and strengthening existing relationships and creating programs to assist Reich & Tang clients improve profitability and grow their assets under management. He is a senior executive with more than 30 years experience in the financial services industry and in managing key account relationships. His consultative style and proven ability to develop strong partnerships is a cornerstone to his ability to understand client needs and customize long-term growth strategies. Walter has held senior national accounts and sales positions at Double Rock Corporation, Prudential Investments, JPMorgan Chase, Van Eck Global and Equitable Life. Mr. Cotumaccio earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from St. John's University in New York City, and a Language degree from the Italian University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy.

Jim Convertino — Director of the McGowan PAE Division
Jim is the Director of the Professional Athletes & Entertainers Practice for McGowan PAE. He specializes in offering customized personal insurance solutions for professional athletes, entertainers, Family Offices, directors, TV and movie producers, screen writers, ballclub owners, front office personnel, coaches, and high net worth individuals. He also provides his clients with unique insurance protection for their foundations, celebrity appearances, commercial endeavors, tours, television and movie productions, unique collections, charity events, sports camps and websites. He has twenty seven years experience in insurance consulting on behalf of clients in the professional sports and entertainment fields. Jim is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the Sports Financial Advisors Association.

Mike Padawer — President of INERTIA / Advisor Services Group
Mike is author of the book, “What’s The Deal With Long-Term Care?” and co-author of “What You Don’t Know About Retirement Will Hurt You!”. Mike has nearly three decades of experience in the financial services arena. Today, he focuses solely on managing his firm Inertia and working with advisors and institutions to provide customized Long-Term Care planning solutions for their clients. Mike works diligently with his advisor partners and their clients, to help transfer the potentially catastrophic risk and burden of Long-Term Care needs, away from the individual and their families. Mike’s background also includes successful implementation of training, coaching and continuing education programs which have helped hundreds of advisors meet the financial planning needs of their clients.

Brent Burns, MBA — President and Founder of Asset Dedication
Brent brings more than a decade of financial and investment experience to his work in applying academic research to the development of practical and innovative portfolio strategies. Brent’s deep background in empirical finance helped form the basis for all of Asset Dedication’s modeling and analysis. His work with Asset Dedication began at the University of San Francisco, where he partnered with co-Founder Stephen Huxley as a McLaren Research Fellow to study portfolio performance and the impact of withdrawal rates, inflation, and market conditions. In addition to his role at Asset Dedication, Brent periodically teaches the Personal Finance courses in the MBA and undergraduate programs at the University of San Francisco School of Management. Brent holds an MBA with honors from the University of San Francisco and a BS from the University of California, Berkeley. Brent is also a former world-class pole vaulter and was a member of the U.S. National Track and Field Team.

Will Rodriquez, CPA, ABV, CVA — CEO and Founder of Valuation Advisory Services
Will has performed hundreds of valuations of publicly traded companies and privately-held companies; ranging from start-ups to well-established brands. His valuations have been accepted by the Internal Revenue Service, national and regional accounting firms, and also in litigation and/or mediation. He provides valuation and related consulting services for a variety of engagements. Will has performed valuations of a variety of entities structures (FLPs, C and S Corps, etc.) as well as consulting projects including capital raise projects with multiple rounds of financing and various forms of equity ownership. Will holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oral Roberts University, Majoring in Accounting.

Larry Shumbres — CEO of Totum Risk
Larry has your non traditional Wall Street back ground. He began his career with IBM in the late 90’s when the internet was just coming into play and the beginning of the .com boom. Following his passion for the financial markets he moved to NYC where we worked on the retail and Institutional sectors for NY Life Mainstay Investments and Charles Schwab. Seeing a huge technology disconnect between Wall Street and investors he decided to move into Fintech before if was Fintech. He has lead product and revenue initiatives for Morningstar, eMoney, and EVestment, before taking over at the helm at Totum Risk. Larry holds a B.A from the University of Pittsburgh.