Opal Financial Group’s annual public funds conference addresses issues that are critical to the investment success of senior public pension fund officers and trustees in the new millennium. Concerns of funding liabilities for beneficiaries in a world of declining returns yet maintaining a balance between the risk/reward paradigms is center in the mind of many trustees and representatives of pension plans around the country. The exchange of ideas both in and out of the session halls are key in educating and identifying viable alternatives that will address these concerns. We will discuss how surplus returns should affect employee benefit plans; closely examine the processes for selection and evaluation of investment managers. Beyond the investment sphere we also address legal issues facing pension plans, ethic regulations and the importance of on-going education for plan sponsors and their fiduciaries. Although attendance is not limited to those in the public sector, the conference takes aim at topics that are of particular relevance to public pension funds. By focusing on an atmosphere of education rather than sales or marketing, the Public Funds Summit provides a unique environment in which members of the public sector can exchange ideas and learn from other delegates, money managers and consultants. Opal will kick off the event with its Annual Regatta Cup, in which attendees will have the opportunity to work with a professional sailing charter crew while competing against industry peers.

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SPEAKERS
Russ Kamp
Russ Kamp

Managing Director, Ryan ALM, Inc.

Richard Berner
Richard Berner

Professor of Management Practice, NYU Stern School of Business

Elisabeth Préfontaine
Elisabeth Préfontaine

Founder, Octonomics

Stacey Dion
Stacey Dion

Managing Director & Global Head of Government Affairs, The Carlyle Group

Irwin Schwartz
Irwin Schwartz

President, Managing Member, Dividex Management, LLC

Carolina de Onís
Carolina de Onís

General Counsel, Teachers Retirement System of Texas

Catherine LaMarr
Catherine LaMarr

Deputy Corporation Counsel, City of New Haven

Roel Campos
Roel Campos

Partner, Chair of SEC Enforcement Defense Practice, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Kurt Vroman
Kurt Vroman

Chairman, Deltona Firefighters Pension Plan

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