2019 Forum

Bill Byerly

EVP, General Manager


Bill Byerly is the Group Executive for the Retirement division which comprises both Omni and Relius product site. He is responsible for the direction and growth of the Retirement operations, technology, client satisfaction and product development for FIS’s wealth and retirement administration business.

With more than 30 years of experience, Bill has built scalable, comprehensive, and highly productive service delivery teams and platforms, including ten years of experience in off-shore and near-shore operations involving off-shoring work to India and within the U.S. as well as direct oversight of the off-shore resources.

John B. Emerson

Vice Chairman, Global Distribution

Capital Group International, Inc.

John Emerson works in global distribution as vice chairman of Capital Group International, Inc. He has 18 years of industry experience, all with Capital Group. He most recently served as the United States ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2015, John was awarded the State Department’s Susan M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, which is given annually to one non-career ambassador, and in 2017 he was awarded the CIA Medal and the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service award.

Prior to accepting the ambassadorial posting, John was president of Private Client Services for the Capital Group Companies. Before joining Capital, he was deputy assistant to President Clinton where he coordinated his economic conferences, served as the president’s liaison to the nation’s governors, and led the administration’s efforts to obtain congressional approval of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement and the extension of China s MFN trading status.

Additionally, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Before working in the Clinton White House, John served as Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney, and was a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Phillips. John holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Hamilton College, a juris doctorate
degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelors degree in philosophy from Hamilton College. John is based in Los Angeles.

Rick Floress

Senior Vice President, Risk Management


Chris Gaston

Senior Policy Director

Davis & Harman LLP

Chris Gaston is Senior Policy Director of Davis & Harman LLP. Chris has more than a dozen years of Capitol Hill experience and he represents clients on a wide range of issues before Congress, particularly retirement and savings policy.

Prior to joining Davis & Harman LLP, Chris served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) who was a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

After growing up in Central New Jersey, Chris initially started with Rep. Holt as an intern and over the next twelve years, worked for Rep. Holt in a number of congressional and political positions. For more than five years Chris served as Rep. Holt’s Legislative Director where he helped establish an ambitious legislative agenda and advised him on a diverse range of legislative issues. In that capacity, Chris was responsible for all of Rep. Holt’s work on the Education and the Workforce Committee, including his legislative initiatives to promote retirement savings. Chris also led Rep. Holt’s efforts to raise concerns about the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal.

Chris graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a Public Policy Focus from The George Washington University and received a M.A. in International Law and Politics from Georgetown University. He and his wife, Molly, have two active kids, Max and Clare, and one hyper active Border collie, Ace.

Larry Goldbrum

SVP, Director of ERISA Fiduciary Services, Retirement Strategies Group

Reliance Trust, An FIS Company

Larry Goldbrum is a senior vice president and director of ERISA fiduciary services with the retirement strategies group at Reliance Trust. In addition to managing the ERISA services group, he provides relationship management and business development services to all special fiduciary clients, as well as product development, sales and fiduciary consulting activities. Larry also provides thought leadership on critical retirement plan industry issues and serves as a liaison to industry trade groups. He has more than 30 years of legal experience in the retirement and investment services industries and joined Reliance Trust in 2015.

Previously, Larry was the co-owner, executive vice president and general counsel for The SPARK Institute Inc., where he represented the interests of approximately 60 of the largest retirement plan service providers, including mutual fund companies, banks, insurance companies, brokers, record keepers, consultants and others in Washington D.C. on critical regulatory, legislative and business matters. As chairman of SPARK’s government relations committee for nine years, he has provided significant industry leadership on critical retirement plan issues, including fiduciary and fee disclosure matters. While serving as general counsel for The SPARK Institute, Larry also co-owned, managed and operated an affiliated retirement plan business consulting company. He has also served as a senior vice president and chief risk officer for the retirement service group at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) and as an associate attorney at law firms in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Larry received his juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tenn., and graduated in the top 20 percent of his class. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has been admitted to the state bars in California and the District of Columbia and has passed the CPA examination. Larry has been recognized by 401(k) Wire as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution” five times and has won a fund operation award for industry leadership from the publication Money Management Executive.

Mike Hadley


Davis & Harman LLP

Mike Hadley is a partner in the law firm Davis & Harman LLP. He practices in the area of employee benefits, advising clients on the full range of tax, ERISA, and other laws affecting benefit plans. He has a particular focus on helping financial institutions that sell products to defined contribution and defined benefit plans, IRAs and similar plans navigate the special rules that govern those plans. He also provides clients with strategic advice, plan design, counseling, and compliance assistance for qualified plans, 403(b) and 457 plans, non-qualified executive compensation, employment agreements, and health and other welfare plans.

Mike was formerly Associate Counsel for Pension Regulation at the Investment Company Institute, the national association of U.S. investment companies. His responsibilities included advocating for the Institute’s membership before Congress, the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, and the Securities Exchange Commission on retirement security issues and assisting ICI members and staff in understanding tax and ERISA rules. Among other duties he managed ICI’s work implementing the Pension Protection Act and responding to 401(k) fee, investment advice, and fiduciary developments in Congress, DOL, and the courts.

Prior to joining ICI, Mike was an associate with Covington & Burling LLP, where he advised clients on employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, provided advice on ERISA litigation, and assisted with pension and benefits issues in mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.

Mike is a frequent speaker on the latest retirement savings policy developments coming out of Congress and the regulatory agencies and has testified before Treasury, IRS, and Department of Labor. A sampling of articles he has authored or co-authored: ERISA Compliance for Investment Advisers: A Q&A Guide To DOL’s 408(b)(2) Disclosure Regulation, Investment Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 7 (July 2013); The Economics of Providing 401(k) Plans: Services, Fees, and Expenses, 2010 ICI Research Perspective, Vol. 17, No. 4 (June 2011); and 401 (k) Plans: A 25-Year Retrospective, ICI Research Perspective, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Nov. 2006).

Mike was a law clerk for the Honorable Gerald Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was Notes Editor of the Virginia Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A., cum laude, from the College of William and Mary.

Jill Kasper

Fraud and Compliance Manager


Ms. Kasper is a former Police Officer and FBI Special Agent with over 20 years of progressive law enforcement experience and over 10 years in corporate security and fraud investigations. Jill’s background reflects accomplishments in investigations, undercover operative, site threat assessments, training and management.

Her very diverse career also includes evidence/remains recovery at the Pentagon and WTC post 9/11. Since joining FIS, Jill developed the digital payments fraud team, managing teams both US and abroad. Currently, Jill is a member of the Risk and Corporate Compliance team, specializing in fraud and corporate security. Jill also leads the Executive Protection team for FIS.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Director of Retirement Security

Economic Policy Institute

Rich Linton

EVP of Group Distribution and Operations

Empower Retirement

Rich Linton is Executive Vice President of Group Distribution and Operations for Empower Retirement. In his role, he oversees Empower’s segment distribution, which includes core, government, large, mega and not-for-profit markets. He also manages all aspects of recordkeeping and plan administration operations, including the Plan Service Center, the participant services center, compliance, conversion and implementation services, client services, processing operations, and financial controls. Additionally, he has responsibility for Great West Global operations in India.

Rich joined the organization in 2016 and has 28 years of industry experience, managing all aspects of the defined contribution business. Before joining Empower, he served as President of large corporate markets and retail wealth management for Voya Financial. There, he oversaw sales and marketing, relationship management, product development, platform management, field representative service, brokerage operations and strategic planning. Rich has also served at Bank of America, where he was Managing Director of the business retirement solutions group, and at Fidelity Investments, where he gained deep experience running a major part of the operations organization. At Fidelity he served in a variety of leadership roles in operations, sales, product, marketing and client services before becoming Executive Vice President in the advisor retirement business.

Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Boston University. He is board chairman and president of the Society of Professional Asset-Managers and Recordkeepers (SPARK), and he serves on the board of trustees of Colorado Succeeds, an organization of business leaders who are working to improve Colorado’s schools.

Darlene Malaney

Chief Operating Officer of Finance

Clerk and Comptroller, PBC

Darlene Malaney, is Chief Operating Officer of Finance for the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County, Florida. She has over two decades of institutional finance and investment experience, specializing in work with Florida local governments. Darlene is responsible for all financial aspects of the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, including in-house management of the County’s $2.5 billion investment portfolio and oversight of all finance functions for their $5 billion budget.

Prior to her current position, she spent several years in the private sector as an investment consultant specializing in governmental retirement plans. Darlene has also served as Director of Finance & Investments for Citizens Property Insurance and as Associate Director of Financial Services for the Florida League of Cities.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from The Florida State University and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation, administered by the Investments & Wealth Institute, through The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Darlene is a graduate of Florida State University’s Certificate in Financial Planning (CFP) program and has obtained both the Series 6 and 65 Securities Licenses.

Darlene is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Committee on Retirement and Benefits Administration, Vice President of the Women’s Public Finance Network of the GFOA, and is Past President of the Palm Beach County GFOA. She has recently been elected to serve on the National Association of Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDA) Executive Board, and is a frequent speaker on plan sponsor fiduciary responsibilities.

Tim Pitney

Managing Director, Institutional Investments Distribution


As Managing Director, Institutional Investment and Endowment Distribution, Tim brings his knowledge and skills to plan sponsors and consultants as they design their retirement plans that seek to deliver the best possible outcomes for their plan participants. Driving innovation in the increasingly important default and QDIA space, Tim leads our custom default and QDIA strategies team. He works closely with consultants and plan sponsors to create default options unique to their plan that focus on generating lifetime income for participants1.

Tim and his team are also responsible for helping our clients and consultants understand the value of TIAA and CREF annuities and the importance of generating a lifetime of income – TIAA’s focus for over 100 years.

Tim Rouse

Executive Director

SPARK Institute

Tim has over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry mainly within retirement services of large mutual fund companies. For the past twenty-five years Tim has worked with major plan sponsors in state and local governments, corporations, Taft-Hartley plans, nonprofit hospitals, colleges and universities. Over his career Tim has worked with Voya Financial, Fidelity Investments, ICMA Retirement Corporation and The Vanguard Group.

Tim is a former President of the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators’ Industry Board and a graduate of Villanova University.

Mike Tipton

Director, Key Accounts

ISS Market Intelligence (MI)

Mike Tipton is Director, Key Accounts at ISS Market Intelligence, a division of Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”). ISS Market Intelligence provides critical data and insight to global asset management industry with established retirement-focused solutions such as BrightScope, and media brands PLANSPONSOR and PLANADVISER.

With more than 13 years’ experience providing research and analytics to Recordkeepers and DCIO teams alike, Mike shares his passion for leveraging data to help Marketing and Distribution teams identify and target the very best opportunities. Through his customized, client-specific approach and deep industry expertise, he is a key partner with leadership teams looking for pathways to stay ahead of industry and product trends.