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.
Howard W. Neiswender, J.D., LL.M., CFP®, TEP, CEPA — Shareholder of Sirote and Permutt, PC
Howard provides comprehensive legal services for individuals and businesses throughout the United States and internationally, using creative and innovative tax strategies and a multi-faceted coordination process between business and personal planning. Howard combines the areas of income tax planning, estate planning, charitable planning, business planning, asset protection planning, insurance planning, legacy planning and retirement planning to achieve the goals of his clients. He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Trusts and Estates and Tax Law. Howard is also a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Exit Planning Advisor. Howard has served as both an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law in its LL.M. in Taxation Program and as an Instructor with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Andrew Lane MBA, BSME — Managing Partner of Tri-Merit
Since co-founding Tri-Merit in 2007, he has been responsible for managing the execution of hundreds of R&D tax credit studies across a broad range of industries, as well as overseeing the rest of the firm’s specialty tax services. His experience includes defending R&D tax credit audits at both the federal and state levels, and he regularly presents to CPAs on IRS requirements related to the R&D tax credit, 179D deductions and cost segregation. Prior to founding Tri-Merit, Andy spent over 13 years directly involved in various engineering and manufacturing roles within a broad range of companies and industries including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Delphi, Intel and more. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).
Robert Merl — National Business Resource Network Director at BDO USA
Rob leads the Business Resource Network practice of the BDO Alliance USA which provides consulting and business services to the Clients of BDO USA and its 260+ alliance firms across the country. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics Ursinus College and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Ted Tsung — Founder and CEO of AppCrown, LLC
Since 1994, Ted’s name has been synonymous with fintech; inventing and creating the first online stock trading platform, digiTRADE. It enabled the first stock trade to occur online, and was responsible for building brands such as TD Waterhouse, Scottrade and Pershing. Back then, digiTRADE was used by some of the country's most prestigious securities firms, banking institutions, mutual fund companies and clearing firms. Today, Ted and AppCrown, provide business development and technology services for independent RIAs, broker-dealers and money managers. Established in 2009, wealth management has been its DNA since the very beginning. AppCrown aims to expand and innovate wealth management with integrated innovation.
Domenic Presutti, CFP® — a Managing Partner of Henley and Partners
Domenic oversees the firms North American operations with a strong focus on Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to joining Henley & Partners, Domenic gained extensive experience in leadership, coaching, sales and marketing by holding numerous executive positions with top tier financial industry organizations in Canada. Domenic is a certified financial planner and holds both a Bachelor and executive MBA. He is also a member of several professional organizations and during his spare time is highly involved with non-profit organizations.
John A. Warnick, J.D. — Founder of the Purposeful Planning Institute
John A. balances his enthusiasm for tax savings with in-depth discovery and purposeful questions to ensure the planning is congruent with his client’s core values. He delivers workshops across the nation for estate planning attorneys and financial planners. He facilitates family retreats and providing wealth counseling, fiduciary and philanthropic consulting services. Prior to launching his own business, John A. was a partner in the Denver office of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP for almost eleven years after practicing in Nevada and Wyoming previously. Mr. Warnick received a BA magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and his JD from George Washington University with honors.
Chad Azara MBA, AIF — SVP of Strategic Sales Initiatives at PCS Retirement
Chad has been in the corporate retirement plan space since 1998 serving in different capacities including managing plan sponsor relationships with large corporation retirement plans, institutional retirement plan provider relationships, managing a retirement plan business development team and consulting with investment advisors on their retirement plan practice. He spent 13 years in the retirement services divisions at Charles Schwab and a combined 5 years at Wells Fargo and NBT Bank retirement services divisions before joining PCS in 2016.
Scott Kirby — Manager Partner at Abacus Life
Mr. Kirby has an extensive background in the Life Settlement industry dating back to 1997. Having begun his career with a Viatical Settlement broker in Florida, he helped pioneer the company’s entrance into the Life Settlement marketplace and completed some of the industry’s very first transactions. In 2004, Scott co-founded Abacus Life where he oversees business development and has helped the company grow to one of the Industry’s leading Life Settlement Providers. Scott frequently speaks to a variety of financial services professionals including members of a number of National Insurance Marketing Organizations, Broker General Agencies, Broker Dealers and Study Groups. Scott is also a former Board member of the Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA) where he helped craft language found in a number of the NAIC and NCOIL model acts in use today.
Jacqui Jenkins, CTFA — Managing Director of First State Trust Company
Jacqui Jenkins is the Chief Fiduciary Officer for FSTC. Jacqui manages the FSTC Personal Trust Administration team. Jacqui plays an active advisory role, working with trust beneficiaries, their attorneys and other professional advisors to provide guidance and counsel regarding beneficiary engagement; income and discretionary distribution issues; family wealth education; and trust structure and operation. Jacqui has over 25 years of experience in trust, estate and guardianship matters. Prior to joining FSTC, Jacqui was a Vice President and Senior Trust Officer with Morgan Stanley. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Jacqui served in various capacities with Citigroup including President of Citicorp Trust Florida. Jacqui received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Freed-Hardeman University.
Joe Ujobai — Chief Executive Officer at Alternative Investment Exchange (AIX)
As CEO of AIX, Joe’s role is to help clients envision and achieve exponential business growth enabled by technology implementation. As a seasoned change-agent, Joe has made a career of leading successful market entry strategies, business development and product innovation in the financial technology sector. Prior to heading up AIX, Joe spent over 27 years with SEI; with his last assignments as EVP, head of Private Bank and CEO of SEI Investments (Europe) Ltd. Outside of AIX, Joe's passion for art, culture and education culminate in his involvement with the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where he serves as chairman and at Drexel University where he is a member of the board of trustees.
Brad West — Chief Operating Officer at Alternative Investment Exchange (AIX)
As COO of AIX, Brad arbitrates possibility and change across the alternative investments arena. His role is to help firms and advisors see the benefits of authentic data and process connectivity, understand why it matters and realize their true potential for growth. The reward is helping every AIX partner become stronger, and more vital by creating a connected ecosystem for alternatives, for the first time in history. With stints as Chief Information Officer at FS Investments and President and CEO of BankersEdge, he has made a career of leveraging technology to re-engineer and restructure businesses to enable commercial product strategies, streamline operations, and drive scale and profitability.
Andrew Altfest, CFP® — Chief Executive Officer & Founder of FPAlpha
A well-known and respected financial advisor, identified a gap, both from a technology and content standpoint, within the financial planning process. Investments are being commoditized and Robo-Advisors are in a race to the bottom on pricing. Advisors need to distinguish themselves as the backbone of wealth management, providing a path to financial success. As the son of industry trailblazers in the fee-only space, creating change and shaping the future of the financial advisor profession is in Andrew’s blood. He recognized that advisors required a differentiator from the momentum Robos were gaining and set out to develop an empowering technology solution to help advisors in this battle. Andrew, a team of expert AI engineers, and top minds within tax, estate, insurance, lending, among others created FP Alpha’s patent pending technology.