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Back End of Innovation - Las Vegas (Nov 5-7)

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November 5-7, 2019
The Mirage,
Las Vegas, NV

Back End of Innovation (BEI) is the only innovation conference to focus exclusively on execution through real-world problem solving and best in class case studies to accelerate the success of innovation.

Unite with other leaders charged with executing innovation and collaborate with other stakeholders across the commercialization lifecycle to learn how to accelerate your business’ return on innovation. BEI shares how to be more agile, prioritize and monetize your best ideas and commercialize your best bets for growth, whether it be through process, partnerships, or marketing.

Share best practices with innovation leaders from Google, USAA, Amazon, Mastercard, Microsoft, Alibaba, Nike, Pepsico, Clorox and more. From the process, to the culture, to the resourcing of ideas - you will make innovation happen at BEI.


The Institute highly recommends that you participate in an innovation event of this kind of scope and ambition as part of your personal and professional development.


Follow these links for more details, syllabus and registration:


Webinar - Differentiating Your Retirement Plan Offering In Today's Competitive Landscape

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Highly recommended upcoming webinar:




Even the most successful retirement plan advisor is constantly vying for business, be it new or retained. So how do you modernize your practice in a way that truly sets you apart from your peers? Today’s session will leapfrog offerings that have become more mainstream and instead focus on true differentiators that help advisors more effectively market to, attract, and support clients. This includes:

  • Identifying the right tools & partnerships
  • Engaging smartly with participants
  • Educating sponsors on your role and fees
  • Marketing your most effective assets


  • Aaron Schumm, Founder & CEO @ Vestwell
  • Fred Barstein, Editor in Chief & Founder @ 401k TV
  • Jania Stout, Managing Director & Co-Founder @ HighTower Advisors



FREE registration 


The Wealth Blueprinting Conference

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The Wealth Blueprinting Conference      

October 21-23, 2018

Renaissance Orlando International Airport Hotel

Orlando, Florida


Brought to you by  The Financial Engineering Institute


The Institute for Innovation Development highly recommends and is proud to participate in this unique conference which is designed to specifically support advisors and managers of complex family and business wealth: multi-family offices, wealth managers, attorneys, CPAs, estate planners, investment and insurance professionals.

With over 10 hours of continuing education credits, the conference will map out and help advisors synchronize their firms with the ecosystems of families of wealth and their businesses.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

- Blueprint of the wealth management firm of the future

- Neutralizing "robo" with 6-dimensional asset management

- Converting taxable capital into charitable capital

- Embedding turnkey trust services into your practice

- Affiliation strategy with national non-profit and private label, turnkey, donor advised fund 

- Asset protection power tools

- Estate migration design techniques

- Small business transition strategies & compensation design

- Embedding proven business innovation tools and processes into your firm

- Engineering a OneTouch360 Family Wealth Dashboard


For more information, detailed agenda, speaker bios and registration:

Regular Registration: $999  

Special IID discount rate: $299 - register and pay using this link for lower IID sponsored rate: 

Plan to attend to better brand, position and differentiate your firm with HNW clients and their businesses! See you there!

Conference hosted by Nick Gregory, ChFE, ChFWA - Managing Partner and CEO of The Financial Engineering Institute.

Contact for further questions:


Adjusting Advisor Mindsets & Scaling Practice Mgmt with latest Learning & EduTech tools

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Practice Management Leaders invited! - Please register for your Practice Management 3.0 Mastermind Group call set for this Friday 6/29 at 12noon ET here - -    If you can't personally make the call, please feel free to designate someone from your practice mgmt team to sit in on our meeting. Feel free also to invite other practice management leaders and supporters to join us! 


Guest speaker is Zsolt Ola - an innovative Learning&Development professional and author of "Engage the WorL&D". He has expertise in  e-Learning, microlearning and workforce curriculum development with a background in engineering and instructional design. Here is his YouTube intro:    I shared with him some of the financial services practice mgmt leaders challenges in working with our population of advisors, mindset issues, and your scaling needs. Zsolt will be sharing with us the latest advancements in learning design and technology and, most importantly, sharing a few cases studies of similar populations with the techniques and results they successfully applied. These learning tools can help to prepare your group of advisors for the future, changing advisor' attitudes from "I don't need learning. I've been doing this for a while" to "wow, I never knew you can do that!".


  We will also provide a brief update from our last call on the following new partners and practice management initiatives for 2018: 
Your content contributor opportunity 


  new #PracticeMgmt hastag and practice mgmt leadership promotion every Friday on Twitter 


  New Practice Mgmt Survey with Financial Advisor and Cannon Financial


  Successful FinTech Practice Mgmt and entrepreneurial training tools being collected for you  

Day 2 Report on the 2018 Ultimus Fund Solutions Conference

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Ultimus Fund Solutions - one of the largest, independent mutual fund services and middle-office technology providers for RIAs in the country - conducted a full day of informative sessions and panels for their asset management clients yesterday at the beautiful art deco Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Hotel.

The conference theme of Momentum was articulated in the welcome remarks by Bob Dorsey, CEO & Managing Director of Ultimus. He emphasized that to build and maintain momentum in your business, you need to realize that it is a dedicated, long term, multi-year process. You cannot take a few steps and believe it will create immediate success. He illustrated his points by describing the steps that Ultimus took to grow and build the momentum of the firm.

Day 2 of the Conference had twelve different general and breakout sessions with industry experts covering the most important trending topics in the asset management industry covering the compliance, regulatory, tax, cybersecurity, distribution, fund governance, and technology areas.

Some examples of discussions included:

Dina Tantra from Ultimus, Mike Wible from Thompson Hine (Managing Partner - Columbus office) and Marty Burns from the ICI (Chief Industry Operating Officer) discussed regulatory hot topics like the anticipated proposal for an ETF Rule and the recent SEC rule proposals on best interest standard for broker-dealers with retail customers and the standard of care level for investment advisers. On the latter they encouraged Investment Advisors to comment and to stay tuned for clarifications on a very complex and confusing set of proposals.

Todd Cipperman, Principal of Cipperman Compliance Services reviewed his list of top 10 compliance trends in the industry and provided 10 action items for asset managers to best position and protect themselves from the recent trend in regulatory actions.

Adam Kornegay and Jace Schuppan of Ultimus led a panel discussion on the use and business applications for asset managers on different fund structures including private funds, CITs, interval funds and retirement share classes.

Kevin Guerette from Ultimus led a panel of money manager analysts which included Andrew Miller of JPMorgan, Andrew Kitching of Commonwealth, and Ted Finlay of Fifth Third Bank to discuss their investment due diligence process on asset managers and requirements to get on their investment platforms.

The day was capped off with a networking reception and dinner for guests at Paul Brown Stadium on the Cincinnati waterfront.



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